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St. James Pale Ale - Half Pints Brewing Company

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St. James Pale AleSt. James Pale Ale

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78
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Litrecola

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-14-2012 20:03:20 | More by Litrecola
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-14-2014 13:14:54 | More by qcbrewer
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-03-2014 06:30:27 | More by MylesMac
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-03-2013 13:48:03 | More by DamageCase76
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ksolomon

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-16-2013 17:57:01 | More by ksolomon
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:19:49 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

05-25-2013 23:20:04 | More by Idrankthat
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-16-2013 23:57:19 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-06-2012 18:43:12 | More by cfalovo97
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 19:44:05 | More by smakawhat
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-28-2012 19:59:32 | More by 4ster
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-11-2012 22:48:39 | More by ptarmigan98
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-06-2012 13:44:44 | More by mmurphy525
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 22:25:45 | More by biegaman
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-25-2012 05:13:35 | More by joefinnigan15
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-21-2012 03:33:08 | More by Tarks
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Dayna


4/5  rDev +19.4%

04-15-2012 23:29:32 | More by Dayna
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

03-16-2012 17:25:25 | More by rinhaak
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-17-2012 22:01:27 | More by LampertLand
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WoodersonMB

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

02-01-2012 02:47:48 | More by WoodersonMB
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-30-2012 04:57:51 | More by Howlader
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adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-29-2012 15:05:56 | More by adhallick
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-19-2012 05:42:24 | More by schopenhauerale
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jmdr

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-13-2011 03:30:26 | More by jmdr
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first house I lived in was in St. James so I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer and Winnipeg. Thanks to kjyost for this. Had it a couple times on tap and was impressed so let's see how the bottle goes.

A - Pours light gold, good carbonation, bright. Half finger soapy white head that seems to wanna stick around. Good thick rings of lace and a good thin quarter finger of retention.

S - Grassy and herbal hops with a crackery note. More herbal than anything.

T - More of the same with a distinct lemon and dusty note with some obvious noble hops. Some floral notes as well.

M - Gentle but well done carbonation and a light to medium body. Definately a creamy feel with a noble hop type finish.

O/D - For a Kolsch this is great. Having tried about ten in Cologne, this is among the better ones. An uncommon style but a well executed beer by Half Pints. Sure it's nothing special but it's an easy drinker and would probably act as a gateway for many. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:09:04 | More by tbeckett
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St. James Pale Ale from Half Pints Brewing Company
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