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Pigskin Pale Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-08-2007)
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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing kumquat with butterscotch borders. A few slow moving bubbles blip-blip-blip-blip through a sparse cloud of superfine yeast, eventually bumping into the underside of the pale khaki cap. The head looks even better as it melts and plentiful lace is a definite plus. As the beer falls with drinking, thick sheets cover the glass. It's a fantastic look.

The aroma is classic for the style. It features pale malt and an abundance of grapefruit and orange zesty American hops. I had no luck determining the hop bill, but it's safe to say that one or more of the C's are present. Gotta be Cascade... and Centennial.

Pigskin Pale Ale is right in my fun zone. The way to create a legendary American pale ale isn't rocket science: use nothing darker than pale malt (a little caramel is okay), don't use too much of it, then hop the living hell out of the beer with nothing but fresh American hop cones. Mission accomplished. These guys know their way around a mash tun.

As a showcase for fresh hop flavor and borderline abrasive hop bitterness, this stuff is hard to beat. In fact, it's pretty close to being an IPA. Check that. Now that mid-bomber are arrived, it does come across as an IPA. Compared to another APA that is actually an IPA, it isn't as caramel malty as Three Floyds Alpha King, but it's at least as hoppy.

Specifics include biscuity malt with the lightest toasting imaginable, then a few dozen Roman candle's worth of incandescent lupulin brightness and pine sap resinousness. I almost expect to see chunks of white grapefruit rind and bitter orange floating in the glass. 45 IBUs seem like at least 70.

The mouthfeel was good-very good for an APA during the first several mouthfuls. At this point, it's good-very good for an IPA. It has developed a lightly supple chewiness and is remarkably smooth given the raspiness of all those alpha acids.

Pigskin Pale Ale is my third Beer Valley beer and it's the best of a mighty delicious lot. If you consider yourself a hophead, find a fresh bottle of this fantastic APA as soon as possible. Whenever I need to fill out a box at Liquid Solutions, this is the beer I'll do it with. Highly recommended.

Photo of Spikester
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 tbeck
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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 OStrungT
4.22/5  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 SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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 brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JTahoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +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 Jason
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +7%
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 jmccraney
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dfitch81
4/5  rDev +7%
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 imagese
4/5  rDev +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 +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 +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 Perducci
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bkilpatr
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/16/09.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a finger of soft beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving slight lacing and good retention. Aroma is subtle with malt and herbal hop.

Taste starts with a slight bready malt sweetness which quickly gives way to a stronger hop bitterness. Nice herbal and piny hop presence. Almost tea-like in flavor. Feel is light-medium bodied and well-carbonated. Very crisp and slightly astringent finish. Drinkability is good aside from the astringency.

Overall, a pretty good and hoppy pale ale. And very affordable too ($3 per 22 oz).

Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden yellow/orange hue, delightful lacing

S: clean grain, earthy

T: sweet grain, earthy middle, mild bitter dry finish

M: med. body, prickly tongue, hint of sticky feel, semi-dry

O: Another fine Oregon beer. Nice grassy/earthy big pale ale.
Dare I say, sipper or BIG session beer.

NICE BEER, CHECK IT OUT!

Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Valley's hoppier beers would seem to emphasize the sweeter more piney hop varieties, as with their Pigskin Pale with its fat, oozing pinesap aroma. Pigskin pours hazed gold at first. But it is bottle conditioned and will release a fury of small flocs as you pour towards the end of the bottle, so pour slowly to avoid a mad floc storm. On the other hand, the flocs seem to enhance the mouthfeel, which grows more relaxed and full as the beer warms.

This big-bodied ale balances towards the malt with an initial caramel sweetness. I enjoyed its graceful informality and imagine it would be well suited to the arduous task of sports viewing. Just be sure to let it warm up properly.

Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Pigskin Pale Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.