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Crosstown Pale Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

Crosstown Pale AleCrosstown Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%


Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mnapier on 06-02-2008)
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours a light cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.

S - wheat and pale malt. Maybe some subtle malt.

T - Just like the nose. A touch soapy.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - The weakest of the night. Soapy and thin. Pass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 05:15:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at HUB, Portland, OR

Poured a clear, golden-yellow with a quickly receded white head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is hop-driven, floral, grassy, citrusy, and some funky grain notes. Lots of hops in the taste too, dangerous close to an IPA, with caramel malt sweetness and mild fruit entering once the palate has adjusted. Light-medium body, and pretty drinkable, but not exactly the smoothest beer ever.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 21:54:24 | More by Rifugium
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HUB in Portland, OR. Poured a yellow/orange color that was very clear. Nice white head that receded fairly quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles and spotty lacing towards the top of the glass. Had an aroma of malts, grains and a touch of earthy/floral hops. Taste followed the nose though the hops were more apparent in the taste. Well-balanced and actually fairly complex for the style. Enjoyable.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually overall a smooth beer, but there is a bit of a dry finish from the hop bite. Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 23:30:25 | More by MsRif
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dgilks

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth white head. Decent head retention.

Crisp citrus hop aroma with a lot of punch. Mild caramel malts.

Light tasty malt with a big dose of American hops. Grapefruit and a hint of grain. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really solid APA. Great flavour and very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 10:59:22 | More by dgilks
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ccrida

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at HUB, Crosstown pale is gold with a small white collar leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy, skunks and cat piss, heavy centennials I assume. Flutters into that dirty dish water territory I get from certain hops, especially in some of their beers, which I could do without.

Taste is pretty darn good, a true pale ale with the bready malt showcase, while the hops provide the classic NW punch with out overwhelming. Fairly bitter, the hops linger on the aftertaste without bruising the palate.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty NW version of the style, with the hops cranked up, but still showcasing a the malt base. Good balance for a high volume pale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 00:50:20 | More by ccrida
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philbertk

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Cross Town Pale Ale--Sustainable Organic Beer--2011 22 oz. 5.30% ABV. 45 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Lacy big dense pillowy rocky white head. Clear bright thin gold color. Crisp lightly herbal floral hop front. Tangy crisp mild sweet light caramel delicate fruit light hop resin minimal biscuit dry light citrus thin textured Golden Ale body. Clean balanced refreshing hop spice end. Crisp clean flavorful hoppy Pale Ale. Tasted 2/4/2011. Purchased on Sale for $4.49 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 2/4/2011.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 22:06:32 | More by philbertk
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear light amber with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of citrus, hops, caramel, grass, and floral.

taste is creamy, citrus, hops, an organic funk, caramel, and some pine, ends tangy and bitter, more bitter than most pales.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:34:14 | More by froghop
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RJLarse

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Goat. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a pale gold color and clear. There is a modest foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some dainty lace on the glass.

Smell is a faint citrus smell. Not much aroma at all really.

Taste is a bit of a wet grain or cereal flavor with a dry bitterness along side. Not much fruit or sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.

A very drinkable pale ale, and above average. It is light and not too sweet. Except for the fact that it was going for $5.50 a pint, I would certainly have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:40:45 | More by RJLarse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: I hate to say this but it smelled like a dog terd with acarmel and grass

T: Some citrus, caramel, grass

M: Lighter to medium body with good carbonation and a nice light hop bite

D: Ok

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 04:10:49 | More by barleywinefiend
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice light, golden yellow color with a tall white head that dissipated promptly and left good lace.

A bold pine hop aroma hits the nose upfront, with a bit of grain following and a touch of citrus hops on the finish. On the tongue, the citrus was a stronger presence than it was in the nose. The pine was secondary and the grain was barely noticeable. The beer had a dry, sticky finish.

The body was pretty typical for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, the sticky finish wasn't really to my tastes. Overall, a decent little beer that I'd probably drink semi-regularly if I lived in PDX. Worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:59:03 | More by beertunes
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roths Sunnyside store, Salem. Clear golden ale in appearance..large frothy off white head. Semi spicy hoppy aromas,quite strong, some yeast and dough in the back Quite a hoppy pale indeed..well hopped bitter, citric zestiness..smooths out a bit near the end. Not too thick on the palate..well carbonated and goes down well..a good summer pale. Overall i liked this one not too complex but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 17:59:17 | More by Reidrover
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djbreezy

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at HUB into a pint glass. This review is from tasting notes.

appearance - pours an opaque gold with a nice white foamy head, some lacing

smell - caramel malts, citrus hops

taste - sweet malts, dominant hops

mouthfeel - light/medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - flavorful, refreshing, sessionable

Serving type: growler

05-06-2010 21:14:19 | More by djbreezy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkened gold body topped with a medium-large, white, reasonably long-lasting head.

Smell: Nicely pungent, aromatic hop nose smelling of fine floral, citrus fruit peelings, and dank herbaceousness with a minimal malt backing in the, er... back.

Taste: Fairly soft pale malt base with only a snippet of ill-defined sweetness, then it's hop time: fresh floral tones, fresh-picked herbs, citrus pith, and, of course, the medium-high bitterness. If the malts started mild, you can't expect them to crash through the window like a SWAT team this late in the game. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Thankfully, this isn't one of those mealy-mouthed, cinnamon-chapped ass pale ales you occasionally run it. While it is true I'd normally prefer just a skosh more maltiness, it's only because many brewers, in the name of perceived haute brewing, skip the whole aroma and flavoring hop thing in lieu of focusing entirely on the bittering hops, leaving up with a caustic pint of bitterness, bile, and vengeance. Not so with Crosstown! While the malts are mild, at least the hops and subsequent bitterness aren't ghastly and gack-inducing and you get a nice range of hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 04:15:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another fine brew from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:00:33 | More by Wasatch
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Precisely midway between bright lemon and bright tangerine. There are supposed to be three types of caramel malt in CPA. Going by color alone, there can't be much of it. The vanilla ice cream colored head is firm and sticky, gains character as it melts, and does a good job with respect to lace. Note: and an even better job in the end.

No caramel is appreciated in the aroma, so I'm not sure if the H.U.B. website is correct. Or maybe my eyes and nose are mistaken. What I do appreciate is a mini-blast of citrusiness that says C-hops. An underlying ganja-like vibe, along with white grapefruit zest, usually means Cascade.

Crosstown Pale Ale is delicious beer, no boubt adout it. The 5.3% ABV and 45 IBUs mean impressively drinkability for any hopheads who don't need to have their tongues abused each and every time out. As always in an APA, bold, fresh hop leaf flavor and clean bitterness is the key.

There's just a hint of something darker (and earthier) beneath the sugar cookie-like pale malt. Some of the top notes have already been mentioned... grapefruit peel, maybe a smidgen of apricot, pine needles, and a bit of illegal herb. Not only is simplicity not a negative in an APA, it's almost a strength.

I'll almost always take bigger where mouthfeel is concerned, though this one has no real faults. The low-end carbonation makes drinking a summer breeze. Fewer hop burps is an unfortunate side effect, however.

The numbers are still miniscule, but any brewery that has this many beers scoring A+, A and A- has to be doing something right. Depending on the town in question, I'd definitely walk across it for a bomber of Crosstown Pale Ale. I'm now officially excited about drinking the other Hopworks Urban Brewery offerings in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 14:57:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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koopa

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Very pale translucent orange with a nice 2 finger white crown. Some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Grass, peppercorn, floral hops, light caramel malt.

Taste: A touch of hop bitterness couples a slightly grapefruit slightly tangerine flavor profile. Label says 3 kinds of caramel malt but they are not very present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thin and a bit boring.

Drinkability: Low abv, thin mouthfeel, enough flavor to keep it from seeming typical.

This one is a a slight miss for me. It's interesting and will appeal to lots of people though.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:22:54 | More by koopa
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass; HUB just started to bottle in May 2009. Have had this on-tap several times, most recently at a beer/bourbon pairing at Victory Bar (Sazerac Rye chaser = excellent).

Bottle label fragment: "Cheers to narrow knobbies, kazoos, and more cowbell!"

A: Palest of pales, pours a golden-honey. Almost clear, a finger+ of fluffy white head atop. Subsides to a dense covering of cream, few carbonation bubbles. Healthy lace, patchy coating.

S: Aroma of bready malt, laced with lemon-citrus hops. Caramel grain, pleasant sweet-spice. Not as bold as expected, still pretty good.

T: Damn, among the most flavor-forward APAs I recall. Burst of caramel malt, juicy citrus. Lots of fruit, lots of malty sweetness and plenty of herbal/spicy bittering to balance.

M: Barely a medium body, crisp and clean. Refreshing, but for a lasting grainy-malt flavor.

D: So easy to drink, smooth. A 'session' beer with an abundant flavor, good aroma and feel, too. If you appreciate the APA style, you definitely want to find this beer - nice job, HUB!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 19:11:42 | More by msubulldog25
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Spikester

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a good two finger white head. Copious lacings. Aroma is of dark earthy hops. Taste is pine, leather, some initial fruitiness and a good malt backing. Altogether somewhat too bitter for the style. This was not a problem for just a tasting note. I believe this was a very fresh bomber as it was the first HUB product I have seen at the place of purchase. Very fine organic Pale Ale that will really deliver on the full bitter end of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 06:50:39 | More by Spikester
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warmstorage

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep golden with an orange hint, moderate head, leaves little off-white lacing.

Aroma: some citrus and earthy hops, a little grain. Not distinct in any category.

Taste: beautiful citrus and pungent hoppiness, with a hint of, well, bud. Really nice, and far more assertive than your average APA. Lingers long with grassy hop tartness.

Mouth: moderate body for style, good moderate carbonation.

Overall: very, very drinkable, and outstanding for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 22:15:36 | More by warmstorage
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft from my home system. Body is a bright golden hue, crowned by a couple of fingers' worth of bright white head that has some staying power. Aroma of bready malt is accompanied by a mild, fruity hop character. Palate is lightly sweet malt up front, a good dose of biscuit character and a hint of astringency. A good dose of fruity hops comes through on the finish, providing a nice balance to the sweetness of the malt. This beer is lively in the mouth, well-carbonated yet light on the tongue. A great session beer, you can drink a good number of these without filling up or tiring of the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 05:37:14 | More by ElGordo
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squaremile

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

EDIT: Something is up with this beer. It had been one of my fav pales for 2 years. Had it again after a long break and something is off. Tastes like grassy cereal and apple juice. Really bitter in an unpleasant way. Very rough. Hmmm...

Had this in many forms at this point and am editing my review.

Observables: Nice straw color, fluffy white head, very welcoming balanced hop/malt aroma

Taste: The first impression is that it has enough hops to be an IPA, but the sweet malts are fused in very nicely for an exceptionally balanced pale ale. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: This is my favorite APA i have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 06:12:43 | More by squaremile
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The initially bright hop aroma suggested to me that I was in for an Americanized pale with enough hops to pass for a scaled down IPA. But the flavor of this resplendently clear amber ale is clearly of English lineage. The malts are toasted biscuit and provide balance and inspiration alongside earthy, garden-herb bittering.

Though the aroma soon vacated, the bright foamy head left a labyrinth of lace for the full length of the glass. Carbonation was low and moved with deliberate sluggishness as though it were an effort to get through the beer's full body. I ordered a cask-conditioned pint of this ale and wasn't convinced that's what they actually served me. The graceful fatigue of a cask pour was not in evidence, but I won't complain about the agreeable freshness and inviting drinkability.

A simple beer, but expertly composed and delivered.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2008 02:17:35 | More by RedDiamond
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mnapier

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 4oz Sampler Shot.

Appearance, is pale and clear with a medium white foamy head and a drift of lace.
The nose has sharp pine hops along with some mild biscuit and some caramel.
The sip is hopped with pine in the backend along with some caramel, with the malt forward.
Overall mouthfeel is medium

Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 05:03:40 | More by mnapier
Crosstown Pale Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.