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Skinny Atlas Light | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This four time Great American Beer Festival winner and one time World Beer Cup winner is Pale yellow in color and has the flavor of a light German pilsner, crossed with the crisp cleanness you might find in an American Ale. Skinny Atlas is named for Central New York's Skaneateles Lake from which Empire draws its brewing water.

Added by WesWes on 10-14-2007

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the brewery. Empire Brewing describes this as a light German pilsner mixed with an American Ale

A - very pale golden color with a good amount of rising carbonation and a white head. Clear

S - aroma was quite mild but clean. Surprisingly similar to a macro-brewery pils.

T - Surprise! A very flavorful and good tasting malty pilsner.

Mouthfeel - pleasing; medium full rather than light; good carbonation.

D - very good, but rating held down by the unimpressive aroma.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mackeyse
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass it appeared a brilliant gold with a short white head. I really liked the authentic sulfur notes in the aroma and flavor to give this a true German kick. There's also a light apple note in the flavor and clean grain husk and toast. Very drinkable and perfect for a session when you're feeling like something lighter.

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBCrew
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. sampler poured into a tasting glass. Slight white head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. The beer itself is a pale straw color, a bit difficult to see in the low lighting but I thought it appeared slightly hazy. Faint lemony aroma with a hint of malts in there as well. The taste is really good for a light beer, I can see why this has previously won a medal at the GABF. Slight pale malt sweetness nicely balanced with slight hop bitterness. Light bodied mouthfeel leads to a very drinkable beer. Not my favorite of what they offer but it is certainly a good representative for the style.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that settled down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a thick collar around the edge of the glass, and a thin head in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of grapes and cracker malts—the grapes are most noticeable upfront and the cracker malts linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness.
O: The lighter bodied nature of this beer makes it quite easy to drink. It's not a bad representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zrroot
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY.

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Photo of jeffbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of atr2605
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a yellow golden color with sediment in suspension throughout, average white head
S-sweet malt, wheat, no hop presence
T-malty and clean, crisp finish. hops providing a nice balance but not lending to flavor
M-medium bodied, average carbonation, crisp
O- very clean beer that is easy drinking and perfect for a hot day. Little heavier body than some other kolschs I have had

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Photo of mikeg67
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with fluffy white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of Noble hops, biscuit malt and hint of lemon. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops, grain and bready malt combine on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Ok overall.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMorris
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very clean and crisp light beer that's beautiful in its simplicity, and should prove unoffensive to any beer drinker.

Brilliant clarity through light straw colors shape the appearance for the beer. Lively carbonation fuels an airy and short-lived head. Low on lace, the beer's light character shows in its terse foam character. Otherwise, an inviting beer.

Partly grainy, partly malty- the beer's nose is pilsner-esque in subtlty and balance. With an herbal hop tone, the beer has a light musty scent with lemon and apple esters. An overall clean scent that reminds me of better Munich Helles beers.

Flavors are consistent with the aromas: part grain, part malt combine for a blend that has a mild German lager taste but also with the flavor of raw barley, husk, and mild sweetness. Hoppy with flavors of lemongrass, fresh cut grasses, and herbs that turn cleanly bitter in finish. Lightly sulfury and minerally, these seem to bring attention to light acidity of apples and lemons.

Light throughout, the early malty creaminess is foregone and the grain feel causes mild astringency just as the bitterness sets in. Without a malty balance in finish, the rougher components of grain, sulfur, and bite surface. Still, clean and crisp enough so that the average beer drinker won't notice.

A good light beer that favors drinkability and simplicity over complexity and boldness. Straddling what's best about German lagers and American blonde ales, this beer compares well with other American made kolsch-style beers.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a faint hops aroma as well. The taste is decent also. It has a weird pale malt flavor along with an overly bitter hop taste. It's all malt, but it tastes foreign, almost extract like. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average light lager. It different for sure, but I didn't enjoy it much. It seemed a bit unbalanced with the hops dominating the flavor profile.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Skinny Atlas Light from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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