Great American Restaurants Pale Ale - Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
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
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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
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
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
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
08-19-2003 15:42:36 | More by RBorsato
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
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
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
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
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
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.