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Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

Judges Rating: 
19 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

This slightly hazy, light golden ale pours with a lofty stand of snow-white foam that seems to dissipate rather quickly. Very light fruity esters, reminiscent of lemon meringue pie and earthy papaya, stand out in the sweet nose, while similar flavors of sugary, earthy, pale malt and melon-like notes emerge on the tongue. For an American Pale Ale, the hop profi le comes across as subdued, with hop resins being muted in aroma, flavor and bitterness. The beer finishes smooth and slightly sweet with an appropriate medium/light mouthfeel, but the understated hop profi le may leave some drinkers feeling somewhat unfulfilled.