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Laughing Dog Pale Ale | Laughing Dog Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From out of the Pacific Northwest the Micro-breweries were born and with them came an ale that was unlike any other, the American Pale Ale.

We brewed our pale ale "Big, Bold and Hoppy" using five of the finest hops from the fields in Yakima WA. To balance the intense hop flavors, five different American grown malted barleys add a malt flavor and smooth finish.

This beer is best served cool. A spicy, hoppy aroma balanced with a malt body that is crisp make this beer perfect for relaxing after a hard days work.

Added by woemad on 01-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
45
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
18.37%
 
 
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Photo of tpd975
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden orange with a small white head that quickly dies.

S: Nicely hopped aroma. Lots of citrus with milder notes of pine. Light malt sweetness hides beneath, but the hops are very powerful for a pale ale.

T: Hopped up in flavor as well. There is a nice caramel sweetness but it really is not match for the hops. We are not talking West Coast IPA here, but it is highly hopped for a pale ale. The hops are very citric, but there is a touch of sweet pine and even a little grass as well.

M&D: Medium in body, smooth, it drinks good.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Laughing Dog Pale Ale at the brewery while on a three-day two-night trailer trip in North Idaho. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark copper color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly head forms, but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The head produces little lacing.

The smell is sweet with a bit of a citrus and evergreen aroma.

The taste is fairly sweet with a mild citrus flavor, and a sweet caramel malt presence. The flavors are well balanced.

The mouth feel is light and crisp, yet full bodied. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is a nice representation of the style, with a full flavor and a dry finish.

NOTE: The brewery has a nice tasting room, with friendly brew staff. You can stop in and get a set of tasters (seven 4 oz beers) served on a dog bone shaped tray, eat pretzels from a dog dish on the table, and take a tour of the brewery. If you are lucky you might even meet Ben, the owner’s dog, and inspiration for the brewery.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks!!

A - Pours clear, brownish amber color with a short-lasting head that left little lacing around the glass.

S - Pretty straightforward aroma of hops and malt; smells like an APA should.

T - Leans more on the hoppy side, on a malty backbone. A bit of a biscuity aftertaste that blends well with the added hoppiness. A little spice detected as it got warmer. All in all, stronger flavors than anticipated.

M - Thin body, but it seems to thicken up upon the bubbly finish. I think the carbonation hides the fact that it's more on the thin side.

D - Would make for an excellent session beer. I really enjoyed it, as the flavors were more pronounced than I expected them to be. This is the first Laughing Dog I've tried, and I still have 4 others in the closet, so I'm looking forward to them. Thanks JohnGalt1!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazed golden amber, tall off white head with large bubbles, retained extremely well
S - fruity citrus with light fresh pine aroma, some tropical fruits and fresh pepper
T - peppery hops with some pine, fruit juice, lightly toasty biscuit malt, and the pepper lasts through the finish
M - strong carbonation kick out of the gate but it mellows, peppery and juicy with a mild bitter
O - unique hop profile in terms of the strong peppery flavour, settles nicely on palate leaving you thirsty for another sip, a well built brew

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Has a very typically great APA look....cloudy golden color and a beautiful puffed head that gently dissipates into a thick layer of foamy goodness. The lacing is excellent as well, with columns of sticky soapy foam clinging to the glass all on it's own as the head settles.

S- Spice abound...cloves and gentle pepper notes. There is also citrus...in particular orange zest and dried pine needles and/or dry cedar leaves. There is some fresh hoppy bitterness on the finish as well to balance out the malt sweetness found right at the front too. The only knock I could give the aroma is a general modesty that is holding back somewhat.

T- Follows the aroma with the spices coming through well, and with a zippy hop bitterness on the finish. The citrus is quite noticeable too. Overall I find this to border an IPA in flavor but better rounded than that style. The spice lingers on the aftertaste and is especially noticed upon burping...

M- The carbonation is quite plentiful and the spices are very upfront. It's very refreshing in the manner of getting a flavor of Boreal forest.

O- A very decent rendition of the APA style and very specific of the Pacific Northwest region in my opinion. I like this, but not necessarily to the point that I'll look for it on purpose. I think this would go well with spicy cuisine. As it warms, I find it to mellow out a bit, which is a good thing. Overall, a fine brew and I give it a thumbs up!

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery in Ponderay.
Pours a nice orange-copper color, with a small white head. Small layer of foam, thin lace lines. Smell has a nice hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and pine present with some light malt sweetness. Lots of hop flavor pushing ahead of the caramel sweetness. Full of flavor, medium body. May have been my favorite easy drinking/sessional from Laughing Dog.

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Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an amber gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Peppery/piney hops, citrus (orange or lemon), caramalts.

Taste - Peppery/piney hops with a moderate bitterness, along with caramalts and orange zest. Soapy quality to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A hoppy enough APA, but seems like the malts are not present enough to help balance the flavours out.

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Photo of tbeck
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber with a thin light brown head. The head collared into a nice laciness. The aroma was a balance of hops and a sweat/mead type smell. The taste was good, some hops, malted sugars. A little bitterness, more in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, very smooth and good texture. I felt the flavor was good, and is not on the heavy side. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This doggy is a clear golden color. It pours with a smallish white head that dissipated quickly.

s: Smells of pine and to a lesser extent brown sugar.

t: Lovely fresh, crisp hop that tastes of pine and pepper. Stronger than the smell would lead you to believe. The malts are mildly sweet and provide a nice balance.

m: Nice body, but it could be a bit livlier.

d: A refreshing and drinkable PA. Thanks to JohnGalt1 for throwing this in as an extra. One day soon I'll get done reviewing all the extras this very generous BA sent my way.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, the last in a well-taken campsite six-pack from last weekend.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, sediment-imbued medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves a nice Tim Burton webbed lace array of lace around the glass as it dutifully settles. It smells of sweet pastry-ified malt, bready and biscuity underneath, some nice apfelstrudel fruitiness in there too, and earthy hops to a lesser degree. The taste is bready malt, a bit of toasty biscuit, some mild citrus and pine hops, and an underlying herbal edge. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium light, with a slight skewing edge that precludes smoothness adulation. It finishes more edgily hoppy than beholden to the leftover maltiness.

A decent hoppy NW pale ale that reserves any aspirations to IPA identity confusion. Its siblings had no problem subsisting amongst fire-roasted pork products and s'mores...

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Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another treat from my recent trade with joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic chunky lacing.

S - Musty citrus, orange rind, and earthy cedar.

T - Light citrus hop notes, with the earthy cedar coming through. A bit muddled by a metallic flavour, but finishes nicely with some bitter buttered bread on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, goes down a tad prickly, but finishes nicely with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty pale ale that boasts a solid hop profile and is nicely balanced on the finish. Nice bitterness which satisfied my hop craving, especially for the style. Easily drinkable and a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This replaces the review posted on 14.01.06. It is now patenly obvious that bottle was deeply effected by the questionable storage practices of Gourmet Way.

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29

Pooured a slightly hazy copper color that takes on a reddish tinge when held to light. Big, creamy white head that took a couple of minutes to dissipate. Rings of lace left behind on the glass.

The smell was hoppy, but with a decent malt bcking as well. The label brags of it having "five of the finest hops from the fields of Yakima, Wa" and I can well believe it. While there are hoppier APAs out there, this will please the nostrils of any fan of hoppy pale ales.

This tasted different than most US pale ales. It began with a mildly sweet maltiness, but was then joined by a stronger flavor of tart hoppiness that went very well with it. It ends on a pleasingly dry note. This beer's taste occupies a point between easygoing session pales and really hoppy ones.

Medium bodied, like most pale ales. No surprises here.

This would be a decent session pale ale for people intimidated by west coast hoppy pales, yet desiring a bit more of a challenge than and English style pale, and could function as a bridge from the latter to the former.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, loose spongy beige head that retains to a thick cap.

Rich biscuity, bready malt on the nose, some toasty notes, sweet orange/peach esters, with some grassy and very light herbal hops.

Nice biscuity and toasty malt up front, rounded out with some herbal hops in the middle that turn to a more citrus character in the finish, with some astringent grapefruit pith on the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, yet it seems fuller with a creamy smooth texture and low carbonation.

A fairly decent APA, and it would do well as an ESB as well. The balance seems a little bit off, however all the proper components are there and are well-represented. I'd be perfectly happy spending an afternoon or an evening with several of these.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed orange amber with a foamy off-white head that stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - lemon, orange, grapefruit - spicy.

The taste is of a hoppy pale while having a malty backing - even enough to keep it at "pale" and not ipa category. Unfortunately, there is a lemony sour touch that lingers underneath that keeps the taste from reaching its potential. It finishes with an herbal dryness, though a touch of sweet and sour does, still, through it off, especially as it isn't a tart fruitiness, more of a lemon sour that just doesn't go well here. Even still, it has enough good taste between hops and malt backbone that the sour distraction is not so strong.

The sharp carbonation is just too strong for what it should be. It hits aggressive. Yet, it still maintains an aftertaste from the finish, and a reasonable body.

Despite flaws (sour touch and overcarbonation), this still turns out to be a good pale - nice hop and malt flavor and, while I'm not overly impressed, it does have potential to be a great pale if certain (largely mild) detractors were not there.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass 6/26/11

A slightly hazy golden copper with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick pinky finger of foam that stays to the bottom of the glass leaving random patches of lace

S loads of butterscotch, caramel, toffee ect.. and a little strawberry of all things and some citric hops

T no strawberry but other then that flavors mimic the smell

M not overly thick but not watery and plenty of bubbles to give it some life

O decent pale ale with lots of caramel flavors and some hops forming a balance

Something I may drink again at 12$ a 6er here in Alberta its well above many other brews around here in a similar price bracket

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how this beer got to Pennsylvania, but Shangy's gets damn near everything. It pours amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma has a mix of sweet bread and grapefruit hops. The same citrus dominates the flavor with a hint of the malts in the background. It finishes with a spicy black pepper. Drinkable and generally tasty, but I've had better hops profiles.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malty notes, and some citrus, there is a tangy/sourness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different APA in my book.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This weekend's Beer Revolution in Calgary venture continued with this offering from Idaho, ordered the moment the keg appeared as tapped on the beer board, so presumably this was as fresh as possible. Part of the fun of Beer Revolution is watching things change in real time and mapping out your evening as you go. Wasn't planning on this one and I slotted it in between a few lighter brews and a few hop-heavy selections. Pint arrived a light reddish copper, classic pale ale look, with ample white foam that retained its shape quite well. I was immediately struck by the odd aroma ... Grapefruit and pine hop elements but also some really fruity esters that recalled banana and a strange grainy or malty (?) component that recalled tacky glue or wallpaper paste (truly, not sure how else to describe it). Maybe I should have a neurological exam. In any event, flavor also had some odd unique elements to it for an APA, raisin and watermelon fruit notes, vanilla yogurt, and notable caramel corn (probably from American crystal malt) along with a dry cedar woodiness, a little tannic character to be sure, and a blast of pepper spice that persisted through to the end. Almost reminded me of some rye beers that feature this sort of spicy sour tang. Finish started sweetish but became a bit coarse as I made my way through the pint: Pine resin and wood, more pepper. Another rather unique flavor experience that I should perhaps chock up to my brain's association engine being on hyperdrive, but there you have it. Perhaps the five hops and five malts used here are adding all sorts of atypical elements. Might wind up tasting more typical in the bottle.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date on bottle: 10/1/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange color with a big frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Light amber and crystal malts with some lemon. Just a dash of white pepper spice.

Taste: Quite an intense flavor which took me by surprise. A ton of peppery spice (think rye) up front that turns into a harsh bitterness midway through. The actual hop flavor is a mix of earth and with a bit of lemon juice. It's actually a pretty simple flavor overall but what's there is explosive on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Rough on the palate because of the harsh bitterness. I'm a hop head that regularly drinks beers with over 100 IBUs but there is something in this one that really numbs the tongue. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm shocked with how much of a palate wrecker this little pale ale turned out to be. The problem here is a lack of any flavor besides just straight up bitterness and peppery spice. Would I drink it again? Maybe, I'd rather try their other offerings.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
Very clear, bright coppery orange with a thin cap of off-white fine bubbles. A little lacing, decent head retention. The aroma had a strong toasty, caramel component with some earthy, spicy, citrusy hops, but stayed quite mellow and more English in character. Bitterness seemed a little out of balance, since the malt presence in the aroma seemed a bit thin in the flavour. Still, there was a bit of toasted malt and caramel along with the earthy hops. The finish was more citrusy and it was here that the bitterness seemed to become a little sharp. Nice texture for an APA. Medium bodied with good attenuation, creamy carbonation. Not bad at all, my problem with the bitterness could just be the choice of hop(s) used.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusted Buick orange with a coppery glow when backlit with the sunrise outside my front window. This may be the darkest pale ale that I've seen yet. The pale orange cap was at least four fingers after a gentle pour, but at least I didn't get another horrendously over-carbonated beer from these guys.

The brewery will only say that five malts and five hops are used; they don't say which ones. The nose is so low on power that I can't tell much beyond a whiff of toasted grain, maybe a little caramel malt and some English-style hops.

Pale Ale does, indeed, favor the caramel malt side of things; more than most beer of this style. It's also surprisingly bitter, with less hop flavor than is optimal. A background citric fruitiness can be appreciated, as can quite a bit of almost phenolic spiciness. Either Chinook is in the house or the yeast strain needs to be cleaned up (or jettisoned).

Despite the generous number of microbubbles early, they aren't very long-lived. The top half of the glass was a little too carbonated and the bottom half isn't carbonated enough. I seem to have missed the sweet spot where it was just right. The body is closer to light than to medium.

Laughing Dog Pale Ale is a different sort of APA that doesn't quite hit me right. I've awarded it with above average marks for flavor and drinkability because of my love for hops, but I don't care if I never have another bottle. Here's hoping India Pale Ale and Devil Dog get it right.

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Photo of Shadman
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a few of these so felt a review was in order..

Dark orange/copper colour, nice off-white head. Slighty hazy appearance.

Faint toasted malts, slightly citric, slightly spicy hop. Certainly doesn't blow your socks off.

Some good things here, although not as bold as some. Slightly sweet caramel maltiness blends decently with grapefruit citrus hops. Malts make a brief reappearance before the taste finishes with bitterness.

Weirdly overcarbonated too the point of being off-putting. Once carbonation settles down it tends to be a light to medium in body.

Glad I tried it, but will stick to Full Moon from Alley Kat if I want an APA fix.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for around $1.45... poured into my red wine glass while listening to the Boise RIS party mix... James Brown "The Payback".

Big chunky eggshell head topping a very slightly chill hazed medium amber brew.

Aroma is interesting... reminds me of an Americanized English pale. Pale malts with caramel and earthy hops... maybe some Cascades... Yeasty fruits combine well with the sweetness.... If this is going to be an English Pale ... then hit me with the EKG's!

Flavor is the same with caramel popcorn in the mix.. restrained diacetyl (but no doubt there). Good viscosity makes an otherwise "average brew" better. Drinkable until I get bored... but I make this part of my Laughing Dog lateral all the time.... the Pale is just not my favorite of this brewery. As it warms, there are definately American hops there... It still needs a little fine-tuning, but as is, it's a beer I buy very often in the Boise beer desert.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear amber in color with short head that broke apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: very soft caramel sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: bready caramel profile with some light fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a mild hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief lived.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty bland overall so one glass was more than enough for me. It went down slowly and was not as refreshing as I would like.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a rustic-orange with a deep, swirling haziness and a beautifully retaining 2 finger linen white mushrooming head. The translucent nature made it hard to determine effervesce, but faint lazy rising bubbles could be sporadically seen. After a few minutes the head lapsed to a soft, whispy covering with a broken ring lacing.

S: Sweet caramelized malt and sweet oranges were picked up initially on the nose. Light traces of fresh pine needles come through briefly and lightly while the beer rounds out with a final burst of fresh oranges on the trailing finish. Not a lot of hoppiness was detected here.

T: The initial flavor brings forth a malty sweetness with a burst of fresh oranges. Again more sweet and orangey then hoppy as was the case with the aroma. The flavor turns tart, as in semi-dry tangerines, with a sourness of grapefruit juice ensuring on the finishing fade. Lacking any transition of flavor, with a sourness and hopping of a blonde doesn't give this much creditability as a pale. The beer label proudly boasts of using 5 different varieties of hops, as well 5 different varieties of American barley with none of them clearly distinguishable lending itself to a muddled mass of confusion and taste that drowned each other out into a generic bland and uneventful experience. To many spices spoil the soup as they say.

M: a light creaminess but felt watery at times with a light musky sour showing of oranges coating the tongue. Sour oranges and sour grapefruit juice is unimpressive as a finishing finale while overall the mouthful lacked a certain crispness.

D: For drinkability had to knock this one down a notch or two below average. Wasn't an easy one to down, let alone enjoy. Lacks a crispness and hoppiness of a good pale and leaves a watery grapefruit juice twang that made me grimace after every sip. The label concludes with "this is a beer that says don't mess with me" and I couldn't agree more.

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