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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-07-2012 14:54:17 | More by rhino54
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mactrail

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:12:42 | More by mactrail
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jorgemir

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-11-2012 05:06:37 | More by jorgemir
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:46:35 | More by ngeunit1
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javiernano

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-06-2012 02:18:40 | More by javiernano
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-03-2012 04:57:52 | More by fiedler84
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BeerCigar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-24-2012 23:14:41 | More by BeerCigar
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-17-2012 19:34:10 | More by John11486
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Murrhey

Montana

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 07:27:09 | More by Murrhey
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Philousa

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 20:54:58 | More by Philousa
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mjr2377

California

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-16-2011 06:13:35 | More by mjr2377
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girllovesbier

California

5/5  rDev +32.6%

11-27-2011 09:08:49 | More by girllovesbier
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-26-2011 06:08:10 | More by GarrettB714
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:00:55 | More by pmarlowe
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:54:20 | More by mikesgroove
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acemathew

California

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:07:34 | More by acemathew
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HopHead84

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8/26/2011

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. 

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 14:48:26 | More by HopHead84
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alwayshappyhour

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 00:35:17 | More by alwayshappyhour
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beagle75

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 05:50:58 | More by beagle75
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 18:13:40 | More by womencantsail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 13:27:41 | More by thagr81us
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chickencoop

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into my lovely Pils Urquell Rastal stemed action, just to capture that thick chunky head. Deep dark orange pour, perfect top. Malt dominated smell, very inviting. This dominates on the taste, very smooth and drinkable, the maltiness is the dominate taste, but you still get some bitter hops. One of the better malty pale ales out there, these guys are fast becoming one of the better breweries in the LA area without getting sucked into the over the top hoppiness scene, good stuff...need to get back down there for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 06:52:50 | More by chickencoop
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hophead1901

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Palamino Pale Ale, much like the rest of Bootlegger's beers are above average. Granted that they have only been around for a couple of years, so it might take some time before they really start putting out some exceptional beer. However, I do enjoy them. Palamino is slightly bitter and it isn't too heavy which makes it ideal for a beer that you can drink throughout a night. Although I don't believe they note the IBUs on the label, if I had to guess I would place it around 50. All around a pleasant pale ale that I would drink on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 20:47:39 | More by hophead1901
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Got about a finger of white, quickly dissipating head. A vaguely cloudy golden hue. Head retention is basically non-existent. Smells like lemon rind and a bit of floral spiciness. Tastes pretty similar to its scent. Definitely getting that lemon zest and a nice lingering citrus overall. Not very bitter at all, and it suits the beer well. Very drinkable. Could go through a couple of 22's of this over an afternoon. A notch above SNPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:10:56 | More by WestValleyIPA
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:46:46 | More by paco1029384756
Palomino American Pale Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.