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Wedge Paynes Pale Ale | Wedge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 09-21-2008

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Photo of mtpHokie
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of my round through the world of Wedge Brewing. I picked this one as my snack beer, enjoying it with a slice of pizza. Served on tap and consumed on 09/20/2008.

The pour was pretty standard for a decent pale ale. Lots of carbonation in a light amber colored beer. Good clarity here as there should be. Smaller head then I would like to see, maybe a finger or so and this quickly faded to just a thin veil across the top which barely masked the bubbles beneath.

First whiff of this one let me know right away that this was going to be at the hoppier end of pale ales. Light orange and pineapple notes mixed in with a light fresh cut grass like aroma. Some breadiness maybe mixed in, but mostly a light pale ale. The flavor was sharp, crisp, and clean, very well done here. Initial wave of light hops was quickly replaced by a mild pineapple like flavor that was well grounded in a decent earthy and grainy base. Smooth, consistent feel, was a little light, but still very nice and an easy session beer this one quickly became.

While not being my favorite beer of the day, it certainly left a decent impression on me overall. A solid beer I would have no issue with trying again.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Wedge Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of malts along with hints of fruity yeast. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted a little more to me like an English Pale Ale because it was maltier compared American Pale Ales.

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention.

The taste and aroma were characterized by clean pale malts and vibrant citric hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty pale ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

could have been done better

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bcgill
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kkipple
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap upstairs at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, again!

A. Spot on. Pale yellow, almost clear, with a fine white head that sticks.

S. Pretty much pale ale... uh... gosh, having a hard time coming up with anything else. Amarillo hops, perhaps? Clean, great blend of restrained malt and hops going on here. Avoids the American excess of being too hoppy for the style.

T. Yummy and classic. Bitter citrus hops and sweet, well defined malt rule the day here, a hint of peaches and fruit to keep things interesting. Alcohol is within bounds, it's all very refreshing and finishes clean and bitter.

M. Crisp carbonation, full and creamy in the mouth. Well-nigh perfect!

Less really IS more! This is a wonderful, fresh tasting pale ale that nails the style and is hugely drinkable. Make sure to try it next time you're in the beer Mecca of the South.

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Photo of loverofthecraft
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

Pours a clear golden amber with a small bubbly head.

The aroma is dominated by the floral fry hops up front which carry the smell throughout with some caramel malts int he background.

The hops are again prevalent in the taste up front with some lemon grass and hints of pine. The malts are more bready that anything and form the backbone of this one before the hops come back and leave a dry bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and fairly light with little carbonation.

This was a very drinkable pale ale that represents a more traditional cask ale vs. some of the other big offerings at the ACAT.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap @ 12 Bones in Asheville

Pours a straw yellow color, moving to a light orange with a nice head, a little more than a cm, which slowly fades to a ring, leaving moderate lacing. The smell presents itself as kind of earthy, with a small kick of citrus. I can smell a nice amount of resinous, slightly pungent fresh hops, but not overpowering. I can also smell some nice maltiness, almost like fresh crushed 2-row, with a light note of caramel sweetness. The taste starts off like a bit of 2-row tea, I'd say, with a light bit of sweetness, maybe some other pale malts, light sweetness, not a lot of heavy breadiness. There's a light crisp hoppiness, like a sqeeze of lime juice almost, with a low bitterness, just enough for a little zip, and some spicy resins. Nice, but maybe a bit more breadiness would make this nicer in terms of flavor. The mouthfeel is very clean, with a nice little bite of carbonation with each taste. This one isn't heavy, but isn't thin for the style. This one is easy drinking - a very good midday beer. Nothing is overdone and nothing is overshadowed. Overall, a nice beer to drink. I kind of wonder if adding to the maltiness would make it less drinkable, but that's my recommendation.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville a crisp dark yellow with a nice frothy eggshell head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma was a nice amount of crisp citrus hops and sweet malts. Taste was a nice balance of crisp citrus hops blending nicely with sweet pale malts. The beer is quite light and refreshing with decent carbonation. This one is certainly what I come to expect from a pale ale, very enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of aakryzak
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the tap at the Wedge Brewery itself, into a pitcher, then into a glass (briefly), then down the hatch.

A. What a pale ale should be: pale golden, nearly transparent. Head thin but frothy, leaving a lacy trail down the sides of the glass.

S. A good balance between hops and malt, doesn't overdo it with the hops (caveat: I drank this on the heels of the Wedge's big and hoppy Iron Rail IPA). Very fresh. Definitely some citrus.

T. Fantastic. The hops come at you right away with citrus to back up the nose, but then mellow to an agreeable, tangy bitterness at the finish.

M. Carbonation just right, very clean and smooth. One could drink this all day.

An ideal session beer for a warm late-spring day, sitting outside in a fresh breeze, and a model of a modern pale ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Wedge Paynes Pale Ale from Wedge Brewing Company
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