Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-24-2006

Exported only to USA. Eisenbahn's South American Pale Ale is well-balanced, with sweet wholesome malt, and earthy complexity, and a uniquely spicy aroma that results from a special, and secret, blend of Old and New World hops.
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Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that fizzes away with out much stickage

Smell: Bubblegum, banana, powdered sugar and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the sweet bubblegum and banana flavors arriving quickly; by mid-palate, there is a bitter undercurrent that is rather herbal and medicinal; after the swallow, the sweet flavors return but are stymied by the medicinal aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is batch 38, and may be a little bit old, which could account for the medicinal flavors; if the sweetness and a more effective counterpoint, this would be a much better beer (669 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.04/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This makes a few of the beers that I've had from this brewery and they all have the same malt profile and same problems. The beer opens with a diry, earthy nose with some moderate, pungent pine, grassy, tree-bark scent. Malts give off a lightly scorched, noticible vegital qulity that is off-putting. Looks nice enough- a medium copper / amber hue with firm head formation and retention and some lacing. Flavors however pick up where the nose left off. The beer has a malt-dominant front with strong scorched / cabbage and corn flavors that prove distracting. The hops have a light metalic taste along with earthy, pungent, leaf-y flavors that do struggle to balance the beer. The body is firm, and thinning towards the end. Overall, this is not a good beer and I'll likely not try again- a rarity for me. (805 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, shimmering gold with a splash of orange juice. Backlighting reveals a sparse cloud of fine particles in suspended animation. The pale ecru cap is a looker. It displays an impressive amount of character as it melts, and is sticky enough to grace the pint glass with more than a token amount of lace.

For some reason, I thought S.A.P.A. was a Belgian pale ale rather than an English pale ale prior to popping the top. Given the warm cloviness that greets my nose, I might have been right. Almost nothing else contributes to the aroma, however. Certainly not hops.

And the taste buds say... Belgian pale all the way. I've never had an American or an English ale that had this amount of clove and pepper-like spiciness, nor this amount of banana flavor. Come to think of it, this offering tastes as much like a hefe weizen as it does a BPA. There's something else too... a mild phenolic vibe just beneath the surface that should be subtle enough to be dealt with by anyone who likes what else is happening on the palate.

The malt backbone is as sturdy as it needs to be. It provides a golden grain-like flavor with just a touch of sweetness. Spicy-herbal hops make me think of Deutschland. Their bitterness matches the malt sugars step for step, leading to a supremely balanced, nicely drinkable pale ale.

Although the mouthfeel isn't a standout, it gets the job done. It's closer to light than to medium and is on the active (read: slightly prickly) side in terms of carbonation. A hint of expansive creaminess would have easily earned it the next highest score.

I like Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda beer. Escura (Dunkel) was pretty good, while Durada (Kolsch), Defumada (Rauchbier) and this offering are the cat's pajamas. I'm sure the U.S. only receives a miniscule fraction of all South America beer, but I can't believe there are many breweries that are more consistently excellent than this one. (1,905 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally tasted at an Eisenbahn beer tasting, and this one made enough of an impression that I brought a few home.

Pours a high-clarity amber yellow, with slow ascending carbonation. Not much lacing, but an even finger of sudsy foam remains for the entire glass.

Smell is bubblegum, pale malt, fairly light and airy.

Tastes dry with a residual mild hop bitterness on the palate. Upfront it's malty, "wet" mouthfeel, with mild bubblegum/spice, but that element seems very toned down. Carbonation is sort of lively but doesn't overpower.

It's a session ale to be sure, pair it with grilled meats in the summertime... (633 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a BIF, and to be honest had never even heard of it before. I was looking through the fridge for a good first timer tonight and stumbled upon this one...

A - Poured a very clear light amber, no real head nor was there any real lace to it. Some, but not much visible carbonation

S - Very malty, lots of grain and a touch of yeast, Almost a light belgianesque aroma, light fruit, peach perhaps, very intresting to say the least

T - Now this was odd, first sip started off as your normal run of the mill, grain fueled English ale, however as it kept going it started to morph into more of a Belgian Pale. Lots of fruit flavors, albeit light and not all that impressive were there. Very nice, but too muted to really get hight marks. Seems as if the intent was there.

M - A bit slick and syrupy for me. Not enough carboantion and this maybe hurting the flavor as well, nothing to give it that pop.

D - not bad, I wouldnt go out and purchase alot of it, however there is really nothing wrong with it.

Overall a rather intresting, though forgettable ale. It had the intent and wanted to go somewhere different, just never really made it there. Maybe next time (1,186 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of caramel. Almost as if it had adjuncts or corn.

T - Taste was a little thin. Some caramel and grasses. A little yeast.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This really tasted pilsener-esque. It wasn't awful, but it didn't taste like a pale ale. (394 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I would say to me this fits the bill more of a Belgian style pale than an English...just my opinion.Poured a light to medium dull golden with thinner but well retained white head,Belgian yeasty phenolic aromas jumped out at me up front with a bit of tropical fruitiness and honey with a light herb smack.Flavors start out a bit yeasty with some clove-like spiciness a overripe melon quality comes thru with a decent smack of herbal hop in the finish.Solid and a nice different take than most brewers pale portfolio this is for sure a Belgian styled ale. (563 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Batch No. 20)

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Surprising aroma of pale malts, bubblegum and banana esters, and coriander.

Taste: Faint pale maltiness with a subdued sweetness. Tastes like they added a splash or two of herbal tea. Notes of coriander, bubblegum, and banana throughout. A displeasing solventy taste creeps in the finish. Mineral water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good gracious, me. This is just one of those beers that I didn't care for one bit. (559 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
1.83/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served in a tumbler.

The label on this thing is stamped Batch 20. Whatever that means. It pours a clear topaz topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight flaky biscuit, with a touch of caramel, honey, light grass, and mild flowers. Something peanut-brittle-y comes to mind. The taste doesn't do anybody any favors, either: Buttery caramel, buttery biscuits, something akin to buttery popcorn (did I mention I got a tad bit of butter in this beer?), and a stiff yet understated (yeah, wrap your minds around that one...my tongue did...) backbone of menthol, which bolts through the sea of malt every now and again. Nothing about this is right. The body is a light moderate, with a very light moderate carbonation and a somehow skinnily syrupy feel. Overall, this was an absolute mess of a beer. I almost hope it was old or a bad bottle or something, 'cause the grimace that crossed my face after sipping it lasted for several grueling minutes to follow. Bad times. (994 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

South American Pale Ale? Is this a new style sweeping the continent below?

Pours a clear amber gold. Really interesting nose that makes me feel like it is a cross between an IPA, a hefe, and some Belgian yeast mixed in there for good measure. Flavor is meaty with woody character to it. Firm tones of sap and syrup. This one is all about the trees and earthy qualities. Feel is smooth on liquid and there is a real strong carbonation that attacks the tongue. I am going to say this is very drinkable. The sweet tone is a touch too much, but overall this is a very good craft brew, and from Brazil of all places. Oh the times they are a-changing’. (649 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold in color, crystal clear. Decent head but little lace on the glass

Slightly skunky; light hop. There is an off smell beyond the skunk; I would describe it as

This is a sour beer with a taste that is similar to those with lots of adjuncts. It seems like there is raw wheat in the mix, too. There's a maple syrup flavor. The hop only shows up at the swallow. This beer is relatively thin with an above average carbonation.

Better than a macro, but not in the same league as the micros. (496 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on 01-29-08 under the wrong beer (the brewery's "Pale") - Thanks to jcwattsrugger for pointing out the error.

12 oz. golden yellow with a creamy white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain. Some hay and floral notes in the back.

The taste is of sweet grain with some huskiness. A touch of floral hops. Sweetness turns to a leafy bitterness in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, with some tannic astringency.

This one is muted in aroma and taste, with an overly sweet character. Drinkable to a point, but I didn't find it very pleasant. (586 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pretty interesting scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a nice hop spiciness and minimal yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a damn smooth pale malt flavor. It goes down smooth and creamy with a spicy yeast/hop finish. The hop character is oustanding. The mouthfeel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's balancd and quite sessionable. (557 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/4" head falls apart immediately. Spotty lacing develops. Decent carbonation levels as bubbles rise nicely to the surface.

Smell: sickly sweet malt aroma is unpleasant.

Taste: grainy malt is weak and thin. Little caramel, barely any bitterness, and orange citrus is too sweet. Some metallic flavors arrive late in the taste.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. Smooth at the finish. Definite metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a poor pale ale. Little flavor, off balanced, and is unenjoyable. In my opinion this is the worst choice from this brewery. (634 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, my efforts thus far to enjoy a S. American beer (or any beer south of the Rio Grande) have been fruitless. I haven't tried that many, so here we go...

Nice pour. Light golden and clean. Actually color to it and a nice head. Nothing spectacular, but decent.

This is listed on BA as a BPA, and I see why, or smell why. While not a strong aroma, it's not bad, and full of clove, spice and soft fruit. Some florals.

Soft spice on first sip. A solid, but not overbearing malt backbone comes into play. Biscuit..wet. Floral and clove and/or coriander. No flavor is really all that strong. The lack of a yeasty middle and finish, for me, defies the Belgian-i-ness. Although, it does not have a huge hop profile either. If this were a bit more carbonated it would be quite the summer quencher. Overall, I"m impressed with this one. If I go to Brasil (Olympics/World Cup) I'll look for this one. (895 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Batch #3
A- This beer has a thin snow-white head of big bubbles that fades quickly. The body is crystal clear and a light golden-brown hue. There is a slow carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of green sulfury hops has a light raw grain note to it. Pretty clean smell overall.

T- This beer has a dry bitter hops bite and a dry Munich malt flavor to go with it. The finish is a sweet sulfur note mixed with a dry bitter hops flavor. As the beer warms there are notes of wet malt in the drying room and honey malts.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer has all the qualities of a good Kolsch and that typical flavor which I can’t put into words. This IPA is bare enough to fit into any Brazilian beach, it is clean with little ale qualities. Nice twist on a N.A.P.A. (880 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet malt with a touch of floral hop.

The taste was rather subdued and consisted of lightly sweet malts and an uneventful hop. There was an adjunct flavor despite the label claiming to be all malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style, with some creaminess and little carbonation.

Overall a boring and dull ale. (464 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells pale malt, sweet malt, slight grain, citrus (lemon), and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grain, hint of citrus, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak bodied, overly grainy, but good mouth feel. (438 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says this is batch #20.

Appearance: golden, medium-brown hue with a fair amount of suspended solids and practically no head. Nice color, if not exactly "pale", but otherwise not great.

Smell: mild aroma of malt, grain and noble hops. Minimal effervescence limits the volume of smell to be obtained. Not terrible but not great either.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with plenty of graininess. There's a light tanginess at the end which I might associate with a Belgian pale. Bitterness is low, but balanced. I find myself liking it more than I anticipated, though it is a bit on the grainy side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent creaminess despite a lack of apparent effervescence. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer doesn't appeal to me strongly. The flavor isn't bad, but as a whole package it's underwhelming. (858 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some notes of malts. Taste is of malts and hops, slightly bitter, not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer. (269 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear medium copper hue with sunshine highlights and awesome bubbling. Good look bright white head and foam that clings a bit after each sip. A litle hop spice to this aroma balanced with mild toasted crystal malts. A little bready from the malt and a little piney from the hops. Effervescent palate fro the first sip taht adds more cleansnig quality to the soft spice of the hops. The pine flavor comes more in the middle of the palate whilethe finish a slow dispesing caramel and biscuit. Nice linger that maks you want to take another drink. Overall, a bit watery. You can taste these flavors, but you have to look pretty hard for them. But this is still flavorful and very drinkable. (687 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear ruddy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of nondescript fruits with hints of earthy malts and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy malt flavors up front are joined shortly by fruit sweetness and small amounts of hops that lead to a crisp, slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass but am not terribly excited about another.

Overall this was a decent beer but one that I won't be seeking out anytime soon. (677 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystalline gold color with the head small and white, fades in the blink of an eye, lacing a patchy sheet at best. Sweet malt at the start, with a floral tone also noticed, citrus like in its crispness, one of the better South of The border beers I have smelled in years. Front has a cordial malt sweetness, touch of spicy bitterness, top is moderate in feel. The finish carries the sweetness to the dry aftertaste that also has a touch of hop spiciness, not bad, not bad at all. (496 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20.
Pours golden with a faint copper sheen. Rapid jets of CO2 feed a large and durable off-white head.
The nose is primarily doughy, with a lemony wheat impression. Hopping is distant, and begins peppery, then gains some glimmers of florals and metallics after it sits a while, it also sweetens a tad with a dilute notion of toffee and creamed corn even though it claims to be all malt.
Taste...um...is "wet" a taste? Okay, then, soggy white bread. Then a watered down apple juice (we're talking 80% water, 20% juice). A touch of grain (again, washed out) and caramel appears near the swallow, right before a wet cabbagey DMS creeps up. Hopping is peppery, grassy, and coppery, and ephemeral...if not an non-entity altogether.
It's light bodied, but given feel and texture by a uppity and perky CO2. The tiny gaseous bead almost gives this a nitrogen texture, and is definitely its strong suit.
And here it starts to suggest a Southern Hemisphere Boddingtons. Hardly high praise.
It's aspirations as a Pale Ale seem overly high-minded. This is a blonde ale, and still, it's flawed and boring even then. (1,111 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Batch #38. Information I found on this beer is: 5.1% ABV & 35 IBU.

A: Crystal clear golden ale topped with 1/2-finger of white frothiness. Short-lived head, fades to a trace of gauzy film. Some visible carbonation rising randomly to the top, minimal lace. Superb clarity, but otherwise a fairly mundane pint.

S: Lovely sweet/malty aroma. Excellent spiciness, clove, ripe banana, bubblegum, herbal tea. Using what I assume to be German malts and hops, the result is a fantastic smelling sweet & spicy brew - almost 'Belgian'.

T: Some of the same spicy and fruity flavors meld with a harder dose of hops. Not really that bitter, as the flavors are balanced and complement one another. Tastes of many a yeasty a sweet/zesty Bavarian hefeweizen mixed with a dry/ malty pilsner.

M: Crisp, mostly clean & refreshing. Good carbonation in the mouth, despite a lack of it visually. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

D: Excellent beer that's easy to drink and quite sessionable. By itself or paired with food (grilled meat and veggies), I have a feeling this will be present in our fridge throughout the summer. A really nice beer I'm glad to have found and one I definitely recommend. (1,221 characters)

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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