7 "C's" American Pale Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cokes on 02-15-2003

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Polycarp
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the source. Dark amber with a small whispy head that dies quickly, without giving us much lacing to look at. Aromas are all C hops indeed. Cascade, centennial, chinook, cluster, challenger, and 2 others. Nice bready maltiness in the aroma as well. So this one is not one dimensional at all. Taste is hoppy, yes, but totally under control and balanced well by the caramel sweet, doughy malts. Middle isn't too hoppy, but finish is dry and almost astringent, but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. A nice hoppy pale ale...Good stuff..

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Photo of eallured
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz(!!) pint at great Dane in Madison. Copper with a half in of white head. Dissipated quickly due to shortness.
Aroma is muted, but it is cold and there are food aromas in the air. From what I can discern it is cascadey American hops and little malt.
Taste is mostly hops, piney and a little citrusy. I assume the name refers to c-hops being used. A little caramel in the finish. Moderate lasting bitterness.
Clean mouthfeel, crisp hops just enough malt to hide any bitterness that could come through.
Quite quaffable, quality and quenching. Very drinkable pale without the unclean tastes that too often come through in this style.
For no reason at all I had a bad impression of great Dane. This is unwarrented. Not mind blowing but good solid beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber bodied beneath a wispy ivory foam.
Noses full of the incense from the namesake hops. Piney, resinous, and lightly citric.
The ceremony begins with the malt feebly asserting itself with a flaccid grainy caramel. The cask imparts a bit of buttery wodden hues, though just in the periphery.
All of this is immediately sacrificed to the Hop gods. Good riddance to the non-believers! The remainder is a unabated ritual of piney, earthen, sappy, grapefruit decadence.
Sure, it's out-of-whack, but so what?
Like many of GD's brews, this comes across a bit thin. It is better on cask, but still a little light.
Still a quaffer and a fix for hop-fiends.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7 "C's"... interesting name. I initially thought it refered to hop varieties that start with the letter C, but I could only come up with 5: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Cluster and Crystal. My server wrote it as "7 Seas". Anyway...

It displays the typical Amercan pale ale appearance with a clear amber body beneath a short but creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention was average, and it left a modest amount of lace behind. (I'm wondering if perhaps the glasses from the bar aren't exactly "beer clean").

Piney, resinous, and lightly citric hops greet you in the nose over a mild, biscuity malt base.

It's gently crisp on the palate with a fine-bubbled median carbonation and medium-light body.

The flavor is dry, with a stiff, just slightly caramelish and mainly biscuity malt supporting piney and somewhat citrusy hops. A solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes - not surprisingly - dry, and even slightly minty.

I found their other APA, the Old Glory, to be a bit more accessible with a bit more maltiness, yet I was oddly drawn back to the sharp hoppy edge of this one. Well done in my opinion! An enjoyable, piney pale ale.

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Photo of bditty187
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served almost headless, a couple dozen rogue bubbles construct the “head,” bronze hue, translucent… eye-candy. Marvelous nose, a quick hint of caramel malt, then the irresistible hops aroma enters the nasal passage… earthy, piney, citrusy… a faint whisper of woody-oxidation enters at the end (which matters little at this point). So flavorful; the hops control the palate, magically tasty because it is completely out of balance. This is a Hophead’s delight. Sharp finish with a hoppy aftertaste (I burped it all night). Moderate mouthfeel, the warmth of the beer seemed to hide the “thinness” of the body. Dangerously drinkable; simply awesome.

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7 "C's" American Pale Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 6 ratings