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Thompson Pale Ale - Snowshoe Brewing Company

Thompson Pale AleThompson Pale Ale

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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 25.08%


Brewed by:
Snowshoe Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-10-2002)
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by shleepy:
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shleepy

California

2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at 1st Street Alehouse in Livermore, served in a standard glass.

A: clear, copper color; low to medium head that went away fairly quickly
S: Some caramel, some not-altogether-pleasant generic maltiness
T: Mild hop bite, without the usual aromatic floral flavor; a little bit of citrus and sweeter fruit; some caramel; pretty overwhelming bready malt flavor, especially in aftertaste; my drinking partner claims there is a particularly unpleasant off-flavor that's similar to maca powder, but I don't find it quite that bad
M: medium body and carbonation
O: Pretty mediocre take on a pale ale, with less hops and more maltiness than I would hope for

Would not order again, but I didn't find it unpleasant, if only for having some fruity flavor

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 21:49:58 | More by shleepy
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jworkman

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

01-08-2014 06:11:10 | More by jworkman
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RHVC59

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Topher78

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06-11-2013 17:03:57 | More by GraduatedCashew
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brheuer

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

02-11-2013 21:53:06 | More by ptarmigan98
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MCain04

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz Bottle poured into a Mikasa glass. Came in a friend's random beer of the month club.

Appearance: Too big of a head on the pour, off-white with moderate lacing. Cloudy yellow-orange color that appears lighter at the base of the glass.

Smell: Lots of orange and grapefruit. Pine-sol. Pretty strong aromas, then again, the head was massive.

Taste: Grapefruit comes through the most, but a lot of acidity is present, some sourness that doesn't mesh well with the hops. Tastes stale.

Feel: Overly Carbonated. Not smooth at all. After the carbonation shock, it actually is pretty thin.

Overall: A young brewery that clearly has some room to develop, the Pale Ale isn't anything special, but isn't undrinkable by any means. The late hopping gave it some powerful aromas. Just wish they carried through more on the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 15:14:19 | More by MCain04
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OscarO67

California

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-18-2011 02:17:18 | More by OscarO67
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rab53

Washington

1/5  rDev -69%

12-09-2011 03:46:26 | More by rab53
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +54.8%

11-23-2011 04:46:53 | More by CEDAMA
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robboyd

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent little pale ale. Nothing really stood out to me as being anything better than average. It's certainly on the malty side but I still got a fair amount of bite out of it as well. Mild citrus notes, very mild, but a decent lingering hop tone that I enjoyed. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:18:47 | More by robboyd
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Preismj

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a light amber, rich foamy head that is very firm and doesn't go away. this one gushed upon opening, and there is plenty of carbonation left. fairly light bodied in appearance.

s: an immediate slick sweetness presents itself in a honey/toffee malt. light tropical fruit notes creep in and keep the sweetness going with a very light earthy tone in the end of this. smells pretty potent for a pale.

t: malt forward. grains with a mix of oat wheat and barley lead in and make way for a nuttier malt and touches hop bitterness and lemon. Then a quick switch in the finish to sweetness...caramel and toffee sweetness which fades fast into a watery bitter end.

m: buttery and smooth considering...hints at water, the body is inconsistent on this. light carbonation, could coat the palette better.

o: Not a bad pale, a bit malt forward for me. hints of greatness but slightly unbalanced and the malt/grain profile don't work all that well with the sweetness and hop profile they used in here. I would try again, but there isn't anything terribly above average here.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:27:07 | More by Preismj
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mikechance

California

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I could pick up a hint of cascade hops in the smell and not much else. The color was a soft copper and the beer had almost no head. The flavor wasn't bad, but it lacked any strong characteristics --- nothing memorable. The aftertaste was a little sour and I didn’t feel the need for more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 00:40:07 | More by mikechance
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ibbjamin

California

2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A coworker was in the area and dropped off a bottle of this off for me to taste. I pour into a pint glass to review.

Yields a quarter inch white head that retains pretty well after a standard pour. Relatively dark in color; between an orange an copper hue. Cloudy enough to limit transparency. Superb lacing.

Pale and faint aroma of light hops and milled grain. Has a real smallbatch brewpub aroma to it.

Taste is better than my nose predicted it would be with biscuity and caramel malts and leafy hops dominating. Quite balanced but the faint hops I detected in the nose are certainly more prevalent.

Medium to light bodied and somewhat watered down. Lighter finish, but not quite what I'd define as crisp. It went down easily and I would likely get one again but would not seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:16:31 | More by ibbjamin
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mpyle

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Pale amber colo and clear. Pours moderate white head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - Rich nutty grapefruit hop aroma - very west coast. A bit of caramel malt sweetness as well.

Taste - Some malt sweetness up front, then loads of hop flavor with the grapefruit and nuttiness of the aroma. Bitterness quite gentle, but has a lingering slightly bitter hop finish.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming

D'ability - A very clean, gently drinking pale ale. Not an IBU monster, which aids the drinkability. Malt and hop flavors work well together (balanced), and has no rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:30:01 | More by mpyle
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Offa

California

4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottled and on tap, but I prefer bottled because I have it a bit warmer than it ever is on tap which, to me, brings out thje character far more. As I note in my bottle review, Snowshoe claims that it's like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but thankfully this is incorrect and they do themselves an injustice: whether on tap or from the bottle, this is far better, with good, full flavour, light complexity, light drinkability combined with pretty full palate and body, and good balance.

On tap, it seems slightly lighter in colour than from the bottle, faintly hazy pale amber. As from the bottle, this is the most attractive Snowshoe beer, with a fairly large, foamy, off-white head that shrinks very slowly to a lasting foamy top and some nice rings of lace.

The aroma on tap is pleasant and fairly well-rounded, but not quite as good as warmer from the bottle. It has grapefruity hops, honey, toasted grain, leaves, and light grainy caramel.

The taste is interesting, very well-balanced, and well rounded, but less rich or complex than it is warmer from the bottle. It has light, sweet, caramelly, toasty grain and maltiness with piney-grapefruity-flowery hops with hints of pineapple and earthiness, honey, and toast. A persistent but light bitterness balances the sweetness and it has a longish finish.

From the bottle or on tap, it has an excellent feel that is one of its best strongpoints. It is creamy, frothy, yet zesty, with a hint of oiliness yet not actually oily. It is exceedingly drinkable.

However, I must strees that this beer's full character can only be appreciated when it has warmed up a bit. It tends to be too cold even straight from the tap, which really causes it to lose much of its character.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 17:07:55 | More by Offa
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GClarkage

California

4.08/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/5/07- Received from a friend as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a 3/4 inch ultra creamy white pristine head. Patches and streaks of lace remain.

Smell- Pine needle hops with a bit of grapefruit as well. Toasted malt backround rounds it out. All in all a good nose.

Taste- The pine needles assualt you first, but then a nice toasted caramel sweet malt comes into play..they alternate back and forth. Seems like it may be a touch more hoppy than malty though. Might even have a touch of english brown ale taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, which I found a bit odd for a pale ale, but found it real easy to consume with a perfect carbonation level as well. The foam was like a root beer float.

Drinkability- Had two of these last night...they were that refreshing after a day at work coming home to a hot apartment. Good job here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 00:10:10 | More by GClarkage
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oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear deep golden with a well formed tight one finger head that a ring of lace as it settled into a soapy-like mass,a piney hop presence is prevelant along with a toastiness and a very noticable metallic note that really makes itslef known on the palate.The beer shows a little promise with a decent hop profile up front flavor wise but seems to peter out and the metallic flavors seem to dominate a little even more so after you drink more,a lightly toasted malt base is quite nice though.Hmm this beer has promise but comes up a little short in the end decent hop character but it doesnt save this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 03:28:33 | More by oberon
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DogFood11

California

2.17/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not sure what happened to my original review but its nowhere to be found. Either it was a really bad, dirty, review or the more likely explanation is I probably placed it in the wrong spot. No worries, a fresh six pack will fix that right up. Poured into a pilsner glass it forms an almost uncontrollable head and hardly falls at all throughout the gobblage. Light copper body and massive carbonation supports the chunky lace and head.

Its rather spritzy and pop rocky in the mouth which is annoying and interferes with getting to the nuts and bolts of the offering. Some light fruitiness and a mild hop presence meld with a half toasted malt. I'm not an expert brewer so please take the next comment with a grain of salt "something may have gone wrong in the boil". All the taste that comes together just doesn't mold together.

Notes: I'll pick up the brown to see whats up but this will not see the fridge until I find out something has changed.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 03:02:06 | More by DogFood11
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brightest tangerine with butterscotch trim. The cap is ecru in color with a hint of pale yellow. It starts out on the small side, but has acceptable staying power due to its tight-bubbled texture. A slightly better than average amount of lace seals the deal on a slightly above average look.

Nice nose for an APA; more aromatic than most. It smells like pure Cascade hops to me. I know that some feel Cascade are overused and aren't cutting edge, but that doesn't bother me in the least. I love their bright citrusiness and can't imagine ever changing my mind. Of course I could be way off base and this could be a Cascade-free zone.

Thompson Pale isn't quite as pleasant on the palate, but is still tasty beer. There's just enough malt on hand to support the hops and to keep the mouthfeel from being distinguishable from H2O (and not a nugget of barley more). With such a frail malt structure it doesn't take much in the way of hops to set things right. The flavor, like the nose, is simple and clean: bittersweet grapefruit and orange.

The flavor peaks early, but manages to hang around for a while, especially considering the light (not watery) body. This beer is a classic example of using hops to cover a multitude of brewing shortcomings. Those of us who prize hoppiness above almost all else will look favorably on what's in this bottle. Those of you who don't, probably won't.

This Shoeshow Brewing Company offering isn't about to set anyone's world on fire. The only ones likely to cut it some slack are those looking for a simple, clean, light, decently hopped, easy drinking APA. Hey, it ain't Alpha King, but I've had any number of pales that pale in comparison to Thompson Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:58:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a slightly bemused golden amber color with a generous white head that is frothy in texture, the resultant lace a thin but covering sheet upon the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, fresh and clean with just tad of hop floral, start is has a nice malt profile and is somewhat sweet, the top light to medium in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity with the hops modestly spicy and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 18:52:05 | More by Gusler
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beerguy101

California

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Light to medium bodied Pale ale. Toasted nutty and sweet malts, slightly spicy hopps. There is an odd taste, that I can't identify. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is mild, Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 02:51:11 | More by beerguy101
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep-amber body with a short-lived head of off-white foam. It maintains a wide collar and lacy surface covering, but leaves only spotty lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite welcoming with bold and bright, floral and citrusy hops appearing over a sweet caramelish malt. It's lightly crisp and then creamy in the mouth with a very fine, median carbonation. The flavor is rich with an exceptionally well-balanced combination of biscuity and caramel-glazed malt; lightly citrusy, floral, and spicy hops; and a bold bitterness. It finishes dry with some short-lingering malt and hop in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 03:07:10 | More by NeroFiddled
Thompson Pale Ale from Snowshoe Brewing Company
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