Robot Surf Factory
Spring House Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,222
Ranked #38,966
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: An American-style pale ale hopped up with hefty amounts of Simcoe and Citra hops. This hoppy ale is aged on fresh pineapple wedges, juice and a bed of Cascade hops.
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Photo of mdfb79
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%

From 10/18/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours an amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of citrus and bitter hops, grapefruit, pine hops, light floral notes. Very bitter taste. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but very bitter.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured into a tulip. Hazy, deep golden yellow/orange color. BIG, white, fluffy head which retains itself for quite some time.

Smell: Hoppy, piney, and earthy, but with that right bit of fruity/citrus zest to it, to balance it all out.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness, but very mild. Smoothed out with a very fruity sweetness. I can kinda sense the pineapple, but I mainly just taste a fruity sweetness, which is good nonetheless. EDIT: Much further into the glass now, and the pineapple is starting to show it's face.

Feel: Very easy to drink. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

Overall: I'm actually very impressed with this APA. Much better than I expected. It has just the right amount of everything to make me happy.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours a light golden color with with a white foam. Good clarity, a bit of lace.

SMELL: Tropical fruit in a mostly hoppy nature, you can definitely pick up pineapple, but also citrus and pine.

TASTE: Grapefruity citrus, pine and herb are in the forefront with some pineapple and mango in the sustain. Nice fruitiness but still holding very true to its ipa roots. Pale malts with a bready, grainy flavor which works as a fine template for the hops.

FEEL: Medium bodied, solid medium carbonation. Hop flavor lingers into the aftertaste.

OVERALL: This is a good option when you're in the mood for ipa and want something a little different. Not pineapple heavy, but it doesn't have to be. Fairly bitter actually, which was nice.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is another one that i was fairly impressed with (my notes gave it a 4.25 from tap) when i visited the taproom the other day so i left with a bottle for a closer inspection. enjoyed from my batch 2 TB 22oz snifter intihar style.

a - brew pours a transparent orange yellow with a thin frothy head that leaves great lace on the glass as it dissolves.

s - nose is fruity with a nice splash of pineapple dancing over a pale ale. not too hoppy since the pineapple seems to fill that void.

t/m - extremely refreshing and a really solid pale...this is definitely no ipa, but a really nice fruited pale.

o - with the increase in popularity of the hopped out pales that are practically ipas, it is really nice to see a fruited pale because lets face it, we get bored of malty pales quick and there are so many great hopped out pales that are practically it is nice to see a pale trying to be a pale, but better yet, with a pineapple compliment which works really well with the brew to give it some oomf. another great beer from spring house. very pleased with what is coming out of this brewery.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a transparent golden orange with a tight white head. Nose is lighter, it has a light grain bill, fair amount of pineapple, a bit sweeter and the fruity tropical notes seem more from fruit not from hops. Taste is doughy biscuit, fruity pebbles, faint tropical fruit notes, and a bit of grassy hops. Well carbonated, light body, soft feel.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a malty smell mixed with some lighter aromas of a grassy hop nature. Along with these, and as the name may have predicted, are some aromas of pineapple mixed with some other tropical fruit smells of tangerine and mango.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp malty flavor with hints of breadiness and cracker. Along with these are some sweeter flavors of tangerine and a lighter pineapple taste. As the flavor advances the pineapple grows in intensity, all while the bready flavors become more doughty like in nature. These transitions make for a sweeter chewier taste more toward the middle of the taste. But as the flavor moves on to the end, hops start coming in, being a mix of grassy and citrus flavors, which mellow the sweetness out nicely and leave a rather pineapple fruity, but nicely balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are rather decent for the pineapple and pale ale flavors of the brew and make for a more refreshing drinker.

Overall – Unlike many of the pineapple brews I have had, which taste like spiked pineapple juice, this one has a nice pale ale nature with a background pineapple flavor. Rather easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of Omnium
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Nice aroma, bready malt, pineapple juice, nice floral and citrus hop notes, a little grassy
T - Front is some sweet pineap...MALT, at first its ok then its just a malt assault. in the end you get some faint pineapple traces, but no hop presence in the flavor at all.
M - Average, a little spritzy but not bad.
O - This seems like it would be a good combo, but like She-Monster the malt makes a bad situation out of the good fruit use.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems Spring House likes some fruit in their ales.

This is a decent pale ale. The beer seems a little thick and clogged with hop character that is equally matched by fruit that is mildly pineapple at most, but not too firmly defined. Not a whole lot of specific character here. One thing I'd really change is the too strong of a carbonation. Decent enough though.

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Photo of cale_dooper
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - I heard some people say there might have been a bit of variance in the carbonation, but this was spot on. Reminded me of a Maine pale ale appearance, a bit more yellow.

S - Fresh and definitely a bit of a tropically rind.

T - Creamy, pineapple-y goodness. A bit of lemon and a grassy finish.

M - Light, fluffy, amazing. Feels creamy. A bit like Elysian Space Dust.

O - VERY impressed, I haven't been this excited about a pale ale in forever.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into teku

A: Crystal clear yellow/orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Grass hop nose with a faint hint of pineapple. Actually a bit surprised, I was expecting more pineapple citrus nose from the hops but the hops were definitely lending more earthiness. Pineapple appears to come from elsewhere, assuming pineapple juice.

T: Nice grass bitterness melded with a slight fruity pineapple juice. The malt is subtle and pretty nicely balanced with the hops. This is not an overly aggressive pale which is what I appreciate. The one thing I wish there was more of was more juicy pineapple flavor, it's very subtle.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel, good dry bitterness

O: This beer didn't blow me away but was very enjoyable. I was expecting a lot from a Pineapple Pale Ale, hoping for lots of juicy, citrusy hops but rather got a nicely balanced pale with a smooth malt bill and nice grassy hops (with a bit of citrus). The Pineapple comes in subtly in the form of either pineapple juice, fermented on pineapples, or (gasp) pineapple extract flavoring.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple pale ale...I have high expectations of a hoppy pale ale with a pineapple hint rather than citrusy.

A-golden, not a lot of bubbles, not a lot of head.

S-smells hoppy with a bit of pineapple, but unfortunately there's more of an adjunct syrupy scent here. Just smells like it's of very poor quality.

T-Fortunately this doesn't taste adjunct or syrupy. Comes in with a flavor of fruit punch and grains, though to be fair the fruit punch does lean more towards pineapple than other fruits. It's actually an okay flavor and then comes in a fairly impressive bitterness for an APA. The bitterness sticks.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-I like this. Doesn't look or smell right, but it has a good lasting flavor that makes you glad you have a bomber. It could pass for an IPA and the pineapple aspect doesn't make this a novelty, it really just adds to the flavor. Make it cheaper, make it cans, you'll get me to buy this again, and in bulk.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.75 bomber from Abe's.

Shiny bold bright gold body, slightly hazy, topped by three fingers of rocky pure white foam.

Aroma is...pineapple. I am shocked, shock I say. Inviting but maybe a tad too sweet.

Light malt up front, quickly giving way to a mix of juicy fruit, from which a clear dose of pineapple emerges. Unfortunately, the pineapple needs to taste fresher, and the beer needs more pale ale besides the pineapple.

Suitable light mouthfeel.

Not bad, but not great. Needs more pineapple crush and more hop bite. Great name though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a vintage Sam Adams Boston Cream wavy glass (improper). A brownish-amber liquid with a slight chill haze, topped with a solid cap of white foam; nice retention and lacing. I could tell right from the first whiff that this was going to be a disappointment. Damn you, Funky Buddha, for spoiling my senses. Aroma was pretty basic, dry hoppy bitterness, distant bready malts, pretty much nothing in the way of pineapple. When the temperature rose, a touch of unripe pineapple scent came out, but that was about it, and I really had to search for it. The taste was no pineapple whatsoever, lots of resinous piney bitterness though, secondary flavors of grass and simple bready malts, "woody" yeast, light floral notes in the finish. If there was any pineapple in here, it was overpowered by the blast of bitter hops that was simply too intense for the style.

There seems to be quite a variance in reviews for this beer, leading me to believe that Spring House was too anxious to get it out and it is too inconsistent for mass consumption. Maybe it will improve with further batches. [/2cents]

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Photo of Hollywood610
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a 24 oz bottle.

I dont like ipas but i thought i would give another a try, it smelled pretty good not much pine smell but still smelled good.

nice head on it when poured into a glass (this beer made me realize my great lakes pint glass has a odd lip on one side)

I want to like ipas but i still dont this beer was ok i drank it all for $10 iwas not going to waste it

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured out as an orange color with a white head on top. The retention was thin and left a subtle lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is packed with pineapple aromas... not too much else besides additional malt sweetness and some hops. The taste of the beer is straight pineapple juice in the beginning of each sip which then faded into a balanced sweet and hoppy Pale Ale. The fruit flavors are a little too dominant in this one for me... perhaps I'm just not a huge fan of the specific fruit itself so that is probably just my personal opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and juicy, decently carbonated and easy to drink. Overall I think the pineapple was just a bit much in this one. Otherwise it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a crystal clear light amber orange color with a white cap that fades to a thin film. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is slightly fruity with notes of citrus that blend into an evident amount of alcohol providing it's own layering of fruity feel.

The flavor is a bit awkward with bitter pine and resinous hops aspects coupled with a tropical note of pineapple quality that is strange and almost orange-like moreso than pineapple. Some grassy bitterness is present into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is interesting to try but I would probably not have this again. I think the idea here is brilliant as I love tropical notes to hoppy beers. This however, just has a strange feel to it that seems more adjunct and artifical than natural.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Spieglau blonde glasses

golden color with a nice big bright white head

The pine is apparent both on the nose and in the taste. There is a bit of sweetness on the nose as well as in the head. That sweetness isn't enough to deliver on the pineapple promise. I think this beer would be a solid pale ale, but the pineapple pale ale writes checks that the beer just doesn't cash. It's certainly refreshing and easy to drink but not noteworthy. I would suggest using a hop that brings the tropical flavors like Jai Alai or Odell IPA. At that point, the pine resin could push this beer into the pineapple pale ale category.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at spring house taproom

Slightly clouded golden yellow color, one-finger crop of white head resting on top, fading into some rings of splotchy lacing.

Intense tropical and pineapple scents - like fresh cut fruit with a formidable hop punch. Bready malts, slight sweetness.

Hoppy, fruity and bitter up front with pineapple, citrus and tropical fruit. Light sweetness, strong (borderline abrasive) bitterness nips at the tongue. This reads more like an IPA to me, with a milder backbone and a dash of caramel. Finishes fruity with more pineapple and dry hoppiness.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Aggressively fruit forward and interesting - this was my first beer during my visit and I was pretty excited to try more after this.

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Photo of thain709
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a dull golden yellow was pretty cloudy actually...a white head stood about a finger tall and receded to a full ring...some lacing was left behind

S - Pure pineapple juice...the nose is spot on with real pineapple mixed with Dole Pineapple Juice...some pale malts and slight yeast come through as the beer warms

T - The pineapple doesn't have the chance to shine like it did in the nose...there is a blast of pineapple with the first sip, but the pale malts and other citric hops take over mid sip...the yeast strain stands strong throughout the beer...the finish tries to provide some pineapple and sweetness to overcome the yeast

M - Medium bodied...nice carbonation, some pineapple in the finish, spicy yeast

O - I love pineapple and the nose had my hopes high...but as with the Pale Ales from Spring House there is strong yeast presence that mutes the star flavors

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Tasting Room.

A - Pours slightly cloudy straw yellow with a nice one finer tall white head leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pineapple, citric hops, spicy yeast and some light caramel sweetness. Pineapple was a little weak in mine.

T - Starts off with some pineapple and some bready yeast slowly giving way to hints of caramel, citric hops and some light spice. Not really a fan of this yeast they keep using for all of their lighter beers.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bigger feel than I would have expected from a simple pale ale.

O - Like most of Spring House's lighter beers this one was just ok. I think if they tweak a few things this one could be really nice.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at paradise by the slice

Served in a pint glass, it has a nice golden color body with a small foamy white head on that layed down to a nice thin lace. The smell was very pungent of sweet pieneapple with a hint of hops. The taste was like biting into a golden pineapple, fresh taste, with some malt notes on the center of the tonuge and a nice hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. The hop taste was nice and balanced with the pineapple flavor. The mouth feel was great, well carbonated and overall i really enjoyed this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler to pint glass. Shared with family and friends the day it was filled. Sampled 4/7/12.

A: One and a half fingers of a light brown foamy head rises, retains well, and falls to a long lasting film and collar. The body is a medium dark coppery-amber color and considerably darker than expected for a pineapple beverage of any sorts. Magnificent clarity. Complete sheets of lace grab the walls of the glass each time it is tilted back.

S: Bold aromas of pineapple hit the nose first and, as expected, make it hard to pick out the grain and hop aromatics. While the pineapple scent is somewhat juice-like, it is not recklessly *oozing* with sweetness - or is at least countered with enough bitterness to offset. So, well done on the nose.

T: Mild caramel malt backdrop, firm bitterness. Intense flavors of pineapple juice/concentrate begin to take over almost all of the beer-related qualities. Very sweet and soda-like...and artificial. Pleasant flavor (show me somebody that doesn't like pineapple!) but overbearing by the end of the glass.

M: Medium-light body with an appropriate and satisfying level of carbonation throughout the swallow - sustaining even afterwards - and inviting the flavor to carry on through.

O: Good novelty enjoy it for what it is. I was kind of hoping, however, that Matt would have allowed a more natural pineapple character to come through from the hop selection instead of what seemed to be fruit or even juice concentrate. With that in mind, I think that there could be some potential in IPA or DIPA territory as well.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Spring House Taproom (Lancaster, PA) on 6/2/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger or so of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a thin foaminess throughout, leaving back lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is mostly all juicy pineapple flavors. There is maybe a bit of some light floral edges and malt sweetness along the back but this is pretty much all tropical sweetness with a bitter edge to it from the fruit.

The taste is the same, with pineapple giving this not only a ripe juiciness but also a pretty heady amount of pithy bitterness that lingers strongly in a dry finish. This is undercut by some neutral sweet graininess and a light grassy hops bitterness but the overall impression here is flavorful and bright feeling fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue with more of a smooth feeling crispness along the back. This has a nice quenching flow to it that compliments the flavors here well.

Well, like most of the fruit beers from here, this is pretty heavy on the pineapple and your overall enjoyment of this is probably going to depend on how much you like it. That said, I thought that is worked very nicely as the primary flavor in a Pale Ale, as it brings not only added sweetness to the table but also its own bitterness without having to overly rely on hops to keep this crisp. This was quite tasty and drinkable, especially as it warmed up.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spring House Taproom into a nonic pint.

A: Bold golden yellow colored body with minimal cloudiness to it initially, perhaps chill haze. A foamy, soapy looking head sits atop white in color that left really nice lacing and a good retention cap.

S: Big juicy pineapple, pale malts, wheat and some bitter citrusy hops. Certainly the pineapple aroma is dominating the overall profile but there is a clean bitter break, along with a solid malt backing breaking through.

T: Very pineapple forward. Pineapple juice, sort of artificial in flavor comes first followed by some faint caramel malt undertones. There's a soft bitterness at the back of the palate from some fruity hopping but the pineapple comes full circle. It never really breaks away from it, allowing the hops to do their thing like a Pale Ale should.

M: Slightly bigger body than expected for the style, creamy and nicely carbonated. It drinks with more body and ABV than it should.

You've got to like pineapple to enjoy this beer, you really do. That said, I thought this was a nicely done fruit-flavored Pale Ale. While there were some trace artificial flavors, it doesn't come across as one. The hops I wish were more pronounced to cut some of the subtle sweetness from the fruit, but other than that, it's very tasty.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at the Spring House Taproom

Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw golden color with a wispy cream colored head; nice lace and moderate retention. Smells like concentrate pineapple juice with mild citrus bitterness. Slightly artificial pineapple juice dominates the body but the underlying pale ale is much stronger than the nose would have suggested. Traces of Citra like hops struggle to emerge through the pineapple juice and provide minimal balance. Medium thick, well carbonated, chewy body. If you like (reallly like) pineapple this might be enjoyable, but I'd prefer for it to be turned down a little and complement the pale ale rather than stomping on it.

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