Sweet As! Pacific Ale
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,353
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,777
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
207
From:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  42
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Sweet As! is a bright beer in appearance as well as flavor. Checking in at 6%, this beer has a bright golden color complimented by a bright white head. Pineapple, cream, and other soft tropical aromas dominate your nose creating a perfect transition to the playful finish. Southern Hemisphere hops paired with white wheat make this a light refreshing beer perfect for anyone or any place.
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TheBricenator from Oregon

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

Look: Slightly opaque medium orange with a frothy white head that settles fairly quickly to a lid, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Lemon-lime, sweet honey-like malt, wheat, floral notes – honeysuckle and gardenia, and freshly baked bread
Taste: Honey-coated wheat bread and flowers kick it off and as the flavor develops, light lemon-lime led citrus fruits wiggle their way into the mix. Raw bread dough, honey, and flowers persist through the middle before citrus rejoins to close it out
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, very soft throughout, and finishes very full and soft
Overall: Please note; I love this beer and am a homer for it. This was the first beer I had from these folks and was very impressed back then and keep it in the fridge rotation year-round still. The wheat component and unique and delicious hop bill make this beer refreshing, unique, and the standard for a hoppy American wheat ale. Delicious and recommended

Mar 31, 2021
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

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

Six pack of cans picked up at Haggens in Woodinville, Washington.
CANNED ON SEP 09 19. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy bright golden color, solid off-white head with good retention, a fair amount of lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (tangerine, orange, lemon and light grapefruit), tropical fruit (pineapple and passionfruit), peach/nectarine, sweet caramel malts, light floral notes.

Taste- Much like the nose but a bit muted and a little tangy. The sweet malts are much more assertive in the taste.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, smooth with almost no bitterness, well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A really nice and sessionable pale ale. Liked it so much I used part of one to make a beer/cheese sauce for some stuffed baked potatoes. This is my fourth offering from GoodLife and they have yet to disappoint.

Nov 24, 2019
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on an American Pale Ale. Neither the hops or Malt take front stage it all kind of blends together in a smoothy creamy mouth feel and flavor.

At only 15 IBU's it's bitter by any means, but not overly sweet either. Sweet biscuity and caramel malt blend well with southern hemisphere hops to create an unusually refreshing pale ale. It's not your. standard C hop pale ale from the North West. The hops and malt blend together to make sort of a malty tropical fruit sherbet flavor.

It's an extremely refreshing pale ale. It could easily be a go to for me if I lived in the area - it rarely comes to Massachusetts and therefore is expensive for what it is. Unfortunately this doesn't necessarily stand out in any way, just a good reliable pale ale.

Sep 22, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of pineapple. Taste is of malts, pineapple, a touch of citrus, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Sep 01, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nearly clear light amber color. Small but lasting head which leaves excellent blanketing lace.

The smell is lightly weedy.

I get a woody flavor behind the typical pale malt start. The hop bitterness is one-dimensional and while dominating, not overpowering. Long aftertaste with a touch of berry fruitiness. Neutral mouthfeel all around.

Aug 18, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours honey colored with just the slightest chill haze; the head builds to two fingers and leaves a few streaks of lace

Smell: There is a sugary shortbread base that underpins the hops, which express pineapple, melon and berry tones; a bit grainy, too

Taste: The shortbread and grainy tones mingle and then the hops arrive, a bit piney before the pineapple and berry flavors emerge; the finish verges sweet but light

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant APA with some distinctive character both on the malt and hop fronts

Aug 17, 2019
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Mulryan18 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent, clean ale. There is nothing strong or in-your-face about it. Instead it is understated, smooth and drinks as a refreshing cold one, good for a hot summer day.

Aug 03, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

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

Poured into a tall pilsner glass..its a slightly hazy yellow with a lovely pure white quarter inch head.

Strong hoppy resiny aromas, then candy sugar malt

weird yet inviting taste..its hops and sweetness in total combination giving a fizzy sherbet like taste, mild pink Fuji apples also appear..nice

Nice smooth and even thickish mouthfeel..low carbonation levels work here.

This is an odd beer

Jul 23, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/7/19

Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold body topped with a sizeable foamy white head; good retention yields narrower strands of thick, soapy layers, dense collar, and thin cap.

Aromas of soft pineapple and bits of cream open up immediately, followed by an ultra tight burst of cereal grain and hay, and marked with a slight floral pungency undertone.

Taste shows more pineapple and cream to start, dosed with an undertone of mossy herbs and light pine; floral pungency continues accompanied with sweet malts into a clean finish.

Mouthfeel brings a light body with a soft, fluffy carbonation; smooth, creamy, and with a minor grittiness across the palate, eventually drying to a fairly crisp swallow with minute lingering bitterness.

A high quality APA that balances floral pungency with a sweet, creamy tropical fruit presence; soft and nuanced all-around; effortlessly drinkable stuff providing a nice example of the style shining without being overly direct or punchy.

Jul 13, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the first i have had or seen from these guys, a very solid pale ale that i am already looking forward to drinking again, they did a really nice job with this, a clean, simple, and sessionable american pale with a nice crispness, not a whole lot of malt heft, sweetness, or flavor going on, allowing a moderately robust hop profile to really lead the way, rather classic in flavor, not so distinct to me, but it doesnt need to be to hit the mark. clear and golden in the glass from the tap, a short lived white head on top, and some slow rising carbonation feeding it. aroma and flavor of citrusy hops, but tempered with some more traditional noble type spiciness, good balance there, id love to know what varietals were used here and when, simple, clean in the finish, and just a little pop of bitterness to keep it fast. better carbonation than it looks like it should have, refreshing, and with a squarely medium body. warms up well, but i hardly let it, this is a drinker through and through, and a beer that really is sort of the essence of what craft beer is all about. hoppy, bright, poundable, fresh. ill look for more from these guys!

Apr 14, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since I prefer not to have bitter hops coating my tongue, I very much appreciate the good job GoodLife has done here.
While Sweet As Looks ordinary, its Smells give me that tropical fruit (that I got often in January when Down Under... thanks for the memories.) Tastes are also well balanced, with only the bitter at the end... and then not too strong.

OA: I like the package GoodLife has put together here: creative and judicious use of hops and, obviously, love what they do.

May 26, 2018
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elNopalero from California

3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying this one about six weeks out from canning. At least they are date-stamping. The last batch of these I found at the grocery store was 3 months old, so this is an improvement. Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about this APA, other than it tastes like a run-of-the-mill beer. Light aroma, some musty hops with the remotest hint of ‘tropical’ flavor, a residual sweetness. Meh.

Feb 06, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $1.50 (I think)
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2018
Consumed: Jan. 14, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 20, 2017

Picked up seven singles and a 6-pack of Pizza Port, all beers I had never tried, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Had seen this GoodLife brewery on the last visit, but balked at getting some beer. Decided to try it this time. Gave the Mountain Session Ale a 3.68 the night before, but the canned on date was Oct. 26, 2017. Brewer’s online description was, “Sweet As! is a bright beer in appearance as well as flavor. Checking in at 6%, this beer has a bright golden color complimented by a bright white head. Pineapple, cream, and other soft tropical aromas dominate your nose creating a perfect transition to the playful finish. Southern hemisphere hops paired with white wheat make this a light and very drinkable wheat pale.” Also saw a photo that listed the hops as New Zealand Pacifica and Australian Galaxy. Was looking forward to this one.

Poured a cloudy amber color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. A few bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Very good spotty and foamy lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled apricot, pineapple, peach, plum, purple grape, floral, tropical juice mix, grapefruit, herbal, caramel and mango. Wasn’t getting much hops in the nose, more just juicy fruit. A little more tropical flavors from the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose. Wow, lots of tropical juice (like the one you can buy at the grocery store). Also apricot, peach, pineapple, plum, kiwi, purple grape, red grapefruit, persimmon, herbal, mango, guava, passion fruit and light tangerine. Still not getting much in terms of hops, maybe because of the 18 IBUs. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Juicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a very good pale ale. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.78 | 85 | B+

Jan 17, 2018
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gandres from Philippines

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:03 PM
12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: Golden, amber, orange hue hazy, cloudy, small foam, some lacing
Smell: Fragrant- hoppy, malty on the nose
Taste: Medium-low bitterness, sweet
Mouthfeel: nice carbonation, medium follow through, sudden drop then dry finish
Very good beer, ok to repeat not look for BA RB

Nov 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light lacing roaming all about. The smell started off with a big burst of citrus hops running over light piney notes and then a slight floral setting balances within. The taste copied the smell to have a nice bittersweet burst of hops to malts, nicely balanced. A light piney to citrus aftertaste leads into a refined sweet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels right for an AIPA - slightly back to allow the hops to take the lead on the bitterness and harshness on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

Jul 19, 2017
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Brittian from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good pale ale, most pale ales are nearing ipas, this is not as hoppy and is very balanced but lacking a bit of malt that i think could be expressed better

Mar 14, 2017
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jefewyatt from California

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.

Mar 20, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

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...

Feb 06, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 03, 2016
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atigerlife from Hawaii

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.

Jan 30, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Nov 14, 2015
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josephandbrown from Oregon

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.

Sep 22, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.

Jul 29, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

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.

Jun 22, 2015
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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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Apr 27, 2015
Sweet As! Pacific Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 207 ratings