Greenville Pale Ale - Twin Lakes Brewing Co.

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Greenville Pale AleGreenville Pale Ale

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 163
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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 philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 ShogoKawada
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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 smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Thanks kindly to mdaschaf for the trade!

What an incredibly gorgeous forming huge head out of the can. Is this on nitro? It looks like it came off a nitro tap, it looks fabulous. Head color is huge taking on a creamy off white texture. Pale orange amber body, with some slow rising hard to see carbonation. Love this head top looks amazing like baked alaska.

Bouquet is just flat out wonderful. Soft light malt and hop, round and dense. Slowly creeps up and grows. Just real enjoyable.

Taste is, delicious. Wonderful soft doughy texture with a chewiness like a wheat ale. Dense bread dough raw and malt in the palate with no toasty qualities, with a slowly creeping hop bitter perhaps with some lime astringency that slowly builds on the swallow.

WOW. I am very impressed by this beer, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of nikonf5user
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a good sized white head on top. Fair amount of lacing as it goes down. Big hoppy and grassy aroma. Huge hop presence flavorwise. Quite the tongue stripping slickness-almost comes off as a US IPA for me. Just enough malt to balance against the hops. Very fresh tasting. Good mouthfeel. A great US pale for sure. This was incredibly fresh tasting I cant get over it. Wish all draft beer was this good.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A hazy amber/copper color with a big three finger white head

S- Hops, earthy, hint of grass, caramel malts

T- Starts out sweet, with a nice bitter earthy finish, very nice balance between hops and malts

M- Smooth, a little creamy, refreshing

O- This is a taste pale ale that is worth trying if you get the chance. This is my second time having this beer, first was on-tap and I think I will be ordering it more when I go out.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Imstillthegman
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington.

Poured a rich amber color some brighter, deep red hues along the edges. Nice off white head that left rings of lacing behind. Looked really good. I was impressed with this one being the first sample from Twin Lakes that I have had.

Nice aroma. Pine and citrus hops blend well with an almost candy-like sweetness.

Flavor is strong on the piney hops but the malts show up as well. Pine, with a lighter citrus presence and some brown sugar and doughy bread in the background.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice, crisp carbonation for this medium bodied brew. They go down rather easily. Not sure of the abv in this one, but it didn't seem to be very high...I'm guessing around 5 1/2%. Nice solid offering from this local DE brewery.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazed golden orange pour, decent head and retention. Scent is nice piney and citrus hops combined with a nutty, earthy and light carmley sweet malt profile. First taste brings a clean touch of earthy, piney and citrusy hops, not too bitter. The malt is the star as it tastes exceptionaly fresh and grainy, like chewing on some lightly toasted husked malted barley (a non homebrewer may have a hard time appreciating this description) Smooth and creamy body, light grainyness which adds to the taste. This is the second time i've had it, and while its quite simple in construction, the fresh and grainy qualities really add a lot to the experience.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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 CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 drtth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer was a bright clear golden orange color with a ½" fluffy white head that laves lacing and small sheets of foam clinging to the side of glass as the head recedes to a thick ring of foam with an irregular shaped patch on the surface. Through out the first half of the beer, sipping leaves scattered lacing, some of which clings to side of the glass. By the end of the glass the lacing is scattered but still showing well.

Smell: The aroma contains pine and citrus (orange or tangerine tinged with grapefruit), and some nice caramel malt.

Taste: The flavor is clean and crisp with the pine and the citrus all supported by the background sweet caramel flavor from the malt. There also seems to be a bit of lemon in here as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with creamy smooth feel from the persistent adequate carbonation. The finish begins with the malt but ends with some dry pine and citrus bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer goes down quite easily and expect to be having this one again. A solid, well-made APA that is well worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 lionking
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft.

Appearance. Poured about a one finger head. Nice copper colored ale. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it down.

Smell. Smelled of flowers and hops. Spicy.

Taste. Strong malt and hops taste. Overall balanced.

Mouthfeel. Not much on the carbonation in the mouth. Smoothe I suppose.

Drinkability. They are some many of this style out there these days. The test is a pass/fail. This is a pass.

I would drink again (i did). Buy local. Also I toured the place when it opened and bought a growler.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a solid golden amber with a frothy uneven white head that left some nice lace. While the growler sat in my fridge, it picked up far more cherry colors and looked utterly magnificent.

Smells of a red licorice and brown sugar sweetness with a touch of rhubarb that fades to an orange and pine hop.

Tastes of great fresh wheat bread dough that’s blended into a nice sting of woody hops that picks up some grapefruit rind in the finish.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light and easy carbonation. Seemed a little heavy to me.

This beer is a notable addition to the family of APAs. It’s very fruity with a well appreciated hop profile and it’s a breeze to drink.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Buckley's. There was a white head on top of a dark gold body. It left very nice lacing rings all down the glass. The nose is full of piney and citrus hops, with a little bit of bready malt. The taste is well balanced, nice piney and citrus hops with a good bready/biscuty malt background. This is a very drinkable beer. It goes well with the shrimp and grits.

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Photo of corylew
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hope I am reviewing the correct beer, as the bartender down the street from the (closed to the public today) brewery referred solely to it as "Twin Lakes Pale Ale", but this is the only APA I see referenced by this brewery.

Beautiful and warm, clear amber colour with a hoppy nose. I was unable to identify the specific hop blends in either aroma, taste or finish - but thoroughly enjoyed all elements and thought this was a well balanced and overall very drinkable beer. Look forward to finding it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twin Lakes Greenville Pale Ale now in cans!

A: Poured a clear orange/amber color with a sudsy 1.5 finger head that had nice retention and left some impressive sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus hops, a little bit of orange and orange peel, some grains and a floral grass aroma.

T: Light hoppy flavor with some grass and a little bit of fruit - some lemon, orange, and orange peel. Light caramel malt on the back end with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation, crisp out of the can!

O: Pumped that this beer is now in cans, its a solid APA and the first canned beer in Delaware, will probably be a staple in my fridge this summer. Hopefully Twin Lakes will can more of their beer!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 cozmohollis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 micromaniac129
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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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