834 Happy As Ale | Blue Blood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Blood Brewery
Nebraska, United States
bluebloodbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A refreshing American Pale Ale with 4.6% Alcohol by Volume and 35 IBUs which has a great citrus flavored finish from the late hop additions. This beer is brewed using hops grown in the United States and right here in Nebraska by Rhynalds Hop Growers in Prague. The name for the beer, Happy As Ale, is because we at Blue Blood Brewing feel everyone needs a bit of happiness in their lives and our beer is an extension of our smiles which we share with anyone who needs one.

Added by scarfield on 02-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
10
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
26.19%
 
 
Wants:
1
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1
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. My first (reviewed) Nebraska-brewed beer, after having (up until recently) worked for an Omaha-based company for over a decade. Huh.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden apple juice colour, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a single splotch of island relief lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of faint grainy malt, a mild drupe fruitiness, and mildly bitter leafy and floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, some lesser astringent wheat grain essence, an emboldened sugary fruit melange, and consistent, but still underwhelming floral and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy, but settle readily enough to a dull edge, the body a restrained middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes with the flinty malt and floral hops squaring off in their 'feature' featherweight bout.

I was a bit distracted by the decidedly poor grammar of the label - Happy As Ale? Not really a name, and too cutesy and generic for an unconventional descriptor, where one might be expecting a joke of some sort. That aside, this is a fairly plain, weakly-hopped pale ale - sorry, Nebraska growers.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.07/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pour pretty much straight white head of foam with some light pale yellow liquid at the bottom. Overcarbonated or infected, not sure which...

Aromas begin with slightly citrusy seltzer water with emerging grainy maltiness.

Tastes begin with some light lemon and grapefruit with the same accompanying grainy maltiness. The flat seltzer water flavors emerge more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with way too much carbonation.

Overall this may be old, a bad can or infected. I don't know, either way it's probably the worst pale ale I have ever had.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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1/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If i could rate it lower I would

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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1/5  rDev -66%

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3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright brass with a one inch but steady head; bubbly with good lacing

S: Bready and grainy; I was expecting more citrus and floral hop aromas and I"m getting more herbal, earthy, and grassy ones and still lots of toasty, biscuity malts; smells good but just a bit off from what I was expecting

T: More citrus hop bittterness comes forward in the flavors; interesting--though they do make way for a more grassy presence; also lots of toasty bready malts here; nicely balanced finish between the malts and bitterness

F: Medium body with decent carbonation

O: A decent little, balance, canned pale ale; nothing crazy here but tasty, drinkable, refreshing, good

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4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

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3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a somewhat hazy dark orange-golden in color with a thin white head.

The aroma is spicy and herbal/floral, just a touch of fruit.

The taste is malty, lightly toasted and caramel, with a very bitter and dry finish. As the bitterness wanes, there is a pleasing lightly fruity aftertaste. It seems much more bitter than its listed 35 IBU's. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it won't blow you away.

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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

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834 Happy As Ale from Blue Blood Brewery
2.94 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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