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Pigskin Pale Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 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

brentk56, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a amber-copper color that shows a somewhat hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit up front, but a deeper inspection of the aroma yields cracker-like malt notes and a touch of orange zest.

Citrus hop notes up front meld into pine flavors and an herbal bitterness that is pretty substantial. Cracker-like grain notes, some grassy grain, a light malt sweetness (though this is on the dry side) and perhaps even a touch of stale malt notes sum up the malt contribution here. This beer does have a big hop bitterness to it, it is perhaps the most noticeable part of the flavor. This is nice and light bodied, though not watery, like a good Pale Ale should be.

A pretty simplistic Pale Ale, this is not necessarily a bad thing in a Pale Ale, but this particular example seems a bit unbalanced (even for what is generally a hoppy style). Not bad, but could be much better; the best thing about this beer is the fluffy, long lasting head.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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?).

DoubleJ, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

jdhilt, Aug 22, 2011
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.

Wasatch, May 31, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 19, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

beertunes, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

cjgator3, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

RedDiamond, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.7%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Reidrover, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

msubulldog25, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of harrymel
1.98/5  rDev -47.2%
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....

harrymel, Jun 22, 2012
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
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!

BeerLover99, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

JDV, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kopfschuss, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hopmodium, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +20%

RoryOMoore, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

froghop, Jan 30, 2010
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Pigskin Pale Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.