Copperhead Pale Ale | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silver Medal Winner 1997 World Beer Championships - India Pale Ales.

While walking through a field and enjoying a lazy summer evening, our head brewer Steve stepped on a stick that popped up and nicked his leg.

Or so he thought, until he found two puncture marks on his ankle. The copperhead bite may have caused a trip to the hospital for Steve, but it also provided just the inspiration he and Chuck needed to name their new beer – yep, one lowly snake in the grass is the namesake of one of our most popular beers.

53 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
229
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 229
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

traditional and tasty, but not my favorite of the kansas hoppy stuff i has this weekend. its got the grain bill more of an amber or an english mild than an american ipa, and while more interesting, feels a lot more malt forward and heavy than i was anticipating. nice and frothy in the glass with a tall head on it and a lot of lace character on the edges of the glass as i drink on it. the nose and taste match up pretty well to one another, with the munich type malt leading the way even before the hops, which to me are northwest C varietal stuff, dosed appropriately but mostly early, with more bitterness than aromatic, and a very vegetal component. cerealy and toasty, the beer has layers and it comes together quite well. a little filling for sessioning in my book, but a well made beer that is probably most applicable in mid autumn. i have been with free state in my limited experience so far...

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color and a sturdy head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Citrusy aroma with toasted malt undertones

Taste: Toasty up front, with a burst of citrusy and grainy bitterness that appears by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile is fruity with a balanced aftertaste of hop and malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and quaffable; a nicely balanced beer that clearly has wide appeal to those who have imbibed

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light citrus notes with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel notes with some light citrus undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily quaffable thought hops profile is bit more subdued then I had expected.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009.

Pours.a nice copper color with a white head and a pretty good dose of lacing. Nose is fairly strong notes of C-hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is not quite as hopcentric and some more caramel comes through. Good body with nice bitterness. Drinks well and was my favorite of the day.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice amber color with a thick, tan, one-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass as I drank it down.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops. Also, a roasted malt aroma.

T - It had a good bitter hop flavor at first sip. The roasted maltiness was understated but clearly a presence. The hoppiness maintained its bitter bite throughout.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Possibly the finest regular brew at the Free State.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing coppery apricot. This is beautiful beer that is especially attractive because it's filling my genuine Free State logo pint glass. The toasted almond colored cap was never very large, but it's a looker. The upper surface is moonscape-like and is depositing some pretty impressive looking lace... that isn't as clingy as it first appeared to be.

The aroma's only real fault is its shyness. Maybe it will become more bold at the beer gains a few degrees (it does). The malty portion of the nose is nicely butter caramel-like. The hoppy portion features the citric, cheesy, weedy, citric qualities of Cascade more than the pure grapefruit pithiness of Centennial. Since I like them both, all is well.

Copperhead Pale Ale is a fantastic American IPA (APA? IPA?... doesn't matter). I was pretty sure it would be, which is why I brought home this growler. Only $6.25 for refills? Are you kidding me?! I know where I'd be most days if I lived in Lawrence. I'm amazed at how much better beer this is than the two Free State offerings that I had at the brewpub last week.

Again, buttery smooth caramel malt provides sweet, toffee-like flavors and keeps thing from being a pure hopfest. I normally like my IPAs to feature nothing other than hop flavors, but there are exceptions. This is one of those exceptions. The malt gives the beer a solid foundation and a depth that lesser versions lack.

Hops, of course, are the stars of this blockbuster of a show. The Cascade are still dominant and have been used to great effect, both in terms of flavor and bitterness. Caramel and pine sap-soaked grapefruit chunks, along with freshly zested lemons and oranges, give CPA a hop oily, resinous deliciousness that only truly fresh beer can manage.

I don't understand how this mouthfeel can be so superior to the mouthfeels on the rye beer and the oatmeal stout. A softer carbonation (cask) might have something to do with it. This may not be the biggest IPA on the block, but it's considerably creamy, supremely silky and lingeringly sticky. Sorry, I couldn't manage another alliteration on that last one.

Free State's Copperhead Pale Ale has exceeded the high hopes that I had when I decided to make it my one growler purchase. It's a fantastic IPA that I plan to savor over the rest of this rainy, dreary November Sunday. The only trouble is, I now feel the need to head back down to Kansas sooner rather than later. This stuff was well worth the trip.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with more of a thin and fizzier looking layer that hangs tough and soaps the sides of the glass with rich spotty foam. The aroma is grassy, spicy, and bitter, with some green citric hop character. This is backed by some stiff smelling grainy malt but the hops really push the nose here with a fresh and moderately vibrant feel.

The taste is similar, with an assertive citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness and green fruit out into the mouth. This is well balanced by sweet toasted grains of the pale malts and a splash of caramel but the hops definitely control this, with bitter fruit stretching into the finish along with some light drying spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy bubbly feel that fills up the mouth with some presence but then remains slick on the backend and helps this staying relatively easy.

Nothing wrong with this at all. Just a flavorful and crisp IPA (although this one really kind of towed the line between that and an assertive APA) that kept the focus on the hops while still keeping this balanced and drinkable. Really nice stuff. I'd like to try this one on draft as well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD of the 4th week of June

Pours amber/copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pineyness, floral notes, lemons & herbal hop, plus a touch of malt sweetness once warm, plus just a bit of sulphur

T: Herbal & piney hops, slight biscuitty malt up front, plus herbal hop bitterness, a touch of mineral/dryness. Pears apricot, mix with herbal & woody hops, plus dryness when warmed up. Finishes dry, crisp, with a touch of minerals, sulphur, pine & a touch of honey

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

I liked this better on draft, but will happily buy this again when I find myself in Kansas, which is at least a few times a year

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This had a light, off-white head upon presentation with great clarity in a deep copper-colored ale. The nose had a light mix of hops and malt. The mouthfeel was medium with an up-front hops presence. The finish was initially sweet, but the hops returned in the aftertaste. This was a really tasty beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed via the magical medium of a growler, coutesy of that gentleman, marc77...
Appearance: pure copper color, with a rustic reddish hue atop, and a thick, pale brownish head, soon simmering down to a tight, white ring.
Aroma: softy and distinctly malty, creamy, with toffeeish notes, hints of fruit, refined, restrained, and sophisticated.
On the palate, light and smooth, but fully loaded with flavor, rich, full and super-malty. Not too much from the hop department here, but the abscence is not missed so much when in the company of so much flavor as is in such abundant supply here. And in this sampling, I had a 64 0z. supply of flavor and never tired of it for a moment. The growler was empty before the morning broke!
Mild, mellow, smooth, but jam-packed with luscious taste! An excellent session ale, in my humble, and a Huge Thanks to Marc77 for allowing me the priveledge of trying it out!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ideal Pale in the middle of nowhere. Had with the Brewery's blackbean quesadilla. Perhaps not the best accompaniment, but it works.

Little head, which makes it drink easier. Just enough bite to notice, but not overwhelming. Same with a hint of malt. Just when you think its thin, it bodies up and gives a good aftertaste.

Taste is better if not served straight from their tap as they use freshly washed glasses (unchilled) which are warm. Get a growler and chill it for a day. You'll finish the bottle toot sweet.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed after a friends recent visit to Kansas. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a great sharp copper color without much head, likely due to transportation reasons.

This brew had a sharp hop scent, with what smelled like a solid malt base. The flavors were just like the aromas, just fuller and expanded on.

Good solid body, typical for the style, and not heavy. A very drinkable beer if this were locally available to me it would be in my regular rotation of go-to brews.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Best by the 4th week of June.

A nice golden amber coloured PA with a small head of foam and some lacing.

It has a pretty hoppy smell to it; lemon citrus, possibly a light nose of grapefruit, some malt comes through with a touch of a sweet note or 2.

The taste, well, is awesome. Very well balanced taste with both the malt and hops working pretty much perfectly together. Sweet, bitter, smooth throughout. Gawd, this is so good. Noticing a bit of pine now. Yum.

Medium bodied, carbonation on the lighter side of medium....very nice mouth feel and very damn drinkable. A hidden gem is what I have here. Thanks again, Russ!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with white head. Light pine, citrus, and caramel notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little hop resin.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber pour with a large fluffy off-white head atop it. Excellent retention with good lacing.

S: Citrusy with some toasted bread. Fairly subtle for an IPA.

T: Really nice sweet citrus mixing with toasted malt and caramel. Not much bitterness, just a touch.

M: Medium range, a touch drying in the aftertaste.

O: Not a huge in-your-face hop bomb like a lot of american IPAs, this is much more balanced and drinkable. Toasted malt adds a nice aspect I think.

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copperish orange color with a one finger head. The nose is earthy, piney hops and some caramel malts. The taste follows suit. Caramel Malta start off the profile and have a touch of toasted malt in the mix. Some bitter, pine hops show up afterwards. A little bit of the toasted malts show back up on the finish as well. Pretty straight forward, but good in its own right. Mouthfeel has a decent amount of carbonation in it and a medium body. Overall, this is a good pale ale (listed as an IPA?). Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

906th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased at: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A dark burnt orange with a nice fast receding head and had a small amount of cling. Such a great color to this one.

Smell- A big rich aromatic aroma of caramel malts with some softer citrus. A bit bitter.

Taste- This was a good pale. I forgot how much I liked this one off of a sampler a few years back. A good blend of caramel malts with some thicker citrus. A touch spicy and bitter.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit thick citrus with some spicy caramel.

Drink- A pretty bigger taste with some good balance and finishing flavors. A little more bitter would have kicked this up a notch.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-gold with two fingers of large-bubbled white head with no lacing left behind.

Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malts.

Nice citrus taste of tangerine and grapefruit along with a sweet caramel maltiness for a good balance. Bitter bite to the finish.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

A nice American IPA from Free State. I'll try to grab more next time and will try to find it on-tap.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a medium tan head. Head reduced to leave nice lacing.

S-Wonderful dry-hopped aroma with pungent citrus and pine scent blasting from the glass. A bit of roasty, sweet malt sneaks in behind the hops.

T-Sharp, bitter hop bite upfront. Roasty malt takes a backseat but is certainly present.

M-Medium body with a sharp, crisp feel. Very nice with lingering bitterness.

D - A very good beer, called a pale ale in house but this is certainly an American IPA. Sharp, crisp hop bite dominates and the dry-hopped aroma is wonderful. Nice job!

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Photo of bditty187
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, coppery-tawny-gold in hue; the liquid was pleasant in appearance. It was served with almost two fingers of frothy off-white head. Head retention was excellent, a half finger cap lasted the entire consumption. There was a tremendous amount of subsequent, sticky lacing. On cask this Pale Ale looks great. It is eye candy for the beer fiend.

The nose is powerful with a hoppy blast that only cask beer can offer. It is citrusy-grapefruit and piney with a fruity underbelly. The malt backbone is solid; it supplies a toasty but soft caramel biscuit aroma. Solid potency. I found the bouquet to be very inviting.

The palate is the same wonderful combination as the nose. This Pale Ale is put together perfectly… it is a cask queen. The hops are assertive; they just jumped down my throat. They were bitter and flavorful with grapefruit rinds, orange zest, and pine needles/spruce bark. Yeast fruitiness. The belly is malty; caramel and toasty biscuits. The aftertaste is long and relaxing. This beer was so damn tasty on cask.

Medium in body, the cask-conditioning created a low but natural carbonation level and it produced a pliable and relaxing mouthfeel.

Drinkable? Yell yeah. I order two of these and I’m not sure I set my glass down. It was quaffed at the brewpub in Lawrence, KS. I wish this were on cask every time I went... this is a “must try” if you see this beer on cask. Yum.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-red and clear with a fair head and decent lacing. Very pretty color.

Quite fruity with plenty of hops to go around. Floral and citrus mix well with a dash of great caramel malts. Smells and tastes really nice, I'm liking this beer.

Body was wonderful, great tang from the perfect carbonation and a lightly sweet and fruity aftertaste.

This is a really nice beer. I'd love to get this one in sixers.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- The beer is a nice solid copper color with a cream colored head. The head recedes to a film with nice sticky lacing as the beer goes down.

S- Faint malts, but bright bitter citrus hops.

T- A subtle caramel malt presence at the front. A bright, almost biting sharp hop finish.

M- Medium body with a dry finish.

O- Not bad, not bad at all. It's well-balanced really, which I appreciate.

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Photo of marc77
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive clear copper color. Off white, soapy, yet persistent head leaves rough, frothy lace. Assertive, but clean citrusy Cascade nose dominates the aroma, with agreeable hints of pine sap secondary. Definitely dry - hopped. Token medium caramel malt sweetness with faint biscuit notes is offset by assertive, but clean hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly high, leaving a slightly prickly mouthfeel. Sharp, but enjoyable grapefruit hop flavor is tapered by a firm, dextrinous malt backbone. The body is fairly light overall, but this adds to the drinkability of this brew. Finishes quite dry, crisp and lightly toffeeish. Copperhead is one tasty and well brewed APA, and certainly straddles the boundary between pales and IPAs. Unique, and certainly well crafted.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Hazy copper/amber color with a small white head that leaves quickly.

S - Bready caramel, slightly toasted, multi grain cracker.

T - Deep caramel malt, very bready, toasted biscuits, leafy bitterness, hints of tart fruit, some tea-like bitterness sneaks in with hints of sharp lemon citrus on the finish.

M - Heavy side of medium body, medium carbonation, foamy but smooth feel.

(I reviewed this as an APA)
This beer plays more to the malts than the hops. Nice malty depth with simple hop biterness. Some fruit mixed in with some citrus and tannins on the finish. Good stuff here. Very balanced but I would consider this a American Pale Ale rather than an IPA.

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Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
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