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Totem Pale - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Totem Pale
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beertunes on 09-13-2009)
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

benbjb, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

on tap at brouwers..after my dream of a glass of supplication was dashed, I searched elsewhere for salvation and found it in this lovely beer. Pours dark gold, a bit hazy, rips lace onto the glass as it goes down the pint. slight sweet malt aroma but the hops really shine, some serious citrus and floral hops, really spectacular hoppy pale aroma. the flavor is very similar, solid bitterness upwards of 50 ibus methinks and strong citrus hop taste with a floral and sweet malt finish. probably my favorite pale outside of the alpha king. good work, gentlemen

dragonWhale, Jan 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

dankness3, Mar 18, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured an orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Nice pine- and grass-dominated aroma with some lighter notes of grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Grapefruit up front with bready caramel and plenty of pine, lemon, and grass on the finish.

I actually enjoyed this more than Black Raven's double IPA. It had almost all of the hop bite with less of the sweetness. Tons of flavor and so, so drinkable. A top-notch hoppy pale ale.

grittybrews, Jun 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Donkster46, Saturday at 10:14 PM
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BigE90, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

distantmantra, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dionito, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

seahops, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

leedorham, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

twelveinches, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Poured a yellowish color with good carbontation and a nice white head.

S: Nose is hops and plenty of it. Grassy and green.

T: American pale ale for sure. Plenty of hops, grassy, floral and finishes bitter

M: Lighter bodied but with plenty of hops, tasty and down right good

D; Good beer but with the other exceptional brews here I can see it being overlooked

barleywinefiend, May 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

DaveMiller, Sep 01, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

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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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CaptainQ, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

irishgreensoda, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

NickThePyro, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CoryR, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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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Totem Pale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.