Free Bird | Begyle Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Begyle Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
begylebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Free Bird is a well-balanced American Pale Ale showcasing Falconer's Flight hops.

Added by brn9000 on 03-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
6.88%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Trarmer007
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BSEDS
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange color. Clear. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of orange, pine, dried grass and strong hops.

Taste follows the nose with orange and pine up front, hints of sap and bitter dried grass. The bitterness lingers on the tongue until well after the swallow. Very classic west coast style flavor profile here. This is pretty well done.

Feel is a bit heavy for a pale ale - more what I'd expect from an IPA. Fizzy carbonation provides a bit of a prickly sensation. Dry bitter finish.

Overall this might be the best of the begyle beers I've tried. Its a classic simple APA that hits all the notes you'd expect. Solid beer.

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Photo of CSO
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 29, 2017. Look is hazy copper gold body with a thin white head and some lingering lacing. Smell is bitter citrus and spice with bread malt. Taste is citrus, grass, spice and resin with bread malt. Feel is light to medium in body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of juicebox
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of curlybird
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolverine48092
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Orange and clear in color. Smell is light oranges. Taste is more orange, decent hop bite, some rye peppery spiciness. Might be the Falconers Flight rather than actual rye malt. Feel is slightly dry, carb is high. Overall a rather unique pale. I'm a big fan of Begyle, so maybe some bias in effect

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice pale.
Looks average in color and lacing.
The smell tells me what I am about to drink, but nothing stands out.
The taste is above average, nice; balanced with the hops and malt.
For me, this could have less carbonation.
Begyle seems like they intended to make a nice session APA and they did.
Since they are only two miles from me, I've intended to stop by. But, glad I could try this bottle.

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Photo of richbossert
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smbslt
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep gold with a pretty standard white head but little carbonation or lacing.

True to its notes the balance is worth noting. The malts and hops both embrace and hold each other at bay. You wait for one to emerge but neither relents.

Nicely crafted and worth a try.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/22/16 printed on the label. Awesome to see Begyle dating bottles now, and in twelve ounce bottles nonetheless. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a burnt copper golden orange body with some chill haze. One finger of frothy soapy white head that leaves good strands of lacing.

S - The aroma is fairly subtle, but what's here is nice: soft bready malt undertones with hints of citrus rinds & lemon.

T - Big spicy hop profile on this one: big earthy, herbal Falconers Flight hops. Notes of citrus, lemon, orange, grass, with a bready / biscuity malt backing. Good piney / resinous hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, & easy-drinking. Light-bodied stuff.

Overall, a decent APA ; bordering on IPA status here, however. A nice drinking offering from Begyle; look forward to seeing more twelve ounces from these guys!

Begyle Brewing Free Bird -----4/5.

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Photo of uncleotis
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OleBruin
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft in tulip. Straw colored appearance. Ff Hop bitterness, some lacing, leaving some bite in aftertaste. A decent session apa, but reminds me of a watery domestic of my youth

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Free Bird from Begyle Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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