Puddle Jumper Pale Ale | Third Street Aleworks

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Puddle Jumper Pale AlePuddle Jumper Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Third Street Aleworks
California, United States
thirdstreetaleworks.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by litheum94 on 09-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
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0
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of BenHesk12
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I have to give the look of this beer very high remarks--the simple stylish text label is great, and the beer is mega frothy and quite dark for a pale ale.

This beer tastes like a home brew experimental failure. It's immediately very sweet and watery, and then follows with a strange bitter lagery malt. The finish is a rotten bitter mess. All the wrong flavors at all the wrong times. This 22oz bottle was given to me as a gift, I would have been upset if I bought it myself.

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Photo of Offa
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head, creamy, slowly shrinking to thin foamy top, then to foamy ring and wisps, some foamy lace.

Aroma is passionfruit, hint of grapefruit, grapes, hint of caramelized barley – pretty good, bright, clean, but standard West Coast US aroma.

Taste is a thin, one-dimensional, basic and off-balance standard West Coast US pale ale – mostly a spicy grapefruit-rind bitterness with hint of white grape juice and cracker sweetness underneath. It is a bit soapy-perfumy and the bitterness lingers well past its welcome.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thebornotaku
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Puddle Jumper is a Pale Ale made by 3rd St. Aleworks up in Santa Rosa, CA., about 15 minutes from my home. Having realized that I never tried out any of their beers, I decided to grab the cheapest 22 they sold at my work (Oliver's Market, 22oz, $4+CRV/Tax) and give it a try.

First impression of the beer starts with the packaging. It's simple and straightforward. Ingredients are listed right on the front of the bottle: "Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast". Otherwise the packaging doesn't really jump out at you -- it has the name in a cursive kind of script, minimal design, all the information you need and not much else. Not a downside mind you, just minimalist and straightforward.

Upon opening and pouring, things still remain fairly average. It's a little darker than I expected, but still a good amber color. Head was minimal, but then again I'm always careful to minimize the head so take that as you will.

The beer exhibits a strong smell of hops, with a little citrus aroma. Nothing major on the citrus, just mainly hoppy. Again, fairly average.

Upon tasting it however, I was surprised. The beer was far less bitter and hoppy than I expected given the strong hop aromas in the nose. It's smooth without being too thick, hoppy without being too bitter, and overall the flavors are pleasant and well balanced. The hops delay their intro and exit quickly leaving for a short performance that nicely contrasts the otherwise reasonably mellow taste.

Overall the beer is a little better than average but not exceptional. Certainly not a bad drink for $4, and an enjoyable Pale Ale that isn't as powerful as an IPA or as mellow as the golden ales and Hefe-weizens I've been drinking normally. I wouldn't go so far as to recommend it, but I wouldn't advise people steer clear either. If you're holding it in one hand and a five in the other, then sure, why not, right?

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dmalone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Wontonst
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice pale.Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub. Light orange coloured with a nice sized head. Good hop aroma, some herbs, IPA level of hops. West Coast hops delivering some grapefruit and orange flavours brewed right and boldly.Some caramel adding to drinkability.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of theempire
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/19/16.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, caramel, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice caramel presence that works with the hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Santa Rosa for $3.99. Going to give it a try. Poured into a tulip.

A: Nearly clear, sunburst orange with 1 finger thick white head which leaves filagree lacing as the head recedes to the edges of the glass.

N: Grapefruit citrus, onions, floral and faint pine.

T: Mild tinge of citrus hops and mellow malts combined well.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

O: Not bad, not great. For the price, it's hard to beat. Enjoyed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome golden amber in the Stell glass with plenty of foam. Flowery aroma.Sudsy mouthfeel but fairly coarse.

A thoroughly drinkable Pale Ale that is not overly bitter, and has just enough malt. THe browned biscuit flavor with a touch of the herbal with some flowery hops. Slightly resiny. It's really the classic flavor. Long aftertaste of hops with bready, cereal flavor and bitter finish.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Coit Liquor in San Francisco.

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Puddle Jumper Pale Ale from Third Street Aleworks
3.65 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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