Belgian Pale Ale | Aardwolf Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aardwolf Brewing Company
Florida, United States
aardwolfbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KVNBGRY on 09-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-burnt orange to copper sort of color with a wisp of a white foamy head that fell off pretty quick. No lace. The aroma had some cracker/white bread tones, subtle earthiness, light clove, some banana, floral, slight bubblegum and a little bit of coriander at the very end. The flavor was a blend of the prior mentioned aromas - sweet to semi-spicy flowing gently into the aftertaste. Quick little bite of a finish with the clove. The palate was just a tad under medium bodied with a decent sessionable feel to it. Some acceptable dryness rolled around my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, it fits as a Belgian pale ale, I could do this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at the Omni Hotel in downtown J'ville. It poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent was common to most Belgian ipas. The taste was a little bit heavy on the Belgian clove spice and slightly bitter which made it not as easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was average.

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Photo of coopdog1000
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and bright orange yellow with a touch of haze and a thin quarter finger of foam that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of glass.

At first whiff I am greeted by a pleasant amount of fruitiness, both of fruity esters of the Belgian yeast as well as a noticeable hop profile of fruity hops. As expected from the style there is a nice herbal, floral, and yeasty spice character as well.

The hop profile definitely shines in this take on the style, notes of citrus & tropical fruit lend more fruitiness to the Belgian yeast fruity character, while notes of clove, banana, and spices emerge as well.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, creamy smooth, soft mouthfeel.

I was able to sample this during my visit to the brewery and I'm glad I had the opportunity! Between this and their other Belgian styles they really have a grasp on how to knock the Belgian styles out of the park.

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Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.

Pours with an amber body that has good clarity and is topped by a weak head that leaves little lacing.

Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.

Coriander and other spices, bread, yeast, over ripe soft fruits.

O: OK for style.

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Photo of Corburk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Flatsskipper
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really a BPA, but it's great

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Photo of FearlessForecaster
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent small micro brewery beer out of Jax

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Photo of donnyowens
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uturn
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CTague
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of weaf
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Excellent local brew...great quality and fresh.

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Photo of ediaz
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of laramis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Before I say anything else I just want to be clear, I like this beer. Having said that I do take issue with the claimed style of "Belgian Pale Ale." To me this offering like so many others fails to capture the élan vital of true Belgian pale ales. I say this for two reasons, firstly there is too much hop bitterness. I prefer the traditional sweet/boozy notes to be at the forefront. Secondly I feel this like many others cannot match the complex spirit and intangible aspects of the style, and the over use of hops is an attempt to make up for this. However if one disregards all this and takes the beer at its face value then it is something quite good. The initial impressions on the pour were very agreeable, nice color and thick head. It had a pleasant flavor while the hops were more than I wished for, the notes of dark fruits, banana, and spices were unmistakable. It was quite drinkable, the beer managed to be both refreshing and slightly warming. On the whole I really enjoyed it, admittedly it was not what I expected, but now knowing what it is I will be coming back for more.

Maybe they should pick a different name.

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Photo of Sarahpaigestyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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