All notes on beers in the style

American Pale Ale (APA)

Yellowstone Road Block

16 oz can, actually purchased as a single inside of Yellowstone. As such, I assumed this was a novelty product, and I had very low expectations. As it is, it’s a lot better than those low expectations, and is really quite good. Slightly hazed, golden pour with nice, white rocky head with some decent retention. Lace is nice. The haze I can do without, but outside of that, it’s OK Nose and tastes offer a really delicious, light hoppy touch. It definitely has an American feel - a floral, largish,...

Steelhead Extra Pale Ale

12 oz stubbie bottle. Blue label that is different to the picture in the BA db. As a single form Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a tad disappointing as the beer sits somewhat lifeless with a classic macro look - no head, no retention, no lace and a golden body. Color is fine, carbonation is not. Head is particularly disappointing to me. Nose and tastes give a distinct vegetal sweetness and a malty experience that feels musty and old. No date on the bottle that I can see, so who knows?...

Bitter American

OK, let's be clear, at 4.4% this is NOT a session beer. Right, now we've got that out of the way, back to the beer itself. 12 oz can, many thanks go out to Beejay for the chance to try this one. Pour is a deep gold color with a pretty spectacular head (if somewhat light), but the lace is very good. Nice retention. The carbonation seems a touch on the high side. VERY strong hoppy aroma which is frankly a bit surprising. The hops threaten a bit at the start of the beer but never really amount to...

Headwaters Pale Ale

12 oz single from Ale Yeah, Decatur, Atlanta, GA, USA. Relatively new entrant to the Atlanta market. Th e pour gives a clear, copper colored body with a one finger head. Head is unfortunately poorly retained and there is virtually no lace. Color is pretty though. I'm very surprised at the hoppy nature of the nose. It's quite striking under any circumstances, and considering the style that is even more amazing. The tastes also give up some of that hoppy element, but it's not quite as strong as...

Old Slugger

12 oz single, thanks go out to Rob for the chance to try this. This is a beer with some presence. I like it a lot. The pour looks substantial with a heavy, copper colored body and some really nice, thick white head. Nose and tastes deliver some substantial, malts that are nicely complimented with a decent splash of bitterness. The hop profile is noticeable and definitely brings a presence that is unusual for the style, AND gives more punch than a beer with this kind of ABV would be expected to...

Hopalicious

Many thanks go out to Kevin for the opportunity to sample this beer. 12 oz single. At first glance, from the general appearance and more obviously from the name, it seemed to me as though this was going to be some huge, American DIPA that would be a real plate abuser. On closer inspection it reveals that the beer is not supposed to be that at all, and it's just a swell since it did not appear especially hoppy at all. In fact, the name was somewhat ironic in both the respect that it was not...

Syracuse Pale Ale

12 oz single. I've always liked Middle Ages but they pulled out of GA a long time ago (at least I don't see their beer any longer in these parts), this bottle came from my brother-in-law in upstate NY - cheers Rob. Slightly hazed, orange gold body with a soapy looking, one finger head. Head is light and frothy in appearance. Lace is minimal. Carbonation seems a little low. Tastes are fairly straightforward grains with a hint of bitterness in the back end. Light soapy tastes compliment the...

Porpoise Point Pale Ale

Decent looking pour with a golden body sitting underneath a small, white cap of foam. Despite the small head, the carbonation seems quite aggressive and vigorous and a little prickly. Not much aroma, even after it warms. This beer clearly doesn't have a lot of volatiles present. Semi-sweet grains with perhaps a touch of zesty fruit, but in no way is this beer either bitter or particularly tasty. Lacks much depth, but at least it is non-offensive. I found it refreshing and drinkable, but the...

Stone Tepee Pale Ale

12 oz bottle, usual stubbie presentation from Tyranena, thanks go out to Kevin for a chance to crack this one. Honey orange color on the pour with a pleasing white head. The beer is capped with a frothy layer of thick bubbles and the head provides some nice, inviting lace. Nose seems very weak and has me worried. It seems as though this beer has potential to be extremely light on flavor if the nose ids anything to go by. I need not have worried. The tastes provide a really quite aggressive,...

Maple Oat Ale

12 oz single from Hop City a few weeks ago. Pour is a hazy, honey colored amber with a fluffy white head and some persistent lace. Aroma is pretty sweet with plenty of maple syrup notes, some more honey and brown sugar. All of these aroma characters come together in the taste to produce a real, sugar sweet, malt bomb. Finish offers a little hop bite, but it's generally lost amongst the sweetness. Aftertaste lingers a little. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and reflects the sugar nature of the beer....

Anchor Humming Ale

Usual Anchor presentation. Bottle says 5.9% alcohol. Dot-matrixed freshness says OLU. Always interested by a new Anchor brew, so here we go. Bottle produces a beer that looks a little macro in its appearance except for a much better head that is solid and is retained well. Neutral nose and some simple, balanced malt and hops make up this easily drinkable and simple brew. In true Anchor style, this beer sits in the well-made category without setting the world on fire. A light fruit note is...

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour here offers a good, high head (deep and rich with a nice off-white color) that lingers. The color however, is a different matter - a turbid, murky, dirty brown that I don't care for. The color undoes the good work of the head IMO. This is a VERY strange beer to me. Firstly it does not look (or feel) like an APA at all. It seems to dark to me, and the tastes are odd. This beer just seems overdone. At first the beer seems too malty. Then, in the...

Phoenix Pale Ale

12 oz can from a recent trip to NY. Purchased at Finger lakes Beverage in Ithaca, NY, USA. Nice pour with a good, solid copper colored body. Head is decent and leaves some pleasing, broken lace. Carbonation is mild but in proportion. Nose offers good malts but also a lightly assertive bitterness - it has strength, but in no way do the hops overwhelm the beer or make it feel bitter. Tastes offer a similar balance to the nose, and the beer works nicely. It's definitely "American" in the manner...

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

12 oz can - $2.10 from Ned's in Lynchburg, VA, USA. Attractive simplicity to the can design with a slightly retro feel. I like it. Nice pour, with a golden body and a fluffy, light, non-dense head. An interesting beer to me since the upfront tastes seems to suggest some English influence (with some biscuit-like malts and some sweetness), but finishes with a decent amount of aggressive bitterness. Somewhat contradictory. Some decent oily bitterness in the finish that manifest itself in an...

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. Very simple, but well constructed brew. Orange, slightly chill-hazed body underneath the firm, white egg-shell head; average lace and retention. Looks solid. Very light citrus aroma with a decent malt base that comes through with some English style biscuit flavors in he flavor. Tangy, orange based hop finish, but nothing of any real consequence. Mouthefeel and drinkability seem fairly standard. Tasty and simple fare that one could drink a couple of and...

Restoration Pale Ale

Restoration. 12 oz bottle, Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Macro color but carbonation is strong. Head and lace decent too. Surprinsingly impressive pour especially in the bottle. Light hops in the nose with some simple malt/grain. After that all balanced malts. Smooth & simple. Some low level bittering and dryness. Mouthfeel is quite good and better than the look would suggest. Pale malts dominate in terms of tastes with a light sprinkling of hops on top. Tasty if somewhat unspectacular....

Peak Organic Pale Ale

12 oz single. Fairly non-descript in the final analysis. Nice orange colored pour with some excellent head, lace and retention. Head is a noticeable white with high pillowing and quite fluffy. A touch of hazy in the body. Nose and tastes are muted in terms of hops which pretty much matches the style, but the malt profile seems a little on the low side to me. A grassy, hay-like linger taste finishes the beer. Very non-offensive which may be a euphemism for "bland", but to be honest that would...

Traveler’s Pale Ale

Straight-up simple version of the style with a hop bill that is obvious but at the same time reserved. Good malt balance, refreshing and drinkable. Light orange body with minimal lace, the beer drinks easier than most of the style. Tasty and worth a visit. Probably a beer that could easily be put into a simple, everyday rotation. Less aggressive than some of the same ilk.

Drifter Pale Ale

12 oz single, either from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA or perhaps Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA - the latter is more likely. Pour has a nice, bright copper clarity and the head is initially quite good. The retention and lace of course, are disappointing. The head has an off-white hue. The body is a bit darker than I would expect for the stated style in fact quite a bit darker. Nose and tastes are simple, light, malty, sweet caramel notes with a nice simple balance. This is more like a...

Porkslap Pale Ale

Delighted to find this 12 oz can at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA as a single. Took this to the beach with me. The pour reveals an orangeish body with some serious lace and decent retention. Sticky. I didn't really get much nose from the beer other than a malt based sweetness. Simple. Carbonation is not high, but melds well with the taste to produce a smoouth mouthfeel. Easy going. The beer is actually rather sweet all around. Very malty and drinkable. There's something else in the beer which...

St-Ambroise Pale Ale

$2.75 from Green's on Buford as a single in the 11.5 oz bottle. Darkish golden pour with some decent, pure white head and lace. Some decent complexity in the taste with an odd combo of a refreshing lager like characteristics, but also a strangely sharp, bitter grapefruit ending and aftertaste. The sharp, tart grapefruit notes caught me by surprise as I was not expecting them. They were tasty and enjoyable but just not what I had in mind. A few earthy notes which unfortunately lend a bit of a...

Pisgah American Style Pale Ale

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery. Into the Terrapin snifter it goes. Pour is a turbid, browm murky one with a very large, rocky head. Retention and lace are both good. Very organic feel about this beer with elements of grassy hay, green hops and freshly mown fields. In that respect the color is darker than I was expecting. Hops to the front as is the way with the American version of the style. Crisp, easy drinking and refreshing, I found the beer a touch dry but in the grand scheme of...

Old School Pale Ale

22 oz bomber purchased from Riverside Beverage, Chattanooga, TN, USA. Possibly $3.99. Pale orange pour with frothy, bubbly head. Nose is a very mild hoppy note with a sweetish grassy note in the background. Essentially this gets carried through to the tastes. This is a VERY mild easy drinking, simple well balanced beer. The hoppy bitterness is one that is basically tiny, but it builds as the drink is consumed. It's obviously cumulative. Very close to a sessionable, highly drinkable version of...

Patriot Pale

12oz single from Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA. A somewhat cloudy, light copper pour with some really nice lace and some significant head. Looks nice. I'd like a little more clarity but it's not the end of the world. A little floral hop note in the nose. This beer seems to drink a little muddled to me. The hop profile is there but to me it seems a bit jumbled. Citrus notes yes, but at the same time I get competing soapy hop notes and some slick malts. The combination is a little powdery and...

Full Sail Pale Ale

12 oz single with a different (updated?) label, $1.35 from Green's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Simple pour, with a pale golden pour, low carbonation and only a small amount of head and lace. Floral, sweet light nose without much hint of hops. Identical touch in the taste with a slightly strange aftertaste of sweet biscuit malts and light fruit. Just as I expected, a very light, easy drinking, uncomplicated beer that Full Sail is pretty good at producing. Nothing spectacular but pretty solid. Take the...

Pine Belt Pale Ale

473 mL can as pictured in the BA db. Thanks to stopbarking for the chance to try this one. Clouded amber pour with an excellent head, retention and lace are good too. It looks pretty darn good. Nose and tastes remind me of a MUCH higher ABV, higher hopped DIPA. It has that cloying DIPA sweetness and a strong cloying hop based aftertaste. A bit "West Coast" in terms of the taste. Very odd beer that drinks in a completely different manner than I was expecting. Alcohol seems stronger than the...

XP Pale Ale

22 oz bomber. Thanks go out to... Pretty much exactly what I expected which is a very good thing. The pour is excellent with a lovely orange amber body, a high head and some serious head retention and creamy, broken, dripping lace. Carbonation is just about perfect. Rather than entering into a long description about the beer it's probably best to describe it in terms of styles. The American Pale Ale style has the potential to be bland, but this is hopped up enough to break that stranglehold of...

Angler’s Pale Ale

Interesting one this. This had been kicking around a couple of stores in Atlanta for a while, and it had been in a couple of bars for a while but I had passed it up for a long time. However, I pop into the Midway in East Atlanta for a quick beer and there it is in the cooler. I thought it may have been hanging around for a while, but when I checked the bottle it had a 06/2008 bottled on date - well within acceptable times. Grabbed one. Darker than expected pour from the 12oz bottle into the...

Helios Pale Ale

Final beer from Upland that Penney brought back from Bloomington, IN, USA for me. Thanks! 12 oz bottle. Orange body on the pour into the tulip glass produces a thin looking body that lacks presence. Good clarity, but lace and head are both very scant. Poorly balanced pale ale for me that lacks depth. Almost watery. Acidic overtones that lead to mild heartburn on the way down and obviously reducing the drinkability quite alarmingly. Malts seem absent. Some acidic like hops, but as for...

Founders Pale Ale

12 oz stubbie bottle - thanks to Penney from a recent trip to Bloomington, IN, USA. Very large and high head in the Duvel tulip. Bone white on top of the cloudy, orange honey colored body. Attractive and holds up well. It's "Dry Hopped", and "dry" & "hopped" are certainly apt descriptors of this beer. The beer has a mild bitterness but it is a very tannin like taste. Dry tea like finish is especialy strong. Decent creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Aftertaste repeats the dry, puckering effect...

Alpha King Pale Ale

12 oz bottle from Bloomington, IN by way of Penney - many thanks! Nice clarity in the dark orange body that has a good head initially and a decent head. However, the head fades quite quickly and leaves very little lace. OK, it's called Alpha King for a reason, and there is not much subtlety in the nose or the tastes in this beer. Because of the enormous hop presence, this beer does drink MUCH more like an IPA than a "Pale Ale". Outside of the hop presence there is very little else EXCEPT the...

Hurricane Reef Pale Ale

12 oz single from Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. Wasn't expecting too much from this, but I was glad to give it a whirl. Ultimately it did a little better than I thought it would. Good clarity, a nice carbonation and a prety intense orange color meet the eye from the pour. Also it has a decent head, and some better than average lace. Looks nice. Nose has plenty of sweetness and not a great deal else. Light malts. Tastes are very easy on the taste buds. It has a SLIGHT diacetyl roundness, but a...

Paddlers Organic Pale Ale

Took home a growler of this after trying a few at the brewpub. Pale Orange body with a slight chill haze type appearance. Head is high and gives amazingly good lace. VERY good looking. Nose and tastes are of that of an IPA rather than a Pale Ale. Very pronounced, typical vigorous hops in the nose and the taste. Bitter bite in the finish. Grassy and rustic to the core. Another beer from this brewpub athat feels really light in the mouth. VERY easy drinking, almost "summer quencher" like. Josh...

Spring Run Organic Pale Ale

22oz bomber. Nice pale orange pour with good clarity and appropriate carbonation. Head is high and light, and fades to give a thin layer of lace on the surface of the beer and a little lace on the glass. Nose has a very light touch with the hops - a fresh, grassy note that is repeated down the road in the taste. Not much aftertaste apart from a touch of unsweetened, metallic grapefruit. A touch thin in the mouth, but the upside of that is that the beer drinks very light and refreshing. All in...

All Others Pale

500 mL bottle from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. $7.95 (or maybe $8.95) for the bottle. Pour is a lively one with plenty of bone-white head on top of the mid-orange body. A little sticky lace. A healthy dose of citrus/West coast pine in the nose and I think, "look out, this is going to be just too big!" Luckily the big nose is a little more tempered in the taste, and it seems to drink more like a diluted West Coast hopbomb. As the label suggests, there is a certain "green" feel to the...

Fire Rock Pale Ale

Recently arrived in GA, I must admit that I really wasn't too excited to try this - I thought that it had too much potential just to be "another Pale Ale" taking up shelf space. In the end it was much better than expected. On-tap at the Brockett Pub, Clarkston, GA and subsequently at Taco Mac, Marietta. Nice looking reddish/brown pour, but served waay too cold. When it warmed a little it revealed a solid malt backbone that really was pretty sweet. I really enjoyed the deep malts. I would...

Pale Ale

12oz single from a recent trade from Vancer and the CEO/Old Farts BIF, thanks! Pale orange pour with some head and lace but both fade very quickly. Slightly sweet, with a mild bitterness in the finish, but this is bland in the extreme. Lacks much other taste apart from a simple, metallic bitterness. Could pass as decent homebrew, but not much else.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

12oz bottle as a single in a recent trade - apologies I can't remember who, but thanks. Light amber, solid head and thinnish sticky lace. Slight chill haze and cloudy nature. Simple balance, sweetish malts, easy drinking and well put together. Mild tang (citrus hops) in the finish, but fairly small and light. Soft mouthfeel. Very little to report here other than a well made, simple APA that turns no heads but is still a nice example. Everyday drinking and close to sessionable.

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale

Thanks go out to Vancer as part of Old Farts/CEO BIF. 12 oz single. Pour is a bright orange color, but with plenty of murkiness. Better looking from a distance rather than up close. Nice head with some retention and a good bit of sticky lace. Great hop aroma - very strong and clean. Hope punch is not as big as the nose would suggest. edgy and clean, some soapiness and nice grapefruit/marmalade finish. Refreshing. Nice brew, better than I was expecting, and probably would be even better nearer...

Trademark Pale Ale

$5.00 for the 12oz bottle at Taco Mac, Marietta, GA, USA. New(ish) to GA, coming in the second wave of Breckenridge products. Pour is a hazy, golden orange. Plenty of sticky lace and some medium head. Looks inviting. Citrus is in the nose and the initial taste. Simple brew that has balance and some zest. Lemon notes in there too. Drinkability is decent, a pretty simple and balanced APA. Alcohol is there, so it doesn't seem especially sessionable to me. Good quality product from a good, solid...

Barons Pale Ale

12oz single from Tower, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Golden yellow pour with a standard macro look. head is decent with some sticky lace. Above average persistence. Slightly above average on the appearance front. Fine carbonation is persistent and pleasing. Sweet alcohol nose. Mild hops; semi-sweet malts hold the beer together. Average mouthfeel. Lager attributes rather than "ale like". Refreshing, clean and some taste, but ultimately forgetable in every respect. Nothing offensive, just nothing...

Harpoon Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Beer (100 Barrel Series #20)

Thanks to Brewfan for a chance to try this. 22oz bomber, gold foiled top. Surprised at the simplicity of this beer considering it is part of the 100 series. Not that that it is a bad thing; in fact it's refreshing, but I did not expect such a brew as part of this series of beers. Anyway - pours a light amber color with a decent head and some pretty good lace. Touch of alcohol in the nose, but also some sweet grains - simple. Mouthfeel is a little viscous (slight syrup), again surprising...

Stoudts American Pale Ale

12oz single from Total Wine, Kennesaw, GA, USA. Mid orange pour, small but well retained head with some really nice lace. Carbonation is mild but persistent. Soapy hop tastes are there upfront and they linger. Citrus character of the hop is definitely there. Malts are there to support the package and they come through in a mild, creamy sweet finish. Simple in the style of many APA's but at the same time I would say tastier than many others I have had. This style can often be quite bland, but...

Pale Ale

Picked this up along with the Nogne Brown Ale at Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA for $3.99 for the 1 PT 0.9 fl oz. Relatively new to GA, they also have the Imperial Stout on the shelves. Having tried the Brown Ale yesterday, I was not surprised to find this beer also WAAAY heavy on the hops for the style. EXTREMELY bitter for the style. Mid-orange color with brown highlights, some chill haze, a smallish head and a little lace. Aroma is inviting with a nice English biscuit malt balance and...

Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale

Been drinking this for a while, about time that I got around to reviewing it. Purchased as a single from Jax, Sandy Springs, GA, USA. Very cloudy, dirty orange pour with some nice fluffy lace. Hoppy aroma that doesn't quite come across as strong in the taste. This is a very simple American IPA that whilst unremarkable, is still drinkable. I'm not crazy about the appearance (being so cloudy), but I can get past that. Finishes with a bit of a grapefruit twang, and a small alcohol bite.

Stone Pale Ale

12 oz bottle, thanks to ArrogantB for the trade. Pale orange pour with a nice head, some decent carbonation and some nice, simple lace. This is a very nice beer. The kind of beer that revels in its simplicity and the kind of beer that the top US brewers are making way too few of. Some mild hop presence in the nose but not overpowering. Lovely smooth mouthfeel with a soft, biscuit malt presence that is reminscent of many bottle conditioned English beers that we get in the States. Lovely balance...

Blue Heron Pale Ale

12 oz single from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Hazy, lemon colored pour with (as others have mentioned in their reviews) perhaps a light tinge or hint of green - an odd color indeed. Creamy, piled high head with some pretty nice lacing. Appearance is nice. Aroma - clean hops, quite astrigent. As is typical for an American IPA, this is very hoppy to the point of being soap like. Very pronounced bitterness and drying, lingering aftertaste. A pretty good example of the style, but a little too...

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (bottle)

Hard to believe that I have never reviewed this from the bottle, so here goes. I end up drinking quite a lot of this beer, but it's really only by default. In the majority of bars that one finds oneself in much of the USA, this is often the only palatable option amongst the nasty BMC swill. As a result I feel it has a somewhat better reputation than it deserves in the grand scheme - some people rave on about it like it is some stellar product. I think it is better than average, but that's...

American Pale Ale

12 oz single given to me by BEERchitect - thanks! Not my favourite style, but I am happy to persist! Typically cloudy orange pour with some chill haze. The lacing is a sticky treat, much like a top quality IPA. Not much head though except a small covering of white foam. Plenty of sweetness with a bitter finish, pretty ordinary, but to be honest that's just the way I see (and often find) this style. It's very unoffensive, quite simple and rather ordinary but drinkable and OK. Good quality,...

Wizard’s Hat Brew (Mellow Mushroom)

OK, origins of this are not really very clear, but the best I can come up with is this; ABC have been contract brewing a beer for a group of restaurants in the Atlanta area, noteably the Pie Bar, for some time. The Pie Bar has been marketing this as "Numbers Ale", but to my knowledge ABC has never sold this as such. Anyway, the word is that ABC are attempting to create a beer that they can market to groups of restaurants, namely Pizza joints, BBQ places and Mexican restaurants and each case it...

Hazed & Infused

Decent beer, but the style is somewhat uninspiring to me. 12 oz bottle purchased as a single from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY, USA. Copper colored pour with good head and some lacing. Good balance between a really quite hoppy nose and a more malt based taste. A little too grainy for the style I felt. Not bad all around but the mouthfeel is what lets this down. Rather thin. When that happens it reduces the drinkability and the pleasure. Maybe this was a beer that was hyped beyond what it could...

Tröegs Pale Ale

Thanks to BigLove as part of Blue Max BIF 48. 12 oz bottle poured into a regular 16 oz glass. Pale, golden orange with not much head but some nice sticky lacing. A little chill-haze. Clean and sharp in the taste with some lemony hops. Balanced with really nice sweetness. Mild grapefruit twang in the finish. A little more "west coast" than I was expecting. A very simple, balanced APA. Not usually a favorite style of mine since I think this can be really bland, but this was above average.

Imperial 375 Pale Ale

Light colored body with some excellent lacing. Simple hop profile in the nose with a nice malt balance. I got an amazing blue cheese taste from this beer!! Who'd have thought?? Anyway, drinkable with an interesting aftertaste - not unpleasant but a little odd. This detracts a little from the drinkability, but still an interesting beer and worth a try.

Special Pale Ale (SPA)

12 oz, brown stubbie with screened label of a "surfer dude". Thanks go out to Boolshot for the trade. I suppose that you might want to put this in the "West Coast" APA category since it has a pretty high hop intensity for an APA. Don't get me wrong, this is not an IPA, but at the same time there is a much greater hop presence than I would normally associate with the style. Huge carbonation (a little annoying if I'm honest) sits on top of the cloudy orange body. Once the froth has died down it...

Bombay Pale Ale

Above average offering from this brewpub. Drank more like an IPA than an APA to me, with more bitter hop flavor than I was expecting. Pretty good amber color with a decent head. Not much lacing. Aroma was simple with some balance but not pronounced. The taste followed in the same vein but avoided being too dry and was astringent in just the right amount. Some nut character and the malt came through more than I was expecting to put it into a sort of weird Brown Ale/IPA hybrid category!...

Dale’s Pale Ale

Updated notes 05/28/22 Slightly redesigned can (pictured) from the original from 16 years ago, and most interesting to note that the hoppy nature of this American Pale Ale is now highlighted. It’s always been the case, and Dale’s has always been that beer (see below), but it’s of note that it’s now front and center in the advertising. Still a lovely looking beer, and the depth and drinkability are still features. The hops are significant and sensible, and the malt backbone sufficient to hold...

Highland St. Terese’s Pale Ale

Pale orange with some chill haze. Some small bubbles of carbonation keep rising to produce some half decent film and some patchy, but nice lacing. Sweet malts dominate initially, but this is followed quickly by some fruity bitterness. The fruity hops linger in a longer than usual finish and aftertaste. Some metallic aftertastes that were not unpleasant. A crisp, bright, clean feel about the beer. Nice for a pedestrian style, but it is drinkable and a nice, if simple example.

Pride & Joy Mild Ale

I'm very, very confused. All my experience of drinking English Milds has revolved around beers that look like Porters - dark, smooth, fairly thin but malty. This beer looks and drinks like a cross between an APA and a IPA. It's OK, but I can't imagine why this is classified as an English mild, it doesn't match ANY of my expectations for the style at all. *(Subsequently changed in the BA database to an APA - I was RIGHT!) To summarize this beer, simply think of a weak IPA. Copper color, low...

Palmetto Pale Ale

Extremely basic APA with all the typical characteristics of a low to medium quality, staple beer. Served too cold, generating no head, no lacing and virtually no aroma and no taste. Under different circumstances (i.e. some care and consideration) perhaps this would be a better experience, but nowhere have I enjoyed a pint drawn in a different manner. Pale orange appearance with some chill haze and no nose to speak of. Dryish mouthfeel that goes through to the finish with an absence of malt or...

Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Very light orange color with a nice bubbly (soapy like) head with some lacing. Clarity is big and its definitely a good looker. The light and clear appearance certainly adds to the feel of "freshness". Lovely grass-like, hay hop profile runs through the smell and the taste. Light citrus with bitterness along the backside and malt backbone holds the whole package together. Amazingly light and refreshing drink. To be honest this is probably as far as a Pale Ale can go before becoming an IPA....

Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

Golden orange pour, slightly hazy, very attractive color. Head is scant with some hanging around the extreme edges to give a little ring and some very minor lacing. Aroma is difficult to pick up, maybe a little wheat or cereal in there? Taste is very mild, bitter hops, with a short finish. Quite "lager like" in its refreshing qualities and its drinkability. Bitterness increases slightly through the beer, but is really rather reserved. Not much to report here at all. This is an unoffensive...

Max Pale

As others have noted, the aroma was better than the taste, not that the taste wasn't good, it just didn't quite come up to the expectation that the smell suggested. Very solid appearance, burned orange color with a really good sized, well retained head and some lacing. Definite citrus aroma and initial bitterness, but this fades to give a less aggressive character later in the pint. Hop bitterness is light, which makes the beer a little less satisfying than it initially promises from the IPA,...

Mt. Shasta Ale

Golden, almost yellow color, this looks much more like a macro swill lager than I was expecting for the style. Lack of orange highlights is a little concerning for a PA or IPA. Strange head situation too! Very little head to speak of, but some good lacing. Odd combination. The beer promises much in the initial tastes and aromas, with plenty of bitter hops coming through in first few sips, but then it seems to fade very, very fast. The taste seems to evaporate in the mouth immediately to leave...

Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Very nice APA with good flavorful character and aroma's, and a refreshing edge to it. Nice looking, deep orange pour with significant head and lacing. A lot of chill haze. Hoppy bitterness is upfront in the nose and the taste and lingers sufficiently to give satisfaction. Bitterness is complimented well with the sweetness of the malt, and makes for a well rounded, great stand-by beer. The kind of thing you could quite happily have lots of in the fridge. Very drinkable and solid example of the...

Philadelphia Pale Ale

=== Updated Review 05/10 === 12 oz bottle from PittBeerGirl as part of 2010 Secret Bunny. Much the same to report in terms of taste, BUT the beer seems a LOT lighter (yellow) color than I recall (and that my notes would suggest) from five years ago. Interesting. === Original Review 06/05 === Deep orange pour with an impressive looking head and plenty of lacing. Orange color is reminiscent of a rich IPA, but this drinks much lighter and more refreshing. Attractive looking pint. Aromas are of...

New River Pale Ale

Very nice pour with a crystal clear, golden appearance and an impressively large, billowing white head. Aroma is immensely hoppy, but the beer drinks much less hopped than the smell would suggest. Clean on the palate, with some citrus notes, but not overwhelming. The aroma says IPA, the taste just Pale Ale. Very clean and refreshing, a very good intro/cross over beer with potential to be a great stand-by for the fridge.

Bert Grants Lazy Days Pale Ale

100% unmemorable beer. Average scores most of the way across the board. Light orange pour with a fast receeding head despite an aggressive pour. Some malts and biscuit in the nose, and a very mild, sweet taste initially. A little hop bitterness in the finish, but not much to speak of. Possible cross-over beer - not because it is particulalry good, but it would serve two purposes. It might open up the macro crowd's eyes to the possibility of investigating some micro's, and secondly it is very...

Backfin Pale Ale

Good looking deep yellow pour with a decent head a little sticky lacing. To me, this drinks much more like a european lager than a APA, as it has the ability to be fairly non-descript and refreshing at the same time. Very clean and sharp all the way around. I enjoyed it. As others have noted, a very smooth buttery mouthfeel and this is what adds to its drinkability. For some reason, I suspect that this beer is much better on draft than it is from the bottle so I may have seen the best side of...

Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale

Incredibly orange, cloudy pour with a substantial billowing, white head that left some pleasing lacing. Hoppy aroma that isn't very well replicated in the taste. Typically American Pale Ale in both appearance and taste, this beer is no more or less than a solid example of the style. Dryish finish compliments the slightly spikey carbonation that hits the tongue at first. Pretty drinkable and I'd be happy to offer this up to non-BA's as an example of where they could gain entry to the better...

Dundee Pale Ale

Well, well, well - what a nice experience and a pleasant surprise. I was expecting little, but enjoyed this one very much. I was expecting a poor quality, nasty macro type, but got a pretty sophisticated brew, againast all expectations. A nice amber pour with a decent head and some lacing. The overall experience here is a mildly hoppy, clean and overwhelmingly dry experience. Very clean with no nasty stuff. This is NOT a great Pale Ale, but it is a very servicible day to day beer. Dry was...

Big Hoppy Monster

This was the new, specially brewed 8% brew that Spike was kind enough to give me a preview of before it's appearance in September 2004, not the previously reviewed smaller beer. This brew reminds me of a typical English bitter, it has the classic red/brown clarity, an upfront hoppy strong character and a solid, well formed and well retained head that is a delight. The only difference was the amazing Grapefruit aroma that was incredibly strong. In fact it was so strong it was on the verge of...

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

$2.00 bottle, Buffalo Wings Bar & Grill, Douglasville, GA, USA. Pours brown with a very nice head, good lacing and some first class retention. A simple American Pale Ale. By that I mean a brew that stands out from the micro crowd by a mile, but is lost amongst hundreds of other similar examples. Very drinkable, very nice, but little to report overall. Some good up front, lasting hops, enjoyable, but nothing to write home about.

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale

$2.75 on draught, Mellow Mushroom, Douglasville, GA, USA. I had heard an awful lot about this brew, most of it very good so I had high expectations. As is often the case, the hype was somewhat misplaced. Nice looking pint, with a real golden color, decent head, with good retention and some lacing. This beer was much lighter than I was expecting. I found the aroma, taste and mouthfeel reallly, really light - quite refreshing, but somewhat lacking in complexity and depth. Now, don't get me...

Red Brick Pale Ale

$6.99, Six-pack, Publix supermarket, Villa Rica, GA, USA. Very attractive, pale orange, clear pour with a nice head with some good retention and a little lacing. Blast of floral hops up front, that softens but lingers, giving a surprisingly bitter finish. It certainly wasn't very bitter, but much more than I was expecting. Malts here are subdued. Enjoyable, and quite meaty brew for such a light color and the style. Good value and well worth investigating when in Atlanta.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Drank this at Houlihan's at Atlanta Airport for this review (as well as hundreds of other times too) and as a result was overcharged - but hey, they had about 20 bottled beers and this was the only one of any quality that wasn't a macro. Great looking pour (had to ask for a glass) with a nice frothy head that lasted the entire drink. I seldom review beers twice but in the bottle this always seems more bitter to me, might be just my imagination but there appears to be a much harsher edge that I...

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)

Part of a mixed six pack (2 Hefe, 2 Cream Stout, 2 Boston Ale) from Sam Adams @ 7.49, Publix Supermarkets, Villa Rica, GA, USA. Really very nice. I was expecting little, but got much more. A very attractive light amber/orange pour with a white rocky head. Some good lacing. The carbonation is lively. Extremely refreshing with an excellent balance of hops and malt. The hops are exactly as I like them, under-stated but evident. This is a clean drink, as refreshing as a light "lawnmower" adjunct...

Anchor Liberty Ale

I'm sure this is a quality beer to many, but it's simply not "my cup of tea". If you like aromatic hops, then go right ahead, you won't be disappointed, but if your senses are offended by overpowering flavors then this will not work for you. The pour is an attractive, hazy orange, but the smell dominates all other senses. If you are not a hop head this instantly ends the experience for you. I wouldn't be surpised to see lots of very high scores and several low scores for this beer, split into...

Shelter Pale Ale

Given what I had heard about Dogfish in general, I have to say that this was a let down. A very thin experience with very little out of the ordinary to recommend it. The pour, appearance and aroma were all disappointing to me, I was expecting a far more exciting "look" to the beer. Yellow, cloudy color with a fast disappearing head, it was flat and seemed to have the hop character slightly out of balance. It also seemed a little too sweet and sticky.

Steamboat Pale Ale

$3.25 small glass (16oz?), Big River Brewing, Chattanooga, TN, USA. Lovely golden color with a surpisingly decent head that hangs around. Definite aroma (and taste of) of apple undertones. Dryish aftertaste brought some bitterness but very well balanced malt, yeast and hops. A distinctively large mouthfeel too. Very refreshing on a very hot day in Chattanooga.

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

$2.75, 16oz serving, Buffalo Wild Wings Cafe, Douglasville, GA, USA. This is Sweetwater's flagship offering and it is simply put, steady and reliable. Very nice offering, a drinkable beer that strikes a very good balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. The pour from draught is attractive with an orangey cloudy hue to the beer and a thin head that disappears fairly quickly. I detected very little aroma, but I often think that this is due to tthe excessive chilling that so much beer...

Harpoon Ale

A sweet, malty taste is the pervading experience with this brew. Some decent carbonation but little or no head, with unsurprisingly little or no lacing. Enjoyable, but you would need to enjoy the maltier side of things to really appreciate this beer. Pours an amber color to reveal some cloudiness.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (on-tap)

Significantly better on draught than in the bottle. Hoppy, malty and tasty, this is a very nice, an often available oasis of a drink, in an frequently hopeless desert of North American macro's. A very good example of the style that I enjoy reverting back to as a steady staple of (unspectacular) quality and consistency. Always a decent body and color with a good head, nice bitterness and a well rounded ending. This is a satisfying beer as a commonly available and decent staple and I will...

Dogwood Pale Ale

Well, I really, really enjoyed this. It surprised me. A cloudy orange/copper appearance with a good head that faded quickly. Just the right amount of carbonation for me (very little). Very clean bitterness with almost no chemical aftertaste like so many American beers. All in all very enjoyable - a nice drink. Would reccomend it to bitter drinkers and real beer lovers as a decent, substitute for the real stuff. The fact that it looks like real beer as opposed to urine helps, and has flavor and...