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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
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is indebted to both THECPJ and mdaschaf for this beer. The former sent this to me, gratis, and then his buddy CANtacted me about one of my Gots so it became a Beer It Forward. It looks like tonight is going to be an homage to The First State, albeit the only one without National parks, monuments, battlefields or historic sites. "Aw", shucks, from a recent Jeopardy! category.

From the CAN: "Fresh-Local-Delicious"; "Unfiltered & Unpasteurized"; "Living Beer-Chill It Baby!-Keep Refrigerated"; "Fresh from our farm to your pint. Located in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, Twin Lakes Farm, est. 1826, is an Ameri[CAN] Farm Brewery. We are preserving the art of brewing and are passionate about making Fresh-Local-Delicious (TM) beer. We use the finest ingredients; whole flower hops, the best grains, cultured yeast, and exceptional mineral enriched water from our George Washington Well. Perfectly balanced water provides a refreshing smoothness and unique quality to our naturally brewed beer."

The Crack & Glug revealed a finger-and-a-half of tawny head that fizzled out pretty quickly. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity and for being unfiltered, it was downright impressive! Nose had a grassiness to it, underlain by a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the initial taste was of grassy hops, followed by a light maltiness. Finish was grassy and semi-dry, but it tasted like it needed more Oomph! It just seemed on the weak side to me in terms of overall taste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a fluffy 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and some orange citrus are mild but pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, some pear sweetness, and a floral bitterness make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this is a clear session pale ale. Easy to consume and worthy of a try if you see it on tap.

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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 corby112
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at North Star on 5/20/11.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Streaks of spay lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of piny hops and citrus along with a caramel malt presence. More hop forward in the nose than expected with hints of pine needle, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Looks and smells pretty good.

Medium bodied but lighter than expected and less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Subtle crisp hop bite up front with earthy pine and very faint citrus but I was really let down at how weak the hops were given the nose. Slight lactic creaminess and a prominent malt backbone.

Overall this beer wasn't bad. It looked and smelled pretty nice but the flavor was a bit of a let down. Quaffable and refreshing in this warm weather but sort of bland.

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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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler comes through again with another canned beer.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is also somewhat mild, piney hops and a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: sweet, caramel, malts, hops,

taste: sweet, malts, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice crisp pale ale out of north delaware. will have again.


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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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 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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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 jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint Glass. Many thanks to THECPJ!

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a soapy ivory head that recedes to a spotty haze and thick ring.
S - Sweet caramel malt profile with some grassy, herbal hops. Plain-Jane, but nice nonetheless.
T - Follows the nose closely, the caramel malt has a bit of a toasted quality to it and the hops are herbal and slightly spicy. Moderately bitter finish.
M - Crisp and smooth, with a medium body and decent carbonation.
O - A decent APA, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twin Lakes- Pale Ale

A- Golden orange with a thick billowy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Sweet caramel malt and pine hops. Touch of lemon.
T- sweet lemon and caramel malt with pine citrus hops.
M- Sweet creamy malt up front with a smooth sweetened pine hop finish. Very crisp.

Overall- An easy drinker, refreshing.

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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 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 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 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 mentor
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger tan head that settles quickly to nealy a layer over a cloudy copper (brown linged) liquid. Smells orange rind, red apple, tangerine.

Tastes american hops of woody character. Some esters of light fruits (pear syrup from a can and fresh apricot. Malt sweet is below hop bitter and dry. Bitter is wrong term, perhaps, more grassy weedy than alpha-acid bitter. Not quite co-humulone either. Metallic copper as a side-note. Md-thick, which is heavier than the style dictates. Thick helped with the limited swwet and to cut into the grassy of the hops. Okay drinkability. Average. Not a lawn-mower beer, but not winter ponderful either.

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Photo of garuda
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bonkers
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on tap at an Applebee's in Christiana, DE. It was served in a 23 ounce "brewtus" which is large weizen glass. It is pale gold in color with a moderate white head and some lacing. The aroma was a bit tame, light citrus notes. The beer did have some hoppy bitterness, but it was less than I expected. The finish was crisp and clean. The brew was light to medium bodied and was easy drinking. Overall a beer I would try again, I did not like it as much as most of the previous reviewers.

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