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Greenville Pale Ale - Twin Lakes Brewing Co.

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Greenville Pale AleGreenville Pale Ale

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very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 165
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twin Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 08-27-2006

Greenville Pale Ale is a traditional, American-style Pale Ale that is rooted in the Pacific Northwest brewing tradition. We use whole flower Cascade hops and American two-row barley malt to produce a light amber ale that is medium bodied with a significant floral-citrus hop essence and aroma that makes it extremely drinkable and refreshing. One of our brewers said “You should name a beer after the town it’s brewed in.” So we did. This is our signature brew. Greenville Pale Ale represents both our local roots in Greenville, Delaware and our interest in “green” technology for the future.

52 IBU
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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sweet and floral, with a grainy malt character and, pine, and citrus pith.

Flavor is fairly balanced between malt and hops. Bready malt forms the backbone, and accents of resin and very subtle citrus are accompanied by fresh cut grass. The finish is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very hazy golden color with two finger head. Good head retention.

S - Subtle but pleasant aroma of hops. Not much else present.

T - Good balance of malt and hops. Fairly sweet tasting beer overall. Very straightforward flavor and too much else present.

M - Light to medium bodied. Mildly carbonated but not very present; very smooth and enjoyable feel.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks larryi86. Part of NBS BIF1.
Aroma seems kinda' hop faded and holding of some kinda' sweet malt quality.
Nice off-white dense dense head with solid lacing. Largely clear of a amber with orange/brown.
Clear shot of grain up front then a blended hop profile with grassiness, slight flower and herb. A nice smooth bitterness rounds off the flavor and finishes of the drink nicely as it grows and then fades out nicely. The start also includes some sweetness that might be a mix of the grains with a hop, but regardless, it's a nice start.
For style it holds plenty of heft and this is enhance by the ample carbonation.
A perfectly good everyday drinker.

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Photo of nikonf5user
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is scrumptious, albeit a bit inconsistent. It simply is full of flavor and complexity for an APA, reminiscent of an IPA but with less alcohol. Highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Had this ale on tap many times before finally trying in the cans (not a can-beer fan, only drink out of bottles) and was surprised by how good it was…good, earthy flavor and golden brown color. There was one bad can in the six-pack however -- yikes, never had that happen before. I wrote to them about it and no response, as of yet.

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Photo of mthomp081
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - once inch head - creamy and foamy looking, yellow golden hue

S - not much here, hops, some sweetness, fruitiness, bread, yeast, all very mild

T - some hops, some malt and barley, hints of fruit sweetness, not too much taste here over, just a pale ale with mild hops

M - crisp, light bubbly

O - I find this beer to be very mediocre. The hops have slight bitterness. It is not bad but it is not something that jumps out to me. The hops have some sweetness, but hard to really detect, brief tastes of malt and barley. Again, very light and mild. Would be an okay summer beer, but not something I find myself coming back to,

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Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Offered from my brother in law at my god-daughter's birthday party.

poured into plastic solo cup (at a pool party). Not much I can see to comment but had about 1 finger head. Fluffy white.

Sweet malt aroma with a touch of orange.

Taste up front is bready and caramel malt. Sweet. A touch bitter on the finish. A bit of orange rind. Great balance. APA for sure.

Medium body and decent carbonation. Not really dry. A bit viscous but drinkable.

Pleased with this beer. Had a choice between this and SNPA. I'm glad i chose this one. Would probably do the same if given the same choice again. Nice work Twin Lakes.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours quite cloudy brownish amber with a lot of lacing. Nose is orange and a mild bit of earth. Flavor is thick, thanks to it being unfiltered. Kind of an earthy hoppy thing going on with wads of orange and a lot of malts. A date on the can would be helpful here. But since it isn't to be seen, I will have to make do. A pretty decent beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. It had a nice appearance of clear amber and a bright lasting head.
The aroma was bright and hoppy from the minute I popped the top. Floral hops dominated the nose with cereal grains and malts balancing out.
Taste was good with some citrusy notes but generally hop taste was muddled and bitter. Malts have a good bite too.
I felt on the palate the beer was course.
I really have no complaints about this beer. It looks good, it smells good, and it tastes good.

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Photo of klkatz
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

dark amber
smokey - nice finish, smooth

not a bad brew... it has a decent taste, light enough to enjoy a few... bold enough not to make you want something else... a good beer, doesn't leave much to be desired, but would choose many other pale ales over this one.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can in a pint glass.

A- clean and clear copper-orange color with lots of bubbles. There's a big 2-finger, fluffy, off-white head. Looks good. Substantial lacing.

S- Barley malts and floral hops. Herbal, some sweetness.

T- Mild flavors of malts and caramel, some hops. Kinda sour.

M- Good body and carbonation, yet easy drinking. Easily a golf or backyard beer.
Hop bite throughout, packing 52 IBUs.

O- The look and feel of this beer are what appealed most to me. The feel is what made it drinkable, aroma and taste lag behind. Not bad.

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Photo of cozmohollis
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy and pale golden/orange color with a white head.

S: Sweet, floral , grainy & tropical scent.

T: Sweet malt with a light tropical/orange and fresh bitterness at the end.

Mf: Light body with medium carbonation. Drinkable with a dry finish.

O: A good balanced apa. I like its clean taste. Good any time but definitely shines on a hot day.

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Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review notes from 12/17/2012, on tap at Harvest in Glen Mills, PA: pours clear orange amber color with a very creamy 1 finger light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving outstanding lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. A fine looking beer.

First whiff indicates that it's an English IPA, as it's just as malty as it is hoppy in the nose; smells of sweet malt, grains, caramel, light grapefruit or orange peel, citrus hops, piney notes and herbs. It's pretty basic, but pretty nice and balanced.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar, light grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, piney hops, grassy notes and herbs. Spot on for an English IPA, it was very easy to drink and rather tasty.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter grainy finish. Almost session worthy if I was in the mood for a pale ale or English IPA. This was listed wrong as an IPA, and since it is a pale ale it gets better marks overall from me.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rich Wagner, a Pennsylvania breweries historian, for the beer. He told me this can was picked right off the production line during a tour.

Poured into and enjoyed from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a hazy, semi-translucent, orange color. A one finger, foamy head on the initial pour. The head slowly fades to a thin skim. Good amount of tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Broken curtains of lacing left after drinking.

S - A malty, sweet aroma. Hints of citrus.

T - A really good ale. A mixture of sweet, bready malts, hops and a touch of pine and citrus (grapefruit). Not overly bitter. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. The ABV is not noticeable.

M - A medium consistency. Medium carbonation. A tangy aftertaste.

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's a well crafted brew that you could easily enjoy several of throughout an evening of drinking. This is my first beeer from Twin Lakes and I was impressed. Along with Dogfish Head, 16 Mile and Evolution, Twin Lakes is another reason to try the beers being brewed in Delaware.


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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with yellow hues on the sides of the glass and a heavy haze. Poured with a tall off white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Orange and lemon zest aromas with floral hops and toasted grain aromas beneath. Medium bodied with a buttery smooth feel and rich, refreshing carbonation. Lightly toasted malt flavor up front that slowly allows tangy, citrus and light floral hop bitterness to roll in from the edges. Finishes crisply with a light lingering citrus and pine hop aftertaste.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #189
Served On: 07/22/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware.

Look: The color was a fairly clear copper. Head was a frothy white foam at about 1-finger. Lacing was transparent but present.

Smell: Crisp and light herbal aroma. Very clean nose with some sweet malts and grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts started things off with some faint grassy pine in the middle. The finish was rather dry and had hints of wet grass and lingering hops.

This Pale Ale was very basic with high drinkability. A high level of quality was noticeable in the brew. I wouldn't put this one above SN Pale Ale, but it certainly is a close second.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at On the Rocks in Lewes Beach, Del.

A: A reddish, copper amber color with a two-finger head of frothy, off-white foam. Carbonation was ample and lacing minimum.

S: Herbal, fruity hop aroma with a slightly hearth-baked bready sweetness in the nose.

T: A rich, balanced flavor with sweet, caramel and roasted malts up front before quickly switching over to a more bitter, herbal and spicy hop palate. A bit hopped out for an APA, but I'm not complaining. The sturdy malt backbone supported the citrusy, slightly resinous hop finish quite nicely.

M: Medium bodied APA with a nice hop bite and mellow, balanced finish.

O: A pretty good local APA from Twin Lakes that tasted nice and fresh at this local beach front watering hole. The taps were dominated by 16 Mile, another local favorite, but nothing that could match the hop-forward, sessionable Greenville APA. I'd pick it up again to pair with some Old Bay fries or softshell crab sandwich.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1244th Review on BA
Can to Pint

No canning date

Thanks to mdaschaf for this one

App- A creamy looking dark orange pour mixed with yellow and a two finger off white head. Sliding puck of head until about 1/2 way then really wonderful retention

Smell- A bit earthy. A small grainular note with a bit of corn in the nose. Didnt get a lot of hops to this but more of a sweet malt.

Taste- A pretty good pale ale that for me was a 50/50 mix of malty vs. hoppy. Still retained a grainy note but followed up with a bit of creamy hop bitter on the end.

Mouth- A good solid medium body with a medium carbonation. Residual creamy thick malts.

Drink- Its a tasty pale ale with a good flavor. Just a bit different. Not as crisp as most, still a bit thick with some creamy hops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, capped by an inch of foam that leaves some strands behind

Smell: Biscuity, with a lemon citrus and grassy hop character

Taste: Biscuit dough, up front, with a lemon citrus and grassy hop character that develops by mid-palate; hints of toffee develop underneath, after the swallow, though the finish is slightly tilted towards the hops with strong sulfur tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad APA, at all, with a rather distinctive hop character, though I am not crazy about the sulfur that appears in the finish

Thanks to mdaschaf, for the opportunity, and to singlespeed, for the opportunity to revisit

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Photo of corylew
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Matt for sending this one over!

Poured from a can into a glass. Little haze on a golden copper color, fluffy white head, some lacing. Looks great.

Smells of floral hops behind a wall of CO2. Some estery malt. The hop character that can be found in it is nice though.

Taste is thin, but the flavor that is there hits you with a twinge of bitterness, little hop flavor. Kind of malty, but thin and light.

Mouthfeel is eh. It's poured from a can and I have found lots of cans are overcarbonated. It's very light and refreshing though.

Overall it's a nice beer. Seems like it would be delicious on a hot summer day, not bad on a cold rainy night. I wouldn't claw through a line of people to get some, but it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of garuda
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, pale copper with a lasting head and good lacing.

S - Pretty much just rich caramel malts with a touch of earthy hops. Not really what I expect from an APA.

T - Much better than the nose, with the caramel malts rolling over into earthy, pine hops and finishing with moderate bitterness. Touch of diacetyl mid-palate.

M - Medium body/carb finishes clean. Nicely smooth and creamy.

O - Very drinkable APA, was just expecting more hops in the nose.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ivory white thin head, heavy initial ring on the glass. Bright rust orange in the glass. Lots of fruit in the nose- orange peel. Taste is bright and crisp- strong floral, earthy hops and biscuity malt goodness. Nice hop snap. Really well composed and balanced.

A really good APA, one I could throw a couple back. Very refreshing and tasty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being very pleasantly surprised by this somewhat obscure offering on-tap a while ago, I was quite excited to see it in canned form to see if it lived up to what I remembered...

A - Two plus fingers of tightly packed moderately creamy billowing khaki colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Very nice retention... Bursting at the seams with small bubbled carbonation that starts with a moderate pace at the bottom of the glass before picking up a blistering pace before reaching the top... The color is a muted amberish copper that displays some pale straw highlights when back lit... There is a slight haziness...

S - Loaded with biscuity malt... Compliment by pale malts... Very light floral notes... Perhaps some orange zest... There is a very mild but assertive earthy hop presence that lies beneath... Very clean and pure...

T - The malts are first and foremost... Bread, biscuits, crust, etc... Just a smidgen of caramel... Some grassy notes... Perhaps just a tinge of metallic character... A very subtle bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue...

M - Medium bodied... Lush and moderately creamy... Smooth, even and consistent sip after sip... Clean... Crisp... Uber refreshing...

D - This is a damn fine brew... A stellar example of the American Pale Ale style that proves the APAs can be deeply rewarding and loaded with character and flavor... Highly recommended for any BA who is looking to be pleasantly surprised by a brewery most have never heard of... Twin Lakes deserves wider notoriety and acclaim... Really good stuff...

In case you were wondering, this lived up to my recollection...

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Photo of KeefD
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another can courtesy of woodychandler. New brewery for me! Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head and no lacing. Nice mellow hop aroma, a bit of citrus and light maltiness. Taste follows suit. Good citrus flavor from the hops, a touch of grapefruit and orange, a bit peppery, some herbal qualities, and mild maltiness. Nice brew, well balanced. Quafable!

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can number 2 from a six pack purchased at Banks Wine & Spirits. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The pale ale is an amber color, shiny like a penny. Transparent with just a bit of haze, the ale sports a three finger head on pour (yes, it overflowed). Minor patches of lace result.

S: The nose is fresh citrus, almost raw enough to be a harvest ale. This really caught me by surprise. Light cereals follow, but the hops make their mark. Damned impressive.

T: And the taste is even better. The hops taste so fresh, so straight from the vine that it is hard to believe. Citrus, grapefruit and orange in particular, are sugary sweet; bitter but not biting. Pale cereal malts add to the sweetness, at times a melange that I'd best describe as Froot Loops-esque. The resiny sweet hops continue and drive the finish. Absolutely surprised by this beer. Two cans in, consistent flavor, I'm sold.

M: Smooth and sweet, the light malts provide as much flavor as the powerful hops. Hell, even the yeast strain lends a saison-like feel. Very good.

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Greenville Pale Ale from Twin Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.