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Great American Restaurants Pale Ale - Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Great American Restaurants Pale Ale
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marc77 on 07-29-2002)
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured a clear, dark copper color with a lasting, rocky, whitish head. Aroma is that of a citrus-toast mix. Hoppy flavor really comes through, full-bodied, with almost no malty-sweet influence to speak of. Finished very clean and crisp with a slight bitterness lingering on the palate.

01-17-2003 08:25:37 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
More User Reviews:
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2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

Amber colored with an orangey-beige head that sinks quickly.

Nearly no aroma, so light that I can't make it out.

Flavor of light biscuity malt with hints of toffee and ripe fruit. Not very complex, not much depth. Menu description says "assertively hopped" but I don't detect any hops at all. This won an award? It seems bland and boring. Could I have been served the wrong beer? This tastes nothing like the other reviews.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. Not very drinkable.

08-22-2007 17:47:31 | More by far333
Photo of Loveyourbeer


2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

05-12-2014 01:50:07 | More by Loveyourbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-21-2013 04:42:05 | More by Fusion7777
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-28-2012 01:56:37 | More by Kmccabe33
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-20-2011 19:39:08 | More by jackpritchard
Photo of marc77


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Clear copper in hue, topped by a persistant off - white head. Citrusy Cascade hop nose, light caramel sweetness, and Biscuit malt in aroma. Assertively hopped w/ a crisp, cutting Cascade hop flavor. Very clean in profile, w/ no esters whatsoever. Toasty malt flavors abound. Lightly bodied, crisp, well attenuated, almost dry. Finishes squeaky clean w/ a fading soft hop bitterness. This is a good APA-- its balance is skewed towards the hops, but malt is not forgotten. Highly drinkable. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Pale on draft.

07-29-2002 15:33:32 | More by marc77
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-07-2013 02:36:17 | More by FLBeerGuy
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

I got a growler of this from the Sweetwater in Sterling Virginia. This poured a clear amber copper color with a good-sized frothy white head. Fairly decent retention and it left a nice lacing around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma is heavy with hops of citrus and pine scents with a bit of malt showing. The taste is much the same with a really hoppy citrus standing out above everything else and being supported by a malt backbone with no sweetness anywhere to be found. A bit of bitterness lingers on the finish and it is defiantly very dry. Mouthfeel was about medium and creamy. Overall a pretty darn good pale ale.

06-22-2004 13:05:13 | More by meathookjones
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottled version contracted brewed by Old Dominion Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA. No longer being bottled due to Legal battle lost with Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA.

Clear bronze-ish reddish brown with a full beige head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Citrusy hop aroma and flavor. Well balanced with malt; not overly bitter but certainly more hoppy than malty. Medium bodied and creamy smooth with good hop burps. Very enjoyable.

Bronze Medal - GABF - 2002

Bottled: 05/01/03
Tasted: 08/16/03

08-19-2003 15:42:36 | More by RBorsato
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Golden amber color with a small white head. Light caramel malt and citrus hops in the nose. The nose is much lighter than it should be. Medium carbonation with a very light mouthfeel. Palate is mainly pine and resin from the bittering hops. Clean finish with a litter lingering bitterness. Light and very clean, but also very one dimensional. I enjoyed their burgers here.

02-17-2011 19:35:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-01-2012 02:56:08 | More by 2dogbrew
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4.13/5  rDev +15%

On-tap at the Centerville location. 5/23/07

Pours a beautiful clear, but deep amber color. Nice big frothy head that leaves a good lace everywhere.

Nose is heavy on hops and malts. Some pine notes and fruit as well.

Tastes of hops with citrus being followed up my a huge malt punch. No sweetness however. The finish has bitterness of the hops and very dry. Very creamy brew all the way through.

A very good brew. I will buy this one again when I get the chance, I just hope that Sweetwater moves down south a little bit.

08-11-2007 16:02:34 | More by ghostmech007
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Had on tap at Jackson's in Reston, VA. Labeled as "Jackson's Pale Ale".

Pours a deep copper (not really "pale" in my opinion) with about a finger of head that quickly falls. Decent lacing on the glass.

Scent is of pine and some grass. There's a nice malt flavor followed by fresh citrus, pine, and the grass. However, not quite as hoppy as I would have expected.

Mouth feel is light to medium. I found this to be rather drinkable.

10-31-2010 02:19:49 | More by JDH2000
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-23-2013 21:07:40 | More by klesniew
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured a cloudy dark red with a frothy white head.

Smell was of malts with a little hops.

This tasted pretty good malty with a bitter hoppy after taste.

It was pretty well carbonated but still smooth to drink.

Overall a pretty good pale ale, my favourite of the offerings at this paticular chain of resteraunts. This was purchased from Mikes American Grill.

02-11-2012 02:20:59 | More by Dave1999
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-14-2013 01:36:28 | More by FrankShirley
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

I picked up a growler of this APA to top off a long week of work. It poured a light amber color with a small head that dissipated quickly.

It had a slight malt aroma and a medium/strong hop aroma. The taste was hop-dependent with a bit of grassy hop flavor mixed with a medium malt body. There was a slight sweetness, but was a pretty average malt body. The consistency was medium/light with a medium carbonation.

It was a pretty drinkable ale and I enjoyed it. However, it was a pretty common APA in my eyes and nothing out of the ordinary. Still a fine brew and worth a growler or more.

12-01-2008 03:23:31 | More by jdmorgan
Great American Restaurants Pale Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
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