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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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Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 dcmchew
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally I get to review a brew from a second Italian craft brewer, the first being the outstanding Birra Del Borgo, the stakes have never been higher - will our challenger Brewfist topple the craftweight champion of Italy? I’m betting my money on Birra Del Borgo (they are an awesome brewer after all). My logic for reviewing new brewers usually dictates that I start with a heavy ABV Ale such as an IPA, as it takes real skill to brew high ABV beers, but this time I was drawn to the labels psychedelic Alice in Wonderland caterpillar. Do not disappoint me Brewfist (and BeerHere!).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a cloudy mandarin body with a frothy cream coloured head. There are yeast particles floating around the glass, excellent! 9/10.

S: Funky and spicy upfront, a mixture of yeast and rye aromas. There is an acidic citric note as well (welcome hops!) that adds a grapefruit sheen to an already intriguing aroma. 8/10.

T: Flavour really lets it down a bit - it’s sourdough bread, rye spice, hints of sweet malt, with a dry bitter orange peel finish. Lacking all the depth and finesse of a good American Pale Ale. Definitely could benefit from a dry hopping to add a more hoppy dimension. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: Overall this is not even in the same cricket stadium (to recoin an American phrase) as Birra Del Borgo, maybe I should give their Spaceman IPA a try before I totally dismiss Beerfist? [shut up me, you know you will] Well anyway it’s not all bad news. At least it has a unique flavour (due to the rye) - one that I’ve never encountered for this style. Yay Beerfist. 5/10.

Food match: If we’re going to go all the way Italian a nice fettuccine all'arrabbiata would suit this beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mverity
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Rwalford74
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin head that did not last, but who cares?
Tastes of lemon peel, a bit of mango, some grapefruit.
Thinner and lighter than I was expecting and a little dry. Like a thinned out IPA almost.
Maybe I've been drinking too much old engine oil in recent weeks and everything bar an imperial IPA will not stack up ...
Very easy drinking and would be fantastic on a hot afternoon at a BBQ, but would go down rather too quickly ...
I liked it a lot, but would not go wild about it. Definitely too expensive for what it is.

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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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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 soulgrowl
2.31/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy gingery cat fur orange. Not a great head – what's there is white, but there ain't much there. Smells more like a... I don't know, like a blonde ale than an APA. Not much citrus or floral from the hops. Not much biscuit or toasty from the malts. It's a little bit tropical – some pineapple in there – but on the whole this is really lacking in character. It is, however, slightly yeasty. That's all well and good but it's not what I want in this style.

Frothy and balanced, but this tastes like a pretty average English golden ale – there is some fruity sweetness there, a touch of resin here, some apple and tangerine... but pretty drab across the board. And in the end it's totally out of whack – it feels like it's having an identity crisis. Is it American? The sort-of English malts and the vaguely Belgian yeast and the echoes of Pacific hops say no, but its heart is in the right place.

A confusing and ultimately underwhelming experience.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse as part of the Italian SpecTapular festival.

Pours a slightly hazed golden colour, with a pretty decent weight behind it. Head is a disappointingly pocked white bubbly mess that leaves specks of lacing but no more. Looks pretty average.

Mild citrus on the nose, with some sweetness to back it up and a touch of apricot. But it's so bland overall, and these characters are really muted. I have written on my notes: "V V MILD" in all-caps.

Again, light apricot on the palate, but here it crescendoes into a juicy sweetness midpalate, which is concomitantly matched with a clean bitterness on the back, and perhaps a slight crushed vegetation note. It's really quite pleasant.

Feel is smooth and solid, if not perfectly matched.

This was easily the best BrewFist beer I had at the festival—the others being pretty bland and weak (and I discover belatedly that this is actually a collaboration, which may explain much). Still, this is a drinkable and pretty enjoyable drop all up.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy yellow-amber pour with a huge three finger peaky, meringue-like head with great retention and lacing. Lots of piney, grassy, citrus hops in the nose with some subtle bready, caramel malt as well. The tangy grapefruit and pine from the hops dominates the taste. A measure of balance is reached as it warms and some subtle caramel malt sweetness emerges. The mouthfeel is a bit on the fizzy side, but the finish has a great tangy, bitter hop bite. Another solid offering from Brewfist.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
NOse shows soft pine, resin and grapefruit, along with some biscuit-like malt.
Similar flavours: grapefruit, pine, caramel and biscuit notes. A bold, sharp, piny bitterness finishes things off. Quite enjoyable.
Carbonation seems just a little full on.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. BB 30.04.13. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark golden. One finger of soapy white head. Strong carbonation. Good rings of lace and one finger of retention.

S - Tropical fruit, hay, pear, some spiciness, caramel.

T - Really grassy. Fair bit of honey and grapefruit. Some spice and tropical fruit. Rye is definitely there.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, spicy in the finish.

O/D - OK. Rye and spice were a bit much. No real noticable hop note to counter the spice. All said, not too bad.

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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Caterpillar from Brewfist
3.69 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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