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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 07-22-2002)
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Photo of smakawhat


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:26:47 | More by smakawhat
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: light amber colored body that leaves no head, minimal lacing is left.

S: malts up front with a bit of floral/earthiness going on.

T: basically the same adding a bit of graininess.

M: light to medium leaving a dry feel on the tongue yet nothing harsh there either, sessionable

O: decent but nothing to go out of my way for again

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 19:08:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mgironta

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:58:25 | More by mgironta
Photo of Rifugium


2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 13:01:35 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Oakenator


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2012 21:01:24 | More by Oakenator
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 06:08:26 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:13:45 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of akorsak


3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 02:03:17 | More by akorsak
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:28:10 | More by tkepx182
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 15:18:21 | More by rfgetz
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:50:27 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jifigz


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 14:49:39 | More by jifigz
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 17:29:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 10:47:45 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 07:49:42 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:42:26 | More by Beerbluesbiology
Photo of Brent


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:09:59 | More by Brent
Photo of thecarster1


3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 15:49:31 | More by thecarster1
Photo of Tone


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:39:42 | More by Tone
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:36:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Polifemo


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of this beer is very intense, with an emphasis on resiny hops alongside the usual grapefruit. That resiny aroma borders on harsh. The carbonation is gentle. There is a surprise at tasting: the mouthfeel is more rich than a usual APA and bitterness does not match the intense aroma. The emphasis must be on late hop additions in order to produce a beer that makes more of an aroma impact than a bitterness impact. The bitterness does not fully cut through the fairly candyish crystal malt thickness, making for a beer that many would consider unbalanced for the style. It is an unusual and interesting experience nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 12:06:44 | More by Polifemo
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts, some notes of hops. Taste is good, a bit on the hoppy side, pretty refreshing. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:11:44 | More by tone77
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice amber colored pale ale, with a small but pretty off-white head that leaves a touch of lace as it fades.

Piney and grassy hop notes in the aroma. Not the flowery APA aroma I was expecting but more of an earthy character. The background malt notes earthy as well. The taste also has some pine hop notes up front, a bit of a nice sweet middle with a surprise of alcohol and then a bitter hop bite that is even more of a surprise. Not what I expect at all for an APA, drinks more like an English Bitter or similar. Still a nice beer.

Medium bodied and smooth, just a bit of a tickle from carbonation. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:39:04 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Jayli


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a deep, clear amber color with a one finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace, leaving thin lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is relatively faint. Piney hops with a hearty dose of caramel malts.

T: Taste is an overload of sweet caramel malts up front. Middle has a touch of breadiness and grain. Finish has a hop bite of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat of a syrupy feel to the body with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D: Nice to try from this brewery, but I have had better of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 14:50:47 | More by Jayli
Photo of adamette


4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased by my brother in Erie, PA and traded for by me for something else. "Bottled on" listing on label but no "month" was checked or marked. Oh well... Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet.

A Nice, generous off white (slightly brown) head that leaves modest lacing over a nice looking caramel opaque body. 3.5

S Light sweet malt to the nose, maybe some hops. Smells better and more inviting than other APA's that are more highly rated. 4.0

T/M/D Very nice in that there is some sweet light caramel malt and only muted hops, it is very smooth and drinks very easily. It is a very drinkable APA that is very on target with the style. Nothing more needs to be said, really. T/M4.0 but drinkability 5.0

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:02:51 | More by adamette
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.