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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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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbONE on 08-20-2008)
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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

DovaliHops, May 26, 2012
Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Rudy, May 23, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Eriktheipaman, May 14, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Popp24, May 09, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

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.


Drinkerofales, May 04, 2012
Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -20.4%

garyford, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of hackedfly
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

hackedfly, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +6.1%

rhino54, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

mactrail, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jorgemir
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

ngeunit1, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +6.1%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

fiedler84, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BeerCigar, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

John11486, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Murrhey, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Philousa, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mjr2377
5/5  rDev +32.6%

mjr2377, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of girllovesbier
5/5  rDev +32.6%

girllovesbier, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +6.1%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

pmarlowe, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of acemathew
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

Great beer. It is a go to whenever I have just enough and want something relatively session-able and refreshing. Good allrounder.

Always better when fresh but I live pretty close to the brewery.

Good overall pale ale. color is the usual near amber but noticeably pale. Great carbonation and excellent aroma. Good malt back bone. A little nutty too.

acemathew, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -20.4%


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. 

HopHead84, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of alwayshappyhour
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

This is a clean well crafted Pale Ale. Easy drinking and also pairs well with food. On tap is my favorite serving style, but have had it in a bottle many times. Great intro beer for those new to craft beer, but is a favorite go-to beer for me. Less hoppy than a Sierra Nevada (as a comparison)

alwayshappyhour, Jul 06, 2011
Palomino American Pale Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.