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Pandora | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stockfan42 on 10-16-2011

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Reviews by portia99:
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (bottled 2/15/13) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a super clear medium amber color trending towards orange in the glass. A big three fingers of cream colored pillowy foam shows excellent staying power lasting for several minutes...slowly fades leaving behind a thick coating of foamy lace.

S - Very spicy Belgian notes on the nose. Lots of citrus - a blend of lemon-lime, orange and some grapefruit...quite juicy in the aroma. Grassy and spicy...this really smells great.

T - Sharply bitter hops up front, a touch medicinal. Turns spicy and citrusy over some biscuity dry maltiness. Lots of grassy flavors too. This is almost more of a hoppy saison with a touch of Belgain funkiness in here too.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with strong carbonation that is tingly and slightly foamy. Medicinal hop bitterness persists from start to finish.

O - Overall, a rather refreshing late spring beverage on a beautiful sunny day. Complex with fruity, grassy and hoppy flavors over light malt. Seems perfect for warmer weather quaffing outside. Will have to sample again when the weather is even better and warmer.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap @ Atwood's after their initial tasting party.

A - Looks a bit dark for a BPA. Very foamy too.

S - Smoke???? Huh??? Why does that belong here....overpowers anything else.

T - That smoke flavor again, and pretty dirty/earthy too. This tastes off. Was hoping some hops would clean it up on the back end but no luck.

M - Chewy. Difficult to put down, a bit unpleasant.

O - Not really impressed with the 1st offering. They are local & I'd like to support them, but I need to see some improvement. Will try again some time (tho not in a hurry right now).

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged. Bottled on date on the label.

LOOK: Hazed pale amber with a chunky dense head that has no intention of moving.

SMELL: Dusty yeast, faint mace, red bell peppers, crackers, green apple taffy, chocolate mint

TASTE: Crisp snap, smooth, spicy, yeasty, dried grass, slight alcoholic ester, mild medicinal herb, bready, dried apples, dry finish

Just enough depth to keep me thinking and wanting another sip, seems like a new adventure with each sip as well. The dryness draws me in as well and the after taste is something to admire.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Atwoods, Somerville MA

Hazy amber peach color with a thick white cap. Head is plenty sticky and lasting. Smells like minty, herbal Ricola orchard fruits and must. Tastes like it smells. There's palette renewing dryness that I like a lot. Much more depth and personality than similar Palm and Rare Vos IMO.

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Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of msondel
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at the brewer a couple weeks ago, shared with rudzud and other friends.

Light fizzy head leaves nice lacing, bright orange red color nice bubbles.

Nose nice spicy hops, floral, nice Belgian yeast character with mild esters and spices, mild yeasty, hint citrus and grassy, fruity.

Taste starts with lots of Belgian characters, yeasty bready, little esters and Belgian yeast spices, nice amber reddish malt, light candy caramel character, little sweet and sticky. Hops are mostly spicy and chewy, little floral, hint fruity but that's more from the esters. Mild grassy flavors, little straw and lemongrass. Fair bitterness to start, then ends drier with lots of bitterness, spicy hop, little Belgian yeast spices, little sticky, light candy malt.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, nice Belgian characters but the hops get a little overbearing and spicy.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Pandora from Idle Hands Craft Ales
3.72 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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