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Peacemaker Pale Ale - Lonerider Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 12-20-2009

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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 74
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Center City in Greensboro.Poured a deeper than expected amber/bronze with a well sustained white head atop,a nice mix piney hop and caramel malt in the nose,good balance.Flavors start out quite malty with the sweetish caramel and biscuit,a nice smack resiny hop really stands out in the finish,as I had more the hops really stood out even more.A well crafted hopped up pale ale,I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated best before 30 Nov. 2012 into a Unibroue snifter. Tasting/rating done back-to-back with another NC APA: Natty Greene's Southern Pale Ale

A: The beer is a dark orange-amber color and clear, with a short beige head that slowly fades to a ring and ultra-thin top coat, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Dark for style, shadowing the flavor profile.

S: The aroma is complex and moderately hoppy, but there's a solid malt component too. Over a base of caramel malts lies some citrus and herbal hop aromas with hints of baked bread.

T: The taste has a piney/herbal hop component along with a surprisingly strong sweet caramel and light roasted malt base. Overall, mild bitterness by the finish. More malt, and caramel, in the finish and aftertaste than expected. Complex flavor components integrate nicely.

M: Crisp; medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A complex and tasty APA, with a bit of a brown ale alias. More malty than average for style, and using some darker malts. Adequate hops for style. I found this less typical for style than the Natty Greene's, being "pale" in neither appearance nor flavor, but more enjoyable nonetheless. Recommended, especially if you like both brown and PA styles.

BA Review #841

Photo of CoalPorter
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle poured into a plastic pint cup at the brewery tasting room.

A - Deep amber color, with little to no head and tiny bubbles evident on sides of the cup

S - Very hop-forward, piny and pleasant with a touch of citrus underneath

T - initially a gentle malt flavor, progressing quickly to an aggressive hop bite with a definite bitterness, aftertaste is slightly floral

M - Medium mouth feel with not a lot of carbonation presence

D - Fairly easy drinking while I got the tour of the brewery, but not my favorite pale ever, needed more flavor overall

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh

The beer arrived a copper brown with a thin lacing of head; small carbonation bubbles visible. Nose is floral and citrus hops; smells a little sweet. Taste is also floral and citrus hops. I detect hints of grapefruit with a mild hop bite in the finish. Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Easily sessionable.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thick beige head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is fairly hoppy, with notes of citrus and pine, a little resin, some caramel, toasted bread, bubblegum and some alcohol. The flavor also has a bright hoppiness upfront (pineapple and lemon, pine resin), along with some caramel, a little bubblegum which is odd, fruity esters, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick, and the drinkability is good but not great. Overall a pretty solid pale ale, not exceptional but not flawed.

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Pit (Raleigh, NC) on 12/12/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of frothy brite-white head. This stays fairly sturdy, leaving some rich froth down the sides of the glass. Floral and spicy hops gives this a feel of airiness in the nostrils, while notes of citrus, bread, and a touch of sweeter caramel giving this a fruity tang in the back of the nostrils. Good hoppy nose here.

The taste possesses a spicy bitterness that prickles the tongue up front, then giving way to a splash of citrus and sweet toasty malts. This may actually be just a touch too sweet and tangy in the in the back but the hops return in the finish with a lingering drying spiciness and some residual fruity accents. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a pleasant amount of crispness that tingles the palate. Pretty easy drinking and refreshing overall.

Quite the flavorful and quaffable APA, with a good bit of assertive hop character and an equally aggressive crispness in the body that matches it. Another fine beer here from Lonerider. I'm looking forward to more stuff from these guys.

Photo of ewright
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. A quarter inch of rocky foam tops a clear amber beer. Hints of orange/gold under the right lighting.

Aroma is very muted for the style, hints of citrus rind are very faint. Slight toasted grain in the background. Taste is exactly the opposite. Bright bold hop flavor up front, solid bitterness in the middle with a grapefruity zing in the finish. Medium carbonation gives a creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable offering here! I just wish the aroma was more forward.

Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, earth hop, and dirt. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, perfume, dirt, mushroom, and subtle spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little off on this one with the flavor. The perfume aspect was quite overwhelming if I am honest. It overtook just about every aspect on this brew and really killed it for me overall. I wish this weren't the case, but you can't always get what you want.

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Coppor colored with good inch of fizzy white foam. Dark amber. Hoppy malty smell with some notes of pine. Pleasant. Full bodied malt taste with a full circle of bittering. Several hop flavors blending throughout. Flavorful.

Photo of GSmithBeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it looks the part. I've been seeing these handles pop up lately and thought I would give it a try. Amber appearance with a good head and decent lacing. Okay, in the hoppy arena with a malty backbone. Has a decent taste to it. A little heavier than I would like. Pretty good mouthfeel. I would say that this is a pretty good pale. It's drinkable. Not the best I've ever had, but not something I would recommend you avoid. It would be good in a pinch.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

One great looking beer here. Perfect amber textbook middle of the road color, with simple rising carbonation from the bottom. Off white small one finger creamy head that looks a little soupy. Love this textbook body color.

Unique bouquet for a pale ale. A big blast of what seems hop like citrus, but with a real creamy bent to it. It smells like some kind of citrus creamy fruit (grapefruit?) with this incredible soft malt sense. Haven't smelled a pale ale like this one.

The first thing on taste is the feel. That creamyness brings a wonderful chewy slightly sweet taffy feeling of cream and malt sweetness. Dense. The beer almost feels like it's whipped up in a mixing bowl. With this airy thickness is a good spicy hop bent but easily drinkable.

Overall a very unique and enjoyable Pale Ale. It's uniqueness might throw some people I think and they may not like it, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a thick two-finger head. Excellent retention, leaving strings of lace on the glass. Looks bottled-conditioned, as I poured out some sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Floral and citrus hop aroma with a solid underlying buttery biscuit and caramel malt base. More Simcoe-ish pine flavors as it warms up. Border-line IPA flavor...oily citrus and pine, slight edgy grain in the middle, finishing with a hefty bitterness, dark pine resin, and a handful of fresh, sweet malt. Aggressive for a pale ale, and in fact, on the darker side of the style. Solid, snappy, bitter mouthfeel...medium-bodied and just lively enough.

This is a rather kick-ass local beer that I somehow missed out on until now. Assertive, but nicely balanced. Very satisfying!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had this one a few times in the past, most notably a few months ago when i drank most of a six pack, but was able to try it on tap again as it is always a solid choice. dark amber pour with a two finger head of white that seems to stay on top for a good few minutes before sliding back down to earth.

aroma is light grains, hints of light hops, orange and touches of pineapple the most notable of all. this easily works its way into the flavor which is light, clean, crisp and well done i have to say. really nicely put together with a smooth clean finish that has just the right touch of bitter to it.

overall a solid pale with a kick of hops that do not over power but allow an incredibly deep profile to develop.

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze colored with a lasting frothy white head. Lot's of citrus in the aroma. Grapefruit. The smell reminds me of a soda I drink in the Carribian called Ting. Biscuity malt backbone with plenty of citrus hops for the style. Grapefruit and pineapple. This beer does an excellent job of presenting lot's of hop character without it being too overwhelming. Lot's of hop flavor but still true to style. Crisp oily mouthfeel. Great beer. Possibly the best pale ale in NC.

Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Smells almost like a red ale the way the hops play off the malt. Sweet cereal grain malt with a dash of hop fume.

T- The flavor is also more toward a red ale profile as the malt weighs in with the bready characteristics but not so much that it gets in the way of the subtle yet solidly present hop bitterness. The only thing I don't like is the watery aftertaste but there's enough sweet/bitter duality here to keep my interest.

M- Quenching and somewhat slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not something I would drink all the time but certainly serviceable if it happened to be the only option.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: curvy tyranena pint, copper colored, well retained off-white head

s: caramel and biscuit, papery citrus, brushes of tropical fruit, pretty big aroma for the style, nice

m: carbonation prickly but a touch on the light side in relation to the slightly slick medium body

t: biscuity body with a mild caramel sweetness, harsh citric bitterness, some tropical fruits, not a much to write about - just a solid pale ale

d: enjoyable on a hot night

leftovers carried back from the 'Ville

Photo of sagefool
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, I almost grabbed a Sierra Nevada Torpedo, at the same price, but then I spotted this beer. I believe in buying local, when you can, so I took a chance on this beer.

It's surprisingly good.

On popping the top, there wasn't much of an initial smell, which surprised me. I was expecting overwhelming hoppiness.

The taste surprised me: Really strong, but not overpowering flavor of hops smacks you mid-tongue. Piney, citrusy, and downright refreshing.

It hits a whole lot harder than the 5.7% ABV that it sports. The drinkability makes it that much worse.

It's a great beer, that proves you don't have to be big, to be great.

Nice.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a light amber color with a one finger off-white head. Very clear, with only a small amount of tiny particulates.

Nose is sweet and malty with a crisp citrusy hop presence.

Taste is slightly watery but present malt backbone to the quite bitter and not very fruity hop character.

Moderate carbonation with a light and slightly watery body. High amount of bitterness in finish.

Overall an okay pale ale but a bit too heavy on the bittering hops and not enough on aromatics. Won't probably drink again.

Photo of devilben02
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich orange-amber color, with a big, fluffy, sticky sand-colored head on top. The aroma is very muted, with only a bit of floral, earthy hop bitterness and a light caramel sweetness coming through. The flavor is much more pronounced, with a highly-hopped combination of pine, earth, and herbs contrasting with a dry, toast-like malt base. The texture is quite resinous, which combined with only a light carbonation makes this one feel a bit heavy.

Overall, this beer isn't as easy-drinking as I would prefer in a pale ale due to the combination of the heavy mouthfeel and potency of the flavors. That said, it is bold and flavorful, making a satisfying occasional selection.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In draft at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium brass hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft her all hop atop a round pale malt.

The taste was very well balanced with a subtle hop spice complimenting the drift doughy pale malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a user friendly session ale.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass on tap at the saloon at the music factory in Charlotte. Moderate head and retention. Soapy, not sticky lacing. Aroma is pleasant, mildly grassy. Taste is mildly bitter in the way of grass, nice mild sweetness for balance. Really a tasty and very fresh and easy to drink pale ale with a soft, bitter and caramel aftertaste.

Photo of Arborescence
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber, clear. Pours a light, airy head.

Aroma: Caramel! I wasn't expecting the sweet malt from a pale ale. Pretty interesting and tasty aroma, which makes me interested about the taste...

Taste: Well, there's less hops here than I'd expect from a pale ale, but the malty sweetness of the aroma is more subtle in the taste, and you get a well balanced mixtured of hops on top of it. It's a delicate beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and soft, medium bodied, light carbonation; pleasant to drink!

Overall: I was positively surprised, it's a good beer.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled Brit pub pint glass.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out an attractive deep golden color. "Pale"? Not that I can see. Decent head (1/4") faded fast. OK lacing.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Lots of hops, but some notes of deep barley malt and caramel as well.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet with a subtle hop bite. Middle is smooth with a subdued barley sweetness. Finish features more of the very pleasant (but assertive) hop medley and more of a deep barley taste along with a certain floral character and a hint of biscuit malt. Aftertaste is surprisingly long and features more of the pleasant hop character.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Nice and smooth and certainly enhances the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 3.75: Surprising and not your everyday "micro making a macro" brew. Clean, crisp but assertive and hoppy, this beer is perfect for sessioning and would also go great with food. There is a depth to this beer that you will find appealing. Recommended.

Photo of mechamifune
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass with a nice copper color and off-white head. Decent lacing, nice to look at.

Smell is a bit of hops, not overwhelming, and a little bit of butterscotchy-sweetness lingering. Not bad, though nothing impressive.

Taste is hops upfront (though far from overwhelming), and ends with a little sweetness, though not in a particularly pleasant way. Has a sense of diactyl(sp) to it with a little butterscotch aftertaste along with a bit of a bitter finish. Taste still isn't bad per se, just not grabbing me.

Mouthfeel is a bit muddled. A little too watery and not crisp enough on the finish, has a little bit of a "hop water" kind of feel to it. I guess it is still relatively smooth and for that matter drinkable, since I still don't find myself having a whole lot of trouble drinking it. I guess none of the flavors are overwhelming enough to make it unpleasant. Not a bad beer, but can use a little fine tuning (or i had a bad bottle... the bottling date would maintain that it is indeed fresh). I've been trying to compare some of the realtively local PA's lately, and based on this sample I would put it behind Natty Greene's and Highland.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lone Rider Brewery states this is their "west-coast" style American pale ale" and in my honest opinion, they hit the mark! Being a huge fan of Stone & Rouge brews, Lone Rider nails the west coast vibe with the their Peacemaker!
Not one to go to such extremes but it looked, smelled and tasted like an extremely well-made pale ale.

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Peacemaker Pale Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.