Archive for the ‘American Pale Ale’ Category

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.

brassknuckle

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.

flagshipapa

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.

poppyagave

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?

columbuspale

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.

12theofnever

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

Despite the fact that I’ve been to Tired Hands multiple times, I’ve never had the one beer that they always have on tap. There’s always something else that I end up trying. This time, I made sure that I gave this beer a try and I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor.

hophands

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our American Pale Ale. 5.5% Brewed with oats. Hopped intensely with Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo. Hazy, juicy, and imminently crushable. Our precious Pale Ale. Notes of tangelo, kiwi, dank, pine sap, nectarine, honeysuckle, and grapefruit.”

Random: I’ve never been to one of their can releases either.

This beer poured with a one and half finger white head that was exceptionally thick. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow color with no carbonation visible due to how turbid the beer was. The nose was bright. It had bright, grassy hops with pine sap and grapefruit. There wasn’t much in terms of flowers on the nose. The taste was equally bright, but had a significant honeysuckle note. It also had pine sap and pomelo. It was quite citrusy and made this a really easy drinker. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long and hoppy finish with pine sap. This beer was just excellent. It had great depth of flavor and went down easily. I will definitely be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I’ve been binging on Law And Order: SVU all day. I used to watch the show religiously about 5 years ago, but stopped watching until this year. The cats are snuggled up next to me and overall, it’s a good night. Now, for the beer.

campwannamango

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pack up your sunblock, your tent, camping chairs, and s’mores fixin’s because this summer we’re heading to camp! We are very excited to introduce this brand new beer for the summer. Camp Wannamango is brewed to evoke the best parts of the season – sun kissed days on the dock, starlit evenings around the campfire, and all the fun with great friends and great beer that summer brings. ”

Random: This beer comes in at 22 IBUs.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear, golden-yellow and had moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of fresh mango, apricot and wheat. It was really fresh and reminded me of Summer. The taste had a lot of mango as well, but it wasn’t as authentic as the nose. There wasn’t any apricot on the taste either. There was some grass as well with wheat. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with mango flesh. The bottle set me back about $1.50, which came to $.12. The was a pretty simplistic beer, but it went down easily. If someone handed it to me, I wouldn’t hesitate on throwing it back.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0