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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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BA SCORE
82
good

19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of far333
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

far333, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Loveyourbeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of Fusion7777
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Fusion7777, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Kmccabe33
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Kmccabe33, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jackpritchard
3/5  rDev -16.7%

jackpritchard, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

marc77, Jul 29, 2002
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

meathookjones, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

RBorsato, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

2dogbrew, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ghostmech007
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ghostmech007, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of JDH2000
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JDH2000, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of klesniew
4/5  rDev +11.1%

klesniew, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

costanzo_mike, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Dave1999
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dave1999, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of FrankShirley
3/5  rDev -16.7%

FrankShirley, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of jdmorgan
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jdmorgan, Dec 01, 2008
Great American Restaurants Pale Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.