High Esteem | Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by htomsirveaux on 01-08-2011

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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whispernmyghost
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy clean beer with a slight honey flavor

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

See kojevergas' review. I really like this beer. Pleasently surprised.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a small head and light carbonation. Taste is floral and grassy with a hint of pine. Light body also has a nice malt edge with flavors of bread and earth. Finishes crisp with a slight lingering floral hop flavor.

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3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a simple minimalist paper neck label and an unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at the brewery for $4 USD and served into an Independence Brewery pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the other 2 beers I've had from this brewery were both pretty good. 4.3% ABV. 16 IBU. Batch: 2014Mar13-HE-226. Bottled: 4/7/14.

Served at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured

Head: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not real creamy or frothy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of above average vibrance. Excellent clarity; you could almost read text through this beer. Appears well-carbonated. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a nice looking, if standard.

Sm: Hm. It's got an interesting hop profile. Floral and above all grassy, with a bit of dry noble/Saaz character as well as some perfumey but restrained resins. I almost find a hint of bubblegum too.

Pale malts, a bit of bready malt, and pilsner malts. Maybe even some honey too?

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

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength. The emphasis on grassiness and noble hop character is new to me in a pale ale, but it seems to be working well here. It's piqued my interest, and the sweetness seems to be just about perfect; i'm anticipating great balance.

T: I'm going to have trouble capturing the hop profile accurately. It's grassy, sure, but there's also some pith and bubblegum and even peppery character going on. It does some some pine (more snarky reviewers might even say PineSol), but it's piney without being oily - which is new to me. I do find the more dry Noble/Saaz hop character I found in the aroma too, and it has some nice floral notes. This unique hop profile goes well with the simple pale malt foundation. It has a nice sweetness in the late second act I'm tempted to attribute to honey.

I quite like the balance here; it's even-keeled between malts and hops. It's a well built pale ale with plenty of cohesion as well as an atypical hop profile which I'm really digging. It's a pretty simple straightforward pale ale, but there's nothing wrong with that. Not much subtlety or intricacy. Well-executed.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Has a nice coarseness and dryness to it, which plays well with this hop profile. But it's still smooth and wet enough to be refreshing. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Thickness is apt. Not too overbearing or weighty. It's got a good overall presence on the palate and complements the taste well.

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

Dr: Quite drinkable and very enjoyable. It hides its (admittedly modest) ABV well and boasts a unique hop profile I'd like to see used better in other pale ales. I could see myself getting this again at the brewery, but I doubt I'll be paying the $4 for it in bottled form again unless I'm picking it up for a trade partner. Black Star Co-Op continues to pleasantly surprise me, but I'm still waiting for a beer from them that is great - not just pretty good. Worth trying in any case. Definitely a pleasantly surprising take on the style.


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