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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,595
Ranked #29,235
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Interboro Spirits and Ales
New York, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Interboro when it was released nearly a year ago, as it had the date of 6/20 on the bottom with "ALL ILF MALT & HOPS" written on the bottom of it. I have no idea how this beer got it's name as Indian Ladder Farms is nowhere near Brooklyn but if the ingredients in this brew were all locally sourced, then I'll be darned!

The pour to this was a relatively typical - lots of opaqueness in the off-golden hue with plenty of head and lacing left behind to make this more than just pleasing. Grassy, floral notes dominated the notes with hints of urine (yes, I said it) and grapefruit in the mix as well. Things got even odder in the taste as the dankness really took over but it wasn't pleasing as was the case with so many other offerings from these parts. Cabbage, urine, broth, and skunk were what came to mind when I gave this a sip...and then another. It wasn't a turn-off as much as it just felt odd. A light body and light carbonation only made it worse as the notes were allowed to linger and ultimately, magnify in part due to any offsetting or cleansing by the rest of what was present...

At least the alcohol wasn't too prevalent here, as this was somewhat easygoing despite the lingering effect it had on my palate. I'm sure this was better new but by how much, I don't quite know. One of the more unusual offerings I've had lately - this needed a few crackers and a chaser of water afterwards. Any chance this beer might redeem itself by going express?

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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick cap of white foam.

Smell is earthy, dank and grassy. Floral hop notes drift around as well.

Taste is dank with hints of cabbage and some vegetable broth. Nice, lingering bitterness and good balance. Reminds me a bit of a rawer and rougher Heady Topper.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good pale ale that manages to be both raw and balanced.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extremely hazy bright yellow color with off-white head. Aroma has dank hops, grassy notes and some grapefruit. Taste has generic hops, mostly grassy with some grapefruit notes. Not very bitter but quite astringent. Body is quite watery with medium carbonation. Not bad but a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of twizzard
2.62/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sorry, I don't normally publically pan anyones beer but this stuff was just not good......Looked like Hudson river water....smells like semi rotten vegatables. Taste follows the nose......

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Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the half-growler (cost: $11.50 at Westmere) into a Palm tulip. Body looks like pulpy orange juice or an Orange Julius - calling it "hazy" doesn't do it justice; this is a milkshake-like juicy, pulpy body. Light orange in color with a half-finger of white head on top. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Interesting nose - there's an almost grassy, pilsner-like scent to it that I wasn't expecting. Also quite floral.

T: Odd - first impression is of the feel - i.e., that it's "airy" and light. Taste is also on the light side of things - think slightly tart pineapple juice with a hint of lemon.

M: As noted above, this one feels very light in heft; carbonation is super-fine but active. Makes it an easy drinker.

O: Not really sure what to make of this one. . . it looks like a super-juicy NE-style IPA or APA, but the flavor profile is a little too light, and in the end disappoints. The looks scream Tree House but it tastes more like my house.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 13 ratings