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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: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 87
Photo of macster
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was their cask conditioned offering when we were there recently. Pours a deep gold color with a thick 1/2" head which faded quickly to a light wisp. Pleasant hoppy aromas of Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, orange rind and some faint floral notes. Mouthfeel seemed too flat and undercarbonated. In addition, there was no perceptible chill on this ale at all. Seemed room temp which was too warm. Would have been more enjoyable served in the cellar temp range around 55* or so. Taste started sweet with caramel malt flavors, but soon the crisp, mildly bitter and citrusy hops intervened. Overall however the flavors were too tame and unsatisfying. Very average and one dimensional.

Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. A very appetizing beer in appearance. Clear gold-amber, with a moderate off white head. Aroma was malt, of the caramel-molasses variety and very little hop. Taste brought the hops, which were still well balanced by the malt. Beer was light to medium in body (seemed "heavy" for a pale ale), with medium carbonation. Overall, it was a well made beer, and easy to drink, but the taste was just a bit too bland for my liking.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / orange in color with a 1/4" head that sports no lacing.

Smell: light floral hops and bits of orange zest.

Taste: decent maltiness, light orange, mild floral bitterness, and a touch of honey and walnuts.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp at the start and finish. The finish is short with citrus and bitter tones.

Drinkability: good. This beer is basic and a clear session beer, even though it needs a kick in the flavor department.

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.

Photo of monkeybutler
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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 tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented as a medium amber color with modest white head.Smell is modest for hops with notes of pine. Taste is more notable for hops with a slight dryness. Mouth feel is pleasant, buth nothing extraordinary. An easy drinking beer, buth nothing spectactular.

Photo of pbjclimber
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden, slightly amber color with a very thin head. Moderate carbonation, and fairly clear. Nice aroma…a mix of grapefruit-like hops and a deep malt smell. Biscuit, doughy, caramel, a bit of meaty fruit. It sure smells like an Ale should. Taste is very well balanced: thoroughly malty in the front, with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body. Nothing is done in extremes in this brew…it’s a beer of moderation. Howver, everything comes together very nicely. No real flaws, just a good pale ale.

Photo of maek228
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
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

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 garthwaite
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour that was wheaty golden with subdued sudsy appearance and a white head cover.

Aroma of creamy wheats, and not too much else.

Not sure what this lacks, but it is not too much off the mark of a good cask conditioned brew. As some warming hits, there is a low hop sense while the malts stand firm.

Overall an easy cask conditioed drinker. Difficult to pin down.

LAst swigs: Not the best csk conditioned that I have ever enjoyed, but a good cask offering nonwtheless. On tap at The Drafting Room.

Beer is good. Happy CC beering.

Photo of beergeek279
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a 6 oz. sample at ABC. The color was copper, with a wispy head. The smell was a very light piney hop. The taste was a dry hop presence, with just a bit of citrus in there. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, have a few.

A solid pale ale from ABC. A nice hop presence that while not screaming bitterness, still manages to stay where it should. One I'd have again.

Photo of UnionMade
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliant golden amber, topped with a thick white foam. Great clarity, with an occassional bubble floating languidly up. Great head retention, keeping a misty coating throughout, leaving sheets of lace in it's wake.
The aroma is rather sweetm with a dominating toasty maltiness. Very pleasant, with a slight caramel sweetness. Slight herbal hops, very mild, with a vague grassy woodiness. A touch of oak. Mild pear esters.
The flavor starts with a toasty, caramel maltiness. Slight biscuity flavor into the middle, with slight pear esters. The finish is mildly hoppy, with a very woody, grassy, herbal hopping. Not terribly bitter, mostly hop flavor. I'm not sure if it's the hops, or if this was conditioned on oak chips, but I'm getting a distinct oaky flavor in the finish. Grainy, biscuity malt does a fine job balancing the hops, leaving a fair amount of residual sweetness in the aftertaste, along with some woody, nutty flavors. Medium bodied, with moderate, easy going carbonation. A slightly rough edged, although very easy drinking, mouthfeel.
A decent pale ale. Definitely more towards the english style, with retrained hopping. I like the woody, earthy feel, especially the oakiness. I certainly wouldn't turn down a pint of this, if presented to me.

Photo of 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange / light amber color with a small head of off-white bubbles. The beer itself has good carbonation. It smells of an American pale ale: most notably, a bite of hops with a rich malt backing. The taste is very similar. Sweet carmel malts and rich sugars ground this beer, as the delicate blend of hops pulls through to give it a small bitterness. This is very different than something like a SNPA. It's almost as if the hops are there to compliment the complexities of the rest of the beer. Sadly, the rest isn't interesting enough to stand on its own. Nice balance, and the beer may not blow your tastebuds off, but they might feel a tickle. In any case, it's nice to see someone break tradition with a unique pale ale. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, and makes this a very drinkable beer; one that won't weigh you down. Nice, but nothing outstanding about this one.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This started out better than it finished so the drinkability suffered. It poured from a bottle with a cool label a light amber with little head. Has a roasted malty burnt hop nose. Started with a burnt caramel then earthy citrus hop taste. Mouthfeel was medium with some lasting aftertastes effecting most of the mouth. This reminded me of Sam Adams Boston Lager with an Ale yeast and maybe a touch of some citrus hop somewhere. not bad, nothing to write home about

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 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 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 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 Bighuge
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost copper in color. A little hazy. Not much of a head. Bubbly beige collar. More malt than hops on the nose. And there isn't a lot of malt. Some subdued sweet maltiness. Hops are more perceptible on the palate. Quite dry in nature and a little chalky. Also cannabis like. The malt lay just enough of a backbone to get the job done. Some toffee and caramel surface a little. The body is about medium full. And mouthfeel carbonated nicely. This is an enjoyable pale ale.

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