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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Beer Here this is a pale ale from 5.8 degrees with malt, rye and Columbus & Motueka hops.

Added by GONZALOYANNA on 05-03-2012

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, orange color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, herbs, slight yeast, hops, sweet malt, earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of floral notes, citrus hops, earthy malt, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and herbs. Overall, refreshing, good body, blend, little too carbonated, and flavorful.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a stubby tulip stem; no dating of any kind that I can see, but it was new to me, appeared to be relatively well-stocked on the shelves, and was the last one in the cooler so I figured there was a decent chance it’s fresh-ish.

Appearance (4.25): The body is perfect—a perfectly hazy, glowing honey-orange color, capped by about two fingers of cream-colored foam that bubbles away slowly with fine-grained, full lacing around the sides where the head has receded. Retention is average, overall, but the lacing is very nice.

Smell (4.0): Generally comes off as a dry, aromatic American Pale Ale, and a pretty decent one: candied orange peels, sweet pineapple juice, some dry, rustic grains and cereal, and finally some dewy, grassy aroma.

Taste (4.25): Quite floral in terms of hops and quite spicy in terms of malt: grassy, floral bitterness and the flavor of edible flowers mixed with some subtle, sweet citrus flavors (blood orange, bitter grapefruit). The hop flavors blend, on the back end, with the markedly spicy rye (kind of a mix of black peppercorn, herbal spiciness, etc.) and pale, starchy, rustic-bready malt undercarriage. It’s got a moderately long finish that’s herbal and resinous with a lemony undertone—overall it’s very nicely crafted with more layers than the average pale.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Really, really drinkable. It has a medium-to-light body with just a bit of heft, a slick feel, dry, resinous finish, and nice carbonation that distributes itself evenly across the palate before foaming out with a solid tingle all over.

Overall (4.0): Honestly, I really like this beer. It’s definitely an American Pale Ale, but the hops used and the combination of the hops and rye together add new, solid but not aggressive, subtle but not invisible, layers and background notes that add a lot. It’s got depth, but it doesn’t make it any less easy to drink. This is a solid APA.

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Photo of rbloomberg3
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is way better than its ratings, but maybe just to me, as i must admit i am a sucker for basic styles like a pale ale that are respectfully jazzed up just enough to be different, and i think that describes this neat beer perfectly. its got a little rye in it, and the use of the new zealand hops also makes it quite unique as pale ales go, and i though it was really good, even if a likely a little older than it wants to be for optimal quality. very pale in color, straw shaded, hazy but not murky thick or anything, and with an extremely lively belgian looking rising white head from the bottle into the globe glass. aroma here shows the tropical and citrus fruitiness of the hops used, obviously new zealand type, with a dry but interesting cereal grain base. the rye is soft in the flavor, but its just enough to make this a little different, with its characteristic spiciness, its awesome with the heavier hop elements in here, and the dry, light body is just right for the more delicate fruity hop aspects, its the best of both worlds in one beer. i was expecting something a little more uncommon on the yeast, which is something i have come to expect from most italian craft beers, but this one is pretty clean and simple, maybe a slight saison character to it, but this stays pale ale all the way. i love the hop and grain together, exactly what a pale ale should be. surprised this hasnt been more favorably reviewed on here...

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Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mverity
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours peachy yellow orange. Aroma is of the rye make (a bit if spice and slight herb), and a slight funk. Taste is similarly spicy with a piney/spicy hop profile. Some medium malt character. Mouthfeel is a bit if hop bite, highly carbonated and medium body. Good beer.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Deep golden color, chill haze with sediments. White crown quickly fades while leaving a thin lasting collar on top. Earthy & rough aromas of pine, citric fruits & mildy malts. Floral & vanilla hues. Flavors show a citric profile with grapefruit touch, spicy sensation,, apricot peel & medlar notes. Sharp controlled hoppiness covers maltiness. Slightly grainy in the middle. Medium body, medium carbonation. Berries & wood on the aftertaste. Refreshing & flavorful beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot with a poor white string of foam.
Sweet citrus hop smell, with some peach, white grape, pineapple, faint lychee, a nice caramel base, bit of pine and there's quite a nice spicy grain feel, definitely the rye. Should be nice.
Juicy pineapple, peach and pomelo, riddled with lots of bitter lemon peel and grass. Light grape and some more tropical notes too, in contrast with dry and spicy grainy malt. Light caramel. Some floral notes and grassy hop in the finish.
Aftertaste is hoppy bitter, a bit fruity still, dry and with just a bit of sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation.
A generously hopped pale ale, enriched with the spicy rye to create a really nice combination. Pretty cool.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Huge, thick, fluffy head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a cloudy orange amber. Aroma is a slightly herbal caramel malt. Flavor's slightly bittersweet at first along with the carbonic tang, goes dry, then a little sweet comes back. Finish is quite bitter. Body is full and soft with good counterpoint to the bitter.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 30 09 13

A foamy white head and a dark orange/golden body. Head falls apart relatively fast.

There is an inviting fruity smell of orange, passion fruit, and peach. The rye malt is definitely present.

The rye malt pops more in the taste but there seems to be less hop flavor. Not much bitterness on this.

Smooth medium bodied brew.

Easy drinking great pale ale here. The super fruity New Zealnd hops make this so good. Def a favorite pale ale.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky honey orange with thin film of white froth and the odd trailer.
Lemon peel, crushed mango and rye spice on the nose.
Rye bread with a touch of caramel and tart papaya then tropical fruit (guava?), pine and citrus hops.
Grassy finish and looonger bitter lemon rind linger.
Lt medium, crisp, slight chew, some oil.

NZ hops and rye make an novel combo, and it's all restrained enough to fit into an APA. Reminds me of Spaceman in just how hard, almost harshly, it hits with the grapefruit side of hops. Noble bite in there, too. Musty citrus moves to the front in the end, but there's plenty of interest here.

Innovative, if a tad rough.

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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first look at the label it definately looks like Beer Here's artwork a nice alice in wonderland pic and pours a dark hazy golden hue which leaves a two finhger head and nice lacing,the smell is peppery spicy rye,kiwi fruit,floral grassy hops and tropical fruits,the mouthfeel is medium bodied not overcarbonated and suits nicely with tastes of gooseberries,spicy rye,lemon cheesecake,candy and finished with a wild berry bitterness and overall its a nice collaboration between the two breweries and cant wait to try this on tap cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Jims.

Pours a copper amber. Hazy body.

Aromas mainly of citrus hops. Rye in the mix as well.

Taste is medium weight, apricots, mango, citrus and citrus hop back palate. Quite dry from the rye.

Mouthfeel medium weight. Well carbonated.

Not sure what this wants to be. Quite a heavy taste for an APA but this methinks tries to be an AIPA. Quite expensive for what it is tho.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber colour, very slight haze in the glass. Head is webbed out, nice and big. Could stick around more and maybe be a little denser, but still nice-looking.

Slight nutty malt on the nose, but pleasant fruity hops backing up. Mostly US, with piney and citric notes dominating for a pleasant tang. Fresh, and fairly clean.

More of that nutty malt upfront. US-style hops again take the fore midway, but the grainy malt upfront lasts a little too long. Refreshing enough with a decent slug of bitterness late that is almost peppery in character.

Pale ale texture; slight bubbles, fairly decent.

OK pale ale. Certainly the best offering from Brewfist I've had.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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