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Crosstown Pale Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Crosstown Pale AleCrosstown Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of ElGordo
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.

Photo of Spikester
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Reidrover
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.

Photo of Rifugium
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.

Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

Photo of froghop
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.

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Poserdisposer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of warmstorage
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.

Photo of Wasatch
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.

Photo of philbertk
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.

Photo of ccrida
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
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!

Photo of mnapier
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

Photo of jekane04
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of squaremile
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.

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RJLarse
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.

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MsRif
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.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of koopa
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.

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Crosstown Pale Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.