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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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80
good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.86%
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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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 84 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

bigeyedfish89, Sep 26, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev +9.1%

tap

Pours a light amber gold with a white lacing for a head.

Light honey aroma with some fresh citrusy hops.

Citrus hop flavor up front followed by fresh and floral hop character over a light biscuit malt.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice above average pale ale with some decent hop depth. Easy to session and enjoyable, goes down very light. Not any kind of award winner, but more than adequate for the style.

Cylinsier, Sep 04, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

DJ_Cook, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

nmann08, Aug 31, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -7.4%

Jemes21, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

smithj4, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

briandaube, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

GaPeach, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The great bottle purge continues here in the kitchen of Chez Woody as I try to reduce the backlog of these confounded bottles that are getting in the way of The CANQuest (TM)! I have levied a self-imposed moratorium on buying too much more beer until I get caught up. Yes, there are some that I am not going to pass up, but beer merchants locally are mostly weeping.

From the bottle: "Notably fresh"; "Our fine lagers & ales are handcrafted in small batches & carefully nurtured to perfection. Please visit our really cool brewery!"; "Brewed with Barley, Hops, Yeast & Water".

Another mother-loving screw-cap! 8={} I keep getting fooled by them and I am not a fan, which only inspires me to conduct a really aggro pour. There wasn't much in the way of a cascade, but two fingers of dense ecru head quickly formed and evinced good retention. Color was a deep, rich amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. I am NOT a Purist because that suggests a rigidity and an unwillingness to embrace innovation, but this simply looked like beer! Nose was full of hops, especially a grapefruit-citrus quality which once again begs the question of where does an APA end and an AIPA begin? They are calling this an APA, so be it! Mouthfeel was medium and I have to admit, the taste was not as intense as the nose, so aroma hops were definitely in play while bittering hops were toned down. I will buy that in an APA, so things are good for the purists out there. I was also getting a biscuit maltiness, which further muted the intensity of the hops and not in a bad way. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering citrus flavor. It was not as intense as an AIPA, but it would be sustaining for a self-avowed hophead, such as myself.

My original, on-tap review dtd 26 July 2005 with scores of 4.0; 4.0; 4.0; 3.5 and 4.0 follows:

This arrived with a medium head which was egg-shell white in color with lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. It had a good malty nose underlain with hops. I experienced a medium mouthfeel witha mildly hoppy taste on the palate. The finish was a blend of malt sweet and hop bitter with the hops getting the upper hand at the extreme finish. This is a good APA and a good acndidate for a session beer.

woodychandler, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

PastorMeat, Jul 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Boggdogg, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

wrightst, Jun 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Dave_Treat, May 25, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Color is a slightly orange tinted gold with one finger of soapy white head, no lacing.
S - Very bready, mild floral notes, herbal ester hints. Slightly grassy
T - Just kinda basic, malt takes the form of toasted bread, light herbal and grassy hop bitterness, and thats about it. Very singular, though true to form.
M - Average, medium feel, a little chew to it.
O - A true English Pale, but nothing about this stands out. Though if I would recommend it to someone who has never tried the style.

Omnium, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Zetcha7x, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

EFR94, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jp312, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

LarryMyers, Mar 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

JKV96, Mar 01, 2014
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.