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Crosstown Pale Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
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

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Beer added by: mnapier on 06-02-2008

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Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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 barleywinefiend
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of squaremile
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 MsRif
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 abcramer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Poserdisposer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 jekane04
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Kylemif
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of elephantrider
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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