Pale Ale | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by EdTheEdge:
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber gold with a slight haze under a 2" off-white foam collar. Smooth and creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, some fruit, sweet with a good dose of American hops

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nhirsch04
1.25/5  rDev -62.2%

Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strawberry bronze in color, generally cloudy with some chunky suspended yeast. The head is modest in both size and lacing, and beige.
Grainy notes mix with an almost syrupy strawberry-lime fruitiness, with additional notes of caramel copper, and pine resin.
Malt lays down caramel, toast, almonds, and sourdough. It morphs fruitier, stickier, yet indistinct in the middle, like a multi-colored sherbet, then a yeast-filled brown bag oxidized note. . Hops bring a metallic, grassy bitterness, with slightly brighter (yet still faded) pangs of lime rinds and pine pitch.
Fullish feel, with a CO2 that settles out quickly. It drinks fairly large. There is a lot of both malt and hops here, but they don't work well together...actually the hops don't work well with anything.
There's a quirkiness here that I'm at least a bit intrigued by. Bottom line is that the bottle I have in front of me doesn't really work. But I would try this again, if I was absolutely assured that it was fresh. I don't think this is old, but it seems like it is.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's University

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...clear and pale amber, rather watery body...light beige creamy head with light lacing

smell: dry grain, toasted malts, light noble hop presence but clearly a more malt driven interpretation of the style

taste: as a young american, i typically like my apa's to border on hop bombs but i kind of like what hinterland has done here...big toasted grain and toasted malt flavours, light noble hop sweetness, light apple-fruitness, grainy aftertaste

mouthfeel: dry, medium-light body

drinkability: high

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Photo of zakcon
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on July 28, 2011. The pour is a deeper amber-golden color with a thin but long lasting head. The aroma is full of smooth malts, grains, and a vague floral hoppiness. The body rounds out at about medium. The taste tended to lean on the bitter side so it seemed a bit off balance from most English pales I have enjoyed. There was a definite dry finale. The US-brewed English style pales just don't taste the same as those from the UK. Must be the River Thames. Still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saturated sunset orange, a few inches of foam billow up on the first pour. Sticky, speckled webs of lace connect concentric rings of foam stuck to the glass. Retention is ok, a wispy skim hangs across the surface for the duration of the glass.

Slightly vegetal grassy noble hop aroma, vaguely sweet biscuity malt. Simple, straightforward, somewhat nondescript.

Light bodied, some light hop bitterness that comes off as grassy, similar to the nose. Body is slightly watery, though it's easily drinkable, with no flaws. Dry aftertaste with some lightly floral hop notes lingering. Pleasant enough in taste, quenching, though a bit pedestrian. The light hop character is nice, but it could use a little more oomph. Good warm weather brew for outdoor activities.

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Photo of scottg
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Sweet aromas of caramel are dominant. Carmelized malt and toffee flavors blend nicely with light grapefruit hops. Light body, light carbonation this is a mouth coating, well balanced beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV

A - Clear golden wheat in color, the beer resembles the Hinterland H circle and features plenty of carbonation feeding the beer's billowing white head. Thick chunky lace cakes the glass with sticky webbing, putting the cap on the perfect appearance.

S - Delicate and restrained but deliberate in their use, the hops impart a citrus and floral fragrance of freshly zested lemon, lemongrass, and spring garden for a lovely overlap of subtle grainy pale malts and a kiss of pear skin.

T - Hoppiness appears cleanly in flavor, mirroring the aroma's subtle but deliberate delivery of lemony citrus and bright floral attributes before finishing with very light malt sweetness reminiscent of honey spread thinly over toast.

M - The flutter of bitterness that punctuates the finish of this light-bodied pale ale adds exceptional dryness, which lingers on the tongue with citrus notes for wonderful drinkability.

O - Hinterland Pale Ale's simple and restrained hop use isn't to be misconstrued as underhopping as the level is perfect to offset and rise above the grainy pale malt base, developing with easy drinking bitterness and citrus and floral flavor. This might not have slap-in-the-face hops but not every pale ale has to.

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of rhobeer100
4/5  rDev +20.8%

The first sip of this rather easy to drink Ale actually made me smile and after all is that not the best thing we can hope for with a beer? I've really never tasted anything like this before; the perfect mix of an bitter hops, sweet malts and a drinkable fluidness. A nice bite of hops tamed by watery and slightly carbonated sweetness. People are always talking about carmel in beer but I've never really experienced it like this beer.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: My bottle looks quite different than the one pictured here. The pour gives a lively 1.5" khaki head that gradually falls back. The beer is a clear medium amber in color.

smell: Pretty basic APA aroma. Toasted and pale malts with a generous backing of floral hop aromas. On the malty side, as APAs go.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Pale and toasted malts with a moderate grainy flavor. Slight metallic note. Moderate hop flavor, not to fresh and a little muddied. Light to moderate bitterness lingers with some grain in the finish.

drinkability: i'd like a pale to be a little more drinkable than this one

single from Woodman's, Madison

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of wedgie9
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on draft at Hinterland. Pours clear golden amber with an average white head that leaves solid lace. Nose is aromatic hops with an earthy and dusty yeast and caramel malt characteristic. The flavors are very similar with the hops coming on strongly in the beginning and giving way to the dusty and earthy flavors, and finishing with bitterness and caramel. The body is light with average carbonation and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of northcoastwolf
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Riik3
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zanico
1.25/5  rDev -62.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to thefatkid13 for this sampling.

pours a coppery color with a nice little white head the fell into a nice ring around the rim.
the aroma is malty, with an undertone of biscuits and bread, there is a hint of herbal an aroma.
the flavor is very solid, nice and malty, biscuity, citrus zest, clean in the finish.
very good pale ale over all

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