Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: psugrad98 on 07-22-2002

Our pale ale is inspired by the classic English style pale ale with a blend of noble hops and a delicate malt attribute. This beer is well balanced by design and is for the enjoyment of the purist beer drinker
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 87
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just your basic brew, not much crafty here. OK but would not seek out

Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly cloudy orange color. Decent white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor is a little faint but there is some caramel malt and citrus fruit in there. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Not incredibly extraordinary, however.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I live not too far from the Appalachian Brewing Company. I thought I'd give this one a try. I like the idea of drinking English pale ales. Here we go. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A dusky reddish color, almost honey, with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Toasty malts. Some light hoppiness, but not much.

Taste: A bit richer than I imagined, but not awfully bad. Not really good, either. It's a passable brew, with some maltiness and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel: A heavier body. It coats the tongue well, and the taste lingers at the back of the throat. The aftertaste is a little too grainy for my taste, but it's not awful.

Overall: I could drink it, but I am not going to run out and buy this again anytime soon. It met my expectations in the most basic way, no more and no less.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%

tap

Pours a light amber gold with a white lacing for a head.

Light honey aroma with some fresh citrusy hops.

Citrus hop flavor up front followed by fresh and floral hop character over a light biscuit malt.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice above average pale ale with some decent hop depth. Easy to session and enjoyable, goes down very light. Not any kind of award winner, but more than adequate for the style.

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The great bottle purge continues here in the kitchen of Chez Woody as I try to reduce the backlog of these confounded bottles that are getting in the way of The CANQuest (TM)! I have levied a self-imposed moratorium on buying too much more beer until I get caught up. Yes, there are some that I am not going to pass up, but beer merchants locally are mostly weeping.

From the bottle: "Notably fresh"; "Our fine lagers & ales are handcrafted in small batches & carefully nurtured to perfection. Please visit our really cool brewery!"; "Brewed with Barley, Hops, Yeast & Water".

Another mother-loving screw-cap! 8={} I keep getting fooled by them and I am not a fan, which only inspires me to conduct a really aggro pour. There wasn't much in the way of a cascade, but two fingers of dense ecru head quickly formed and evinced good retention. Color was a deep, rich amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. I am NOT a Purist because that suggests a rigidity and an unwillingness to embrace innovation, but this simply looked like beer! Nose was full of hops, especially a grapefruit-citrus quality which once again begs the question of where does an APA end and an AIPA begin? They are calling this an APA, so be it! Mouthfeel was medium and I have to admit, the taste was not as intense as the nose, so aroma hops were definitely in play while bittering hops were toned down. I will buy that in an APA, so things are good for the purists out there. I was also getting a biscuit maltiness, which further muted the intensity of the hops and not in a bad way. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering citrus flavor. It was not as intense as an AIPA, but it would be sustaining for a self-avowed hophead, such as myself.

My original, on-tap review dtd 26 July 2005 with scores of 4.0; 4.0; 4.0; 3.5 and 4.0 follows:

This arrived with a medium head which was egg-shell white in color with lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. It had a good malty nose underlain with hops. I experienced a medium mouthfeel witha mildly hoppy taste on the palate. The finish was a blend of malt sweet and hop bitter with the hops getting the upper hand at the extreme finish. This is a good APA and a good acndidate for a session beer.

Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Color is a slightly orange tinted gold with one finger of soapy white head, no lacing.
S - Very bready, mild floral notes, herbal ester hints. Slightly grassy
T - Just kinda basic, malt takes the form of toasted bread, light herbal and grassy hop bitterness, and thats about it. Very singular, though true to form.
M - Average, medium feel, a little chew to it.
O - A true English Pale, but nothing about this stands out. Though if I would recommend it to someone who has never tried the style.

Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking brew here. Crystal clear text book amber with maybe a little bit of copper red color to the body. A little bit of small rising carbonation, and a fluffy light looking off white head that makes barely three fingers but settles to a thing pinhead bubbly looking puck.

The bouquet is decent. Small biscuity malts, a little bit of toasty grains, and a nice light brown sugar sweetness are the most dominant flavors on the nose. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, but still fairly solid.

A real interesting palate. Hop angle meets somewhere between herbal and pine with a good strength that isn't off putting. Palate fills with a good amount of toasty grains, and a mild almost caramel like sweetness.

Overall pretty tasty, but not really gravitating towards it highly, but it's a memorable decent pale ale for sure.

Photo of mgironta
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head, with no lacing left on the glass. There was significant visible carbonation on the brew. The body is a golden color and clear. The nose is muted. I can get citrus, but I almost have to stick my nose in the brew. This is not a good sign. When I taste the brew, I get some limited bitterness and a lot of malt. I’m confused. Really, really, confused. I thought this was a pale ale? I was apparently wrong. This tastes almost like a lager. The finish was quick. But, all in all, if I was home, this would be a drain pour. Instead, I just left half of it. Not a good brew.

Photo of Rifugium
2.04/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Slightly hazy, amber-orange color, with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of tiny bubbles. Aroma was essentially non-existent. Sad for a pale ale, in which I like to get a nice scent of fresh American hops. Taste was bland and muted, grainy, stale citrusy hops, cardboard. Not even much in the aftertaste other than a trace of bitterness. Light and watery, which if anything made this easily going down, but lacking in freshness and flavor as it was, I wouldn't ever order this one again or recommend it to anyone other than macro drinkers.

Photo of Oakenator
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at ABC in a ceramic mug. From what I can tell it has a nice golden brown color and the head is limited but often can be from the cask. Piney hop aroma. Flavor is consistent with the nose and the cask significantly improves the level of hop flavoring from the regular tap/bottle of Purist.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a busy day that led to a lazy evening. A decent end to the day.

Poured brilliantly clear blonde/light maple with a frothy, white head that retained nicely, adorning my mini Duvel tulip with trails and webs of lace. The aroma is light and biscuity, with hints of herbs and lemon zest. The best way to describe it here is balanced. The flavor is somewhat more forward than the aroma, with a delicate malt profile of graininess and light toast, followed by a delicate bitterness that actually lets a lot of the sweet malt shine through. Again, balanced is probably the best way to describe it, as there really isn't too much else to describe. A thinnish body leaves me hanging, but carbonation is smooth. Not great, not bad.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber/golden orange in color, one finger white head that dies down very quickly, no lacing to speak of.

Nose is very mild. A little grassy with a hint of bread crust/biscuit.

Taste is better than the nose. The grassiness is there, but I also get some lemon zest, just a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Fairly low carbonation, just a little linger to the bitterness.

Overall not a bad beer. Sometimes it's nice to have something like this to drink with a meal. Not in your face or overly complex at all, just a decent brew.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at ABC.

A: The pale ale is amber, golden brown with a pleasant clarity. The pint comes with a thin, barely noticeable head.

S: The nose is more bready that not, the lighter malts having biscuit and caramel. Hops are restrained, not much of a factor.

T: Bready, the biscuit stands out with a light sweetness. Hoppiness is a luxury, mild citrus but nothing more. The ale works nicely as a light biscuity one, not so much as a hoppy one.

M: Lighter, the ale presents a few momemts of APA brightness. Otherwise, this one struggles to stand out.

Photo of tkepx182
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The light amber color has a nice clearity to it. It was a nice looking Pale Ale

S: The predominate smell is that of the hops

M: A little rough on the tongue but had a nice finish to the beer

T: The hops flavoring is a little over powering. This is not surprising but is a good lager none the less

O: While ABC has some better beers this one is not bad, rather enjoyed it when compared to some of the other Pale Ales that I had haved

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with moderate cap of dense white head, leaves little lacing. Scent has grassy and lightly spicy hop notes with a kiss of pine and citrus, backed by a clean grainy malt note. Taste is light but hoppy, earthy with resin and rind notes. Malts a grainy and earthy. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry. A decent pale ale with decent hop profile.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a smooth cap of white that graced the top for a few moments before settling back down. light aroma, citrus hops, lemon, orange, nice hints of tangerine peel and a wonerfully well balanced profile. smooth, clean and very light delivery lets the flavor explore the palate and really gives a cool and resfreshing taste. clean an concise

Photo of jifigz
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing pint glass.

A: Very cloudy hazy orange color. The head appeared quickly and vanished just as fast leaving no lacing at all. No tiny head retention stayed on the beer either.

S: Smells mildly fruity and slightly hopped like a pale ale should. The hops pretty much dominate the aroma and not much grain is there to detect.

T: Mild hoppy/fruity tones like the aroma suggests. Leaves a very mild bitter flavor in mouth. There are also apricot and peach like flavors present in the forefront of the taste complex. There is something slightly stale and off about the flavor too.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate and non offensive carbonation levels. No ethanol warming since its a lower ABV brew.

O: Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorite pale ales either. It is okay, but I would prefer Troeg's or Victory products. This is pretty average, but much better than a macro lager.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian : Purist Pale Ale

Pours a orangish copper color, off white head. Aroma is lightly floral and some caramel malts come out. In the flavor, mildly bitter, herbal, and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied for a pale, easy to drink and went down quickly. Plain and pure, like the Amish.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deeper amber colored ale more akin to an amber ale color wise. It has a smallish white head that fades rather quickly leaving minimal lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is light or weak or faint. Hops have a slightly citrus aroma with a basic malt aroma.

A desent hop taste, not much though, of grapefruit and honey. Malt are sweet and toasted.

This ale has a medium mouthfeel crisp with some bitter aftertaste.

A desent beer no doubt but, has more of an amber
feel to it.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Frothy, off-white head, lingers for a bit, moderate lacing, not too oily or resiny. Aroma is a nice grassy/citrusy flavor, slight malt sweetness. Taste is mildly bitter, mildly sweet, not the most exciting of pale ale flavors, but certainly not the most boring. Very sessionable and much to style.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/ light brownish slightly translucent body with minimal head and some lacing. Smell: Slightly metallic with yeast light hops. Taste: First: Dry with a twang of hops, full yeast character and slight bitterness at the end. Overall, a nice pale ale, definately stands up to Sierra Nevada or other major Pale Ale producers. "Purely" an enjoyable beer!

Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color was a deep amber and the hopping level a bit below what I would expect of an APA - my take on this beer is more of a well-hopped amber ale. Nicely roasted malt flavor with hops bittering taking center stage from the start - no particular hops varietal seemed pronounced but the bittering was well moderated. A very drinkable beer, and a good session candidate.

Photo of thecarster1
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, half an inch of head that leaves some lacing behind, some bubbling, light amber color.

s- very mild nose, not any real major scents jumping out at me.

t- for having such a mild nose i'm glad the flavor is better, nice hop kick off the bat, some biscuit, slight grapefruit that leaves a bit of lingering bitterness.

m- light bodied.

d- nice drinkability, this goes down almost too easily, i could session this easily, i've had better apas but this was enjoyable and unoffensive.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color with a lighter gold along the bottom of the edge. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight pine, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a rather average pale ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big "Thank You" to Jayli for getting this beer to me. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and helps provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is a pretty solid beer to drink for a while.

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