Blond ale aged in oak barrels with Brett | Finest Made Ales

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Blond ale aged in oak barrels with BrettBlond ale aged in oak barrels with Brett

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Finest Made Ales
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vince4953529 on 11-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. The HPA pours a light orange/copper with a hint of haze and sports a thin cap of slightly off white foam. Aroma of light citrus and some sweet grainy notes. Just a kiss of hops in the mix. Warming brings out some remote Belgian yeast notes yet they never bring much to the game.

Taste follows with a light citric sweetness and a brief grainy finish. Just a subtle bitterness ensues along with a slightly coarse spice character. More orangello on the close of sorts but yet not really. An unusual mix of malts/hops/yeast executes in varied ways.

This beer rebounds a bit with a pleasant though not earth shattering mouthfeel and drinkability. Unoffensive and easy drinking though slightly different in the big scheme of things. Bit of tannins on the close yet stopping short of astringency in the delivery. Reminds me of the girl next door.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
2.79/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of monkist
3.81/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chcshammonde
1/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Omg this was awful. Took a sip, spit it out. Dumped it out. It tasted like vinegar. So bad. Im not even sure this was beer.

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Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of hnandez
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Photo of davegray
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of notchucknorris
2.53/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a can of this at Bottlecraft a little while back. Says it was canned in Wisconsin but apparently the brewery is right here in SD. Weird...

A: Slight hazy golden color with an extremely thin tan head.

S: Sort of a strange smell here. Lots of bready and cardboard like malt with a hint of yeast and faint tropical fruit notes.

T: When it's really cold, it's easy drinking enough, but this just isn't good. Tons of breadiness and little hop flavor. Apparently there's Belgian yeast in this but I couldn't find it anywhere. The finish brings a strange and almost metallic bitterness that got old pretty quick. Can't say I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather striking at first taste, as in "what is this stuff?" There is a peculiar bitter and woody flavor that is I hope is hop-induced. Reminds me of a very hoppy Pilsener that got aged in a wooden water tank. Odd color-- golden with a brownish tinge, but quite clear and attractive. The nose, which is rather perfumey, again like a Pilsener or Kolsch, is rather nice.

Quite bitter and eventually fairly unpleasant. Only 36 IBU, the brewery claims, and made with Belgian ale yeast, which may be what adds the odd flavor. I just don't get a good feeling from it, as in what else is going on in the chemistry?

Label says "Irvine, CA." Apparently contract brewed by or at Bayhawk Ales. It will be interesting to see if Butchers gets it together to brew on their own, and what else they make. 22 oz bottle from Sprouts (formerly Henry's) market in San Diego.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of brotherloco
3.66/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JISurfer
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of srandycarter
2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Fairly clear light apricot, nice thick near white half inch head. lots of cling.

S - Hops are there, but not much sweet malt. Also, a sort of tinny, macro lager smell.

T - Mix a macro with a decent micro pale, and this is what you get. Picture it. I know you can.

M - Light body, good carb, finishes with a little malt and tin.

D - Good to try, won't again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Best by 9/22/16.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of old malt, rotting fruit, dirt, and burnt sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with sugar, toast, fruit, and dirt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is just a mess of odd aromas and flavors that make this one hard to drink much of.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.39/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Damn, and I thought that I was purchasing a Hawaiian product. I should have read the lable more carefully before I purchased the bomber. You know what time it is:

Lighter colored, toasted orange with shiny yellow hues. With a thick, meaty head that gives off solid lace, this looks like it should be an appetizing ale. The aroma casts doubt of that. It's erratic, unpolished, and offers a decent passionfruit note, a so-so diacetyl aroma, and dissapointing graininess.

A moral vicotry is granted to Hawaiian Pale Ale, because the taste isn't completely foul. Oddly, it does actually have a little flavor of Hawaii, that passionfruit flavor sticks out pleasantly. Similar in the way that Wailua Wheat has that addition of fruit. The rest of the journey is sub-par. There is a slight caramel flavor, moderate diacetyl coming in the way, and a bland bitterness. The body is lighter medium, with carbonation being modest, and an aftertaste than leaves a sharp bitterness and subtle fruitiness.

That was dissapointing. How does a beer that calls itself a Hawaiian Pale Ale come out of Wisconsin? Oh, you thought I was talking about the beer's characteristics....

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Photo of TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Resuin
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kofukasho
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RochefortChris
2.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of shigg85
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of frozenjogurt
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Hotrod88
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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