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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

93 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

morimech, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

samie85, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

emerge077, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

The label says all proceeds go to charity. Have to try a beer for a worthy cause.

Burnt orange in color with a creamy off white head that reduces rather quickly. Leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass.

The smell is pretty light and is mainly nutty with some sweet bready notes.

Much like the nose. Sweet bread with toasted nuts and a light banana taste. Mild hop bite as well.

A smooth feeling medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

Drinks well and is a nicely crafted beer. Not sure how well this fits an ESB, but still worth a try.

jera1350, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

cokes, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev +14%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle.

Pours a dark straw with a nice sized off white head that leaves craggy clumps od soapy lace.

Aroma is similar to an English Pale. Mineral and caramel malt followed by herbal medicinal hops.

Flavor is sweet malt up front. Caramel and toasted bread with a hit of sweet dextrose. Hops come in the middle, enough bitterness, not much character but enough bitterness to cut the sweetness. Finishes dry with a substantial malt backing.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is usual for a bottled bitter, which is a bit higher than normal for the style.

Good beer, I would buy it again.

wheatyweiss, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Beerfayce
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Served tap into a shaker

A: Dark amber with a small tan head.

S: Slight malty sweetness, grain- I am not getting a lot of aroma from this one.

T: Sweet with a slight dry bitterness. Bsicuity/bready notes and a smooth finish.

M: Well carbonated and bubbly, does not stick in the mouth but has some body.

D: Pretty easy to drink, not my favorite of the style but not at all a bad beer.

Beerfayce, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Winter
3.35/5  rDev -2%

Pours a light amber in color with a rocky, stone khaki colored head, which remained throughout consumption. Ample carbonation is seen from the bubbles in the body. Aroma consists of toffee, a touch of caramel, slightly buttery, and grainy malt. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. The malt flavor dominates the palate. Some caramel and a bit of graininess toward the back. Very slight grapefruit or citrus bitterness in the finish, that takes away some of the sweetness of the malt. Smooth and easy drinking yet this is a pretty average beer. Nothing really jumps out at you either.

Winter, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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

gatornation, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this bottle.

Pours an amber golden hue. The off white head raises to about a one finger and fades almost instantly. Just a few specs of soapy lace.

The aroma is malty and lighlty spiced. The nose isn't real strong. Maybe a hint of sweet fruit.

The flavor is mostly caramel malt with some marzen like spices and a hint of sweet apple juice. Nothing real pronounced. Just sort of blah.

Medium to thin body. Average carbonation.

Overall nothing real special. Just your average run of the mill malty beer.

beerwolf77, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of nicnut45
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

nicnut45, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Yojimbo1941, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of uwmgdman
3.35/5  rDev -2%

The beer pours a clear light amber color with a moderate off-white head. The aroma is a bit weak, a bit of malt, hints of biscuit and bread, leaves a bit to be desired. The flavor is better than the aroma, moderately malty, biscuit and a bit nutty. The hop bitterness is low but combined with a slightly dry finish, provides nice balance. Overall an enjoyable offering.

uwmgdman, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Pours a very clear amber with a bunch of head that stuck through most of the beer.

S- By "all malt" they really mean it. The malt is absolutely overpowering.

T- The taste is....you guessed it all malt. Very sweet, some fruity flavors as well.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. The rich mouthfeel hurts the drinkability a bit but it fits the profile.

mwa423, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +14%

Pours sparkling, filtered dark amber with a giant white head. Nice and pretty.

Smells... we got a decent cereal profile here. Toffee, light weeds. Decently complex hop profile, but it's also pretty light.

Tastes much more firm. Sweet cereal malts combining coffee and lightly tart fruit nodes. Dry, lightly floral hops end things and a dry toffee lingers for a while. Light and crisp but very nicely balanced and surprisingly complex.

mynie, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

Bought at the brewery (22 oz bottle)
a: pale golden color
s: mild nose, not overpowering with malt nor hops, hint of corn?
t: clean, crisp and very light in body - good balance between malt and hops, slight bitter finish - more of an English-style ale with not overpowering bitter American hop finish - hint of corn in aftertaste?
m: clean, crisp and light
d: I'd classify this more towards a British session beer, light in body and taste

wisrarebeer, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

KeefD, Jan 04, 2009
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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.