Panfish Pale Ale | Mudhook Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mudhook Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Kegatron on 07-22-2011

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by devinoconnor:
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3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, solid American Pale Ale from Mudhook. Great year-round brew and staple of this new and promising brewery.

Pours a cloudy copper color with little head, perhaps from the tap pour. Nice combination of hops and malt/barley. I'm a hop head, so was pleasantly surprised to notice a nice amount of citrus with their pale ale.

Taste is smooth and a little yeasty. Overall, perfectly balanced and an easy-drinking APA.

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1.94/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap @ the newly opened Mudhook Brewing Company (York, PA) on 7/21/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with some mostly foamy edges, trailing sudsy looking lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and citric in the nose with hints of musty earth. More malty notes of bread, maybe some sweet caramel and a splash of butter lay underneath the hops. Plastic off-notes interweave with the other flavors throughout the nose. Some light alcohol warmth starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste has a green hoppy bite, with a leafy and earthy feel to the edges of it. Underlying sweet grains mix with some citric fruitiness to pull back some of the bitterness. I’m once again picking up some diacetyl character as well. The finish is raw with an overly bitter earthiness to it that leaves this with a somewhat unpleasant dry pithiness. Unfortunately, just like the nose, the profile is riddled with medicinal or plastic feeling off-notes. The mouthfeel is lively mouth filling creamy crispness that borders on being over carbonated at times. It’s decently smooth overall though, with the alcohol at least being fairly well hid.

I entered this into the database as an American APA based on the “focus on hop flavors and bitterness” that describes this on the website but honesty, with its focus on fruit and earth and the buttery flavors that were present (whether intentional or not), this seemed more like an English version. Whatever you want to call it though, I didn’t find this to be a particularly good take on a Pale Ale and the presence of off-character in your beer (something that I found in all of four of the main styles here) just isn’t how you should be introducing your beers to the world. I hope things get better here...quickly.

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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. A sampler followed by a whole pint. Take from that what you will.

A: The pale ale is a light copper color, looking like a shiny new penny. Transparent, the ale can't support a head to save its life.

S: The nose is malty, biscuity malts overseen by a mild citrus hop bite. Gotta be a different batch because I'm getting the bread and hops only, no buttery off aromas.

T: First sip had me sold. Biscuity breads followed by mild grapefruit hops. The hops are about right for a pale ale, providing a balancing bite that stands out (rather than dominating the ale). A vegetal leafiness does appear mid-sip, but it doesn't detract from the balance and hop presence. The hoppiness is a little more prominent in the finish, lingering longer.

M: The balance, bready with just enough hops, makes the ale work. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the beer this much but I did. Easily my favorite of the night.

If we're talking batch variation as the reason for discrepancies, this beer is worth a look.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Mudhook served in a pint.

The color is bright golden with slight amber hue and mildly haze with snowy cap with about 2 fingers of beading. The lace sticks in rings. I like the smell it has a signature cascade almost floral, but mostly grapefruit citrus notes stand out. The feel is pretty standard yet hits with a nice malt backbone to balance the moderate hop bitterness, not very sweet which is good and carbonation level is apropos.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with some mild citrus and subtle pine notes augment the pale malt base with subtle nutty flavor. Overall a pretty decent take on the pale ale style, very drinkable and one of the better choices made by Mudhook.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Panfish Pale Ale from Mudhook Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 11 ratings