Featherweight Pale
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #205
Ranked #6,397
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CO-Bloom
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Colorado brewed APA.

L- Crystal clear, bright copper. Only knock is mediocre head retention and served in very scratched up glass (irrelevant to the actual beer though).
S- orange marmalade on some bread and then some grapefruit.
T- sweet orange and then bitter grapefruit, all on top of semi bready malt.
M- Not malty sweet but also not bone dry. Perfect balance in mouthfeel and lingering bitterness.
O-would have to do a side by side but it reminds me of a littler, slightly tamer Zombie Dust. I don’t know the hop profile but I’m picking up a lot of Citra. Could be wrong. Either way, it’s delicious!

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Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler to a nonic glass.

A-The beer is a good looking light-golden color. It is clear with a bit of carbonation floating up. The head is short and just-off-white colored. Retention is short and lacing is minimal.

S-The aroma is heavy on the hops with pine, orange, and lime notes. There are some toast and cracker flavors from the malt, but overall this one leans hoppy.

T-The taste is similarly hoppy with citrus flavors like lime and orange, as well as light pine notes that provide some pungency and bitterness. The beer is pretty dry, but a little bit of sweetness creeps in with flavors of light caramel and toasted bread.

M-The body is light to medium with average levels of carbonation. It drinks easy.

O-This is a good example of a new style of APA and a great example of a beer that packs a reasonable 5% ABV, but doesn't taste like fizzy hop water. I will drink this all day versus many of the session IPAs that are out there.

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Photo of iSip
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cannonball Creek Featherweight Pale: Light golden body, clear with little carbonation. A thin head forms. Hoppy, piney aroma. For a pale ale, it's on the hoppy side. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavor. It's a good beer, but I would go for the Mindbender. They are similar in style, so go for the gusto.

Cannonball Creek really needs an easy drinking lager for summer. The Featherweight Pale is a great beer, but it's not pale enough and too hoppy/piney to be the go to quaff on a hot day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this pale has won some medals, and not that that should be a huge influence, but it jumped out at me and was the first beer i ordered at the brewery. i see why its been so well decorated in such a short period of time. its excellent pale ale, clear and bright in the glass, simple and lean in its grain composition, and unique enough yet approachable enough in its hop complexion that it has both mass appeal and something for the geeks. its pretty mild through the taste, but finishes with a sharp hit of pine after the swallow, and it sort of fades back with the sap and resins but without much bitterness, making this a really cool sort of pre-ipa. carbonation is right on point, and the beer feels almost pillowy, especially for how the hops come on in the back. its very true to style, but also sort of pushes the whole thing forward a little bit. easy to drink down a bunch of these, this was my favorite of the beers i had there by far.

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Photo of GregJ
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey yellow with white head. Very nice citrus orange with sweet maltiness. Tastes a little bready with light grapefruit and pine bite. Medium light body, medium carbonation, light pine aftertaste. Body was lighter than I prefer but still an excellent balanced pale.

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Photo of mschantz
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with minimal head retention. Sweet fruity nose reminiscent of skittles with some hops lurking in the background. Flavor backs up the nose while being very well balanced by the Biscuity notes. Sparkly mouth feel with a pleasant finish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Bright orange color, nice head. Smell was pretty nice, very hoppy, citrusy, well done. The flavor did not follow thenose unfortunately but was still a nice mix of malt and hops. Overall a very solid pale ale and the hoppy aroma is great.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

So, you got yer Dales and other strong APAs, then you have the lighter ones. This is the latter. Nothing wrong with that. It's a great starter beer; gets your buds a jumpin

Light golden pour with 1 finger head. Lacing is nice, nothing brilliant.

Light biscuit and bread undertone on the nose. Hops are bright and subdued. Grapefruit and pine

Taste follows the nose. Light malt with light hops. Sweetness up front, just lighter than caramel. Donut perhaps. Hops add the flavor with grapefruit and green pine. A touch grassy.

Nice finish. Dry but not scrappy. Good starter beer

UPDATE: The last two times I've had this beer presented butter bombs.

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Featherweight Pale from Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 46 ratings