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Suarez Family Brewery

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From:
Suarez Family Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #34
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,728
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 5.83%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
106
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 28, 2022
Added:
Jul 07, 2016
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  12
SCORE
95
World-Class
HectoHecto
Notes: Pale Ale dry hopped w/ Citra, Mosaic + Amarillo
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Rated: 4.48 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Apr 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by eddiefl from New York

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by captaincoffee from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A bit cloudy, but certainly not a hazy beer. Nose is equal parts German lager and pale ale with light grains and straw along with nice (but light) hops. Flavor is similarly clean and crisp. Whether intended or not, it is very much a hybrid...almost leaning more towards a German lager with American hops played over. Very, very crushable. However, overpriced for what it is. I'd buy this all the time if the price came down.
Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.8 by crobinso from Colorado

May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can from the brewery in Livingston NY. Pours a mostly opaque semi cloudy orange gold with two fingers of rocky white head, nice lacing, smell is dank orange peel, tangerine, cut grass, light wheat bread malts, taste follows the nose with orange and tangerine flesh, zest, and bready/wheat malts, hints of honey, feel is light, crisp, mild carbonic bite, fairly dry. A nice clean and citrusy pale ale.
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Fantastic frothy head. Nose is citrus, pineapple, clementine, and grass. Aromatic. Beer opens with hints of lychee, citrus, grapefruit, and starfruit. So fresh and subtle but somehow super juicy. A light tartness in the middle gives hints of orange and bread. End is more grapefruit, some pineapple, and a light mintiness. Excellent. Super clean aftertaste. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down clean with very little aftertaste.

This is undescribably drinkable.
Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by camttaylor from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Casually bought it in a local grocery store wanting to try something new. Really nice and solid pale ale. Nice aroma and hops to it. Not overly bitter. Really drinkable.
Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a semi clear golden color, yet looks slightly opaque in the glass. A minimal and quickly disapatong head leaves a ring of lacing.

The nose opens with bright citrusy hops, including lemon, lime and grapefruit. This is followed by notes of candied and resiny fruit including peach, pineapple, lychee and berries. Semi dank herbal aromas of grass, pine and peppery spices. Damn good aroma overall.

The taste opens with clean and crisp cracker malts and moderately sweet bready malts. Well hopped with fruity flavors of grapefruit, lemon, lychee, peach and pineapple. Delicately yet assertively spiced with notes of gentle pine, grass and a clean bitterness. The palate is dry overall, as is the finish.

Light bodied, arguably on the low side of medium. It is gently carbonated with a soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Sublimely crafted and delicately balanced. Its simplicity is what makes it such a beautiful beer.
Jan 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by EddieDog from New York

Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can into a Willi belcher.

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of white head. Solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is tropical with some more subtle citrusy notes. Pineapple and honeydew melon dominate, followed by some grapefruit. Nice cracker malt character.

Flavor is more citrus forward. Lots of grapefruit and lemon peel, with some notes of melon and fresh pineapple. The cracker malt provides a wonderful, dry backbone.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp, clean, and immensely drinkable.

Overall, yet another great little pale ale from Suarez. It's everything you expect from the style, wonderfully balanced with huge flavors crammed into a 4.5% crusher.
Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can (25Nov2020) into a Suarez 25cl stein

L: pours a very turbid yellow gold, thick white head and moderate+ carbonation (if I stare, given how hazy it is). Great chunky lacing left with each sip

S: citrusy and piney hop character leads the nose for me, with a bit of malt sweetness cutting through. Get orange, mango, melon, peach, some earthy pine, bit of a dough/bread note

T: follows the nose well, with that malt flavor more prominent than on the nose. Excellent mix of citrus and tropical flavors with that malt sweetness from the nose playing against it and carrying through the finish. Get that mango/orange peach mix, with some enjoyable bitterness. Piney character shines shortly after the swallow/into the finish. Some more biscuit/dough/cracker flavor during the medium/long finish

F: medium body, medium carbonation, slightly drying, quite drinkable

O: one of the best APAs I’ve had in a very long time. Great mix of tropical and citrusy fruit on the nose and swallow, with nice malt character and some welcomed bitterness
Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by wafers from New York

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dull darkened golden color - opaque but not sludgy in any way. Nice two finger white head dissipates pretty steadily leaving no residual head. Aroma is bright and fruity. Bright notes of mango, peach and orange-citrus pop quite well for an APA. Lighter notes of grass and lemongrass are present.

The flavor profile provides a dominant cracker-y malt backbone on which light notes of mango, peach, and orange are painted ever so lightly. Grass and hay notes come through on the back end with a mild but assertive bitterness. That bitterness lingers on the palate for some time. Feel is light and super drinkable with a vibrant carbonation. Dry finish coats the mouth along with that bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall this was a lovely, flavorful APA. I could drink this one all day any day.
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

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.
Mar 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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!
Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

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.
Jan 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Jan 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by cp45 from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.
Nov 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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
Nov 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by memmling from New York

Oct 21, 2019
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

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!!!
Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by Ralphs66 from New York

Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jul 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by musicsherlock from New York

Jun 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by paulish from New York

Jun 05, 2019
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