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Ellicottville Pale Ale

8 Nov

American Pale Ale

Rating: B-

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Light amber with a one finger tiny-bubbled head.  Lacing is very thin and trails throughout.  The aroma is by far the most satisfying part of this beer: flowery hops, grapefruit, apple cider, honey-sweet malt.  I wish I could say that the taste is as satisfying.  There is nothing fundamentally wrong with it; it is a decent balance of citrusy hops and sweet malt, but it doesn’t live up to the aroma.  The mouthfeel is a little too watery to be satiny and so it’s kind of flat on the taste buds despite the medium carbonation.  It is rather drinkable despite its lack of complexity from a taste standpoint.  This was the first Ellicottville that I’ve tried, and although I wasn’t wowed, I’m making a mental note to pick up a sixer of another one of their beers.  Not bad.

Southern Tier Pale Ale

21 Sep

American Pale Ale

Rating: B+

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

The color is a translucent yellow/gold that is perhaps a bit too yellow for an APA.  1” creamy medium-bubbled head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing.  Nose has a sweet malt, hops, floral with a bit of berry.  The taste is certainly hoppy, but not overpowering (sorry hopheads).  Light-medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.  The beer finishes smooth and dry with a sour, lemony aftertaste.  Zing!  Southern Tier has yet to really disappoint me.

Dale’s Pale Ale

11 Sep

American Pale Ale

Rating: B+

Poured from can to pint glass.

Very amber in color.  The foamy, off-white head was comprised of medium-large bubbles; good retention and nice lacing.  The aroma is very hoppy and floral with a bit of plum.  The taste is hoppy, malty and resiny with a tad of citrus and caramel.  The beer is fairly balanced, but might be a little on the hoppy side.  Medium body with medium carbonation.  The finish is bitter but satisfying.  The beer seems to almost border on an American Amber.  The packaging was deceiving.  I would encourage Oskar Blues to hire a marketing company.