Suarez Family Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #107
Ranked #3,664
4.2 | pDev: 4.29%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: A spelt Pale Ale.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 76
Photo of alextastic
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is interesting. I guess I'm not just much of a spelt guy? Looks nice and smells nice, but the flavor is kinda... blah. It's good for what it is, but what it is is not one of my favorite styles, unfortunately.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

maybe my favorite suarez beer to date to be honest, one of the more interesting, although still squarely approachable and not exciting at all from a fermentation point of view, its another good beer though, and i am okay with that until i get my lips on the wood aged wild beers i keep hearing about from these guys. this one employs some spelt, which gives it an earthiness in the grain base and a nice wrinkle of almost spicy malt character, some body too, almost a saison complexion here, and a somewhat different yeast would yield a way more interesting beer, but i appreciate what they do give me to ponder here. the hops are there, nothing crazy about them either, i like the noble bitterness and tea-like herbaceous character here, lightly peppery too with the spelt, very rustic to me, agricultural and hearty for its low alcohol content. not overly complex beer, something to be consumed easily by the pint, but refined enough to warrant a wine glass or something too, the best of both worlds in a lot of ways, and one of, if not my single favorite beer from these guys so far! i think spelt is underused in beer like this...

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Photo of soze47
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently they do still make delicate pale ales that nuanced malt and layered hops dance a bit without walloping the palate. Delicate grass, grape skin, and melon come from the nice mix of spelt, wheat, and pale malt (nice tang, but maybe not all of those grains are there).

If I ever had a kegerator at my house, this would be the kind of beer I want in it. Lower abv, nuanced and complex flavors, and really easy to crush in any situation. Bold enough for bbq, light enough for seafood.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazed lemon drop look. Large and ivory white head. Nice droops of lacing.

Delicate hop aroma somewhere in the line of Calypso, Cascade and/or Huell Melon. Fruit notes are sappy, spicy and floral all at once: honeydew, lemon, cherry, and pear. Not too much of a tropical feel, especially with the yeast and malt in tow. A fruit preserve spread on a dark toast.

Super crisp, fluffy, light and overly drinkable.

Spice, grass, peachy-pear-pineapple candies, grape-orange Kool Aid. Crushed cherry jam, white pepper spice.Overall, very light tropical hop sweetness, which holds in good balance to a whole wheat maltiness.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pours a hazy, deep gold with about a finger and a half of white head.

Aroma of orange peel, dried mangos, oats, a bit of hay, delicate herbaceousness, and some vague bits of barnyard funk.

Taste of hay, bright citrus notes of orange, lemon, and apricot; a beautifully smooth and funky tartness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel balances medium carbonation with some spectacularly natural crispness; good body and a balanced, dry finish. Bright, refreshing, flavorful, and easy to drink.

A simple beer with some excellent complexities. Drinkable, refined, and just a damn good representation of the style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Hazy orange with a big fluffy head. Smells of grapefruit, light floral hops, some dough, and wheat. Tastes between orange and grapefruit. Grainy profile. Sharp citrusy finish. Medium light. Excellent.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is wonderful. Stands tall with the best from Hill Farmstead and Jester King. Simple and straightforward. Strong lacing and pale golden glow in the glass. Nose is citrusy and floral, with some white wine notes. Taste and feel are where it's at. Spent grains, lemon zest, honeysuckle, white grape, minerality. Delicious.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at brewery

Hazy bright yellow in color, bone white head, good lacing.mild earthy hop aroma. Taste is crisp, grainy malt and grassy hops. Clean and bright. Thin to medium body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This pours a nice hazy yellow-ish orange, with a big white head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like mango, candied orange, grassiness, and spicy hops (though I could be mistaking that for the spelt?)

This is another wonderful beer from Suarez- I can't believe how good they already are. It's got a really nice rustic feel to it, candied fruit- mainly mango and orange, with a nice grassy and grainy underpinning. So drinkable.

This is light bodied, airy but chewy all at the same time.

This is another beer that I'm super happy to have tried from Suarez.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this was really good. kind of like a hill farmstead pale with some white pepper. great easy drinking beer. had this at threes brewing while checking out a Billy Martin show. life is grand! beer is love!

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a medium plus hazy light to medium gold color.

The aroma is hoppy and soft, reminders of Hill Farmstead. Yeasty qualities, juicy orange, hints of tropical mango.

The flavor follows with soft hoppy qualities, zesty citrus throughout with grapefruit, hints of pine, grass. Spelt in the middle offers a medium to medium minus chewiness, with a quaffable experience. Yeasty, drinkable, refreshing, well balanced, restrained. A straight New England style/Hill Farmstead pale ale.

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Homespun from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 76 ratings