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ParTea Pale Ale - Prism Brewing Company

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ParTea Pale AleParTea Pale Ale

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75
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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nrs207

Pennsylvania

1.4/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - I drank a little from a bottle before drainpouring. Appearance gets a 3.0 because I couldn't really see it.

S - Some tea, not really many beer scents. Not a fan.

T - Atrocious. The worst beer I've ever put in my mouth. 2 friends tried it and nearly gagged. It's disgusting how bad the aftertaste is. There are tea flavors and some generic beer flavors. I don't even now how to describe it. Just some malt mixed poorly with tea I guess.

M - Carbonated fine, no alcohol. Just unpleasant aftertaste and taste in general making the whole thing unpleasant.

O - Worst beer I've ever had. At least macros are tolerable since they don't taste like much. This stuff tastes horrible. Never try, and certainly never buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:55:38 | More by nrs207
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

01-07-2013 04:27:55 | More by mportnoy
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

01-09-2012 05:03:52 | More by Giantspace
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rossmctostadas

Pennsylvania

1.7/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 10:25:02 | More by rossmctostadas
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pwoody11

Delaware

2/5  rDev -37.5%

09-27-2012 00:58:12 | More by pwoody11
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

06-04-2012 01:25:25 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

12-25-2012 19:09:55 | More by ejimhof
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

05-20-2013 17:44:43 | More by touchmeimsac
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Quite dark for a Pale Ale. Almost the color of watered down iced tea. AN off white head tops it off. One fingers worth.

S: Light herbal notes on the nose. The hops come through but are in the background. Light orange and grapefruit along with the herbals.

T: Taste is a bit off. I can't quite pin point it but i thinks it's from the tea that's used. It's almost an astringency that out shines any hop profile thats present. Like with the nose, there's an herbal quality in the forefront.

M: Medium bodied. Seemed a bit heavy for the style. Carbonation was good.

Overall: Not a great beer. Maybe a recipe tweak would help. This was my first beer from Prism and i wasn't impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 20:00:34 | More by BigMike
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srw

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

10-05-2012 19:24:22 | More by srw
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racingkenny14

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

05-03-2013 02:10:30 | More by racingkenny14
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

09-22-2012 00:21:14 | More by SpectralAbyss
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

07-22-2014 02:13:49 | More by curlybird
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seen this at the Wegmens and thought I'd give it a try.
Pours a cloudy amber color with a super tall off white head. It's very much carbonated and thus the head never fades.
Aroma was malts and sort of a strange weird smell that was off putting.
Taste bad
I like to support the local bew brewers in the SEPA area but this just a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 14:20:06 | More by micromaniac129
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

03-12-2014 00:15:38 | More by Zetcha7x
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

02-27-2012 02:18:22 | More by 1p5v
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

01-21-2013 01:39:44 | More by NeoZaZ
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

08-21-2012 03:51:06 | More by tmars13
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.3%

03-24-2014 19:37:12 | More by djrn2
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

02-09-2014 02:54:46 | More by DLS168
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.3%

01-07-2012 04:27:29 | More by SpillyBeers
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

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

Nose
Very strange apple juice aromas.

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:36:54 | More by justintcoons
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on tap at the brewery taproom, in a shaker pint glass.

appears a dirty copper/orange/light brown, with white head. aroma is a bit herbal and fruity, decent. taste is dry, with some lemon and a bit of the tea flavors coming through. thin to medium body, and medium carbonation.

overall, probably the weakest of Prism's offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 01:39:29 | More by jmdrpi
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 20:52:50 | More by Rifugium
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

06-30-2014 14:35:37 | More by erialbill
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ParTea Pale Ale from Prism Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.