Creature Comforts

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #58
Ranked #2,032
4.25 | pDev: 7.53%
Creature Comforts
Georgia, United States
Notes: Automatic is a modern pale ale with an ABV of 5.2-­‐percent that features a prominent hop flavor and aroma. The beer appears hazy and straw colored with densely packed and persistent white foam. A mix of Mosaic and Crystal hops are used to create a delicate balance and give the beer an aroma that features a complex array of berry, citrus, herbal and pine notes.
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep straw with the loose soapy head that rapidly diminishes. The aroma is a robust mixture of orange and tropical fruits. Taste is citrus and tropical fruit, floral and herbal with a faint grassiness with biscuit malt in a smooth finish. Aftertaste is citrus and fruity, lingering long on the tongue. Light to moderate body with moderate carbonation it is smooth and pleasant on the tongue and very mouth filling.

Sep 13, 2020
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer with a good smell and flavor. I'm a big fan of pale ales, and this is a good choice. Luckily, it's been added to Creature Comfort's year round selection/

May 12, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale lemon yellow bodied brew, surprisingly hazy, allowing only shadow and silhouette to penetrate. Excellent head production, and good retention and spotty lacing.

Surprisingly dank and peppery nose, along with slight hints of lemon (which may be influenced by the color), lemon, pine, light herbs, grapefruit pith, orange, and even lighter tones of peach, mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and cracker. It's a very light aroma, not overpowering, but it's revealing and rewarding in depth.

Wonderful translation to the palate, with the hops on full display, but lacking the sharpness of an IPA. Low to moderate bitterness, and a good expression of pale malt. Almost sticky finish. Juicier on the palate than on the nose, with a growing sweetness through the sip.

This perfectly captures the goal of a hoppy APA: fuller body than a session IPA, less bite (and lower ABV) than an IPA. I'm really enjoying this one.

Sep 17, 2019
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there such thing as a Juicy/ NE Style APA? If so, this is it. I’m not a big fan of the So called IPA versions, but this one really works. Hazy, smells of the tropics, followed by a pineapple forward flavor that finishes pillowy with just a little bite. This beer is awesome and so drinkable. It’s the ultimate mid range ABV beer. It has it all.

Aug 29, 2019
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow color, 1/2 inch pillowy white head, good lacing
S: Lots of fruity hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits
T: Fruity hops right up front, nice malty sweetness to balance, nice resiny hop aftertaste
M: Medium
O: You can really tell this is a quality beer from the beginning. Lots of nose and taste. Great beer!

May 17, 2019
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: heavy on fruity hops, mango, pineapple, papaya, citrus, grapefruit

T: big bitter hops up front, grapefruit, tangerine, stays bitter with a biscuit malt balance, finish is pine with some lemon

M: medium with higher carbonation

O: bitter cousin of tropicalia that is still fruity but less sweet

Dec 22, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives clear and goldenstraw colored with an impressive white head; webby lacing

Smell: Lemon and grassy tones; bright and floral

Taste: Crisp opening with bright lemon flavors and a grassy aspect developing in the middle; slightly fruity through the middle with a finish as crisp as the opening

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Consumed in a restaurant and brought to the table in a pilsner glass, so I kept wondering whether I had been served the wrong beer by mistake - still not sure though the bill listed the beer as "Automatic"

Dec 13, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours hazy straw color with fluffy white head and good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Lots of sweet pineapple, pine, herbs. As it warms the herb aroma takes over.

Taste - Heavily herb leaning flavor with a touch of pine and lemon. Little bit of citrus peel coming through as well.

Feel - Light bodied clean refreshing light very easy drinking.

Overall - Very herbal leaning pale ale on both the nose and heavily on the taste.

Dec 09, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10.19.18, poured 11.10.18

Can poured into tumbler

Translucent yellow, one finger frothy white foam cap, good lacings, recedes to a ring after 3 minutes, looks great

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, lemon

Taste is grapefruit over a grassy base

Medium suds , no hop bite

Good beer

Nov 10, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from KMitch. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big ruby grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big ruby grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, woody, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of ruby grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an awesome American pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome Mosaic/Crystal showcase. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone for the ABV, with no residual sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

Oct 20, 2018
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And there I was thinking Tropicalia was amazeballs. I think Automatic may be my new favorite beer from Creature Comforts. This beer was extremely juicy and in a very good way. Refreshing and just enough bitterness from the hops.

Oct 19, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an extremely modern and incredibly tasty and drinkable pale ale, very much a snapshot of the present, with a little haze to it, a mostly dry hopped profile, and not sign at all of any crystal malt, but still with a fluffy dry grainy structure, some wheat in the mash i would think. this is delicate and well refined for being a little hazy, not thick for the sake of it, and it doesnt drink heavy at all, its very light, pushed along by upbeat carbonation. a bright yellow color in the glass from the tap, a lathery white head with good retention, and an aroma of sliced pineapple, green tea, and cut flowers, springy more than anything else, but layered and interesting enough to be all season beer. there is really bright almost sweet citrus up front from the hops here, than a frosted sort of piney thing, almost a cryo hop freshness to it, elderflower and spruce and juicy orange, really sexy, and frankly quite unique. im not sure what hops are in here, but this is not the classic mix, something else going on here, and i really appreciate it in a world where everyones dry hop profile is more and more the same. round body but exceptionally dry, lemongrass and pineapple to finish, completely and utterly satisfying even with very low bitterness. awesome pale ale overall here, i wish this were regularly available here in colorado. this could easily be a fridge beer for me...

Oct 15, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - massive white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - lemon, grass, oranges, herb.

T - follows the nose. Lemon/lime candy with a grassy chaser. Orange, honey, a little earthy. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a very easy drinker.

Oct 14, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you JBowenGeorgia
12 oz can, dated 8/11/18, poured into a teku

A- A slightly golden straw with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, berries, a little earthy, some pale malts.

T- Citrus, some berries, a little earthy, somewhat floral, toasted malts.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A very nice APA, easy to drink.

Oct 01, 2018
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Big_BEARD87 from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass golden color grapefruit citrus on the nose flavor is heavy citrus a lot of grapefruit a hint of citrus zest some toasted malt gives a little sweetness balanced finish nothing really lingers overall solid pale ale

Jul 14, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip
Canned 7/12/17

A- pours a pale clear golden-yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, some lacing left behind

S- citrus hop notes, along with some a hint of floral notes. Toasted malt undertones

T- citrus hops up front, notes of orange peel, orange marmalade and grapefruit. Mid-palate gives a bit of bready malt. The finish is balanced with more citrus and toasted malt

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- easy drinking, citrus forward pale ale that is well balanced

Sep 23, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ON: 08/19/17 BY: 11/19/17

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy (from fine particles), light yellow-hued body with a smallish, white head. Touch of lacing.

Smell: Zippy herbal-tinged, grassy note laced with pine sap over citrus and hints of berry. Slender, scant maltiness in the background.

Taste: Begins with a dry, crackery malts with an undercurrent of grain. Relatively low, light sweetness that fades quickly. Peppery herbs, grassy and with a resinous pine note. Pithy citrus and a tiny drop of berry fruitiness. Moderate bitterness. Spicy, grassy and fruit encased in bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Falls well in line with what seems to be the customary pale ale of the day.

Sep 03, 2017
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MagicJeff from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can canned on 8/4 into a pint glass.

Look: hazy, golden straw with a nice creamy white head. Head recedes into 1/8 inch but is retained throughout. Nice lacing.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit pith. Apricot.

Taste: Fresh orange, like I'm at my youth soccer game at halftime biting into an orange peel and Coach Dembowski is yelling at me saying I'm not trying hard enough. Some grapefruit zest, lemon candy, some slightly sweet malt but this is hop forward--citrusy and refreshing.

Feel: Medium bodied. Lingering citrus finish. Would love to pair this with different foods (I'm an idiot, this is my last beer in the 6 packs, why didn't I think of this?)

Overall: Very solid offering from CC. It's a very "to the point" beer--the citrus hops are not bracing, but they are definitely in your face. I hope this makes this way more regularly to ATL--it's a pain in the ass to track down, but hopefully they continue to expand and more people can get access. Great beer.

Aug 20, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 07/12/17 on bottom.

A: Pale slightly hazy gold with a short-lived off-white 1-finger head with wisps of lacing.

S: Pineapple and melon with guava and grapefruit aromas

T: Hoppy with very light cracker malt character. Hops are pineapple, grapefruit, guava, and strawberry with peppery finish. Moderately bitter. No yeast flavors or esters.

M: Very light bodied with above average carbonation, a little too much for me, and dry finish.

O: A nice pale ale but would like a little more maltiness.

Aug 16, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/30. Pours a very cloudy pale gold/straw color.Light head but healthy lacing. Smell is a mixture of mild dankness and mild citrus. Taste is a tangy and zesty citrusy forefront with a slight dank and bitterness in the background. Feel is smooth, creamy, velvety, full mouth feel and easily sippably mild. I could see this being a great session beer.

Aug 09, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull yellow, minimal off white head. Tropical fruits, lemon, cracker malts on the nose. Bright citrus, lemon, floral, honey round out the taste. Huge flavors here. Great drinkability.

Jul 27, 2017
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dankspank420 from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pouted into a shaker pint. Half inch pillow white head that disapates quickly leaving very little lacing. The smell is very nice, very bitter, grapefruit and pith. Slight orange sweetness. Taste is very clean and smooth. Bitter up front, dry finish. Typical citrus notes that we see from CC. White grape juice. Grapefruit. Bitter pith. Mild acid that cleans the palate which leads into the outstanding body, which is my favorite thing about this beer. Bitter, dry and a little acid. Clean and smooth. Makes you wanna drink more. Overall a 4.25. Prefer this beer to Trop.

Jul 16, 2017
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winehead247 from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid brew as usual from CC. Not overly hopped (which is fine if that is what you are interested in), which makes it a quality summer brew. Light golden color, citrus, grapefruit on the palate. Not as good as previous years IIRC but still very enjoyable.

Jul 10, 2017
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Myotus from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz can (no date) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: Strong waves of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and sweet lemons are balanced by mild papaya, mango, peach, and guava aromas along with subtle scents of white bread, floral hops, and caramel.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: A mild burst of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and sweet lemons initially emerges. Subtle caramel and floral hop flavors quickly provide balance to the citrus flavors as they increase in strength. More balance is brought from subtle white bread, peach, mango, papaya, and guava flavors as the caramel sweetness becomes slightly more prominent. Subtle flavors of bitter hops close the profile as the mango, papaya, peach, and guava flavors grow slightly stronger.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Another tasty hop bomb from CC. The caramel and white bread flavors added a delightful malt backbone to the hoppiness. The citrus flavors were a little too strong for me. They nearly approached unbalanced levels. The tropical fruitiness could be thanked for assisting in balancing the brew.

Dec 22, 2016
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SFC21 from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This seems like a great mix between the hazy & juicy NE style hoppy beers and more traditional pale ales. Notes of juicy grapefruit, white grape juice, citrus pith, some medicinal hops. great body, light and effervescent, very smooth. Dry, floral finish really enjoyable, refreshing pale ale

Aug 12, 2016
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