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Pale Ale | Wig And Pen

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Wig And Pen

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by soju6:
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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Served a golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus an d s ome malt sweetness. Just a bit of grain in the background.

T: Taste starts with a mild citrus nip, with an easy malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, mild crispness, smooth with a nice texture. Well balanced.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Worth a try

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Photo of vancurly
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, with a tight thin head.
Lovely fresh cereal nose (reminding me of it's counterpart at Redoak).
Dominant citrus flavour - grapefruit. Cascade being used, which is unusual for style. More like a cask-conditioned APA than EPA.
A good drop, with a good bitter finish.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a good golden amber colour, nice pale ale colour. Very slow carbonation, almost like the bubbles are on weed or something. Very thin but fair head. Looks OK.

Nose is nice, slightly bitter with a whisper of hops, and a nice big apricot sweetness, very juicy and succulent aroma.

Taste is far more bitter and hoppy, actually rather unbalanced. There's a hint of fruit that lingers throughout, particularly on the front palate, but there's a surge of a sharp bitterness that almost strangles it, and it's that that lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is OK, not much happening but body is decently full.

The bitterness isn't too bad a flavour, but it destroys the balance and makes this overall a bit disappointing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this many moons ago at Wig and Pen, but with a fresh cask version on at the Courthouse Hotel during Good Beer Week, I figured it was worth a re-review.

Pours a light golden colour, quite clear with a bit of heft to the body. Head forms a bubbly, casky white that leaves specks of lacing. No carbonation, as is expected from the serving type.

Nose is earthy and slightly peppery with a bit of green vegetative sharpness. Some bready aromas mingle with the fresher herbal tones. Underneath is a slight sweetness light arrowroot biscuits. Quite rounded, and quite pleasant.

Light malty entry on the palate that turns genuinely sweet soon after the entry. Mid palate holds a little more of the bread character, before some fruit characters finally pick up. On the back is some prickly hop characters that die away quickly, leaving a very light aftertaste.

Feel is smooth from the cask, unsurprisingly.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable. Pleasant enough, decent, uncontroversial.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes, Reviewed as part of a Wig-and-Penathon tasting Sat Oct 1st, between myself and mrs heygeebee

Pours a clear golden straw colour, half a finger of fluffy white head, lacing good.

Strong initial aromas of floral hops and citrus.

Taste is an unusually hoppy blend with citrus/lemon. Crisp, but with some malts on back palate

Mouthfeel is watery, with low carbonation as per hand pump.

Overall, a very unusual beer. The hoppy taste is at odds with the 8 degrees serving temp, and low carbonation from hand pump. Almost like a watery warm SNPA. Can't make my mind up.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will be reviewed as an APA as that is how it is marketed.

A nice golden pour which clears to a nice clear beer. Tight white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Lots of hops in the aroma with plenty of citric, grapefruit notes. A slight vegetal off-note is present.

A nice light bitterness works well with the creamy, citrus flavours which mark the mid palate. The light bitterness lingers. A good, tasty, sweet malt profile holds up well.

A medium body is lent additional substance by a smooth, creamy low carbonation level.

Tasty, refreshing and smooth. This is a solid APA from the Wig and Pen.

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Pale Ale from Wig And Pen
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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