X.P.A.

New York
United States
Upstate beer XPA pale ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
79
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

A low abv pale ale that is lower in malt flavor than a traditional pale ale. Has a dry finish with flavors and aromas of stone fruit.

Profile

ABV: 
4.6%
IBUs: 
41
Served at: 
38 - 40° F
Hops: 
Columbus, Comet, Mosaic
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal 20, Flaked Barley
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a lightly hazy deep golden color with orange hues and a long-lasting white head. At first, this beer conveys a moderately hoppy aroma, mostly with notes of grapefruit and orange zest as well as some herbal grassiness. As it warms, some more tropical notes and resin begin to show. There is also a low caramel and bready maltiness behind the hops. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with a stronger grassy/pithy bitterness that is a bit astringent and lingering. There is more of the resinous character than in the aroma and firm orange and grapefruit notes. While the aroma improved along the way, the flavor continued to be unbalanced. The pithy/grassy bitterness was stronger than the rest of the beer. More dry hops and less bittering hops would do this beer a world of good.