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Ace Hole Pale Ale - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

Ace Hole Pale AleAce Hole Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%


Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our newest regular member of the pale ale lineup. Hopped with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops.

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 04-02-2010)
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Florida9

Illinois

1.4/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Orange 3/25 sticker on the side.

A: A darker shade of yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized off white head that quickly reduces to bubbly surface coating. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: No, that doesn't smell good. Not at all. Burnt butter and fermented vegetables.

T: Burnt, bitter, brown butter. Maybe some caramel malt. Oh man, the taste just lingers too. Seriously, this tastes like a brown butter sauce, but in the worst way possible.

M: I've got to admit, it's really hard to judge the mouthfeel on this one because my face is wincing. Medium bodied? Buttery? Wait, there is some bitterness.

O: Undrinkable. Absolutely disgusting and completely undrinkable. A complete diacetyl bomb. Whoever allowed this beer to make it to the can should be shot.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 23:50:49 | More by Florida9
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 3/25.

Pours hazy copper with a dense head and plenty of lacing after settling down.

Aromatics are a nice blend of lemons and weed. Spicy and dankish with a hint of grapeskins.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouth feel. A bit tacky.

A balancing malt foundation starts the palate with shades of toasted biscuits and caramel. Bright, piney hops follow through with a fairly substantial bitterness for an APA.

Finishes with a lingering hop bite and some residual malty sweetness.

Tasty beer and the hops are a good mix. I just prefer a dryer Pale ale with less malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 23:59:37 | More by brewandbbq
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dcp27

Massachusetts

2.31/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

orangey-amber pour with good clarity, tho some floaties, and a lasting off-white head. aroma is butter (diacetyl), caramel, & over-ripe fruit (citra). taste is similar plus some grass, pretty much all diacetyl and over-done citra. seems like got a bad batch based on other reviews, but probably won't be giving it a second shot. never experienced so much diacetyl in a commercial brew.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 02:00:47 | More by dcp27
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a month old can into a tulip glass.

Deep copper color, very hazy and dense. Not looking through this one. Head was deep, dissipated quickly, almost no lacing.

Smell is good-ish to great, I bet it's great fresh out of the keg.

Mouthfeel is near perfect for me, very carbonated. Tiny little bubbles.

Overall, this is a great Pale Ale. This is the taste I hoped for when I opened their "Can't Dog" last night. The two beers have similar qualities but this beer is much more balanced in my opinion. I prefer the more citrusy, hoppy taste here as opposed to the heavy malt in "Can't Dog"

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 23:04:03 | More by mjstacker
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a good sized head that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy light orange color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, light caramel, floral, and aromatic.

Taste: Definitely Sorachi and Citra hop characteristics. Mild lingering bitterness with some toasted and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness, delicious, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pale ale. 16 oz cans are awesome too. Limited production and canning and these guys put out some quality brews

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 07:57:25 | More by Flounder57
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dougfur

New York

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear, orangy color, with a substantial head. Smell is dank, slightly skunky hops, but as it warms in your hand, the citra really starts to come through. This is true of the taste as well. Let this one warm up a bit and it gets a lot better! There's a nice nutty malt taste as well, similar to what you get from Sam Adams. Mouthfeel is great and overall, this beer is impressive. It's a solid APA and when it warms up a bit, it goes from good to great!

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 22:26:21 | More by dougfur
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can > Hopsun 20oz Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazed rich gold color 2 finger white thick bubbly head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma is a tad subdued but you get some nice dank hop traits a little pine and citrus, some slight spice and biscuity malt.
T - Malt is a big bread style with some nice floral and citrus hop flavor, a little of that hop dankness.
M - Crisp and refreshing, but not very light.
O - This is closer to an IPA than a pale, but its still very good, definitely something to get if you can get your hands on it, not my favorite pale though.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 03:11:51 | More by Omnium
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a really nice 2" head that hangs around with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and citrus dominate the aroma, refreshing.

Taste: As in the nose a pleasant balance of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Flavorful IPA, some tropical flavors beneath the expected grapefruit and balanced well against a malt backbone. Very well constructed IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very, very, clean, smooth and refreshing.

Overall: A highly sessionable and well constructed IPA, another really nice warm summer afternoon beer.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 19:02:24 | More by BobZ
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus hops and pine hops

Taste: citrus hops and pine hops--light honey and malt to balance out the beer

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a dry bitter middle and aftertaste, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice dry and hoppy beer that is never overly bitter. One of the better pale ales I have had. I am glad I picked up a four pack of this and would get it again if I wanted this style.

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 14:24:08 | More by tigg924
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a light bronze - quite a bit darker than expected for an APA. Hazy, medium visible carbonation, with a one-finger white head.

S: This has a nice, big nose on it. Pine resin, tropical fruits, citrus rind and grapefruit, a bit floral, dank and grassy, and just a hint of candied sugar sweetness.

T: Tropical fruits, melon, cat urine, citrus and spicy hops with some delicate light cracker malt and a bit of that candied sugar. Moderately bitter with some sweetness in the hang.

M: Quite full-bodied for an APA, with lots of carbonation sensation. The alcohol flavors are well-hidden given the hefty ABV for style.

O: This was pretty tasty - but I would have preferred different hop flavors. The Sorachi Ace is not generally my favorite hop. Still, it was a well-crafted beer, and one I would recommend.

Serving type: can

08-18-2013 13:58:12 | More by macrosmatic
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this last time I was in Maine around the 4th July and after having Can't Dog, my expectations were high
The initial smell has floral and citrus
Taste has tart citrus notes and a bit of biscuity backbone at the end
Mouthfeel with the MW beers is amazing, nice and creamy and leaves a nice coating in mouth

Overall very good- love the citra and creamy mouthfeel. I've given a few cans to friends and they have both loved it

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 21:43:40 | More by alaimoa
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dasenebler

Maine

2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
7/25/13
16oz can, packaged 7/12/13

Pours a bright gold with decent clarity but tons of floaties upon further inspection. Good head and retention. (3)

Aroma is has some hop--ripe fruit, citrus-- and diacetyl. (2.5)

Grassy hops, earthy, leafy. Bitter on the back, with a strange, corn-like malt flavor. Moderate levels of diacetyl, but not horrible. Some citrus, pepper, and butterscotch on the finish. Voluptuous malty backbone, biscuit and hay. Full mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't buy another pint. (2.5, 4)

This beer just tastes weird to me, probably because of the diacetyl combined with the Citra and Sorachi. Might be good for homebrew, but it just doesn't seem like a pro beer. Looking back on the times I've had it on tap, the buttery character has definitely been there: DiACEtyl Hole Pale Ale? (2)

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 22:09:08 | More by dasenebler
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redleaves

Maine

4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very large nose, lemongrass, citrus and a hint of pine. A touch of spice. Taste is the same way, big lemons and spicey. Aggressive hop for a pale, I think this should be called an IPA. Huge malty backbone and smooth but aggressive bitterness. My mouth feels a little numb actually. I could drink this all night. Big but delicious!

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 13:22:02 | More by redleaves
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned last week. Served from a pint can into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Golden/orange with nice one finger head that left some real nice lacing.

Smell- Spruce, orange peel, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, spicey pepper. Slight booze tinge, but nice citrus and herbaceous.

Taste- Pine, grapferuit, sweet oakyness, again slight booze.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with medium body. Nice resinous feel though.

Overall- Another great pale from Marshall Wharf. They do hoppy beers well, but too pricey in the cans.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 01:20:23 | More by Seanniek91
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/17

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that settles down to a nice little cap for the entirety of the can

S: The sorachi ace hops pop the most, giving off some nice lemon peel and lemongrass notes. Following that is a bit of crackery maltiness and some citrusy hops

T: Starts off with that same lemon peel and lemongrass hoppiness from the sorachi ace. This is accompanied by the crackery malts right alongside. The citra hops sneak in towards the end, leaving a nice citrusy hop note in the finish along with some bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, well-balanced APA with a decent amount of hoppiness to go along with the malts. Very easy to drink at 6.3% (that's what is on the can for the abv), and not too difficult to get fresh, as they can a 200 gallon batch every week. A solid new addition to MW cans, replacing Can't Dog for the time being (or at least, so I've heard)

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 01:05:30 | More by BEERMILER12
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry-hopped Firkin at the Anniversary festival.

Light fizzy head, hazy golden tan orange color.

Nose has some fresh resin, grassy hops, little citrus and tropical fruit, fairly floral though too.

Taste has more fresh hops, grassy and floral, some citrus with tropical fruits, papaya and nectarine strike me, a light sweet reddish malt, fairly bitter, and quite resinous with a light hop oil.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb for firkin, little oily.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, quite fresh tasting, light malty base, pretty close to the original beer but with fresh hops and oily resins added mostly.

Serving type: cask

11-02-2012 17:30:59 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

Poured a clear orange-yellow with a small white head and very little carbonation. Crisp citrusy hops all over the aroma. Citrus zest in the taste, balanced very well with light sugar and lightly toasted malts. Light-medium mouthfeel and a bit syrupy sweet; easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 19:14:02 | More by Rifugium
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LostHighway

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pints on tap at Three Tides.
Of the three APAs I've had from Marshall Wharf (Tug and Marian are the other two) this is, by far, my favorite. The Sorachi Ace and Citra hops give Ace Hole a very seductive nose and flavor profile that leans predominately toward tropical fruits (lemon, mango, passion fruit and guava). It makes a pleasant change of pace from the orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pine-y flavors that dominate the majority of American pale ales and IPAs. There is an APA appropriate crispness and hop bite but not the huge hop punch of most American IPAs and some APAs. It has a medium body with modest but entirely adequate carbonation. At 5.9% ABV it isn't exactly a session beer but it also doesn't pummel you if you have a few pints. More please!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 23:22:34 | More by LostHighway
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twelvsies

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always head down to Novare Res when I see they have an offering from Marshall Wharf on tap, particularly the Ace Hole. Huhuh, he said 'hole'...
Ok obligatory Beavis and Butthead joke aside, on to the beer...
A nice robust orange rust colored ale with a dense white head, slightly cloudy. Smell is a lot of juicy hop, fruity, and caramel malt. The night before, I had Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace which was also excellent (review coming) and I have decided that the Sorachi Ace hop is the mango hop. I get full on blatant mango in the nose and as well in the taste, super juicy and wet hop flavor. Nice and bitter kick, but nothing drastic. Just flavorful, juicy, flowery mango hoppyness. Excellent backing of malt as well, nice balance, although clearly featuring the hop here. Smooth and soft on the palate. The guys up at Marshall Wharf are great at showcasing a particular flavor in beer, yet keeping it super drinkable and nicely balanced. One of my favs, something I would drink everyday if I could.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 13:57:24 | More by twelvsies
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ToasterChef

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my Uprising chalice at Novare Res. The menu states this is a hoppy pale ale brewed with Sorachi Ace hops. It weighs in at 5.9% ABV. It appears as a translucent orange liquid with a white soap bubble head. The head settled down to just a skim, but it left behind some great lacing. The aroma is full of hops. It smells like pine and citrus. There is also some malt present, both biscuity and graham crackery. I can see why someone would think this is an IPA, it both looks and smells like one. What struck me most about the flavor was the great hop finish. It was bitter and pine-like. There was some sweetness present throughout, but nothing too much. The written description on the menu also says I should taste some tropical fruit. It's taste is present, but it certainly isn't strong. You would never confuse this for a fruit beer. The malt base might use crystal malts, but I can't be sure. It has a medium body with lots of coating. It's not thick, but you certainly know it is there. The carbonation is at a good level; it provides a bit of a tingle when I swallow. This is yet another very drinkable Marshall Wharf ale. It would ideally be enjoyed fresh, but I see nothing that would prevent one or more beer nerds from going through a growler of this in one afternoon. It's an excellent, local hoppy pale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 15:20:55 | More by ToasterChef
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though listed on the menu as an IPA, the owner stated correctly that is actually an APA.

Poured clear, extremely active, light golden with modest white head that leaves a thin film after it falls. Leaves thick lacing as well.

Citrusy hops balanced well by the malty body. Using some reportedly new hybrid hops called "sorachi" and "citra". Nice smelling if not amazingly complex.

Tastes alot like the nose. Well hopped, modest bitterness, and a sweet malty body backing and balancing quite well.

Good carbonation, medium body, slightly viscous, some dryness and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Solid, easy drinking APA. Crisp, clean, tasty and hoppy. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 01:47:10 | More by sprucetip
Ace Hole Pale Ale from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.