Stick's Pale Ale
Bootstrap Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,590
Ranked #31,424
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Bootstrap Brewing
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by April 9th.

It pours a clear 24k gold with over a finger of foam.

Big notes of grapefruit citrus in the smell. Slightly grassy with some toasted malt.

The taste continues with the grapefruit citrus dominance. The malt is toasted but it's a minor player. Pretty bitter for an APA. It almost has a dry hopped character.

Good mouthfeel, good drinkability.

A very assertive hoppy American Pale Ale indeed and I am happy with it.

Feb 07, 2021
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Todd from California

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, best before 10/09/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Golden with a hint of haze, a fluffy head, and lacing. Tropical with biscuity in the nose. Soft, light-bodied, and smooth with low carbonation. Fruity with apple, pineapple, and some melon rind. Hints of pine, some oiliness, and a bitter astringency that builds with each sip. Doughy, dry malt profile with some tastiness and light caramel. Earthy and biscuity finish.

Stick's is a bit rough around the edges, but it's a good Pale Ale.

Jul 24, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz pull-tab can served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass:

BB 06/25/20.

5.5% ABV. No hop varietals are mentioned on the label, but their website notes that it's brewed with Mosaic hops, is gluten reduced, and is 36 IBUs. It also mentions the following awards:

* Gold at 2016 Great American Beer Festival for American Pale
* Gold at 2018 L.A. International Beer Competition
* Gold at 2017 CO State Fair
* Gold at 2016 U.S. Open Beer Competition
* Silver at 2019 USA Beer Ratings
* Gold at 2014 Denver Int’l Beer Competition
* Silver at 2018 CO State Fair
* Silver at 2017 U.S. Open Beer Competition
* Silver at 2017 & 2018 North American Beer Awards
* Silver at 2015 Denver Int’l Beer Competition
* Bronze at 2016 Los Angeles Int’l Beer Competition
* Best of the Rockies/SW at 2014 USBTC

Doesn't dig deep into Mosaic's potential, hitting powdery tropical fruit but not its signature subtle blueberry flavour. Nevertheless, it's a balanced and enjoyable pale ale that drinks easy and is very pleasant and mellow.


Apr 25, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too fancy here, just a very solid APA. Not too hoppy or too malty, not bitter, just a very good mild flavor and smell. It won't jump off the page at you, but you can easily have a few of these. Would also try other beers from this brewery if I come across them.

Feb 26, 2020
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TH28 from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. 8/28/17 best by date. Appearance: Deep golden with a touch of orange. Clear with a moderate off white foam head and decent lacing. Aroma: abreast, caramel maltiness, with a light grassy, pine resin hoppiness. Comes across more malty than hoppy. Taste: Pretty one dimensional light maltiness with a lightly toasted caramel flavor. A perceptible diacetyl leads to a sharp resinous bitterness Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Bitterness dominates the finish, with a touch of retronasal toasty maltiness. Overall: Fairly nondescript pale ale, with a strong malt profile and caramel that is reminiscent of a British pale ale. Definitely has the American hop regimen and bitterness, but the aroma is barely perceptible against the malt. Overall profile is fairly one dimensional with an almost astringent bitterness. Touch of unwelcome diacetyl as well

Aug 19, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow color with abundant foam in the plastic motel cup. Light body with suitably fizzy mouthfeel. I don't get much sense of aroma. Mild malt and a lemony touch, plus the usual crackers. Kind of resiny with a mineral finish. This seems plain and short on aromatics. Bitter, astringent aftertaste. But it's thoroughly gulpable. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins.

Jun 09, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick fluffy head of micro and big bubbles with awesome lacing. Color is shiny orange amber. Aroma is pineapple, mango, lemon peel, lime peel, grapefruit peel, spicy/musty pine needles. Palate is tart pineapple, lemon, musty hop bitterness, pine needles, mint, oregano, perfumed floral boozy finish; medium plus flavor intensity; crisp slightly sticky light body; medium effervescence. Pros looks nice, complex, intense, nice balance: acidity, booziness, crispness. Cons sticky, pretty intense perfume, unique flavor and long hoppy sweet finish means not super sessionable. 89/100.

May 09, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 12/1/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold/orange; streams of bubbles that support a thick, froathy white head. Lacing is thick and sticky!
Smell - some tropical and pine hop notes along with pale malts.
Taste - more oily citrus hops that aren't detectable in the nose, primarily grapefruit.
Feel - a much more hop centric pale ale, with bitterness dominating the malt presence; closer to an IPA in feel!
Overall - had to try this after it won gold for APA at GABF, and I was pleased! This one should start getting more attention!

Oct 15, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey-amber with a solid head. Nice citrus, herbal hoppy aroma. Sweetness, grass, orange peel, grapefruit, and caramel come through in the taste. Quite good. Bright and herbal. This has much more to offer than your average pale ale. True to Colorado style, it's well balanced with a solid malt backbone.

Aug 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a lot of negative feedback out there in the market about this beer. they must have changed the recipe or something, or maybe gotten fresher beer out there, because the can i just drank was really very good. still not as tasty as their ipa, but a really nice easy drinking pale full of flavor. a little richer in color than most, short of copper, but a nice deep burnt orange, and over an inch of lasting white head. smells like citrus, orange mostly, and a little pinch of a sweeter grain, vienna maybe, maybe some middle crystal, its not too much, but gives body and depth and a little toasted quality to the malt base. orange peel bitterness in the flavor, the hops are interesting here. more in the front than in the finish, so it sort of fades out a little prematurely in the end, but there is still a richness and boldness to this pale ale thats very colorado. the cans are really cool too, and i think this deserves a little more credit than folks are giving it. i still need to make it out to the brewery too...

Jan 02, 2016
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svenness from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No can date found; nice artwork/finish

L: Hazy, copper, foamy white head
S: Citrus, orange, floral, bread, biscuit
T: Getting all of the aroma notes with some grassiness
F: Medium bodied, some residual sweetness, moderate carbonation/bitterness
O: Well crafted APA, nice aroma, more on the malty and bitter end of the spectrum of the current style

Dec 14, 2015
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden amber with a big meringue white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malt with light fruit and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuit toffee malt with light fruit and soap notes and fairly bitter grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don't care for the biscuit malt or the hop profile.

Aug 15, 2015
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 37 ratings