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Pale Ale - Yakima Craft Brewing Co.

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15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yakima Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: freed on 08-07-2008)
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Photo of brentk56
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale amber color with a one finger head that leaves an occasional strand of lace

Smell: Eucalyptus oil verging on nail polish

Taste: The acetone I found in the IPA is also present in this batch of the pale

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not very high, I am afraid

Thanks, barleywinefiend, for the opportunity; again, it is not your fault

brentk56, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance has a darker amber color with a thick crisp head and fair lace. Smell is of sweet spiced malt and light floral hops. Taste of the sweet spice malt that is pretty earthy with moderate hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A different Pale Ale for sure, I don't think it's one I'll run back to again soon.

Bookseeb, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of froghop
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale light amber with a small bubbly dirty white head, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet malt, some caramel, a touch of citrus, and a little floral.

taste is thin at best, caramel, nuts, malt, and some syrup, ends a little on the bitter side.

froghop, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Yoke's in Kennewick for $5.49, I believe. On the side of the label it says "Brewed and bottled in Yakima, Washington by Yakim a Craft Brewing Co." Now, I'm all for innovation when it's called for, but do they really need to change the spelling of Yakima?

Clear, bronze color with a rather minor white head. Spotty, infrequent lace.

Malty, like fresh gingerbread, with some floral hops in the background.

Big malty taste to this one. As it warmed up, I swear what hops there were actually receeded. I've never encountered that before. This is a sweet take on the style, a little too sweet in my opinion, though not to the point of being undrinkable.

Slightly prickly mouthfeel, medium bodied.

One of the weirder pale ales I've had. Definitely not in the PNW tradition of the style. The odd, spicy maltiness and the hard-to-find hops make this a one-and-done drinking experience for me, plus I can buy several better PAs in 12oz bottles for the price.

woemad, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of RedDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yakima doesn't filter their beer. But generous use of isinglass finings brings a polished clarity to this basic pale ale. The beer is clear amber with a frail, flowery hop aroma. Caramel sweetness and backdrop bittering form a basic design that shows modest lace from the bottle, but is more expressive on draught. Has a big chewy mouthfeel and a carefree disposition.

RedDiamond, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a one finger head. Modest lacings. Smell is mildly floral hops. Taste is some piney hops with plenty of malts to balance. Nothing over the top with this Pale Ale but would like to try the keg version. Very sessionable though and will seek a growler fill next time I visit Yakima.

Spikester, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Yoke's Kennewick poured into Piraat tulip 2.16.10.

Ultra clear reddish light amber, no visible carbonation. 1/3 finger white head, very quick dissipation and absolutely no lacing. Second pour resulted in no head at all. Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, with some grassy hops present. Taste is fairly sweet, though some piney hops are present on the back end. Watery mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. At this ABV pretty sessionable. Not a bad APA, but too many good ones out there to seek this out, plus the $5.49 for the bomber is a bit stiff, considering the quality and competition. Worth one try, but I won't be purchasing this again.

jdense, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of freed
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple, photographic label, pours a dullish copper, maybe even a little amber. A smattering of white foam graces the top, lacing the glass slightly as the beer is consumed. Slight activity in the beer from carbonation.

Aromatically simple, dominated by pale malts. Very little noticeable hop nose, though a slight floral touch adds some dimension. The yeast has left a slightly fruity aroma, though it's pleasant.

The taste is rather gentle, and predominantly of sugars left by the active yeast. The malty body dries the tongue when swallowed, but a slightly fruity and pleasant dryness is left afterwards. Over the course of the 22oz bottle, the sweetness tends to accumulate though making it a little sugary overall, though an ideal compliment to a spicy Asian meal.

freed, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of kickerofelves
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

kickerofelves, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a deep yellow with a thin cap of white head that featured low retention and some, not a lot, lacing.

The aroma was very balanced, showing skill with the brewkettle. A nice grainy aroma supported the blend of hop scents. The taste followed along nicely, grain along the edges, hops upfront and on the dry, crisp finish.

The body was average for the style, not light or heavy, just what you'd expect without surprises. Drinkability was a little above average for the style, going down easy without being being too filling.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot. I could see this brew being an afternoon's companion with the game or at a cookout. Worth your time.

beertunes, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

rorjets, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz (651ml-not 650ml here?!?!) bottle of this from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $4.99. Poured from the White/Green Labeled bottle into a 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has no freshness date but not worried since its a local brew.

Aroma- Very strong aroma with sweet malts and fruits. Hope is very English style with the malt being the dominant factor ingredient.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has good head retention. Has a deep orange colored body with a semi-hazy body. Light suds are left on the glass.

Flavor- A tons of floral hops come in during the taste now! Very fresh and can taste sweet malts as well. Medium bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Bitterness, Smooth, and has a nice well balanced flavor with hops/malt.

Overall Impression- A very fresh and well balanced APA. Reminded me of an English IPA and didn't have a problem with this since this was a fresh APA. Get your hands on some if you can!

DCon, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying these guys's beers and I liked the subtle notes on this pale ale. The hops were kinda flowery and dare I say English in feel. Took a second for the beer to establish itself as I was expecting typical big PNW hops. Once I started drinking it I liked the sessionable qualities of this beer. Would like to try it on tap

canucklehead, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +18%

beefandbean22, Nov 23, 2011
Pale Ale from Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.