Trademark Pale Ale - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by TXHops:
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Perle, Wilamette, Bramling, Fuggle, Czech Saaz
Having had a couple of unimpressed experiences with Breckenridges Avalanche, Ive been a bit wary about buying the Pale Ale much lately. However a good sale at Central Market convinced me to give the beer another whirl. Unlike last time I drank any Breckenridge beers, the website is up now and actually has some useful info about the beer. Look at that mélange of hops!!!
The beer is a bright, brilliant, deep gold in color, looking more like a well-boiled Pils or Helles than an APA. The glass smells of pale malt and non-distinct hops, though the Saaz come through a little, lending a slight tartness to the nose. A crisp, crisp body and a fruity-juicy, then hoppy middle lead to a Saazy, firm bitterness in the finish. The Saaz bitterness, really, really lingers, reminding me of Czech Pils, though with a touch of fruity diacetyl.
Its interesting, because when I set out to review this beer, I really had a mind set that I wouldnt like it. Instead, I found the odd hopping and the resulting flavors, which lingered between Pils and Best Bitter, to be intriguing. Not great, but definitely worth a second look. Im glad I decided to try this one again.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2003 17:14:18 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured chill hazed dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.
The smell featured light pale malts and a grassy hop.
The flavor featured both pale and darker German malts and a balancing grassy hop.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a decent well balanced pale ale. Straddles the line between the English and American styles.
Serving type: on-tap
08-06-2013 22:43:32 | More by plaid75
3.94/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
probably the best everyday beer from breck, this pours a nice darker honey to amber color with a finger of lasting head. the nose is very fresh citrusy hops, fairly bitter, but balanced out by a sturdy English and American caramel malt backing. the flavor of this beer is welcomingly hop forward for the style, even more so than most, with a burst of fresh hops, less citrusy than they smell, but still pungent in that regard. mild acidity too, not sure where it comes from, but it gives the beer a real refreshing snappy vibe. bitter in the finish, really crisp, and to me this is the ideal session beer. full of flavor and character but not overwhelming. I will be going back to this one, not sure how it had fallen through the cracks before for me... upbeat carbonation and a body that's squarely medium, everything in beautiful balance. this is a great session beer for people who like their daily drink a little more hoppy than most. bravo to Breckenridge for this style defining American pale ale.
Serving type: on-tap
03-25-2013 18:18:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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