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Paul's Pale Ale - Springfield Brewing Company

Paul's Pale AlePaul's Pale Ale

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%


Brewed by:
Springfield Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Paul’s Pale Ale is an old school, west-coast style pale ale that starts off with nutty and caramel notes from a blend of crystal malts and finishes with a satisfying hoppiness, making this an easy-drinking pale ale. Paul’s Pale Ale has been the hands-down favorite of the SBC regulars and staffers since 1998!

(Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 12-12-2003)
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to a cloudy orange/amber color with nose of citrus and toasted malt, this beer is well- carbonated and produces a nice amount of foam that maintains a thin layer as you drink. The body of the beer is cloudy and its small bubbles cling to the side of your glass, making for an interesting appearance.

Tasting this beer reveals an American pale ale through and through- specifically, one brewed in the west coast tradition. There is an abundance of cascade hops that add that familiar citrus character to the beer. There are other flavors present, too, such as a touch of caramel malt, toasted malt, and biscuits. The flavor keeps returning to the citrusy hops and it keeps you thinking about American pale ales and the great products that have made the American west coast so famous.

This pale ale is like others from this brewery in that it makes a good session beer for its style. It isn’t overly complex or amazing, but it still has enough going for it to recommend and it is priced right in its native Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 03:38:21 | More by BryanCarey
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber color that holds a modest head momentarily though does leave a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is full on Cascade hops and malts that smell a bit biscuity and toasty. All American pale ale aroma nicely done.

T&M: Thankfully the taste follows through on that aromatic promise and delivers a really well balanced and flavorful ale. Hops are in abundance and yet the malts are too. Body is really enjoyably full and smooth, though not heavy or off style...just right. The brewers certainly didn't skimp on ingredients. Hops seem a little one dimensional but I like them.

Overall: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this. I drank this quite a bit in college about 10 years ago, and my palate has certainly developed since then, so I was expecting less for some reason. Mueller's pale ale is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 12:44:58 | More by JEdmund
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a six pack of this back down to Austin from Springfield, Missouri. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass, no visible freshness date.

A: Beautiful deep amber color. Not quite as much head as I would have expected, but keeps a nice bit of head as it's being consumed and leaves some excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Spicy citrus pine notes hit the nose up front from the cascade hops, which are balanced nearly to perfection from the caramel malt sweetness and ester flavors. Hints of apple and red grapes blend very nicely with other citrus notes typically detected in a N.W. style pale. Earthy like ester flavors are also quite present.

T&M: Unlike many APAs, this one is bit more balanced up front, as the deep malt character hits the tongue up front with some caramel sweetness and provides an excellent backbone once the spiciness of the cascade hops hit. Nearly perfect balance of all the things one would expect for the style, as the hops never dominate, but rather give a nice dose of spicy, grassy citrus and pine notes, blending nicely with apple and grape like earthy ester flavors in a semi-dry finish with just a touch of alcohol and lingering caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, as it's a bit creamy, medium-bodied, with low to medium carbonation.

D&Notes: I have been drinking at the Springfield Brewing Company for 10 years, and their beers rarely disappoint, and this one is without a doubt one of their best. Funny as it may sound, I have never really taken the time to drink this beer that much. The Springfield Brewing Company is actually owned by a company that manufacturers brewing equipment (Paul Mueller Company), and consequently offers some outstanding lagers year-round, that are rarely found in brew-pubs of it's size. At least for me, that almost makes it a bit more difficult to drink their pale ale as much, as it seems every brew-pub and microbrewery under the sun offers a pale ale.

All of that being said, this is an outstanding pale ale this balanced to perfection. According to their website, it clocks in at 25 bitterness units, which is just over 10 less than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This is one brew not to be missed, as this pale ale could hold its own to almost any other out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 21:07:11 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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naterock

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with minimal head and a patchy lacing. a pale orangish-copper kinda light but still good.

a suprisingly strong malt quality with a bit of earthy hops and a kiss of citrus. a lot of similarities to an english pale ale.

Subtle qualities all around, with a moderate malt sweetness and just a graceful kiss of hops.

Moderate in carbonation and a bit cloying but overall very drinkable. Damn I love that this is brewed here in town and is so cheap and available.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 14:44:20 | More by naterock
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gpogo

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear copper with moderate sized cream colored head. The head dissipated to a small covering and left a sparse lacing.

A- Bready sweet malt with moderate citrusy hop smells.

T- Sweet malt, slightly bready with very faint caramel hints. Nice citrusy backbone which is far from overpowering, I would have liked it to have a bit more hop flavor/aroma. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky-sweet feeling left in mouth.

D- Not a bad APA, I have others that I prefer over this. Though after trying this I feel I need to take a trip to the Springfield Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:02:18 | More by gpogo
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (same label as above), brought back from the brewpub in Springfield. Thanks Mike for sharing.
Pours a clear golden-orange color, with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves thin but nice lacing on the glass. Not really the 'copper' color that they describe on the label.
Aroma is slightly malty, but has lots of fresh grass hops. Good flavor, with solid mix of maltiness and citrus hops. Crisp, bitter hop finish, but not overpowering. Medium body, appropriate carbonation.
A drinkable, session brew, clean and well balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 13:56:50 | More by BigBry
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Fuller

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden to amber color with a 1/2" white head that leaves nice sticky lacing all around the glass. Has a clean aroma of piney hops and some malt. Taste starts sweet and then turns slight bitter with grassy hops. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a nice bitter hop bite. Very drinkable, could be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:05:04 | More by Fuller
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to Ira

Pours a clear golden-orange with a small white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a slight bit of malt, but is dominated by grassy hops.

There is a slight crisp maltiness right upfront that leads into a mild citrusy hop flavor and a decent bitter bite. Finishes with a slight green hop grassiness, but not as potent as in the aroma.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A drinkable brew, but overall just a very average offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 20:15:04 | More by MaltyGoodness
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the clear dark golden brew. Head fades relatively slowly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts, with nary a hop presence in the nose. Taste is a short shot of pale malt sweetness, quickly shouted down by strongly bitter green hops, which more than make up for their absence in the aroma. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but this one's a bit middle-of-the-road. Not a bad pale, just not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 16:52:16 | More by ppoitras
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured dark straw bordering on amber/copper. Pillowy white head with clingy bubbles.

Smelled mostly of citrus fruit, also piney. Faint undertones of biscuits.

Medium-light body with sparkling effervescence. Assertive C-hop flavors go well with the sweet bready malts. Spicy finish with a lemony zing.

A session beer, enjoyable, but not too big.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 20:19:44 | More by Shultzerdugen
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this APA on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured an hazy, amber orange color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and good lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet pale malt, grapefruit and fruity yeast. Medium in body, a base of sweet malted grain and some citric hop flavor. Overall, its a decent session beer, nothing special about this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 15:02:23 | More by GossageBrewery
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soju6

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewhouse.

A: Served a copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Has a mellow citrus aroma with a mild malt sweetness, bit of fruit and herbs.

T: Starts with a mild tart nip that becomes a nice malt sweetness. there is a bit of fruit and spice in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 12:42:42 | More by soju6
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MTNboy

Germany

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with off a great off white head and lace.

Smell: It has a very melon and herbal presence.

Taste: It is not overly bitter at all. A bit floral with some of those melon tones.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced and refreshing.

Overall: I have had this one on tap and in the bottle as well and enjoyed them both.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 06:12:45 | More by MTNboy
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Msundt

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sharpness, but not quite as sharp as an ipa. Nice carmel notes on the after taste. They say that this is the staff favorite, I could see making this my every day beer. Definataly my favorite beer tasted during my trip to Springfield Missouri....

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 02:04:50 | More by Msundt
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Tone

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight citrus, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a pretty good pale ale with nothing outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 23:43:45 | More by Tone
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at brew co

A-Pale golden iwht a good head pretty typical looking APA

S-Good hoppy charecter with some grassy notes to it as well

T&M-Very straightforward APA good hop quality nice and earhty with a good amount of citrus in the middle and back. Nice medium body good cabonation feels good going down

D-Easy Easy Easy to kick back a few of these at the brewery or out of the bottle I really enjoy having this so close to me

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 00:21:16 | More by SpecialK088
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MarzenMan

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very typical across the board. Pretty much a standard pale ale. The same APA being made across the country. Definitely a good beer to have but nothing memorable. Ranking as an PA I'd say its not even as good as Boulevard's PA.

I'd drink it again but only when I'm in the brewery and have to have some hops. Unfortunately I've never been in the brewco when they had an IPA or a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 13:15:08 | More by MarzenMan
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jdm

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer came to the table with a nice head and reddish color. i smell some floral and malt. tastes great. very style typical however. nothing that really makes this one jump to the next level. it does remind me of a cross between a sierra nevada pale ale and an anchor steam ( minus just a little of the finishing bitterness from the anchor).

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2005 23:44:55 | More by jdm
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karst

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear copper with nice head and lace for the eye and an excellent hop aroma for the nose as well as medium feel for the mouth. Most drinkable and IMHO in the same league as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. I have enough for a nice session. Highly recommended.

Unfortunately I found the bottle version less appealing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2005 06:38:30 | More by karst
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found my tasting notes on this brewpub from our Rt. 66 trip, so I'm putting the review here. A good firm head over a respectably copper body. First impression is of mere bitterness, but after a few more sips, the floral hop character comes through.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2003 13:55:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Paul's Pale Ale from Springfield Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.