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Roadside American Ale | Mother Road Brewery

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Roadside American AleRoadside American Ale

Brewed by:
Mother Road Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 04-15-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 41
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz single bottle - the label has a certain summer dusty drive across the American southwest vibe going for it, that's for sure!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and somewhat silken off-white head, which leaves some dense sudsy island group lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some red apple, orange, white grapefruit, and overripe pear fruitiness, a touch of free-range yeastiness, and subtle earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, mixed apple and generic citrus fleshy fruit, tame earthy yeast, a soft oily nuttiness, and more floral, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its gently probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee acrid hoppy thing attempting to rain on the parade here. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt, in its ephemerally biscuity guise, keeping a keen eye on those lingering green hops.

Overall, a well-balanced iteration of the American version of the style - the hops aren't yer typical citrus/pine smack upside the head, but rather a nice blend of various fruit and verdant esters. Easy to drink, and interesting - I could surely see putting back a few of these at a derelict rest stop whilst cruising along the old Route 66.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was okay, but hops & malts were fairly tamped down. A little to much cereal sweetness for my liking

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4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +45.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

Reviewed at Cosby Campground, Smoky Mountain National Park, TN. Full notes taken.

A- Pale golden somewhat hazy bodied bottle to goblet pour. Small white creamy head to just under one finger. Decent head retention as a thick puffy ring results. Lacing is spotty as well as webbed.

S- Stone fruit hops are prominent with apricot and tangerine notes laid atop a spiciness, yeast bread and pale cracked malts.

T- Fairly hoppy but not dominated by them at all. Stone fruits, grapefruit, spicy and herbal notes meld with slight sweets, cereal grains, a defined spicy yeast note, bread and pear esters.

MF- Light bodied overall mouthfeel with a slightly foamy, silky texture but ends up somewhat thin. Carbonation at a medium level and the finish is fairly bitter.

Somewhat hoppy golden ale with stone fruits first and then fruity and spicy yeast. Perhaps the yeast being cleaner would help out but it isnt as smooth as it could be.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is medium amber in the tulip glass. Attractive fine-grained foam. Slight plastic aroma. Some toasted malt with a bitterish dishwater tang. Some substance to the body.It tastes bacterial at first sip, though maybe it's just an unfortunate choice of ingredients.

There are definitely some aromatic hops rather than the heavy bittering ones. It's just that the flavor is so peculiar. Did they pick some wild hops down by the drainage ditch? IBUs are rated at just 27, but it has an odd bitter edge. The aftertaste is over-steeped herbal tea. Looks are nice, but after half a glass I'm heading for the sink. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Roadside American Ale from Mother Road Brewery
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