Thunder Ann | Jackalope Brewing Company

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Thunder AnnThunder Ann

Brewed by:
Jackalope Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thunder Ann came about after a massive google search trying to come up with a name that we thought could represent our American Pale Ale. That’s how we found out about a little lady name Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. She was Davy Crockett’s wife (well, in the folklore, according to Wikipedia, he married someone named Mary) and she was a bad ass. Seriously. Look her up. We mulled it over and thought that Thunder Ann could also be a pretty great name for a beer.

Added by sommersb on 08-04-2012

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Photo of nashvillefil
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Found under local brews category at The Beer Seller in Nashville.
Hazy color, beautiful amber color, mild head, sweet, hoppy but not flowery. Very nice beer

Slight rings down the glass as it empties. People addicted to the head (the part that you don't drink ) might complain, but dont let it bother you.
Hazyness reminds me of a homebrew, but a great homebrew. I highly recommend you try one if you have a chance to try.

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Photo of AJontheguitar
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Looks great. Pretty heady from it's malt contents, a nice amber-copper color depending on the light in the room.

Smell: The smell, at least for my average/not amazing nose, was pretty mild. The hops smelled overstated while the malts perhaps, a bit lacking.

Taste: I know Imperial Doubles, thick stouts, and hardcore IPA's get all the glory (with good reason I surmise for most of them.) For my tastes though, this balanced beer is about my favorite beer I've ever had. I like IPA's, but so many often lack anything to complement the abundance of hops. This beer could probably be hoppier for the true snobs--but the malty aftertaste that complements the hops, is the best thing I've ever found. I love it.

Feel: May be a bit coppery for some, perhaps lacking a hint of carbonation. I say that with a caveat though, I LOVE carbonation in my drinks--and I'm not bothered by the slightly lower than normal carbonation--because of the malt. It does everything for this beer.

Overall: My favorite beer (at the moment anyway.) I'll always come back for this one.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Hazy dark copper with a 1 inch head a little bit of lacing.
Smell - Sweet, citrus aroma (Grapefruit and orange) with a nice malt base.
Taste - Citrus hop flavor supported by subtle notes of pine hops with a nice malt finish. There is a lovely balance of bitter, sweet, and citrus that creates an easy drinking ale.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall - Jackalope’s Thunder Ann is a wonderfully executed pale ale with a lot to offer. The balance of flavors not only make this a wonderful study in the style of pales, but also an easy drinking beer that is great sip after sip.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 6 pack of cans in March while visiting Nashville. The flavor is not strong, but it is nice. It has reasonable hop taste for a pale ale. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Buck89
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: nice bright burnt orange color with two fingers of clean white foam in a pint glass.
Aroma: lots of citrus, some pine and some tropical notes.
Taste: a great APA for IPA drinkers (like me). Plenty of citrusy hoppiness with a slight malty sweetness and breadiness that works well.
Feel: medium bodied with bright carbonation typical of APAs.
Overall: very tasty! I more citrusy departure from SNPA, which is a staple in my house. Will definitely get more of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jackalope Brewing "Thunder Ann"
on tap at the brewery, 4 April 2015

Notes: Golden-orange body beneath a bright white head. Average retention and lacing. Clean but not bold nose of citrusy, piney, woody hops over a bready malt base. The flavor simply repeats the aroma. It's not bold, but there are some pleasant hops going on. Very even keel . Nicely balanced. Drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy orange/yellow with half a finger of white head.

S - Grapefruit tangerine, pineapple, pine. Light honey sweetness

T - Good bitterness for the style. Pine, tangerine, peach, grapefruit, honey/caramel malt sweetness in background.

M - Light to medium body. Sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-03-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Growler
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Filled at Midtown, Nashville

Appearance is a clear and moderately dark amber-colored beer, topped with a small off-white head. Lacing is fair and head retention is low.

The aromas are dominated by grassy and earthy hops, with some malt breadiness in the background.

Taste follows the aroma in that the hops are more prominent, but there is a good balance here between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and has an average amount of carbonation with a medium body. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness.

Overall an easy drinking, well-balanced and pleasing pale ale. Mellows nicely as it warms up to room temps as well.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

Had this on 2014-12-07 in Gallatin, TN from a can

A - Pretty clear dark orange with a 1-finger tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving very good lace.

S - Pineapple, light cherry, hop floral, mildly roasted malt. Sweet and nice.

T - Lightly toasted bread, cherry, orange flesh, pine and some herbal tea. Finishes dry with moderate residual bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A well balanced pale ale with flavors that suit my palate.

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

I had this on-tap at the Broadway Brewhouse in downtown Nashville.

A: Poured a clear, gold color, with about and 1/8 finger head that stuck around. Yep.... looks like an American Pale Ale.

S: I didn't get much, but I actually got sort of a brown sugar-like component that was pretty fresh and inviting. Understated overall.

T: More Pixie Stick dust (sugar) than hops, but that was okay. It had a mildly alcoholic aftertaste without much bitterness.

M: The carbonation was fairly low, I got some pleasant candy-coated booze, and this was pretty sweet and sticky.

O: Pretty good.... I'd have it again if I'm ever back in the area.

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Photo of Svyturys30
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I had this beer as a part of a flight as well as during the brewery tour. Thunder Ann had a mid-to-dark brown color. It reminded me of hazelnuts for whatever reason. When it was served to us, had a slight tannic head.

S- This beer had a hoppy smell to it with some hints of wood and hey in it.

T- Very similar to the smell with a nice earthy finish to it

M- The feeling in the mouth was the weakest characteristic, as I felt if should have lingered longer.

O- If you want a beer to chill on or to drink rather quickly, then this is your beer. Not the best beer I have ever had, but I wouldn't pass on it if I was offered some again.



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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

people in the know in nashville love this one, and thats usually a good sign. its also usually a good sign when you order an american pale and it come out of the tap a glowing bright orange color, you know you are in for something a little more than a generic pale, and this is anything but generic. it has a bright citrus complexion on the hop side, but seems like it might even have some fruit in it, tangerine and grapefruit, but its not too bitter. hops smell incredible, a little better than they taste, with notes of pineapple and mango and passion fruit, but not quite hoppy enough to be an ipa. i like the balance in this, fuller bodied for what it is, still drinking light because of the robust carbonation. i think this is the best hoppy beer i had in nashville, it brings all the elements together in a refreshing package thats unique and well made enough to satisfy any beer geek. nothing but positives for this one in my book, i wish it was available out here, as i dont believe colorado has a pale ale that does all of this...

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Photo of Stevem68
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orangy Amber. Has a light aroma of hops. Has a mild hoppy mouth feel that's pretty balanced. Pretty smooth drink. A solid beer overall with good drink ability.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date, poured into a pint

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy head that retains nicely long after the pour

S- nice hoppy aroma with notes of pine, citrus and floral hops. Underlying malty sweetness adds a touch of bready aroma

T- well balanced with some fruity hop notes, lightly toasted bready malt, slightly bitter finish

M- medium body with lots of carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel and a sudsy and crisp dry finish

O- enough noticeable fruity hops, but well balanced to keep it in check for the style

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of Nyved
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a white, persistent head and lacing. The smell isn't anything special, but it isn't bad either. There's a citrus presence with a little pine hidden within. It tastes very IPA-like, albeit a little less hoppy. Overall, it's a very balanced and enjoyable APA.

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Photo of John1985
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ale pours a deep gold, almost an amber with a decent one inch head. Citrus aroma with some malts. Flavor is sweet malt with some hops in the middle. Finish is definitely weak and watery. Decent APA that starts off well but finishes less so. Sounds like our Tennessee Titans! :) Probably not a repeat purchase but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Too many good ales out there.

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Photo of BrodyMan
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Thunder Ann as art of a flight in a restaurant in Nashville. It had the same coloring as the two IPAs I tasted, too. The smell was unremarkable - it just smelled like fresh, drinkable beer.

It's very drinkable and has a great mouthfeel that lingers for a surprising long time (which I liked). I could drink a few of these without tiring of it and would be quite happy. I would order it again, no doubt. That said, it didn't blow me away, but that's okay, too. It's very Summit Pale Ale like... Sierra Nevada PA, too.

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Photo of Jevers
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Sturmhaus in Chattanooga, TN. First time trying this beer.

Appearance - clear copper color, served with nice head that dissipated quickly. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell - distinct bannana smell. Not clean and hoppy like an APA should be.

Taste - banana again

Mouthfeel - average, nothing good or bad here.

Overall - should be a Belgian pale ale. Not sure what yeast they used, but it's too prevalent.

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Photo of rangerred
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap in a pint glass in Nashville.

Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger white head. Ok lacing and head retention.

There is a light citrus aroma that is reminiscent of peach and mango.

The taste is very similar with the fruit being dominant however there is a little bread in there as well. The hop flavor as well as the malt flavor is weak, though, and quite muted. Mouthfeel is quite soft and on the sticky side, almost like it is not quite attenuated all the way.

Overall, an ok beer but just sort of messy and weak all around. Could use some cleaning up.

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Thunder Ann from Jackalope Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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