Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired in August 2013.

Added by AleWatcher on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 29
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1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark golden hay and amber/copper color. Great bubbling and a super ice head and film that lasts for all twelve ounces. It even has good lacing stickage. Great looking beer.

The aroma is full of the English Toffees Grandma used to have at her house when I was a child. Toffees dipped in hard water mixed with a little earthen hop aroma.

Lots of toffee sweetness that eventually get coupled with Earthy, musty hops. Very odd and for the most part, off-putting beer.

The palate is a little dry, very chewy, and sweet. I'm glad I tried this beer, but won't purchase again, and will recommend others stay away.

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Photo of Etan
2.04/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Trying this beer based on its horrific reputation...Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a small white head.

S: Unpleasant, fake-smelling vanilla, a bit of soapy grain, not much else.

T: The same mildly disgusting fake vanilla. The tiniest, thinnest hint of floral hop. That's it.

M: Light-bodied, tingly carbonation.

O: I'm amazed that they've actually been able to sell this stuff. Disgusting fake vanilla aroma and flavor, almost no hops, no malt flavors. Definite drainpour.

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2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single from a local store... Couldn't pass up a vanilla pale ale-- my first! (and as far as I know, the only one made!)

Served in a pint.

Golden colored body with a small, almost non-existent head. The small head vanished quickly, leaving only a small ring of bubbles as a collar.
Smells like ginger ale meets cream soda. Almost no "base beer" here at all. This doesn't taste like beer really at all-- it tastes like a gourmet soda made with some sort of maltable ingredient that beer generally uses. The vanilla is pretty mild-- it needs to be sweeter and more pronounced.

This feels like a soda. A sugary, undercarbonated soda.

Overall, it's hard to really know what they were going for here-- some sort of mild ale with vanilla is my best guess, but the mark was missed. The beer isn't "beery" enough to be a good pale ale, and not vanilla enough to be an interesting sipper that could be a novelty at parties-- then again, people like strange shit.
This one doesn't do it for me.

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2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Nice rich amber, golden pour(s) into sample cup with lingering lace and a thick, frothy head

S: Sweet, almost Cream soda rich vanilla with a subtle scent of ale typical of a blonde.. Rich

T: Thick syrupy flavors with a candied front of cream soda or butter scotch, a heavy sweetness from Madagascar vanilla extracts lingered followed by fresh, clean straw/grass hints

M: Bready tooth feel, sweet candy syrup not unlike cotton candy after effect

Good enough to open session with, not a fan of sweet flavors dominate or syrup sensations

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2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark gold and pours with practically no head.
Malty aroma with a toasty and nutty quality. Hints of vanilla. No hops to speak of.
Taste is where is get a little weird. The vanilla is an odd flavor here - not like the type oak would give. Has a malty quality similar to the aroma. It has a weird dryness on the finish. I'm not sure the flavors blend all that well.
Quite a bit of carbonation and it's a bit sharp and it inhibits smoothness. Body is thinner than typical for style.
The aroma is the best part of this drink. The rest just doesn't work very well.
Thanks C. and Sons of Barley

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2.49/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, not a clear beer seen most often with this style. Nice color though, golden and pale in color.

Aroma: Sweet with a faint, very faint vanilla aroma. No smell of hops and the malt is also rather subdued. No off aromas perceivable.

Flavor: Very subdued flavor, almost no presence of vanilla. Malt is perceivable but all flavors seem diminished. There is also an off note of some metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth but it does seem to have less than average carbonation.

Overall: When it comes to pale ales, I believe that a pale ale should have a more refreshing aroma and flavor with a little more hops. Also, it does not have enough of a vanilla flavor to have it called out on the label.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a very thin consistency; watery; not much head formed, under one finger in size; didn't hold well either; well-carbonated though; no lacing; clear body

S - Vanilla, but doesn't mix well with the hops, smells a little moldy; cream soda; cream/sour cheese; caramel

T - Taste like vanilla bean ice cream; cream soda; cotton candy; no hops, some grass taste; tangy weird taste

M - Very thin consistency; watery body; sugary vanilla aftertaste coats the tongue and doesn't go away for a while; sour bitter burn in the throat;

D - Not very well thought out; not sure where the brewers were going with this beer; flavor profile is out of whack and the weird aftertaste and mouthfeel don't help it either; time to go back to the drawing board

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With flavors of caramel, butterscotch and cereal governing the flavors here, you know it's not your everyday Pale Ale. The decoration of vanilla provides the subtle nuances that both entice and surprise the senses.

This Vanilla Pale Ale opens with a bright golden pour that carries a mild haze. A short lived and terse statured head rapidly builds and rapidly dissipates from the beer but not without leaving behind fossils of lace.

Aromatic with the malty notes of light caramel, corn syrup, honey and a kiss of butterscotch anchor the nose while actual cereal (like Capt'n Crunch) and not the normal beer-term that denotes raw grains and undeveloped malt character. Low lying hop character gives a small herbal component to the aroma blend, but not nearly with the punch that's expected from Pale Ales.

The balance in flavor also tilt heavily in the favor of malt flavor and sweetness and away from a matching hop flavor or bitterness. The butterscotchy caramel, honey flavor pronounces along with the slight vanilla flavoring. Grainy-sweet to taste, the beer has tepid malt underpinning that limits its complexity and richness. The very low in hop flavor and bitterness leaves the malt to fend for themselves as the beer never offsets the sweetness and the lack of malt depth doesn't contain enough complexity to allow the balance from malt to develop.

Thinly sweet and with soft carbonation to start, the beer falls light, thin, and weighted as the carbonation fades very fast and leaves the majority of the beer feeling rich, oily, slick, and mouth coating. This causes the beer to lay flatly on the tongue and hinders any would-be dryness in finish. Only a mild warmth accompanies the caramel and buttery flavor and feel into aftertaste.

Somewhat British-like with the butterscotch and dominant caramel notes, but this beer isn't a substantial English-inspired ale either. Nor does the vanilla taste make any meaningful impact. This is just a confused beer that lacks justification in recipe formulation and brewing execution.

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2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This looks golden blonde with a thin vanilla aroma and a bracing vanilla flavor. Vanilla extract comes to mind, more on the artificial side--strong and off, almost, with a thin, astringent finish. I found it flat flavored, thin bodied, and overly artificial. Warming only brings out the worst in it. Obviously not very enjoyable to my tastes but I’ve been in the minority here with every bottle I’ve shared.

A more positive comparison would be to a vanilla cream soda—but if I wanted an actual cream soda I’d drink that instead. Skip, pour, or give away.

*Note: The bottle I had was from California, not Texas... Different region, different contract brewery perhaps?

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2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new brewery to my local store, so I figured I'd grab one of each of their three current offerings to try 'em out. Part the first: It pours a clear lightly amber-hued gold topped by maybe a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose seems faint, but it could just be nearly nonexistent anyway (meaning not much there for me to even perceive, were I able). I get some mild cream soda, a touch of overly sweet caramel, and the vague sense of ruby red grapefruit. Suffice it to say, I'm not impressed by this aspect of the brew. The taste doesn't seem to emphasize any particular vanilla-ness, rather a vague sweetness that borders on a powdered sugar sort of character. The rest of it is kinda ginger ale-like, but with less ginger and more vague citrus. Dammit, everything here is just so vague and conformist (the only word that comes to mind here...). The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel, almost like a flat soda. Overall, I am mystified by this beer. It sorta lives up to its own billing, but there's nothing in the way of pale ale to be found, and the vanilla isn't very expressive. It's not a bad beer necessarily, but I can't in good conscience call it a very good one in any appreciable way. My head, he spins...

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Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale from Ass Kisser Ales
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 117 ratings