Coronado - Skipper's Joe American Pale Ale Review
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Alcohol Content | 5.9% by volume

IBU | 35

Designed with flavors that are inspired by an Italian espresso, served with lemon rind, Coronado Brewing Company’s Skipper’s Joe can be enjoyed morning or night. And just as the lemon rind’s purpose is to mask the bitter oils of an over roasted espresso, this beer’s hints of lemon and pale malt sweetness perfectly balance out the bitterness of the hops. We are also fan of anything and everything coffee, but espresso is something you don’t see as often. So whether you’re human, alien, or seaman, do us a favor and try this brew –morning or night, well, thats up to you!

Appearance: Poured from the growler, this beer has a medium, white head. A beautiful hazy golden-orange color, this looks like a wheat beer. The bubbles vary in size, from large to very small. The foam disappeared after about 3 min. of it sitting in the glass.

Aroma: Distinct floral hop aroma, slightly piney, with citrusy lemon notes. There is also some toasted bread smell, similar to the smell of pop-tart pastries, and slightly sweet from the malts. Strong yeast aroma and a hint of caramel as well.

Taste: The pale malts in this beer are balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness. It has distinct flavors of lemon, bread biscuit malt, toasted barley, caramel and ends with a hint of espresso. There are also bright, refreshing characteristics from the addition of the hops. While this beer has some unique flavors, nothing is too overpowering. IMG_5695

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A little chewier and heavier body than expected from a pale ale. Creamy with medium carbonation. 

Overall: This is a delicious, slightly unusual beer with upfront flavors of lemon, citrus, and hops, and a subtle espresso finish. We wish the espresso has been a little more pronounced since some of us could not taste it at all. Overall, a super refreshing beer for the adventurous. And although this won’t give you the same pick-me-up as a shot of espresso, you can still think of it as your morning buzz.

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Karla is a food lover, self-taught baker, and beer aficionado from Boston, MA now living in San Diego, CA. When not on the hunt for a new craft beer experience, Karla can be found in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals and baking sinful sweets or at a local coffee shop for her daily coffee buzz. She started home brewing in Seattle while in college in 2014 and fell in love with the craft beer scene in the Pacific Northwest and during her time studying abroad in Prague, CZ. Hoping to one day own her own specialty food shop and bakery, Karla is a huge fan of experimentation when it comes to food, drinks and sweets. Karla is also an avid backpacker, hiker, and certified yoga instructor. It is only natural that as an alien, she tries to get outdoors every opportunity she can get!

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