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American Pale Ale - Bluegrass Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.79% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An American standard, BBC APA is a full bodied and heavily hopped American Ale. It is copper in color and brewed with a blend of pale and crystal malts, balancing the citrus and pine flavors from large doses of American and English hops to create a very drinkable, hoppy ale. BBC APA is a hophead’s dream!

55.2 IBU

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 10-23-2007)
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Reviews by ABOWMan:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with vigorous carbonation a full four fingers of head, still waiting on the beer to settle out. Once I got some of the foam to settle, I noted a dark tan color with perfect clarity. Given the excessive carbonation, I am curious to try this "active" APA. No lacing was evident.

The aroma was of brown sugar and apple, some malt and not piney hop.

The flavor had a nice malty backbone with no hop bitterness or crispness. The flavor also came across thin.

The mouth feel was thin as well, (a low ABV??)

Drinkability was good, but only because the flavor was so transparent.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 22:25:09 | More by ABOWMan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-23-2014 12:46:24 | More by DYount80
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3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a point glass. Appears a dark amber color with a small of white had. The grass sticks around fit a while, and leaves good lacing.

The nose is very sweet with lots of caramel. Not a lot of good going on here, but it doesn't smell bad. The taste is more balanced, with the malts playing up front, and the hops coming through, bringing some pine and bitterness. The finish is a little sweet, but still has balance.

The mouthfeel is on par for a pale ale, but maybe a little sticky for me. Overall, it's a pretty average brew, and nothing that blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:14:43 | More by zimm421
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-13-2013 02:37:07 | More by Jvcshad
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-11-2013 02:57:38 | More by craftbrew502
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

12-22-2012 14:15:08 | More by Lukass
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

11-28-2012 18:30:36 | More by epicus
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown hue with a small amount of head, some lacing
S- I sense a malty/hop aroma
T- Up front hops that does not allow for many other tastes
M- good amount of carbonation, does not linger all that much.
O- Nice APA that was worth the price of 9 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 02:18:57 | More by patpbr
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-13-2012 02:58:18 | More by gutbuster
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-06-2012 04:18:55 | More by avisong
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

04-03-2012 00:50:55 | More by Dokteravalanche
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3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful medium brown color, good carbonation, nice white/tan head that's thick and has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Pine/floral hops

Taste: Very pine and floral with sweetness but not overpowering, not much else.

Mouthfeel: lacks carbonation

This is a good quality beer. The pine needle taste is a little too much for me, but the beer is much better than average.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:02:13 | More by donmonkey1
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

03-23-2012 00:10:25 | More by lilnicky068
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-29-2011 15:50:47 | More by akinsja
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-23-2011 22:08:42 | More by williamapike
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-19-2011 17:32:36 | More by sharpa17
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New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-17-2011 00:23:05 | More by sobeleg
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2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like head....well this is for you. Huge almost root beer float like top on this one. Murky orange body with a lot of lively bubbles.

Spicy hops with a hint of citrus opens it. Followed by and mingled with a LOT of bready elements that adds a lot of grain elements. This is followed by a lot of sweet malt notes. I'm expecting a very english pale ale flavor.

This is a well balanced beer, a good bit of hop bitterness at the end but the beer is well balanced as it goes through. Bready grains mixed with a lot of floral citrus notes. These notes never pass the sweetness of the malt beyond a touch of hops at the end. The finish has a good bit of soapy flavors that I'm not digging.

Given the AMAZING head, the carbonation in the glass seems marginal at best.

This isn't my style of beer. The english elements are iffy to say the best. It isn't a great beer and I won't go back I have to say.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 10:46:46 | More by bobhits
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium foamy head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly floral, citrus and hops.

T - Slightly malty start with grains coming through and a citrusy hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Good APA that's smooth and refreshing. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 14:06:34 | More by taigor
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4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2011. Fantastic.
12oz->Young's Pint

A ~ Pours a nice burnt amber color with a perfectly carbonated
ivory head. GREAT lacing and SOLID retention. Settles into nice cap with little rings embedded within.

S ~ Pale malt and resin...bit of caramel & earth. Smells like a perfect pale with a good amount of hops.

T ~ Wow! American hops first off. Lots of clean grassy hop flavor. Pale malt mid-palette providing a nice fresh bread quality with a touch of caramel & honey. There's a bit of hop oil on the back of the throat. It's almost like 2 phases of hops. Grass->Sweet Malt->Resin/Citric.
There's a grapefruit juice quality of bitter on the finish.

M ~ A medium-light body with nice unobtrusive carbonation. Hoppy enough without killing the Pale Malt that literally makes a pale ale. Lots of hop oils going on.

D ~ I just really enjoyed this beer. At less than 6%, it is the perfect session pale for a hophead. Got a good kick to it. I would love to try it on tap.
My first great beer from Kentucky. Thanks Cresant


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:44:27 | More by chocosushi
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4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper to orange in color with a nice centimeter of head.

Nice amounts of juicy fruit and citrus in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and a delicious burst of hops. Amarillo comes to mind. I really love the blend of light carame/biscuity malts to the fruity hops. Plenty of delicious hop resin and citrus just blend wonderfully.

Delicious APA and one that I don't pass up.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 14:37:11 | More by stewart124
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1.27/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I should preface this review by saying that I received an old bottle. I am only going to post this review because I feel I need to review the beer in the condition I received it. I will be re-reviewing it when I get the chance to sample a fresh bottle.

Appearance - An orangish/amber/copper color with some yellow highlights around the bottoms and sides. It's hazy with an off white colored head that was kind of small and didn't leave much lacing or have much retetnion. The color is nice though.

Smell - The smell revealed some apple and some sourness. I think I may have a bottle that is a bit old. Not real citrus to speak of. It smells a bit dank and stale and rotten.

Taste - Rank!!!! Almost like amonia. This beer is old. Sorry, but I can't give this a proper review.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel seems medium and dry. Couldn't really tell because I was too distracted.

Drinkability - Couldn't drink it. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 14:25:58 | More by Shrews629
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3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my brand new Gouden Carolus glass...Pours a dirty, murky light brown, much darker in the middle. The head is light tan, doesn't rise more than a finger with poor lacing...A light dank aroma of alcohol, caramel, and grass hops. Actually pretty decent for a pale ale, could use a touch less alcohol and caramel...The taste brings out even more alcohol, way to much for a pale, would love to know the abv here to see if this is supposed to a double pale ale or just really poor execution. Wet grassy and strong hops finish the beer, bitter finish. A touch of the sweetness from the aroma would probably have balanced this out...Full feel, crisp sip. Tough to crush which is what I like in my apa's.

Not worth trying yet

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:02:00 | More by jrallen34
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a drinkable hoppy ale. It does not pour a significant head, but the copper color is very pleasant.

This is a local beer for me, which means I've also had it on tap many times. If you like hops and want a local brew in Kentucky, this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:00:08 | More by rapayn01
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1.83/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- looks like apple cider, little head

S- initial flowery hop bouquet fades fast

T- overly bitter, metallic grapefruitish taste that cannot escape my mouth.

MF- well carbonated

D- taste buds don't wake up but are jolted awake by the bitter hops. I suspect that this beer is more or less true to style but generally i like american IPA and this one does not stand out for me.

Please note the freshness is questionable - about 8-9 months.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:51:22 | More by Poppleton
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American Pale Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co.
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