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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States
mikkellersd.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
New England style Pale Ale

Added by superspak on 01-08-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
71
pDev:
6.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of entenduintransit
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoodooBear
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Willi Becher glass.

Appearance: It develops a thick, foamy, three finger bright white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some thick lacing. The color is bright, hazy yellow with a hint of transparency.

Smell: The dominant aromas are floral, fresh hops with some dank, musky pine resin notes in the background.

Taste: Sweet and hoppy, with a dank, pine resin finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy but surprisingly refreshing with low carbonation.

Overall: Northeast inspired and brewed in the West Coast, this is not as hazy or hop forward as most of the New England style brews that are in currently in vogue. It's still a nice and refreshing beer with a good amount of hop character nevertheless.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wesmaze
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A plain, ok pale ale in just about every way.

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Photo of Jbavi360
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tcboulder
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tinfang
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbone2131
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tony210
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light cloudy straw color, minimal head. Soapy, malty aroma. Pretty crisp, light hop bitterness. Fairly underwhelming.

8/4/18
16 oz can dated 18101
3.25 rating

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PackenGreen
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A one pint can, canned on 23rd May 2018, and poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrus peel and rind, lightly soapy with hints of peach.

Taste: Tropical and citrusy fruit notes, mango, grapefruit, orange rind, with light bitterness and a hint of floral.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite nice and although the flavours are there, the intensity was a bit lighter than expected.

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Photo of eppie82
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Juicy, but quite dry with bitterness,.. surprising amount for how low of an abv this is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid beer, a hazy pale type, but there is an unexpected and interesting element to this that really threw me off, smoke! not sure if this was poured through a tainted line or what the deal is, but i got a decided smoke profile to the grain in this all the way through my glass, and my colleagues, can this be intentional and part of the recipe? im not sure, i wouldnt think so, but i have learned not to put anything past mikkeller. washed out light orange color with no visible sediment but plenty of haze, and a tall white head, looks lively, smells fresh on the hop side of things, grapefruit and melon to me, loosely tropical, oily and even a little sweet when i taste it. the grain is starchy and earthy and dry and sort of raw, some oats or raw wheat or both must be present, but then the smoke thing comes in the finish, not acrid or too intense, so it doesnt disrupt the flow too bad, but its there at the end pretty distinctively, making this unique, especially against the light fruitiness of the hops. it extends the beer in a good way, but i am definitely left scratching my head. i liked this even with this smoke element, but will have to try from a can next time to see what thats all about...

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sauced4life
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, I dont see any freshness/canning date info.

Nice looking hazed, lighter NEIPA pour, leaves a load of fine lacing ALL over the glass...nice look to this one.

LIght fresh fruit sniff, with melon, kiwi and mango coming to mind.

Pleasing crisp and bright tasting IPA, I get limes, pineapple, melon, firm and highly enjoyable in the mouth, with limes and a hint of hop resin in the finish...well done and well worth a try

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Staff Magician from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 71 ratings