Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale | Anchor Brewing Company

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Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale AleZymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale
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Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale AleZymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dv8sean on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a brilliant clear bronze with a tightly formed half finger white head that settles pretty quickly,love the rich color.Aromas of drunken overripe citrus and more herbal hops along with a bit of custard,caramel,and lightly toasted grain,alot of subtle nuances going on.Somewhat sweetish on the palate but there is a drying leafiness that keeps it in check just enough,that custard note comes thru again as well the graininess in the finish.I like this beer alot,it's not a big hop bomb but there is a big hop presence,the malt complexity is the star of the show for me.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the small bomber in a snifter, this APA pours a beautiful bronze with a rich fluffy white head and great lacing. Nose of bready malts and yeast, solid grain background, and sumptuous grapefruit. Flavors follow the nose with sweet malts to all sides interplaying with grapefruit and citrus hop notes. A nice grain flavor comes through on the back and blends nicely with a breaded malt characteristic that is not overly cloying. Wet lightly sweet citrus finish makes this one an easy drinker and a great harvest/APA to contend with a light alcohol kick. Nice

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium red-copper amber with a fine two finger head that continued to grow due to active carbonation. Aroma of sweet and bready malt, light fruit, intriguing. Flavor is sweet bready malt and a light fruit that is somewhat neutral in flavor like pear or melon, light caramel. Finish is light, but with a very long, fairly intense hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a pale ale, very fruit forward, but more in character of light fruit than any particular flavor. Pleasant, but the finish bitterness is somewhat out of character with the lighter malt and fruit body. Unusual and worth a try.

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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of tropical fruits such as mangos and pineapples.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a refreshing and easy to drink pale ale that is filled with pleasant flavors of tropical fruits.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into SN hop glass.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a billowing, thick, and dense light tan head that slowly faded into a thick, well-retained, fuzzy film that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Tropical fruit nose is sweet with notes of mango, papaya, and tangerine. Bready malt, caramel, and a touch of earthy spice poke through as well.
T: Follows the nose but with less of a tropical fruit profile. Hops are spicy with mild notes of citrus and sweet fruit juice, and the malt is toasted, bready and caramelly. The finish is lightly bitter and earthy and the aftertaste has a lingering kiss of sweetness and gentle booze.
M: A fairly full body for the style with a thick mouthfeel with a decent chew to it. Carbonation is smooth, bubbly, and quaffable. Alcohol is faintly noticeable.
O: Fairly balanced throughout with earthy fruity hops melding well with caramel and bready malts. On the heavier side for a pale ale with just a touch of alcohol detected, but overall this drinks well and I wouldn’t mind having it again.

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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Long lasting foam and plenty of sparkly in the mouth. Peculiar medical, band-aid aroma. Attractive clear red-amber color in the New Belgium snifter. It looks what a lot of breweries like to call a "Copper Ale." I'm not sure why they picked "Pale Ale" instead of Amber for this one, not that either style means much. It's dark amber if anything, intensively hopped, and quite malty tasting.

The hops come out of nowhere like a moray eel, and bite. This would be interesting and drinkable if it wasn't so stupifyingly bitter. Quite a warm and sweet malty character that begs for gentler handling. I look with dismay at how much is left in the bottle. That initial roasted grain and persimmon taste is nice, but what can I mix it with to make it drinkable? Note to self: pick up sixer of Trader Joe's Name Tag Lager. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/27/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight lime juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the malt and hop aspects.

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Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 49 ratings