“A classic American Pale Ale that has a blend of Two Row, Caramel, and Munich malts with a touch of wheat. A balanced combination of North American hops creates a depth of character and aroma that brings it all together for a stunning flavor and finish.” 5.8% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic imperial pint glass. The color is a slightly hazy golden-orange. The head is foamy and nearly white, with just a bit of yellow. Good lacing is left on the glass.
Lots of floral hops, as will as some citrus astringency. There are also trace sweet malts offered beneath the hops.
Medium-thin bodied and pretty smooth going down, with a punch of hoppy bitterness running along the tongue after swallowing. Finishes moderately dry, and the flavor is mainly from the floral hops. There is just a touch of sweetness from the malts, but it is the bitterness that lingers on the palate. There is no discernible alcohol flavor, and I don’t get any wheat beer characteristics hinted at in the description.
This seems to be a pretty average pale ale. No flavors particularly stand out in comparison to other pales I’ve had. I also wouldn’t necessarily call this a refreshing or sessionable brew, as the mouth feel and aftertaste don’t particularly beg to be savored. The CA-99 Ale is a much better choice from this brewery. 5.5/10
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. – Fresno, California