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Trademark Pale Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Trademark Pale AleTrademark Pale Ale

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 190
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ZAP on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 190
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citric hoppy nose, bright and fragrant. Mild amber malt biscuit .

Pours a golden hue, great clarity, moderate head with mild retention.

Tart floral hop, very citric and bright. Mild amber biscuit malt true to aroma. Moderate hop bitterness. Finishes mildly dry, mostly clean.

Good bit of bitterness and moderately dry.

A crisp, clean hoppy IPA, very tasty.

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Photo of SiriusAth
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a clear, very pale orange at the top with the bottom 1/3 of the glass being a light golden color, which looks great. There is initially about one finger of snow white foam which quickly fades down to a thin ring just above the beer. There is some lacing present, but not much.

A nice floral hop aroma laced with some citrus comes out first, followed by some by some pine and resin aromatics. Not as assertive as I remembered it being. Slightest hint of sweet from the pale malt, but the hops are still the prime player. Good, but nothing that extraordinary about it.

Subtle malt sweetness leads the way in the mouth, leading into a decent bitter finish that makes for a good balance. The hop flavor falls short of the nose a bit, but its still enjoyable.

Light bodied and easy to drink with little effort. The carbonation seemed a little underdone.

Overall a fairly decent pale ale, sessionable, well made, could drink it again, but have others I will always go to first when given the choice.

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Photo of denflyr
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle with a hard to read freshness imprint. It poured a light copper color with a descent head.

Not a terribly aromatic beer, but that is made up for in the taste and mouthfeel of the beer. It has the trademark hopiness of the style. A nice malt backbone.

Also the beer left a nice lace patern on the glass, but that went away as the beer warmed a bit.

Overall, a VERY drinkable beer and one that will find its way into my refrigerator one these hot Houston summer days!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Pale Ale pours to an orange color with a touch of redness. The body is perfectly clear and the foam level is a little less than average. The aroma of this beer is one of citrus and floral hops with some light malt.

Breckenridge Pale Ale offers a smooth and refreshing taste that combines light caramel with bread- like malt taste with several different hop sensations, including citrus, grassy, leafy, and herbal notes. The aftertaste is hop- accented, with a pleasant flavor of earthy/herbal hops settling in on the palate as the taste slowly fades.

Breckenridge Pale Ale is certainly a beer that doesn't hide its hops. The presence of hops is noticed immediately and the flavor of hops is present as well. Breckenridge uses five different types of hops in the brewing of this beer. But Breckenridge Pale Ale isn't a full- bodied brew. It is light bodied and is actually on the softer side, with a less assertive taste that many other ales in its class. Still, I find it appealing in its own unique way. It's a good English pale ale and it makes for a nice change of pace from the excessively- hopped versions of the style.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear lighter amber with a small white head that leaves slight lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops over light malt body.
Tastes exactly the same with some grapelike fruitiness in the taste. Decent carbonation with a lighter body. Easy drinking but not a great pale ale, another average american pale ale. I wouldn't seek this out, but would try it given the opportunity.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.41/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, I thought this was very average at best. The smell reminded me of wet dog and while there were indeed bitter hops in the taste, the flavour, to me, was neither resinous, citrusy, floral, or anything else. Mouthfeel I felt was a bit heavy given the style; again, simply an opinion. Looks as though plenty of folks enjoy this beer, but it just isn't for me. This is the first bottle from a mixed up 12pk I purchased this afternoon. Let's hope I enjoy the other styles a little better..

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Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a tan head. They say to drink with an orange or something. I'm not really a fan of adding things to beer. The smell has a good hop structure with a mild malt base. Taste has hops up front to some nice malts and finishes with bitter hops. Medium body and carbonation. A good pale ale that actually is quite good with that orange.

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Photo of ewright
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a pint glass a golden color with a hint of orange. A finger of head forms and rapidly dissipates to a persistent thin layer.

S: Aroma of tangerine is most noticeable. Faint floral notes are also present.

T: Good hop presence up front, but not much of a malt backbone to support it. A bit too much harshness is present in the aftertaste.

M: The astringency in the aftertaste distracts from an otherwise pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is light across the tongue and leaves no stickiness on the tongue.

D: I'd have a hard time drinking more than one of these at a time. If the bittering hops were balanced with a bit more pronounced malt flavor, the drinkability would improve.

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Photo of Pencible
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(I had this immediately following a stronger beer, so it might not be a totally accurate description of the flavor). This poured a generic amber with some white head. It smelled like a mix of copper and floral hops. It tasted like citrus hops blended with some generic malt and a bit of cultured yeast. It was thin and watery with slight carbonation and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was somewhat weak but not bad.

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Photo of StrangeBrew1
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in the sampler and think it is just alright. Some Breckenridge beers are like this and some are fantastic.Worth giving a try yourself some afternoon,especially for the price.It sort of drinks like a lager for some reason? Can't complain?

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Photo of deepsouth
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with little head. a ring did form around the top a minute later.

very little to smell here. faint hops and not much else.

the taste is just ok. again, faint hops and no malt character. it could have used a bit better balance imo. it's not unpleasant to drink, just short on taste.

the mouthfeel is light to medium. again, nothing stunning.

this isn't a bad beer, but isn't one i'd seek out. a bit to bitter for me to session it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a one-finger off white head and lots of carbonation. Smells of malts, some white grapes, faint caramel and a little shot of hops to round things off. Tastes a bit sweet which makes for a fairly good session beer when the slight hop bitterness is taken into account. Not really typical of the genre, but that doesn't make it bad. Mouthfeel is smooth and not as dry or crisp as expected.

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Photo of JDV
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange, honey colored with a medium thickness and lasting head. Smell is slightly stale cardboard malty, with a light hop presence. A touch of skunk at first, but probably just that this one is quite old. Taste is extremely bland, boring, and like hop tea more than anything. Not good or flavorful really, with a light bitter bite to it. Would not recommend at all.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a descent half inch off white head. Appearance was clear golden with a light orange glow. Hops, citrus and floral in the beginning with some biscuity malt notes.

This beer is medium body with good carbonation. Nicely bitter in taste with some noticeable malt backbone. The hops come through but not very clean. Not sure what variety was used but it did not seem real fresh. This beer has room for improvement. Drinkable and worth a six pack try.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium amber color with moderate off-white creamy head.ome nice lacing.
Smell is of fruiy and bready malt with little evidence of hops.
Taste shows a profound hop profile at the front end, with enough malt slowly coming through to present with a nice balance.
More enjoyable dryness at the finish.
Nice flavorful beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy orange with a thin white head – tiny bubbles. The smell is sweet and malty with a nice hop punch at the end. The taste is bitter and hoppy. It is not too intense, but it could use some sweetness for balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Despite the bitterness, this is a mellow beer that is quite drinkable.

Thanks to beerbuddha for the sample!

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color With a fingers worth of big-bubbled white head. Soapy in appearance but leaves an ok lacing.

I see this qualifies as an APA here, but the bottle describes it as a classic English pale ale. I suppose the fact that the brewery is American is why it's an APA?

Regardless, this pale ale has a bit of a malt backbone in the aroma, balanced with the right amount of citrus hoppiness. Probably toward the low end of the spectrum hop-wise for an APA, but could be considered "out there" for the English style.

Taste is mostly citrusy hops and from there the finish gets bitter. Not much of the malt flavor behind this.

This beer has some body, and a fair amount of carbonation. I could drink a couple no problem, but it's not much more than an average pale ale from either side of the pond.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a crème colored head. Nose is heavy with hops. Flavor is a touch bitter and definitely influenced by hops. Slight touch of sweetness. Feel is pretty standard. Almost seems a bit watered down. Drinkable, yes. This is easily sessionable for the ease in which it goes down, though not for any mass of personality or unique qualities.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boers a medium straw color with virtually no head after a very hard pour. Lacing noted on the sides of the glass.
Smell of fruity hops, with a slight metalic twinge in the nose.
Taste is very carbonated, citrus hoppiness noted with a bitter finish.
Vrey slight malty notes detected.
Just average overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice medium amber, with a very clear body. A decent sized head of about two fingers height rose up over the top and nestled down to a thin layer covering the entire surface after just a few moments. There was some very nice carbonation that could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass throughout the session, replenishing the lace on top.

S – The aroma was full of light hops from the very start. A nice well balanced aroma of light orange mixed with some cereal and earthy grains created a very balanced and light pale ale smell. There were hints of some apple or other yeast like fruit smells as well hidden way in the back with a caramel sugar topping.

T – The flavor was you classic English pale, but with a hint of west coast hops thrown in for good measure. Started out with a nice round of grainy like textures which morphed well with a caramel sweetness and a nice grassy and earthy type flavor. As this processed it was slowly replaced by a very nice touch of pine like hops, they were light with nothing really mind blowing, but still there drawing out the finish and giving it that little extra dry bitterness that it needed.

M – Very nice and smooth, this medium bodied pale ale was filled with a nice amount of carbonation, but still exhibited a bit of a thickness or slickness to it as it went down. There was a nice smooth delivery though and this slickness did not distract in anyway, just served to let you know what kind of ale it was.

D – Outstanding session ale this went down literally like water. The nice bright flavors, good carbonation and light enough body to be refreshing really helped out and let it be something you could easily out down three or four of over a night.

Overall this was excellent English session ale. I would love to have this one on tap as I am sure it would showcase the flavors wonderfully. Nothing drop down fantastic about this but it was still a very high quality ale that I would happily enjoy again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a sudsy orange-yellow, with some spotty lacing. A stronger pour with the 2nd bottle leaves a hanging ring of lacing.

Aroma has an odd fruit juice quality that's hard to place, it reminded me of Hawaiian Punch for a second. Cereal graininess follows, not much hop presence unfortunately. A little overripe citrus and metallic notes in the flavor. Some residual bitterness, with a good pale malt backbone. The aftertaste hangs on for too long, I try to wash it out with another sip, but again wind up with the same dilemma. With a good quaff you get a better smack of hop bitterness, but it's got an unshakeable metallic note too.

I could put back a couple of these, but it's really not all that interesting.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pale ale at all. Very drinkable. It poured out a golden, straw color with very little head action and minimal lacing. The smell was of hops which gave it a nice citrus smell. Something was off about the smell which gave it a slight "wet dog" smell though. The taste was good and thank god no "wet dog" taste. Very hoppy with hints of citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium-high carbonation. The overall drinkability was good. not a bad beer at all. Just can't get it here in LA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cool brown 12oz into a half-pint.
A - A tangerine shade of amber w/ a thin cream colored head.

S - Potent juicy, sweet smells of hops and malt. Slightly piney w/ a hint of a metallic, briney odor.

M - Oily and sweet at first sip w/ a nice bitter jab that continues. Sappy pine hop textures combine w/ a mellow malt feel w/ plenty of carbonation.

T - Nice grapefruit and orange flavors from NW hops w/ a substantially full tast of crystal malt on first taste. This has the flavors you expect in a good American pale, it is just missing something? I get more of a metallic taste the deeper I get which is bearable, w/ plenty of great hop flavor and aroma. The malt is sweet w/ the carbonation giving it buoyancy. The flavor while acceptable, becomes one dimensional after 3/4 of a pint.

D - Not much of a winner, just average after completing the taste. I would consider cooking w/ this. One is plenty - it just left me kind of underwhelmed.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a thin white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is caramel malts and dirty hops with a bit of fruit.

The flavor is sweet malts with some citric grassy hops with a decent bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, a pedestrian pale ale.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not mind, would never buy*

app: nice muddled copper color. not much head.

smell: hop spice, some sort of cooked chicken smell with herbs.

taste: mild light sweetness then some pepper. mostly mild easy going medium malts with some trash in the after taste. not really bad, nothing exciting. some pine leaning spicy hops, like christmas herb spiced chicken

mf: fine. could use more bubbles but only a bit.

drinkable?: sure, it is not a best friend, but no enemy either

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Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.