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Pale Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Pale AlePale Ale

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 22.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bucko on 03-14-2007)
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Reviews by Misfit138:
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3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Dark yellow in color with a bright white head that left no lacing

S- Sweet malt followed by hints of citrus, overall pretty mild scent.

T- Mostly grainy and sweet citrus, very mild hop finish.

M- Light and fairly carbonated.

D- An OK beer, not really enough flavor for me to be a pale ale. Certainly nothing to complain about though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:57:16 | More by Misfit138
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12-07-2011 19:53:41 | More by nmann08
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12-03-2011 03:17:17 | More by melikesbeer
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3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer, with a small white head that doesn't last too long. Not a lot of internal action.

The scent is a mainly caramel malts but seems to have just a dab of chocolate malts as well, and also consists of some grassy hops.

While Brau Brothers Pale Ale is classified as an American Pale Ale, it seems more English to me. It is still pretty light on taste, but the malts seem to take center stage. Fairly bready caramel hops, backed by a light bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:08:34 | More by Tballz420
Photo of DaCheesehead


2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep polished bronze brew with a fluffy off white foam head. The nose has a little bit of pine and orange peels. The taste is like wood that has been rubbed with some orange peels. This finishes like club soda. Strange. The nose was somewhat promising, but the taste was bland and a let down.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 21:04:23 | More by DaCheesehead
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3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of six varieties in a 12-pack Brau Brothers Brewing sampler.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown long neck bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: A nice clear deep golden color with a one finger off-white foamy head. Receded quickly with very minimal lacing.

Smell: Not much there, slight malt and hop aromas...but both very subtle.

Taste: One of the lightest APA's I've tried. A bit thin and watery, but a decent subtle balanced flavor of malts and hops. Better than an adjunct lager, for sure...but not one of the better American Pale Ale's out there.

Mouth feel: Light body with moderate carbonation. Leaves it all feeling a bit thin.

Drinkability: I would take this over a Bud or MGD, any day...but that's not saying much. This might appeal to someone just starting in the craft beer world, who wants to start slow and mellow. But seasoned craft beer drinkers have many better APA options out there. My least favorite Brau Brothers beer so far...they do a better job with other styles, like their IPA and Scotch Ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:09:48 | More by ChopperSmith
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2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired from Sinatra716 via Show Someone What You're Made Of BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours hazy light copper color with a half finger of white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor spider webbed lacing.

S: Nose is dead flowers and caramel malt.

T: Taste starts very soapy, and botanical. Seriously, dead flowers. Big hearty sweet caramel malt character. Very off balanced and not very good.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, thin mouthfeel and slightly dry.

O: Does not go down easily, not tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style. Ouch, this was not an easy beer going down, the hop character is just not good and the malt flavoring is very off balanced. I would avoid this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:19:46 | More by Jayli
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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and grassy hops. Very faint caramel aroma.

T - A sweet APA with a strong dose of caramel. It was grassy and slightly bitter. Nice tasting but almost seems a little English.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty tasty brew. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:48:00 | More by zeff80
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4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= the pour reveils a nice looking dull amber color with a good two finger head that holds some average retention and lacing. The problem is that the beer is hazy. Lots of chill haze.

S= The dominate hop aroma is floral for sure. This beer smells like a bouquet of flowers and a sort of old attic sort of smell to it.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. The foral hops are here but not as dominate as the biscuty malt and the old attic smell. If your looking for an APA that is heavily hopped this isn't for you but it is an easy drinker with some pretty decent flavor.

M= Really average. Not too thick or two thin. Clean finish.

D= Pretty good. I saw that the average score was a C... Maybe the other people who tried this were expecting a hopped up APA like Sierra Nevada but this on is just a solid example of an APA. Clean and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 03:51:27 | More by jjanega08
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2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a light straw body with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is honey malts with very faint hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Flavor is mostly sweet honey malts, but thin and watery overall. Finished very clean with not bitterness. Not what I look for in a pale ale. Drinkability is good, but only because it's so light.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 15:22:31 | More by blackearth
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1.15/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pale Ale? Pale Ale? Ok, the color is pale and slightly hazy. It pours with a nice 2" head with a vigorous pour, unfortunately the nice head disappears. With that disappearance goes any hope for this beer. I took a whiff and it instantly brought me back to my college years. All I could think of is that this beer smells like my first apartment the night after a party, like stale beer. The taste is not much better, there is barely any bitterness, there is almost no malt flavors only a slight fruitiness. I would not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:39:48 | More by bigreduw64
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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very clean, with a nice one finger head and a mostly clear golden body. a dencent amount of active carbonation. The head doesn't stick around for ever, but leaves some lacing. The color is that of apple juice while the head is very nearly white with many small bubbles. Lacing is solid at least for now. A good looking pale.

S: I can smell fruity hops, reminds me of fruit punch strong in white grape juice. Delving in I get more malty sweetness, but nothing too strong, and still a solid note of fruity hops. Its a strong smell in that I can smell it from a few feet away, but not a pungent or overpowering smell when I put my nose up to it.

T: Sort of sweet, not bitter at all. Well, maybe a little bitter, but more like a fruit gone bad bitter. And no malt either. I taste some sugars. Sort of thin and uninspiring, but nothing to complain about. Patently average to me.

M: Thinnish but smoother than water. While there is carbonation in the glass it doesn't feel carbed in the mouth. Easy enough to sip or quaff.

D: Doable, not all that alluring, but not offensive. Something to drink when you want to drink and that's what there is.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 17:19:00 | More by mdwalsh
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2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber-gold with very little head. What is there doesn't last long. There's a little bit of hops in the nose and some sweetness. Not quite as hoppy as I might think for an APA.

The taste matches up to that. There's something a bit off here; an sweetness that overpowers the hops and doesn't really match the rest of the flavor profile. I think there's some potential here if they either up the hops a little bit (not to IPA levels, but enough to match the sweetness) or tone down that dominant flavor.

I could see this being a satisfying lawnmower-type drink when cold, but it's not the kind of brew I'd recommend for a savoring.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 23:00:14 | More by Larrytown
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3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a pale greyish amber. I had to pour it recklessly to get any head out of it, which I have noticed typical to the brewery.

The nose was very fruity for a pale ale. The main notes were fruity, particularely apple (almost apple cider-ish) and citrus. The hops continued grassy and piney, buttery tones evolved as well.

When tasting it, pilsner came to mind for sure. The hops at the forefront; apple, pine and grassy notes. It definitely had the buttery diacetyl presence also. Not bad, but not typical.

Body was light, carbonation was mellow, feel didn't have too much oomph.

I wasn't too impressed, as far as Pale Ales go, for it tastes homebrewed or something or something different. If you're looking for a good pale ale, this isn't it. If you're looking for something that isn't really true to anything, but not bad??? Try it? But I'm not sure who's looking for something that isn't anything.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 05:58:25 | More by climax
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came recommended by the local beer store.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow and medium head. The smell was not what I expected from a pale ale. Not much hops or pine but some malt and butterscotch.

Taste was not up front like many pale ales. Hops are there but not very strong. Medium body with malt and some citrus and hops.

An OK drink but not quite characteristic to the type.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:39:49 | More by daledeee
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3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Semi-translucent gold/copper with a quarter inch white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Sugary caramel, a lot sweeter smelling than expected, apple, pear, slight citrus, and toffee.

Taste: Strong caramel flavors followed by crisp apple and citrus hops that are more prominent in the taste than the aroma. Other flavors include toffee, some grassiness, and a slight metallic aftertaste. All of it blends together pretty well but it just feels like it's missing something.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than most regular pale ales, which isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: If I had a few more I'd probably have them right now but I doubt I will pick this one up again, there are way better pale ales out there.

Overall: I've only had a few offerings from Brau Brothers and I only enjoyed the oatmeal stout and now this. I said I doubt I'll pick this one up again, which is probably true, but if it's on tap somewhere I'll get a pint.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:27:46 | More by optiontwo
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2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with tytoanderso (thanks!).

Opened to a loud psst (I half expected it to gush but it didn't). Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of grass, wet grass, and I'm getting something weird; sulphur maybe or vegetables. Light citrus to. I couldn't get around that off aroma. Tastes of grains and some grass. Tart and almost sour finish that doesn't belong there.

Notes from 7/4/08

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 17:16:43 | More by hopdog
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to delriumfest for including this beer in as an extra. I had never even heard of the brewer before so that made it even better. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was decent enough. Nice and average amber color with a good bit of side glass lacing. Nice top of white reached around an inch and a half before settling back down.

The aroma was light hops, hints of grain and a light bready note to it. Nicely balanced and quite crisp. Nice flavor carried over well. Started with a nice and clean grassy hop note which desolved into a light grain mid palate before dropping back into the light hops for the finish. Smooth, easy, and light this was an easy session beer for me.

Overall not a bad pale ale and one that I would look to again in the future smooth as could be and went well with lunch.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 19:03:59 | More by mikesgroove
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2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks, Corey! Into my Guinness imperial pint glass

A: Clear golden yellow with a MASSIVE white head that's very very bubbly. Tons of carbonation and lace. Solid stuff!

S: Light citrus hops with some peach, tangerine and some pine. Not much behind the dry hop aroma. As the head recedes, there's some band-aid aroma - NOT appealing

T: Metallic and medicinal with a massive hop bitterness up front. There's also flavors of rotten fruit present. The finish is dry. I spy an infection

M: Overcarbonated and band-aid flavors on the palate make dyan an unhappy beer drinker. In it's defense, this beer is light and decent

D: Nope, not a fan. I don't think I'll finish this

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:49:15 | More by DefenCorps
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1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Boy bottle, so I had to pour quickly.
Very cloudy, brown amber/gold. Small head considering the early uprising. Seems fizzy and with large bubbles. Leaves a creamy lacing.
Aroma is kinda' messy with a wort quality. Light on the hops, especially for a pale ale. Seems a slight off aroma, like vegetable maybe.
Wow! What a mess the taste is. Really tough to break this down. Flavors aren't distinct, but more mashed together. Wort quality again. Hops are in mild bitterness and some flavor, but more bitterness. Watery quality to the flavor. Fairly long mild finish. Vegetable quality to flavor, as well as a butterscotch note. Yuk.
I like the feel. Has a creamy quality and a smooth carbonation, but I can't recommend this beer other than for that.
A disappointment, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 01:41:36 | More by garymuchow
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2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-yellow body with a thin, scant white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrus peels, vegetables, and garlic. Dear me.

Taste: Dry maltiness with a hint of peanut shells. Citric and bitter. Vegetal till the merciful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. I don't believe I've picked up a bottle from Brau Brothers yet that wasn't spoiled in some way or fashion.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:25:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tempest


2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eh... Not so much. The flavor is a bit light while the body is still heavy. There's a bready, almost peanut aroma to it with a spritz of citrus that carries over into the light hops flavor with the sweet, pale malts. This is not anything like your SNPA's, more of a broad-appeal pale ale like you might see from a quasi-craft brewery. I think these guys can do better. The flavor is just too bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 07:03:47 | More by tempest
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1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours out a hazy orange tinged brass colour, without any head at all...therefore no lace either. carbonation seems nil. nice aroma of some northwest hops, caramel malt and sweet butter. syrupy malt taste, a bit buttery, with toasted, biscuity overtones followed by a nice northwest hop flavour and a residual bitterness in the finish. i'd say the body is about spot on per style, but the mouthfeel is all slick and syrupy due to the fact that there seems to be no carbonation holding anything together. a second bottle poured into my glass reinforces the notion that there is a carbonation issue, making it difficult to get a real sense of the character of this pale ale. FLAT~! drinkability suffers tremendously because of this. i'll crack open the rest of the sixer and see if all the bottles are the same. if there is any improvement, i'll be sure to change this review accordingly.

another disappointment from the brau brothers. i feel ripped off.

note: a third bottle cracked open and poured out before the end of this review...same flat and lifeless character. terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 23:38:53 | More by budgood1
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Pale Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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