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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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41 Reviews

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: KeefD on 01-04-2009

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 117
Photo of chanokokoro
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of nicnut45
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Pretty average.

S: Straightforward, robust pale malt. Bread crust, cracker, and grain husk. A hint of caramel sweetness and some faint fruity hops. Solid.

T: Follows the nose; more malt than hops, but never too sweet. Long, lightly bitter finish. Nothing exciting, but tasty all the same.

M: Fairly light bodied and spritzy. A little too superficial to match the flavor.

O: Forgettable but enjoyable.


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Photo of jera1350
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Beerfayce
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of brewballer
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.