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ParTea Pale Ale - Prism Brewing Company

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prism Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
In making our signature pale ale we knew we wanted to do something different. We needed something that stood out, complimented the subtlety of our english pale ale, and said we will be a pale ale like no other – whole leaf tea was the perfect ingredient. We use whole leaf black tea to add a subtle tea flavor and aroma. A refreshing and dry mouth feel give this beer a smooth finish & a unique bitterness. An incredible amount of tea goes into this beer so much so our brewers have a tough time getting the whole leaf tea out when done (picture the tea party men tossing chests of tea overboard). We named it ParTea Pale Ale because the flavors seen to dance on your tongue and they party all night.

Looking for a Pale Ale with something more? Look no further.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 06-13-2010)
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Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Prism

I didn't really think this one was too bad in and of itself. Is it something I'd drink more than once? Probably not. But in the unlikely chance a beer-tea hybrid appeals to you, then this one delivers. Poured a hazy copper color with a white ringlet. Aroma of pale malts, tea, light citrus, mildly soapy. The tea comes out in a big way in the taste, and pretty much overpowers all else, with some crackery malts and earthy / herbal hops in there. Mouthfeel was light and crisp, and you almost want to put ice cubes in the glass and garnish it with a lemon. But then that raises the question, "why not just get an iced tea?" Or a Twisted Tea for that matter. Sure, there's a bit more of a craft aspect to this beer, than the macro staple, but all in all, something like this just appeals to a niche market. I think the main problem here is a sub-par base beer. Add tea to a good quality pale ale, and it's much more successful.

Rifugium, Feb 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

ImFlyerThanYou, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

acurtis, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prism- Tea Party Pale Ale

A- Deep golden caramel orange brown with a frothy chunky white head. Good ringed lacing and bubbly carbonation.
S- Lemony tea leaves with a bready malt base.
T- Strong tea leaves with a big lemony kick. Good dry bitter yellow grapefruit with a hint of orange. Light caramel malt.
M- Sweet malt gives way to a dry and bitter tea leaves.

Overall- A solid Pale Ale with a dash of iced tea blended in.

NJpadreFan, Jul 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Bdel34, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of IamMattMoses
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well this is interesting, a beer made with tea how fancy. But keep your pinky-finger down please. This is a very refreshing and crisp Pale Ale I love the subtle tea aroma and flavor and the taste of the good stuff behind it. I enjoy this ale even more as a 'Shandy' an Arnold Palmer (ParTea Pale Ale with Lemonade). You can say what you want about golf and Shandy's but on a hot 110 degree day in PA this drink just hits the spot. My lady friend loves it more than I do and I am o.k. with that at least she is not scarfing lemon rasberry cottone candy choco malt and fruitly tinis. No Sir, she is a real woman with the grace of a gazellle grazing in the open fields of Africa. A lion approaches, it leaps only to be be back kicked in the face as the mystic gazelle escapes. The lion returns home only to be ridiculed by his wife...the Lion retires to the local pub to have a load off. The bartender asks what the Lion is having. The Lion responds ParTea Pale Ale.

IamMattMoses, Jul 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

erialbill, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy faded orange with a very big sticky cream color head. Lots of clinging. Can smell some foundation malts, touch of citric hop and some tea underneath it all.

An interested beer that would probably be better if they worked on the body a bit more. It's not thick and resinous enough to pull off that slick medium body and it doesn't have enough carbonation to be crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is big which i'm finding i'm liking on these prism beers. Even though thy infuse with weird or fruity ingredients it isn't everything the beers about. Still a good amount of hop bitterness to this one. Malt comes through up front heavily influenced by the tea flavor goes into a citric and herbal hop bite with a nice building bitterness. Tea flavor lingers in the mouth. Honestly a nice and interesting beer with flavors that go along with each other pretty well. Kind of simple but unique. Again I wish it'd body was a bit different.

jtierney89, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

waddellc2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- English mild pale brewed with tea.

A: Dense, dirty orange with a butterscotch toned head is filled with a lively sense of carbonation. Some visible floaties are suspended about, good head retention with a saturn like ring of lacing around the vessel.

S: Aroma of soft dried orange peel with earthy tea really stands out. Light fresh citrus with some freshly squeezed lemon is buried beneath but detectable on the trail. For an english pale the hops are a bit above average, maybe more noticeably so if not for the strong black tea presence.

T: The tea is dominant from the start, earthy, tea grounds, silty, lighty bitter and astingent with a somewhat tannic finish. Citrus and semi-dry lemon, the hops are noticeable per style with some flashes of semi-dry pear perhaps from the yeast. Flashes of orange peel is also present throught the course of the drink.

M: Silty, tea like, light dry with a decent body depth.

O: Overall a decent deal of hoppiness that is perhaps overshadowed by the enormous amounts of tea added. Leaves a black tea like finish which would limit multiples. Honestly drank more like a tea at times then a pale much less a beer.

beerthulhu, Dec 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

IdrinkGas, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of rossmctostadas
1.7/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Draft pour served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance- A nice amber color typical of style. Not perfectly clear but slight haze is not off putting at all. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing left on glass.

Smell- Subtle and intriguing but some phenolic notes that should not be present in this style. Pleasing hints of lemon and grassy aromas sit up front but something doesn't seem quite right.

Taste- I would say that the main problem is too much astringency from the tea but I can't get over the flavors I know were caused by an improper fermentation temp or lax sanitation. Too many fermentation byproducts whatever the cause. Very few malt flavors present and no pleasant hop bite, just astringent band-aids.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is really low. This is a fresh keg at proper pressure and all other drafts on same system are well carbed. Slight slickness almost makes me queasy. This feels like extract homebrew. The body is just not there. I'm starting to remember tasting another beer from General Lafayette that I can't remember the name of that had the same problem.

Drinkability- I'll drink it because I paid for it.

Conclusion- I've tasted worse beers. This has some makings of a decent brew. The idea is intriguing but the execution seems haphazard. If they could just get a cleaner fermentation and improve the body it might end up being something I'd enjoy, but the off flavors are too prevalent to not call this a purely amateur mess.

rossmctostadas, Aug 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

SpectralAbyss, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent light orange with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious tea leaves, lemon rinds, citrus, coriander seed, astringency, and different.
Taste is of the aromas. Obvious tea leaf addition with lemon zest pullng through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, sweet up front, and drying on the finish.
Use with Chinese food...dim sum, or steamed buns!

weeare138, Dec 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

TheFightfan1, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

bigfnjoe, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Skeletor1976, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another single bottle score from The Friendly Greek, which is quickly becoming my go-to bottle shop, especially given their proximity to my work/school. Good on ya, mates! Thanks for being willing to put great beer in that end of town.

From the bottle: Someone else saved me the trouble of transcribing the information into the "Notes" for this beer, but I am going to do a cut-'n'-paste just to ensure that it does not get lost in the sands of time. "In making our signature pale ale we knew we wanted to do something different. We needed something that stood out, complimented the subtlety of our english pale ale, and said we will be a pale ale like no other – whole leaf tea was the perfect ingredient. We use whole leaf black tea to add a subtle tea flavor and aroma. A refreshing and dry mouth feel give this beer a smooth finish & a unique bitterness. An incredible amount of tea goes into this beer so much so our brewers have a tough time getting the whole leaf tea out when done (picture the tea party men tossing chests of tea overboard). We named it ParTea Pale Ale because the flavors seen to dance on your tongue and they party all night."

"Ale Brewed With Tea", eh? I hope that it is mellow as I have a pain in my neck from stress. Part of it is an S.I.W., courtesy of my mayoral campaign and part of it is the beginning of the school year, although I do not remember it taking hold this early in the past. I just want something mellow with which to ease into the evening. Man, what head from a moderately aggro pour! Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. It has been intermittently raining this evening and it has cut much of the oppressive humidity that dogged me on the walk home. The fact that the head has held up is testimony to its staying power. Loads of sticky lacing began to form as it fell. Nose reminded me of Orange Pekoe, very mellow and very tea-like. I may get my wish. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not so much creamy as bubbly and effervescent. The taste was Mandarin oranges, mint tea, Celestial Seasonings Peppermint and very mellow, man. The students would mark me as The Mad Hatter, but I'm not crazy, I swear! I just like to have a good time and shock people and make them laugh. Finish was still mellow, still tea-like and now I was feeling like a nap might be in order. It definitely did NOT make me feel like throwing chests of tea overboard or anywhere else. Like I said earlier, mellow, man.

woodychandler, Aug 28, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

mportnoy, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Rojada1988, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Slighty hazy gold with 2 fingers of head. Low carbonation and nice clouds of lacing.

Very strange apple juice aromas.

Again, these apple juice aromas are in the forefront. Dirty caramel backing. Earthy hop flavors along with notes of lemon zest. Whoosh! There it is! Earl Grey Tea! There also seems to be touches of tangerine, grape and bubblegum.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean. Light-medium bitterness.

This is a pretty strange beer but give it a chance. The more I drink, the more it grows on me. Those weird apple flavors slowly fade and it starts tasting more like an English Style Pale Ale. The tea flavors slowly strengthen. Very earthy and refreshing.

justintcoons, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Navysqurl, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head that slowly fell to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: orange and lemon citrus with some soft herb-like tones.

Taste: caramel, orange, a bit of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors. The tea does impart a softening of the flavors but it is bearly detectable by the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, almost smooth at the finish.

Overall: this beer was OK, the flavor profile was a bit mild and it did not have the refreshing qualities of other pale ales. Worthy of a try if you see it on tap.

Gavage, Aug 09, 2013
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ParTea Pale Ale from Prism Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.