St. James Pale Ale - Half Pints Brewing Company

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St. James Pale AleSt. James Pale Ale

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like the Kölsch beer that makes Cologne famous, our St. James Pale Ale is a medium bodied blonde brew that’s soft on the palette with a malty finish. Restraint is shown by our hop loving brewers as they add four additions to achieve low bitterness and a floral finish. Slow fermentation gives this beer its smooth fruity flavour that makes us say “yes, we’d gladly have another!”

11 IBU

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 09-11-2009)
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2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to tdadiuk for sending this beer out west.

A: Pours a clear lit straw colour with 1 finger of white head that dissipates leaving a slight rim.

S: Light grassy, straw scents - quite faint.

T: Similar to the scent with the inclusion of lemon rind and wheat. Refreshing and clean.

M: Clean and refreshing with light carbonation.

O: A decent light beer that pairs well with summer and patios.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall Carlsberg tall pint glass. From notes.

Golden eighteen and crystal clear body, stupidly slow and little rising carbonation. Head is rocky white and clumps slightly with little lacing. A verly large three finger head off the pour.

Nose is a bit small and slightly non existent. Slightly grassy/floral hop, some dry grain sense mixing in but pretty closed.

Taste is a big wow. Giant bakery white bread and wonderful dense crisp body. Chewy bakery bread body, with wonderful mellow floral hop action on the finish. Mouthwatering. Crackling palate with a mellow honey big density. Wonderfully balanced.

What a great go to beer for Half pints, sure reminds me of a Kolsch and a dam good one too!

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staring into St. James Pale Ale is like trying to look directly into the sun; do it too long and your eyes get blurry. Or maybe that's just the beer's complexion. Well, either way, its bright golden colour does have a lot of shine. Its head, on the other hand, is pretty lackluster; it can't quite cover the whole surface and fails to leave any lace.

Kölsch don't always have a lot of character to stand on, and fermentation will sometimes mark them with a white wine-like fruitiness that resembles apples or pear. Not this example though. Oh no, it has more than enough maltiness to conceal any hint of by-product and smells overtly, delightfully like a fresh country loaf coming out of the oven.

St. James Pale Ale may be a lighter beer but it's not exactly delicate. The malt profile is substantial and the hop presence appreciable, albeit dainty. While the beer is far from filling, mouthfuls are plenty satisfying (granted, they tend to come in rapid success). Sparkling carbonation and dry water minerals lend the beer a crisp edge.

Unlike many beers south of the 5% border, there's no mistaking this for water (or corn syrup for those more adept palates). This has such a dough-y texture it tastes of fresh bread and wheat. Indeed, the flavour is biscuit-y and sweet, or would be if not for the earthy, almost floral traces of hops that have been scrupulously whisked in.

Kölsch is the Rodney Dangerfield of the beer world - it get’s no respect! And true, it isn't the most exciting style, but that doesn't matter much on a hot, sticky day like this. In fact, it shouldn't really matter ever. Let other styles sleep in the barrel, or be inoculated with wild yeasts, when I'm thirsty I'll be reaching for one of these (or something just like it).

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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St. James Pale Ale from Half Pints Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.