Tettnanger Pale Ale (Dry Hopped)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.95 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent butterscotch in the center of the beer... fading to sunny tangelo out at the edges of the glass. The compact cap was approximately one finger of tight-bubbled, pale lemon colored foam. What began as a fine, gauzy curtain of lace broke up once the drinking started.

The aroma was classic German... er, American... pale ale and almost certainly benefitted from dry hopping. Although Tettnang isn't high on my list of favorites, it's clearly able to carry a hoppy ale all by its lonesome. The amount of fruitness in the nose was surprising.

Tettnanger Pale Ale was good stuff, as I was pretty sure it would be. There's something about the purity of flavor that a single-hopped pale ale delivers that I love. Some session beers are easy to drink, but become boring fairly quickly. This is one that I could have downed all day and into the night.

What tasted like almost exclusively pale malt provided a solid base of subtle sweetness that was countered by (and then easily exceeded by) a tight, focused, finishing hoppy bitterness. The flavor profile consisted of sun-ripened cereal grains and Tettnang hops that were orange and apple fruity, floral and a little bit spicy.

The mouthfeel tried to join the other scores by the bottom of the pint, but never quite made it. The beer was light-medium, when medium would have worked out better. The bubbles were a bit buzzy and didn't add much volume or creaminess. Not bad, though.

At the risk of repeating myself, Tettnanger Pale Ale is good beer despite the fact that there are several handfuls of hop varieties that I like better. Oh well, an occasional European twist on a so-called American pale ale keeps things interesting.

Feb 13, 2009
Tettnanger Pale Ale (Dry Hopped) from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1 ratings