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Anti-Matter Pale Ale | Blue Hills Brewery

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Anti-Matter Pale AleAnti-Matter Pale Ale
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Anti-Matter Pale AleAnti-Matter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by morebeergood on 12-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by ThirstyBird:
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden yellow with a half inch white head that falls to a blanket. Some decent lacing.

Smell is nice and delicate. Lightly sweet and nice floral and fruity hops. The taste is quite good, a little sweeter than the nose indicates with nice easy going tart hops. Nice crisp aftertaste with very mild bitterness. The body is light and the carbonation is medium with a good crisp carbonation. Overall this is a great drinking pale ale I'm glad that I tried it...I'm sure I will again.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ShogoKawada!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Mikado yellow liquid, unfiltered I think judging from the light haze. Three fingers of splashed white merengue. Thick 3-D clouds of lacing.

Light honey-tinted malt aroma, with a subtle floral note from hops.

A little diacetyl on the palate entry mars the otherwise gently sweet maltiness. Slightly crackery with a hint of corn-bread. Amarillo hops are billed on the side of the bottle, but I can't detect much of anything hop-wise beyond a touch of earthy/herbal balance in the finish.

Soft, pillowy, soft-bodied mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

Very drinkable, though I prefer a bit more complexity (or if not, at least something more perfectly clean).

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Photo of WSB
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful orange color, with the largest, puffiest cloud-like head I've ever seen. a good 3 inches from the original pour.

Smell was reluctant at first. This beer really needs time to breathe, as no aroma can escape the huge head of foam it produces on the pour. So pour it and then walk away for about 5-10 minute before coming back. When it has had time to breath, the smell is very bready, fruity and spicy. Lots of spice in the nose, all thanks to the Amarillo hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very fizzy. Lots of activity on the tongue, as the image on the label suggests.

Taste is very nice- bready and spicy, like the smell. Lots of malt, and warm, aggressive spice notes on the finish. Its a very clean, distinct, unique taste.

The label suggests that this beer is "destined to be a favorite of session beer fanatics", but I disagree. While I loved the taste, the aggressive spice of the hops and the abv make this beer "un-sessionable" in my opinion. Its just got too much character- if the spicy doesn't ruin the palate, the alcohol content will.

This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had

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Photo of mountdew1
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light orangey amber with numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Started with a 3 finger off white head that was thick and frothy, but faded to a thin white head that clung slightly to the sides. Aroma was slightly bitter sour, but switched to a fruity hoppy. Taste was a thin very slightly fruity that changed to a bitter finish. Hints of sour undertone in the bitter. Felt a tad off in the mouth. Absolutely no coating in the mouth, and the carbonation felt a bit bubbly in the back of the mouth. Over all just mediocre beer. Not really worth the cost.

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Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden body with a nice, creamy white head. Good size and retention. Thick lace coats a large portion of the glass.

S- A strong grain/pale malt aroma is up front with a good deal of fruit (apple, white grape, maybe from yeast) going along with it. Somewhat buttery and floral as well.

T- Cereal/grains and caramel, biscuit malt make up a large portion of the flavor. Hops lend a good deal of floral, earthy and spicy notes.

MF- Light body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Only slightly bitter on the finish.

A solid, flavorful Pale Ale. Has a good balance between hop and malt flavors, which isn't the case for a ton of APAs I find these days. Another good local brew.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from brewery tasting.
A bright golden yellow with some haze. A decent amount of head that sticks around. A lot of hops are present in the nose. Obviously the smell of Amarillo but nice and fruity and subtly zesty. A lot of caramel malt notes. The character of this beer is great for its simple ingredients. A great balance of sweet caramel malt and floral hops. A slight bitter bite at the end but it is nicely balanced with a wet malt finish. A lighter body makes this one go down quick. Tasty.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

Pours big creamy head that fades semi slowly over crystal clear pale golden orange color.

Nose some light grassy hops, very light fruity aromas, touch of malts, that's about it.

Taste brings more light grassy hips, light spicy, noble like hops, very light malt base just there to support the hops but just a slight beauty flavor, bitterness is decent and a bit spicy, light fruity flavors, finishes semi bitter with lingering spicy and light noble grassy hops, fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall not bad, sessionable, light pale noble grassy hops, decent bitterness, but a little flat in overall taste and aroma.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy head (in a good way). Modest lace at the start, but on the second pour, there is far more lace on the glass.

Dry, mildly yeasty, malt up front on the nose. Light, grass-like hop aroma comes immediately afterward.

Tastes like a pretty good home brew, meaning there's lots of yeast biscuit flavor. The swallow and aftertaste has a good hop bitterness (white pepper). The body is as expected.

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a completely clear, golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates very quickly. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Nose is very floral. The hops come through nicely. Also has a substantial sweetness to it at the same time. At times the sweeteness seems to have an almost honey-like character.

The taste follows along very closely with the nose. A nice, floral hop flavor is followed by a very strong sweet malt flavor. There is also a slight spicy hop flavor. The honey-like character that was in the nose isn't present here but the malt presence might be a bit too sweet at the finish.

Crisp and clean. A light body with lively carbonation give the beer a light mouthfeel. Maybe a bit heavy on the sweetness at the finish.

Drinkability is decent. Floral hop flavor is very enjoyable but it seems to need a bite at the end to balance out the sweetness there. There almost seems to be a clear line drawn in the taste with hops on one side and malt on the other.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a slightly hazy light yellow gold with two finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sugary sweetness with a malty flavor that is a bit like candy. Some bitterness is there is background but the nose seems to be able about the malt here.

The taste is filled with sweetness from the start but this sweetness does not cross over the line into being too sweet. A really malt forward beer that still shows it's bitterness but with a quieter hop presence. I don't think I have a beer that had Amarillo hops that seem to be so cooperate with it's malt counterpart. There is a nice fruity-like flavor to the sweetness that carries the flavor all the way through till the end. There is a slight creaminess that comes as a surprise as well.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is great going down. A very drinkable beer that well balanced and quite interesting

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Photo of brianjay
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is hazy, colors are dark gold and orange. Thick, bright head but it fades quickly. Where did you go, head? We miss you.
The aroma is very promising, full of herbs, spices and some citrus. It is hiding nothing.
Flavor ends up being sweet (reminds me of apple tart, although I have never actually had it) and the spice and lemon from the hops balancing it out. It ends with a bit of a dry finish complimented with toasted oat flavors.
This is a nice beer to spend some time with. Although the alcohol is low, the flavors are strong and it is nice to let them linger.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jboucher
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Sample bottle from the local distributor with a 'post-it' like label that read only "Anti-Matter"

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow color. Possibly unfiltered due to the cloudiness. Big three finger head that settles down to a half finger head. Thick and sticky lacing. Good head retention. Average carbonation.

Smell: Honeyed citrus and banana bread. There is also a slight note of fresh cherry pie. Excellent nose to it. Can definitely sense the abundant amarillo hops. Malt backbone is apparent.

Taste: Amarillo hops upon the arrival with a bready finish. The lasting finish tapers off until all that is left is some honeyed citrus. The hops hit you in the beginning, but don't last as long as would be preferred. Citrus notes are apparent. Mild honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and spicy at the same time due to the hop/honey balance.

Ending notes: Overall, I would say that I was impressed with this beer. I would get it again if I spotted it. Good summer drink. It is definitely session able and goes down easily. I liked their single-malt approach with this brew.

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Photo of nas5755
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A good looking beer. A bright golden yellow with a nice creamy head and decent retention with some lacing.

S - Grainy hay with a lemon hint

T - A solid pale ale. Grainy hay, nice malts and a decent bitterness, with some lemon citrus

M- a nice creamy beer, good carbonation.

D - A very solid pale ale, something I wouldnt mind drinking again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow and a little hazy. Fine white bubbles coated the surface and soapy ones collected into a collar. A bit of lacing and good head retention. Nice aroma. A pleasant combination of grainy malt and floral, lemon citrus hops. Fragrant without being overpowering. Flavour was decent too. Malty and floral up front, cereal, light citrus, slight hop spice towards the end, with moderate bitterness lingering. Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation, a bit dry, malty texture. A decent beer, a little one dimensional in malt character, but that's to be expected with an experiment like this. Good choice with the hops though.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from the liquor store down the street. Split with friends.

A - A crystal clear copper pour with a light one finger creamy head that leaves minimal side lacing.

S - Very run of the mill aromas here. Mostly malt as what should be floral ops have all but faded. This was bought from a refrigerated unit and is quite disappointing.

T - More of the same here. Mostly a malt bomb unfortunately with just the faintest of hop flavors (citrus).

M - The only redeeming quality of this beer. Nice and crisp and dry. A very nice feeling APA,

O - Overall, this was quite the let down. Maybe because of the epic name I was expecting more but it was rather lack luster. Perhaps fresh things would be different but this was quite underwhelming.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with decent clarity. Bottle conditioned, the second pour is cloudy. Strange looking white head with some larger sized bubbles. The aroma is mostly yeast and a touch of malt. Flavor has a decent malt character for one variety of grain. Amarillo lends a modest bitterness and a nice citrus grapefruit to the flavor. Very light in body. Simple beer. The end of the sip has what I believe to be D.M.S. giving a undesirable vegetable flavor. Especially as it warms up this becomes more predominant. I honestly like this beer less and less as I drink on. The risk of simple beer is off-flavors become more noticeable. I am usually very generous, also understanding to odd recipes. But this tastes like a technical brewing issue resulting in very noticeable off-flavor.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured bright yellow, with particle haze. Head fell to nothing and left poor lacing.

Smell was hoppy floral burst with some sweetness underneath.

There is a strong hop presence throughout, spicy and floral stay on the tongue and back of the throat. Malt is present midway and has a pizza crust flavor but is cut immediately with the lingering hop bitterness.

Medium->Light body, well attenuated for APA but think it could be a bit more crisp on the finish. Maybe I poured too vigorously and lost some carbonation.

I think the boiling hops could be less, the hop nose, flavor are fine but the lingering bitterness takes away from overall enjoyment for a 22oz - better to share with friends.

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Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of halfshell
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of morebeergood
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery to try the new BHB release. Info at the brewery says that this is the first in a line of beers that will feature only one type of malt and one type of hop. This APA was brewed with only two-row malt and Amarillo hops. Poured into stemmed beer glasses. Nice heavy pour produces a hefty head, with a quick surge of carbonation to the top. Clear body with a medium golden color. Slight bit of lacing around the rim of the glass. Aroma has a nice bit of citrus and hay to it. Taste is very pleasing. There is a nice bite of spicy hops that lends an apricot-like flavor to the beer. Mouthfeel was on the thick side for a pale ale, as the malt profile really shines through. It also leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste on the palate. The 6% abv is nowhere to be found; well hidden. I found this beer to be immensely drinkable. Very smooth with an excellent but subtle taste. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a fan of BHB beers.

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Anti-Matter Pale Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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