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

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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
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear copper body, some lacing.

S: lots of vanilla, caramel malts and citrus hops.

T: lots of vanilla, earthy herbal and slight pine hops with a nice caramel malt backbone.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is very drinkable and interesting. I would like a little more out of the base beer but the vanilla is perfectly applied.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of sendbeer
1.25/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of Eziel
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Haybeerman
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of dertyd
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of scruffwhor
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 Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good shade of pale with a small white head. I give them marks for getting a good color.

Your basic pale ale aroma (grassy hops, buttery malt) with nary a hint of vanilla. At least it gets the first part down pat.

We're talking now. My tongue detects a nice, mellow addition of vanilla bean that kind of works against the butteriness of the malt and grassy hops. It does add a new angle to the style.

Lingering buttery malt, grassy hops and vanilla bean make up the mouthfeel.

I give them credit for trying something different. I don't think I've had any pale ales infused with vanilla.

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Photo of pkalix
3.92/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hmm, low review score.... not really excited about that tonight.
pale straw with minimal head, erratic lacing.
smells kind of vanilla-y, i suppose.
tastes like a subdued ale with some soft spices. vanilla subtle in the end taste. very interesting.
overall, not bad. a little 'twang' from the added ingredients but a decent drink. not into novelties, but i dont believe this was intended as a novelty but a serious endeavor. i like it. i think it is worthy although it's not a world class brew. i wonder what the other brews from this brewery are like...

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Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of andrenaline
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bready caramel, some sweet honey notes and a hint of vanilla.

T - Much like the nose the bready caramel notes dominate, with the vanilla almost undetectable at first, but coming through and lingering nicely on the finish. Hop profile comes through in the form of faint leafy greens on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A mild pale ale, but the hint of vanilla offers a unique twist to an otherwise forgettable pale ale. Easily sessioned and pretty tasty. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a soft copper, no foam. Clear top. Creamy vanilla nose. A little peppery. Taste is a vanilla dominated malt, which stays sweet and wards away any bitterness. A bit obvious, but the dominant flavor really is the vanilla. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of alexsergio
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale from Ass Kisser Ales
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