Sweet As! Pacific Ale | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Sweet As! Pacific AleSweet As! Pacific Ale

Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jefewyatt
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a tumbler.

Bright gold, semi-translucent. Pours with a large amount of thick, frothy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Very grainy, yeasty aroma. Smells a lot like I might expect a lager to smell.

Taste is big on malts at first. Gives way to lighter citrus fruits. I get the hops right at the very end. They're present, but only just so.

Mouthfeel borders on creamy. Not a lot of carbonation here.

Overall, a really tasty and refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I ordered this blind from the tap handle, assuming I would getting Descender IPA. While not disappointing, I was taken aback at how light and smooth it was, very silky in texture. Grains/malt feature here, no hops to speak of. Blend of a wheat ale, Golden's and minor lager characteristics. A nice diversion...

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Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 12oz can pours a slightly hazy golden brew into a goblet. A thick white frothy cap builds just over a finger high retaining decently. A few sheets of lace right away with drizzle following down much of the glass.

S- A fair amount of hops in the foreground with citrus and pine resin most prominently displayed. Sweet oranges come to mind as there are hints of crackery and caramel malts in balanced proportions.

T- Opens up with sweet orange and grapefruit citrus hops in a fairly neutral overall flavor profile. The hops have the slightest edge also bringing pine and floral tones. Pale fruit esters like white grape, light caramel sweetness, yeast bread and crackers come to mind.

MF- Creamy and somewhat chewy light-medium bodied overall. The bubbles are at a moderate level and promote a great smoothness throughout. Finishes with a floral bitterness.

Fairly laid back citrus and pine hops lead to pale fruit esters and a touch of light grains. The can has no date so I have no idea how old this is but it certainly doesn't seem to match what some people say about it. Will have to revisit someday, I hope.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy golden orange. Nice 1 finger fluffy white head. Good lasting power. Very nice start.

S: Aroma of light grapefruit. Floral. Honey. Mango and pineapple. Interesting.

T: Light grapefruit. Citrus. Malty. Very nice balanced taste.

M: Crisp. Medium bodied. Nicely cleansing.

O: Very nice brew. Sessionable. Great for a tailgate or any warm weather activity.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rough day deserves a rough, piney beer.

Look : Apple cider color and density, 90% opaque; light finger shadows on the other side. Head is enormous with a generous IPA girth. 3 fingers. Strings and webs of lace.

Smell : Pine; Citrus peel; basket of oranges; whole grain barley; nut. Weak to medium strength.

Taste : Tons of prickly pine on the tip of the tongue, with a sticky caramel malt sweetness on the back. Some nice orange candy sweetness, citrus squirts, lemon lime soda, and a bit of cloudy malts sustained in the body. What I like is the sweetness sustained here. Makes it stand out above the otherwise overly piney IPA's of the region.

Feel : A light dense creaminess while still retaining a light enough body to crush moderately easily. Semi-dry and semi-oily finish.

Overall : "Sweet As!" gives us a taste of the sweet life with candy-like orange among traditional pine and citrus flavors. I'd have it again.

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Photo of josephandbrown
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Copper, and a little cloudy.

Smell- Excellent hop aroma.

Taste- Surprisingly malty for the style, but there is a strong hop balance.

Feel- A great mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall- A strong outing from Good Life. This would be a great post-hike beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, procured from a cool bottleshop/tap room in downtown Sandpoint called the Idaho Pour Authority.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, silkenly foamy, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves some random streaky and tacky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat dank pine resin, mixed tropical fruit (pineapple core, kiwi, and more pedestrian grapefruit), crackery caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, honeyed tropical fruit - more or less the same ones from the aroma - resinous pine needles, and more leafy, weedy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite understated in its genial and lilting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, these particular hops not of the edgy, prickly sort. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt and complex foreign and domestic hop esters still swirling about the various extremities of my palate.

A pretty tasty and engaging Yankee pale ale, one embiggened by a heady dose of south seas fruitiness, which works well, overall. I'm not so sure that the name works as nicely though - I get what they're going for, but it is equally easy to miss or ignore the exclamation point, and see it as 'sweet as pacific ale', which sounds either incomplete, or just confusing.

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Photo of Moose90
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

A — Pours a deep yet bright amber hue. There is great clarity, a thin light beige colored head, and great consistent lace left behind.

S — Smells quite sweet and tropical, lots of pineapple and citrus notes, mango, pineapple, bright overall and quite nice.

T — Tastes of rich malts and lightly sweet and bitter hops, not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, this is great overall.

M — Light-Medium bodied, very smooth and refreshing, great for an APA.

O — Totally unexpected and very nicely executed. This is fantastic.

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Photo of Nater
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light yellow beer that comes in a can does not disappoint. It has a sweet aroma from the use of citrus like hops. Has a nice silky mouth feel and is nice and balanced but powerful abv hiding behind a drinkable beer. Great for a hot summers day.


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Photo of portlandwolfpack
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light gold
Smell: Piney
Taste: Hoppy aftertaste
Feel: Smooth, barely carbonated
Overall: This beer is good for easy drinking when you want something light without a whopping flavor profile.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cracker, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and tropical hop aspects in the taste.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OCT 5, 2014
On tap at Giovanni’s in Beaverton last night. A clear, light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks solid. The nose is fresh, fruity, bright and refreshing with light orange, mandarin and a touch of grapefruit present. A mild honey character is present too. The palate opens fresh, fruity and refreshing with a blend of not too acidic oranges, minimal vegetal hop character, a little grapefruit and some honey. Mildly watery on the mid palate, this beer is drying on the finish with a mild bitterness. Pleasantly carbonated, this is quite enjoyable. Solid stuff.

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Photo of SamKetchum
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

This beer is light, tangy, and brilliant. The word that comes to my mind is bright, truly embodying the south pacific sensibilities it pulls forward with its slogan: "Sweet as." Whether you're cooling it in the pacific or sweating the encroaching snow this beer will take your mind away from the worries.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with slight haze and very large white head. Nice, creamy head on this one. Nose was a little timid, with some light citrus and perhaps herbal quality. Palate offers a medium to light bodied ale that is quite drinkable, balanced with citrus hops and tangy malt, and smoothness into the finish that is quite inviting for another sip. Worth trying.

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Photo of jellikit
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow. Hazy. Haze partly due to the yeast sediment. Foamy head that disappeared quickly.

S: mango. Citrus. Light floral notes. Dough from yeast.

T: mango, citrus. Lemon peel. Light breadiness.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: this is a pretty good pale ale. Not bad, not outstanding. Light and slightly bitter.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a honey orange gold with sunshine highlights and a fat finger of cream colored foam that dwindles in it's own good time. Smell is subdued and there is no date on this one. Smells like tr0pical lightness, , cracker and some orange. A breath of sweetness from malt and from fruits. So lovely. Taste is more pronounced than the nose. Kiwi and green light sweetness, some berry like fruits and a bit of melon. It's the melon that is so captivating in this. It's chilly, icy and green but sweet. There is a light hop bitter and a touch of sweet grass. This beer finishes a bit muddled. The fruits all seem to lose their definition in the finish and it's a jumbled sweetness but it's good. I wish it had been dry but it finishes sweet and with a lingering aftertaste of kiwi. Light creamy and almost crisp mouthfeel

What's not to like? I had a six pack of this beer and drank it in two days it was that good. I love ti with spicy food. Light , almost crisp and just fantastic flavor!

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Photo of alexrichman
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A> Poured from a 12oz can, poured a cloudy golden-orange with a small head that dissipated quickly but left a bit of lacing

S> Subdued. Sweet malts, a bit of grass, perhaps a bit of melon and lemon

T> More lively than the bouquet, the malt is complex and less sweet than I thought it would be. The hops are noticeable but not overpowering, much like the smell there is still a lot of grass, with a bit of lemon, and a touch of spice and white pepper. Nice finish with good balance between the hops and the malt.

M> Solid mouthfeel, good carbonation, but a bit too sweet.

O> Pretty interesting beer, it reminds me of a golden ale with a hop profile closer to an american pale ale. A solid beer but just a bit too sweet for the ABV.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy blonde with a whitish hue and a thin head into my glass. I believe it needs some time to warm up to room temperature.

Nice balanced aromas of citrus, grass with a little pine to greet the nose. It smells like a winner to my nose.

Crisp and tasty. Works well with my simple lunch. The best part is that it comes in a can.

Finishes sweet with a good citrus and biscuit imprint. By that, I mean that the malt gets a chance to shine through the hops.

Well worth a try. Pick some up.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Cloudy light amber, thick foamy lace

SMELL: Fresh berries, floral, hop resin, kiwi, bready, honeydew melon, clean alcohol

TASTE: Malty, smooth, big crispness, balanced bitterness, hop-forward flavor, prickly, citrus, dragon fruit, dried grass; semidry, long hoppy finish

Brewed with only “Pacific” hops, meaning from Australia and New Zealand ... Galaxy and Pacifica respectively. Really, really tasty with a kiss of hop flavor that sticks to the palate. More than interesting enough to keep us going, let alone that it is simply very drinkable; a good find if you run into this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newport Chowder House where they called it a Blonde. Handsome golden amber in the pint shaker. Very decent foam that lasts a long time. A few bubbles but plenty of spritz on the tongue.

Hops are listed as Pacifica and Galaxy, but rated at a mere 18 IBUs. And there is virtually no hop flavor, so how can this be called a Pale Ale? Whatever it is, it does have more body than a lot of Blondes and maybe is more like a Pale Ale in that regard. It's also rather sweet and resiny at the same time. It's not the crisp, refreshing sort of brew, but pleasantly quaffable with a slight bite.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy golden to amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-malt, citrus, floral, grassy

T-bready malt, citrus, floral, some tropical fruit,grass, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent pale ale, easy drinking

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Photo of thedetective
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid lighter brew. Easy drinking with nice carbonation and a thorough middling malt with fresh hoppiness. Although this is in the wrong category... definitely not an APA, more like a Golden Ale, although that isn't a category. We need more categories on Beer Advocate, because APA certainly denotes something more hoppy than 18 IBU

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium, hazy golden amber with a healthy two finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, peppery hops. Very nice flavor of light stone fruit, light tropical fruit, citrus, bready malt and low key, but nicely integrated grassy hops. Medium bodied with good active carbonation. This was a bit of a surprise, I'm not a big fan of apa's (rather go full bore IPA), but I liked the other Goodlife brews so decided to give it a t try. I'm glad I did, really enjoyed this. The sweetness is almost inappropriate for a apa, but there is enough going on here and it is so well balanced, that it worked well. This is probably closer in style to a hopped blonde. I liked this enough to not review it to style (and apa is not on the can nor website, so may not have been the style intended). If I were in the market for a six pack of a pleasant session ale, this would be in my top 10.

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Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright gold color with a nice sturdy white head.

Aromas are nice, lots of floral and white wine notes.

Taste is bready up front, dry, and slightly sweet. Finish is crisp, with some white wine, grassy, and green apple. Very flavorful but not over the top?

Mouthfeel is quite good. Full and smooth, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable and thirst quenching Pale. This beer is quite good, and I'd love it even more if they dialed down the ABV a bit more.

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Photo of draheim
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a pale coppery color w/ a big frothy white head, decent lacing, moderate carbonation w/ some suspended particulates in the beer. Unfiltered.

Aroma is floral NW hops and pale malt. Maybe not as hop-forward as I was hoping for, but there's a nice balance.

Taste is dry, biscuity pale malt along with an equal dose of bitter hops. A nice light citrusy quality holds everything together. Drinkable and refreshing. Balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very approachable.

Overall a good, moderately sessionable APA. It isn't Zombie Dust but I don't think it was trying to be.

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