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: 2
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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Reviews by chOAKbarrell:
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice darker shade of pale ale. Looks like it may have some kick to it.

The hops are present, but not too up front or overwhelming.

The taste is okay. A small hop presence up front that fades quickly. Finishes off with a grassy type flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery and disappointing.

Very very average beer. Kind of uninspired and rather boring.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a light but pretty creamy head,aroma is grassy with some biscuit malt tinge but the grass/hop is most dominent.Taste has a zesty grapefuit flavor up front with a biscuit malt flavor that comes thru near the finish, a resiny hint lingers as well.A pretty hoppy pale but there is a firm maltiness to it that makes it pretty appetizing on the palate.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting departure from the pale ales I've been enjoying as session ales recently. This 12 oz bottle, courtesy of woodychandler, pours a clear, medium amber body with a one finger beige head that hangs around several minutes. Lots of clingy patch lace sticks to the glass.

Aroma has spicy hops, toffee and caramel malty notes, and a pleasant metallic note reminiscent of some of the finer English ales. Very nice accent of fresh baked sourdough bread adds additional complexity to the fine bouquet.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated atop a medium body.

Taste reveals a well balanced blend of spicy hops with an orange accent, that marry well with malty toffee notes and the fresh baked, sourdough malt breadiness. The metallic presence is muted, but adds a nice English style dimension to this APA. Very tasty and well balanced.

Very unusual character for an APA, but it works quite well for my palate. The low abv makes this an excellent choice for a session ale. Try to find a fresh bottle of this one and enjoy!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was ABC's current cask offering...couldn't resist.

Came to the table with a soft creamy head, atop a hazy, dirty rust gold.

Aroma is mostly hops, fresh and light, accented with a sweet fruitiness. But too faint...I expected more from a freshly poured cask ale.

Flavors are equal parts malt and hops, both delicate, and balanced well. A little lacking in character, but refreshing and done well enough. The fruity finish helps the flavor along.

A bit thin in the mouth, but I suppose that's typical of some cask ales, soft and buttery, silky...nice, but not my preferred mouthfeel in just about any style category.

Enjoyable, always nice to try a cask ale, but I was mostly left ho-hum by the three ABC offerings I tried. Not amazing, but certainly not bad either.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its clear, deep amber body has an orange-ish cast and its short but creamy ivory lid holds fairly well and leaves tiny spots of lace in its wake. Pacific Northwest hops are obvious in the nose, with the emphasis more on pine than citrus; and a touch of yeasty fruitiness rounds things out. It's not an overly bold aroma, but it's certainly welcoming. The body is medium but leaning towards the lighter side. That works, however, as it's very fine and moderate carbonation just gently caresses the palate and leaves it quite smooth. The flavor delivers the same piney hop flavors up front before it's lightly toasted biscuit malt appears. A firm bitterness delicately balances it, and it finishes dry with some lingering pine and bitterness. An interesting and very quaffable, lighter and softer, restrained version of an American pale ale. Sometimes the open hand holds more power than the fist. Sometimes.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer struck me as what I'd call a "throwback pale ale." It's balanced with a thin-medium body and generally tastes good. The flavor of sweet malts and citrus hops, however isn't terribly complex. Simply put, it's a pleasant combination of flavors that shouldn't offend anyone. Having people over for a BBQ? This is a good beer to stock.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is light but has a nice juicy hop scent. The brew has a honey bready malt base that plays well with the light juicy/citrus hop. Not WOW in the flavor but rock solid, good flavor balance. The feel is moderate with softer carbonation finishes slightly bitter. Right on target for an APA. No amazing flavors but a good appropriate balance. No need to be shy about picking this one up.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a medium dark yellow with Good carbonation. The head is 2 thin fingers, white and fades to little lace.

The smell is a pleasant IPA, piney.

The taste follow but does not deliver big malt. Just Pine like hops. Still clean and yummy.

The Mouthfeel is ok medium body.

The drinkability is ok too. Not a bad beer, drinkable but not something I would buy again. Tom

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light ruby-gold with a moderate white head that quickly faded leaving no lacing behind.

S: a decent wiff of citrus and floral notes.

T: The initial flavor was caramel sweetness, nice british dry bread and biscuit notes before finishing with a light hoppy floral fade.

M: a light carbonation, with a light fullness. A little rough in texture with a light hop fade.

D: A moderately drinking pale, nothing spectacular, a good picnic beer at best.

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 Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a variety pack at the ABC brewery in Harrisburg, PA.

Bottle reminds me of West Virginia for some reason. Anyhow, a nice finger and half foam head lays on top of my beer. Dissipats fairly quick and leaves behind minimal trace of lace. Beer is a combination of copper with golden highlites.

A nice hope smell hits me in the face with some traces of fruity esters. i wanna say orange or some combination thereof.

Taste is that of malts and hops. There isnt much malt but just enough to know its there. The hops are there but once again not too much, just enough to cleanse my palate. I can also taste a hint of the fruity esters and it taste more like grapefruit now that i have it in my mouth.

The beer goes down smooth and leaves nothing as a hint of aftertaste which i like. It has a sort of watery feeling as it goes down and leaves my mouth. I think there might be a tad too much of watery feeling in the mouth. It is a good beer and i would definitely have this at a bar and as a six pack or variety pack again.

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 rdrummer
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a dark honey-color with a decent white head. The lacing was extensive. This has the definite hoppy aroma with a bit of a citrus undertone. The taste is a true American pale ale taste of hops, malt, and the bitter kicker of a hoppy ale. The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately thick. This was one of the better offerings by ABC, and was worth a second one.

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 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 plaid75
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing. Some chill haze detected as well.

The smell featured soft malts and a light hop.

The taste consisted of soft round malts and a weak grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Overall a decent APA, that lacks real flavor depth.

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 Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured clear gold amber with an off-white head and little spotty lacing.

Smell: It was nicely hopped for an APA. The nose is pine and sappy sweet with a bit of floral element.

Taste: Plenty of bitterness in the taste. Not huge in any characteristics but lead by bitterness and a balance of dry and sweet. and balanced with a touch of malt. There is some suggestions of the diacetyl flavors often found in the style but it is not overbearing.. The dry aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium / light in the mouth.

Drinkability: I see this as a beer to drink a pitcher of when eating wings and playing pool with the buddies.

Hope this is helpful.

[EDIT - I recently had this beer on cask at the general Sutter in Litiz PA and it was actually helped substantially by the cask conditioning. All notes stay the same but appearance and mouthfeel are bumped up to 4.5s so cask is the way to drink this beer.]

Photo of jneiswender
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of sampler tray in 3oz glasses.

A--eggshell head with a brown gem color.

S--Malty, grainy smell

T--citrus, full hop beginning and finish with some nice malt in the middle.

M--Medium body

D--Not a bad representation of this style. But there are certainly better ones out there. Pretty good if you are getting it in the brewpub.

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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Orange reddish gold with a nice pillowy white head, the head simmers down for a little but stays put in a nice pillow of foam. Exceptional clarity on the color.

Smell-citrus hops come through along with some fruity malt, the stuff is there although not as pronounced as some other pale ales I've had. It's still there though.

Taste-crisp, very hoppy at the start with breaded malts coming through as well, a dry hoppy bite appears at the end, not bad but more hop flavor would have made this ten times better.

Mouthfeel-actually rather watery thin for the style although what is there is fairly flavorful, the dry aftertaste may bother some, to me it was alright.

Drinkability-A drinkable pale ale, light for the style, so you can have many as you need, as long as you don't mind the dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall-a nice Pale Ale in every respect yet mostly adequete in all areas, which for a style with many nice versions, makes this one seem lackluster. It's a nice beer and certaintly passable yet there are many breweries in my opinion that do a much better job on the style (Troeg's, which is right nearby, comes to mind) but at any rate this is a nice Pale Ale that I would still accept in a pinch.

Note: It says on the website that this is an adaptation of the English style Pale Ale as opposed to the American (which is what it is listed as on this website)

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 theozag
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavily clouded orange-amber. A matte-white head piles up to about 1cm thick before beginning to fade. After a couple minutes, the remains of the head form a thin, lacy film over the top of your glass. Smells of pine and orange, though the wood-like aroma is much more noticable. Starts with a faint flavor that quickly becomes a bitter medly of hops. Full-bodied with plenty of texture, luckily not aggravatingly coarse, only rough on the tongue. Flavors include orange, caramel, and a more generic citrus. Finish is very bitter; as the various flavors slide off the palatte, hop bitterness sets in and remains firmly in place. Aftertaste is strong and quite bitter (something like biting into fresh rubarb), but not entirely unpleasant.

Note: This particular batch of beer was bottled in May 2003, purchased at the end of January 2004, and sampled in February 2004. Because it was so far past a standard beer's shelf life, this review may exhibit significant discrepancies from others on this website. I appologize for any irregularities herein and will gladly re-taste this beer if I ever get the chance.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly cloudy light amber color, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very grainy smell, a little bit of citrus.

T: Citrusy hop taste and grains.

M: Fairly smooth feel, medium-bodied, not a lot of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but nothing really stands out.

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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.