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Cardinal Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 27 | 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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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Photo of distantmantra
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of ordybill
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass
Aroma- Strong toasted malt aroma with a citrus backdrop.
Appearance- A nice golden yellow color with a medium sized off-white head.
Taste- Strong malt flavor that is common with ales
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A good Pale Ale that should be tried if you can find it.

Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes of the citrus hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with grapefruit notes along with some pine, but not quite as hoppy as it smells. Malts come through next and add a little caramel sweetness along with toasted bread. Finishes fairly with a touch of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pale, but could use a little more oomph.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, citrus and lightly grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit malt, orange and lemon citrus and lightly piney hops; finishes citrusy and spicy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice, flavorful pale ale with good hop and malt balance. Not a style I drink much any more, but this is a nicely made one that I would get again if in the mood (and it visited the West again).

Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves bubbly splotches behind.

S- Hoppier smelling than your average pale ale with a nice cereal grain malt sweetness that brings to mind burnt sugar. Also a hint of citrus.

T- Not as hoppy as the aroma leads on but there's a sturdy bitter hop aftertaste. The sweetness is certainly there to provide a decent balance.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Pretty straightforward pale ale with nothing special making it stand out among others.

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away.
S: Very strong aromas of lemon and grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little maltier compared to the smell but is also packed with lots of citrusy flavors.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a bit of smoothness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great aroma and taste and is also very easy to drink.

Photo of hyattdaman
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised at the taste and drinkability of this pale ale. I am a BIG pale ale fan and I would have to say this is one of the best I have had. The head was good and the taste was exceptional. Price is reasonable and it is by far my favorite out of all the beer the brew. You should try this when you get a chance. A

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the lumberyard in georgetown ct.
pours a burnt amber golden into pint.
sweet candy hop aromas and a good malty backbone. Mild candy hop flavor with watery mouthfeel. Very mild all around. Its not bad, just not particularly good. Meh...I wouldn't get again.

Photo of david18
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a few sixteen ounce drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It is an ok pale ale but not my favorite. Easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

Color was pale with a lot of carbonation, at least two inches. Aroma is light, not too much on the hops or malt but there enough to enjoy. Flavor is the same, light hops and malt, a little bready but subtle. Overall this is a decent beer but nothing outstanding.

Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Clear golden orange with a 2 finger white head and good amounts of lacing.

S - Simple citrus and flora hops with some caramelized malts. Nice pleasant scent.

T - Juicy citrus hops with some sweet caramel. There is a bit of bitterness, but it is more floral than anything in flavor.

M - Light bodied, clean and well carbonated with a juicy finish.

O - Simple and tasty pale in a can from this brewery.

Photo of AZbelgian
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark golden color with a one finger bright white head. Nice clean aroma of yeast and fresh floral hops. Clean flavor of fresh hops with lots of orange citrus and a chalky maltiness that lingers a bit on the tongue. Solid traditional pale ale with a lot of citrus. Flavorful and decently drinkable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a complementary floral hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of clarkm04
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Darker than the typical pale ale. Coppery in color and looks somewhere between a lighter amber or a darker IPA. A nice white head retention that leaves some lacing.

S- Very floral in the nose! Very IPA-like. Grapefruit, pine and other floral hops

T- Very tasty! A nice malty front taste that descends into a nice bittering balance on the backside of the taste. Has a nice finish that is clean without a major after taste. Very solid beer over all.

M- Very light on the palte but nothing special

O- A very solid beer from NBC. I will say, this one defies styles for me as aspects of it are more IPA while others are malty like an Amber. It's almost like a hopped up Amber or a tempered down IPA. Very good over.

Side note: Jamil Zainasheff did a whole episode on this beer and there's a clone recipe in last fall's edition of Zymurgy.

Photo of beerhobo22
4.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer!
Appearance - white head, clear, crisp amber color.
Aroma - AMAZING. Wonderful citrus aroma with hints of malt just in the background. Very enticing!
Taste - Well balanced. Cirtus hop bitterness, with a well structured malt bill. Refreshing on the pallet with a clean aftertaste.
Overall - Best American Pale Ale (IMO). Dry hopping provides wonderful aromas to a well-rounded, easy to drink, pale ale.

Photo of asten77
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clean and easy drinking. Not high on aroma but bitter citrus flavors are great for a pale.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear copper colored body under a light cream colored head. After dissipation, a layer of film remains with a few random lines of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts are balanced out with piny hops.

Taste: Subtle sweet malts on the front end lead into piny, woody hops. There's a good tea-leaf tang in the earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: I'm glad I bought a sixer instead of a single can.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a clear copper color with a thin white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. A pretty healthy aroma for an APA.

The taste was was grapefruit and piney hops balanced by sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

A tasty and enjoyable APA from Nebraska Brewing Company.

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yay cans! No date on the can but purchased a few days ago.

Pours a nice fluffy bubbly almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, very clear amber orange-red color.

Nose brings lots of bright hops, floral and grassy, with some spicy notes in the background, faint earthy pine and a touch of candied orange peel and generic fruity aromas, with some sweet amber malts underneath, perhaps a touch of caramel.

Taste starts with sweet malts, amber toasty reddish malts, a little caramel note, grainy, little cracker note. Then hops, not quite as bright, fair bitterness, little earthy pine, sticky pine, touch of generic fruity flavor, some herbal flavors as well that go with the pine, spicy hops mostly, especially late as it attempts to dry but stays sticky on the finish, lingering spicy hops, chewy like, etc.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall OK, started nice, the flavor was meh, missing anything that made it special really, just boring hops and malts, but still fairly tasty.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once again, The Friendly Greek has filled their cooler with an all-new CAN for me to add to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "World Class in Every Glass"; "Our pale ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a huge citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness abd elevated bitterness. Cardinal Pale Ale, the heart of Nebraska Brewing Company, is where it all began so many years ago."

The Crack! and inverted Glug were perfect, resulting in a pseudo-cascade that settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 7, < 9) with literally NE-quality clarity. Of course, my three pals, Mammon, Midas and Croesus showed up to squabbble amongst themselves for a sip. Nose had a grapefruit quality underlain by a bready maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It had more of an orange-tangerine flavor accompanied by a caramel maltiness. So this is what a cardinal tastes like! Now, I am curious to try a blue jay, and oriole and maybe even a flamingo. Finish was semi-dry and very tasty. I liked the way that the hops and malts commingled, not getting in each others' way. I would not hesitate to put this in the cooler over the summer.

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Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.