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Pure Malt Cave Ale - Potosi Brewing Company

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Pure Malt Cave AlePure Malt Cave Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

91 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 01-04-2009)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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matjack85

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%

I found this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. Bought it as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slight;y hazed golden/orange color and made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in less than 30 seconds. I also did not get any lacing on my glass.

The taste is all malt and delicious. Bready and caramel flavors dominate along with a touch of butter. At just 10 IBU's, the hops are not noticeable to me and there wasn't a trace of hop botterness. Still it was pretty tasty.

Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Sweet without being cloying. I enjoyed it.

10-29-2013 09:00:50 | More by matjack85
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Clear and copper with a head that suffices. Ripe fruit, mild alcoholic esters and a hint of light caramel in the nose. Leans hard toward being a malt bomb--the name must have something to do with it, though the body is not heavy, just has a broad malt palate. Buttery? Modest hopping brings some leafy flavor to the table, though the slowly warming alcohol seems to gain ground for balancing. Toasted maltiness comes off a bit stodgy, but again, this is not a heavy brew. A big Pale Ale, and a decent ale all around.

04-07-2011 00:22:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2%

09-29-2012 03:40:15 | More by NilocRellim
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schoon

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-17-2013 02:03:06 | More by schoon
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a darker amber color, not a whole lot of head. Smells like caramel with a bit of citrus. Tastes of caramel as well. Definitely some bitterness in the finish but not too bad. Relatively smooth drinking beer. Not a lot of drinkability in this beer as far as quantity, but it's a decent beer and definitely worth a try.

02-02-2011 02:56:54 | More by richkrull
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%

Reddish amber in color with scant lacing throughout.

Clean sweet malt aroma with very earthy scant hop. Moderate grainy sweetness. Smells like beer.

Sweet onrush of malty goodness. Mild fruityness like Cocoa Pebbles. Hop leaf bite with a pine finish.

Creamy and maybe buttery slickness. Finishes dry enough though. Carbonation is spectacular throughout.

I agree overall a nice BBQ drinking brew to be shared among many. Not something I would search out but would accept willingly.

05-11-2014 02:35:27 | More by joeseppy
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nicnut45

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

A-Very little carbo. Hazy reddish tan color. Faint wispy head. Noticeable ring on the side of glass as yopu drink.

S-Faint fruitiness, some bread aromas. There seems to be some type of berry aroma I cant pu my finger on. I think there may be some wheat in here.

T-Its ok for an amber I wish the malt and hops would show their flavors more as they seem to be just meddled together in there. A bit of sour maltiness as you drink. Which gives away to just plain hoip bitterness.

M.F.-Has a full hearty feel to it. Carbo is light on the tounge. A bit like liquid bread.

D-My parents picked this up for me when they toured the brewery. While it is not bad I wouldnt go for it again. But in all honesty this was just a run of the mill craft brew. It says it was aged in a cave but it doesnt go to any lenghts to describe the aging process. Did they just throw a glass bottle in a cave? Big deal this needs more character.

03-11-2010 19:07:03 | More by nicnut45
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Clear golder hued glinting at amber. An ecru head sprouts up, then fades to a collar at a moderate pace.
Soft nose of caramel-glazed nuts, toasted apple muffins, grain bread, and low grassy hop notes.
It enters the mouth teetering between the grainy, hay-like, biscuit dryness, and caramel/toffee/honey-nut sweetness. The hops kick in, just a little, and swing it back dryish with their late grassiness.
Medium bodied, with a moderate CO2 level that makes it drink and seem smaller than it is.
Easily quaffed, but without any real frills. Mellow and neutral. In the right mood, a person could guzzle this all night. Other days, it might cause the mind to wander in boredom to something else.

07-26-2010 07:31:47 | More by cokes
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-06-2014 20:39:03 | More by Rborre321
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-24-2012 04:14:44 | More by Fr0stb1te
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morimech

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Things get very average after the pour. Unremarkable aroma of pale malt. Sort of bready and doughy. Hops are non existant. The flavor is also just pale malt. No bitterness or flavor from the hops which is not all that surprising considering the modest 10 IBUs. This beer reminds me more of an all-malt pale lager than anything with English Ale in its descriptor. Has a substantial body and is nicely carbonated. The high ABV hurts drinkability in a forgettable beer. This beer needs its hop bill doubled, or even tripled.

11-07-2010 21:40:29 | More by morimech
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wmobley

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-15-2013 18:39:07 | More by wmobley
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Bottle is 6+ months aged; poured right from refrigerator into a Sam Adams' Perfect pint.

A=Nice brownish gold with 1" head that subsided but still lasted over a minute.

S=More citrus than floral but more hops' presence than I anticipated. Not sweet--more like grapefruit than lemon.

T=First taste: A tad more robust than I anticipated; somewhat like a bock--reminds me of what micros used to taste like in the 70's? Still a bit sweet, but not nearly as much as an adjunct. All I can think of to describe the taste is "woodsy." Further down, the malt presence takes over. After letting the beer warm up a bit, the flavor seemed to diminish and the alcohol became apparent. Now it is reminding me of a salted soft pretzel, which would be an excellent compliment with this beer. My experiencing in tasting is minimal, but this would be a good beer to serve at parties, as it is what people used to expect of a beer.

M=Nice body, a bit heavier than most. Carbonation is moderate, but not overpowering. If there is one thing that I'd change, it would be to cut back a bit on carbonation, if possible.

O=I have no idea if a bottle fresh from the brewery tastes any different as this is my first bottle, but I am definitely considering this again. Refreshing, but not light...not one that you would drink on a hot summer day, but, perhaps, on a warm summer evening.

05-18-2012 02:24:24 | More by dhannes
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-13-2012 01:47:01 | More by Kunstman
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz. bottle, apparently contract brewed.

Saturated reddish orange, tequila sunrise. Cap of offwhite foam, after several minutes it dissipates into a ring. Swirling it rekindles the head quickly.

Aroma of chow mein noodles, sweet potato, sweet buttered bread.

Slight bitterness in the end, dull malts with some dimension as they fade. The carbonation ebbs a bit too quickly. Fragile body that seems to fade. Papery, malty flavor, nothing stands out, but it's not bad. Lingering bitterness indicates hops. Fleeting butterscotch. Worth a try, be certain of freshness though.

07-31-2010 02:48:00 | More by emerge077
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

22 0z bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Serve at less than 45 degrees F. No date.

A - A little hazy copper-amber in color with a short cream head with poor retention but a bit of lace left over.

S - A hint of straw and pale malts with a low caramel nose and virtually no hops. A bit creamy in aroma but rather plain and boring smelling.

T - Creamy, light vanilla with a caramel backing that lasts throughout and a grainy hint. The hops are minimal at best, providing a small kiss of floral flavor on the finish.

M - Really creamy and smooth with low carbonation interaction. A bit slick on the palate.

D - Easy drinking but kind of plain overall. Like a Spotted Cow as a generalization. A fine sessioner that won't get too cloying but don't expect too much from this beer.

04-18-2010 15:44:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ineedafirkin

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-15-2011 22:52:23 | More by ineedafirkin
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-15-2012 23:54:12 | More by dav2080
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enelson

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

06-09-2013 00:55:14 | More by enelson
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-12-2013 00:28:40 | More by MooseBoose
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brewballer

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Has a pleasant malty smell upon pouring. Pours a light amber color, very light foam on it. Carbonation is good and works great with the maltyness of this beer. The hops are very subtle in this one. It has a very bready mouth feel, and the maltyness is throught the roof. Just a hint of hops at the finish. I really enjoyed this beer. Great for a session, but beware of the 6.5% abv. I will be buying this one again for sure. It really stuck with me the rest of the night and since its readily available for me (brewed just a few miles away) I will probably keep a few around in the fridge.

04-02-2011 03:24:37 | More by brewballer
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-14-2014 02:02:35 | More by bismarksays
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ironstein

Iowa

4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-02-2014 15:12:22 | More by ironstein
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +16.6%

01-10-2012 23:43:53 | More by CWhite
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

A - Clear, light amber color with a medium to small sized, smooth, foamy, off-white head. Average retention leaving minimal lace.

S - Very malty aroma. Caramel, sweet bread, and touches of toffee/butterscotch. Touch of creamy sweetness. Hints of earthy hops.

T - Sweet malt makes up most of the taste. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and plenty of sweet bready flavors. A bit of creamy sweetness and honey. A bit of earthy hops can be found if you are looking for them, but this is a malt driven beer.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very sweet malty beer. Not cloying sweetness, but a hardy malt sweetness. Could see this as a beer to drink while grilling. Not hard to drink, but not enticing either.

Notes: Wasn't really sure what the style should be. All I know is that it is a very malty beer. Very little hop presence. I like it for what it is, but I wasn't wowed by it. Decent beer for the price.

06-22-2012 02:54:33 | More by FreshHawk
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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.