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Petoskey Pale Ale - Leelanau Brewing Company

Petoskey Pale AlePetoskey Pale Ale

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%

Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdogmrb on 09-07-2008)
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Reviews by jsisko01:
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty expensive beer.. The place I bought it from chargers $20 for a 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with an inch thick, soapy white head that lingers for a couple minutes, It leaves a very thick lacing also, with a thin film across the top of the beer that remains there.

Smell - Very sweet with notes of apples and oak up front. Other fruits start to show after a few more sniffs, along with the sourness all pale ales have.

Taste - VERY sweet and tart. Kind of tastes like granny smith apples with lemon citrus..The bitterness is covered up pretty well from this, plus a slight oak flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is unlike any APA I've ever tried. It's good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:45:32 | More by jsisko01
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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artisinal to its core, the Leelanau brewing adventure leads to the doorstep of Pale Ale- not the Pale Ale of American brewpubs, but the Pale Ales of Belgium. Distinctive with fruit, spice, effervescence and earthiness, this ale has a hidden oaken-soaked story to tell.

Petoskey pours with a billowing and frothy pour that is patient to separate. As it does, a creamy but arid head floats above a rusty copper body beneath. Cottony in its head structure, the lace trickles behind every sip while the hazy beer beneath offers a caldering glow.

Its earthy aromatics perk right up with notions of red grape, apple, nuttiness, and a highly earthy waft of attic wood, cellar must, sea air and fragrant cedar. Spicy notes of pepper, tangy fruit, and gamy mushroom carry across the nasal senses as the first sip looms.

It's early and steely caramel taste seems of light Dubbel ale, but the character of dry malt quickly takes command- its dry grain taste is greeted with a toasted earthiness that harks to the wood usage- cinnamon, sawdust, brine, dried limes and peppercorn frame the middle palate before its taste dives into a finish of piquant zinfindale, straw-like bitterness, and drunken cork.

Dry in its body, the early starchy creaminess is short as the carbonation, acidity and spicy cut right through its sweetness and ushers in a dry and bubbly body that makes the bulk of taste much more appreciated in aftertaste with echoes of dried wood, floral blossoms and earth.

Petoskey is a highly formidable ale that competes on the stage of Matilda, Orval and Maudite, yet it needs a little higher character to garner more traction. It's a bit of a sour-ish beer on training wheels.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 07:07:21 | More by BEERchitect
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

06-27-2013 11:31:07 | More by tom10101
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-24-2013 03:27:46 | More by yourefragile
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-23-2013 13:16:25 | More by Thorpe429
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-08-2013 15:07:14 | More by Caterwaul
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-16-2013 05:05:42 | More by StaEva
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-20-2012 03:27:07 | More by t0rin0
Photo of TheBronze


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-06-2012 16:50:00 | More by TheBronze
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-24-2012 00:37:31 | More by Rempo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-22-2012 00:01:35 | More by claaark13
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from big bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper/gold in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy oak, fruit
Taste-Spicy, faintly sour, fruity, citrussy, tangy. Refreshing and flavorfull on a warm Northern Michigan day by the lake.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 19:41:38 | More by hosehead83
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

08-04-2012 13:51:19 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-25-2012 03:14:43 | More by MarcatGSB
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-08-2012 15:01:17 | More by toyfull1
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at House of 1000 Beers (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/15450) in New Kensington, PA. It was my first time in the store, so I picked up a few guilty pleasures beer -- including three from Leelanau Brewing Company. I had lived in the county and know of the brewers through friends. This was my first time trying their beer.

Appearance. I loved the bottle -- the Petoskey stone on the beach, a "true find" for the lucky beachcomber. The bottle poured smoothly, with a golden to the orange color and a head of beer that was a combination of foam on the water and the color of the white sandy beaches of the shores of Lake Michigan. The head dissolved quickly.

Smell. Belgian, fruits and flowers, the crisp smell was refreshing. Made me wish I was drinking at sunset on the beach rather than on a rainy night in western Pennsylvania.

Taste. Dry, slightly bitter with undertones of citrus (again, making me want the beach). Cool finish ... crisp.

Mouthfeel. A little too bubbly; I do not prefer champange and the first few sips had too many bubbles. The middle of the glass we better.

Overall. A nice, but pricy, bottle of memories for me. I long for my days and look forward to returning to my land in Leelanau County, overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan and the great Sleeping Bear Dunes. When I build my house, I'm picking up a few of these beers to celebrate. Thank you Leelanau Brewing Company -- keep up the great work!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 18:53:36 | More by sbrotschul
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-18-2011 16:43:05 | More by Gtg642
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes had at the famous Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

appearance: golden yellow orange with a finger head that dissipates quickly.

smell: sweet, sour, apples, tart,

taste: sour, tart, apples,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a nice sour pale ale aged in oak barrels. would definitely have again.


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 17:35:56 | More by THECPJ
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice off-white head, beneath it is a straw-honey-amber beer, slightly murky and dirty

Smell: Nice light does of enjoyable bret, along with biscuits and bread and some over-ripe golden fruits. Very enjoyable and slightly earthy with a light citrusy, oaky backdrop. Very enjoyable and complex.

Taste: Again light and enjoyable brett, light lemon, light oak, and biscuity malty bread. Just a slight tartness. Very well done, I like how well they integrated a wild element into a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: full body but light. I am surprised the ABV is so low.

Drinkability: I wish I had more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:26:21 | More by craytonic
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged several months. Pous medium yellow with lits of white frothy head that leave a lacey trail down the glass. When you get past the funky sweaty smell, its a tasty beer. The thick creaminess, with malt, cushion the mouth. A bit of a funky taste, with oak, with a workout on the tastebuds, some enzymes, lemon, and melon.Enjoyable wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:57:39 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to erikkoppin for getting me this beer. Cheers Erik!
Appearance - Pours a surprisingly dark and cloudy tawny color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of tan head is achieved that dissipates rather slowly leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Slight lemon zest, brett, must, barnyard funk, a bit of oak, hops, peppery spices, and at the end some caramel and sweet malt. As the beer warms up I smell some leather (more earthy notes), and some berries shine through. A damn fine smelling beer.

Taste - Damn, did that first sip hit the spot. I get a surprising blast of oakiness right off the bat which is followed quickly by the Brettanomcyes in the beer. There is a definite hop oiliness which adds a uniqueness to this beer seeing as this was brewed, I believe, by Jolly Pumpkin and as we all know, JP does not really have hop forward beers. The combination of the hops and brett is a delightful treat. The more I drink this the more the citrus and berries appear, only to be taken over by the must and earthiness. The beer also has a unique malt, caramel, flavor and characteristic. This is an extremely complex beer - much more complex than I can articulate seeing as I am still relatively new to beers but damn, each sip is unique I swear.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, relatively creamy, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Easily quaffable, though I'm trying to enjoy the subtleties of this beer seeing as I will most likely never be able to try it again. A must try if you come across it and like brett spiked beers that normally aren't. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:48:27 | More by SpdKilz
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, big frothy head. Color is a cloudy amber. There is a small cloud of heavier sediment that deposits itself near the bottom of the glass, so right off the back you can tell this is an unfiltered beer.

Smell is somewhat sweeter than what I thought it would be. Its almost grape juice like. Very, very tart. Almost like a smartie tart.

First sip is bitter and has the same tart flavor. It's light, flavorful and has a nice kick to it. Very satisfying.

Not as complex as I thought it would be, this still turned out to be a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:36:17 | More by techfed87
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A capped 500ml bottle shared by mymrnngjckt. Poured into my Cantillon tumbler. Am I seeing straight? The price tag is still on the bottle and reads "Tiffany's $12.99". Pretty steep for a half liter. Let's hope it delivers...

Yeah, it does. Appears a cloudy amber color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The nose and flavors consist of funky, wild yeast, tangerine, leather, bready biscuits, spicy yeast. Very tasty. One of the highlights of the tasting. Medium bodied with decent prickly carbonation. Goes down very easily. It's a shame it's so pricey.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 05:41:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass. This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with 2 fingers of thick rocky head. First smell is predominantly wild yeast, very bretty with some crisp green apple in the forefront. It's very musty almost overpowering but not in a bad way. As a fan of sours, its a very addictive smell.

The taste is very different from other pale's, obviously from the spontaneous fermentation, but not as bitter as I'd expect. There's a strong taste of tart green apples, citrus pith and a touch of soap.

It's very carbonated, each bubble giving way to another burst of flavor and calling me for another sip.

This was a great beer, I'd go after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:45:51 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sour oak. Flavor is more sour, some lemon, dry hops, and oak. Of course, tastes very similar to all the other Jolly Pumpkin Belgian ales. It is a decent beer with a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:07:54 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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