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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of treehugger02010
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a variety pack the a friend of mine got from the brewery.
Appearance: The body was a transparent amber with a light tan large head which had thin lacing and good lacing.
Smell: The aroma was piney and earthy and spicy hops.
Taste: The taste was piney and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

WanderingFool, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of psugrad98
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with thick white head. Smells is grassy with agressive hop aroma, minimal malt aroma. Taste is smooth and moderatly carbonated with slight malt sweetness offset by aggressive hop kick. Taste is floral/grass like. Finishes smooth. Highly drinkable.

psugrad98, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
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

adamette, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

merlin48, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of tkepx182
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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

tkepx182, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of pezoids
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewery, this one poured out a bright and clear light amber color with a small white head of foam. Slight citrus aroma. Light in body, but flavorful for a pale ale. Finishes with a nice grapefruity tang and a nice grassy, somewhat floral hop bite. Clean tasting. Very good.

pezoids, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Bdel34, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Bouder32, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +14.3%

zoso1967, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +14.3%

crob3888, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of sailorsaint
4/5  rDev +14.3%

sailorsaint, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

wertschy, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Rhen19
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Rhen19, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +14.3%

THECPJ, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

bigdog73, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of monkeybutler
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear amber with little carbonation and head, and no lacing.

Aroma is a nice balanced mix of malt and hop aromatics.

Taste is the same: very well balanced malt/hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery but completely unobtrusive, which is really what you want in a pale ale.

It's very drinkable. It's not the best pale ale out there, but it doesn't have many faults.

It's basically what I would expect from a smallish brewery making an american pale ale.

monkeybutler, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  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.
Cheers!

[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.]

Phatz, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 1st notes on this (on tap) where a bit lacking; Poured a cloudy, medium amber color. Nothing to prominent in the tastes or smells.

I then had this on Cask and tasted on 5/19/06. Much better than my last sample. Aromas of pine, citurs and caramel. Tastes of caramel with very light citrus.

My numbers will reflect the Cask version!

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from DeadGuyAle. Even though I am from the area originally I havent reviewed the beer on BA.

I am sampling at room temp and using a snifter.
The beer pours clear copper/amber in color and I get an offwhite frothy head to foam up about 1 cm, this fades rather quickly to an edge layer. The aroma is light with some piney hop scents and a faint caramel hit. First sip reveals a beer with light carbonation and average body. The flavor is well balanced with sweet caramel to start off which quickly moves to a slightly sour and piney hop bite. The finish is a little drying and makes me want to take another sip.
I am pleasantly surprised with this brew and enjoyed it more than I expected at the opening of the bottle.

sulldaddy, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Jarod
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a glass this beer has an appearance of a light copper pale in a way. Not an aggressive head, and does not stay. The aroma is malty and hints of a earthyness-grass and hops. Good and clean. The taste reminds you of the aroma with a extra umph on the hop side. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

Jarod, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

It pours a nice rusty-golden color with a nice lingering head. Smells of hops and grapefruit. Very drinkable pale ale - mild hoppy bitterness and a nice floral aftertaste. Enjoyed it more when first poured..became thinner as it sat there.

JohnnyM2002, Aug 03, 2006
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.