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Palomino American Pale Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Palomino American Pale AlePalomino American Pale Ale

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 130
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dbONE on 08-20-2008

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 130
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with an orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughtout the session with chains of bubbes rippling up through the glass

light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of whaeat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presenced was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nice light, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes spprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all of my trips to Bootlegger's, somehow, I've never tried this beer. On-tap at Bootlegger's.

A: The pour is a bright amber color with a finger or two of white head and some mild lacing.

S: Definitely hearty and bready, much more so than a 5.5% would usually seem. Some citrus and floral hop aromas, mostly orange and lemon peel, and some pine is present as well.

T: Again, the bread is center stage here. There are plenty of floral hops which really seem to characterize the beer. Still, a good citrus bite is there and gives some oranges and maybe grapefruit. Bitter and piney on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: Not the best of the Bootlegger's offerings, but a solid pale ale that you could drink with ease.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly rich malt in a modestly bitter beer. Hazy light amber in the tulip glass. Very nice lacing and foam top. Pleasant mouth-filling carbonation. Medium body with lots of malt.

Some caramel but mostly a clear malted barley taste which is quite refreshing. Not as crisp as most pale ales, a little bit murky like a Hefeweizen in the lineage. However, it's very drinkable, not too bitter, but has enough hops for an edgy tang. An interesting version of the often sharp and overly hopped-up style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with a chicken dinner, on to the beer:

Poured into an Imperial pint glass, this beer is a somewhat murky bronze color, solid bubbly head on top. The aroma is very clean with grassy hops. Moving on to the taste, it's a simple flavored pale ale. There's some key lime upfront, mixed in is phenolic (plastic band-aids) and subtle citrus flavors. The plastic taste also has the a waxy feel to it with a bit of carbonation in the mouth.

Middle of the road. This is a pale ale that might benefit from cask conditioning.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a murky amber with a medium white head, good retention, some lacing.

S: Light, but got a discernable hop character, and a bit of berry.

T: Hop character is quite light, adds a bit of grass and stone fruit, light grapefruit. Malt is more pronounced than in a standard pale, almost like an amber, get a lot of caramel and fermented sugar, mild molasses in there too.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy, mild yet biting carbonation, the mouthfeel was probably the best part of the beer, well done.

D: A good American Pale, is it as good as Sierra Nevada or Alesmith X? No, but if you want a tasty malt-oriented pale ale, this would be a good choice.

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Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


On tap at Bootlegger's. 

A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white foam.

S: Grain, bread, and biscuit overpower the light citrus hop notes. Definitely a malt heavy aroma. Orange is a shadow.

T: Grainy malt with just a little sweetness. Bread is light. Hops impart tame orange notes and a low bitterness. This has much more malt than hop character, but it's not heavy or sweet. 

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, just overly malty and a bit bland. 

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Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Body is a hazy orange that looks fantastic; head is a little thin but I rate this highly anyway just for the color.

On first whiff I get strong floral notes and honey, quickly moves into hoppy citrus, mostly orange but also some peach and maybe grapefruit. Has a mild bready malt character too. Smells great but not aggressively hoppy.

Flavor opens with sweet citrus, oranges but not particularly bitter, fades into sweet flowers and some maltiness, I think I even get some banana in this. Not super hoppy, not overly malty either, this is a well balanced pale ale. I like this a lot actually.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy and very good carbonation, between that and the really balanced flavor drinkability is great.

This is a very nice and well balanced pale ale with quite a lot going on in the flavor for such a light beer. Great session beer.


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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice pale ale. It was nicely balanced in the flavor. The aroma on this one was just decent though. I enjoyed this one and would drink it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1318th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Yardhouse Chino Hills

Draft to Pint


App- A little darker than Apple juice. Poured with only a 1/2 finger of white head. Solid cling on this one. Good drink lines as it slid down the glass.

Smell- A little bit of caramel sweet with the malts coming out more. Also had a damp citrus orangey/tangarine

Taste- A bit of a small malty caramel. Only a slight citrus. As warms, a bit more earthy in flavor with a touch of bitter on the finish.

Mouth- A light medium body. A tad on the thin side but thats okay. A fuller medium carbonation. Residual malts and a touch of bitter.

Drink- A pretty good pale ale. One of the first beers I had from Bootleggers along time ago, just never reviewed it. Would have this one again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind come good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and with some citrus hops with some grapefruit. There is just a touch of bread as well.

T - Starts off with some honey and sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops and mild bitterness. Through the middle, a bit more hop flavor and bitterness comes through. The finish is a mix of sweet malts with a touch of bread and some citrus hops and lemon.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice session pale ale. Good hop malt balance.

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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft, on-tap at Yard House in California.
Slightly murky, orange yellow color, with a light beige head. Foam settles to a floating film, minimal lace.
Smell is of malt, some citrus, and herbal hop aromas.
Taste is much the same, mild bitterness, not nearly as much hop as was expected.
Low carbonation, slightly crisp finish. Smooth mouth feel.
Overall, a pretty good beer. A nice option.

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Photo of Overlord
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hollingshead. I mentioned it tasted almost exactly like Steelhead's Extra Pale, and Kenny agreed.

Pours a nice golden yellow, bit of an orange hue. Smells like light hops and a bit of citrus. Taste is very balanced, crisp and refreshing citrus, not to bitter, but with some pine/grapefruit. Good clean finish.

Liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

Pours medium gold with two fingers of foamy head. Some uneven lacing and good retention. Smells nice and hoppy, a good mix of citrus and pine, as well as some faint breadiness. Taste is a little lacking, some biscuity malt and watery orange citrus and lemon. Medium body and medium-high carbonation that somehow lacks crispness... kind of an artificial, Coke-like carb. Overall, this is pretty average; smells good but lacks any hop punch or much flavor at all on the palate.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent pale ale. Citrusy notes make it refreshing but it is not too flavorful. It is a pretty good summer beer. I think it it had more hops character to it it would be better

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orangish color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is quite inviting. Lovely citrus hop aroma with a nice little malt backbone, but not too much malt. The aroma remains being hop heavy without scaring away any pale ale lovers and IPA haters. Taste is a little more mellow and malt forward. At first, you get great citrus hop flavor. Bright and refreshing. There is a nice caramel malt flavor on the back of the tongue. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a sticky, yet crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a great California pale ale.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours an orange color with two fingers of white head with good retention. A little dark for a Pale Ale, but it does look nice.

Scent of mild citrus, bread, and light caramel. A very mild aroma, reminiscent of a Midwest or even East Coast style Pale Ale.

Taste of light bready malts and mild citrus. Doesn't have very much flavor, but it is inoffensive and refreshing on this warm day.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice, full carbonation.

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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a 0.5-liter mug.

A: Clear, light orange-amber color with less than one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Abundant grainy toast, faint honey, and bright yet muted citrus characterized by lemon and lime zest.

T: Begins dry, with flavors of pale and pilsner malt. Hop aromatics are bright and grassy, accentuated by escalating moderate acidity. Husky toasted grain persists into the middle, where acidity peaks early and bitterness is first detected. The finish has a particular pilsner quality, clean and herbaceous, with restrained bitterness.

M: Thin viscosity, fairly wet on the palate and refreshing when cold, with moderate carbonation.

D: A golden ale featuring pilsner qualities, this beer is flavorful but also slightly fatiguing. Palomino deviates from the English pale ale model considerably, and the hops profile even steers clear of West Coast territory. It distinguishes itself as a useful cross-over for lager drinkers, presenting familiar flavors in greater intensity than the average pale lager can muster. It also reminds of a California common; at any rate this is beer that the uninitiated will immediately recognize as beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber at 149 Sports Bar in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Cloudy orange-yellow color, finger width white head. No lacing and minute long retention.

S- Light malts and citrusy notes. Some muted hops.

T- Sweet and light. Exceedingly drinkable and tasty.

M- Medium bodied, fizzy.

O- Average beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into reidel beer glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with 1/2 inch white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Fresh pine and citrus hops...pleasantly strong but not overpowering.
T: Follows aroma...which is a good thing. Fresh and strong pine, citrus, and floral hops. Reminiscent of a toned-down Furious.
M: Light body. Smooth and slightly oily feel. Moderate hop bite with a mildly dry finish.
D: Highly drinkable and sessionable brew. Refreshing and not overly hopped. A solid offering.

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Photo of vacax
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden with a nuance of orange. Generous head around two fingers, high retention for a thick long lasting white head with some thick strands of lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of fruity hops, not an intense aroma, but quite a nice one with pear, mango, peach, and grapefruit. I dig the nose, though I would like it a bit more powerful.

The flavor is equally clean and fruity, with the hop character dominating. I like how "American Pale Ale" is right on the bottle, and it delivers in highlighting the hops instead of malts. Tastes quite floral with peach, pine, and pear as well. Good flavors, though the overall taste profile is not as intense as I want a 5.5% beer to be. The flavors are there, but I want more of them. The bitterness and oils of the hops are highlighted in the flavor, but it is very approachable for such a beer. Great starter beer for a fledgling hophead. The carbonation is medium to high, but natural and creamy, which is usually good, but the body comes off as a bit light. The tap version is better with a more prickly carbonation, which improves this.

The flavors here are really good, I wish it was stronger, but this is a tasty beer. As it is, it is very very drinkable. When this gets ran through the Hopinator with whole leaf hops... the extra rush of hops makes it quite sublime! Recommended for a crisp, hoppy, easy every day beer. I got a case at the brewery to enjoy because fresh local beer is simply the best.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fresh fruits on the nose with mango and tangerine being fairly prominent. Bread on the finish with some lingering sweetness.

Beautiful orange clear color on this one with a slightly off-white head. Some lacing, but nothing too significant, and lots of carbonation seen swimming to the surface of this liquid gold glass of deliciousness.

Interesting how the taste contrasts the aromas. I get lemon, light unripened juice oranges, slight slight papaya. Its just a tad astringent with loads of carbonation and a light body. Its a tad alarming only because its so different than what the aroma leads it out to be.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Dark orange pour. Two fingers of creamy, fluffy foam retain pretty well. Sadly, no real lacing on the glass.

Lightly sweet, citric hop aroma. Promising, but the flavor unfortunately does not match up. It's got a quick citric hop burst (Sweetwater 420 and Terrapin Hopsecutioner come to mind) that quickly fades to sweetness. No real bitterness. A somewhat tinny, metallic flavor, too. Bready, especially grainy in the finish.

Medium-bodied. High carbonation. Tingly feel. Not really the easiest drinker. Some "off" flavors. Definitely has potential, though, and it still a decent pale ale. I hope to re-visit this one in the future.

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Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An opaque golden brown with thin delicate froth which attempts to cling to the glass but slides back into the drink. Lemony hops aroma doesn't punch you in the nose, yet is very distinct and obvious. Toasted white bread malt comes through in aroma as well. Light citrus hops hit first in taste as well, but the malt comes through much better. Oak and buttered biscuit balance the oily hops bitterness well. The light malt comes across nutty, but a bit thin, which is a good compliment to the mild hops bitterness that remains. Feel is a bit watery, but acidity and a bit of overactive carbonation in the drink give it some volume.

Being in Southern California with the fam for the holidays, I had to try something local I can't find in the Bay Area. I wasn't disappointed with this offering from Bootleggers. Coincidentally, the brewery is only a couple towns away from where I grew up. Good to know they're putting out quality craft beer in the old stomping grounds (besides The Bruery, of course). I liked this beer overall, but it did come across as thin, lacking in some way. It could have been rounded out, as the taste and aroma seemed to favor towards the lighter end of the spectrum. Maybe some more robust malt, I don't know. I really enjoyed the hop characteristics though, and look forward to trying other brews from Bootlegger's.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden leaning towards amber. A huge off white head leaves tons of lacing as it shrinks to a ring.

Smells of citrus, oranges and lemons, a bit of malt, everything in a good ratio.

Taste is as well mildly citrus, and a slight bitterness as well. Again, malts are there, but not in force.

Texture is light and crisp, extremely smooth and easy to drink.

A nice easy drink, great for a hot day, with enough citrus to be refreshing, and enough flavor to make me smile.


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Palomino American Pale Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.