N/E Auburn Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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N/E Auburn Pale AleN/E Auburn Pale Ale
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N/E Auburn Pale AleN/E Auburn Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jakecattleco on 12-24-2016

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by jaxon53:
Photo of jaxon53
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of TTripp725
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyrushire
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Captain69
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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%

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Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Shortbox81
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kayakguy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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N/E Auburn Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 70 ratings