Greenville Pale Ale - Twin Lakes Brewing Co.

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Greenville Pale AleGreenville Pale Ale

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 52
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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...

Photo of KeefD
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

second-hand CANQuest (TM) from woodychandler =) Thanks, bud.
Poured into a tulip glass from can.
Hazy amber/brown color. Reminscent of the color of [unfiltered] apple juice. Lots of carbonation bubbles going up the side of the glass into a 2-finger off off-white head. Head recedes ever-slowly.

Aroma of apples, cranberries, and grains. a tad bit of malt. Not picking up any hops on the nose.

Flavor has a bit of hoppiness to it that lingers at the finish. Bitter citrus peels and pine in the middle. Very crisp and refreshing.

Amply carbonated and creamy.

Overall, a decent pale ale.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pale ale, but not a terribly memorable one either.

Pours clear amber with a lively head and carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet and a little flowery. The flavor is straightforward, with piny hops and a round bready sweetness at the end. There is a sharp, piny bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of bonkers
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of lionking
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of orsulacp
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of kajerm
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tasted fresh about three times at the brewery opening, just a few miles' walk from my family home. apparently pairs stunningly with a deer park hot dog with extra onions and special sauce.

had a nice pale ale color to it, an assertive orange-gold. can't recall if it was filtered, but I hope it wasn't. smelled like hops, of course, with some Cascade for sure, although it didn't run the show the way it does too often in american pales. the flavor was well-balanced bitterness with a nice fullness.

it is drinkable as hell, and easily sessionable. I should know, I nearly sessioned it myself.

the stout was nice, but this is by far the strongest of their offerings. it's nice to have a brewery this good in my parents' back yard.

Greenville Pale Ale from Twin Lakes Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.