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Pull Chain Pail Ale - Milwaukee Ale House

Pull Chain Pail AlePull Chain Pail Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%


Brewed by:
Milwaukee Ale House 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: brakspear on 10-17-2002)
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drinklocal

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-01-2006 04:50:48 | More by drinklocal
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2004 03:10:43 | More by woodychandler
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-13-2004 05:25:22 | More by cokes
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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).

Serving type: cask

03-02-2004 02:17:03 | More by Winter
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:42:36 | More by cagocubs
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sonoma01 for the extra.

Pours a fairly clear gold with a 1 finger creamy white head. A touch of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: A light citrus hop bite with some bready kind of cheap grainy smelling malt.

Starts off with a touch of citrus. A bit too much caramel/bread malt in the middle. Slight fruit esters as well. Finishes with a touch of earthy hops and plenty of astringency.

Mouthfeel and carb are good.

Eh it's drinkable, but I wouldn't recommend it. I could definitely put down a few of these if it was around, but wouldn't really seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:17:08 | More by jmarsh123
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again a trade has spurred me to rate this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a mostly clear amber golden hue. The off white head reaches about two fingers and slowly fades to leave a solid lace ring.

The aroma is sweet pale malt, light wheat crakers and a touch of citrus hops. Nothing real strong but not offensive at all.

The flavor is rather muted. What is there is mostly light malt and a bit of citrus bitterness. The finish is rather dry and sour. A slight metallic character comes through on the finish.

Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a less than stellar beer. I would love to for once in my life be wowed by a beer brewed in Milwaukee. Today is not that day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:03:12 | More by beerwolf77
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 23:26:14 | More by Wasatch
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely copper and medium amber haze with some small suspended bits hanging around too. Nice. fluffy white head of two fingers. This retains to a nice filmy foam.

The aroma has a grade C citric, orange peel aroma
some damp Earth and a biscuit or two.

The taste starts bitter orange peel hopswith some earthy notes mixed in and biscuit grains.
The middle sees a small change over of citric bitterness to pinebark bitterness, but with the malts getting a little sweeter. The finish has a more mild orange peel and a more candy like malt sweetness.

This beer has a very atringent but smetimes crisp snap. I think I would like to drink only 2 or 3 of these and that would be it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 17:38:25 | More by scruffwhor
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 01:55:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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bonk0076

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brownish yellow with a medium beige head. Aroma is of citrus, caramel, and pine notes. Taste is slightly bitter with hop flavor, but finishes verrrry slightly sweet and short. This makes it pretty drinkable, although it is a little bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 01:50:18 | More by bonk0076
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:07:59 | More by drizzam
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 19:06:50 | More by Onenote81
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Milwaukee Ale House. Bright amber body with tight white head. Aroma is floral hops. Light to Medium bodied with light carbonation. Soft hop bitterness that dominates the flavor and finish. I'd like to see the malt have a bigger role, but overall this is a great after work beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 19:01:12 | More by blackearth
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Tone

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:54:05 | More by Tone
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copperish (orange/amber)color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head teh dissipated quickly to a skim. Thin lacing washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. Some light, bready malts in the background.

T: Caramel malts and notes of sweet, dark fruits (raisin, date, plum). Floral hops throughout, bittering at the finsh. Unfortunately an oxidized mettalic aftertaste.

M: Light body. Seemed like this beer coiuld use more carbonation.

D: Need to try it again on another day since the mettalic flavor seemed the only thing that struck me as wrong. Other than the carbonation, malt bill seemed in good balance with flavoring/bittering hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 21:46:36 | More by Haybeerman
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htomsirveaux

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 27 Sep 2008. Gift from R&S.

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Medium beige head. Cloudy fawn brown color. Sweet honey bready aroma with some tart peach and resin. Flavors seem kind of muddled, bitter hoppy and sweet, but nothing really stands out. Earthy. Aftertaste is a bit stale.

Needs more assertive flavors and a bit more hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 05:26:24 | More by htomsirveaux
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 14:23:58 | More by Pauly2X
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kingothewoods

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 17:45:23 | More by kingothewoods
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint, on tap at the ale house a few weeks ago in between stops at the art museum and the flight of the conchords gig

cell phone notes

appearance: served in an imperial pint, cloudy orange amber body, light beige foam

smell: buttery, mildly floral hops, caramel malts

taste: sessionable but not outstanding, mild citrus hops, butter biscuit, caramel malts, a touch earthy

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkable: strong

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 19:01:07 | More by dirtylou
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spointon

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 21:10:59 | More by spointon
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zook74

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2007 14:13:50 | More by zook74
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 00:54:24 | More by cdkrenz
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is decidely hoppy with a ton of bitterness and not a lot of citrusiness. I had a hop itch to scratch, and this beer accomplished that.

Appearance is a hazy golden color with a minimal amount of head. Appearance was ugly in a way, but definitely signaled that this beer contained some serious hoppiness (which would work counter to that ugliness). Aroma was lightly citrus-y and very good. Flavor was not as good; very dryly bitter but without any pine or citrus notes. Personally, I like bitter, but believe bitter is better when accompanied by something else like pine or fruitiness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, and not really sticky. Pleasant, but not too drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 12:51:00 | More by BeerBelcher
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BrewnZ

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Description states, "Cascade and British East Kent Goldings"

Hazy copper, low malt and hop aroma, medium esters with no DMS (good). Medium body with firm hop flavor, earthy EKG's, lingering hop flavor with malt out of balance. I think the Goldings eathy flavor wins out here, I would have enjoyed more Cascade character, to bring the flavor into balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 23:37:25 | More by BrewnZ
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Pull Chain Pail Ale from Milwaukee Ale House
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