1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pull Chain Pail Ale - Milwaukee Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pull Chain Pail AlePull Chain Pail Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

71 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crossovert on 03-16-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MarshMan71
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

MarshMan71, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an MKE tulip.
5% ABV,

A - This faintly hazed golden pale ale pours with a small white head that disappears into the dormant brew almost immediately but leaves a little ring of foam left clinging to the glass.

S - The aromatic hop blend of Cascade and East Kent Goldings gushes fourth from the pour. Citrus grapefruit and light orange tease with a kiss of pine and a floral/herbal notes. Give the beer a swirl and you'll awaken traces of resiny plastic which aren't entirely pleasant but quickly fade into it's light malt backbone.

T - A hop-smack in the mouth, Pull Chain debuts with the blend of herbal citrus and floral notes the aroma foreshadowed, all tightly packed. Individual nuances are less called out but grapefruit rind is one of the more prominent characteristics that rests on the subdued pale malt base.

M - Citrus notes the hops offer aid in making Pull Chain feel like a lighter bodied pale with nice dryness. It's quite crisp and refreshing, finishing with a light touch of grapefruit bitterness for a nice-bodied pale!

O - Strong drinkability emanates from Pull Chain due to it's careful balance of mild maltiness balancing out forward hoppiness in aroma, flavor, and moderate bitterness. Pull Chain Pale Ale is a very solid go-to brew from the guys at MKE.

BeerFMAndy, May 29, 2013
Photo of LoraxLager
4/5  rDev +19.8%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of milwaukee512
4/5  rDev +19.8%

milwaukee512, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of KevinL
4/5  rDev +19.8%

KevinL, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +19.8%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of chris1919
4/5  rDev +19.8%

chris1919, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +19.8%

twbeecher, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, newer label than pictured. Pours bright golden orange with a foamy off-white head, good retention, excellent lacing. A citric & floral hop plume fills the nose with biscuity malt background. Tastes are grapefruit, lemon, grassy, refreshing, crisp, biscuity maltiness, finishes bitter and dry. Mouth-feel is on the thin side with moderate carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this offering, my first from Milwaukee Brewing. I wonder if they've changed some things other than the label, as I seem to have enjoyed this one more than most.

barnzy78, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

warpig372, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of csparace
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

csparace, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Greels, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Localdrinklax, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of astronautjones
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

astronautjones, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Durtdiggler
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour from brewery into a snifter glass. Orange amber, 2 finger head with excellent lacing. Pours and looks awesome.

Aroma more subdued with hops. Very earthy, lemon, grass and nice malt backbone.

Taste is very much like the aroma. Less floral overtones than other types for this style. It's more subtle. Less pine, more balanced.

Very drinkable, with a bit of hop bitterness on the back end that lingers.

Thought this beer is a solid offering. Ok, it's not 3F zombie dust or daisy cutter but a nice everyday beer that you can drink with friends and come back to. Should get more credit then some of the reviews here.

Durtdiggler, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden amber with a thin, creamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citric and floral notes with caramelized bread.

The taste of citric and hop bitterness is balanced by caramelized malt sweetness and a touch of plastic-like resin through the middle. Bready and hoppy dryness in the finish.

It has medium carbonation with a lighter side of medium body.

A bitter-leaning pale ale, but still easy enough to drink. Not a bad brew!

jwc215, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

cmwilliq, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of eliz108
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of crowsnest
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

crowsnest, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Eman17
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Eman17, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Still re-plowin' through some MKE brews, alighting on the pale ale this time. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light orange peel, light flowers, and light biscuit hiding way in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of flowers, a slightly weaker biscuit character, and the lightest possible touch of grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little pale ale, nothing really all that special, but something pretty drinkable and whatnot.

TMoney2591, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of JohnBoyMilwaukee
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

JohnBoyMilwaukee, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Unparagoned
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Unparagoned, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

TippySelenoid, Jan 10, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Pull Chain Pail Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.