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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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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 Eriktheipaman


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-14-2012 04:47:35 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of Popp24


4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-09-2012 19:55:10 | More by Popp24
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.


05-04-2012 19:54:21 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of garyford


3/5  rDev -20.4%

04-17-2012 19:35:53 | More by garyford
Photo of hackedfly


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-12-2012 00:51:31 | More by hackedfly
Photo of rhino54


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

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


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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

12-27-2011 20:54:58 | More by Philousa
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-16-2011 06:13:35 | More by mjr2377
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

11-27-2011 09:08:49 | More by girllovesbier
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

District of Columbia

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.

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

South Carolina

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.

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

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

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

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


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-10-2011 18:13:40 | More by womencantsail
Palomino American Pale Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.