Pigskin Pale Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Pigskin Pale AlePigskin Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-08-2007

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

Overall a decent pale ale. Pours with classic hue, good head but lacking lace and retention. Lots of malts and hops on the nose, pretty straightforward.

On the palate more hops and malts, though well integrated with some good richness. The beer is nicely balanced. Overall everything works, but there is really nothing to make it stand out from the dozens of other pale ales more readily available. Worth a shot if you want to try it for yourself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

At the time of reviewing this beer the New England Patriots had just finished a perfect season of zero losses and perhaps by the time you read this the dynasty will still be alive. Or not. Damn themed beer, enough of the sports, let's get to the guts of it.

No fear of frothing as it rises to the occasion and comes right to the brim with a dense, rocky head that seems to cling everywhere. Orange blossom in the nose with a sweet biscuity malt in tow. Solid malt backbone of lightly toasted malt, some sweetness and a lingering graininess. Hops are American all the way with a tight kernel of herbal bitterness and citric coating. Hint of nutty yeast, a little wet citric zest and a kiss of tobacco. The balance happens middle to end with a fusion of intertwining malt and hops to a bittersweet finish.

The American Pale Ale is solid through and through, 6.0 percent is a bit more than expected to qualify as a session ale, but sip at it, and it will make due. Either way, it's on the money when it comes to style.

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a lasting short white head. Earthy caramel malt, nuts, and toffee in the nose with grassy hops. Smooth, robust taste with apricot and grapefruit hops, light resin, butterscotch malt, and a slight vegetable taste, whcih seems to be present in all of Beer Valley's brews. Nice APA.

Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a slightly citrusy hop aroma. A slight floral aroma is also present. It is pretty mild. I can detect a very slight sweet malt aroma as well.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Mild citrus and floral hop flavors, with a slight malty sweet flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly floral aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer. Low alcohol and a good mild flavor make it a winner.

Overall: This is a good beer to drink while watching the last game of regular season football. I like it. Mild and plain, but that is sometimes just the right thing.

Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am enjoying this in honor of the start of the first week of college football. Nothing goes better with good football than good beer.

A-The appearance of this beer is excellent. Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy off-white head that has excellent stick and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and citrusy hops. Very nice west coast pale ale aroma, but a little pn the faint side.

T- The taste is much more flavorful than your typical Pale Ale. Decent malt backbone, but the focus of the taste clearly is the sharp citrusy hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice almost creamy texture and good amount of carbonation. Very nice, nearly perfect for the beer..

D- This is an outstanding APA. I would love to take a few bombers with me to tailgate at a football game.

Overall, Beer Valley Pigskin Pale Ale is solid Pale Ale that really surprised me. If this beer was available where I live, I would definitely purchase again. Recommended.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of head. Fairly clear, medium straw colored body.
Aroma is a pleasant pine, citrus and floral smell.
A strong bitter taste, pine mostly. A dry effect.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
A solid APA, strong on the bitterness.

Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.
Pours amber with large off-white head and good amount of lacings.
Aroma is floral hops.
Taste is big citrus piney hops with a very nice malt undertone. This is a powerfull APA. The amount of hops would be adequete for many IPAs. Mouthfeel was fine.
I didn't mind the extra hops in this brew as it was so drinkable. Will have again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz from the Coop.. for the very reasonable $2.75 .. shared with a buddy while talking about work and listing to King Britt's "When the Funk Hits the Fan".

Very big head on this one.. huge lacing for a APA.. slightly hazy lite golden brew... suprising... lacing dries to a crusty bubble mess. :)

American C's hops are front of the aroma... citrus and piney.. pretty warm at this point.. only a trace of malt aroma.

Good bitterness is braced by a balanced caramel sweetness... pine and citrus rind are known very well mid palate.. Lingering toasted malts and a touch of gun metal. Lower than expected body that does not diminish the overall quality.... a Flintstone vitamin quality (Amarillos?)

Reminds me alot of the Owyhee Amber but with a bumper crop of hop flavors .. Could use a touch more body... Had I not had the Amber exactly prior to this one, I would probably have scored it higher... not alot of negative other than the big carbonation. An overall bonus is how fresh this brew tastes.. I've had it quite a few times from bottle and have been fairly impressed everytime.

Photo of JTahoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden-honey amber with suspended yeast and a surging three-finger off-white head that actually extrudes out beyond the top of the glass with no problem, nary a drop rolling down the outside of the glass. The head then settles to a impressively detailed topography with meringue-like consistency. Thick sheeting sticky lace hangs around the glass.

S - Assertive aroma had a certain bite and sweetness all at once, with pine, earthy green herbs, citrus zest, malt, and a certain something I can't quite place, slightly reminiscent of latex paint, but not in a bad way (I wish I could put my finger on that...).

T - Big all around--malty, hoppy, grainy... tasty. Nice pricky bitterness with a full malt body. Flavors of earthy grass, citrus, whole grain bread, and caramel.

M - Moderate to full with nice effervescent carbonation.

D - Awesome... a great take on an APA. It definitely has its own character.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see Beer Valley getting wider distribution in the area... every brew I've tried has been solid, and this one is no different.

pours a rich golden orange with a thick, billowy, ultra-white head which takes an eternity to dissipate, leaving some solid spongy lacing. The last pour gets a bit of sediment, making the glass almost glow. Thin head follows the brew to the bottom.

Solid pale aroma, with hints of malt and a good smattering of piney and grapefruit hops on the nose. Fairly typical west-coast aroma, a touch more subtle than I was anticipating, yet very pleasing.

The full flavor quickly made up for the aroma. Definitely a hop-centric pale. Floral, piney, and citrus hops take turns dominating my palette while almost entirely obscuring the malt sweetness, which makes itself known every once in a while just to provide the illusion of balance. A strong and powerful flavor that beautifully showcases the hop profile without going too far.

Medium-full body with some excellent carbonation. Almost creamy, surprisingly so for a pale. Perfect to drink, without any slickness of oiliness.

An impressive hoppy pale. If you like hops, this is a solid brew that's a nice break from west-coast IPA hop bombs. I wouldn't call it neutrally balanced, but it's a very well put together brew with some excellent flavor profiles. Doesn't stand way out in the crowd, but I would never turn one away. An excellent session beer that could easily stand up to some good food pairings.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's May...not really football season, but it's definitely beer season (when isn't it?).

Pours a very hazy amber with a stiff beige head.

I cut through the head to get to the aroma, which is piney and a bit sweet. Some caramel and citrus.

High alpha hops, sharp cheek tingling bitterness with a sweet lingering aftertaste. It's got a big flavor for a pale ale, for sure. It's juicy and downright drinkable.

Mouthfeel is deceptively full, just fillls your mouth up with flavor, not lacking in any way, not thin, not watery, it's one of the better pale ales i've had for a while.

Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden alomost burnt orange beer, with a very large off white head, thats very thick. Aroma pretty strong citus style hopping, malts weakly behind. Very hoppy even for a West Coast Pale. Citric hops, all through, weak malt backing, hops wear out a bit in the middle of the mouthful, then re-emerge in all their glory in the back of the throat and linger ever after. Nice enough on the palate, nothing extraordinary for style. Over all a nice hoppy Pale. on the verge of IPA territory

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine and earthy hop nose and flavor is caramel with a hop backbone. Light lingering bitter finish. $2.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

Photo of PDXHops
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a tulip.

A puffy 2-finger off-white head tops a slightly hazy light amber body. Leaves nice sheets of lace.

Nose is clean floral, mild citrus, light malt, some husky grain.

The mouth fills with citrus and malts that are at once husky, gritty, grainy and lightly sweet. It's a very crisp beer in general with a rather dry finish. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Toasted malt and citrus linger for a moment.

Overall impression: Solid APA- recommended.

Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear, orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, earthy, and some caramel.

taste is of caramel, a little nutty, and malt, ends just a touch of bitter.

overall one of the better pale ales that i have had in a while.

Photo of dfitch81
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pigskin Pale Ale is the first beer I've had from Beer Valley, and it makes a good impression. Although it pours with pretty minimal head that leaves little lacing, the beautiful hazed light-orange color is exceptional and you can see plenty of tasty yeast suspended in the glass. Pigskin has an especially fresh scent bursting with grapefruit and apple from the hops accompanied by underlying breadiness from the malt. I spent more time just smelling it than any other beer I can remember. True nose candy, this. Taste is quite hoppy for an APA; this could nearly pass for an IPA. Spiciness from the hops lends some real bite, but the hops do overpower the malt to some extent. Don't get me wrong: it tastes excellent. But APA's are supposed to dial back the hops a bit for better balance with the malt... Mouthfeel is about right for the style, nothing too heavy and with decent carbonation. Only the high (for an APA) alcohol content detracts from this beer's drinkability, which is still quite good. Overall an impressive PacNW-style brew that I intend to purchase regularly.

11/30/08: had another bottle, and this time the head was massive, long-lasting, and left beautiful lacing. I changed my score on appearance from a 4 to a 5 to reflect this: this truly is a great looking beer and IMO deserving of a 5. Also, drank this bottle at near room temperature, and the hop flavors were even more intense. It reminded me of Deschutes' Hop Trip. Unlike Hop Trip, though, this stuff is available year-round. Excellent!

Photo of harrymel
2.02/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Dusky amber with a persistent finger of light toasted cream foam. Smells faintly of amber malts and english hops. Tea character. Flavor is cardboard oxidation and some sweet malt. Some muted bitterness. Pretty severer oxidation. Medium bodied with moderate carb and off dry finish. I feel like this one is old, but it's hard to tell sans date system....

Photo of imagese
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass

A- a very nice hazy golden, almost bock-like color. Very small head and not much lacing

S- a very clean sweet malt with the slightest hint of an earthy/floral hop

T- matches the smell, but with a very nice and super subtle earthy hop bitterness.

M- along with the nose and taste, it is a very clean mouthfeel. Very crisp, but full, and leaves very little lingering taste

D- great sessionable beer for those looking for a crisp golden ale. I'm a huge hophead, and I could down several of these, especially on a hot summer day, if I'm not in the mood for a bitter beer.

This would be a great beer for someone who is trying to get into craft beer, and usually drinks beers along the lines of MGD, Bud, etc... It's not going to wreck their palates, but it is going to show them how much better a well crafted beer tastes!

Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

S-Nice smell of hopps hits you at first then a swetter scent.

T-Very nice taste very easy on the palate

A- A orange/yellow color with a nice white head

M-Very crisp taste that has a little bite on the end .
D-This is a great beer I will be asking for another

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice hop notes, some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, bitter, slightly sweet, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty APA, recommended.

Photo of JDV
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as a bonus in trade with hopdog. Thanks man! Pours orange with a fluffy lasting white head. Smell is mild fruity orange and tea like earthiness. Taste is very balanced with a nice malt presence with slightly strong orange fruity bitter hoppiness. Moderate hoppiness and spot on for a pale ale. Medium to full body with crisp carbonation. Solid, enjoyable pale ale.

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a huge head that sticks nicely and leaves a nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Lots of nice tangerine and lemon citrus; a touch of the biscuit

Taste: Opens with a nicely balanced biscuit and citrus profile that sways to a pithy citrus by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pith remains and builds in a grainy direction - just a little rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice APA; I could quibble here and there but I think I will just enjoy it, instead

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

Photo of tbeck
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wife picked this up for my while she was in Ontario, Oregon.

Pours a bright orange in color with a thick white head. Slight clarity. Aroma was citruis and pine. Taste was hoppy with a slight bitterness balanced with malt. Not overly sweet. Good mouthfeel but on the light and thin side. Excellent session beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Football season is over, but beer drinking season is year round. 22 ounce bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

White, creamy, and dense is the head. hazy body, the color being a blend of yellow and orange. Big hop aroma, though a little one-dimensional. Pine is the most dominant scent. Lemongrass and vague malt play around in the background. ... the head is still up, that's very good head retention. Taste...allspice, wintergreen, hops. Not the pale ale I was expecting to taste...this tastes more like it was spiced on the way, but those hops can create some crazy flavors. Flowers start to prevail. So does grapefruit peel. In comes a dry biscuit taste. I think a touch more malt could really make this beer shine. Nonetheless, one could quaff this easy if you like an aftertaste of bitter citrus (I do, but it smaller doses). Recommended for those who prefer a more floral/plant-like taste (does plant taste make any sense?).

Photo of msubulldog25
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Late October is the heart of football season (sorry, MLB playoffs...) and what better way to 'celebrate' than with a Pigskin Pale. Have had this a time or two before; today it's a 22 oz. bottle from Hot Lips, with salad and a pizza slice. Poured to an imperial pint.

A: Mild amber color, or a deep golden-orange, depending on your perspective. Lightly hazed, plenty of streaming carbonation. Mounding head, a robust 2-fingers of rigid ivory froth. Sticking lace top to bottom.

S: Dusty, dull aroma - an indistinct grain that's not particularly sweet, toasty nor enticing. Vaguely sweet lemon, a scone or custard. Also present: an unappealing metallic sting.

T: Despite a languid smell, flavor is good: a strong malt tempered by spicy and lemony/pithy hop bittering. Toasted bread, a rye/caraway flair, bitter green leafiness. Long-lasting bitterness, a little chalky/mineral.

M: Crisp feel, medium body. Coating grain fills the mouth, stronger bitter flourish at the end sets squarely in the middle of the tongue, draws the cheeks. Salivating with a dry finish.

D: Have had better and worse APAs; this falls in the middle of the pack. Besides the off-putting metal aftertaste and a bland aroma, there are some positives (bold flavor, good look). Probably not enough here to bring me back often, if it all.

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Pigskin Pale Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.