American Pale Ale | Taps Fish House & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Boilermaker88 on 10-22-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by PuckLSHS:
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ever since Victor has started dry-hopping his brews, I couldn't be happier. Had the APA when it was first put up on the block (and also got a sneak peek when it was still in the back), I was thrilled with it.

It pours a nice light copper/amber color and has a beautiful nose right off the bat. Citrus hoppy goodness. It poured about a 1 finger head and it dissipated at a nice steady rate.

The taste did not dissapoint and, unlike a lot of other brews, matched the initial smell. Citrus hoppy goodness again.

I enjoy the mouthfeel of this APA. Good levels of carbonation and not too overpowering. The drinkability is great and it does compliment a nice summer day. In CA though, summer seems to be year-round making this beer appropriate for any day you feel like getting a nice little hop but not diving into hop head fits of hysteria. Victor definitely did not disappoint.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper. Smell is over a bit of caramel sweetness combined with cascade hops... very much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Taste is fairly resiny,... agian, much like SNPA.. This must almost be a clone. A little more sweetness to this than the SNPA though. Good mouthfeel. Light, no problems here. Good Pale Ale.... a little too much sweetness for me. I would prefer a touch more dryness to it to accentuate those hops even more.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always like to see what cask-conditioned brews they offer at Taps. While waiting for the start of the beer dinner, I definitely needed to give this one a try. APA poured a clear coppery color with a dense foamy white head that left a great web of lace.
The smell was a nice balance of citrus hops and caramel. The taste was well-hopped but not overboard. APA had a grapefruit taste up front with a solid caramel and malt backbone. A modestly piney bitter finish added to a well-rounded taste. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and clean with very light carbonation.
APA is a well-crafted and balanced pale ale. The cask-conditioning makes for a nice, smooth feel that's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is amber/dark copper in color with a white head which leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is about right on for a pale ale. The nose has a lot of citrus and resinous pine hops. The nose is very comparable to their IPA, actually.

T: While the nose gave off a very hop forward aroma, the flavor was a slight step back. The hops are still there, but the caramel and slightly toasty, biscuity malt really comes through as well.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit on the lower side.

D: Overall, this was like a pale ale should be: an easy drinking and refreshing beer. Not the best beer on the tap list, but a solid enough choice.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the source, on to the beer:

This is a hazy brownish orange color topped by a creamy persistent head. The aroma is a pleasant, juicy, floral hoppiness. To taste, it is a one sided beer. The hops are dominate yet delicate, with little of the malt coming through. The bitterness is somewhat dull and subdued. The cask version is a solid pale ale, but a taste from my friend's draft version leads me to believe that the draft version is the one to go for.

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Photo of IceAce
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the restaraunt in Brea, California. The first thing I noticed when comparing a pint of the Pale Ale with the India Pale Ale was that some of qualities seemed to be switched between the 2 styles.

The color was about right for a pale ale, the light-brown / amber was relatively clear with nothing floating in it. It poured with a nice thick white head that left a fair amount of lacing in the glass. Had a some bubbles coming up continuously. The smell threw me off. It had a wonderful smell of dry hops and smelled stronger than the IPA. Can't tell exactly which hops are in this beer. The hop smell overpowered the malt smell considerably.

The taste was good as well, it was reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's pale ale but with a little less bitterness and not as dry. Good malt / hop balance. Nice smooth aftertaste and this is where the malt came through. The beer had a decent mouthfeel, good overall but maybe a bit thin for the taste. It would be very drinkable if it wasn't $5.25 / pint.

The last couple of brewpubs I've been to didn't impress me much but this particular beer, along with their IPA and their pumpkin beer would keep me coming back.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler to go and went...

Instructions on the growler say to drink within 2 to 3 days. I'm cracking this baby on day 7. Just got home from the gym. Who deserves a beer? Daddy deserves a beer!

Looks great. Copper caramel. No head with the first glass, which happened the last time I poured from a growler. Operator error? I'll try again in a few minutes.

Smells like an IPA. In other words, smells great. Good strong scent with some hops.

Taste like an IPA too. Wonder if dude at the bar filled my growler from the wrong tap. Wasn't expecting hops like this. Luckily I'm very, very fond of hops. Might be a little flatter than intended but tastes great anyway.

And a growler all to myself. Life is good. Didn't pour a head until the third glass, and I'm sure it's a little flat. Both probably negative aspects of growler transport and storage. Otherwise, I believe this would've gotten straight 4's from me.

Overall: more IPA than APA but good stuff.

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American Pale Ale from Taps Fish House & Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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