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Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale AleLilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 11-07-2005

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 47
Photo of nsmartell
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer as part of a pick-your-six from a liquor store off the freeway halfway between Madison and Wisconsin Rapids. I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber color with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: Malty and a little sweet.

Taste: A little bitter and has hints of pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. I haven't found a new pale ale I've liked in some time, but I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of dfried
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark straw colored body, a bit orangish, with a foamy off white head that stuck around as a cap for a while. Some yeasting chunks floating around. The aroma first hit me as a pungent perfumy, floral burst, but after that a lot of citrus notes came right behind it, along with some musty resinous notes. Some balancing sweet malt detectable too. The taste is still hoppy but way more balanced than the aroma led on. Same as in the aroma, the hops were floral upfront, leading to a more citrus aftertaste. A pretty nondescript sweet pale malt backbone, a touch biscuity, but it had relatively low carbonation witch made it quite smooth and easy on the palate.

Overall: some interesting layering of the hop flavors, and I liked the low carbonation. It was like an English style malt and body pale ale, but with American style hops. Not bad, middle of the road beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brassy orange with sunshine gold highlights. Several energetic streams of bubbles hurry up to a nice looking head of pale orange-tinted beige that displays most of the cap characteristics that I look for. It's lumpily rocky as it deflates, though I'm somewhat suprised to see no more than a few shreds of lace in its wake.

The aroma is more English Pale Ale or even Vienna Lager than it is APA. My nose is greeted by generously toasted malt mingled with earthy hops. It could be the use of non-citric hops that I'm reacting to, but the hop load isn't nearly as high as it should be. It isn't a bad nose, it's just that it isn't to-style; at least as I define this particular style.

Better on the palate, although not surpassingly so. There's still a solid, English pale ale-like, toasted crackeriness that holds down the bottom end. There are some pleasant hoppy top notes that I didn't expect after assessing the nose. The hop flavor is somewhat citric, but is herbal-earthy for the most part and makes me think that East Kent Goldings are the dominant, if not the sole, variety.

It should be obvious by the previous paragraph that I consider this beer to be a dead ringer for the English Pale Ale style. It's extremely well-balanced and is sessionable as a result. No chance of palate fatigue here. Sweet and bitter balance one another as well and their cooperative effort on the longish finish may be the best part of the entire flavor arc.

I don't have a lot to say about the body. It's solid for the style and is full enough to allow the beer to sit on the taste buds long enough for the drinker to enjoy the fruit of the brewer's labors. Even though the mouthfeel it isn't a standout, it is perfectly calibrated to the beer as a whole.

Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale is a more than respectable English Pale Ale from a little known brewery (at least to me) in West Central Wisconsin. All of the oars are pulling in the same direction and make for an enjoyable little beer that was a pleasure to drink. I look forward to seeing what else Sand Creek has to offer.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank just a single bottle after a long hike in Gov. Dodge State Park (WI). Kind of a skunky odor, with metallic hops on the tail-end of the nose. Taste is refreshing, but what wouldn't be after a long hike? Hoppy, metallic, crisp malts. Nothing special but not entirely bad. Drinkable on a hot day like that one.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours an amber/orange color with a rather sizable creamy white head and fluffy lacing

smell: clean and malty, strong fresh pine aromas, toasty and grainy, a touch of sweetness

taste: very clean, heavy on the toasted malts...the hops are buried, piney and spicy at the core. slightly citric, a pepper spice touch

mouthfeel: spicy and dry finish, lots of carbonation, medium bodied

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Clear amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malty and a little roasty, which is unexpected in a pale ale, but I like it. Flavor is never really sweet; it starts off bitter and gets more bitter. Biscuity malt with apricots at first, until a piney hop flavor enters in in the middle. Finishes bitter with flavorful hops. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. This beer is quite refreshing. A well crafted pale ale.

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Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull amber sporting a tight crown of ivory.
Fragrant of sawdust, bread crusts, and dried spruce.
It initiates with a matte maltiness. Sort of a vague fruitcake notions. Mild sugars with indistinct cranberry, pear, and apricot notes. The breadiness is easily found, but it's mostly bland through the clean, yeasty middle. Hops hit with flashes of citrus pith, dried grass, and mixed peppercorns. The late hop spice is a saving grace. Otherwise this is entirely mundane.
Medium bodied with a frantic carbonation that makes this appear thinner.
Seemingly novice in many ways, but not a total wash, as it is quite drinkable and there are no glaring flaws.

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Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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