Pull Chain Pail Ale - Milwaukee Ale House

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
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Milwaukee Ale House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brakspear on 10-17-2002)
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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day old growler.

Pours a very bright APA firework orange with a remarkably retentive soapy head. Nice.

Smells great! As hoppy as a strong IPA, with immense nodes of citrus backed up by a spicy and dry malt. Very close malt smell to a Three Floyds brew, actually. I wonder if they use the same yeast...

Tastes a little watery upfront, but shoots right in to a nice hop that starts off sour citrusy and grows quickly but steadily bitter. The whole thing falls away like a schoolbus made of newspaper ash hit by a windstorm of sweet bread dough.

Excellent APA from anywhere, let alone from a brewpub!

Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vaguely hazy, coppery-gold in hue with a slight peachy-amber highlight; it looks like a traditional Pale Ale. The head was a modest half finger in height. It was a good pour considering it was on a Friday night, very busy. Anyway. The head retention was fair; it quickly faded to a loose, somewhat soapy cap. This had good staying power. The subsequent lacing was extensive, kind of webby but organized. The aromas were modest in potency; there is a healthy indication of English (earthy) hops with an undercurrent of American citrus-like aroma. The malt follows with a caramely, kind of toasty aroma. The nose is clean, sharp. It is inviting. The palate pulls no punches; it is very similar to the nose. The overall bitterness is plenty strong, the write up on the menu said it is a cross between an English & American Pale Ale, the palate really demonstrates this. The caramel, toasty, slight biscuit taste is pleasant. IMO, the hops steal the show, there is a good mix of earthy hops and at the back is vocal citrus bitterness and flavor. The finish is a little cheesy for me but it works okay in this beer. I think the palate is near flawless. Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is low but natural. It fits this beer well. I must say this is one hell of a good drinker. I could set at the bar and drink this until I’m silly. Worth trying.

Photo of drinklocal
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of pints of cask conditioned Pull Chain Pail Ale and took a growler home of the regular. There wasn't much head on the pint after it reached the table. The smell was tame, guess I expected a more hoppy aroma. Cask beers like this one have great mouthfeel and drinkablitity with its cellar temperature and low carbonation. The taste was good for a relatively low hopped beer. I will order it again when I go back.

Photo of brakspear
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good pale ale that is a mix of both the English and American Styles. It arrives amber with a slight head that reduces but collars well, this beer has low to moderate carbonation and in the regard is closer to an English real ale. The aroma is a mix of Cascade hops assertiveness with a subtle backdrop of malt and East Kent Goldings hops. The taste is tipped in favor of the hops, but not as much as most American pale ales. Very well balanced with the malt taste. This is definitely a beer that can be enjoyed well into the night.

Photo of Winter
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Cask-conditioned Pull Chain Pail Ale]

Served a bright deep amber in color which seem to appear darker towards the top of the pint. Thin khaki-colored head. Mouthfeel from the cask conditioning is amazing. Smooth and almost creamy, very light on the tongue. Very hoppy aroma in combo with malt. Hop bitterness dominates the flavor palate and lingers into the finish. Biscuity malt flavor rests in the background.

Pull Chain is has the most assertive bitterness of the 5 regular Ale House brews. Pairs well with the Ale House's Beer Battered Cod Fish Fry (made with Louie's Demise Ale).

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with a big head that subsided, leaving a huge ring of foam. The color was a cloudy, deep gold with the hops readily apparent on the nose. There was a surprising creaminess in the mouthfeel and it had a nice, dry finish. The hops hold well and linger on the tongue at the finish. The Belgian lace was HUGE, clinging at every sip like a strata of any good example of sedimentary rock. The dryness was very nice and stood as a change of pace from the less-hoppy beers that I had been drinking on my mid-western trip.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes darker than it looks--a neutral amber. The flavor is closer to high-hopped brown ale. As is often the case for me, it is very hard to get an aroma read on a full glass served in a pub. The body was rich with an appropriate level of carbonation. I'm noting some earthiness to flavor profile, too. This is a very good pale ale.

Photo of timmyo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SheboyganJake
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chris1919
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow, I see they now bottle this? Cool. This was the first beer I ever had in Milwaukee. After checking it out, I decided, hey, I think Marquette is a great school to go to. Yup, I decided to spend $70,000 on law school in large part because of a beer, this beer. Go Marquette!

Appearance, looks like a good, auburn orangey American style pale ale. Smell, you can tell there's some Cascade hops in there (I'm guessing, I don't know, but based on taste/smell, I'd say Chinook, Cascade, Centennial). The taste is heaven. Its like a little bit of Chico, CA in the beer capital of Milwaukee. I was very impressed to have a west coast style pale ale in the heartland of German style lagers.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite nice. Doesn't have anything complex to it, its a straight forward pale ale. Doesn't develop a different feel midway through or anything. Very drinkable.

Photo of cagocubs
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my Wisco beer run. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice honey gold with a 1 finger bone white head. Good foamy head leaves nice lacing and impressive retention.

S: Clove, hops, citrus, floral, some bread.

T: A nice pale ale. It has the nice hop bitterness mixed in with the floral and sweet citrus tastes. A well balanced beer that is pleasant to drink.

M: Good mouth coating and aftertaste.

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/amber color. One and a half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight earthy malt background. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong associated bitterness. Tastes of strong hops, earthy malt background, and slight pine essence. Overall, a pretty strong pale ale, that could use a little less tartness.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, and a nice little citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty, a little sweetness, with some nice citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, this one surprised me, pretty good.

Photo of joedon
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pitcher of this stuff for the price of two pints; pre-happy hour!

Nice, tasty brew. Big, stiff head on a draught beer. Good aroma with hops, malt and hay.

Taste was almost over-powering with hops with a decent malt backbone.

The aftertaste was strong with hoppy-bitterness.
Nearly an IPA from the hop standpoint but a bit lacking in malt and alcohol.

Good body and possibly the perfect session-ale.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep hazy orangish gold, one finger head.

S- Frangrantly hoppy, mostly citrus with some floral notes as well.

T- Toasted malts shine in the middle balancing out a previously hoppy first impresion. Things get back to business toward the end with an almost piney hop driven finsh.

M- A little thin, but ok.

D- No problem here, I'd prolly see what else was available though.

All in all a pretty good "pail" ale. I'll have to get down there and pair this one with a fish fry.

Photo of spointon
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Milwaukee Ale House on 3/17/2008.

A= Served in an imperial pint glass. This one was a cloudy (unfiltered) orangey-gold ale with a thinnish head that quickly disappeared. Decent lacing down the glass though.

S= The smell was decent, with moderate hops and a hint of malt detectable to the nose.

T= The taste was less bold than I would have preferred, definitely more moderate than a West Coast APA such as Sierra Nevada or Red Seal. There is a nice hop flavor that emerges at the end of a swallow, but in front of that is a combination of earthiness and biscuits that I am not sure works perfectly. Maybe the brewer was a little heavy handed in the wheat department. Not a bad tasting beer in any sense, just one that seems a bit out of balance.

MF= Fairly low carbonation, this one rolls easily over the tongue.

D= Highly drinkable, yet not the best APA that can be found. Decent session beer and the earthiness pairs well with food.

Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great 'extra' received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks, Andy!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very cloudy brownish-orange with a huge rocky off-white head on top. Good retention; leaves little lace. Smells of sharp grapefruit, pine resin, and a slight whiff of honey on the finish.

The body has a wet aspect as I sip. Carbonation level is low/moderate. Could stand to be a bit fuller in this area. Flavor is of a nice citrus bitterness at the onset, slightly spicy. Nothing harsh though. Has a great bready finish that I really enjoy. Some toasted bread crust in there as well. There's a nice balance with this beer, as I continue to sip the malty sweetness comes through more and more. This is a splendid Pale. Thanks again, Andy, for the great trade!

Photo of Chokobo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber hue with minimal head. Looks watery. Does leave a fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Definite hops scent in this brew.

Taste - The hops are sure and the taste is good. I enjoyed 3 of these lovely-tasting brews.

Mouthfeel - Watery feel with a smooth aftertaste.

~ In my opinion this is a decent session brew. I had run a 5-mile race in the morning before I indulged in my three pints of hoppy goodness. The service at the Ale House was great and the Badgers beat the Citadel. A good afternoon was had by all.

Photo of drizzam
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Let's start out by saying, I bought a six pack of this beer, and so far every beer has exploded out of the bottle like the bottles were shaken. Not sure what's happening here as I've never had this problem before. Once I finally got it into a pint glass it had a HUGE bubbly head. Not so much foamy, but more bubbly.The beer is a cloudy orange/amber color.

S - Smells like citrusy hops. Pineapple and grapefruit rind. Very nice bouquet.

T & M - Strong hop presence, but the hop flavor isn't what I expected from the nose. Seems a little one dimensional, but nothing I'm angry at. Mouthfeel is thinnish and light. Carbonation is heavy, which might account for my exploding bottles.

D - Low ABV and decent flavor make it a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, but dirty copper with a milky beige foam.
Nose full of toffee and jousting transatlantic hops.
Begins with a steady malt base. All caramelly and toasted, migrating towards buttered toffee as it rests. The hops are a bit betraying and contradictory. It has that full floral bitterness of an English Pale Ale, but it is rudely interupted by the Grapefruit babblings of Cascades. Heavily bittered at the end, and balance seems to fail.
The cask mouthfeel has its benefits, and its general lightness will always allow for drinkability.
If this chose a side- US or UK- it would gain the cohesion it desperately needs. It is a bit lost as it is.

Photo of zook74
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok. So, to be honest, this might be a relatively unremarkable beer, but the service, food and ambience of the Milwaukee Ale House definitely rounds out the experience.

Enjoyed a pint of Pull Chain Pail Ale while waiting for my meal and listening to some easy jazz.

Appearance and smell were unremarkable, but this brew had a nice, heavier flavor with lots of hops and a nice bitter pour. Not sure I could drink more than one or two but definitely enjoyed what I had.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight orange color with a tan head. The head stayed with the beer as you drank it. Good retention and lacing. This pale ale didn't have the bite to your tongue like most do but it did have citrus, hops and a caramel malt smell with taste. The smoothness impressed me - must have been the base water they started with and not overpowering the hops. Very well balanced.

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Pull Chain Pail Ale from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.