Walkabout Pale Ale | Flat 12 Bierwerks

Walkabout Pale AleWalkabout Pale Ale
BA SCORE
74.7%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 237 ratings
Walkabout Pale AleWalkabout Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States
flat12.me

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 08-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,932
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
237
Liked:
177
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
14.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
38
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Want to know how to make a world class American Pale Ale? Flat 12 figured it out! The trick is that you have to abandon the predetermined balance and taste of malt to hops and simply make an IPA, but back off the gravity and alcohol.

Pushing hops clearly into the drivers seat, the lupulin influence is apparent to the eye. The foam billows to the top of the glass and nearly topples it. Seeming of Belgian Ales, its head is light, fluffy and long lasting in its off-white sturdiness. Rocky early and creamy late, the froth laces intricately just above the caramel-colored beer's body underneath.

Bright citrus aromas are a clear cut grapefruit and orange juice medley. With just enough thin caramel and honey underneath, the fruity hop aromas seem to be juicier, plumper and riper because of the tantalizing sweet support. With a light grassy undertow and a peppery phenol bit, the beer clearly sides with hops over that of malt.

Even as malty sweetness greets the tongue first, its honey and caramel flavor is mid-light, just ahead of growing hop flavor. First, the citrus is bright and juicy with a delicate flavor of "Hawaiian Punch" as the grapefruit and orange is met with light pineapple and mango. After the middle palate, the hops continue to grow as the sweetness fades- leading to a gripping bitter taste of citrus rinds, fresh-cut grass and a chlorophyll-driven phenolic-type peppery taste.

Medium-light in body, the beer is all IPA. Nearly dry to the bone, only an echo of malt starch support rises as the hop dryness and mild alcohol ensures a snappy and crisp finish. Mild astringency from citrus peels and vegital hop matter detracts from the ales clean effects.

The style police will be all over this beer because its really an IPA in American Pale clothing. But for hop lovers, this will certainly be an American Pale Ale worth seeking out!

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gusher when opened, and a glass full of foam.... 3rd or so beer so far, I'm noticing a trend here. Clumps of sparkling foam that billows above the rim and looks like soap suds. Racing carbonation streams in the glass, tons of foam and carbonation.

Aroma is fairly hoppy, restrained and slightly resiny.

Bitter hops, resiny pine, bitter citrus peel in the dry aftertaste. Nice level of happiness, some IPA's aren't this balanced and drinkable. Carbonation seems high, but it may be a storage issue as this is the 3rd bottle from the same box. Want to try again to get a better overall impression.

Thanks Howard!

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at the Filling Station in Nashville yesterday.Pours into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a nice looking sticky white one finger head,good clarity to the body and a nice looking sticky head.Nice hop complexity in the nose with a mix of leafy,grassy,and mild pine resin intertwined with a caramel maltiness.Again good hop compleity on the palate with the pine resin a little more assertive but the grassyy and herbal components are stille there,there is a mix of caramel/biscuit and crystal sugar-like sweetness to make it semi balanced.This is a damn fine APA,just great complexity and fresh tasting,top notch here.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from CWBlues, into a couple tulips.

Filtered redder orange, with a moderate white head. Good lacing and light retention. Nose of apricot, peach, nectarine, some butter and caramel. A bit of bread. Taste has apricot, peach, and fruity hops. Light tropical character with some bread and pale malt on the back end. Drying with a bit of bitterness. Light feel and low carbonation, although that's probably attributable to the growler. A tasty pale with a nice hop profile, splitting a growler was just about enough for me.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Britton Tavern.

This one pours a light bodied, very clear bright good in color with a one finger, sudsy bright white head. The nose is bright and fresh. A healthy dose of aromatic Galaxy hops give this one a great nose. The flavors are very fresh with a great amount of crisp, piney and slightly citrusy Galaxy and a slightly sweet pale malt backbone to balance it out. It drinks light in body, crisp and smooth. It's soapy as well. Overall this is a spectacular Pale Ale and my favorite beer out of Indianapolis. If this was bottled it would sell like crazy.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Replicale from Brewer’s of Indiana Guild Microbrewer’s Festival, July 2011. Single hop pale ale using Galaxy hops. Served in a Bell's tulip. Thanks to Ethan for bringing this back from Indiana.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Smells like Galaxy hops alright. Tropical fruits, and some pine and leafy character as it warms up a bit more. Malt backbone is sugary and surprisingly hefty, albeit still quite reasonable for APA.

T - Again, a delightful blend of tropical fruits, citrus, and floral hop character with a sugar and toffee malt backbone. Bitterness level is moderate.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, lightly grain texture, and an oily resinous finish. Could stand to be a touch dryer.

D - Really easy drinking stuff - I wish Half Acre had made something like this (i.e. a Galaxy version of regular Daisy Cutter). Yet another showcase of the extremely delicious and versatile Galaxy hop. I hope Flat 12 makes this regularly, as it's too good to be a festival one-off.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: initial pour yielded a huge amount of foam -- about 10 times the height of the liquid in the glass. This is obviously a well-carbonated brew. The body is a medium gold with a light haze and moderate effervescence. The head is dissipating inconveniently slowly -- but I guess that's not a bad thing.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a big, fruity hop character. There's tangerine, berries and pear, all accompanied by a light chalkiness that I happen to really like. Great.

Taste: sweet and fruity, this really hits most of my favorite pale ale flavors. I say fruity, but these are definitely hop flavors -- they are subtle yet complex, with largely the same character present in the aroma. Just great.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a rocky carbonation. Not really creamy, but appropriate for the flavor and style.

Overall: I feel like this beer has carbonation issues -- mouthfeel and inconvenient head attest to this. Other than that, the flavor is great and I could quaff great quantities of this stuff!

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Photo of Latarnik
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, mango), along with some light caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, citrus peel, mango, grapefruit) hops, bready malt, and a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall pale ale. I've had a few different brews from Flat 12 now, and I've liked all of them. Definitely worth picking up!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a thin film of white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a sluggish carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The rich apricot jam hops aroma is wonderful but a bit muted and there is some soft papery green hop notes in the finish. Some fruit cocktail hints grow as it opens.

T- The apricot jam hops are dry and wonderful. There is an unripe fruit cocktail flavor to follow with a light toasted graham malt hint popping through. The finish has a nice green pungency that lingers softly after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz finish that compliments the hop pungency.

O- This has a great aroma and a great flavor of that classic Galaxy hop. It is just a bit too soft and leaves me wanting more. As it warms, it does get a bit to dry in the finish that takes away from the nice malt character. Just turn it up a bit and this would be a rock star beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Soft citrus and big, grassy resin in aroma. Grapefruit dominates.

Flavor is grapefruit pith dominant, with a resiny bitterness at the finish. A little more bitter than I'd prefer. Becomes earthy as it lingers.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, picked up on a family road trip to Indianapolis
A - persisteny, creamy off-white head tops a deep golden-amber body
S - juicy lemon-lime and passion fruit, somewhat herbal and vegetal
T - nutty toasty grain, caramel malt, juicy, lemon & lime pith, passion fruit
M - thinner than medium for body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - nice juicy American Pale Ale with Aussie hops. Glad to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened and no explosion! Enjoyed from my BT batch 001 willie becher. Brew poured a foggy sienna orange with a thin fizzy head that had staying power from the carb that steadily swam to the surface. Nose is a malt bomb so this must be on the old side since everyone talks about how hoppy the beer is. The bottle has 111414 stamped on it, not sure what that means, but this is no hop bomb. Flavor is also malty with bitterness on the finish. Not a big fan of this one, would love to check it out fresher though to give it a fair shake. Not a drain pour but if this is what this beer is supposed to be like then it is not something I would seek out again, but I would definitely give it another shot considering the nice reviews.

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Photo of ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Below average pale ale with some poor home brew type qualities to it.

Slight butterscotch, caramel malt backing with a harsh, abrasive piney bitterness. Jagged bitterness. Body is thin for style..slightly overcarbonated.

Would not recommend. No bottling date to be found.

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Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
Beer rating: 74.7% out of 100 with 237 ratings
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