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Pure Malt Cave Ale - Potosi Brewing Company

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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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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 09, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

beagle75, Jun 09, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; the head fades a bit quickly though it leaves some streaks behind

Smell: Bread and caramel - thoroughly malty aromatics

Taste: Very bready, up front, with a growing caramel character in the middle; a hint of fruit appears, after the swallow but the aftertaste is dominated by the caramel malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body (slightly flabby) with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very malty and a bit too sweet and one dimensional for my palate; as an EPA, there should be more of a hop presence

brentk56, Jul 10, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

joeseppy, May 11, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Yojimbo1941, Jan 26, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 20, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 12, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

nicnut45, Mar 11, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

emerge077, Jul 31, 2010
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3.48/5  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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.