N/E Auburn Pale Ale
Knee Deep Brewing Company

N/E Auburn Pale AleN/E Auburn Pale Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Pale Ale - American
3.8 | pDev: 9.47%
Feb 10, 2020
Dec 24, 2016
Very Good
N/E Auburn Pale AleN/E Auburn Pale Ale
Notes: A crisp, clean double-filtered West Coast pale ale brewed with citrusy, fruity and dank hops. This pale ale is juicy yet refreshingly clean. We double-filtered this hoppy ale ale in the traditional North East Auburn manner.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Nugganooch from California

From the 16oz can
Firestone Walker Nonic glass

The pour is an impeccably clear straw gold body with a short-lived paper white foam cap. Looks like it could pass as an AAL. Pine hop aromas up front with some light grapefruit, fruity malts, pepper spice and bready/cracker malt noted there. This one is actually quite bready/cracker like in flavor with some modest earthy pine bitterness and a bone dry finish. Lesser notes of citrus, more fruity malt esters to round out. Pretty clean with a nice crisp action, a little light and watery at times.

Not sure the direction or identity of this one really but it is a nice and easy going pale. That said, probably not seeking out again

Feb 10, 2020
3.64 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Aug 23, 2019
Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Love the artwork on the can.

Appearance - Pours a clear apricot gold with four fingers of frothy bubbly white head.

Smell - piney, citrus, earthy, leafy, and floral hops, pine resin, grapfefruit peel, citrus and orange peel, bready malts, caramel, and earthy yeast.

Taste - piney, citrus, earthy, leafy, and floral hops upfront. The danky pine resin comes through next followed by the grapefruit, citrus and orange peel. The bready malts, caramel, and earthy yeast finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops and pine resin lingering.

Overall - A well constructed APA that delivers on all fronts. Bold danky pine and fruity flavours make this an enjoyable brew on this sunny Sunday-funday here in Cowtown.

Jun 16, 2019
3.77 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on May 02, 2019
3.94 by Lobina from Arizona on Feb 10, 2019
4.26 by sm4rt4lex from Nevada on Feb 06, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention, better lacing

S: Dankness, a little pine

T: Catty, some sweet breadyness, a little pine & dryness up front. A little orange peel bitterness as this warms, along with plenty more dankness & some dryness, plus some grapefruit& tangerine. Finishes dank, a little dry with some grapefruit pith

MF: Medium body, fairly fluffy carbonation, pretty good balance

Pretty drinkable, a solid PA, especially if you like'em dank

Sep 16, 2018
Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ordybill from Georgia

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a lightly cloudy golden Amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is citrus and hops. The taste matches the nose.

Sep 02, 2018
3.65 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 29, 2018
3.77 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2018
Photo of Captain69
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois


May 29, 2018
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

16 oz can - a bit on the pricey side (more than the great Breaking Bud IPA). Pours crystal clear bright golden with 2 fingers white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is piney, bit of grapefruit, nice hoppy tone. So looks great and smells really good....then - taste just misses - piney bitterness with bit of citrus, but mainly seemed bitter in an unbalanced fashion. Lingering bitter without anything to smooth it out - just not really working for me. But hey, Breaking Bud is great (or whatever they’re going to call it once Sony finishes with them).

May 24, 2018
Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

16oz can - why did I think that this was going to be an amber (auburn) brew? Anyways.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of flock of seagulls pattern lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a hint of melon fruitiness, and some leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is dank pine resin, grainy and crackery cereal malt, still mixed citrus notes, a faint earthy yeastiness, and more testy leafy, weedy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its structurally supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a suggestion of hop astringency exacting a minor toll here. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out, while the hops regroup for another sortie.

Overall - this certainly comes across as a prototypical version of the style, nice and citrusy and piney in its bearing. Crisp, and without any dropoff due to the 'sessionable' ABV, Imma gonna enjoy the rest of this while listening to the hubbub of the kids' soccer tournament going on in the park nearby.

May 12, 2018
Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-15-2018 for $1.83. Could not find the bottling date. Refrigerated from purchase to consumption.

Beer poured golden with a pretty good head with the initial pour.

Nose was nice, fresh citrus was very prevalent.

Taste was nicely balanced with the citrus and light malt body with a piney crispness in the end.

Mouthfeel was light and very refreshing.

Overall a solid session beer that was enjoyable to try!

Apr 24, 2018
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

-Spiegelau ipa. Disclaimer: bot. on 01.22.17. Consumed 02.25.18. can.

A: Golden orange coloring with a vast amount of macro-bubbles fills the vessel. Soapy off white head of one inch, is porous, and holds only briefly. Light clarity, head lacing was thin, weakly holding.

S: Light fresh peach juice, citrus, with some pale sweet grains. Some sweet sugary fruit. For being canned over a year ago, the aroma was respectable, and still quite pleasant. As sharp and as hoppy as can be flavor wise. Fresh citrus, canteloupe, peach with a soft grassy dry hopping on the trail.

T: Pine with some dank hoppiness is set against crisp pale grains show a flowery hop presence. The flavor was moderately strong per style, and finished well.

M: Crisp carbonation, good fullness, low foaming, with a light dry flowery edge of bitterness on the after feel. Slick texture.

O: Solid first impression, good per style with a sharp tropical presence meeting a flowey citrus and lightly dry pine hopping. Good drinkability, well suited with an elevated level of hoppiness. The malting was clean and crisp, with a light lingering finish. Drinks well for 4.5%

Mar 08, 2018
3.67 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on Dec 21, 2017
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TheSixthRing from California

Bottling code of 07223, which is what I'd guess to be 08/11/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright gold in color with a white, half finger width head that displays sub-par retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Toasted malt and citrus aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. The citrus hops are met by a very prominent toasted malt character. Faint dank near the finish. Finishes much the same. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture with an easy finish.

Overall - Solid pale. Good flavor for a 4.5% brew. I'd drink it again if it weren't priced like a 7% IPA.

Dec 14, 2017
Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Knee Deep Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy of white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Zesty citrus leads the way, slightly grassy and resinous, super faint fruity notes, and a little crackery malt.

T: Citrus zest, lemon and grapefruit, slightly resinous, light dank grassy notes, and crackery malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: I've had a sip or two of this before and remembered it being different, mainly more fruity, so I will look to re-evaluate it again in the future. As this bottle stands it's a light, maybe a bit boring, but drinkable session brew.

Dec 09, 2017
Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug. Canned 8/16/17.

Appearance: light golden-straw hue with a dab of haze and a finger of frothy eggshell foam. Not bad!

Smell: very dank hops with a bit of citrus quality and a nice earthiness. The aroma comes across as pretty sweet, as well; I actually rather like it.

Taste: very earthy with a dank, somewhat piney and somewhat fruity hop character; there's definitely a little grapefruit in the mix. There's also that almost-too-sweet character that was present in the aroma, but given the earthy hoppiness I think it's quite balanced. I really rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body, somewhat richer than I normally expect in the style, with a good carbonation and creaminess. It works for me.

Overall: I really like this beer. It is one of the better-balanced earthy/dank pale ales I've tried. Good stuff!

Dec 01, 2017
4.5 by Donkster46 from Washington on Nov 21, 2017
3.52 by sokol_1993 from California on Oct 21, 2017
3.84 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2017
3.63 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Oct 20, 2017
3.75 by 2GOOFY from California on Oct 16, 2017
Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Slightly hazy orange color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice refreshing aroma with notes of lemongrass, pine, oranges, grapefruit, passion fruit and a bit of guava.
Flavor with notes of pine, lemon, mild mango, grapefruit, lemongrass, passion fruit, flowers and guava juice. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Forty something IBUs sounds right.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Good rounded hop forward APA. It is not deep, nor super complex, but it has an assertive refreshing power. It could not be better for this hot day.

Oct 12, 2017
4 by markjarema11 from Alabama on Sep 23, 2017
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Fairly clean finishing. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very bright and dank hops, with a great pale malt backbone for the low ABV. Tastes like pure Simcoe hops to me. A really enjoyable offering.

Sep 23, 2017
3.75 by rangerred from Tennessee on Sep 22, 2017
4 by Beernoobie from California on Sep 10, 2017
Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, dank, malts. Taste is citrus, light pine, none of the malts in the aroma. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but nothing special.

Sep 08, 2017
3.94 by h4ger from Connecticut on Sep 08, 2017
4.03 by baklo from North Carolina on Aug 28, 2017
3.5 by sonofliberty2 from South Carolina on Aug 06, 2017
3.63 by Sayb from Arizona on Aug 01, 2017
3.27 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2017
3.52 by CoryR from Oregon on Jul 15, 2017
Photo of MFMB
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MFMB from Idaho

Pours a translucent light straw yellow with a off white foam head that disappears rather quickly but leaves light lacing down the glass. Nose is of cracker malts light pine and sweet corn. Taste of pale malts, pine and faint citrus peel. Where I begin to have a problem is as the beer warms it begins to become buttery to taste and feel. Possibly a bit of diacetyl? Not as prominent ice cold out of the can but it doesn't take long for it to begin to take over the beer. It is very light bodies but gains that buttery texture as it warms. If I you can drink this one quick, say within 5 minutes then it's tolerable. Mehhh

Jul 15, 2017
3.59 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Jul 14, 2017
3.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts on Jun 30, 2017
N/E Auburn Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 77 ratings