In case you are wondering, yes we still have a lot of pale ales to get through. Luckily I decided to take a break from those and have a local pale ale. I know it’s still a pale ale, but seriously I still have a six pack to get through. This is number 2 of the newly bottled beers released by Free State Brewing Company. The first I had was the Wheat State Golden. Copperhead Pale Ale is nice American Pale Ale (APA). It’s nothing fancy but it is style standard. I agree. There really isn’t much that stands out to me about this one. Not that it’s not good. It’s good, just not a super creative take on a pale ale which might be a good thing. There is a lot to be said for reliability.
The body color was copper and the head a light tan. The aroma was almost entirely citrusy although there was a hint of caramel (but mostly it smelled like lemons). The taste was also very citrusy (surprise, surprise). It was also notably bitter and dry with, get this, a lemony bitter finish. No really. It was lemony. Surprisingly though the citrusiness helps cancel out some of the dryness and gives it a slight crisp feeling.
For those of you that are going to Lawrence on October 14th for the KSU vs. KU game, I highly recommend you go earlier and stop at Free State Brewing Company for dinner and a few beers. If not then stop by a liquor store and pick up a six pack (or four) since those of us in the Manhattan area are not privileged enough to have it here yet.