Pony Express Rattlesnake Pale Ale | Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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Pony Express Rattlesnake Pale AlePony Express Rattlesnake Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
MALTS: Pale, Vienna, Crystal, Carastan, Cara-Pils
HOPS:Magnum, Cascade, Goldings
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 13.2 degrees Plato
TERMINAL GRAVITY: 3.3 degrees Plato

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by garthwaite:
Photo of garthwaite
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle provided courtesy of BIF10. Pours a deep gold with an average sized bubbly head. Had to lean in pretty close to get a substantial aroma on this one. Some light sugary sweetness with mildly peppery hops. Balanced blend of toasted biscuit & pine on the onset with some sweet citrus fruit making a late appearance. Light almost watery thin in the mouth and finishes without a trace. Relatively uneventful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brewQ
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking this just slightly chilled.

Pours a rocky beige head with some staying power.
Pleasant copper color. Wow! The hops hit me right away.
I don't profess to be able to tell what types, but it takes
me back to my brief homebrew period.

(They say much of memory is lodged in smells).

The hops subside and I find malt with a sharp twist that I enjoy.
A good thrist quencher by my standards. More enjoyable than their flagship Gold style.

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second winner I have had from Pony Express.
This seems like a hybrid of a english-style pale ale and an american pale ale. But it all comes together quite well.
Pours a nice dark golden body...(almost amber), with a big, frothy head that stays around. Smell is a little bit of twisted hops, a little musty and earthy, takes some gettting used to.
These hops (East Kent Goldings) appear in the taste to much better results. They add some juicy floral tones. The sweetish honeyed malt backs this all up and makes for a very enjoyable beverage.
Not really a hophead pale ale, but a beer that most will enjoy. I like it quite a bit. Different for the style, bonus points for that.

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Photo of bditty187
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Modestly hazy, pale gold in hue with tawny influences. Overall the color is a bit muddled. The head was less than a finger at the apex, plus it was short-lived, in a moment the white foam dissipated to a thin collar. Subsequent lacing was basically nonexistent. This beer is nothing much to look at; average in appearance – at best. The nose is simplistic, only traces of citrusy hops are detected. Sure this aroma is nice but it is not very loud or complex. Malt doesn’t offer anything but a suggestion of sweetness but that could be soy influenced as well. The nose is not offensive nor is it inviting, it is pretty damn apathetic really. The palate is just as average as the nose. Hops are in play and it clearly illustrates this is a Pale Ale. Said hops offer a moderate citrus flavor but there is no depth, just a simple, single offering. Workable. The secondary flavor is too prominent. Sweetness from malt/soy is not enjoyable to me. There isn’t any depth to the sweetness, no caramel, no nothing. Finish is dry and boring, the hops fail to linger into the finish and surely not the aftertaste. The overall bitterness is moderate but it’s just enough to balance the beer but this equilibrium creates a “flat” taste. Average. Medium in body, filling carbonation, only this aspect of this beer shows life. Good mouthfeel. I’m not impressed with this beer on any level. I can’t envision a need to drink it again. Basically it was just too bland for me, plus I don’t care for the sweetness. I lost interest and didn’t have much desire to finish my glass. I could see this beer working well at a BBQ with a lot of macro beer drinkers. I bought a bottle in Brookfield, WI. So-So.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent sized off-white head stuck around and left some lace. Copper hued golden beer.
Aroma is minimal. Earthy hops and pale malt.

Taste shows a pale caramel malt backbone that shows mostly up front. Solid hop bite takes over middle to end. Hops seem mostly floral with a bit of earthiness and pine as well. Fairly dry. A mild to moderately bitey, resinous hop finish. Doesn't mesh as well as it could, but still decently balanced.

Good body to the mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The persistent head tops a slightly hazy light orange hued brew. It's fairly light in aroma-- mildly citrusy hop notes hits the nose at first, but a floral and "noble" Kent Goldings ensue. Malt aroma is at a minimum, but a slight crystal malt sweetness is noticeable. For an APA the hop bitterness is par. The mixture of citrusy and earthy hop flavors provide a fairly compex hop profile, but unfortunately the malt backbone is a bit lacking. The finish is dry, grainy and pleasantly bitter. Rattlesnake is a decent APA. Although it's a good thirst quencher, I prefer a bit more hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow with a white head. Aromas of a small citrusy hop. In the taste, a sweet malt, with small hoppy notes. A nice small bitterness in the mouthfeel and a dry malty, small hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence for a pale, easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, tan, foamy, off-white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It had a nice blend of roasted caramel malt with a citrus-like hop kick. Overall, a good bittersweet flavor.

M - It is fairly sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A nice flavored APA. Priced right and easy drinking.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pony Express Pale Ale pours out a clear, light copper color with small, pale head. Fruity caramel aroma with occasional whiffs of an unpleasant sour aroma. Earthy malt flavor, which I usually associate with English style pale ale. Herbal and lemony flavors. Citrusy hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. A little bit different than your standard pale ale, but still only slightly above average.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even before pouring, I got a whiff of a great aroma as soon as I popped the cap. Color was a clear, medium amber. Small head that faded pretty quickly to a thin film of persistent foam. Little lacing. The smell was very nice. Faint malt aroma with fruity and floral hop aromas. Taste was a bit of sweet malt, followed by a really nice blend of hop flavors. Citrusy, maybe a bit piney, with nice bitterness. Malt was a bit more noticeable after the beer warmed a bit. Decent mouthfeel. Dry, clean finish. Pretty drinkable. Overall, a very good pale ale. And another local brewery I wasn't previously aware of that I can gladly support!

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Photo of Citadel82
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man what a disappointment. I remembered this being much more flavorful and much more refined. The bottle I sampled tasted watery and unrefined.

Aroma was overwlmingly yeasty. I could not get past the smell of the yeast to notice any malt or hops. The taste was much the same. Yeasty some ripe fruit, floral some faint citrus and more fruity yeast.

Sadly a drain pour.

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Photo of Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber in color with a short and fizzy white head that quickly fades into a ring of lace. Nose is rather subdued, but notes of lemon grass and fresh grains are detectable. Taste is also a bit passive, but flavors of citrus fruit and a mild hop bitterness are the biggest standouts. Certainly not a bad beer, just a little on the weak side. Would make for a nice “lawn mowing” beer.

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Photo of Rio
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour, pored with a decent head, but it didn't hang around long. Aroma is faint, a bit of maltiness, and a touch of hops in there, perhaps. Tastes of malt hit first, followed by a bit of hoppiness and trailed by a taste that's almost got a touch of citrus to it. Very nice blend, overall. Crisp feel to it, not much of a carbonation bite though.

All in all, my favorite of their samplings so far. A good beer, something I could definitelly enjoy standing by the grill on a nice summer evening, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright amberish orange with a modest amount of fine particulate haze that is only appreciated with backlighting. The head is creamydense and eventually assumes that melted mesa look that appeals to me. A better than average amount of lace sticks to the glass as I drink.

Hops overpower malt in the nose, but both could stand to be more aromatic. Maybe I just need to wait for that thick cap of foam to fall a bit lower. Good flavor, not great flavor. It's balanced, but I like my APAs to be at least a little hop-dominant.

The caramel malt undercarriage is adequate and lends a welcome firmness and a modest sweetness. The hop bill (Magnum, Cascade and Goldings) provides an acceptable amount of bitterness, but the various hop flavors conflict with one another rather than complement one another. Overly picky? Probably. The finish is slightly bitter and the body is pale ale medium.

Pony Express Rattlesnake Pale Ale is a decent, drinkable version that isn't hoppy enough to keep me interested for the long haul out to the coast ('The Mail Must Go Through'). Thanks to brewQ for the bottles.

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Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, slightly hazy light orange, almost amber with a nice white head.

Aroma is almost totally hops - citrusy, slightly floral and earthy.

Taste is the same, a little mild sweet malt blends well with the hops bitterness to make a very enjoyable brew. not as hoppy as some American pale ales but more bite than most British.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hero27
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labels itself "The Taste of the American Heartland"...being straight out of Kansas, I suppose they can claim that. Pours a pale golden color with a respectable head at first, but fades quickly and leaves little lacing, which is to be expected from most pale ales. The aroma would probably be it's weakest quality..can't pick up much but some faint malts and a little Goldings hop smell in the background. Taste is decent..they say there are Cascade hops in this beer...where? because I didn't taste any.. Mostly subtle malts and some Goldings hops to finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but goes down pretty well.

Overall, I was mildly impressed with Pony Express' flagship beer. An average pale ale with no real defining characteristics, but a quaffable and enjoyable brew nonetheless. I dunno, to me, this is a Rattlesnake that doesn't have much "bite"...yeah, I went there.

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Pony Express Rattlesnake Pale Ale from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 16 ratings