Rusty Nail Pale Ale | Crooked Fence Brewing

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Rusty Nail Pale AleRusty Nail Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Crooked Fence Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 04-15-2012

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by wertschy:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of nuebs
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy,beige/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, citrus. Taste is citrus, grapefruit stands out, malts, very light bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown / amber with one finger of light tan head. Fair amount of lace. Smell funky lightly sweet malt with little hop aroma. Taste is yeast funk light sweet bready malts with some bitter hop taste for balance.
Mouthfeel is light carbonation medium body and a lightly bitter dry finish.
Overall an easy drinking and just above average for the style.
Edit 10/03/2015: From a 12 ounce can. Had to raise the look rating due to massive light tan head and copious amount of lace. Much better carbonation than previous review.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one last night courtesy of COOP Matt... He shared it with me, inflatablechair and buckeyeboy. I wanted a solid review (per Matt's request), so I picked up a bottle today at Bier Thirty for a pricey $5... Poured into my slim tulip glass tonight while listening to music and cleaning out our junk room.

Nice looking off white head.... good retention and lacing... the brew is a hazed amber... not the right color... but let's hope the smell and taste are more in the wheelhouse.

Nose is hoppy, I guess... but instead a toasty malt aroma dominates with with bits of caramel that seem out of place.. hops sorta fall flat.

Decent hop bitterness... a bit of hoppiness mid palate that gets drowned by out by the malt character... again pretty heavy toast and some lesser caramel.... I guess I get a bit of floral hops... but I could be wrong.

Body seems a touch thick for a low abv pale... but it is a minor distraction... carbonation is good small bubble.. almost makes for a creamy mouthfeel.

Decent brew that needs work... and honestly pretty expensive... 3x22's more or less equal a 6-pack... This brew would be $15/6-pack. Too expensive... I will not revisit unless it is on tap somewhere and I can assume it is a newer batch.


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange with a soapy head. Glob of retention makes it down to 1/3 glass but that's about it.

Floral, bubblegum, peach and general wort aroma. Tastes like bubblegum and peach iced tea. Not as malty as it smells. Nice bitter finish. Very, very clean.

I like it. Like a more flavorful Long Trail Ale for those with an east coast feel.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Hardeybeer
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: caramelly malt right off the bat, followed by an intriguing combination of floral and citrus hops. I like it, although overall it's quite muddled and the hops don't quite stand up to the malt.

Taste: again, quite malty right up front. Something about the flavor reminds me of extract homebrew, though not necessarily in a bad way -- just something about the sweetish quality of the malt. Hops are lightly floral and citrusy, and again don't stand up to the malt quite enough for my taste. Bitterness is smooth and pretty decent for an APA of this style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation and a concomitantly satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent drinkin' beer. It's a bit muddled to be really great, but it will do in a pinch.

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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of thin white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of wispy lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is rather bready and fruity with the fruit being a mix of orange and tangerine. Along with these aromas comes some light yeast smells as well as a good showing of a grapefruit and pine hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather dry cracker/bready taste mixed with a little hint of caramel. Right from the start there is a decent showing of a grapefruit hop taste with this getting stronger as the taste advances. A pine works its way onto the tongue toward the middle to the end of the taste ramping up the overall hop taste rather well. With the yeastiness that was detected in the nose coming at the end of the taste, one is left with a rather drier and fairly nicely hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and light for a pale of 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. For the drier tastes of the malt and the hop blend of grapefruit and pine the feel of the brew is quite nice overall.

Overall – A nice drier pale ale with a good hop hit. A good brew overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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