1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pigskin Pale Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pigskin Pale AlePigskin Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
View: Beers (16) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pigskin Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
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 froghop
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 PDXHops
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 msubulldog25
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Pigskin Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Poured a copper color and is slightly hazy. Creamy white head, has a lot of resiliency and leaves white rings on the glass.

Smell is a dry musty aroma of grain.

Taste is good, dominated by a sweet caramel bread flavor, with an acerbic bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Very drinkable. A nice pale ale. I'd like to try it on tap.

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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.6/5  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 Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of magictrokini
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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 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 JDV
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 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 cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pigskin Pale poured a hazy copper color with a nice 2 finger foam head with some encompassing lacing. The smell had that familiar pale ale smell with a good malt aroma.

The taste was bitter up front but left with a strong malt presence and some bitterness to finish it off. In the mouth it was crisp, bitter and thin. Very well carbonated. Not a bad pale ale from Eastern Oregon.

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 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 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 alarusse
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a large, slightly frothy head, which gives way to a hazy, amber-orange gradient with olive-colored edges as it settles in my glass. A very pretty beer to look at, actually, as the head is a nice firm, off-white.

The aroma is nothing special, and does not overpower (or maybe thats just my semi-stuffy nose). Mostly hops mingle in the air above the glass.

Interestingly, there is almost no lacing (a few tiny, scattered spots only) on this pint, in contrast to some other reviewers. Perhaps different batches produce these variances?

I enjoy the taste of this beer. While the hops certainly dominate, there is a substantial sweetness and citrus flavor which lend complexity. To be honest, it is a little bitter for my palette.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are nice. The taste does linger slightly, but certainly not too much. A mildly bitter aftertaste.
In my opinion, the beer really shines in its drinkability. Despite its hoppiness, the beer drinks like water.

I would recommend this one. Nice name/label, too. I can't wait to take this to a couple of college football tailgates this year!

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 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 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

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