Shades Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,713
Ranked #43,437
3.23 | pDev: 21.05%
Shades Brewing
Utah, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice carbonation with a great head - perhaps too much. Smell is a bit overpoweringly floral. Taste-wise it's not as prominent, but it's still noticeable. There is a good dryness on the back end, which minimizes the effects of the overly floral nose and front end taste, but I don't feel that there's a very good balance to this beer. It's just too strong up front and on the nose for me. Not bad, but with so many pale ale options, I doubt I'll want to come back to this one.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pretty light pale ale. It poured a murky copper/deep orange color with a creamy white head; sticky lace on the glass; pretty good retention; smelled citrusy with some light floral hops; it was pretty light and watery in the body which is good for throwing back a few bombers; thirst quenching for a hot high desert day. Initially, the front end was floral, citrus, and sweet; the back end was piney and slightly bitter/dry, with a balance of caramel and toffee malt notes. Overall, it was an above average pale ale that I would drink again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells malty with some burnt sugar and caramel. Strange hop aroma Earl Grey tea basically Bergamot orange.

Starts out sweet with mostly a caramel taste. Slightly smoky with some tea flavor. Not that strongly flavored. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall very much a middle of the road ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color in the tall glass. Long lasting foam makes for an attractive appearance. Big nose of resins. A nice sudsy mouthful.

Very light body with just a little malty sweetness. Just a little of the "lite" beer taste of odd dry graininess. Plentiful hoppy flavors. Finishes with a modest bitterness. The flowery hop aroma delights with every sip. Overall this is quite quaffable in its lightweight way, though not really a great Pale Ale. It might be pleasant on tap.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop note, also lots of floral. The taste is nice, malty, slight hop note, not much citrus at all. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. This is not a typical Pale Ale, too malty/floral, nice, but to me does not cut it as a typical Pale Ale. A nice thirst quencher tough.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 18 ratings