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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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XPA (Extra Pale Ale)XPA (Extra Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
highandmightybeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
83
pDev:
17.73%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
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Photo of Shiredave
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A bright, pale yellow color with a slight haze. It poured almost flat but kicked up a small head when swirled. No carbonation noted, and in a Duvel glass, if there were bubbles in the beer, that "D" would have found them.
Herbal hop aromas on top of soft candied malt come thru - not pungent but subtle and inviting.
Flavors were almost non existant cold - after several minutes it warmed to reveal only slightly more. Malt presence is again soft up front before drying, chalky hop flavors take over. No depth or complexity, but nothing bad or off putting. It just lacks substance.
Mouthfeel is thin and light and only a bit less so as it reached room temp. OK drinkability but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of Naes
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is slightly hazy and a pale golden copper color with a small white head that laces well.
The aroma is mostly of citrus and floral hops with a slight toasty character.
The flavor is nicely balanced. It begins with a mild fruitiness and finishes with a good amount of citrus hops and has a slight piney character.
The mouth feel is medium in body and is mild on the carbonation.
This is a good beer that seems to fall between a pale and an Indian pale ale.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a standard pint glass.
No best before date.

Pale straw in color with slight haze; plenty of active carbonation. Fizzy, white head that recedes practically on impact leaving a pasty sheet with a few pools of bubbles. Trails of condensed lacing with average strength.

Bright, floral perfume with moderate hop resins; faint citrus, grapefruit, and musty green apple. Pleasant hop aromatics, but rather mild.

Creamy, toasted malt character with hints of honey and stiff, almost astringent wheat. Faint touches of bright, citrus hops: green apple, lemon, grapefruit; that soon fade to the wheat flavor. A light bitterness, filled with citrus notes is followed by a slight astringent wheat and lemon aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; light, yet filmy on the palate. An underlying graininess adds a stiff, cardboard-like mouthfeel.

Weak flavored and pretty bland. Nothing awful, but nothing pleasant either. Not a Pale I'll remember by tomorrow.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a thin layer of white lace on top. Being that this beer is bottle conditioned, there was good sediment as well.

The smell featured an oily citrus hop with a good pepper element.

The taste consisted of a solid grapefruit and sweet orange flavor with a hint of white pepper. There was a doughy malt with a bit of a yeast character. The unfiltered character was detectable in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was clean and slightly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable and unique APA. I very much enjoyed the bottle conditioning.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very hazy peachish color with a nice frothy one finger white head. Good retention and what looks like fantastic lacing.
S: Nice citrus notes--mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine backing up the fruity notes.
T/M: Very big grapefruit flavors smack the palate with a bit of pine also, although they don't have very long legs and peter out after a bit. A bit of toasted grain in there also. Kind of watery with an unestablished body. Very fluffy and light on the palate with an ever so slight bitterness coupled with a dry finish.
D: Pretty drinkable xpa. Seems like it would be a good session brew. I wish it had more body and legs though.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy gold. Very little head, dying out before i can take a sip. Herbal and flloral hops dominate the mild aroma, with a bit of pale malt and pear fruitiness. The flavor is less hoppy than I'd hoped, altogether mild and unassuming. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and easily drinkable, though lacking in character. Somewhere between a golden ale and a pale ale. Balanced, but unexciting. Pale malt, a little bit towards the sweter side with some toasty flavors. Soft pear fruit. Gently hopped, finishing dryish and vacent. I could easily keep these coming all night, but there's not much to this brew. Light and gentle all around, without much character.

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Photo of hero27
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
..says "Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Uncompromised" on the back.

Cloudy pale straw color. Marginal head..
Bready, cereal aroma of corn mash. Light herbal hops as well.
Not thrilled by the harshness of this one..it slides down very poorly considering it's an extra pale ale and fairly low abv. Aftertaste is quite dry and the mouthfeel is very chalky. Drinkable to some extent..but it really lacks any great quality. As a summer beer, it may be considered ok, but I'd argue there are easily dozens of better similar brews available at any decent store.

Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Uncompromised... Unimpressed.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is only marginally better than the so-called "Beer of the Gods." Pours to a much more hazy color, still light golden yellow. Carbonation is decent, supporting a nice fluffy white head. Lacing is decent as well.

The smell is not very good. Has a light DMS aroma, as well as a huge cereal aroma. Doesn't smell too hoppy at all. The taste is much better. The hops seem to hide any off flavors. Sweet and lightly bitter. Still a bit grainy.

The body is light with a decent bitterness. Could definitely be better, but has a decent drinkability.

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XPA (Extra Pale Ale) from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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