Stick's Pale Ale
Bootstrap Brewing

Stick's Pale AleStick's Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,535
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,027
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
36
From:
Bootstrap Brewing
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by Todd:
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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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VaporDome from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 05, 2019
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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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Karibourgeois from Texas

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

Jan 31, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 12, 2017
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 28, 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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Blazer22 from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 15, 2016
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SIRSOG from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 06, 2014
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 20, 2016
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TheHopsman from Nebraska

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 03, 2016
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mkyer from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 12, 2017
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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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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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Hopsohard from California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 01, 2018
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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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wofisdk from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2017
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LostTechnique from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 10, 2018
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COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 22, 2018
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ColoradoRich from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fruity, floral pale

Aug 18, 2019
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GreyGooseStout from Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Jun 08, 2019
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kojevergas 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.

B- / WORTHY

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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tylerstravis from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 15, 2019
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Kolb from Montana

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

Apr 25, 2019
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 36 ratings