Maroon Bells

American Pale Ale 14er Brewing Company

2.5

Maroon Bells, an American Pale Ale by 14er Brewing Company

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Maroon Bells is an American Pale Ale brewed by 14er Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The Pale pours a slightly cloudy golden hue and is topped by a finger-thick cap of loose white froth that dissipates rapidly. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue. Fine sediment is visibly afloat in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is musty with a scent of yeast, grain, and a hint of guava.

Flavor

The palate is led by cracker malt that transitions to a light citrus bite of grapefruit. A mellow note of sweet guava balances the finish.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is crisp with a body that’s just under medium. Moderate carbonation.

Overall

Maroon Bells presents very nicely. But falls short in its aroma and palate. The presence of hops is very understated as cracker dominates early and fruit flavors take over from there. Perhaps this brew should be categorized as a Fruit Beer.

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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.