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Paradise Pale Ale - Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

Paradise Pale AleParadise Pale Ale

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35 Ratings

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.42%

Brewed by:
Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 07-11-2008)
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Reviews by boblinneman:
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2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Like the other review I was sold on the price and free pint glass. I'm always on the lookout for a less expensive session beer. Unfortunately this will not be one of them. Hard to review because there is not much going on, it taste like Magic Hat #9 if you diluted it with water. Slightly dry with a noticeable apricot flavor. Intercourse brewery yet brewed in willkes barre, probably just trying to sell below average brew with a catchy name, Oh well it was worth the try, I'll stick with the Lord Chesterfield when the wallet is light.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 05:24:08 | More by boblinneman
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1.75/5  rDev -42.4%

11-08-2013 16:55:43 | More by Travcofarms
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3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "Want More Intercourse? Please Visit ..." Yeah, well, having grown up in Lancaster (City), we know all of the jokes about some of the small towns in the countryside. NeroFiddled really sums it up nicely in his review, so I am not going to gild the lily. It just strikes me as more of a joke-y novelty than a serious attempt at brewing.

My pour created two fingers of dense, french vanilla-colored head with good retention. In fact, it looked like the rounded top of an ice cream cone until it slowly began to drop. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a caramel malt presence that made me wonder if perhaps NeroFiddled is spot on with his supposition that this should be an English, rather than American, Pale Ale. What hops I could discern on the nose had a grassy quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was honey-like in terms of its sweetness with a grassy hop presence. Finish was semi-dry and the grassy-honey flavor lingered well after the swallow. It was drinkable, sure, but it was not much of an APA. As an EPA, I might be inclined to give it higher marks.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:53:36 | More by woodychandler
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

12-29-2012 14:01:32 | More by Sipchue
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3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

12-02-2012 22:15:57 | More by rxthree
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3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light hops are present. Taste is well balanced, hops up front, light bitterness, quickly fading into the strong malt backbone. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:10:14 | More by tone77
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

08-19-2012 20:02:07 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

06-20-2012 23:48:36 | More by briandaube
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

06-11-2012 17:32:30 | More by jaybags
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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-18-2012 15:22:02 | More by yergermeister
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2.25/5  rDev -26%

03-29-2012 14:07:16 | More by seanbren
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-28-2012 16:18:49 | More by JohnK17
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

02-22-2012 03:19:15 | More by cynical1027
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

02-06-2012 03:35:57 | More by acurtis
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2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz twist-off cap bottle poured into a pint glass. There is a date code of sorts stamped on the neck but it is scratched off. This appears to be a filtered brew due to zero sediment in the bottle and perfect clarity. The brew appears a perfectly clear copper color with a finger of slightly stained yellowish white head. The cap maintains fairly decent from a constant stream of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of lace stick along the glass.

The aroma of this brew is full of caramel sweetness. Lots of notes of toffee mixed with a bit of butter to bready grain. This isn't the aroma I was expected for a pale. There is little to no hop inclusion. About the only scent coming off of this that might be hops is a bit of fruity twang but that is so scarce that the major aroma from this brew is butter and caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based off of the aroma. Butter if the first thing I pick up on along with plenty of caramel to toffee sweetness that is a bit like toasty grain to biscuits. There is a light fruity alcohol flavor and the back of the taste includes more butter. There is a very faint herbal bitterness included that does a decent job of contrasting the butter and caramel which are the leading flavors to this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. Visually, this brew plays the part of a pale ale quite well. In the aroma and flavor department this is a huge buttery let down. If it wasn't for the label stating this was a pale ale, I never would have imagined this being a pale. Not only did they forget the hops, the diacetyl is out of control and this is way too malt to be a pale ale. I would not recommend trying this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:04:34 | More by stakem
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3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intercourse Paradise Pale Ale
12 oz., $1.83 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

These beers are contracted at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA and the Lion makes pretty good beers but I think what sells them is the marketing. Intercourse is the name of a rural Amish town in PA. It also happens to be a "dry" town which is a bit ironic for the name of a brewing company. So, "intercourse" is the joke, and oddly enough that area of southeastern PA is kind of quirky. Intercourse offers other interestingly named beers based on towns in the area: Blue Ball Porter, Bareville Pilsner, and Mount Joy Light. They've also got the town of Bird In Hand right nearby so they could always add to their portfolio. The odd thing about bird in hand though, is that it's closer to Intercourse than Blue Ball. Or, on the other hand, in hindsight, that might really make the most sense of all!

Appearance: Clear golden body with an orange cast. The frothy off-white head holds well. Average lacing.

Smell: Floral and gently malty. Clean and bright. Some yeasty fruitiness bolsters the floral hoppiness; and the malt is grainy with just a touch of light caramel and breadiness to it.

Taste: As might be expected, the taste follows the aroma. Most of what we perceive we're tasting is actually olfactory anyway. The floral/fruity character comes on pretty strong at the outset, but fades quickly going into the finish. It's firmly bitter, and stiff enough to balance the malt while not going overboard, yet still solid enough to leave a nice showing in the finish. Some more grassy and leafy hops emerge as well, and some residual malt lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium towards medium-light in body. Soft across the palate with a moderate carbonation level.

Overall: The fruit and floral component is fairly unique, especially of late; and it's surprisingly compelling. I think of it as a kind of 'introduction' beer, but at the same time I see it really is - a great English style session ale. It could be a bit more rounded and polished, but it's got enough depth and complexity to it. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:49:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper/gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Surprising big whiff of sweet malt for a pale ale.
Taste- An off-putting big dose of sweet, toasted malt. Hops, if any, stay way in the background, leaving a rather lopsided, almost cloying taste that is not in the style of an APA. Maybe an English pale can get by with this much sweetness, but not an American pale, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 16:22:01 | More by hosehead83
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2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/23/11

Clear, pale amber color. Just shy of one finger of white foam. Filmy retention. Not much for lace.

Smells decent; bready, caramel malt base with a touch of biscuit and ambitious citrus hop notes - orange pith and, to a lesser degree, pepperings of lemon. A bit earthy, too. My only complaint here is that the hops smell artificially sharp. Tastes less pleasant. Hops are mostly earthy and toned down with some nondescript citrus peel hidden on the finish. The back half is too sweet; caramel with a bit of a buttery character. At times it's almost candy-like. Medium body with some sugary slickness. Appropriately average carbonation. Finishes a hair grassy with low bitterness.

An unremarkable and forgettable take on the style. Not worth finishing the bottle, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:09:18 | More by Ryan011235
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2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into my bells tulip.

A- this beer has the same color as the brown bottle it was poured from. Half a finger of white head that dissapates fairly quickly and leaves frugal amount of wispy bubbles on top of this very clear beer.

S- very sweet malty smell. This beer almost reminds me of a doppelbock. Lots of caramel and even heavy molassess. Im not getting any hops at all. The only other scents besides malts is a slight alcohol odor. Not really odors you would expect out of a pale ale.

T- taste is identical to the nose. The sweetest pale ale i have ever had. Huge caramel covered biscuit flavors that dont let any hops escape. some alcohol mixes with these flavors and its taste profile becomes that of a scotch ale. Very weird.

M- Pretty light but there is an absence of hardly any carbonation.

Overall not a bad tasting beer but they may have mislabeled my beer. Nothing about this beer is a pale ale. The flavors are nice but the feel is lacking. If this was labeled a doppelbock or scotch ale it would be a b+, but as a pale ale it is nowehere close to the best in the style

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 18:37:22 | More by Kelly88
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3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Bright golden color with a stunning clarity. Sticky lacing all around. Faint spicy, minty and orangey hop aroma with some light biscuity malt in the back. Refreshing crispness comes from the perfect level of carbonation. Modest hop bitterness digs in deep with broad but mild citric and herbal flavors. Maltiness comes in with a grounding and balancing biscuity graininess. Finishes semidry with some remnants of citric hop and bready malt.

While some brewers are overhopping their Pale Ales to the point of blurring the lines between Pale Ale and IPA, this one stands tall within its style. A simple, yet very drinkable, American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:35:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not the best Pale Ale I've ever had, but still a tasty beer. Expensive. Would I get it again? Probably not. This could be a good beer to get a beer drinker acclimated to appreciating the wonderful world of Pale Ales, as its relatively light flavour makes it very unoffensive and clean
Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A- Pours a nice copper colour with an orange tint. Good clarity. Very small amounts of bubbles of carbonation rising slowly throughout the drink. Head is thin, settles into a sort of island, that later forms a ring around the glasses edge. not lace though.

S- When first poured has a delicious, pungent aroma of citrus, particularly that of grapefruit. Its disappointing that his great smell is short lived and is quickly replaced by a much less potent citrus and light hoppy sent.

T- Its good. Clean. Refreshing. Traces of hops, really lacks that Pale Ale kick to it, that I've become to grow fond of more recently.

M- Very nice carbonation, light enough to not mask any of the flavour, but still noticeable. I actually have trouble describing it, but its very nice.

D- Once again, very nice drink. It simply lacks in that big, bold Pale Ale flavour kick of hops. As I said previously, I wouldnt go out of my way to get it again, but that shouldnt imply that I wont enjoy the ones I have left.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:25:00 | More by BeerSquid
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3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with an orange tint and a fizzy off-white head. A great deal of aggressive carbonation pushes away the head to a vanishing island. More "legs" than "lacing" sticks.

The smell is of some sweet grain, musty hay and a hint of citrus.

The taste is of sweet grain, with a nod of caramel. The sweetness is balanced by subtle hay and touch of citric tartness and slight bitter dryness. Remains semi-sweet throughout.

Light-bodied with carbonation that borders fizzy. Still, it has a "smoothness" that makes it easy enough to drink, I suppose. But, there is something "funny" (plastic-ish?) in the short-lived aftertaste.

A mediocre APA, at best. More hops (and malt) please...less carbonation. A generally "inoffensive" but indistinct APA

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 15:20:31 | More by jwc215
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Quick 6, poured the 12oz into a mug.

A - A range of golden to medium copper from the base to the place where the 3 fingers of light tan meet the ale. A rocky cap settles like microfoam on the glass, the clarity is good

S - An English yeast aroma or perhaps fruity malt w/ a mild currant and subtle pine hop scent w/ other toasty malt odors

M -Mild carbonation, subtle sweetness w/ very low bitterness and semi sweet finish which favors the malt

T - Malt flavors are sweet w/ gentle apple + pear and a light herbal hop flavor which adds mild spice tho the fruit notes of the malt. The flavor has a caramel malt accent w/ alcohol coming forward slightly as it warms w/ a fairly clean finish

D - A basic english style pale to me, no American hop flavors unless the bottle was aged and they muted, but hard to tell without freshness date. I found it bland and the sweetness seemed out of balance for the style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 18:17:57 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale copper body, good clarity, topped by three fingers plus of frothy white foam.

Strong hay aroma, earthy too.

Weak malt base, mild earthy hops notes, slight light aftertaste. Rushes quickly over the tongue with little to mark its passage.

Light mouthfeel. No impairment to drinkability, just a lack of interest.

Neither offensive or noticeable. Not worth seeking out, but no reason to turn down one offered. It does come off as another "risque" beer marketing ploy.

No reflection upon the review, but Intercourse offers the least interesting website I've seen in the beer universe. Simply a list of distributors, not even a picture or descritption or even a list of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:32:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, clear golden brown color, almost two finger head that faded pretty quick, great lace retention, leaves head residue on glass, moderate carbonation.

s- caramel malt notes, good amount of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, minimal spicy hop smell.

t- caramel malt creaminess upfront, moderate hops, grapefruit rind-ish bitterness on the back.

m- pretty thin on the mouth, good amount of carbonation.

d- pretty drinkable, not the greatest apa i've ever had, wouldn't necessarily buy a case, but i'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 19:47:11 | More by thecarster1
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Paradise Pale Ale from Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
73 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.