Hook & Ladder Flashpoint Pale Ale | Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)

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Hook & Ladder Flashpoint Pale AleHook & Ladder Flashpoint Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jwhancher on 12-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 32
Photo of waldoiverson
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into nonic

A: nice golden amber, lazy carbonation, moderate sized bubbles in the head which was light in its lacing

S: piney, sweet, graham cracker and a little bit of fruity

T: piney with a bit of an astringent quality, bitter hop flavor with a bark-like quality, fruity esters persist from the nose

M: disappointingly bland with no significant body and a speck of tannic dryness

O: it's on the lower end of average.

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Photo of budgood1
3.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly cloudy/murky dark amber colour with a minimal off white head and just a touch of sticky lace. sugary toffeeness aroma of malt, some diacetyl butteriness with a candied hop aroma. the flavour profile eases up on the diacetyl a bit, which is welcome...the malt character is on the caramel and toffee side...a nice overall hop profile shows off some layered spruce and citrus notes with a nice back end lingering bitterness. it is a bit slick and sweet, but i was expecting something worse. for a pale ale, this has a pretty hefty body on it, accompanied by a chewy mouthfeel that is usually found on more substantial IPA's and DIPA's. not sure how i feel about that either. drinkability is ok...a regular pale ale should drink a bit easier than this.

overall...well, first off it's a bit of a sticky sweet mess, second...it seems to me that this blurs the line into IPA territory, and third...despite what i find unappealing about this...it has a pretty interesting hop profile and plentiful bitterness. it's rough around the edges and has too little attentuation. maybe homebrewish...?

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Photo of Phocion
2.79/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Minimal fizzy head with very little retention and only trace amounts of lacing. Clear orangish/copper-colored body.

Aroma is roasted molasses and caramel. No date on the bottle, so it could be old, but only the slightest earthy hops presence. Very biscuity with a strong aroma of diacetyl. All kinds of sweet, and none of them pleasant in the least.

Well, at least it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. Light piney/earthy bitterness with a balance of toasted buttered toffee malts. Becomes slightly more balanced as it warms, but still unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and definitely medium-bodied. Overall, I'm still unimpressed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hook & Ladder Flashpoint Pale

Orange colored brew with a small white collar and little to no lacing. Smells bready and lightly hoppy. In the flavor, very mild citrus hops with a watered down caramel malt backing. Mild in every sense of the word, but not too bad.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured chilled in ale glass

A: moderate head, pale orange; inert; yikes!
S: salty peanuts, hops, pine; quite a yummy smell
T: very nice pale ale, rich and complex in the hops, which are rather mild and understated; I get overtones of garlic and spinach

I disagree with other reviewers so far, and I think this isn't that bad; one could wish a higher ABV, but I was impressed by its flavorfulness and smoothness

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - It's a great looking beer with a clear bronzed amber color and a fantastic head. Off-white bone in color and great retention with thick lace coating all of the glass. Almost picture-perfect.

S - Grainy amber malts with traces of caramel and a little toast provide a backbone for the citrusy hop nose. Hints of grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes are relatively low. A slightly buttery diactyl aroma makes an unwanted appearance.

T - The diactyl buttery flavor is definitely in here. It almost overwhelms the toasted amber malts and dry, floral, and lightly resiny hops. Besides the fact something is clearly wrong with this beer, it's not an awful pale ale.

M - A little sick on the tongue from the problem at hand, it's relatively smooth with a moderate-to-high carbonation finish and a lingering dry, very bitter resiny finish. Medium-light in body.

D - Unappealing flavor showing something is off with this wrecks it. A hard-to-down bitterness lingers after the slick buttery finish as well. It's not a bad start for this brew but some work needs to be done with it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, but not particularly enjoyable.

Pours a deep amber with a smallish head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is strong and slightly sour, with a malty rather than hoppy character, with a burnt sugar, Creme Brulee feeling to it. The flavor is powerfully brown sugary, caramelized even I don't get a whole lot of bitterness and the burnt sugar feel makes it hard to separate the hops, though there is a sort of Amarillo-ish essence lingering in there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.59/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A nice amber looking pale ale style brew, brings out a light tan beige head forming thick bubbled carbonation...forms thins speckled lacing. Aroma has some dark rusty malt character with some grapefruit and dirty hop backings. What a horrible beer label, I've excused some of their brewing efforts based on sympathy however I can't take many more sips of this pale ale. It's unexcusable to make a horrible beer and sell it on sympathy. Amarillo hops I love but I can't smell any here, it's dirty caramel and stale hops in the nose. With a flavor that doesn't complement any of my dislikings...especially overt caramel and dirty hop finish it tastes like muddy water not a fine drinking ale. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied carbonation unoffensive but the flavor is undisputedly one of the worst beers out there. Drinkability overall is piss poor, a beer I won't give into anymore during my beer hunts.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium gold color with a hint of amber. A thick, frothy tan head forms (~1.5 fingers) upon pouring; lacing and retention are both good (better than average).

A "floral" aroma reflects notes of lightly toasted malts, hops, citrus and honey. It's not a particularly strong smell, but there's a little bit of earthiness to it.

The flavor largely reflects the nose. The lightly toasted malt is of a biscuity variety, and it's enhanced by a bit of honey. Lemon accents the subtle hop character. The alcohol is well-hidden and the balance is very good.

A subtle bite from the citrus and hop notes accents an overall pleasant experience. The beer itself is of medium body and it's very smooth.

Balance makes this beer very drinkable. There's just enough edge to make things interesting without making the beer too filling.

I think that this is a pretty good APA. It has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, with citrus notes helping enhance the overall product. This is a very drinkable beer with good mouthfeel. So, it's a good beer, but, in my view, there's unfortunately nothing about it which really sticks out as exceptional. On another note, I must really be going against the grain here because my reviews for the other beers which were in the same assortment as this one seem to be polar opposites (i.e. I liked the ones which everyone hated and vice versa).

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Photo of Beerfayce
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

draught into a shaker pint

A: Hazy amber, thin head with minimal lacing. Looks appetizing enough.

S: Strong sweet tang, almost a honey-like aroma with some slight citrus and malt.

T: Very sweet and tangy, mild fruit and malty flavors with a small amount of bitterness. The finish is almost non-existent.

M: Light and carbonated, slight syrupy character.

D: I did not particularly enjoy this beer, it was not well balanced and was overly sweet and unpleasant. The flavors were not what I prefer and didn't seem appropriate to my tastes in a PA. It was a hot day and I had been walking before drinking this, yet it was not a satisfying beer for me at all.

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Photo of KeefD
1.99/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of white head. Smell is buttery, some fruity hops, and sweet. Diacetyl city! Buttery, gross off flavors, hop bitterness is there, but doesn't overtake the sweetness and the buttered popcorn and caramel flavor. YUCK. Mouthfeel is honestly fine, medium bodied, good carbonation. But Jesus Christ, do I NOT want to drink this ever again. Blech.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is good, well balanced hops and malts, some notes of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before today, I think I had tried only one Hook and LAdder brew, and it was better than expected. I tried two new-to-me brews including this one. Of the three, this is the weakest.

It's a bit milder and creamier than it should be. It looks great but tastes a little funky. Not a lot funky, just enough to be an issue.

I am not sure why they had 12 pack samplers from this brewery on sale for $10, but even though this one is a bit weak, if I have the opportunity I will stop by and buy a couple more 12's.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lacing is sporadic. Aroma is sprucy and grassy. Even a little wintergreen in the mix. Pretty subtle overall though. Biscuity malt base. Citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness is faint to negligible. This is really unremarkable in many ways. Not horrible mind you, but one of my least favorite ales.

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Photo of VictorHnyp
4.29/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly mild for a pale ale. Doesn't overwhelm with hops. The ABV is higher than I expected, because this beer is exceptionally drinkable, and you can enjoy several without feeling bloated. Definite surprise on the upside! Sweeter finish than what would be considered normal for a pale ale, but I like it! Bought the beer in a 12-bottle, 4-variety 12-pack simply based on the unique name (hook & ladder) and didn't expect much. 2 of the 4 beers definitely surprised me (the other being the backdraft brown).

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, orange/copper color with a two-finger head of khaki-colored foam. It left thin traces of lace on the pint glass.

S - Fairly unimpressive - faint grassiness, caramel, malt and a touch of floral notes.

T - It had a nice citrus hop profile with a burnt toast maltiness. Touches of caramel add to the sweet flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is another nice brew from Hook & Ladder. Like the others that I've had it is solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured copper with quickly dissipating head.

S: Some floral esters mixed in with faint hops. Something's missing here...

T: Decent balance of malt and hops, but really wished there was more of a hop taste to this one, especially from an American APA. Looking for something a little more bitter as well.

M: Clean mouthfeel. Not too bad.

D: There are some better examples of APAs out there but overall this one is pretty decent.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper color with reddish hues.

S: Smells mostly of malts, hop aroma seem to be missing for the APA style.

T: Pale & caramel malts present in flavor. Sweet tasting. Hops again seem to be missing.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Light, refreshing, clean.

D: Seems to be a good session beer although, again, I wish more hop character were present.

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Hook & Ladder Flashpoint Pale Ale from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
3.03 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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