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Totem Pale - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Totem Pale
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 09-13-2009)
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punkhim

Washington

3/5  rDev -20%

03-21-2012 21:48:02 | More by punkhim
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

3/5  rDev -20%

06-22-2014 00:49:25 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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tastymug

Washington

3/5  rDev -20%

06-30-2013 18:01:37 | More by tastymug
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beertunes

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy Golden amber color with an inch of light tan head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aromas were the usual blend of malt and hop found in the style. The taste was a little sharper than typical with a nice dry finish. Body and drinkability were as expected. Overall, a solid example of the style, it won't replace Manny's or Mirror Pond as my go-to Pales, but certainly worth trying if you see it and a beer I'll have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 19:47:13 | More by beertunes
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ccrida

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Collins Pub, Totem Pale is a copper tinged orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty nice lace.

Smell is mostly bready malt, some bright citrus hops.

Taste is similar, plenty of malt, but the lime notes from the hops add some depth. Not bad by any stretch, just pretty generic. The definition of average.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, a decent pale ale, but forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 00:59:51 | More by ccrida
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evilkorova

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-07-2012 03:07:30 | More by evilkorova
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RJLarse

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a bronze color and clear. There is a modest creamy off-white head.

Smell is typical of a pale I guess. A little sweet biscuit flavor, with a mild citrus hop aroma.

Taste is a caramel bread flavor up front, which dominates. Mild citrus fruit flavors on the finish. But the malt and candy notes are the most notable characteristics..

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and slightly cloying.

Drinkability is just OK. It's a little thick for the style. Not much of a thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 21:14:56 | More by RJLarse
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 14:11:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-07-2014 16:39:01 | More by HoppySeb
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-30-2014 01:31:31 | More by mdaschaf
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-15-2011 01:56:51 | More by ithinkimasofa
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bifrost17

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-03-2013 14:33:47 | More by bifrost17
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adkieffer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-05-2012 22:30:00 | More by adkieffer
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ScreamForMe

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 04:24:19 | More by ScreamForMe
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sensuous tawny color with refined clarity, vigorous carbonation, and a soft, soapy head plastering lace across the glass. The hop aroma is herbaceous and green with a slight nod of something swampy. Summit hops contribute a similarly green, leafy hop flavor that leans towards IPA territory. The body is quaffable with a marginal tannic strain.

A good drinker, but grassy and brusque.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 04:47:48 | More by RedDiamond
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blackc5

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich amber in color with a short offwhite head. Short retention but moderate lacing. Darker than most pales.

S - Lightly toasted bread and floral and herbal hops. Fairly hoppy overall.

T - Despite the color, fairly standard in flavor for a pale. Biscuity malts and a good amount of hops make for a nice overall balance.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Just a bit of resin on the tongue from the hops.

D - Despite its flaws, it is still very pleasant and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 20:45:44 | More by blackc5
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mfavoino

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 03:28:02 | More by mfavoino
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-24-2012 04:48:02 | More by jmccraney
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-29-2014 17:49:59 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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CaptainQ

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-05-2013 00:15:22 | More by CaptainQ
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2013 16:10:14 | More by irishgreensoda
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-01-2013 04:43:22 | More by NickThePyro
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-10-2013 05:06:49 | More by CoryR
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2013 19:22:25 | More by TwoTrees
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dirtylou

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 00:27:11 | More by dirtylou
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Totem Pale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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