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Totem Pale - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Totem Pale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 09-13-2009)
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Reviews by mfavoino:
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright orange with a nice head that provided sticky lacing.

Smell: Light citrus hop scent with some bready malts as well. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Straightforward pale with bready malts and enough citrus hops to make me notice. Soft bitterness on the finish without much lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with average carbonation.

Overall: Nothing jumped out at me, but this is a straightforward pale that I'd be happy to drink again as a predictable and drinkable pale ale.

mfavoino, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BigE90, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

punkhim, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

distantmantra, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

imperial pint, bravehorse tavern

appearance: glowing amber body, 1/3" off-white cap with nice retention

smell: biscuity malts, grassy green hops, toasted grain

taste: a nice choice to pair with a fantastic burger that melted in my mouth (and hands)...toasted grain, bready, light citrus, fresh grassy hops. A solid pale - easy drinking and well balanced

mouthfeel: medium-light body, light bitterness

overall: solid

dirtylou, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jmccraney, Jun 24, 2012
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DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

evilkorova, Jul 07, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had almost every beer at Black Raven. I had this one back in the late Spring. I also had a variation called Low Man On The Totem Pole/Pale.

The regular pale is not my style of beer but I found it a solid brew. I think the recipe could use some tweaking (maybe Beaux already has) to push up the hop profile a bit.

I'd recommend the variation if you can get it. Added flavors that slip my mind right now add to a more complex and flavorful brew.

ScreamForMe, Oct 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dionito, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CaptainQ, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Bach, Sep 29, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beer Authority on 6.18.13

A - Served a surprisingly dark, hazy orange with a small tan head that mostly was just clinging to the glass.

S - Bitter hopes, sweet bready malts, a touch of grass and citrus.

T - Bitter grass, orange peel, caramel, sweet malts.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Not really impressed, Pretty malty and dark for a pale.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 19, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Hi-Life, Ballard, Seattle. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is floral NW hops and some nice citrus notes.

Taste is fruity and bready malt, floral and citrusy hops. Some nice grassy notes. Almost like a hoppy Märzen. Finishes moderately bitter and crisp.

Mouthfeel is soft, very drinkable.

Overall a really nice, well-rounded APA. Would buy this regularly.

draheim, Oct 09, 2013
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Donkster46, Sep 13, 2014
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Totem Pale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.