Silverback Pale Ale
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
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3.52 | pDev: 10.51%
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64oz screw-top growler filled at The Growler Room here in Austin mere hours ago. Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average; I adore Thirsty Planet's Thirsty Goat Amber, but haven't cared much for their other offerings.

6.2% ABV. 36 IBU. Brewed in Winter each year for the Austin Gorilla Run.

Poured with unusual vigor given the weight of the growler, which forces an odd pouring angle.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Foamy and frothy as hell, with sticky white lacing adhering to the glass. Bubble-y and rather creamy for a pale ale; it almost reminds me of Guinness. The consistency isn't as settled, smooth, or even as I usually see in beers of the style. Head retention is shockingly good - easily 10 minutes - and this is from a growler. I'm pleasantly surprised by how good this head seems.

BODY: Translucent transparent pale copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Clearly filtered.

Appears well-carbonated. It's atypically appealing for a pale ale, in large part due to its impressive head. I'm excited for the first sip.

AROMA: The hop profile is interesting, and certainly different from the usual floral-and-citrus build you find in California-imitating Texan breweries. Pine, evergreen, sticky resins, and herbal notes. Maybe even a dab of spruce. The hops are nicely tamed by a timid pale malt backbone, which never lends too much sweetness. A bit of caramalt adds some additional complexity, but isn't overdone. The malts are lightly toasty and biscuity.

Aromatic intensity is mild, but the overall character is rather robust. I'm eager to try it.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Bubblegum is present in the first act, a hop note I'm not usually big on, but it works fairly well once the evergreen and pine hit in the early second act. It's a bit resinous, but not enough so for my tastes, and the herbal hop character is interesting but not quite dialed in. The hop bitterness is well balanced by the pale malt sweetness, but I think they could up the ante on the perceived hop bitterness. It finishes clean and sweet, with a lingering biscuity caramalt tone that hangs in the aftertaste.

It's an approachable pale ale with some nice flavours, and has a loose cohesion and a general balance, but it's ultimately underwhelming. It's shallow and lacks the intensity of flavour needed in a good pale. But the flavour duration is above average and I like what they're going for with the hop profile. I'd like to see the bubblegum gone and resins played up, as well as bit more pale malt to fill out the body. More complexity and diversity of flavour is needed for this pale ale to compete with the big dogs.

There's no yeast or alcohol presence, and I find no off-notes.

TEXTURE: Way too light-bodied and almost a bit thin, lacking the heft and weight on the palate it requires. It's aptly smooth, wet, and refreshing, and its light body makes it more drinkable than most pale ales, but it comes off a bit weak as a result.

This texture fails to elevate the beer, but does complement the taste generally well. Has some kinks that could be ironed out.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable, but also rather forgettable, with a fairly generic build and a wanting body. While it's certainly above average, it's not up to par with Thirsty Planet's best work and I wouldn't buy it again. That said, I'll be happy to finish the growler and this is interesting enough that I'll gladly continue to give Thirsty Planet's less common offerings reviews going forward. You could do worse, but you can do a hell of a lot better - even Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale is far better, and that's available damn near anywhere I'd want to go in the USA.

High C+

Jan 29, 2015
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omnigrits from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red's Porch.

A. Pale amber with a bit more yellow than I'm used to in a pale ale. Thin head, minimal lace, but that aspect of a beer is always a bit suspect when you're at a bar and you don't know for sure how clean the glass is.

S. A pretty good hit of rich malt and plenty of piney hops.

T. More of the same. In fact this is one beer that's almost identical in taste and aroma. A nice touch of bitterness around the edge of the tongue and in the finish as it goes down.

M. Medium bodied with a nicely balanced carbonation.

O. A nicely made pale ale that I could easily drink all evening. The hops are not overdone and the malt comes through nicely. There's an almost English bitter-style fruitiness. I'm going to order another after this one.

Jan 02, 2012
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bisonkron from Alaska

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- light caramel/peach in color, similar to the core of an apple. Thin head. Carbonation was nice.
S-smelled of strong hops up front, very similar to their bucket head.
T- taste was hoppy up front, but the bitterness in the middle went a little wrong on this one, was not the great hop bitterness you look for, just a bit off. Not enough sweetness to counteract the presence of the bitterness. Nothing really bad about it, just a little out of balance.
M- medium body, simi crisp, low in abv but not very drinkable.
O- I've loved everything else thirsty planet has put out, but this was not up my alley. I can see why it did not make the regular line up, it just does not blow me away like their other offerings do.

Review is off of notes from Jan/11

Jul 08, 2011
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Fenris244 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the saucer and didn't quite know that it wasn't on the site yet!

Came with a thin one finger head that stuck around for a get minutes. Light amber in color

Smell was that of hops and malt with a lemon pepperiness that I thought was something wrong but after asking the waitress I was told it's a special ingredient that does that.

Taste is pretty solid, hop flavor is nicely rounded out with malt sweetness and the lemon pepper smell I mentioned earlier comes through in the flavor as well. Not a bad addition to something would have found pretty average otherwise

Crisp refreshing beer and quite drinkable at that. Not to heavy or high in abv but avoids being watery I kinda liked it and would get it again.

Review is off of notes from the taken at the flying saucer

Jan 25, 2011
Silverback Pale Ale from Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 22 ratings