Four Peaks Pitch­fork Pale Ale

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Pale Ale -

LOC: Tempe, Ari­zona ABV: 5.9% | IBUS: 30 | SRM: 12

What the brewer says

“Our take on the clas­sic Amer­i­can-style pale ale. To en­hance the hops fla­vor and aroma while smooth­ing out the bit­ter­ness, we used a tech­nique called hop burst­ing where the vast ma­jor­ity of the hops are added in the last 10 min­utes of the boil. Melon, Man­da­rina, and Eureka hops va­ri­eties im­part fla­vors and aro­mas of fresh melon, or­ange, and pine.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Smooth piney and fruity blend (or­ange, straw­berry, blue­berry) of strong Amer­i­can hops on top of a sup­port­ive clas­sic pale-malt bill ex­hibit­ing a fair bit of toast and caramel. Clean but not over the top.” Fla­vor: “Well-balanced malt sweet­ness and hops bit­ter­ness. Bready malt notes. Hops are cit­rus and berry in na­ture with some fun lin­ger­ing es­ters. Fin­ishes fairly dry, given the caramelized malts.” Over­all: “Clas­sic and mid­dle-ofthe road throw­back pale ale. Great Amer­i­can-style hops pres­ence. The hop fla­vors and aro­mas are en­joy­able, as are the bal­ance and mix of fla­vors.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9 92

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