Dear Ol' Dixie
Raleigh Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,703
Ranked #31,173
3.74 | pDev: 5.88%
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Notes: We specially brewed this ale for the International Bluegrass Music Awards who have moved their residency to Raleigh until 2016. Expect a huge blast of hoppiness with notes of tangerines, mangoes, peaches, and sweet pine. You might catch a hint of malty toast on the back end but make no mistake; this is certainly a hop-forward beer. This beer’s bitterness lingers into the finish leaving you wanting more during the warmer summer months.
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation, moderate amount of medium sized dark sediment/particles in suspension, and faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a finger thick medium sized cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and caramel malts with moderate aromas of tropical/stone fruit and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy, caramel, and toasted malts with only a minimal amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of tropical/stone fruit (nectarine + peach), citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and just about sessionable. Would be really nice on a hot summer afternoon but is still quite enjoyable during this cold spell here in NC. Worth grabbing with a nice combination of hops flavors and aromas.

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Photo of twage04
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, big head on the beer with lots of lacing. Lots of citrus with some tropical fruit from the hops along with a gentle bitterness. Nothing over the top here but over all a good smooth easy drinking APA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Hazy medium amber color, thick white head, good retention. Mild malty aroma with a little fruit there. Caramel malt taste with piney and grassy hops. Finish has a little astringency. Medium mouthfeel. Overall very drinkable pale ale, smooth with dry finish.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Raleigh Times bar on 19 June 2014.

Pours medium-dark amber. Fluffy head to the brim of the glass. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Smell is a balance of toasty malts and bright citrus zest. Quite nice, though...

The taste doesn't hold up as well. It's lacking in hop presence; while there's some bitterness, none of that citrusy effervescence is here. Balanced, leaning to malty. Okay.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, a touch on the flat side. Lasts, hmm, medium long.

A decent balanced almost-hoppy ale. I love the smell, though the things I like there are lacking in the taste.

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Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Gold with a small, bubbly head of white creaminess. Moderately hoppy aroma with some leafy, oily citrus and grass. Hoppy, Cascade-like hop flavor with orange, lemon and grapefruit. Simple and tasty. Medium-light, crisp, and dry in the finish. Pretty bright and citrusy overall and easy to put down a few. “Ordinary” perhaps, but well-made and to-style (in a more old school kind of way, which is surprising given the hop profile of Mosaic, Motueka, and Citra in addition to the classic Cascade). I sort of wish they didn't market this as a massively hoppy, fruity beer, because it's going to let some people down. Maybe future batches will harness the deep, flavorful fruitiness of the utilized hops, but right now this is coming across as more of a classic example of the style, and I'm okay with that. Regardless of where this goes, I'll be sure to have several of these throughout the summer months.

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Dear Ol' Dixie from Raleigh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 22 ratings