Special Ale | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
lakesuperiorbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,988
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
92
pDev:
13.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Czequershuus
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a medium amber with a small head. The aroma starts with somewhat rich banana bread and biscuit malts, with notes of almond, walnut, cedar, mint, tarragon, as well as less defined earth and spicy characteristics. The flavor is driven by semi-sweet malts, rich and sweet with walnuts, almonds, dates, and figs, as well as mint, and tarragon. The mouthfeel is somewhat rich with vigorous bubbly carbonation. Overall this is a very well done English style beer, with balance between malts and hops, and wonderful subtle flavors.

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Photo of kiki123
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper coloring, smells with a hint of citrus. It has a nice bitter ending as far as taste goes. The feel is appropriate for the taste in my opinion, a little more carbonated than most beers I regularly drink, but not in a bad way. Overall a competent Ale that has had me coming back.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nolster
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight spicy hops, citrus hops, tea, sweet malt, slight piney hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight spicy hops, citrus hops, tea, earthiness, hint of wheat, slight pale malt, sweet malt, slight piney hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, complex, good appearance, blend, and body.

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Photo of Tyecko
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ssippisam
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours golden amber with a slight haze under a 1” white to cream colored foam cap. Provides light lace.
S: Light hop and malt aromas, not much fruit action.
T: Toasty malt with some biscuit leads to a bitter hop accent. Malt driven without a lot of yeast flavor.
F: Creamy medium to medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: An easy to drink American Pale Ale with a good balance between the hops and malt.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BigAl18
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of JakeBarnett
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of MNAle
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable ale. More of an English Pale Ale than an APA, though, to my taste… which means I like it a lot. Aroma is a bit weak, but everything else is wonderfully done. Good balance, not over hopped. Good palate and good aftertaste.

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Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of zeledonia
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying out some beers from local breweries that I haven't had before. Tasted 15 February 2014.

Pours a hazy medium amber. Half-finger of whitish head. Okay retention, good lacing.

Smell is grainy and faintly hoppy. Herbal, a little earthy, with a touch of pear in the background.

Taste is fine, innocuous. Slightly sweet, with woody dry dark amberish grains. Again a faint hoppiness, only a touch bitter. It's fine, easy drinking.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Prickly at first, then backs off, staying at solid mid-level.

This is tasty enough. There's not a whole lot to it, but it's easy to drink and as flavorful as it needs to be.

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Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Special Ale from Lake Superior Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 92 ratings