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Cardinal Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Cardinal Pale AleCardinal Pale Ale

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very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 272
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

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

42 IBU
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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 272
Reviews by mjstacker:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmheinz57
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of irrevjim
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a burnt golden orange, lots of visible slow rising bubbles. 1/4 inch head, moderate lacing,
smells, pine medium roasted malt, grapefruit, very sierra nevada.maybe a hint of butterscotch.
tastes piney, hoppy, again very similar to sierra nevada (i'm not side by side comparing, just very familiar with sierra nevada)
feels full bodied, a little sticky, a little bubbly, a little sharp/crisp
overall a pretty solid apa, but there are some outstanding ones out there, and i would take a sierra nevada over this. (515 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly hazy copper-gold with a lasting, creamy white head.
The scent of citrus is strong in this one. Very nice hits of orange and grapefruit and a little breadiness.
Taste is juicy and pithy citrus right up front with a nice balancing sweetness and a refreshingly clean and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, really enjoyed this beer. I think it's a wee above average pale ale. (422 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dbrulet
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnished gold with a slight haze under a 1” white foam collar that quickly dissipates but hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big lemony citrus nose with some light grains underneath.
T: Big juicy citrus flavors ride over light malts with a pleasant citrus rind bitter on the finish. Really nice work on the orange citrus with a dose of lemon – like orange lemon marmalade on a light biscuit.
F: Medium carbonation and flavor, creamy,
O: Very pleasurable and drinkable. The brewer has done nice work on the malts and the hop derived fruit flavors, packing a lot into a medium abv beer. (592 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BigMac59
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of distantmantra
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (749 characters)

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Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
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