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Uncle Billy's Ax Handle American Pale Ale - Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

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Uncle Billy's Ax Handle American Pale Ale
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86
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Pegasus on 11-05-2007)
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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Tiernan, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity with a lot of citrus notes. The flavor is orange, grapefruit and bread. The flavor is very juicy. Low to medium bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy American Pale Ale.

Mora2000, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of dumptruck81
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional pale ale, one of the best I've ever had. Cascade I believe, but chewier, thicker, and tastier than your average West Coast pale ale. Fresh and full of flavor. I actually like it more than their IPA surprisingly, and my favorite beer they've made, not including the coffee/espresso stout/porter. Only 2 bucks a pint on Tuesdays!
Very well made and highly recommended.

MEsquandoles, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of spaceycasey
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap on a recent visit to the pub.

Haze free amber color with a good head that provides adequate lacing.

Up-front grape fruit presence - simcoe? Nice, not too over the top bitterness with a solid malt backbone to support. Perhaps resides somewhere between an APA and an IPA - still very enjoyable.

spaceycasey, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent orange-golden color with a fine-bubbled white head that fades at an average clip to a nice sheen and collar. Good lacing.

Smell is aromatic piney and citrus hops. Sappy pine bark comes to mind with this one. Hints of crystal and lighter malts with some green grape and apple aroma.

Mostly a piney hop flavor with a hefty amount of mildly sweet light malts. It's a pretty decent, straightforward pale ale that I would be happy to order again.

twiggamortis420, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, dark golden color, with a moderate white head, thick lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich citrus and orange rind aroma, and mild toasted malts.

Taste: Moderate citrus and pine tar hops from start to finish, beneath the hops there is a mildly sweet, solid malt presence. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit rind hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and full, quite pleasant, with no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Very solid and drinkable example of a style I do not normally care for, well done.

Sampled on tap at Uncle Billy's on October 13th, 2007

Pegasus, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap several times at the brewery, but I thought tonight I would really take the time and effort to analyze this beer for a review....

A: Deep reddish amber body with a good amount of head. Darker and richer looking than your average APA.

S: Caramel malts with lots of citrusy hop and ester notes all throughout the nose.

T&M: Malty caramel hits the tongue up front followed by a very nice blend of citursy cascade hops accompanied by citrus ester flavors. This APA is wonderfully balanced, as the malty backbone never completely fades to the hops, but at the same time just lets them shine through, as is appropriate for the style. Finishes with a good amount of hop bitterness, as well as a bit of caramel and cigar like malt flavor. Moutfheel is somewhat creamy and full bodied, about perfect for the style.

D&Notes: Hands down, one of my favorite interpretations of an APA. Superbly balanced, very complex, and without a doubt, dangerously drinkable.

AustinBeerLvr, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A one finger white head forms and sticks around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grassy and citrus hops. Some grapefruit even. Well balanced with a light caramel sweetness. Bread and biscuit.
T: Follows the nose to a T. Big hoppy notes. Grassy, floral and citrus. A light grapefruit bitterness, but that is held in check with a good balance of malt. Some sweetness, but mostly bread and biscuit.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Really crisp, clean, and dry. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An excellent pale ale. Probably my favorite from the brewpub. Highly recommended.

champ103, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of AChamberlain
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, honey colored. Fizzy, yellowed head. Light hop aroma. A bit weak. Flavorful for sure, pineapples. Fruity hop flavor. Almost tastes tropical. Malt backbone. Nice balance of flavors. Smooth, medium bodied. Good drinker for sure. Great to pair with almost any food. Not sure about the alcohol level, but it seems like it would be a great session pale.

AChamberlain, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of thugherman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

thugherman, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of BrutalSusan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BrutalSusan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of JDV
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp amber color with a good head. A noticeable lightly floral hoppy aroma with a hint of honey sweetness in the bakcground. Taste was a good bitter, citrusy hoppiness, with a medium length finish. On the hoppier end of pales, I’d say, and was quite vibrant and flavorful. A quality pale ale for sure.

JDV, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of redraider2323
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange hue, a little murky

S - citrus, pine. Classic APA nose

T - dry and drinkable with firm hop bitternerss and nice hop flavor. Great!

M/D - perhaps a little over carbonated, which may impede drinkability. Overall and excellent representation of the APA style.

redraider2323, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of acbe
4.25/5  rDev +9%

acbe, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Jmick28
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jmick28, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.1%

jenray, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber/copper color. Poured with an off-white cap. Nice sheet of lace.

S - Pine, grapefruit. Cascade? Light malt backing.

T - Pine, citrus peel lingering from start to finish. Light malt backbone. Simple but well done.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp, clean pale ale.

D - Very good sessionable pale ale. Washes down their BBQ well.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Mar 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a solid brew that is simple but hits all the bases. cloudy amber with a nice body and head. the nose is mlidly hopped with a bright pine floral. palate is husky grit palate cleansing but works nicely with the citrus fruit of lemon and plum. nice malt finish. solid all around.

rtepiak, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Uncle Billy's while waiting for the food to arrive.

Cloudy, copperish orange body with an ephemeral light tan head. Not much lacing either, although I'll forgive the beer this time since the bartender wasn't a fan of foam. Very nice aroma of light citrusy hops and tropical fruits, balanced by a crisp mineral presence and a backbone of pale malts.

I really enjoyed this Pale Ale...quite possibly the best Austin (or all of Texas for that matter) has to offer in terms of style, with the exception of Freetail's eXXXtra Pale Ale. Citrsy, resinous hops drop a bitterness level akin to an IPA, but without sacrificing the drinkability or clean finish of a Pale thanks to a beautifully-placed caramel and biscuit malt balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a perfect carbonation level and a refreshing, medium-light body. All in all, a fantastic brew by the Uncle Billy's crew, and one I'll certainly be having again.

wagenvolks, May 18, 2009
Photo of northaustin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice consistent orange yellowish color with small head and no lacing

smells closer to an ipa. the smell is great.nice and hoppy

the taste is very similiar to their hop zombie ipa recipe but slighty less hoppy. tasted very fresh and it was a pleasant surprise to have a pale ale taste so hoppy and ipa like. at 5.6% its very calm and ultra drinkable.

having this after the hop zombie i was belching fresh hops all night!!!

northaustin, May 08, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried on tap 13 Jun 2009.
deep golden amber colored beer with pleasant earthy spicy hop aroma and grapefruit smell. starts sweet but quickly transitions to hop bitterness. grapefruit and earthy, lingering hop finish. medium bodied. aroma has better balance than taste.

htomsirveaux, Jun 13, 2009
Uncle Billy's Ax Handle American Pale Ale from Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.