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Cardinal Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Cardinal Pale AleCardinal Pale Ale

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Pale Ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009)
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Miami66, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Ben7773, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 29, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Nicky's BBQ and bar da the Bronx, NY, a ways back and reviewed from notes.

Pours clear, on the lighter side of almond amber.

Minor off white head, leaves nice looking fine and high lacing.

Grainy hop nose

Pleasantly hopped up and tasty pale. Hops are fresh, resiny and well represented in the mix.

Worth giving this on a try if you see it available in your area.

Billolick, Sep 22, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, brownish-gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: piney hops

Taste: big time citrus with orange and lemon taking center stage, some pale malt.

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness and dryness towards the end, dryness at the end, medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

Overall: An excellent good citrusy pale ale. The nose gives no indication of how juicy this pale ale is. One of the better tasting domestic pale ales. Would certainly get a six pack.

tigg924, May 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear gold with decent off-white head that then mostly dissipates.

Smell: Caramel and citrus.

Taste: Sweet caramel core with some toastiness. There are some citrus and spicy notes as well, especially on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Textbook Pale Ale. Nothing fancy but can sometimes hit the spot.

bsp77, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and caramel. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Earthy hop hints of grass and some pine resin. Solid malt balance with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid balanced APA aroma.

Taste: Like the smells hints at, a nicely earthy and juicy balanced blend of hops and malt with notes of citrus, grass, and caramel. Earthy hop presence with notes of wet grass and some pine. Citrus hops with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and some melon. Good presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, cracker, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Pale Ale. A well balanced mix of hops and malt.

MattyG85, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

sgttibbs, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

dcbeers, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

RDW, Apr 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Griffith, Sep 04, 2014
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2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Nebraska Brewing Company. December 26th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a dark amber color, different than many pales, but reminiscent of Mirror Pond. There was a nice white head of foam that retained it's form throughout and left decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: There was a very bitter, almost burnt aroma of malt and hops.

T: Not impressed, much more bitter than expected. Strong malt profile with a faint hint of hops. Almost reminded me of a cross between an ESB and an Amber.

M: Pretty light mouthfeel. As bitter as the beer was, it didn't leave an unpleasant aftertaste.

O: This was a pretty weak offering from Nebraska Brewing. This could be partly due to me being from the Pacific Northwest where I've had much better.

distantmantra, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

let8it8grow, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

avisong, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jheezee, Nov 06, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -28.6%

BigAl18, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mjstacker, Apr 30, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Faint husky graininess & a little citrus

T: Herbal & piney hops mix with a little breadyness, a touch of orange peel up front. Dryness, slight biscuitty malt & a little aspirin, pears & grapefruit, plus woody bitterness as this warms. Finishes crisp, bready with a little bit of pear fruitttyness & a little grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation; pretty good balance

Drinks easy, not bad for the style, but not one I would buy again

russpowell, Jun 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

hophugger, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

sonofliberty2, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

CrummyLuke, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

waddellc2, Sep 02, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of malts as well. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some citrus, just a bit of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, May 22, 2014
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Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.