NE Auburn Pale Ale

American Pale Ale Knee Deep Brewing Co.


NE Auburn Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

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NE Auburn Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale by Knee Deep Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this review, was served in tulip pint glass from can.


The ale pours a crystal-clear gold with nearly an inch-thick cap of bubbly, white foam that persists briefly. A few scant dots of residue are left behind.


Aroma is pleasant with a scent that’s piney and floral, spiced with pepper, and backed by a hint of grain.


The clean palate is hop forward with a taste that’s spicy, herbal, and resinous. Finishes with a bitter citrus note of grapefruit and a lingering taste of lemon juice. An undercurrent of tropical fruit and cracker malt does little to balance the flavor.


Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a medium body and ample carbonation.


As is the case with many sessionable beers, absent malt skews the taste towards being decidedly bitter. Which makes this brew more akin to a Session IPA than a pale. That’s likely welcomed by hopheads, to be sure. That being said, the NE Auburn Pale Ale does make for a nice refresher and it’s a good candidate for that lawnmower 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.