Jackman's American Pale Ale
Left Hand Brewing Company

Jackman's American Pale AleJackman's American Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Jackman's American Pale AleJackman's American Pale Ale
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Reviews by harpus:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark yellow color, off white head. Hop aroma with pungency=grapefruit and a touch of pine? Immediate hop bitterness hits the palate then gives way to an odd tartness. Not sure if it is an off-flavor of the malt or hops. Unique flavor with a hint of Colorado Spruce in there maybe? A vigorous froth releases great citus flavors of tangerine and lemon. Unique and different, not really quaffable. I like of Lefthand's brews, the tartness threw me but it was not " bad ". Cheers

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a golden yellow with a creamy white head.

S - Cascade hops, I think, are the dominant note in the aroma.

T - A biscuity malt flavor is accented by the hops, not overpowered. There is a nice balance between the two.

M - Good.

D - A nicely balanced beer that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of albern
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a first rate APA, almost bordering on an IPA with its hoppy assertiveness. The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a slightly foamy and a touch creamy white head. Not much lacing. The nose is piney hop, sweet florals, some bready sweet grains.

The taste is very bready, biscuity, with just enough oily and estery hop to make this an interesting and very assertive APA. The full palated maltiness of the beer balances exceedingly well against the piney slightly tart and oily hop. There is a subdued but slight orangey burst in the beer, with some nice florals emerging, nice biscuity grains throughout. The beer is just a touch drying in the finish with a very light aftertaste and just a tad bit of the oily hop flower residue in the mouth. This is a medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a first rate APA and worth seeking out if you are looking for a pretty hopped up APA. L'Chaim.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/25/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, tea and citrus along with bready malts and a little hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and some spice. There’s a burst of floral hops that kind of creeps up on you but it’s very welcome. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a long while.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly reddish orange color with an average sized head, smell is good, biscuit malts with sweetness as well, smells good. taste is more hoppy than the smell, has a bit of a sting to it, a little less full bodied than i would of liked, but it is still a decent beer. left hand makes some good beers, this one is no different

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Photo of sevineyes
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from brown bottle with geometric Navjo? pattern.

A: Clear, quickly disappearing head. Has lace, and coppery color.

S: Floral with some biscuit elements.

T: Juxtaposition to the smell. Taste has a lot of carbonation as well as some floral elements that are difficult do discern from the aromatic aspects.

M: Coats the sides of the mouth nicely. Perhaps more of a mouthfeel than I'd expect from a pale ale.

D: Incredibly drinkable. This disappears way too fast for my taste.

Overall: Not being a big pale ale guy, I could drink this stuff all day. So far it's my favorite from Left Hand even though it may not rank as high for the style of beer.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rabsten
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third Left Hand I've had today. Poured from bottled dated June 6 2005 into a pint glass. Copper-amber, good carbonation, one-finger khaki head. Excellent lacing.

Smells hoppy with some grain qualities. A bread-like undertone. Nice.

Tastes good. Real good. This is what I was hoping for from the brewery responsible for the superb Hop Warrior IPA. Crisp, hoppy hit up front with a smooth, bready finish. I love beers that remind you they're made from grain and yeast, without stepping all over the hops.

Mouthfeel is, like the flavor, crisp. An up front bite, with smooth finsih.

Drinkability: dang, I can drink this all day. Reminds me of one of my favorite APAs, the Schlafly Pale Ale.

Man, if this is this good after sitting in a cooler for eleven months, I can't wait until I get a fresh six. Or, more likely, a fresh case.

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Photo of bfr1992t
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in to a standard glass. Soft pour, somewhat thin and fizzy ~.5" head.

A - Bright copper color. Very carbonated - a thin ring of foam remained on top throughout the entire session.

S - Average, not much to say here.

T - Caramel note, faint hop note towards the end. Slight hint of coriander. Nothing really pops out which is typical of the style. An overall balance of hops and malts.

M - Medium fizzy carbonation, somewhat thin.

D - Very easy to drink fast or slow.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance a clear light orange color with a large white head. Pleanty of lacing.

Smell is mostly sweet malty with slight hint of hops. Not a great deal of aroma to this one.

Taste is very malty with a nice eathy nuttiness. Hops arrive in the finish to add a dry finish. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected. I detect a slight sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth without being oily.

I find this to be an interesting brew. It is very smooth and drinkable. A great session beer.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of roller
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper with a two-finger white head with some lacing. Smells citrusy with hops upfront and bread toward the end. Taste is clean and bright with pleasant hop bitterness. Malt becomes more bold as it warms. This medium-bodied ale was creamier than I'd expected. The beer has a crisp taste and I don't tire of the flavor. Overall, a refreshing brew I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 08/09/06.

Pours hazy golden/amber with a thin head that soon becomes a patch. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is fruity/citric, bready, floral.

The taste is of sweetbread and citric/tropical fruits. Malt and hops at about an even level - both rather assertive. A caramelish/honeyish sweetness and a citric bitterness give this a bittersweet taste and finish. Nicely balanced.

Near full-bodied, chewy, smooth, tasty. A nice example of an APA.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/17/2006 (Tap @ FS, Houston, TX):

Pours a very pale watery clear yellow color. Good sized watery head, diminishing. Very hoppy aroma, the acidic kind, but not much else. Balanced malty, hoppy taste. Sweet & bitter and a semi-sweet clean aftertaste. Kinda watery & not too complex, but tasty.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some APA's are starting to come out a little wimpy. This would be one of those. But wimpy in this style is decent (if not bold) in some other styles.

This one has a lot less going on that most APA's. It's easier to drink, but less of a fun tastey treat.

It's nice and clear with a crisp mild aroma. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with medium thick off-white head that lingers awhile, then reduces to okay lacing, Aroma is a muted hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and oranges, with a hint of malt. Mouthfeel was fairly flat, due to the slightly thin body, and the flavor again picked up the hoppy fruit and malty sweetness, leading to an average finish, although I would have expected more bitter than I found in this.

Not a bad beer, just nothing great.

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Photo of dfillius
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Very cold at first, as I pulled the old freezer-then-forget-it trick until it was almost too late.

A: Aggressive pour yields tiny head. Cloudy orangeish-gold with sluggish bubbles. I would like more head and transparency.
S: Piney and citric hop notes. Cascade hops, honey and toasted bread.
T: Sweet like an amber or rather, not hoppy like an American Pale Ale should be. I'd say this is an English Pale Ale.
M: Decent, but kind of off.
D: Not so inviting on every sip, but for some odd reason, every so often a sip is really good!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a thin off-white head. The floral aroma is sweet malt with a really nice fresh resiny hop fragrance. Really nice hop profile. The taste starts off with sweet malt and finishes with some ripe fruit flavors and a bitter citrusy hop finish. Overall, Jackman's American Pale Ale is a solid APA that is worth a repeat purchase. Recommended.

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Photo of shamus
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little cloudy with a massive head, Not as rich a copper as I like in my pale ales (why are they called pale ales, is it because traditional ales are a darker colour?).
That head is seriously bountiful with the look of a rootbeer float. I have never seen a head like this in a bottled beer. Frothy. It's not even flat. It's truly mountainous like melted ice cream.

Scent is not as strong as I expected.Too sweet and the hops aren't pronounced enough for my liking in the forestaste, although I find they come out nicely in the aftertaste.

This is one of the local beers I'm trying out while in Boulder. Not horrible but disappointing after Hazed and Infused, which is a terrible name and has a truly ugly label but is a better brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/golden color with a white, one-finger head. Left some good lacing.

S - It smelled very citrusy. Also, of yeast and some hops.

T - It was very sweet. It also was spicy and had a citrus kick.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a good beer although, it doesn't really fit the style. The citrus-like nature of the beer reminds me more of a wheat. It is still good, though.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

A - Poured a semi-hazy, light-golden color with a medium off-white head. Good carbonation.

S - Aroma of malt and floral hops...a little weak, but smells well-balanced.

T - Not as hoppy as I anticipated, but still a good balance with the semi-sweet malt. Little else to report...mild hops and crisp malt - neither of which was over-the-top.

M - Light-to-medium body with good carbonation...a little bitterness afterwards.

D - A pretty solid selection...on the edge of being a great APA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a very hazy, orange body.

S - Mild, grapefruity hop aromas, complimented by caramel maltyness.

T - Dry, chalky bitterness up front, followed by a pungent grapefruit note and some balancing malt. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D - Drinkable APA, nothing really special, but a solid session beer.

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Photo of beveritt
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts the silhouette of someone riding a chopper, superimposed on a map. All this is in a southwestern looking diamond that is being zipped up in a leather jacket. Did you get that? Bottle on 1008.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of very light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind big piles of splotchy foam and a lot of lacing. The beer itself is the color of light honey and completely clear. Some activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet and fruity malt. Fairly low aroma level.

Taste: Well balanced mix of malt and hops. Malt is slightly sweet, with plenty of fruity esters. Tastes of pears and apples. Hops are mild, but strong enough to give a lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: I say the same thing I always seem to say after trying a new Left Hand; Another solid beer from what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite brewers.

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Jackman's American Pale Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 293 ratings