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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 13.79%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
904
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  93
SCORE
79
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I am on a quest to find the perfect session beer for my self indulgent tastes. I have been wanting to give this beer a chance, but have been reluctant due to the price: >$9.00 for a sixer.

I expect a lot from Left Hand. This beer was a bit of a let down for me. It is definitely better than a lot of Pale Ales out there, but I have to keep looking for my new session beer.

Beer pours a pale amber to 24 karat gold color with a fair head that does not linger. It smells hoppy but there isn't much of a hop profile to taste. The beer is pretty well balanced, just not dazzling. I want to be dazzled.

Anyway. More Milk Stout for me when I order a Left Hand.

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Bottle into a pint glass. The bottling date is unfortunately smeared beyond recognition. Looks very good, though. Nice clear golden body, with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a big three-finger white head. The head has good retention and leave nice lacing.

The aroma follows along nicely. Some good citrus and floral hop notes dominate the aroma. Just a bit of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is, unfortunately, a step down from the aroma. Was expecting more of a hop flavor, but the hops are more muted than I expected and the taste is more malt forward. But, at least it is a very decent caramel malt that finishes with a minor hop bitterness, more of the floral and tropical fruit variety.

Light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. A little more hops in the flavor would make this a top notch Pale Ale.

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A- Clean crisp golden body with a moderate foamy white head

S- Grapefruit sneaks up on you in the nose as it's fairly muted

T- Nice malt presence up front and lightly hopped. Full-flavored

M- Light/medium body with crisp, moderate carbonation

O- Solid pale ale and quite enjoyable. The name makes me chuckle...

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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 904 ratings