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95 Rating: Apple Pie Pale Ale by Garage Brewing Co.

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer falls under the BJCP category of #30B (Autumn Seasonal Beer). This is an American Pale Ale with "additions" making it is seasonal. It is listed as a Seasonal Style Pale Ale with apple juices and spices.

The aroma of this beer had wonderful notes of spices (most notably cinnamon), apple juice and little to negligible hops. The color profile was a light copper pale with nice carbonation and head retention. The first taste of this beer had explosions of spice (notably of cinnamon). It had the right amount of cinnamon flavor to stand out - which it did along with the distinctive apple juice flavor balanced with a slight hint of hop bitterness.  

The malt and hop profile lingered in the background, where the foreground had the spices and apple fruit juice. A nice combination and balance. The beer is labeled as "Apple Pie Pale Ale" and it was certainly tasted like one albeit the pie crust!   

The cinnamon spice lingers throughout from beginning to end and in a nice way. It wasn't overpowering, at least not irritating or rough, but a nice addition. The apple juice also provided depth and complexity by adding sweetness to balance the hop bitterness along with a nice apple flavor.

The body and mouthfeel was medium along with moderate carbonation. At 5.4% ABV, this is the average alcohol strength for the style. It had a nice sweetness in the finish due to the malt and apple juice with nice cinnamon notes in your palate.

Nicely done! I'd drink this year-round if it was available.