FiftyOne Pale Ale | Fairhope Brewing Company

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FiftyOne Pale AleFiftyOne Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Fairhope Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Fairhope No. 51

Fairhope No. 51 is a classic American pale ale, brewed with a combination of American-made Falconer's Flight hops and German hops. Named for being the 51st recipe entry into head brewer Dan's beer notebook, this pale ale is packed with hop flavor but not overly bitter. Though this crisp, flavorful beer was 51 in Dan's notebook, we expect it to be your top choice for a pale along the Eastern Shore.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, R. Davidson Chophouse, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pours a light amber color, Fitch a good two finger head of foam and thick, heavy lace left behind as it settled.

Definitely a hop-forward nose. Piney, floral, earthy. I’m not sure that I’ve ever tasted a beer that used Falconer’s Flight hops, but they’re potent on the nose. Not unpleasant, but you’d always like for there to be some emergence of citrus or malt.

Flavors are more of the same, earthy, piney, hoppy. It’s a potent pale, no doubt, and although it may be overpowering to some, if you like a good strong pale, this is solid. The only thing throwing me off slightly is that the hops are so earthy they almost verge on dirty-tasting.

Sharp carb, crisp clean feel. A refreshing beer, with that nice carbonated warmth as it goes down.

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Photo of Dubhglas
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer while I was away in March, having never had anything from Fairhope or even Alabama itself before. This was a typical American Pale Ale with a balanced taste and mouthfeel and a relatively easygoing nature to it, while having just enough hops to keep me pulled in. This had quite an English feel to it though there was plenty of malt to keep it from truly feeling like an ESB...

Not a bad pour to this as the beer was a fairly bright amber with plenty of head to top it off. Even more lacing was left behind as it covered a significant percentage of my pint glass. Plenty of Caramel Malt, floral and earthy hops, and citrus rind in the nose with even more in the taste. The hop presence really emerged in the taste with some yeast and citrus sweetness coming through as this warmed up. Balanced, soapy, and slick, this went down easily as the consistency was a bit thin. A crisp aftertaste reminiscent of a Sierra Nevada holiday beer could be felt as the pine emerged, without overtaking everything else.

Not a lot of booze here but this felt stronger than it was an actuality. A good example of the style, this had a faint stickiness and sappiness that lingered on my palate long after I finished it off. Not a bad first impression from these guys and a good beer to represent the Heart of Dixie. Would love to see what else these guys have come up with!

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Photo of spectru
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a big white persistent frothy head; It has tiny little undissolved bits that settle to the bottom of the glass. (I'm delighted by the persistence of the head and intrigued by the detritus.) Smells fresh with a hint of fruitiness or sweetness; Feels crisp, tangy. The first mouthful of suds is a bit hoppy, but the beer is less so. The flavor is less striking than the appearance and mouthfeel, but not bad. A hint of sourness in the aftertaste. This is a very interesting beer.

My wife picked it because she liked the label.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trojanpony
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed medium amber producing 4 fingers of frothy, eggshell, lasting head that recedes to a chunky surface cap & thin collar ring leaving streaks of thick, clumpy lacing behind. Aroma is malt forward caramel, thin brown sugar & slightly fruity with citrus, pine & earthy floral hops. Taste is also malt forward caramel with notes of earth, citrus & pine hops, finishing with caramel, floral & pine becoming a lingering burnt caramel, floral & pine in a moderately bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a wet finish & faint prickle, drying in the aftertaste. A malty, pale ale that reminds me a bit of DC Brau's The Public Ale but not quite as malty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairhope Brewing Co. "Fiftyone Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a very hazy golden-amber-orange body beneath a finger thick plus head of frothy off-white that holds quite well, dropping to a rocky cap but maintaining itself. I'm almost hesitant to continue for want to see what it does. I'm guessing, like their IPA, it'll hold up nicely and then leave some very good lacing behind. Of course the haze is a drawback but these days haze is accepted so we'll see where I rate it in the end. The aroma is clean, seemingly fresh, floral, lightly citrusy, and a touch yeasty. There's some golden malt in there as well. The yeast is a little bit of a drawback but it's OK, and I'd have preferred more hops but I didn't brew it so I have to accept it as is and note that it's still within style guidelines, particularly on the English side of things. The flavor follows. There's a touch of spiciness added in, probably from hops, but perhaps from alcohol as well although it doesn't seem that strong - ah, yes, the label reads 5.8% abv. So, it's lightly American, but also a bit English as well. A stiff bitterness backs it and it finishes dry but with a light touch of malt lingering as well. I'd call it medium bodied and crisp, and looking back the lacing isn't as good as I thought it might be but it's OK, much better than average. Overall it's a decent, well balanced and rounded basic IPA that's fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright golden orange color with a giant white head. The aroma is mild hops. The taste is mild citrus and piney hops.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Amb3do
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fairhope 51 has a thick, spongy, yellow-white head of foam, a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with lazy bubbles, lots of gray yeast chunks, throughout, and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet white bread, bread crust, and oranges. Taste is the same, with orange marmalade and robust, yet, not harsh, bitterness. There is a dirty or earthy aspect to this ale. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Fairhope 51 finishes mostly dry.


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Photo of GaPeach
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JintheHam
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R11415
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I may b**ch & complain at times, but one of the great things about living in PA with our arcane alcohol laws is that we attract brewers & breweries of every shape & stripe. This short horizontal is one such example.

From the bottle: "Lower Alabama's Craft Brewery".

Both the cap & the label art feature what I believe to be a stork and I appreciate it bringing me not a baby, but beer! I just heard from the brewery - it is a pelican. I Pop!ped the cap & began a very gentle pour into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention that left behind some really nice lacing. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slightly buttery caramel malt quality underlain by a grassy hoppiness. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste did not really follow the nose, though, with the two aspects being inverted. It was quite hoppy up front and underlain by a butterscotch/toffee/caramel maltiness. The hops were an interesting mélange of flavors, ranging from citrus & pine to tropical fruit & grassiness. I just kind of wish that the hops flavor had been more focused, as opposed to scattershot. Finish was semi-dry, tasty, but when I think of an APA, I think of SNPA and this was not that. I did not dislike this beer, but I was not really impressed by it, either.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rkarimi
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Luckydog91
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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FiftyOne Pale Ale from Fairhope Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 69 ratings