Amazeballs | Peekskill Brewery

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4.24 w/ 213 ratings

Brewed by:
Peekskill Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single Hop American Pale Ale using Australian Galaxy hops. Offers all the hop flavor without bitterness.

Silver Medal Winner, (GABF 2013)

Added by merc7186 on 09-11-2012

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Went to the old Peekskill brewpub last October and was blown away; I also hear great things about the new one that opened up down the block this past January. Peekskill started distributing to NYC in February, and the appearance of their beers on tap lists throughout the city has been a game-changer. In particular, their reception of the Governor’s Cup for best brewer in the State of New York this past weekend cemented how quickly they’ve risen to prominence.

Appearance: Stunning light orange.

Smell: Monster citrus aroma, instantly reminiscent of Zombie Dust and Susan, two of the finest beers I’ve ever had the good fortune of tasting. A wonderful, big, memorable smell for an APA.

Taste: The substantial aroma is more than backed up by huge citrus taste. Amazeballs is very likely the east coast’s answer to Zombie Dust, made all the more impressive by the fact that it checks in at a mere 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, medium-carbonation.

Overall: This is a damn near-perfect APA. If Peekskill ever starts packaging, this beer could be New Yorkers’ opportunity to finally have a locally brewed trade target as desirable as ZD.

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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On first look the froth and color are perfectly tuned.

Hoppy aroma is striking like the teamster; very nice, outstanding really. The smell is bright, with a spruce feeling that's not very bitter. Word has it, they used galaxy, which were put to good use.

The taste imparts a balanced mouth feel, without a lot of heat. I like it.

This is great stuff and worth a trip for a growler and a pint while you wait.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Outstanding! Pineapple galore. Like the younger bro to Schafly's Tasmanian ipa

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear golden yellow color with foamy white head.

The aroma has almost a Citra aroma, but it's actually Galaxy, with its citrus and tropical fruit and passionfruit. This was lighter though and less full on the sweetness.

The flavor follows with crisp citrus and orange. It's actually a very hoppy beer. Like other extremely hopped beers, it's not really a bitterness or flavor. It's just pure hops that rolls around your mouth. It just rolls and rolls of hop juice character of a light tangerine, slight orange, pineapple.

There's a bit of crackery malt in there, but it really just stands out as mostly hops, juicy fruits with a slight bitterness on the end.

I was not sold on this beer the first few times having it. However, having it a bit past refrigerator/tap temperature, this beer really started the shine as the hop and fruit character came through. Highly recommend having this slightly warmer than cold.

This stands up with the best out there.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally got a chance to try this on tap at Peekskill Brewery - it had kicked right before my first visit to the brewery. Heard great things about this beer, and having just had my first 6-er of Zombie Dust, wanted to see how this compared.

A: Served in a Peekskill 16oz pint glass. Nice foamy white head with decent lacing. Beer looks delicious, if that's such a thing, with a light orange tinge on a clean beer.

S: Ripe oranges, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass. This thing hits your nose like a mack truck. Beautiful bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit mingling with some grassy pine notes. I almost didn't want to drink this, as my nose would be deprived of the scent. If you've ever been to Disney World/Land, and been on the ride "Soarin'", there's a section where you "fly" over California orange groves, and they pipe in the scent of fresh oranges. That was the first thing my mind shot to when I smelled this beer.

T: See above. Just amazing. Ripe citrus hits your tongue immediately, followed by a nice pine suggestion just subtle enough to poke through, yet the bitterness is tame compared to other APAs. Great job by the Chief attaining amazing balance while showcasing the wonderfulness that is the Galaxy Hop. I honestly can't believe this thing isn't just loaded with Citra hops. Finishes clean, with slight bitterness, and refreshing orange notes on the back of the tongue.

M: Good carbonation for the style. Light feel but prickly on the tongue. Very refreshing.

O: Maybe I'm a bit biased because this is a local NY brew, and I have better access to it than I do ZD, but damn, this APA is as good, if not slightly better than Zombie Dust. Sacrilege, I know, but regardless, this is a MUST try for anyone who loves citrusy Pale Ales. Anytime Peekskill has a tap takeover in NYC, this thing kicks within an hour or two. Definitely my favorite beer brewed in NY right now. Keep up the good work, Chief!

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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very consistent, every time I go to Peekskill this is an automatic growler to go.

Clean, well balanced and delicious.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Blonde and a little hazy, frothy white head up top. No, not the girl at the end of the bar; we're talking beer here, people!

First whiff of the aroma gets me excited. Juicy, citric hops settle themselves over a mild base of sweet grains. Fruity, floral, and pleasantly pungent. This aroma is neck-and-neck with the very best of the style. Wow.

Juicy, fruity, creamy hops bombard my palate. A kiss of sweet malty goodness shows up in the middle before being ushered away by more fresh, delicious hops. Not resinous or piney at all. Really tasty and imminently drinkable. Geez, this is dangerously close to Zombie Dust territory.

I was certain it was brewed with Citra hops from the smell alone and was stunned when the bartender revealed it was a single-hop Galaxy brew. Difficult to believe since I rarely enjoy Galaxy, but Benz really knew his stuff and I have no reason not to believe him.

Amazeballs lives up to its name. Still kicking myself for not bringing a growler home.

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