Silent Treatment Pale Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

BA SCORE
84
good
77 Ratings
Silent Treatment Pale AleSilent Treatment Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States
nolibrewhouse.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
If a tall pine falls in the Palouse and no one is there to hear it… Quietly brewed since 1993 and renamed in 2012 after another brewery gave us the silent treatment over a trademark issue with “Northern Lights,” this Spokane-style Pale lets its generous malt base and imposing use of Cluster and Cascade hops do the talking… No-Lie.

Added by woemad on 09-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears deep gold in color with nice carbonation bubbles that produce a thick, rich, creamy white head. Excellent floral and citrus hop aroma with touches of cracker and biscuit from the malt grains. Light grain flavors strongly overlapped with a zesty hop bitterness that pops up quickly and lingers well into the finish. Medium bodied; clean and dry finish.

This APA can be slightly deceptive in the taste department. The very first bit of each sip seems almost thin yet the subtle depth and complexity of the grains and hops quickly eliminate any hint of flavor weakness. Hop bitterness is the strong flavor component yet the mild graininess keeps the bitterness from overwhelming things. A well-brewed malted beverage offering...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a bit of haze and tons of effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with decent-enough retention. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet aroma with a lightly citrusy hop presence. The hops are almost lemony, the citrus is so delicate. Not too bad, although a bit on the sweet side for my taste.

Taste: like the aroma, but the sweetness of the malt is balanced better by the oily hoppiness. Delicate lemony citrus is the flavor here as well; it's actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Verging on nicely creamy, this beer didn't quite get there.

Overall: a decent pale ale and quite drinkable. I would probably be able to down lots of this on a hot day.

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Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of marcellaproust
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down, the best pale I've had on tap. Very hard to describe the perfect beer across genres: balanced without being modest, backstage, supporting actor. Medium bodied but still light on the uptake. Malt is upfront and hop bite behind: the first is plain biscuit, the last extra special bitter but no more. Tasted like someone really cared and adored the making. I love this beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a pale copper color w/ a sudsy bright white head, good sticky lacing.

Aroma is floral and bready. Clean pale malt and NW hops.

Taste is dry and biscuity, crisp and hoppy. Some light citrus notes. Drinkable, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, with a crisp hoppy finish.

Overall a good, sessionable pale ale. A little boring, but comfortable.

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Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Cjtytler
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jtd335
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and warm toned hoppy beer. Appealing classic amber color in the snifter. Plenty of suds and lacing.

The fruity flavors are quite pleasant. Some kind of mix of hops and malt, and well balanced. A hint of orange peel, but not the highly bitter notes. Slightly tart with hints of caramel. Grainy flavors. Quite nicely hopped without the overdose. Modestly bitter aftertaste.

Thoroughly drinkable. It's hard to call this anything special, but it does a good job of providing a rich, hoppy mouthful. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A three finger off white and fluffy head hits the glass, holding on with lots of staying power. That head sits on a classic deep and clear amber body, but there is lots of fast rising cola like carbonation coming up. Not much of it sticking to the sides of the glass though.

A real light toasty airy malt emanates on first smell. A good light biscuity sense, and mild hop presence, and light tangerine citrus sweetness hiding. Pretty solid if subdued.

Real good biscuity mouthfeel and palate forward. Mid palate gives real nice wonderful toasty aromas, crackling and almost crackery with a dry presences. The sweetness comes next in the back on the swallow and there's a very noticeable hop action, but it plays second fiddle to this sweet malt profile. Almost chewy, but giving to a dry sense and airy malt, with a faint hint of orange sensing citrus hop action.

A real good solid pale ale, with a decent noticeable hop profile that doesn't overwhelm. Delicious!

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Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my favorite of the no-li beers so far. it pours clear and unsuspecting. its a dulled golden color with about a two inch white head that slowly relaxes. the smell is really floral. not floral hops, but actual flowers. not perfumy like lavender, but something much more delicate, very springtime. theres also some decent hopping going on, but nothing offensive. the flavor agrees, this is a balanced brew. some herbal notes come out right up front carrying through from the nose, and theres that floral hint again. malt profile is very light for an american pale, just adding body. finish is pleasantly bitter and quick. mouthfeel is wonderful. its light on the palate, drinkable as anything, and the low abv makes it a good all day beer. carbonation is appropriately upbeat. i see this as more of a spring beer than an autumnal one, but it worked just fine in this october context. look forward to having this again. lots of subtle tasties going on here.

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Photo of deedric
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date

LOOK: Clear golden straw hue, good display of lacing

SMELL: Spicy, biscuity, blood oranges, stone fruit, tobacco, parsley

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate sized body, slight crispness, mineral, earthy hop, citric rind, leafy, blonde tobacco, bitter resin, white peaches, very floral, dried grass, green peppercorns, very dry hoppy finish

Not your usual APA, a glimpse of what was perhaps the norm within the much smaller craft beer world with the simple use of Cluster hops ... if you remember that hop then you know what I am talking about. Yes, Cascade hops are very present but Cluster is a completely different world from what breweries are playing with today.

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Photo of Prospero
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a good two to three fingers of white foamy head. The aroma is fairly fresh and piney maybe a little citrus with the hops and malts about even and in balance, I didn't think it was overly hopped, unless you think Dale's Pale is overly hopped. Taste is a bit of biscuit and cascade hops are very apparent in the aroma but mild in bittering. Some astringency in the mouthfeel. Nothing really stands out here.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Baby Bar in Spokane, WA.

med thin body, very frothy/clean mouth feel with nice carbonation.

mild grainy note up front with a distinct piny hop presence throughout.

finishes clean with a hint of lemon and mild bitterness.

Overall a decent pale, was quite fresh and had a good mouth feel.

If you are in the area it is worth a try, but nothing special. For $2 a pint (baby bar Tuesdays) it was definitely a steal though.

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Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a good sized off white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is bready and some pine. Taste is quite bitter and yeasty. Astringent mouthfeel. Hops seemed to be overly bitter with the malts component too little. After doing a side by side with another well regarded Pale Ale the bitterness was less pronounced. Not a bad Pale but some off putting yeast components or brewing byproducts kept this off the top ten list.

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Photo of tbeck
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a creamy one finger white head. Aroma is excellent some malt and a lot of pine, good hoppy smell. Taste was malt and some sweetness and a lot of hops. Very well balanced and not a lot of bitterness, although there was a slight wheaty aftertaste. Texture was watery and thin but light and crisp on the tongue. Excellent flavor, very enjoyable and highly recommended as a session beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m willing to tag this as an over-hopped beer, but of course, some people like that. In this case the hops are very fresh, very green, and derived from local Cascade and Columbus varieties – each of which I think of as the ’57 Chevy of hops. If the beer had wheels you’d call it a hop rod.

The racy carbonation produces a bright white head and generous lace on a predominantly clear body of burnished copper. The taste is strongly hopped – the whole beer is a highly charged hop magnet – though the lines are uncluttered and still clean enough to retain drinkability. The aroma however hints at hops momentarily but is otherwise oddly yeasted. 5.0% ABV.

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Photo of TiMX
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just have to say I love this beer. This is the first Northern Lights beer I have had and It is great.

I think it could be a bit less cloudy. But the hops really come through in the smell.

The taste is a bit more hoppy than I would have guessed. But being from eastern Washington it should be a bit more hoppy. ( right? ) It is very fresh and light. This is a great beer for a hot day.

I think the mouth feel is right on for a lighter beer like this one.

Drinkability? I wish I had bought more than one that is for sure!!

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Photo of loren01
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Had this in a bomber I brought back from a trip to Washington. Pours an orangish color with very good sized foamy white head. Good lacing down the glass
S: This was kind of interesting, not sure if it was just me but the smell kind of came and went as I was drinking it. Not too overpowering. Smells of biscut, with citrusy hop scent
T: Malt is overpowered by very bitter hoppiness. Malt kind of comes and goes as well.
M: Slightly dry finish, medium bodied beer
D: Could have a little more maltiness to it, malt is most of the time drounded out by bitter hoppiness.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Northern Lights Pale Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A rich foamy white head forms, and is extremely resilient.

The smell is fairly weak but it has a hop aroma, and a bit of a fruity smell.

The taste is well balance between hops and malt, with a little citrus (grapefruit) flavor on the side.

The mouth feel is clean crisp and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It’s light and refreshing with a nice flavor. I would definitely have Northern Lights Pale Ale again. I’ll probably visit the brew pub soon as well.

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Silent Treatment Pale Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
3.71 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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