Topic Archives: American Pale Ale

Posted in Founders Brewing, New Releases, Seasonal Return

NEW RELEASE: Founder’s Harvest

This is the first time this fall seasonal from Founder’s Brewing has hit Atlanta.  It’s a wet hopped pale ale brewed alongside the fall hop harvest.  Wet hopping is the act of using fresh picked whole flower hops to the beer.  This gives the beer a fresh hop flavor, and gives a less bitter taste than it’s dried counterparts.

Commercial Description:
This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.

Style: American Pale Ale

Taste Expectations: Citrus hops with a touch of pine.  Toasty malts balance this flavorful pale.

Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft.  October seasonal

6.5% ABV

70 IBU’s

Posted in Laughing Dog Brewing, New Launches

Laughing Dog Brewing

Theres a new brewery hitting shelves in Atlanta.  To be perfectly honest, they have been here a few weeks.  These bottles have been on shelves for a bit at Total Wine.  Long story short, Total Wine had some exclusivity with the distribution.  In the State of Georgia, it’s illegal to have that exclusivity.  So with that said, more places can pick up Laughing Dog Brewing from Ponderay, Idaho.


At Laughing Dog Brewing, what began with a dream for brews with more hops has turned into an insatiable desire to craft beers of all flavors, with a focus on quality, purity, and fun. Today, Laughing Dog brews has brewed over 15 distinct beers, including seasonals like our Huckleberry Ale and Winter Ale, and our award-winning IPA’s and Stouts. But despite our success and growth, our motto remains the same as the day we started, to create… “Fetchingly Good Beer”!

The laughing Yellow Lab that appears on all of our brews, our logo, and other items is Ben our family dog. His loyal and relaxed attitude, appetite for quality food, and constant desire for walks to complete his healthy lifestyle has served as the perfect inspiration for all our brews at Laughing Dog Brewing.

But of course, Ben can’t write or run the business of a brewery or due to health and safety regulations even be in the clean areas of the brewery, so his “owners” Fred Colby and Michelle Douglass are really the ones behind the curtain making it all happen. The three often discuss their new ideas for brews and flavors, and Ben gives his OK by one bark, or a NO by two barks.

At some point, Ben plans to retire from brewing, and he will pass the torch onto his son Ruger to make the day-to-day barks of approval. But be warned, Ruger is already the inspiration for Devil Dog, a fiesty brew with a full bite, so there may be a few more “exotic” brews in the future at Laughing Dog Brewing.

Laughing Dog Brewing Owners Ben (the dog), Michelle Douglass and Fred Colby hope that you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy making them.

Beers now available in Georgia:

Dogzilla Black IPA – 6.9% ABV.  Floral & Citrus hops.  Caramel, toasted malts.  Bready, black, hoppy.

Alpha Dog – Imperial IPA, 8.7% ABV.  Hops are grapefruit & pine.  Malty backbone.  Walks the line on balance.

Devil Dog – Imperial IPA, 10% ABV.  DIPA that is hoppy, bitter, but balanced.  Pine and sweet caramel malts.

CSB – ESB, 5.4% ABV.  Light citrus hops. Roasted malts.  Some bready malt.

Pale Ale – ?? ABV.  Hoppy pale ale.  Citrus hops.  Light pale malts.

Availability: Most are year round offerings, 22oz Bottles.  No draft in Georgia currently.

Looking for these? Hop City and Total Wine

Posted in Casks

CASK ALERT: Dry Hopped Dale’s Pale!

Late entry shrouded in mystery.  Tapping today – 6 pm at the “The Fred” is a cask of dry hopped Dale’s pale ale by Oskar Blues.  What it’s dry hopped with is a secret .  Either intentional, or that it is unknown.  Either way.  Be there at 6pm.  Sounds like a tasty cask to me.

Because some people ask- this beer will be gravity tapped.  Not on the beer engine.

The Fred —8/5, 6pm
5600 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

UPDATE: Dry hopped with centennial hops!!

Posted in Anchor Brewing, New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Anchor Humming Ale

Arriving from San Francisco, CA for the first time is Anchor Brewing’s Humming Ale.  Humming was first brewed in 2009 and released only on draft.  Finally in Summer of 2010 it was bottled destined for locations beyond the west coast.  As Anchor describes –

“HUMMING is an ancient term, used centuries ago to describe both ales and beers. Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, it suits this bold hoppy ale, which we have created to celebrate the anniversary of our first brew at 1705 Mariposa Street. From that very day we were humming! Anchor’s Humming Ale was first brewed
113 years after our founding and thirty years to the day since the first brew in our new brewhouse.”

Style: American Pale Ale

Hops: Unpublished

Malts: 2 Row Barley

Taste Expectations:  Grapefruit & Citrus hop profile.  Light pale malts, with low bitter finish.  A crisp pale ale.

Availability: 12oz/6pks, 22oz Bottles.  Draft.  August – November seasonally.

5.6% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Southern Tier Brewing

NEW RELEASE: Southern Tier Pale Ale

Even with Southern Tier’s big 13 title launch and the successful release of Creme Brulee and Farmer’s Tan, one of the Lakewood, New York brewer’s year round beers didn’t make it south until now.  The beer is Pale Ale and it has arrived.

Pale Ale is brewed with 2 varieties of hops and 2 types of malts. Brewer’s description –

“Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat.”

Taste Expectations: Citrus and grapefruit aroma.  Those flavors shine through in the taste.   Light malts balance this out this pale ale.  It’s light and crisp.

Availability: Year round offering in 12oz/ 6 pks and Draft

6% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Rogue Brewing

NEW RELEASE: Rogue OREgasmic Ale

The 3rd release from the “Chatoe Rogue” series this year is upon us.  To recap the releases thus far – In January came “Dirtoir Black Lager“, followed by “Single Malt Ale” in April.  Now, meet “OREgasmic Ale”

OREgasmic  is an American Pale Ale.  Chatoe Rogue is what Rogue Brewery calls “GYO certified” or “Grow Your Own.”  All the malt and hops are grown onsite at Rogue Brewery.   The beers contain no additives, chemicals, or preservatives.  A bit like a beer version of a farm to table initiative.  You can even follow the Rogue Hop yards on Twitter – @RogueHopFarm

100% Oregon Ingredients –

Hops – Willamette, Independent

Malts -Dare, Risk.  Both are Rogue trademarked

Yeast – Pacman

Availability – 22oz Bombers only.  One time brew – July 1st – September 2010.

Taste Expectations – Caramel malts.  Hop flavors dabble in both pine & grapefruit. It’s a pale ale that excels in both malt backbone and hop content.

6% ABV

Posted in Relaunches, St. George's Brewing

HIATUS OVER: Tupper’s Hop Pocket

After a 2 year hiatus, Tuppers Hop Pocket has returned.  The last bottles of Tupper’s were produced by Old Dominion Brewpub in November of 2007.  What caused the hiatus?  Old Dominion was sold in that year.  Tupper’s Hop Pocket was a contract brew there.  The new owners found Tupper’s to be too expensive and too time consuming to brew and it was subsequently cancelled.  Bob and Ellie Tupper’s beer was finished.  Neither gave up in their quest to have it brewed again.

After speaking with numerous breweries, St. George’s Brewing Company in Hampton, VA opted to take up brewing Hop Pocket as a contract brew.  Bob & Ellie couldn’t be happier.  This new edition of Tupper’s is brewed with all the same ingredients and in the same method as it was once brewed.  I say method, because Hop Pocket is fermented over the course of 6 weeks.  That’s lager territory, not an ale – especially a pale ale like this one.  Hop Pocket is aggressively hopped with 3 different strains introduced at 4 different times.  This would be a great way to hop an IPA or DIPA giving you a sharp hop/bitter favor.  The extra fermentation time allows this beer to mellow a bit.  Hop Pocket begins it’s journey by sitting on hop cones for about 3 weeks.  All in all this is a really unique, complex American Pale Ale.

Hops – Mt. Hood, Willamette, Cascade

Malts – Caramel (Crystal) Malt

Taste Expectations – Hoppy citrus, with a malty caramel backbone.  There’s more to this beer – but this will get you started.

Availability – 12 oz/4 pks.  No draft for now. St. Georges is a very small craft brewery.

6% ABV