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Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MasterSki on 08-30-2011

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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
229
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
33.5%
 
 
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12
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 229
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear golden-amber. Average head of off-white suds. Attractive tree-line lacing.

Nose is immediately recognizable -- aromatic Aussie hops with a spiky, sharp, and floral earthiness. Superb.

Taste is also wonderfully brisk and sharp, with notes of bitter grapefruit and earth again. A superlative pale ale that could easily be classified as an IPA, I'd easily pick this up again!

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Photo of emyers
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly couldy pale gold with a one-inch white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Strong dose of citrus hops up front - grapefruit, tangelo, clementine. A little bit of tropical fruit as well. Very pungent and juicy hop presence for a pale ale. Better hop presence than a large number of IPA's out there.

Taste: As far as pale ales go, this is once again exploding with hop flavor. Huge grapefruit and tangelo flavors along with a bit of papaya. Very mild onion on the finish, which is a fairly minor complaint, but still holds the beer back a bit. Very high perceived bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very. very dry. Bitterness dries the palate considerably. Light bodied, appropriately medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I love galaxy hops. As far as the extent to which this beer delivers overall hop presence it's on the same level as Zombie Dust. It's a little bit...messier for lack of a better word. Regardless, this is a truly excellent pale ale.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 16oz pour at 800 degree in Ft. Wayne, IN. $4.50 for a pint.

A: Whoa, didn't expect a perfect glow like this. It's an orange clear copper with a golden hue. Lacing is wonderful.

S: grapefruit, tangerine, orange, with a bit of sweet malt. Definitely hoppy and piney.

T: Orange, grapefruit, bready malt, with no detection of alcohol. Really clean with a nice citrusy finish.

M: Medium body and refreshing. Carbs are spot on. Nice dry finish that makes you want to take a few hundo more sips.

Flat 12 is the best brewery in Indy-hands down!! I hope they bottle this masterpiece.

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Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just recently bottled, I was glad to see this at a local package store. Poured a clear, golden-amber with a quickly receding foamy white-head.
A very forceful aroma of bittersweet tropical fruit greeted me upon opening the bottle. The aroma seemed to promise an aggresive flavor profile.
There is no doubt this is a hop forward ale as the galaxy hop's bitter, citrusy flavor attacke the palate. For balance there is a nice but faint malty-buttery aftertaste. This is a showcase for the galaxy hop, and unfortunately detracted a little from the overall tasting experience. For my palate, the hop was simply a little too bitter and not enough fruity citrus; but that is personal preference as other reviewers seemed very impressed.
The body was somewhat thin but soft with surprisingly restrained carbonation. While the aftertaste has some malt, the bitterness always lingers.
This is the second ale I have tried from this brewery, and I enjoyed both. The Australian hop featured in this ale is quite refreshing and unique.

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Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 +11.7%
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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, pine, pine hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, and onion hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one really made it stand out for me this night. It was really well balanced, intense, and pleasant. The pine aspect going on here mixed in perfectly with the citrus portion. The flavor while it was quite nice was just not up to the level of the aroma. Would definitely suggest trying this one for any person out there that is curious or gets the chance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, served in a shaker.

Pour: Clear pale yellow orange, and a finger and a half of white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Huge grapefruit and tangerine. Great caramel-honey sweetness. This smelled wonderful.

Taste: Amazing citrus fruits - grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Some light pine in the back. Sweetness is light honey. Peppery and citrusy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Really awesome pale ale. I look forward to getting this again.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The more Flat 12 beers I see on the shelf, the happier I get. Cheers to Indiana brewing.

A: Dim burnt-amber body, transparent, with short head of eggshell fizz. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

S: A nose that starts with balanced effects of both hops and malts, mixing mandarin orange with pine and grapefruit with Grape-Nuts. But once the hops have passed, intoxicating aromas of vanilla, apricot, and peach wash over the senses, forming a familiar scent of peaches and cream or fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. Mouthwatering.

T: The scales tip toward bitterness at first, starting strong with maraschino cherry, refreshing orange zest, pineapple, and a touch of grassy pine. Malts well up in response, balancing the beast in a wave of vanilla pudding, buttery croissant, and banana bread. In essence, it’s a zesty version of your favorite dessert, like pineapple upside down cake with a kick. Finishes much drier than expected – makes you pucker up just like lemon juice does.

M: A thin body that has enough soft carbonation to make it feel like a pub beer, especially when it’s cold. Has enough pale malt to keep it from being watery.

O: The hops here may not show off the most exotic flavors Australia has to offer, but the way they are used is superb. This beer never gets too dry or too sweet, walking the fine line between refreshment and fulfillment with care – just what a pale ale should be. If I were an Australian, I’d be proud to have my flag on this bottle and my hops in this beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orangey yellow in color. Forms a bubbly head that quickly reduces to a thin, patchy surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Very nice Galaxy aroma. Tropical fruit, mango, citrus with a little pine and some caramel malts.

T: Taste is a blend of bitter pine and tropical fruit with a significant malty backbone.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a fairly strong bitterness.

O: A very drinkable, practically gulp-able, APA. While the tropical Galaxy is present, I would have liked to have tasted a bit more of the hop in this beer. Never-the-less, still a quite nice beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold/orange with a small white head.

Tropical fruit and passionfruit slam your nose with a little bit of dankness to it as well. Very unique aroma.

Flavor follows the nose closely. Wonderful passion fruit up front taste with a little bitterness coating the back of the tongue. Surprisingly smooth.

A touch sticky and good carbonation levels.

I've had Flat12 many times, but this was my first trip to their site. Very quality beer and this one went first of all the growlers I took to a party.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Flat 12 and also in a bomber that we brought home from them. Evaluated this on 10/4/2011.

The color is lovely - medium yellow amber, very clear with a slight white head the way it was poured from the bomber. Probably different on-tap =)

A heady scent of pineapple, lemon and mango, with a slight musk that I associate with Galaxy hops. Clean and citrusy!

The taste very much holds with the scent - Mango, lemon and pineapple yielding to a dry bitter musky hop finish. Some very slight yeast/bread on the exist. Very clean, with medium body and very little carbonation.

If I had to choose a beer that was satisfying but not something that pummels my taste buds into the ground for daily drinking (other than my beloved porters), it would be this one. I really enjoy the Galaxy hops that have been coming forth in craft beers lately, and this is an excellent example of this hop at its finest.

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Photo of theRooster90
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty nice light copper color with lots of bubbles going up.

S: Literally the best smelling beer I have ever put my nose to! Wonderful fruits and florals, passion fruit. Just amazing how good this beer smells. It should be an air freshener!

T: Again, fruity, with some bitterness and a little hop.

M: Zippy carb with a medium body and easy finish,

O: If you get a chance to try this I guarantee you will smell this for a good while. DEFINITELY give this one a try.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ethan.
Nice bitterness on the end, pretty sweet, little butter. Orange color, no stick on the side

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that rose up about a finger. Didn't leave any real stick on the sides.

S - Smells pretty sweet with some tropical fruits, a little butter, and some pine/resin bitterness on the end. Strong malt backbone.

T - Taste is very much like the nose. This is a nice Galaxy beer with good tropical fruit, pleasant malt backbone, some resin bitterness, and a little bit of butter.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, very drinkable, and can make a nice session of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
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