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Pull Chain Pail Ale - Milwaukee Ale House

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.9%
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 -9.1%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +0.6%
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 +6.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.3%
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%
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 -22.4%
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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granger10

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm surprised about the praise this gets. Medium copper with amber hues and a creamy dense tan head. Moderate lacing. Smell is weaker but a touch of caramel and biscuit with some earthiness. Taste is just muddled. Some sweet malts, some dry hops. Not too bitter. More biscuity than anything else. A bit of a thicker body with not too much liveliness to it. Very muddled all around. Very average all around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 02:11:30 | More by granger10
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mynie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

08-10-2006 07:11:52 | More by mynie
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joedon

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 00:29:19 | More by joedon
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drinklocal

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 23:03:06 | More by smcolw
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francisweizen

Alaska

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mid-range reddish amber with a fluffy head of white foam that lasted and left good lacing. Aromas of some US hop variaties, perhaps Cascades, plus some bready malts to balance it out. Fine, but quite bland. This is the sort of brewpub beer that I am quite sick of. Taste is average as well, some malts, some hops, it's decent, but just bland. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is average. Average all the way round. I see others enjoyed this one quite well, but I just found it to be horribly ho-hum..

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2005 06:22:27 | More by francisweizen
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2004 21:16:34 | More by bditty187
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +1.9%
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 +16.3%
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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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 19:24:11 | More by brakspear
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Pull Chain Pail Ale from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.