American Pale Ale Civil Society Brewing Co.


DankStar, an American Pale Ale (brewed in the New England style) by Civil Society Brewing Co.

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DankStar is an American Pale Ale (in the New England style) brewed by Civil Society Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this review, was served in a tulip pint glass from a crowler.


As is common for a New England style brew, the pour is completely opaque. The ale is a dull lemon yellow capped by a thick, soapy white head that shows good retention. Abundant lacing is left to cling on the glass.


Aroma is bright and dank with a scent of spruce trees. Tropical fruit appears as the beer warms.


A quintet of hops powers a palate that’s initially very green with a flavor of piney and herbal hops. But once the chill subsides the taste sweetens in the middle with fruity mango and melon. Finishes dryly with a biting note of grapefruit juice. Other flavors appear on the backend including pepper and garlic.

Yes, the hops are abundant, but the palate is nicely balanced with a malty base of doughy bread.


Malt makes for a mouthfeel that’s smooth and creamy with a medium body and a little less-than-moderate carbonation.


The DankStar certainly lives up to its name, bombarding the palate with piney and herbal hops. Citrus is refreshing and tropical fruit, creamy malt provide balance. Hopheads and lovers of New England style brews will love this offering from Civil Society.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.