Suarez Family Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #49
Ranked #1,753
4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Pale Ale dry hopped w/ Citra, Mosaic + Amarillo
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, crisp & refreshing. Really nice to be able to enjoy something that's lower ABV, but without compromising taste. This is the type of beer you always want to have some of on hand. Delicious, and something almost anybody would enjoy.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super light, crispy, creamy, and clean. there is a fluffy wheat character throughout, bready and crackery, wonderfully meyer lemon flavor that is so authentic and unique, grapefruit pith, hints of mandarin orange. there is a floral hop character blending with the fruity quality on the finish, slightly bitter, slightly spicey, supremely crisp!

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy pale golden pour from the 16oz can into a becher glass. A foamy one finger head rises up with a puffy texture. Big sheets of lacing right away.

S- Certainly not striving for the pungency of a lot of modern hopped brewed but what is here is incredibly clear and pleasant. Has a nice mix of soft citrus and stone/tropical fruit notes. Big mango, tangerine, melon, floral, light grapefruit and dank hops. Mostly hops with a hint of sweets and bread.

T- Starting to see the Suarez APA approach after having Crisp last night and now this. Everything is just crisp and clean as can be. Mango, tangerine, floral, melon, grapefruit and pine notes. Juicy and zesty. Hints of cereal, sweetness, bread and base barley.

MF- Light bodied with a foamy and slightly creamy texture. A moderate level of carbonation and a clean citrus bitterness in the finish.

Crisp and on the lighter side but boasts very clean hop and light malty flavors. Stone and tropical fruit juice with some soft citrus.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tapered snifter/chalice.

A: Dull golden/yellow with a good an uniform haze, though it isn't quite opaque. Rocky, bone-white head retains at a half inch and leaves some sticky, webby lacing on the glass.

S: Fresh grass clippings, under ripe mango, honeydew melon, peach, and sugared ruby red grapefruit. Slight whiffs of earthy/leafy hops too. Mild tropical esters. Slight crackery malt base. The nose pops nicely.

T: Honeydew melon and peach start things. A huge wave of bitter ruby red grapefruit follows and dominates. Hints of mango and grass. Bitterness is firm and stiff. Earthy hop tones are a little more apparent than on the nose. Peppery and maybe even a bit tea-like. Lemony and almost faintly tart middle to end. Tropical esters echo the tropical flavors nicely. Malt base is super dry and crackery. Very mild yeasty flavor. Dry and abrupt finish.

M: Very light bodied, aggressively carbonated and deeply crisp. Gets a little close to the edge of the astringency comfort zone, though.

O: The tropical, playfully fruity aspect of it pops a little more on the nose than it does on the palate. It's still a damn tasty little brew though, and wicked quaffable thanks to its bone-dry and crisp nature. It feels as though it evaporated off of your tongue. One could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Hops Hill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is a little hazy yellow in color with hints of amber hues and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lychee fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of lychee fruit.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a bit juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs in a lot of flavors for something that is just 4.5% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 08.21.19.
Best by 10.03.19.

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a hazy golden body with some lacing. Nose of orange, ruby red grapefruit, and some slight herbal/floral aromas as well; kind of like an orange perfume?!? Taste of sweet citrus, citrus pith, with the pith carrying through to the finish with a slight pine sap bitterness on the finish as well. Very nice feel and overall, what a nice treat for my first pale ale from Dan. Cheers to Dan for this!!!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Suarez Family Brewery

Pours cloudy dark gold with over 2 fingers of fluffy white head; great retention and plenty of soapy lacing and a thick froth holding to the surface.

Aromas are intensely floral with a light herbal kick; bits of citrus, grapefruit, and orange peel reveal themselves over time and add a nice depth to the bouquet's finish.

Taste shows delicate malts meeting a smooth hop balance; grapefruit pith, bready malt, crisp bread crusts, orange peel, and faintly bitter herbs all present comfortably.

Mouthfeel is bright all-around with an inherent grittiness and a light-medium body with an upper level carbonation which adds a nice heft alongside the grainy notes; barnyard, woody crispness guides the mid-palate through the finish.

This beer is light in every sense, but the nuance and detail is what impresses. The drinkability is truly a draw to this one, with its malt-hop balance and subtle, unobstructed and uncomplicated flavor putting the full nuance of a lighter beer on display.

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Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy whiteish orange color with a thin head.
Nice clean and fresh aroma with predominant notes of cantaloupe, stone fruit and pineapple. Hints of passion fruit, pine, honey, bread
Refreshing flavor with notes of pine, ginger, melon, white pepper, spicy hops, resin, tangerines and lemon drops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with perfect carbonation.
This is an excellent APA. It still feels original despite having most expected profile for the style. Relatively potent, but very clean and refreshing on a tropical, spicy and green sense.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a substantial ruddy copper color with a clean white foamy cap of a little white head. Sly messy lace.
The aroma had some cantaloupe, sweet floral/lavender, lemon zest entering into a light cracker/white bread maltiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet adding in a touch of bitterness of the hops and then an even lighter little bit of lemon zest. Slight aftertaste of the cantaloupe, lemon zest and then some mango. Cracker/white bread maltiness seemed even fainter in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fairly low and the ABV felt on par. Finish was all about the mango and cantaloupe.
Overall, really liked this one for me, but possibly would have liked some of that mango in the aroma. But still a super solid APA that I'd come back to if able.

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really amazing pale ale, absolutely perfect for the style.

Hazy and golden in the glass, with an almost meringue-like head (when you do the double pour to promote that head, as is custom with Suarez beers).

Aroma is big pineapple and cantaloupe, with some orange and a bit of mango too. Slight bit of onion-y dankness, too, which, as the beer warms, fades to a beautiful sugary zeppole with apricot or peach jam. Towards the bottom of the growler, some lemon zest sneaks in there as well - wow.

On the palate, it's strong pineapple and tangerine up front, and then just as you think it's gonna get flabby and sugary, it tightens up, dries out, and transitions to an earthy, piney bitterness, west coast style. Mouthfeel is exactly what it should be - beery, substantive, but neither watery nor thick. Not a beer smoothie, which I greatly appreciate.

The thing I think I love most about these suarez beers is that they hit every appropriate note for the style, in just the right amount. Goldilocks beers. Here, that translates to a healthy dose of tropical and citrus fruit, countered by equal measures of bitter, piney, hoppy dryness. A beautiful brew worth contemplating and fawning over, and at the same time, a fucking crushable pale you'd go through a case of with friends and family at a bbq or on a football Sunday. Can't wait till they put this in cans.

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Photo of yasky
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold pour, lightly cloudy, good sized head and lacing. Aroma is all hop, dank, lemon zest. Fruity rather than bitter, lemon zest, orange, light weed. Medium body, understated carbonation.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Splendid, clean, refreshing, and truly crisp little beer. This beer really honors a tradition of simple ingredients treated with respect resulting in a wonderful brew. Cheers to the Suarez clan.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Suarez Family Brewery in Livingston, NY.

Pale gold, hazy pour. Large white head.

Are you kidding me with the aroma? Pineapple and orange, but not like, "Oh, I think there might be hints of pineapple in there." No, it's as if someone sliced that damn pineapple right in front of you and shoved it in the glass. Amazing. Smooth, citrus flavor with restrained bitterness. Drinkability is high, as with all of the Suarez beers I have tried so far. A superb pale ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

growler from brewery - into imperial nonic pint glass

fairly clear pale golden color, a touch of haze. bone white foamy head. good lacing and head retention. aroma is a mix of hop flavors - grass, floral, cirtrus fruit. taste is crackery malt with those hop flavors. crisp, refreshing. body is a little thin.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden with lacy white head. Smells oaty and with muted hop character. It's soft with piney bitterness. There's some oaty malt character as well. It's crisp or even crispy. I wonder if Simcoe was used in this. Regardless, it's a very quaffable pale ale.

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Photo of jhavs
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Beautiful hazy straw yellow with big, thick, foamy white head.

Hints of earthy pine, yeast, bready malt behind a big grapefruit and citrus hop aroma.

Tons of flavor, layers of tropical fruit, pine, citrus juice, zest, and tad of grapefruit pith bitterness. Slight crackery malt presence in the background balances everything together.

Moderate carbonation and lighter side of medium bodied.

Very flavorful at this modest ABV. Perfect for summer sipping by the lake.

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Photo of frozyn
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks fantastic - hazy orange with a frothy white head the subsides to a minuscule layer of bubbles, fair amount of lacing. Tons of tropical fruit on the nose - mango, pineapple, a slight peach. Tastes follows aroma closely, but with slight stronger flavor than I would expect from a pale ale - a compliment to be sure. With warmth, the flavors become even more present, almost at the same intensity as an IPA. Feel is medium to light, very appropriate for APAs. This is the second Suarez - first I've been able to rate - and their beers are pretty amazing. Clean, crisp flavors and incredibly well crafted beers. The kind you see yourself drinking all day long and being the first thing you want to order when you get to the bar. This beer is fantastic - probably the best APA I've had (not that I'm an expert on them).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Suarez Family Brewery in Livingston, NY.

This pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small fluffy head, and just a bit of lacing.

It smells like grass, wheat, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.

They really know how to pack a ton of hop flavor in a little package. This is so crisp and drinkable, with a wonderfully bitter bite, piney and grassy and clean, with grapefruit rind, hugely juicy pineapple and mango, with no malt backbone really.

This is lighter bodied, with a very crisp feel to it.

I'm a broken record, but Suarez is amazing.

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent APA and I am fortunate to live less than 30 minutes from the brewery. A nice,opaque and tropical APA for the summer. I am excited to see what's next from these folks.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pale yellow tap pour (plus a growler the next day) offers 2 cm of initial foam. Aroma is of light hop and is flowery. This was consistent of each pour. The beer is crisp with delicate effervescence, very flavorful (cracker-y malt balanced with citrus hop with a touch of spruce or something similar). The finish is very clean. This is really special and I will seek it out.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The most flavorful sub 5% hoppy beer I've ever had. The flavor, aroma and mouthfeel of this beer are reminiscent of something in the IPA range. So crisp, well rounded and in balance. This is going to be a go-to beer for me all summer long.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Threes in Brooklyn.

This was really tasty. Citrusy, tropical, refreshing and light. Gentle bitterness and a nectar-thick body. 8 ounces lasted me about 8 seconds. An impressive first beer (for me) from Suarez.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lightly hazy light gold.

The aroma is intense with fresh mango, yeasty, bubble gum, candied tangerine, passion fruit, crackery malts.

The flavor is lighter on the tropical than the aroma with light mango flavor, citrus pith, grapefruit peel, some light bready malts to support the beer, with hops driving though with a medium bitterness. Melon, light pine and earthiness. Hop flavor moves on towards the end.

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Photo of cavedave
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy peach color, with a quick to retreat finger of off white foam. Spotty and persistent lace clings.

Light aroma but nicely peach, mango, pineapple, and lightly grainy sweet.

Med. strength taste, a faithful rendition of the aroma, with some perfect herbal bitter to end the sip.

Light bodied, low carb., refreshing, clean on palate, nice finish.

Really digging this, such clean and tasty flavors in a really refreshing beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thehenbarris
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hecto pours a bright straw yellow with a good amount of head retention. The aroma is incredibly juicy with nectarine and mango dominating the nose. The taste is heavy on Citra, with big bright fruit nose playing well with a touch of an earthy, grassy note. Really clean, a touch soft on the mouthfeel. Definitely crushable.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 120 ratings