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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #623
Ranked #15,269
3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. A fairly hazy golden-amber color with a medium sized off-white head. The foam lingered for a while before settling. Classic old school aroma with subtle citrus and pine. Not much malt presence on the nose, but there was a dry, bready character on the taste. More piney than fruity, with SNPA-level bitterness. Medium bodied and clean. Very nice.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with @swenny916. Poured from undated can into a pint glass. It pours a clear honey color with a half finger of creamy, bright white head and lacing. Its nose features sweet malt, lemon, grapefruit, onion, and light floral hops. The taste opens with sweet malt and a touch of toffee. The Centennial hops are flavorful and add a nice dose of bitterness. It finishes crisp, clean, and decidedly bitter. It has nice balance of fruit, malt, and hops. The mouth feel is really nice with pleasant carbonation, and a made for drinking 5.5% ABV. Overall, if you like a balanced APA - and not a fruit bomb - look no further.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Welcome back to New 4th Hands of July Beer Sunday (Week 697)! I have been awaiting this entry for a couple of weeks. I have finally gotten to the point of looking at my backlog that serious action is being done. I have been running through a LOT of beer by dint of reviews/ratings/check-ins, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as a brewery horizontal (same brewery, lots of different beers). Interestingly, this one JUST arrived in my monthly Tavour shipment on Thursday, really piquing my desire for today's horizontal.

From the CAN: "Pairings[:] Toasted Ravioli[,] Pork Steak". Yum.

Those pairings just made me ravenous! I went with a quick Crack! & Glug to alleviate my hunger pangs. Man, this big, bad CAN huffed & puffed & threatened to blow my glass out with its nearly three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head that all of a sudden got a whiff of the heat & humidity & slunk off to parts unknown. Bye! Thanks for all of the nice lacing, though. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Interestingly, the nose was very reminiscent of the previous Snake Oil. Same house yeast, perhaps? Not caramel malt, more towards biscuit, but still very piney, very PNW. The website mentions that the CANs are (generally) only for the StL market, but Tavour has come through! I just wonder if its usual exclusivity has anything to do with its close taste. Hmm. Maybe I wasn't supposed to notice? But why quibble? It was not so hoppy as to be CANfused with an AIPA, but neither was it an SNPA, which is the standard-bearer for the style. In sum, the taste was lightly minty, tending towards pine, with a biscuity maltiness to acCANpony the hops. It was pleasant enough, but it was not an SNPA, either. Finish was semi-dry, but highly refreshing in this heat & humidity. There you have it. Not bad, but not great. YMMV.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange with a light tan head, nice citrus aromas and a subtle biscuit malt.

The citrus notes are more prominent on the taste and the biscuity malt note really elevates this. Just a really nice APA.

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Photo of MMP126
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can best by 5/2/17. Poured into a Teku glass.

L: pours clear with a slight chill haze. 2 fingers of head that fell to a thin film on top. Slight lacing.

S: smell is faint. Citrus. Pine. Caramel malt. Maltiness. Slight pineapple. Slight hoppy bitterness.

T: medium hop bitterness. Maltiness on the finish. Almost lager like flavors. Nothing super distinct here. Some lemon sourness. Nothing really pops out to me.

F: decent. Thin to thin medium. Slightly dry.

O: ok beer. No blown away. Def a good drinker. Not sure if I would buy again.

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Photo of Zinck
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Great taste, classic American hop flavor. Has a slight haze likely from considerable hopping. Tastes like they were going for a low abv IPA. Unlike most posters I wouldn't call it crushable; drinks like an IPA, it's not quite sessionable. Like most people anticipate more drinkability from an APA.

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Photo of Charles_Shaw
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I become a member of this website just so I could speak out against the heretics giving less APA a less than 4 rating.
This beer is everything you've been looking for in an APA. Smooth, full flavor, a perfect measure of hoppiness with a pine-like finish. If this were the only beer I could drink the rest of my life, I would be satisfied. No gimmicks, no novelty - just an amazing beer. Other raters should be ashamed. Enough with your hipster nonsense.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to budah for this 16 oz. can, arriving via passenger pigeon along with the lovely beers we traded for. It was a big pigeon.

Pour is clouded orange. Not much aroma wise. Little citrus, little air. Tamer than chocolate poodle.

City Wide Pale Ale has made me pause for several minutes in abject boredom. Moderate amounts of pine, bitterness, albino malts, all presented in a way to maximize their disinterest. It’s easy to drink, I suppose.

Dull. Not bad, just searingly average.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besieged neighbor bought this one from down Illinois. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is nice combo of pine and citrus peel. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is more citrus and alcohol. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a very solid beer and worth a try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sometimes you just need a classic american pale ale, no crazy dry hop, no wild yeasts, no unnecessary abv, just a good old standard well made moderately hoppy beer to crush, and while i always do look for the unexpected with these guys, i was happy to find this pale ale to be exactly that, just a beer. its lighter in color, quite blonde really, and super frothy on the head, shaving cream thick almost with nice retention. it smells like northwestern C type hops, centennial maybe, good alpha acid presence leading to bitterness, but nothing out of the ordinary here. its the fluffy body, jovial carbonation, and dry finish that make it for me. its well balanced and not boring, but also not so remarkable that i feel bad slamming down a bunch of them real quick without thinking about it. certainly not the best pale ale out there right now, not at all, but a highly serviceable one, and if it were available here in colorado, it might find its way into my fridge fairly regularly. i like these guys a lot, nice to see them tackling the simpler stuff with the same degree of competence that they demonstrate in their more adventurous recipes!

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Photo of narddawg314
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Amber color
Fluffy/light head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing
Love the smell, very hop forward flowers and citrus fruits
Taste is equally impressive with some caramel malt goodness and hops of course
It's very rare to come across a beer that is exceptional and easy to buy, but 4Hands has done it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, sweet caramel and floral notes. Bright, citrusy hop punch with a sweet caramel backbone.

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Photo of moysauce
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heard some mixed opinions of this one. Some people raved about it being this phenomenal APA, others said it was just okay. I think it is a very solid example of an APA, but not a standout. Definitely a crushable beer. Decent summer beer. Could pound these back without feeling too full or bloated or getting too drunk.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold with a thick white head, from a pint can. Head fade quickly, with lingering lace. Hop forward aroma, mostly resin, some citrus, carried through on the taste, but balanced by the caramel malt sweetness. Lingering sticky resinous hop bitterness. Nicely done APA, not over the top,and at 5.5 % ABV, a nice treat after spring yard work (won't call it a lawnmower beer, though).

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color with excellent clarity and an inch of very dense off-white to tan colored head. Light lacing. Magnificent mosaic hop and slightly citrus aroma. The taste is a nice blend of citrus forward and some mosaic hops along with a nice light malt backbone that reveals itself on the back of the palate. The mouth is faintly resinous, but overall this APA is very smooth and packed with flavor.

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Photo of FBarber
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque copper color with a one finger foamy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is of orange juice, sweet pineapple, mango, and spice.

Taste follows the once with notes of orange, citrus, pineapple and mango. Slight piney resinous finish. Some malt notes come through towards the notes. Slight bitterness at the end leaves a dry finish. Very nice flavor profile however overall the flavor were slightly muted. I would have liked to see a bit more crispness to the flavors.

Feel is crisp and well carbonated. Very light and drinkable - perfect for the warm weather.

Overall a very nice APA from 4hands. Wish this was a bit more readily available, but its pretty much only the St. Louis area. Cost wasn't bad for a 4 pack of 16 oz cans. Definitely worth trying if you can get some.

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight earthy malt, hop oils, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, decent body and aroma, and average complexity.

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Photo of Biff_Tannen
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer checks every box for a desirable American pale ale. This is my new go to beer. If you have the chanc, try it/buy it. Perfect beer for a warm spring day.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start by saying I like everything about this beer, except the price... which is why I hit it lower in the "overall". Really, I like almost everything 4 Hands does, I just hope they continue to grow and expand, so hopefully their prices come down. I know, quality vs quantity, etc. Anyway, on to this particular beer.

Limited, Local release in 4 pack of pint cans. 5.5 abv, which makes it easy to have a few (and all the more reason I wish prIce was lower. .. of course, I am cheap). Bright amber/Orange color is a bit hazy. White head with tight, foamy bubbles dissipates quickly, but lacing is nice. Love the smell. Like a bouquet of flowers and citrus fruits. Taste is equally impressive. Very hop forward, but quickly balances with some caramel malt goodness. Feel is a little biting/hop/slight tart, but also feels very smooth and with a creamy texture. There is a lot in this pale ale. Closest thing it reminds me of are some of the Higher abv offerings from Lagunitas. Liked it a lot. Happy I got it. Will drink again... if someone else is buying.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of a Pale 31 clone I once home brewed. It seemed very familiar and took almost a full can to place the flavor profile here. As for my home brew: It was good, but wasn't what I exactly set out to make (not that close to Pale 31). SNPA is, and will always be, my benchmark for a pale ale. As for this beer, I'm going to guess standard C hops and London yeast. I mean, it's a decent beer. Glad I tried the local fare, but next time in St. Louis I probably wouldn't buy or try again.


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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a one pint can, this brew is a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is of earthy, moderately spicy hops, and the taste is balanced. Some caramel and pale malts in the front, a solid bitterness, and a clean finish. Plenty of hop aroma, but it is also an easy to drink, approachable, session brew. Nice...not great, but very drinkable.
By the way I love the St. Louis City pride and charity with this brew. Nice.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heavy on the piney hop bitterness, but if that's your thing then you might like it. Almost finishes on a sour note. Just a little unbalanced and uninspired for the price in my opinion. Good not great.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Comes in a can and overall can be a very crushable APA. Looks like your standard, medium gold colored pale ale in the glass. The scent is a medium, pine bitterness right up front that is almost balanced by a light malt sweetness. The overall scent is mostly hop forward and piney. When the beer hits the tongue, the hops explode in a bit more bitterness than they do in the scent. Just like in the smell, the hops bitterness is mostly piney, with just the lightest touch of citrus. The body of the beer is light to average in weight and the only thing slowing down the drinkability is the moderate hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a very solid, very crushable, canned pale ale. It is very hop forward and piney with the (I think) simcoe hops. Nothing is especially memorable about this beer, but it reminds me of a lighter version of some of the Tree House cans. In the end, pretty solid.

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Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. 7/5/15 pull date. Appearance: Clear, copper, frothy off white head with nice lacing. Aroma: Grassy, resinous, light citrus hippiness. Light caramel maltiness. Taste: light caramel maltiness and a pleasant grassy, resinous hop flavor. Moderately strong bitterness that lingers. Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering grassy bitterness. Some light caramel. Overall: really crisp and refreshing APA. A bit more caramel maltiness than a Moon Man or Invasion, but well balanced.

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City Wide from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 116 ratings