Dancing Gnome

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New England IPA
Ranked #668
Ranked #4,135
4.21 | pDev: 6.89%
Dancing Gnome
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Citra, Amarillo
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 59
Photo of Buck89
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Very nice looking beer with a bright hazy yellow color and a medium sized white head. Nice lacing in the glass. The aroma was a bit subdued but notable for a fruity mix of tangerine, pineapple, berries, and bread. Taste followed with citrus predominately. Soft bitterness in the NE style. Overall, a good pale ale but the best ones in the NE style are brighter on the palate.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-01-04 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2018-12-11

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly leaving nice lace

S - Copious amounts of very ripe pineapple, tangerine, bread crust, mild-moderately dank and grassy. Very pleasant.

T - Pineapple, melon, tangerine flesh and zest, mild bread crust, lightly tart. Some lingering bitterness in the very dry finish. Quite tasty.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A fine brew indeed. Seek this out.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice super hazy pale golden hue with a fat two figner white head that fades slowly to leave nice lacing and a super thick dense blanket. Very nice.

S - Aromas of tangerine galore, wonderful citrus, little bit of zest, nice light malts. Faint, faint tropical notes and a little bit of bitterness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Big candied orange peel flavour, gummy orange candy, light tartness with really faint bitterness, maybe a flash of creamy vanilla, maybe some oats going on. Little herbal tea on the finish that distracts from the nice citrus notes big time. Finish is very lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin bodied and lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this started off as a very nice beer, excellent appearance and solid nose but the taste was a bit lackluster and the mouthfeel really could use some work.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to roguekielbasa (Reddit)

Pours a fair foamy fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, a fair lacing, super murky cloudy apricot puree color

Nose starts with musty tropical fruits, pretty Southern Hemisphere hop like, dank passion fruit, musty citrus like a cellar aged tangerine apricot puree, touch of pineapple, maybe grapefruit pith, faint mango.

Taste brings lots of fruit, melon, bubble gum, a little citrus, tropical notes again, mango, papaya, little musty dankness and more green Southern hops like grassy but dank, not super dank or musty, little grapefruit and mango sorbet, pith and pulp. Fair amount of creamy base malt, mix of wheat and oats perhaps. Hops get a bit more dank, herbal and spicy on the finish, almost chewy like too, and bit of oniony note on the back end unfortunately, but drier and mild sticky.

Mouth is med bod, fair creamy a bit soft, decent carb

Overall started nice, great hops, nice malt base creamy character, earthy spicy oniony finish was a bit meh though, otherwise a nice juicy enjoyable beer.

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Photo of LAp
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a 6oz taster. Another great hazy pale ale example. Not as thick or juicy as I'd like, but it's a pale, not an IPA.
Are you taking notes HH? Well done Pittsburgh.

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Photo of gcasher
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from brewery
First, I give generous reviews in my opinion.
The appearance out of the can in a mug shaped glass is corn with darker gold in the middle fading to white on the outside. The head was bubbly and white. The smell was fantastically hoppy and sweet. The flavor followed the aroma and was earthy, but not dank. Maybe like wildflowers. The feel was creamy and the pale ale was not bitter at all. The medium alcohol was a nice change from the high ABV ales that are so popular now. As a result, it was easy to drink and the flavor was awesome. The sweetness must have been from the malts, which balanced the hops very well. If you don't like hazy particulate ales, then drink this straight out of the can and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, some orange peel and grapefruit.
The taste has a nice amount of semi sweet malts muted by citrusy, rind and bitterness forward hop flavor. Packs in a lot of flavor for just being a pale ale. Roughly in the range of NE style hop bombs but less intense.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dancing Gnome in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a milky orange color, super hazy, with a good amount of lacing and a small head.

Smells like lush tropical fruit, some slight vegetality, and a little pine.

This is firmly in the NE-style, and kinda feels like I'm drinking straight hops. There's the obvious huge tropical fruit, with mango, peach, and pineapple, but there's also lots of "green" to this, with grass, marijuana, and honestly, some chive and green onion- it feels like hops are sticking to my teeth. It's like drinking a wonderfully hoppy but slightly stanky cloud. The chive flavor is not preferable, but everything else is pretty nice. The brewer here used to work at Trillium, I believe, so there's a ton of potential here.

This has a very soft and pillowy mouthfeel, but not quite the absolutely masterful mouthfeel you get in the best examples of this style (HF, Tree House, Trillium, Bissell, etc).

I was very impressed with this. It's a slight step behind Brew Gentlemen in the area, but it's still quite good.

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Photo of coldy
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent drinking beer with just the right amount of fruit. This is an excellent and refreshing beer that could be enjoyed any time of the year. Excited for this one to be canned hopefully soon

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Photo of Evahflow
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy yellow with a thick fluffy head
S- oranges, meyer lemon, ruby red grapefruit. Sweet biscuit.
T- Navel Orange, honey dew melon, grass, sweet ruby red grapfruit bitterness.
M- Medium bodied, soft carbonation that doesn't get in the way.
O- A substantial pale ale. 5.8% but drinks bigger. Succinct. Refreshing. Everything in its right place

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a cloudy pale orange golden, white head is fine and retains well. Dissipates to a lacing eventually.

Smells of slightly tart orange and lemon citrus, clover honey, a bit of biscuit, and a fruity vibrant hoppiness.

Mild and dry cracker and biscuit malt with coriander and a lemon zest over a juicy citrus hop finish.

Medium body with tingling carbonation on the tongue.

This is incredibly similar to the Pharmakon, but ever so slightly more tart and streamlined. Instead of the bright fruitiness of that brew, Lustra is a bit more tart and dry. It falls just short of being as interesting as the beer, but on its own merits is still solid and worth trying.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 59 ratings