Archive for the ‘American Pale Ale’ Category

Val and I found that about 45 minutes from our house, there is a World Market. About 5 minutes away from that is a Pour House, which I love. So, usually we go get some food first and then head to World Market. This was a beer I got before one of the shopping trips.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pumped to announce that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We often brew beers solely to pour in our taproom, which is where Pale Joe was first introduced, and we’re delighted to finally bring it to our non-local fans. Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.”

Random: Delaware had some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had on vacation.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. It had a light orange body that was clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with cold brew coffee and coffee grounds. It masked the hop character and would make you think it was a porter if you had your eyes closed. The taste was also filled with cold brew coffee along with coffee grounds. It had a slight sweetness from the malt as well. I didn’t pick up much in the way of hop. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. This beer was a unique take on a pale ale. I would have this again, although I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I managed to find a craft beer bar that was between my work site and my hotel. They had 20 taps and rotated them pretty often. They also had this beer on tap my first day there, so I took it as a good omen, especially since I was on the hunt for Three Floyds beers.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to flavor country. This Pale Ale has just the right malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile. Derived from a new blend of proprietary hops. We hope you’ll enjoy it. Cheers!”

Random: This beer came in at 63 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick white head that dissipated slowly. The head almost looked like wet, white bread. The body was very hazy and yellow in color. I couldn’t see anything through it. There was only slightly carbonation visible because of the haziness. The nose was really grassy with a lot of pine. It was more like an IPA than a pale ale. It also had a lot of tropical fruit. The taste was awesome. It was really juicy and grassy and hoppy. There was mango along with pineapple and a touch of malt at the end. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. This beer was just outstanding. The only bad thing is that I can’t get it here. If you can get this beer, do so as quickly as possible.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The beer was another one that I picked up at the gas station. One of the things that I had to get used to in Ohio was pumping my own gas. The first time I went to fill up, I sat in my car for a good five minutes waiting for someone to come. I finally figured out that I needed to do it myself, which I ended up preferring to having someone pump it for me.


ABV: 5.75%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A hard-rocking pale ale that smacks the lips with tasty bitter hops and citrusy grapefruit shots to the nose. It finishes crisp and dry, sustaining like a windmill power chord. All of a sudden it hits you…this is the one.”

Random: Everyone there also called me “ma’am,” which made me feel old.

This beer poured with a thick, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on my plastic cup. The body was a clear, bright orange color with some haziness and moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with pine needles and a touch of metal. Orange pith was there was well and transitioned into biscuit malt. The taste had a bit more depth. I picked up some orange pith along with green melon. It also had pine needles, but quickly went into sweet malt that took away from the beer. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with caramel malt. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This beer was drinkable, but it needed to find some balance between the hops and the malt.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

After the show, we ended up at Chelsea Market at a bar to grab a snack and a beer. This beer was the only one on tap that I hadn’t tried.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American style pale ales are defined by the use of American grown hops. The hop profile of Flagship APA includes an upfront bitterness complemented with citrus and pine-like aromas followed by a small burst of tropical fruit. Malted barley provides a deep auburn color and a sweet, biscuit-like, backbone that helps the flavor balance nicely with the bitterness from the hops. The mouth-feel is medium bodied with a hoppy and crisp finish making this quenching offering the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pub food.”

Random: We’re watching “Tiny House Hunters.” I can’t believe that people actually want to live in a large shed.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, amber color with no visible carbonation. The nose was mild with grass and a touch of caramel malt. The taste was much more malty up front, which was surprising for the style. It had caramel malt and toasted malt and transitioned into grass with some pine resin. I didn’t get any of the tropical fruit, which would have helped the flavor. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with caramel malt. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. With all of the pale ales out there, this one did not stand out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is a beer that I’ve been seeing more and more in coolers at parties. Even at my family reunion, something out of the Magic Hat mixed pack is the first beer that everyone grabs for (although my parents usually only pick that and Coors Light). Let’s see how this beer, which started as an Odd Notion was.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN ODD NOTION BACK IN MOTION. Brewed only once before, Poppy Agave Ale was part of a series of exceptional (and mostly odd) specialty releases known as Odd Notions. This crisp, clean ale is brewed with agave nectar and poppy seeds for a slightly sweet, nutty flavor.”

Random: Poppy seeds always get stuck in my teeth.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It went away quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose smelled like a Mexican lager with sweetness from the agave. It also had some pilsner malt. The taste also had agave sweetness. It had a small amount of spice from the poppy seeds. I kept trying to find more in the beer, but there wasn’t much there. It had a thin body with high carbonation. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer was really boring and needed a punch of flavor. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer, but I had no problems finishing it. If the choices at a party are this or a macro, I’d go with this.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I flew back from Columbus the day before my birthday. I had a bunch of time to kill and ended up at one of the bars in my terminal. For those of you who haven’t been to Columbus Airport, it is relatively small compared to any airport in the New Jersey area. This flight also marked the many times I got pulled at security for a groin check. Since I didn’t fly much before this, I didn’t think it made sense to ask for a private room, but man, did they get personal. At least buy me a beer first?


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: The brewery website no longer has information about this beer on the website. I’m not sure if they stopped making it or what, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Random: This was the only other local brew they had when I flew out. Luckily, this changed since I ended up spending so much time going through this airport.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color. There was light carbonation visible, which was surprising for a pale ale. The nose was light and grassy and immediately went into sweet malt. The taste had notes of wet grass and bitter hops, but was quickly balanced out by caramel malt. I also picked up some orange rind after a few sips. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. It had a quick, slightly sweet finish from the malt. This was a solid pale ale and one that I had no problem throwing back. It wasn’t bad for an airport beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The second beer that I had at Frankie Bones was this one, the first offering in cans from Lagunitas.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word. The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know. These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations… ”

Random: This is a year-round offering that comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical hops. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and pineapple. Orange rind was noticeable as well. The taste was equally hoppy and tropical. I got a significant mango and papaya note. The pineapple note that was on the nose wasn’t as noticeable on the taste. It had a crackery malt note at the back to balance it out. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this beer super drinkable. The finish was bright with orange peel and papaya. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I appreciate that it’s their first offering in cans. I would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0