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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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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 dan027
2/5  rDev -42.9%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.05/5  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.

Rifugium, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mgironta
2.45/5  rDev -30%
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.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of squeakmeister
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

squeakmeister, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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.

jneiswender, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of pbjclimber
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an with an orange hue with a 2+ inch head that quickly dissipated. The smell was not very hoppy and had an aroma of grain. The beer had a distinct taste of grain, yeast, and malt with a little hops at this end. I had about a third of the glass and desided that I could not finish this beer.

pbjclimber, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -14.3%

timjim1327, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of crowsnest
3/5  rDev -14.3%

crowsnest, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of pathman
3/5  rDev -14.3%

pathman, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of jtd335
3/5  rDev -14.3%

jtd335, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

bigfnjoe, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of KatyC
3/5  rDev -14.3%

KatyC, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Boggdogg
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Boggdogg, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of everlong353
3/5  rDev -14.3%

everlong353, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of EinFesteBurg
3/5  rDev -14.3%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of garthwaite
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a simple orangish gold with a miniscule white bubbly head. Aroma of caramel malt with some pine & citrus. Wave of caramel up front with a bit of bitterness and some mildly citrusy hops. Continues with a solid base of biscuit & caramel malt, some fruity esters, & definitely evidence of dry hopping. Finishes moderately bitter & reasonably drinkable.

garthwaite, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.3%

nmann08, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3/5  rDev -14.3%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of PastorMeat
3/5  rDev -14.3%

PastorMeat, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of maek228
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A sunburnt orange that poured with a thick head. The head quickly dissipated. No clingage.

Smell: Floral and grassy aroma.

Taste: Bland. Weak cereal grain and malt flavors are upfront. Mild and dull hop kick at the end. Snuh

Mouthfeel: Thin and unimpressive.

Drinkability: For all its negatives....it goes down easy

maek228, May 13, 2005
Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent amber with respectable head. Smells malty, slightly musty. Flavor is round, a bit woody, with a bit of spice. Lacking in hop essence. Nothing to be ashamed of, but hardly a beer to seek out considering the glut of excellent pale ales and IPAs available on the American market. This would have been a breakout beer in 1985, but now it is merely not embarrassing.

Seanibus, May 04, 2008
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

GeorgianBayPackr, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of HugoGrim
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a sampler pack which included 5 of their year round brews. A very clear reddish appearance. The head was nice while it lasted, though that wasn't very long. It had a nice nutty almost rustic scent. The flavor was nutty with a nice hop flavor, hints of caramel, and even a slight citrus essence though you wouldn't notice it right away.

HugoGrim, Nov 08, 2005
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.