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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 07-22-2002)
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Reviews by swfeidt:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-28-2013 02:58:10 | More by swfeidt
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-11-2004 02:55:42 | More by oberon
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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

03-25-2006 23:55:11 | More by chOAKbarrell
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

10-09-2012 13:11:03 | More by squeakmeister
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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

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!

08-14-2005 00:21:16 | More by merlin48
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-06-2014 11:26:05 | More by briandaube
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-07-2013 23:40:32 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

06-21-2013 22:26:16 | More by wander4
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2012 00:15:55 | More by ChickenBugg
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-16-2007 00:06:32 | More by Metalmonk
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-10-2004 23:26:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-12-2013 02:57:40 | More by avisong
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3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

08-02-2008 16:05:16 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2012 05:37:39 | More by cliff1066
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-27-2012 23:50:32 | More by Larrydoherty
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-30-2011 01:00:22 | More by Bdel34
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-22-2013 01:57:04 | More by DavidGross
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-23-2013 02:23:14 | More by timjim1327
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

08-31-2008 02:58:27 | More by Gmann
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

10-04-2013 13:21:48 | More by Bouder32
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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

02-01-2007 06:06:15 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.43/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-20-2009 23:11:44 | More by tone77
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2%

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.

12-16-2008 23:58:51 | More by beerthulhu
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

11-10-2011 02:03:17 | More by akorsak
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

01-29-2014 23:36:12 | More by buzzy
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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