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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
64oz Growler
$12
Flossmoor Station

Farewell Pale Ale shows off a hazy but glowing orange body. The head grew slowly to one finger and left behind thick swathes of brilliant white lacing down the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the surface. As I get further into each glass the lacing comes in sheets.

The nose has a great, toasty white bread malt backbone with an overload of citric hoppiness. Brown sugar coated pink grapefruit and orange peel steal the spotlight while notes of tangerine waft along in the background. A little caramel comes along to supplement the gentle toastiness and make this is a well rounded smelling pale ale.

I find the majority of pale ales out there ho-hum and boring; Farewell on the other hand is bright and vibrant. The malt base some across more caramelly than the nose suggested with the toast moving to the back of the line. The hop profile of this beer leaps from the glass and is barely restrained. Sugared grapefruit and sweet oranges abound with a slight tangerine note that fits perfectly into place. A solid bitterness washes over the tongue and lips with each drink, very impressive for a mere pale ale.

The mouthfeel fits the beer well with a surprisingly soft and silky feel. The carbonation keeps things moving as the bitterness tap dances all over the tongue. The finish is slightly dry which accentuates the bitterness some.

The drinkability is out of this world. Each pint goes down like a glass of water. Alpha King, watch out, you have company on the American pale ale front.

This is one of, if not the, best pale ale I've had to date. Like I said above, it gives Alpha King a run for its money and that is the best I've had to date. This is a gem and I sincerely hope to see it brewed again.

Reviewed: 4/26/09

Price: $12.00 Served In: Pint Glass