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Fling Pale Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Summer’s best flings have sweetness, spice and a little bit of bitterness. The key to the relationship, of course, is balance. Fling Pale Ale features all of these characteristics in each beautiful bottle: citrus and spice hop notes and a hint of caramel sweetness. The result is summer romance as memorable and fleeting as the season itself.

Added by GreenCard on 01-21-2010

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale gold, great clarity, thick layer of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: resiny hops and a grainy malt bouquet; tangerines

Flavor: dryish malt profile that plays out pretty clean; grassy hop flavor with a terse bitterness; also a strange fish oil or flax oil back note which is kind of off-putting

Mouthfeel: light body, crisp, spritzy carbonation

Other comments: A little early for a spring seasonal, but then again, it's pretty warm here for January.

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Photo of oberon
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It sure seems strange to be drinking a spring seasonal with the weather the way it is down here in NC.Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a thin quick to fade white head.Aromas are lighter but pleasant,light toast, and a touch of herb, and citrus.I gave a slight above average score in taste because the beer has pretty good crispness in the finish,there is some herbal zest and citric notes to go along with a lighter sweetness.Obviously this beer is not a earth shattering brew,it has some decent subtle qualities.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very pale golden yellow with lots of clarity. A small white head pours out and fades after some time. Light lacing is left behind, and a steady remnant of head does remain.
There's a light hops note in the aroma backed by soft fruits and lightly complimented by grainy malts with a touch of lemon rind.
Hops are most forward in the flavor. It's not particularly strong but it is good, and balance from a dry malt is pretty good. There's a bit of a grassy note with lemon rind zest. There is a touch of something waxy lingering just underneath.
A light, pale body is pretty crisp but verges on overly carbonated. Otherwise, I expect this one to be light anyway and it does have some life to it. Overall I'd say it's semi-dry.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep straw/light golden with a touch of haze and offers a fleeting cap of foam that soon offers little more than a light surface ring.

Nose is of grain and some light citrus and peat hops Somewhat unrefined and neutral in nature, yet not negative in any way either and expanding a bit with warming.

Flavor is light with a pleasant background citrus component throughout. Relatively dry and coarse in feel, with a flash of sweetness on the finish, though not offering much in the bitterness department. Carbonation holds up better than the initial lack of foam might suggest and makes for a light and easy drinking pale, but one of little depth and character.

Very much a 'Light Ale' or perhaps 'Extra Pale' in character, and somewhat of an emerging style.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Clear golden ale with a small wispy white head, that does however last some tme. Aroma ,mainlly bready malts with a tinge of hop essense. Taste bready malts, slightly caramel aspect and some nice balanceing floral hops. Pretty average on the palate, slightly over carbonated. Overall very boring as an APA, i think this would better be classed as a Golden ale.

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Photo of froghop
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very clear yellow-orange with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, caramel, citrus, and some malt.

taste is of citrus, hops, some malt, earth, and grain, ends somewhat bitter.

overall a light pale ale, okay but missing a look, and smell.

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Photo of Fnord
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very pale amber with a dense white head.

Smell & Taste - Pine, apricot, citrus, a touch of grapefruit and a syrup-like sweetness that blends with the alcohol. It's well balanced between the sweet and the bitter, with a nice clean finish. The sweetness gets more pronounced as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness with a crisp, brisk carbonation.

Notes - This is a good pale ale. There's nothing outstanding about it, but it's worth a try. I might buy it again if it's on sale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, very slight citrus. The taste is slighlty hoppy, with some nice malt notes, bitter, slightly sweet, a very slight touch of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a good one for a hot day.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a white head, a little suspension of orange looks nice. Nose is citric and hoppy. A little light overall, with pale sweet malts and toasted grains. Not a lot going on, pretty straightforward.

Flavor is crisp and hoppy. Floral and citric, with good pop in that area. Slight caramel note amongst the bready, biscuity malts. Herbs are a background player, with a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium for style, nothing terribly exciting but pretty damn good on a hot, hot day.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Beerbythepool
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams taster glass.

Color- Golden with a slight haze
.5 Finger head, not very impressive and the lacing was very light.
Smell- floral notes and peach
Taste- a little tart for me, citrus, hops, grapefruit
It is full flavored, but light in the mouth.
The finish is easy and clean.

This is an easy drinker, not overwhelming, but has some flavor.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JBogan
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden liquid fills the glass, topped by a small white head which quickly turns into a thin film and leaves very little lacing. Nice color, but otherwise dull looking.

A citric aroma is joined by some sweet malt. Clean and inviting.

The taste is crisp and clean, with lemon zest along with some sweet honey.

Fairly good mouthfeel, with a medium body and above average carbonation.

Overall this is a refreshing brew for a summer day. Nothing great going on, but solid in just about every category.

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Photo of philbertk
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pyramid Brewing Company--Fling Pale Ale Spring Seasonal--2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--35 IBU's. (3.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin short fizzy no lace head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Delicate floral hop white toast front. Crisp mild sweet light caramel apple pear thin smooth body. Refreshing mild hop end. Bland. More of a Golden / Extra Pale Ale. Missing biscuit Pale Ale flavor. Sampled 2/13/2010. $2.29 Each.

Pyramid Brewing Company--Fling Pale Ale Spring Seasonal--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 35 IBU's. (2.25 / 5.0) Foamy thin mild lace white head. Clear pretty orange gold color. Mild floral hop front. Doughy odd mild flavored Pale Golden Ale flat body. Mild hop end. Dull. Not one for Pyramid to be proud of. Aged poorly quickly? Sampled 10/18/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 1/19/2010.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper gold color and a small head that disappears quickly. The nose is pleasant, with light malt (a touch of caramel, as well as grain) and fresh citrusy hops. The flavor echoes this exactly, together with a moderately substantial bitterness that makes it a decent session beer.

Nothing too special, I would sum it up as an inoffensive new offering from Pyramid, a brewery that rarely goes out on a limb to try anything new. No real flaws other than being forgettable.

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Photo of AboutBeverages
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma features notes of citrus tea that carry through to the taste, but does not overwhelm. There is a great balance of the dry and sour notes on the palate. This is a very unique combination of flavors that sets it apart from most pale ales. Excellent choice for Spring/Summer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hoppy beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a very nice golden color. The beer poured a big white foamy. pillow head and had great lacing. The taste was very hoppy and very dry, It almost made me thirsty drinking it. Too much hop for me I will not buy again.

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Photo of CN1234
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear deep yellow color with a smallish medium white head that has ok to not so ok retention with pretty good lacing.

S-Has a very tropical fruity bright but light (not faint) hop aroma with a nice tropical sweet pale malt aroma as it warms. Very nice indeed.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma. A little sweet maltiness with lots of tropical hop fruitiness that probably is excentuated by the yeast used. Nice clean bitterness. Lots of fruity esthers. Very nice for a spring beer.

M-Nice medium yet almost silky body with a soft bitterness that lingers well.

D-Very very drinkable pale ale fo sho. You can session this all night fo sho.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Fling Pale Ale in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a a pale gold color and is clear. A small frothy head forms leaving a little lace on the glass.

Smell is a soft fruity fragrance. Melons and peaches.

The taste is bready, with some faint caramel or butterscotch notes, and a fruity flavor, like white grapes with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a litle more body than the appearance might suggest. It's a clean feel.

Very drinkable with a nice seasonal spring character about it. I'll probably buy this again. especially on sale.

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Photo of strongaf
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jwillcourt
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear, golden yellow color. Finger-sized white head comprised of larger bubbles that settles into a white cap within a couple minutes. Lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, and a steady stream of quick-rising bubbles up the middle. Little to no lacing.

S - Predominantly earthy hops with slight bready malt lurking underneath.

T - Bready malt up front. Hoppy bitterness comes through in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a little metallic. Dry all the way through.

M - Thin-bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly watery. Carbonation is more aggressive up front, and gets in the way of the flavor a little. The finish is pretty soft and just a little astringent. It gets softer after a few minutes as it loses carbonation.

D - This is pretty crisp, dry, and drinkable. I think it is enjoyable but only average for the style. The carbonation, aftertaste, and relative blandness of the malt and hops are holding it back.

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