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Pedal Pale Ale - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergeek279 on 08-24-2005

A single-hopped, single-batch, summer quencher brewed exclusively for BIKEFEST!, Bike Pittsburgh’s week-plus celebration of all things bicycling. Keep an eye on www.Bike-Pgh.org for more info about the summer “brewery ride” and more about FreeRide! – the guys who made those cool tap handles out of salvaged bike parts. Available in July and August, or as long as it lasts (maybe a little earlier and later next year?)
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Reviews by wampahoofus:
Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighly cloudy light amber with plenty of foamy white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.

The beer is very aromatic with lots of grapefruity and piney hops.

The taste has plenty of grapefruity hops with a bit of sweet malt coming through in the backgroud.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable beer. It seems to be a rather by the book American Pale Ale and will compare nicely with more highly rated ones.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears golden amber white hazed hue with a creamy off white head actually billowing following the hand pump action coming off the cask. Aroma here is grassy/citrus hops with low malted sweetness coming through touch of caramel and biscuit breadiness. Flavor is really smooth citrus and grassy hop flavor dominates matched with the toasty malt and a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is fluffy with hop resins in tact on the palate low even carbonation natural smoothness from the serving style. Drinkability glides down the gullet could easily empty a few pints of this fine Pittsburgh creation, thanks Scott.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tallfellapgh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler fill today from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with over an inch of frothy cream colored foam, the beer is dark gold in color, crystal clear. leaves behind a thin layer of lacing.

S - very nice bouquet of floral hops, balanced by some crackery and lightly sweet caramel malts.

T - assertively bitter again with a very up front floral hop profile joined by some mild grassyness and light citrus (mostly grapefruit). balanced moderately by some light grains but the hops are in control here. very good.

M - light bodied with subtle dancing carbonation. very slick and oily, coats the mouth and throat.

D - this is great, cant believe i havent sat down and critiqued this before. wonderful hop profile yet balanced and light where it needs to be. a real treat and possibly the new benchmark for APA's as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Boulevard in Johnstown, PA. Color is a dark orange with a fairly small head. Decent subsequent lacing as the pint poured into my gullet. Nice hop bite that is more rounded than sharp. Malt profile is pronounced but is balanced out. Still, a little on the sweet side for an APA. Very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz brewery filled growler into an oversized mug.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white colored foamy head. This sticks around with a smooth layer of creamy froth that leaves some nice looking patchy lacing behind. The aroma is floral and grassy and VERY tangy in the nose with a mix of bright smelling fruit, citrus peel, gritty earth, pine, and bready grains. Hops definitely drive the flavor forward here but this is overall pretty sweet and tangy in nose.

The taste has a nice gritty bitterness to it, with earthy textures, bitter citrus peel, and spice giving this some pop. Pine is present but takes more of a backseat to some of the sharper aspects of the hops. Soft fruit and the sweet biscuit character of the pale malts help balance out the back but the bitterness of the hops is pretty darn aggressiveness here, ending this with a satisfying deep dry spicy finish that gets you ready for the next sip. Things do smooth and balance out nicely as this hits room temp, helping take some of the edges off of the hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and crisp feel on the tongue. A touch of slickness from the hops lends this some underlying oiliness that gives this some extra ease in the mouth.

Wow, quite the little aggressive APA here, which was packed with a rich but well balanced hop profile and a super easy and thirst-quenching drinkibility. This is no-brainer summer quaff if I've ever tasted one. Great stuff, as always, from East End.

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Photo of nunzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Kolsch
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Brewery.

Was really anticipating this as I have never had it before.

This is about as fresh as it can get direct from the brewery. Not quite sure how to describe this. Smell and Appearance were average, nothing out of the ordinary. Website states this as Crisp and Hoppy. Taste was more of straight forward effervescent ale with very little hop character and a metallic dry finish. It is definitely crisp but is lacking in any kind of hop back bone.

I wanted to like this but was disappointed overall. I sampled twice just to be sure. Maybe I was expecting something else? Scott is a fine brewer, but misses the mark on this one.

EDIT: 6.2.09: Recently tried this years (09)version again at the urging of Scott. This years version is very tasty and is what I was expecting initially when I first tasted this. Gone is the harsh metallic taste and replaced with the Hops that I was expecting from a Pale Ale. I liked it so much, I got a Sixtel for my home system.

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Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a yeasty ring left around the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head fades into a mild cap and collar. Splattered blotches of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is earthy, yeasty, florally, with notes of bitter grass, bubble gum, citrus, along with pineapple.
Taste is yeasty, bitter, juicyfruit gum, with orange peel.
Moutfheel is yeasty, medium bodied, with orange & citrus lingering. Mostly balanced with a somewhat bitter ending.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Growler of this from my gf for my birthday.

4.5 A: Slightly hazed golden yellow color. One and a half fingers of off-white dense frothy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Bright floral and spicy hops. Graham cracker maltiness with plenty of the dank grassy house flavor which works really well in this beer.

4.0 T: Herbal and grassy hop flavor. Fairly assertive bitterness. A touch of indistinguishable general citrus. Cracker and biscuity malts with a bit of crystal in there too. Overall solid.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid APA that you aren't mad about coming in growler form. No problems and good taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - When it poured a hazy amber I assumed it was another beer but this is the most non pale I ever seen! Nice half inch of foamy head.

S - Smells of mostly malts of bread but I can smell a nice floral hop base.

T - Wow I thought it was my last beer but this beer has hop bite! Not as much as I wanted but still enjoyable almost in terms of "Dales Pale Ale" only less ABV. Wow tasty.

M - light to medium pint went pretty quick.

Overall I can't wait to taste this again. I was a big fan of the hop beer and to see this still very hoppy with less ABV is pretty sweet. Would drink again.

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3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow, with a small white head that receded quite a bit, leaving some lacing on the way. Aroma is quite hop dominant, smelling almost like a fresh hop bag squeezin' right from the wort kettle, with a bready malt base. Nice citrus and pine hops in the taste, well-balanced with sweet bready malts. Nothing new or mind-blowing here, just a solid pale ale, pretty typical of the style. Light-medium body, and great drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of HollyHops
2/5  rDev -49.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Pedal Pale Ale from East End Brewing Company
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