Resonation Pale Ale (Great Rhythms Brewing Company)

5.2% ABV

From: Portsmouth, NH

Bottled On: 6/03/13

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Brewer’s Note: “Inspired by our love of music and love for hops, Great Rhythm Brewing Company’s Resonation Pale Ale is our dry-hopped American Pale Ale; balanced, hoppy, full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and floral character of American hops. We use two row barley malt and select crystal malts to lay down a smooth malt profile while we pack a blend of Pacific Northwest hops into the kettle, as well as the fermenter. This is one hoppy American Pale Ale that is sure to resonate with you and all of the friends that you share it with.”

DSCN4342The beer’s label is awesome.  Funky font that is both a part of the label and separate from it, and a really cool hop graphic with great vines surrounding the label.  The clutter is excellently handled, and the brewery logo, though kept to the side, is awesome and fun to look at, while the color scheme is rustic and natural.  This bottle is definitely worthy of shelving or labeling, and is very nice to look at.

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The beer pours a muddled, golden brown with a huge head of glossy white bubbles with a touch of creaminess.  The head is made of larger sized bubbles that slowly fade away, leaving a fat and sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.  In body the beer is quite murky for the style, with very little light from the other side of the glass coming through.  On the nose, the beer smells of sweet, sticky resin and papaya dipped in caramel.  Light whispers of yeast character touch upon the nose, but the hops are front and center on the nose and blend very nicely with the sweet malts.  There is a slight plastic aroma when the glass is swirled, which builds as the beer warms.  I often detect this scent and flavor in beers with Simcoe hops, but it is never particularly displeasing, and it isn’t so here.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a light bitter kiss that balances the beer nicely.  Acidity is light, placing a faint slickness on the tongue.  There is a lot more malt than I first expected in this taste.  In flavor, the beer is light and begins as caramelly grapefruit, moving more towards the grapefruit with splashes of bitter pine with slight tickles from the yeast.  The slight plastic from the Simcoe (?) is noticeable but not retracting from the beer, and the bitters in this beer are very restrained, especially for how hoppy this beer smells.  In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium with some light prickliness from the carbonation, though there is quite a lot of fluff coming from the carbonation as well.  The mouth is left slightly slick, and a little dry, but perfectly tampered for another sip.  Overall, this is not the most flavorful beer in the world, nor is it the most aromatic, but it is amazing to sip on.  Even as I do this review I find myself constantly sipping, and already my bomber is gone.  Its flavors are light, and it is not quite as hoppy as I’d like it to be, but it is just great to knock back.  This is yet another different take on the APA coming out of New Hampshire, and I am quite enjoying it.  This beer is perfect to session through the night, though it is too alcoholic to call it a session ale.  Try this beer.

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3.99/5

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