1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pure Malt Cave Ale - Potosi Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pure Malt Cave AlePure Malt Cave Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

99 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pure Malt Cave Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of pooogy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KCM
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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 brucehemann
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rayj212
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 garymuchow
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of dhannes
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  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 Zuidman
1.5/5  rDev -56%

Photo of pschul4
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dav2080
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of PorterPig
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ineedafirkin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Soneast
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from the 'P' section of my tasting notebook.

Appears transparent orangish - amber with one finger of sudsy white head that quickly deflates to a loose surface froth which sticks around and leaves minimal lacing. Smells of a flash of toffee malt upon pouring that never returns, left with a bread / caramel malt and earthen hopping accent combination on the aroma. Tastes of the same as the nose, although kind of flat and simple in character it seems as though this was the target sought given the name of 'Pure Malt'. Probably the gentlest, lightest, beginner's first malt bomb I've ever tasted due to the lighter body, solid carbonation, and mono-focus on a generic toasted malt profile with a faint sprinkling of earthen hops. Not bad, but I've a preference for some more complexity of flavor in my malt bombs.

Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Potosi is making a move into Iowa.

Pours a pretty dark body gold with brown hues. Not enough head to give it a higher score.

Nose is malty and metallic.

Taste is malty but not over the top. Some toastiness and hints of hops. Nice and fresh tasting. An easy to drink beer, but not one that stands out.

Photo of JackieTH
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.