Pure Malt Cave Ale - Potosi Brewing Company

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Pure Malt Cave AlePure Malt Cave Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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110 Ratings
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80
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KeefD on 01-04-2009

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of richkrull
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of joeseppy
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nicnut45
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dhannes
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of matjack85
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewballer
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Faintly hazed medium orange color. Fizzy head fell as quickly as it formed.

3.5 S: Caramel and toastiness are the main attractions here. Pleasant neutral malt sweetness to round this out.

3.5 T: Again caramel and toast. Neutral sweetness. Not a lot of hops, but enough to balance the brew well.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp with a light creaminess.

3.5 D: For some reason I thought this beer would suck ass (just based on the label and twist off bottle), but it turned out to be a solid, quite drinkable brew.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass

A- Light amber with a medium-sized head which dissipated in about 4 minutes

S- Yeast, cinnamon, light malt, sweet and spicy in the nose, light caramel and hop (Hallertauer?) notes; Captain Crunch; kind of reminds me of some Belgian beers though this is not nearly as thick and complicated

T- Not as good as it smells; light, slightly skunky malt flavor; caramel and maybe a little toffee; ginger at the end of the drink; carbonation lingers on the tongue. Alcohol burns ever so slightly at the end

M- Light, lingering carbonation as stated before; beer doesn't coat the tongue

D- It's not bad. I'd easily replace any session beer with this if the price was a little lower. Still, it's a good, relatively light ale with a great smell to it. I actually prefer this to some of the Capital beers.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper color with a small beige head and ring with some very nice lacing...the smell is sweet malts and bread with faint hops and frui some spice t..the taste is a malt forward brew with some caramel sweetness and biscuit aftertaste ..mouth feel is light medium but has some flavor its creamy and smooth with light carbonation..its drinkable but not one to seek out.it was just average

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of honey and caramel. Then some breadiness from a thin malt character comes in followed by a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to drink for a while.

Photo of samie85
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 8/02/10.

A-Pours a pale light orange/caramel color with a two finger white head.

S-Caramel with light hints of pine and lemon hop notes.

T-Biscuity and caramel malt with light bitter, slightly piny hop notes.

M-Pretty smooth mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a medium body.

D-An easy drinking beer, but one that I probably won't search again. I've had better domestic versions of ESB's that are easier to find and tastier.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a moderate copper color that is entirely transparent. A bit odd in how transparent it is. A small amount of white head forms after the initial pour, though there isn't too much retention. The nose brings a bit of bready caramel and not too much else. The taste is really quite plain with some mild bready character. There is some mild caramel in the background. The feel is light to medium with low carbonation. I will say that the finish is fairly smooth. Drinkability is okay. No real flaws, just nothing to get me to drink more.

Photo of KeefD
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper orange color with a two finger off-white head that falls slowly, becoming rocky and leaving some chunky lace. Aroma of sweet, bready malts, a little bit of caramel, and some fruitiness. Taste follows suit. Nice balance between the bready caramel malts, and lightly bitter hops. Nice sweet flavor with just a touch of citrus. Body is medium with very light carbonation making this one slick and easy to drink. Very tasty stuff, though not mind-blowing in any way. ABV seems low. Tastes and drinks like a great session ale. Good stuff from Potosi.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Better than a "pure-cave malt ale". ...I guess... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises soft biscuit, softer grass, and even softer flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though things are stronger (harder, I guess...) in general, and the biscuit has a vague hint of fruitiness about it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice, if nondescript, little beer. Not bad, just nothing special.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a cervoise glass

Pours a light golden amber capped with a two finger bright white head. Slightly above average retention, no lacing. Grassy hops, light almond, and a hint of caramel. Opens with grass, hay, hints of nuts and toffee midpalate. Finishes fairly crisp and clean. Light bodied, fairly slick with moderate, gentle carbonation. A solid, easy drinking English style pale ale. Very enjoyable.

Photo of JackieTH
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rob for the bottle!

Pour was light copper with about a half-inch of white foam. Faint nose of nut-bread malt. Palate was more of the faint bready-biscuit character with a hint of caramel. Hops are basically faint, but this isn't a malt bomb by any means. Body has fair substance, carbonation was lower side of medium. All in all I would be hard pressed to seek this one out again, it's average in all regards.

Photo of beagle75
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and scattered bubbles rise throughout the column.

S: Toasty, with faint mixed fruit that marries well with the assertive malt. Trace butterscotch adds to the overall profile.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with delicate refined malt that is less bready than it could be. Acidity is lively and a little disruptive prior to the middle, where fruit stands out. A distinct whiff of cherry fruit develops and lingers, losing intensity but not vanishing entirely in the relatively vacant, seltzery, and occasionally rubbery finish. As the beer warms, more rustic bread notes emerge late.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and sticky on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Unremarkable in the final tally, this pale ale cultivates some nice malt and yeast features in the nose that transmit inconsistently to the flavor. Hops are well-disguised here, with the focus placed on other ingredients. It is a reasonable choice for washing down a meal, but there isn't much more to see here than in a latter-day Bass ale.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Potosi Brewing : Cave Ale

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. A bronze/gold color, pefectly clear. Small fizzy head forms and recedes to a ring around the edges of the pint glass.

Smell/Taste: Aroma of biscuity malt, some toffee like sweetness. Follows through to the taste, toffee, biscuit, little to no diacetyl. Hop character is lacking, just a hint of earthy bitterness. The beer leans heavily on the malt side, but its simple and pleasing enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, crisp carbonation. Good feel.

Overall: A nice session ale here, no frills but solid for what it is. Would be a great companion with grilled meat or fish.

Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda' a hefty eng. pale ale, but let's give 'er a go.
Soft overall aroma with malt primary and yeast qualities intermixed. No hops to speak of.
Very clear, with a smallish, loud quick head.
First note a quick bitterness up front, followed by the malt character. Finishes with some dryness and a long mild bitterness. Malt character is subdued, with hop flavor growing with time
Carbonation seems at a lot, esp for style and the bubbles are sharp. Body seems about right.
Nothing really special here. Kinda' unique, but none of the flavors are inspiring in any manner.
Thanks WI John.

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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.