American Pale Ale
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A lean malt bill gets out of the way for big hop flavor showcasing notes of lemon, grapefruit, and persimmon.
This light, but still ridiculously tasty pale is all about the citrus. Look for massive charges of Meyer lemon, grapefruit, persimmon, and valencia orange as you enjoy this golden brew. Still light-bodied, but not without a decent balancing malt profile, this beer is a pure delight for the senses, and demands spring arrives just a little sooner.
Mad libs are sometimes fun when you’re naming beers. Fat Blue Leopard was born when we were sitting around the office trying to decide what to call this beer. When someone said, “Someone pick a color.” The first response was “Blue.” Followed by, “Okay, pick an adjective.” “Fat.” “Great. Now pick an Animal.” “Leopard.” ... Fat Blue Leopard? Perfection.
You’re going to want to spend some time working up an appetite with this brew as it versatility is astounding. Your cheese course will be a stunner with Spanish Mahon. The buttery, slightly salty and sharp flavor provide a stunning contrast to the big hop flavor here. For your mains, you have a wide-open canvas. We suggest pulled chipotle chicken with rice, corn and black bean salsa, sour cream, and cotija cheese. To line up your dessert with your mains, try your hand at a Mexican custard or Flan.
American Pale Ale
Moderate to high hop flavor, typically showing an American or New World hop character (citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc.). Low to moderate clean grainy-malt character supports the hop presentation, and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character (bready, toasty, biscuity). The balance is typically towards the late hops and bitterness, but the malt presence should be supportive, not distracting. Caramel flavors are often absent or fairly restrained (but are acceptable as long as they don’t clash with the hops). Fruity yeast esters can be moderate to none, although many hop varieties are quite fruity. Moderate to high hop bitterness with a medium to dry finish. Hop flavor and bitterness often lingers into the finish, but the aftertaste should generally be clean and not harsh. Dry hopping (if used) may add grassy notes, although this character should not be excessive.