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Pocono Pale Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Pocono Pale AlePocono Pale Ale

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71 Ratings

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-08-2003)
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Photo of Todd


2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An interesting cloudy orange amber with a big bubbled patchy white laced head. Unfiltered I hope, or there's some nasties in my beer! Average for an unfiltered offering.

Smells kind of like dishwashing liquid, very soapy, but distinct of certain hop combos ... or so I've discovered over the years. Touch of faint medicinal, grass, raw honey ...

Smooth and ... very bland. There's an even malty / big dextrin sweetness and medium-mouthfeel, but the depth of flavour is one dimensional. Hops come in as a gentle bitter citric tingle on the palate, then turns into a faint tea-like character as it fades into the malty blandness. Hops are a bit oily. Earth flavours run through the middle. Some bready / toasty malt flavours pull-thru as the beer warms, but it's hardly redeeming. Finish has some residual hop and soap-like flavours.

I'm really not impressed by this lackluster beer. Something is missing? Or perhaps the way the hops played out, combined with the dull malty flavours, rubbed me the wrong way? I'll have to try it again ... one day.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2002 16:58:51 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date. Hazed amber golden color, lovely frothy lace.

Sweet honey malt aroma, some grassy and hop oil in the nose also.

Moderate body with a grainy crispness. Big toasted biscuity malt flavour, hops are not too bitter and balance very well. Some soft hop oil makes it into the flavour with a floral taste. Finishes slightly astringent with toasted husk and hints of yeast.

A mild of the road Pale Ale, went well with my bbq glazed meatloaf.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 15:56:07 | More by Jason
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a mixed label style, as interesting as the beer within.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a semi-sticky white lace head.

Smell: Nice blend of hop aromas; citrus and spice.

Taste: Not the bitterness you would expect from the typical mainstream style of a Pale Ale. Up-front dryness that is crisp and a bit spicy (pepper like). A touch of grapefruit rind continues from start to finish with traces in the linger. Malt is present yet it merely adds to this brews smoothness -- aiding to round off the unusually pleasant flavours.

Notes: An exciting spin on the Pale Ale. Perhaps it is their combination of Mt. Hood, Cascade and English Kent Goldings hops that gives this brew its unique character? Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear pale amber with a white head that cleared quickly leaving just a tad of lace. Smell was slight earthy, grass malts, with a hop hint. The taste was light and highly carbonated, but this is to be expected from an Extra Pale. This would make a good summer beer as it essentially goes down like water. No realy over bearing flavor profile anywhere, overall will give it another shot

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:37:30 | More by mikesgroove
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3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear orange, copper color with a one finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a touch of floral hops, toasted malts, and a grapefruit citrus.

T: Taste starts with a minor hint of floral hops, very light before being taken over by a pretty predominant caramel malt flavoring. Some toasted notes and breadiness come in before a good deal of grapefruit bitterness grabs the finish. After taste is slightly sweet, but still has that bitter presence there.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium body, slick feel with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. There are better of the style out there, this is a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel & citrus that are quickly followed by the breadiness of a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this may not be the best beer in the style but it's solid enough to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 21:39:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of climax


2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pocono pale did not impress right off the bat. It poured a dirty murky peach/brown. The head was next to nothing and faded to exactly nothing quickly.

The nose had significant bread tones with some dashes of citrus and sweeter cider.

The flavor had the same wheat bread taste, with some lemon zest. The finish had a lingering bitter aftertaste, but not the good kind. It surely didn't warrant another drink.

The beer was overwhelmed with carbonation, to the point where it interfered with the flavor.

This one has been occupying my pint glass for too long, so its time to either slam it or pour it into another receptacle.... the drain.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:04:15 | More by climax
Photo of Lldeegan


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange, amber with a minimal white head, not much lacing.
The nose is pretty floral with definite yeast aromas, grain, pale malt and a touch of American hops.
Sweet citrus and bread are the first to hit the palate, a hint of tart lemon and wheat notes with some esters and a faintly bitter finish.
Nice light body, crisp and bright.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 06:56:48 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of gabeerman


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle given to me by my buddy Paul.

A:pours a nice 11/2"-2" head that takes about 30-45 seconds to fade. Its about a shade away from being a yellow piss beer & 100% transparent.
S:it actually smells quite nice compared to the appearance but nowhere along the lines of an APA. It has soft aromas of vanilla & banana with a tiny bit of citrusy hop nose to it.
T:large amounts of banana & spices cascade across the tongue. Almost no real hoppiness. The slightest bitterness comes in as I finish the sip.
MF:it has a somewhat pleasant mouthfeel as the carbonation mixed with the spice almost teases your brain into thinking a nice flavor follows only to be let down.
D:the ability to down these is phenomenal as it is extremely light. The only thing that would stop me is the not so pleasant taste.

Overall not a bad brew but I'm so stuck on big extreme beers right now this one almost seems like a lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:56:22 | More by gabeerman
Photo of h00dak


4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this pale ale via my beer of the month subscription. Wasn't real excited about it because I'm not that crazy about pale ales.

When I twisted off the top, I immediately smelled bananas. Faint hoppy aroma. Good smelling, sweet. The smell began to perk my interest to say the least.

I poured it into a chilled pint glass and observed a one finger, white foamy head which dissipated rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The brew has a nice yellow with hint of amber color to it. Very clear.

The taste is very well balanced and hits you right away. Bananas in the front, hops and wheat in the back. Buttery smoothness in the middle. Half way through the pint the flavor gained a little bit of a coppery character but the pint finished strong with a return of sweet banana flavor. All of these flavors are nicely nuanced. Not overpowering. This would make a wonderfully tasty session beer.

Mouth feel was smooth. Almost as drinkable as water. Mid to low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. It far surpassed my expectations especially when I saw that the bros gave it a B-. To each his own I suppose. I think this is a much better brew than some have given it credit for.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:53:23 | More by h00dak
Photo of BARFLYB


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Pint glass, I was never aware that lion brewery made anything outside of lionshead, thanks Ryan.

A pale golden color with some light amber spots towards the middle. Smells include toasted malt and a decent amount of a slightly piney hop sense. Not really citrusy but there is some hops in here, im excited. Taste includes malts some caramel, slight applesause and light hops. The hops smell brighter than they taste. Not really piney or citrusy just earthy. The feel was below medium with active carb, I kind of expected the big carb blast. I would not mind drinking this again. It seems to be fairly fresh from this bottle, maybe because im in PA is why it's so fresh tasting eve though I was never aware of it. I would do a sixer in a evening if I had to.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 06:49:35 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a half inch of evanescing, whitish foam.

Smell: Sweetish nose of grains and light caramel marked with some spicy, citrusy hop notes.

Taste: Blend of dry caramel and toffee with a flavor of steeped, soaked grains. Citrusy, lightly spicy hops provide a medium amount of balancing bitterness. Then, it's back to the toffee-esque malt, though the flavor and body starts to recede at this point, but in no way does it approach being watery. Short, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A generally okay, comfortably average pale ale. Sure, you could do worse, but you could also do far, far better in terms of pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 20:07:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of brewintheLou


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with bits floating around inside. White head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell somewhat of a sweet floral aroma.

Taste is sweet with a slight hop. Not getting much outside of that. Mouthfeel is nice for this beer. I will not seek out this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:42:47 | More by brewintheLou
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Pocono Pale Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.