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Purist Pale Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

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80
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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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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 08, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Suds, Jun 13, 2005
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 TheDeuce
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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)

TheDeuce, Feb 26, 2005
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 blitheringidiot
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

blitheringidiot, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  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.

beergeek279, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

UnionMade, May 22, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

99bottles, May 10, 2004
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 canoehornpoint
3.78/5  rDev +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

canoehornpoint, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

rdrummer, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

oberon, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of theozag
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

theozag, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Bighuge, Dec 12, 2003
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 LiquidBreadMan
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the low light of the Appalacian Brewing Company, this beer arrived a light copper tone with a medium-sized short lived head.

Although it could have had the most complex aromas ever found in a beer, the setting prevented me from any detecting anything other than some cigarette smoke from the nearby bar area and the yeasty fresh pretzels on our table.

The taste was good -- hoppy like a pale ale should be -- but not over the top. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, another prerequisite for a good Pale Ale (in my opinion).

Too bad I can't buy this stuff in bottles down in Texas.

LiquidBreadMan, Jul 22, 2003
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 DarthMalt
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That's two home runs for ABC!

This beer is the relentless pursuit of homebrew. It is very similar to Dominion Ale, though a bit more sophisticated. I don't know what the hops are, but they are that quintessential "dry hoppin' in the bag" homebrew-hops flavor.

But I'm not going to break out on the flavor profiles much, as they are fairly pedestrian. What I really want to say is that, while this is only second Appalachian beer I have tried, I am already sensing a certian warmth and invitability to their beers that is extremely addictive.

You know, some beers really give you a workout, but this beer just works to give.




Aint that quaint?

DarthMalt, Nov 08, 2002
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
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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.