Reviewed on 03-06-2017
Rating B
Style American Pale Ale, Pale Ale
Produced In United States
ABV 5.4%
Availability Year Round

Perfect For

All-Day Sipping, Picnics In The Park, Pizza Night

The Full Review

American Pale Ales are often lost amidst the hype of its bigger, bolder style relative, the India Pale Ale. They’re generally a little more balanced, a little less bold. But there are APAs out there with near IPA-level hop flavors, balanced out by a sweet malty note and a lower alcohol content than your IPAs. Pinball by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing is one of those APAs. Pinball is a light amber color with moderate carbonation. All it takes is one whiff and it’s clear how hopped up the beer is with tropical and citrus flavors. Dig a little deeper into the aroma and there’s some sweetness and an earthy dirt smell -- dirt in all the best ways. American hops dominate the taste as well, but the sweet is there, too. A subtle bitterness comes after, and stays on the palate for a few seconds. American pale ales are known for their balance. Each of the flavors, from the citrus and floral hops to the malty sweetness to the bitterness, blends rather than stands out as a definite characteristic. Pinball strays from the style a bit, which is sure to please people who are more IPA inclined but disappoint people who love blended tastes. And you can definitely crack more than one. At 5.4 percent alcohol by volume, this is a beer built for easy drinking from day into night.