Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale
Craftsman Brewing Co.

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #129
Ranked #36,900
3.64 | pDev: 12.64%
Craftsman Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: .5L (16.9oz) glass
From: Blind Lade Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4 (progressive Friday, normally $6)
Purchased: Aug. 22, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 22, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Great layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled caramel popcorn, butter, citrus notes, toffee, earthy rye hops, orange and mango. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted similar to the nose. Earthy, orange citrus, rye, caramel, honey, peach and mango (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Pretty decent EPA, especially for $4. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I typically grab this on tap at the Misfit in Santa Monica -- it's always on tap

A: Comes out a gold-amber color with some mild head that sticks around for a while.

S: Excellent mix of bread and floral hops that never tries to overpower but still impresses.

T: Caramel, bready malts and some grassy finish. Floral hops function mostly in the backgrond to create some very balanced, straight-forward flavors.

M: Plenty of carbonation and a warm, medium body. Very easy to drink.

O: Wish this beer was more widely available (or even bottled), but nonetheless, will typically order it when I see it. It's a great pale ale that's simple to enjoy and has a refined, understated excellence.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego. Served in the half-litre nonic. Handsome dark amber color in the imperial size glass with plenty of foam. A more-than-British carbonation. But not to whinge, it's a sprightly mouthfeel with a big dose of malt.

Maybe this shouldn't be served so cold to make the English character come through more. The sweet malt is dominant. Fruity but subtle hops add to the interest, but it's not a bitter beer by any means. Some perfumey notes and other wood and aromatic flavors, but it's mostly a warm and waddling kind of malty ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same along with more emphasis on fruity flavors. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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Photo of snpub540
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper hue with an off white head, had little lacing on the glass.

Smell was malty and yeasty with a slight floral hop aroma.

Taste was a nice balance of bready malts and an earthy yeasty flavor. There was nice piney freshness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was nice. Drinkability is good. Its nicely balanced and not very bitter. Sessionable.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Boho in Los Angeles.

A - Golden and clear with a creamy white head that leaves some great lacing.

S - Bready yeasts and toasted malts. Simple but effective.

T - Yeast and malts with no noticeable hops. The flavor is very clean with no off flavors. I focus mostly on hopped up west coast IPAs but this is a great beer and reminds me of the beers I've enjoyed during trips to the UK.

M - Very smooth with a moderate consistency and carbonation.

D - Smooth, balanced and easy to drink. A great session beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lucky Devils, on to the beer:

An EPA with with a hoppy twist? That's sure what I thought with this beer. It glows "penny" copper with hues of pale orange. The head on top is creamy, retains well, and leaves some good lacing. Not much to smell, maybe a little hops and English yeast. The taste of it is much more intense than I was anticipating given the smell. There's some American hopping done in this one, and it's very noticable. Yet it tastes more English with it's fruity ester profile and doughy yeast. Some pine emerges, and there's a squirt of mild tropical fruit and citrus. Whatever you call this, this is a good sessionable ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a mild amber, with a thin white head, some mild lacing is there as the beer is drunk though.

S: Light mixture of bready malt and earthy hops, nothing to write home about.

T: Interesting taste, heavy amount of grass and spice, that to me was astringent at first, but as the beer was drunk it really grew on me, nice caramel malt backbone there too, it's a very raw, rustic taste.

M: Nice full carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth and dry.

D: Another nice session beer from Craftsman, defintely worth a try.

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Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed on-tap at lucky baldwins

without getting into the specifics, this is a really nice beer. had me thinking of anchor liberty without so much of that lemon zest in the aroma and taste. good citrus presence in both though. must try some of their other offerings. easily drinkable.

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Photo of goschool
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed this beer on-tap less than one year ago. I had it again yesterday at the Village Idiot in LA. It wasn't like I had a cold or I was in a smoke-filled room the first time, but I got a different, lesser flavor profile. That's why this beer warrants both scores.

Appearance: The pour is amber with a finger and a half of white head.

Smell: I got poppy seeds this time in front of grains, grassy hops, and a bit of caramel malts.

Taste: This is the beer equivalent of a hamentashen. It has the grains, the caramel malts, and the grassy hops to make it a pale ale and poppy seeds bring hamentashen to the flavor profile, which is awesome.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with soft, but fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't know if hamentashen beer sounds good on paper, but it's tasty in a glass.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice red color with a thin, from the tap head. It is a fairly standard Pale ale, though certainly well made. It is definitely hop focussed but has a nice malty middle to it that adds a nice point of contrast. This beer is comprised of notes of citrusy hops with a touch of pine and a ballancing caramelized malt character. I certainly might prefer a touch more of a hop punch, but this served as a nice beer to whet my whistle for the evening.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the permenant taps at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Poured a dark clear amber with a thin cap of tiny bubbles. I guess in the context of an English Pale Ale, this wasn't too bad. I had been expecting something a little hoppier at first, only to realize later it's suppose to be an English Pale Ale. The hops definitely don't take front and center, more like a slightly less sweet ESB.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ho hum. Had this beer on cask at the San Diego Real Ale fest. Very little head (could be because it was casked). Aroma was nice and light, faint hop character. Beer did not stand up well against the other beers being poured but it was more true to style than the WEST COAST versions of pales, IPA's, etc. It must suck when you have a decent beer but it doesn't appear to be good because of what is beside it, but that is what I took away from it with my friends comments.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at 3rd stop in LA, west side. It formed an average head but quickly faded. Amber to light copper in color. Smell is very fruity, slight hop twinge.

Taste: I got a big, ripe, strawberry type tast to this baby. Raspberry creeps into the picture as well, hop twinge cleans up a bit but the fruityness still lingers. At times a floral, spicy element comes out, mostly through the middle.

Notes: I'm not a big fan. The late edge of hops made this thing interesting but for the most part I'd pass. The first craftsman brew I'd have to second guess. Very worthy though, Good quality, just not for me.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Served at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on a quiet and rather wet Saturday afternoon from one of the bank of neatly arranged Craftsman Taps that sits front and square at LB's bar. Tall thin square sectioned wooden Tap handle with the words “Craftsman – Poppyfields” in black text running top to bottom. No strength listed.

Appearance: Light copper body with a slight chill haze produced a milky amber look. Tan colored head is nicely appointed and remains at a thin but consistent ¼” for some time but breaks half way down the glass. Firm conditioning with minimal lacing.

Nose: A grainy Pale Ale aroma has a fruity feel to it. Caramel is evident with some feint grassy hops in the back end. Dark fruits are in there too.

Taste: Strange and rather quirky at times, yet with an established Pale Ale feel at others. An odd one for sure. The malts are a little grainy but the hops have a nice spicy contribution in the middle, and a bitterness in the finish. Fruity at times with a little perfumed spice from the poppy seeds.

Mouthfeel: Solid body, firm mouth and a soft but strong carbonation all contribute to a nice confident Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I’m a little undecided on this one, nice at first but the latter half of the Pint became a bit of a struggle. I presume the contribution from the poppy seeds is the factor that lends this feel. Definitely not one that I could all night, one Pint was enough for me.

Overall: This is an English style Pale Ale dry hopped with East Kent Goldings and was my last brew in what turned out to be a Craftsman “session” at Lucky Baldwin’s this weekend. Honestly it took me a while to “get this” brew, but when I did, and it clicked, it was a very appealing if rather odd offering. Try it, see what you think.

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Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 40 ratings