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Hyland American Pale Ale | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Hyland American Pale AleHyland American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 02-24-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by CharlesRiver:
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that I purchased in Sturbridge at Yankee Spirits. The bottle is screen printed as opposed to having a paper label. The first thing that stikes me is the color. It much lighter than I had expected. Dark yellow with a good size white foamy head.

The smell is a bit metallic with some of the hops coming through. The taste is very refreshing. Good solid malt backbone with some hops mixed in to balance it out. The metallic taste comes in again at the end for me. This is definitely a beer that I purchase again. Six packs of this would be nice.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ppoitras for sending me this 750ml silk-screened bottle.

My bottle must have been overcarbonated, because it immediately started to slowly foam out of the neck. Poured a gigantic head, which I liked, but the color isnt all that exciting - kind of murky and nondescript, like a wheat beer.

There's a lot of grain in the nose. Smells like a grassy field in springtime. Not picking up much hops.

Taste is rather limp. Not a whole lot going on - grassy flavor to match the smell. I cant really taste any hops at all. This seems more like a weak wheat beer, without the wheat, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel is watery & thin.

This beer goes down pretty easily... I just dont think I'd want to have it again.

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Photo of Todd
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear and light golden amber in colour with a frothy, rocky cream coloured head that sticks a bit.

Smell: Fresh grain and malt aromas with hints of fruit.

Taste: Very smooth with a prickly carbonation. Pretty big on malt, grain and biscuit with a touch of fruitiness. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance with some oily and leaf flavours to that finish into the after. The after also turns very clean with faded residual malt flavours.

Notes: Hyland should make this their flagship brew, being that this is a big improvement from their first creation (Amber Ale). Easy drinking, quite flavourful and well balanced with a superb yet subtle hop finish.

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Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with no freshess date. Thin layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

A- Pale golden-yellow with a very faint haze ... half decent head that dissapates pretty quick to a thin lace.

S- Mild citrus zest and a dry doughy malt int he aroma.

T&M- Nice smoothness, moderate body ... almost fluffy with a perfect amount of carbonation.Thin pale maltiness with a rough husk in the finish. Clean palate with virtually no fruitiness, warming alcohol in the back. Ample bitterness from the hops, bitter orange peel and deep herbal flavors come to mind. Finishes semi-dry.

D- A solid middle of the road APA. The maltiness leaves more to be desired IMO. Worth a try ...

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Photo of BadBadger
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is a rather pleasant experience. It pours a nice golden, slightly amber, coloration. It is nicely carbonated, with a descent foamy head which sticks around for the duration. Smell is faintly of hops. Tatse is smooth, with a bitter hint. A pleasant beer. I wish I had bought more. Enjoy.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Even being a resident and consumer of Western Mass beers, I'd never heard of this beer. Pulled it off of the "be a local hero" shelf at a grocery store.

Should be classified as an EPA but nonetheless pours a pale yellow, no mistakes here. Head remains after a couple of sips, nothing but what'd expect.

Big time hops for this style. Even after the second sip I was contemplating how hoppy it was. Very smooth very light, gives you the feeling that you are dinging a heavier beer thatÂ’s easily consumed. I guess that's the point at times.

Good beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all a nice brew. A very nice golden appearance. Medium fruity, hoppy smell that invites you to drink. Taste is just a tad bitter, with a slight aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, with a lightness that is followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Easy to drink, while reminding you that this has a nice hoppy pale ale texture. Seems like an excellent choice for a nice hot summer day. Glad to see a good offering such as this in my home area.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with yellow highlights. 2-finger head with a white head that leaves spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of cracked wheat, caramel and some grassy hops.
Flavor is mix of wheat and caramel that slides effortlessly into a sliding but fairly sharp citurs and resiny bittering.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a really spiced-up hop finish.
Drinkability is relatively high. Solid standard Pale Ale with a touch more spiciness in the hops than most. Very nice.
Thanks to PPoitras for the sample.

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Photo of Murph
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a great looking sticky, white head on top that sinks rather slowly and leaves a bit of lace behind. Soft piney hop aroma with a nice bready maltiness in the back. Opens up with a nice gentle citric hoppiness with slight grapefruit character that carries through to the end where it gets a bit stronger in a bitter burst. Smooth bready malt that is barely noticeable but balances the brew nicely. Medium bodied with an easy drinking smoothness that would make this a nice session brew. Rather drinkable, not something I would seek out but certainly worth drinking on occasion.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, the head and lace " ceremonious". Nice malt nose, floral tones, citrus, clean and fresh. Front is malt, middle is medium, the finish is droughty, moderately astringent, pertainly hopped. A fine session beer, and one that would be a mainstay in my "Stable", if I could find it here.

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Photo of weeare138
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for this 22 oz bomberÂ…
Appears a light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of slightly oxidized and flowery with mild sourness in there.
Taste is of the same off aromas with mild maltiness.
Mouthfeel is lactic and slightly sour with sweetness.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. After starting to pour this lightly into a glass the head almost erupted out of it. The glass was 99% foam and took forever to die down enough so I could pour some more. Finally I could see the brew was a clear yellow after waiting for awhile. Aroma was very mild with light earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt. Taste was very similar and weak. Some grassy hops as well as a bit of graininess and some sweet malt. Crisp feel to it but way over-carbonated. Not bad just not enough flavor or aroma. I could have a few though if I was in the mood for something easy on the taste buds.

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Photo of jwc215
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber - Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing me back a bottle for me from New England.

Pours slightly hazed straw yellow with a white head that is thick at first, but quickly descends to a disappearing patch.

The smell is yeasty, chalky and husky with some floral/herbal/lemony notes.

The taste is yeasty/husky/lemony/floral. A tannic bitterness stays ahead of a weak grainy maltiness. Some metallic tinges are there. I would say that it gets better as it progresses, but it's just that I became somewhat used to it -more sips revealed that it would worsen even more. I know hops are there, but where is the malt? And...hops are bittering, but not particularly flavorful.

It is light-bodied with some lingering flavor (not necessarily a good thing in this case).

Something is off here. It might be an infected bottle/bottling issue. If so, the brewery needs to make adjustments to the bottling line. If not - it's pretty bad beer. After half-way through I thought it improved somewhat. After about 3/4 the way through - well - it became drain-pour.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I get into the review, I just noticed the quote on the back on the bottle and it just struck me as funny: "No quaint stories. Just a high quality ale made by three brothers and their families. Brewed and bottled on the family farm in historic Sturbridge, MA." They claim that there's no quaint story and proceed to describe the quaintness of the beer's origin. This has nothing to do with the actual beer, however, so I'll continue on with the review.

...and before I forget, thanks to ppoitras for the bottle. The beer pours to a crystal clear golden yellow with a massive head. Lacing and carbonation are both good. Maybe a bit too pale looking, but its other qualities make up for it. Besides, I don't care what my beer looks like as long as it is enjoyable.

The beer has a very zesty aroma. Lemon, light hops, and a bit of a soapiness. I'll make sure to rinse the glass out well on the second pour from this bomber just in case the soapiness is from the glass.

The taste is also very lemon zesty. Almost no bitterness to speak of, but a bit of a light citric hop flavor. Dries out ever so slightly at the finish.

The body is light with a sharp carbonation. Slightly quaffable, but not really what I'm looking for in a pale. Reminds me of when the bartender puts a lemon on the rim of my glass when I'm not really a fan of lemons to begin with.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery store.

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1 1/2" slightly off-white head, with excellent retention and good foamy lacing. Brew is clear and dark gold, with a lightly malty aroma with tinges of hops character. Taste is sweet malts upfront, and a crisp hops presence dominates the middle and end of the flavor experience. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Found this remarkably similar to the on-tap product, and I think that's a good thing. Enjoy.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light and clear amber color with a lot of carbonation and a big foamy floaty head with impressive retention. Smells of tingly hops and mellow grassy malts with some sweet-ish wheat smells thrown in. Taste is less hoppy than expected, and the sweet malts shine through and are backed up by a dry juicy wheat taste. A very pleasent beer, so don't get it if you're looking for intense flavors. Very well balanced and calm tasting. This is one I could drink on the porch in my wicker rocking chair when I'm 75. Medium to light mouthfeel, very smooth and swishy. Wicked easy to drink. A standard beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden honey amber with a nice sized white head.
warmly grainy caramel with a grassy hop aroma.
the taste has caramel sweetness, a little buttery toffee on the back end, with floral hop bitterness, balancing. there is a little fruitiness with warmth mostly a soft apple flavor. nice and simple, but very well executed.
light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation suits this beer well.
very drinkable and quenching. this seems to lean a lot more to the english pale ale side of things, and honestly i'm quite impressed, hyland has done a real nice job here

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Photo of xXTequila
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick creamy head wich doesnt last very long leaving hardly any lace. Sweet malt and a light sharpness from the hops with a sweet citrus finish.
This is a very medium bodied pale ale. Hardly hoppy at all.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice mix of hops and malt, lot of carbonation but head didn't last long. On the lighter side, easy to drink.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Plush white head on an unexpectedly golden hued ale. Some unexpected suspended solids in the ale. "Maybe this won't be soo good," I thought.

But I got past the appearance and enjoyed this "American" pale. Aroma was a nicely balanced mix of sweet malt and tangy hop, neither terribly assertive, but both clearly notable.

Dry, medium-bodied presence in the mouth. Malt characteristic is of light grains; perhaps this and the color make it "American" to the brewers.

Nothing was out of place. Definitely wanted another one right away.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd call this one an IPA, nice crisp hoppiness. Excellent! Had a pint on tap at the Hyland Orchard Brewery and bought me a case. Nice place to visit, very friendly in the Taproom and a scenic location. A good family destination - many animals and a huge apple orchard.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden color, has a two finger head with a fair amount of retention and some good sticky lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with hints of grassy hops and it's slightly grainy in the background. The taste is what you would expect from a pale ale it's crisp, dry, and bitter. The piney hops stand out in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and highly carbonated but is very easy to drink.

Reflection: This is another good beer from the guys at Hylands, if your ever in this area it's definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stimack
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brew poured to a somewhat cloudy dull golden color with a ridiculously large white fluffy head that left chucks of lacing down the side of the glass. Something might be a little wrong with the carbonation on this one, as it seems to be a little out of control. The aroma is ok, Malt, spicy hops and dough like scent. The taste is ok, husk like flavors from the malt, biscuit dough like taste and a end of hops. Overall this brew was fair, not a favorite and one I will probably not get again unless I could find it on tap. Side note, very carbonated.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise! A very pale gold with good clarity. Healthy carbonation forms a big head that lasts. Nice fruity american hop aroma with a little hop sting could be a little stronger, but certainly is nice. Taste is very balanced with a little nuttiness to the malt character. Really pleasant creamy body with comfy carbonation on the tongue. Very reminiscent of concord pale ale. I could drink a whole bunch of these. A superb pale ale.

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewery to seek out new beer, but no one was home. Good thing there was a huge Yankee liquors around the corner fully stocked. This pale ale has a nice farm straw color. The aroma is a bit biscuity, but that is just a facade. The clean crisp spicy hop character of this brew makes it a winner. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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