12th Can | Hilliard's Beer

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Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 09-19-2013

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Chris-1911
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EXScotT
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

Photo of gandres
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into wine glass
Appearance: Orange light amber , hazy, with medium head, lacing
Aroma: Smell of malt
Taste: Good initial bitter but can improve on the follow through
Mouth feel: Fizzy, a bit creamy
Overall: Good Beer, but can be better
Drank: January 28, 2016

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Photo of AcetheBathound
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Pale Ales.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If your only objective is to pound a local, cheap, and session-able American Pale Ale during Seahawks games, you've come to the right place. But if you want anything more, look elsewhere.

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Photo of einman
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good craft brew reason to drink TWELVE beers. And not fall apart... Good session piece.

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Photo of DOCRW
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lillitnn92
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some resiny hops along with the biscuity malt taste. Dark yellow with a decent head. Plenty of carbonation and just slightly aromatic. More of the club soda with an acidic mouthfeel. Thin but not very bitter. A little metallic.

Quite gulpable but mostly of note due to the fairly low alcohol. Makes a nice swallow when you want something wet tickling your throat. From the 16 oz can purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Wash.

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2.56/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a nice golden amber color supporting a steady dissipating head leaving nill lace. Smell of the malt and floral hops. Taste seems to have more bittering than aroma hops leaving a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste having a little of the sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Tried it once and that'll be about it.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of woemad
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. The best by date of “28 March 2014 (shame on Huckleberry’s for carrying old cases of this to pander to Seahawk fans!)” is stamped on the bottom of the can, as is the message “Yeast Mode!.”

Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white foam head that dropped fairly quickly.

Initially the nose was of herbal, medicinal smelling hops, but things became more piney as it warmed up. Grassy notes became prominent as well. The bitter, medicinal smell never entirely went away, however, instead just receding into the background.

The hop flavors don’t meld together too well. There’s a mineralish taste that doesn’t meld with anything and hangs over the beer like an ill-matched cloak.

Carbonation is too low. The mouthfeel is a little bit oily, like that of a restrained west coast style pale ale.

As a dyed –in-the-wool ‘hawks fan who’s never wavered in his fandom, I really wanted to like this beer, and am still glad someone made a beer for the fans. I just wish it was a little fresher and, frankly, better. Hilliard beers just don’t impress me, despite my having given them several chances. I’m not sure I’ll be doing any more of that.

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Photo of Spikester
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a huge off white head and some spotty lacing. Smell is nice malts with a bit of floral hops. Taste is cascade hops with an English type maltiness. Not a bad taste just a bit at odds with what it wants to be. Good flavor profile overall just a bit timid. Kind of an English PA with Northwest hops. Easy drinking low abv. so if aren't fussy about style character give it a try. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and carbonation was good. Finish is fruity lightly bitter and dry.
No particular yeast flavors noted.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The 12th can - official pounder of the 12th man. This little beer earned Hilliard's a lot of national attention. To me Hilliard's is a brewery that absolutely nails the marketing side of business - their taproom is lovely, they put on fun events, bring in good food trucks, really blow up Seahawks viewings, etc. They are very very good at that stuff. To the elitist beer community (card carrying member, myself), the beer often just doesn't hold up often times.

I don't find the 12th Can offputting in any way, but it's bland and the hop profile is pretty crappy - almost non-existent. It's a shame because I actually really like the Nautical Pale Ale as a mildly bitter and very balanced 'old school' pale.

Still, I think Hilliard's accomplished exactly what they wanted here - a low ABV pale with commercial appeal that can be consumed in volume. So, bravo I guess but it's just not very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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