California Pale Ale (FiftyFifty Brewing)

My second offering from FiftyFifty was a beer listed on the beer board as simply CAPA. Once I was able to peruse their beer menu I decided it sounded like a great second beer.

FiftyFifty Brewing logo 2CALIFORNIA PALE ALE is an American Pale Ale with 45 IBUs and a 6% ABV.

CAPACAPA is a strong hopped pale ale. Brewed with Citra and Eldorado Hops which creates an amazing grapefruit and citrus aroma. This is a great beer for those who want hops without too much bitterness.

The beer arrived in my half-pint snifter glass and was filled to the brim with a dark orange/amber liquid. Lines of bubbles stream up the side of the glass to the inch of head. Lacing hangs all over the glass.

I was prepared for citrus aroma, but not the flowery notes that hit me first thing. The sweet fruit aromas were hidden within, with grapefruit being one of the distinct scents. There was a noticeable alcohol smell that was quite odd for a beer that’s only 6%.

The taste was a blend of faint pine, flowery effervescence and a touch of citrus fruit. As it warms the citrus flavor takes hold, with a blend of grapefruit and tangerine notes.

Mouthfeel is light, with a slight stickiness. It goes down smooth and doesn’t leave much residue behind.

CAPA reminded me of a Session IPA that we have brewed a few different times this year and are pretty happy with. The Eldorado hops added a nice flowery touch to the citrus brought on by the Citra hops, but I wish the fruitiness was a little more prevalent.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a PALE ALE: 7 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Lagunitas DAYTIME IPA, Knee Deep CITRA EXTRA PALE ALE, Victory VICTORY PURSUIT PALE ALE

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