Arrant IPA
Pale Fire Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #1,758
Ranked #12,436
3.98 | pDev: 10.05%
Pale Fire Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Arrant Thief.

Pure insolence led us to take liberties with this IPA. First, Arrant™ extracts its rounded mouth-feel from the flaked oats in the grain bill. Then, this Citra-hopped concoction tickles the tongue with aromatic orange and juicy lemon. Heard of the Bard? Arrant is already on his lips.
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the large can, it pours a hazy amber with a moderately large white head that starts dropping as you watch. In the nose, it is piney hops. In the mouth, it is lightly bitter with a solid malt base.

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Photo of Rathernot
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light lacing, moderate carbonation, medium body with mildly sweet viscosity, caramel nose, piney hops and astringency balanced well by malt. Overall very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 3/1/19 into pint glass. Pours a light hazy amber with a coarse off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, and pineapple, with a little dankness. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium but fairly soft and sticky; carbonation might be a tad high but maybe that's just me. Finish is somewhat bitter and not particularly smooth. Not bad but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pineapple. Taste is grapefruit up front, oranges and pineapple bringing up the rear, some malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had an amber-ish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and pine.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of pine (just a hint), a fair shot of hops (less than expected), light malt notes (mostly in the finish), and some citrus fruit (orange, lemon). Not necessarily a bad flavor, just a little on the mild side. It could certainly use a bit of a boost in the hops department, but there's sufficient citrus to make it interesting.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, if slightly uneven IPA. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of Emersonio
2.45/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

POUR: On draft into a nonic pint. Enjoyed at Smoke and Barrel in D.C. APPEARANCE: Light amber in color and somewhat clear. Thin white head with moderate glass lacing. AROMA: Nice hop and floral balance with a slight juicy character. Somewhat pungent. Can pick up aromas before placing under my nose. Citrus, grapefruit and tangerine come through. TASTE: The taste is danker that the nose. Initial onion like flavors. Something a bit off on the taste. AFTERTASTE: After the onion character fades it does reveal a pleasant hop character. NOTES: The aroma is very nice. Somewhat of a good looker. However, the taste is a bit off. Hops: Citra. REVIEW/ RATING: Okay/ 2 out of 5.

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Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice semi hazy light amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice citrus and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balance of citrus and hoppy flavors
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A well made refreshing beer

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Photo of Wayniac
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the other night at a pizza place in Forest VA not knowing anything about it, just wanted to try something from Pale Fire Brewing. Was pleasantly surprised. Nice pale barely orange color, not much head on it but I blame the person pouring it, not the beer. Aroma was fruity, strong black currant. Flavor was on the lighter side but with a lot of black currant and pineapple. Body was kind of light, but it worked with the flavors well. I really enjoyed this, it hit the spot on a night where I didn't want a heavy IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cjgiant for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 08/4/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a really nice slightly hazy orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is really nice, hoppy, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. Thanks Craig!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours semi transparent orange with soapy white head. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of citrus mango, pineapple, orange some tangerine. Not much other that tropical fruit aromas.

Taste - Very juicy flavors similar to the nose. Mango, pineapple and tangerine on the front end and lots of hops and pine resin on the finish. Bitter bite on the end as well.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated just a touch of dryness but it is easy drinking and no sign of the 7.5% alcohol.

Overall - A really great IPA, wonderful flavors the best thing is the 2 pronged hit of the tropical flavors up front and the hop/pine bite on the finish.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
A hazy orange-yellow with a nice thick head. Medium cap of loose white foam provides some lacing.

Nose is citrus fruit, clementine and tangerine, and tart tropical notes, including pineapple and mango. Nice tropical juicy IPA aromas.

Taste leans a bit heavier on the citrus, it seems, though tropical notes are in the mix. Bitterness is light, with a hint of classic American C hop profile behind the sticky fruit flavors. It balances out a little bit with warmth. Feel isn't as soft as some other beers in the substyle, but is softer than an average IPA.

Missing the bitterness that I like in IPAs, and a little too sweet impression overall because of it. The tropical notes are nice, and if you like juicy IPAs, you will get a punch of juice with this.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, pours a hazy bright orange--not yogurt smoothie haze, nut almost opaque. A solid finger of foam sticks around a while, leaving some streaky lacing.

Smell is mango and orange, along with some resinous, spicy hops. Taste follows, with the slightest touch of malt. Feel is medium-minus. Moderate bitterness on the finish.

This is a really, really good NE-style IPA. Hope to see this again in NoVA.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a pint glass at the taproom.
Then enjoyed several months later at the taproom and the from a growler.

a - Cloudy golden colored ale. Appeared lighter in color than the DIPA and somewhat unfiltered.
s - Citrus of the citra definitely coming thorough. A bit of subtle esters provided by the yeast - plum/pear.
t - The citra is all over the place in the forefront and the bitterness of other hops kick in in the back. The most interesting part of the taste IMHO is the subtle wheaty/bready/biscuity flavor at the back end. It appears to have a slight amount of wheat in the batch. Very impressive that there is absolutely no alcohol presence whatsoever for a nearly 8% beer. *update - the Hops have run wild and that is a good thing.
m - bubbly and smooth. Very very smooth.
o - This is an excellent offering. Definitely a spring and summer time ale.

This brewery is putting some excellent ales together and this is no exception. Nice balance in a style that seems to be a derivative of west coast beer.

*Update - got a growler of this beer as it has been out for several months now. This is Pale Fire's "citra" IPA and the more I drink this, the better it tastes. My original rating was 4.15/5 but have had to update it after comparing to other regional and state beers in the category. This beer could be the best in the style that I have had.

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Photo of CalebAndrewRVA
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful cloudy golden IPA! I appreciate the lack of clarity and the honesty of the pour. Kudos to Pale Fire on this one. More citrus on the taste than what we call the grassy IPAs. Makes for a solid summer choice. Drink four of these with dinner.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft served in a pint glass. A somewhat clear yellow to orange color. No discernible smell either good or bad. The taste was great! More citrusy than bitter. This is definitely on my to buy again list.

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Photo of Bretribution
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, bordering orange hue. Sweet aroma, tangerine. Sweet on the tongue for a fleeting moment, then resinous hops balances the sweetness. Feel is good, not too thick and just enough crispness that allows a pleasant bitterness to float on your pallet. Over all very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-caramel coloring, with a low profile, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of subtle citrus, sweet with orange and grapefruit, followed by a solid toasted grain backbone, and a healthy dose of bitter and peppery hops. Flavors are well blended and balanced, with a forward mix of grapefruit, orange, mango, bitter rye, pepper spice, and bitter hops. Very bitter throughout, with the citrus acting as a highlight. The body is smooth and soft, with a roasted and bitter, grainy and slightly toasted aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a subtle bitter linger providing some solid dryness. Decent IPA.

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Photo of trovatoam
4.91/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale Fire has knocked it out of the park with this one. Amazingly bright and hoppy. It has a lingering hop aftertaste that is almost as pleasant as drinking the beer itself. It's slightly hazy, but with no floaters in the glass. I'd love to see this available year round, and would really love to have it in bottles or even better, in cans.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, orange body with good carbonation and bits of lace around glass. Brew has a soapy, citric, floral hop aroma with no discernible malt presence. Taste is same as aroma as light-bodied beer has touches of tropical fruit sweetness but dominant taste is soapy, bitter, citric hops with crisp and spicy finish that comes across as clean and delicious.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler, straight from the source. Arrant Thief is Pale Fire's new, citra-hopped IPA. Nice and hazy, but not quite turbid, in appearance. Solid juicy, citrus qualities with orange and maybe some pineapple. Excellent mouthfeel as well. Excited to see more hazy, hoppy beers from PF in the future. This is much better than your run of the mill IPA brewed in VA.

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Arrant IPA from Pale Fire Brewing Co.
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