543 Skull Creek Pale Ale
Blue Blood Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
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3.27 | pDev: 14.07%
Blue Blood Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Our first seasonal selection was brewed in conjunction with our friends at Rhynalds Hop Growers. This American Pale Ale is brewed using hops all grown right here at home in Nebraska! We used whole leaf hops in the boil with a finish of cascades picked right before the brew giving the beer a distinct taste you can only get by using hops right from the field! The beer is named after the Abie Hop Yard with 543 being the telephone prefix for the town. The hop yard itself is situated along Skull Creek where the hops have grown wild for many years until being tamed just this year.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a glass.

Murky rich orange.

Small off-white head; minimal lacing.

Smell of faint citrus & oats. Interesting.

Thin mouthfeel.

Slight bread & corn; macro flavorings here. Disappointed. Hoping this is old because the 'fresh hops' are M.I.A. Not awful but I'm unlikely to ever have another.

Nov 03, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: My friend Chad
Price: ??
Purchased: ?? (received it on Nov. 1, 2014)
Consumed: Nov. 6, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Chad!

Poured a dark orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming from the bottom. Minimal spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. No retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled mango, light pineapple, tropical hops, sour orange, light grapefruit, caramel malts, tangerine rind and light fruit passion. Tropical I tell you. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose. Tropical hops, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, peach, light passion fruit, caramel, honey, green apple and kiwi. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Not a bad pale ale and really something different than the usual. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

Nov 07, 2014
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JMBSH from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Initially a good head that then shrinks to nothing. Just a thin line along the edge of the glass. Golden orange color with a hint of cloudiness.

S - Faint sweetness like the peel of oranges.

T - Again the citrus of oranges but not overpowering.

M - Almost no carbonation is seen in the glass. Once in the mouth it is only when you hold the liquid that you feel the little bubbles on your tongue.

O - While they call this an American Pale on their website, I felt it would fit better under the English classification. The beer seemed more buttery and a bit more malty then the American styles. The use of the cascade hop is very much evident. Frankly, this is one of my favorite hops, and while the beer might not fit the style (American that it), I really liked it.

Nov 24, 2012
543 Skull Creek Pale Ale from Blue Blood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 7 ratings