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JP Ale - South Street Brewery

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JP Ale
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Street Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up form the brewery over the weekend. It poured bright amber in color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it.

The aroma shows a nice hoppiness to it. I get some bright citrus, grapefruit and pine along with a little pale malts peeking through. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste has a resiny hoppiness to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine coming out. In the finish a little more of the sweeter, bready malt comes out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer and my favorite that I tried at South Street. It was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale amber body with a medium foamy off-white head along with decent lacing that lasts throughout. Sweet light caramel and earthy hop aroma. Sweet light caramel and a light floral and earthy flavor with a bitter kick in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent pale ale in the country.

Photo of TAMU99
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

JP Ale - draft - A: Pours a reddish- amber, head is pale tan and leaves a medium lace. S: hoppy, not over powering , slight alcohol T:pretty dry, solid ale flavor, dry hopped cascade no obvious malt but the hops aren't overpowering so it must be there (perhaps some bread or baked flavor) There's a nice bite at the end
M: very smooth, goes down easy, great session beer!  D: I should probably go back and get a growled of this delicious beer !

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer with the same name as my best friend from law school the night of the bar exam--certainly hard to forget. On tap in late July 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a nice off white head and some rings of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some fairly-strong citrus notes with a bit of pale malt in the background. The taste is slightly bitter with some nice hop flavors and a bit of malt. Good body and carbonation with a nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well overall and was part of a nice intro to this brewery.

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pint glass at the brew-pub.

I tried ordering the cask version but this particular one emptied a few hours previous so I had to settle on regular tap.

nice amber color with a 1" cream head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

APA is amongst my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. not too bitter yet a lovely hop aroma.

had to grab a growler to take home as they dont bottle.

Photo of Seanibus
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty. Pours clear golden with a slight, fluffy head. The aroma is all hops - flowery and citrus. The flavor is clean and strongly hoppy - a clean, crisp Cascade-like taste. The mouthfeel is clean and a bit carbonated. My favorite of the South Street lineup.

Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper. Half-finger head, little visible carbonation, and nice lacing.

Nose is faint with a barely-there citrus hint.

Hits the tongue nice and smooth. Finishes bitter but sweet. Some pine notes present. Nice and hoppy, but with a faint malt sweetness as well. Decently balanced.

Easy to drink two of these.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer was a clear light gold/amber color with a nice long lasting white head. Sipping left nice traces of lacing patterns on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma was fresh and contained both caramel malt and grassy, citrus (grapefruit?) hops.

Taste: The major flavor components were the citrus hop bitterness with a moderate pale caramel malt backbone to balance the mix. Overall a crisp clean beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some softness owing to the carbonation which persists for most of the beer. The finish is moderately long and features the bitter dryness of the hops.

Drinkability: This was a nice drinkable pale ale which I'd be happy to have again and to which I'll return during a future visit to C-ville.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber copper hue with ½ finger cask-ish tight head - almost as smooth as dulce de leche. Body cleans out to be pure bourbon color. Nice.

This rolls like a small brewpub IPA - the raw grains are prominent and stewy...the hops are boiled and floral. Not a whole lot wrong with this...

Now the grains get to be a bit much and move towards the feed zone. Hops are a little stewed in the background and while oily are a little too grassy. Still, a solid effort

It keeps the warm cask feel but the grains are way in the forefront. Hops on deep background because of the warmth but this is still a decent effort.

Doesn't drink too badly at all. Something I would welcome in my pint.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

South Street's JP Ale, one that I've had many, many, MANY times, but have yet to review.

Appearance: Pours an attractive filtered copper amber, containing sparse and slow carbonation, and topped with a relatively fast fading, dirty white head that leaves no sheen and a thin collar. Pour largely determines how good a JP Ale looks, and this one didn't look that good, though I know they're capable of looking better, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Aroma: Very bready, surprisingly so for the amount of hops here. It's actually the first time I've really noticed how biscuity it is, odd. Anyways, yeah, the balance is tons of florally Cascade notes, lightly leafy, lightly citrusy, lightly piney, as all good Cascade brews are. It's a solid aroma, though not mindblowing.

Taste: A relatively bitter brew, the bitterness of which is accentuated by tons of piney and slightly leafy notes, though it's also heavily citrusy. More on the light side of the ledger, though, mostly lemon and orange, and all backed up by a relatively well-attenuated (though perhaps that's just the bitterness talking), slightly roasted backbone. A little too bitter for the flavor profile, and if you don't like Cascades, this one's definitely not for you.

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy, largely even, fluffy, medium bodied. It's JP.

Drinkability: Strange for me to give a beer a drinkability score that's higher than the average of the preceding three categories, but something about this beer is just plain drinkable. Maybe it's that I'm always here and always, well, drinking it, but when I really sit down and "review" it properly, it doesn't stack up to how much I enjoy drinking it. Just a hypothesis. Either way, I enjoy this beer, even if the score doesn't reflect it. Just a solid, straightforward, single-hop heavy brew that goes well with any of South Street's food offerings.

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JP Ale from South Street Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.