N/E Auburn Pale Ale
Knee Deep Brewing Company

N/E Auburn Pale AleN/E Auburn Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,190
Ranked #26,349
3.82 | pDev: 9.42%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
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.
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Nugganooch from California

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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ordybill from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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arizcards from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-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
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TheSixthRing from California

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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RyanK252 from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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FLima from Brazil

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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superspak from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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MFMB from Idaho

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a semi-ruddy transparent yellow to orange color. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Finger’s worth of white foamy head dissipated at a nice pace. Semi-thick crisp foamy lace. The aroma starts off with clean brisk piney hops and then opens up into some citrusy hops and subtle dankiness underneath. The flavor has those hops in front, bitter and sweet with a touch of honey sweetness underneath. Sweet to bitter hop burn in the aftertaste but acceptable. Crisp sweet sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Sessionably smooth yet crisp bouncing bitter hops penetrate for a nice bitterness. Overall, damn nice APA that I would love to have again.

Jun 24, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 2/15/17 (3 months old)

Pours a clear pale golden color with a soapy 2 finger head that quickly subsides. Poor, spotty lacing as it drops, probably because the bubbles are so large.

Aroma is pleasant - very light, airy and floral. Strong lemon zest base with floral honeysuckle and melon notes. Coriander keeps coming to mind but if I try to think too hard on it it goes away. Unusual and appealing and I think it deserves some credit despite other posters here panning it.

Taste is surprisingly thin for a west coast ale. I happen to like that but it does not seem consistent for the style. So it is very thin on the malt but the hops carry the flavor along with, again, a pleasant floral combination similar to the aroma. I think it works well if you can get over the thin body.

Feel is dry and crisp (to borrow a word from another reviewer). Light bitterness comes out at the end as well but its easy to miss.

I gotta say I like this beer because they pulled off a delicate flavor balance very well without any weirdness. Being in the northeast the closest parallel I can think of is Whirlpool from Night Shift but the aroma is different... that one happens to be my go-to "session" so that is a solid endorsement. I think the low marks are ignoring what Knee Deep was going for here, and that is a shame.

May 10, 2017
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PintHalfFull from New Jersey

2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Very disappointing effort by a brewery who does excellent beers. Lacks all the characteristics I would associate with a NEIPA. It's neither juicy nor creamy and the bitterness is harsh. I don't think these guys did a lot of late hopping or added enough oats.

In fairness I had it at a restaurant which I'm unfamiliar with so it could be bad taps but frankly I doubt it.

Apr 29, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear light gold color. Average head that settles to a thin film. Modest lace.

Flowery light colored malt smell with a flowery hop presence.

The beer is more bitter than I expected and it leaves a long aftertaste. Very dry with a low carbonated, moderate body. The base malt is brief and

Apr 15, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another beer that could really be a session IPA. Seems every brewery is "hopping up" the recipes. This beer is good though, orange blossom and honeysuckle aroma. The flavor is grapefruit and tangerine, grass and some dank herbs. Juicy and resinous, once again, more like an IPA. The maltiness is not really present, but the hops flavor stands on its own. A good beer overall, one I could take to a party and enjoy over a long period of time due to the lower ABV.

Mar 25, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: March 6, 2017
Consumed: March 6, 2017
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Feb. 15, 2017

Picked this up on a whim on a trip to Bine & Vine. Went there to grab a few beers for a bottleshare and purchased this on my way out. Didn’t have the most hope when I left but Geoi said that it was delicious. I’ll yield to his opinion.

Poured a light yellow clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled very nice on the nose from the beginning. Got Mosaic, floral, Amarillo, Citra, orange rind, nectarine, spoiled stone fruit, lemon zest and hints of herbal. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was not nearly as good, but definitely a pale ale. Not as flavorful as the nose. Got floral, Citra, Amarillo, light Mosaic, another hop that I cannot recall right now, orange rind, citrus pulp, lemon zest, a touch of bitter pine, light mango and some stone fruit. Dry-hopped I’d expect. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Probably about as good as I thought it would be. Definitely could drink a lot of this in one sitting. Not sure what’s so N/E about this though, other than the pulp that I swear I could taste. Might have underrated this just a tad. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

Mar 23, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear honey/golden color with a modest head; a few strands of lacing appear

Smell: Vague hints of tropical fruit and sulfur

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with a turn toward lemon and sulfury onion, through the middle; slightly bitter, through the finish with guava and custard apple tones lingering

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant to pound, perhaps, but not too much to contemplate; enjoyable, however

Mar 22, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a bright white head, lots of carbonation, decent amount of lacing.

A: Lemon zest, tangerines, touch of guava, very aromatic.

T: Very different from the nose, citrus zest and piney bitterness, has no malt presence to balance, guava is absent, zest lingers in the aftertaste, very bitter for a pale ale.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: I was hoping for more but it's not as good as I expected, probably the bitterest APA I've ever tasted, lacks malt to balance it out, while the aroma is solid, the taste is lacking.

Mar 09, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a golden body with fairly nice lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, dank pine, and citrus. Taste follows with flavor that belies its low (4.5%) abv. Nice feel and overall, pretty good beer.

Mar 09, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale gold with moderate head...from a 16oz can

Smells of mild lemon and orange, and a bit of pine

Clean and crisp taste, everything from the nose, plus some floral notes

Light malt, but not out of balance. An astringent finish, moderate carbonation.

Very solid....Especially like the 16oz can format....this will definitely make some beach trips with me

Feb 11, 2017
N/E Auburn Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 77 ratings