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Appalachian Trail Extra Pale Ale | Nantahala Brewing Company

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Appalachian Trail Extra Pale AleAppalachian Trail Extra Pale Ale
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Appalachian Trail Extra Pale AleAppalachian Trail Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Onenote81 on 04-08-2011

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by planetscott:
Photo of planetscott
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler.
This tastes like an IPA lite....Which is good because some pale ales tend to be pedestrian. This one is not. Floral hop aroma and flavors with a well balanced malt profile. Nice golden color. This is a beer I can drink again and again.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this western NC. brewery.Poured from the growler into an imperial nonic a pale lighter golden with thinner white head atop.Grassy and herbal hop notes in the nose along with light fruity esters,citric and grassy hops play nicely up against a caramely somewhat sweet malt base,there is toasted cereal grain-like flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.This is a well made more subdued quaffing pale and I don't mean subdued as a bad thing,I would like to try this on cask.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub in NC.
Golden amber body has excellent clarity and is topped by a durable head that leaves a fairly full coat of foam on the glass.
Hop dominant smell and, to a lesser extent, flavor. Mild-moderate bitterness. Hop dominated but some bready malt show through.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet matl, earth, earth hop, spice, spicy hop, fruit, subtle fruit hop, and grass. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, fruit hop, spice, subtle banana, and grass. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This brew could have had quite a bit going for it had it done away with the earthy note slightly. The subtle banana note in the flavor was a nice touch which actually helped elevate the rating there slightly. The rest of the brew was only what I would classify as decent however. Worth trying if you get the chance, but there are better APAs out there in the area.

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Photo of SierraStonePoint
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Nantahala

Yellow-gold color under a thin head of pure-white froth. Floral and citrus aromas with a light malty sweetness beneath the hops.
Citrusy hops primarily in the taste...floral and leafy with fresh grain and a softly sweet malt presence. Medium-light bodied, dry, and fairly bitter. Pretty refreshing and tasty. The description at the brewery alluded to tropical characterstcis, which I didn't notice. Still, a nice APA to enjoy after a long day of doing nature-y things in the Smokies.

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Photo of tclapper
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says 042116.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Good citrusy hop fume that also displays some dank pine.

T- Well-executed delivery of hop flavor, bitterness and malt. Juicy and zesty with a slight malt sweetness to round things out. Very easy to drink.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A great hop-forward pale ale. Can't ask for much more in terms of balance and drinkability.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, but consis
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of glass and hints of leaves.
T: The beer has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of pine resin and a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this APA to taste extremely fresh and was loaded with hop flavors but didn't have much in the way of bitterness so it was easy to drink.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Hazy and pale gold in color. One finger of rocky white head. Nose is a little dank with notes of lemon, cedar, and pine (Cascade hops?).

Medium body with a firm feel. Toast, lemon peel, and pine. Dry throughout. Nice lingering finish of lemon and pine. A lot of flavor for a pale ale. Not my favorite style, but this one is quite good.

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Photo of Jonbw
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and crisp feel. Good light pine taste with a slight pale malt sweetness in the smell and taste. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PDXHops
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Glowing gold body with an impressive meringuelike bright white head. Loads of streaky and soapy lacing.

Super fresh floral nose with light honey sweetness and a touch of citrus. Tastes just as good as it smells; this was my first beer from Nantahala, and a heckuva introduction. The light malt profile features minimal sweetness and a pleasant graininess after the swallow. Loads of floral and sweeter citus hop flavor, with a touch of fresh-picked yellow apple. No small amount of bitterness (put this one under the "IPA Light" column). Exceedingly tasty and refreshing. My favorite offering so far from Nantahala, and highly recommended.

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Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TheSchwartz
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler Grlz in Durham

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LWagoner
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ali1987
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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