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Hudson Pale Ale - New Jersey Beer Company

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Hudson Pale AleHudson Pale Ale

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Jersey Beer Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-20-2010

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by Jacobob10:
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2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was pleased to find a six pack of this as the brewery is in close proximity to where I live and I have been eager to try some of their beer for a while now.

Poured into a pint glass it immediately created a giant white head. Deep, hazy orange color, almost murky, that was difficult to see my fingers through on the other side of the glass. The aroma was very subdued. No sharpness from the hops that I would have liked to cut through a bit more. Medium bodied with not a whole lot of flavor. Some pine from the hops but other than that very average. Drinkability was fine but nothing exciting to keep drawing me back for another sip.

Overall, this felt like more of a homebrewed than commercially-brewed beer. There was nothing wrong with it, just a bit dull and not as crisp and clean as I would expect from a pale ale. Nonetheless, being a local beer, I will continue to support their efforts and try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Nj beer co Hudson pale ale. Pours dark amber with a reddish rust tone. Thin foam layer. Toffee pine nose. Hoppy hints. Light pale taste, mild hop back. Flavor bitter. Pine taste. Firm carbonation. Really nice pale. 4 4 375 4 375

Photo of erialbill
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange glow with good clarity and a thin white head. Mild piney and citric hop presence, a bit flowery too, almost like an aerosol scent but in a good way if thats imaginable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sweet malt profile almost a tad sugary but with a nice citrusy hop profile. Taste like bottle conditioned homebrew but a good one at that. But for this to be from a professional brewer, it really does taste like something i've made before albeit a bit cleaner. Good bitterness and balance.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent orange-brick coloring has a strong and rapidly paced effervesce within. The head is spongy, tan, and a finger high but quick to collapse leaving no window dressing.

S: The aroma is filled of pine and grapfefrui of moderate strength. Grass, dried orange flowers come on the close. Fairly good amount per style.

T: The flavor is bitter pine and grapefruit set against some toasted speciality grains and dried oranges. A big finish of dried orange, grapefruit leaves a good level of hoppiness behind on the tongue to think about. Decent use of toasted speciality grain base adds a respectable body and fullness to the palate while the hops are on the level providing a spicy bite of citrus.

M: Tingly carbonation, good fullness with a creamy texture. A bitter farewell of grapefruit and pine appear on the swallow.

D/O: Not as particularly sharp and crisp as I usually prefer, but the body has a good weight and feel to it. Certainly wouldn’t turn down another one. Good level of hoppiness for an apa, perhaps as mentioned, not my go to ideal crisp summertime quencher but certainly fairs well as a hoppy cool time treat with an smidge of alcohol warmth. Would call this six-pack worthy.

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had at the Merchant in jersey city.

A. It has an orange light brown color. A big foamy white head with some lacing. It is opaque.

S. not much of a scent. Some metallic.

T/M. It has a very citrusy taste. A mild floral hop taste. A bit of a rusty metal taste. Very smooth. Heavy body.

O. Smooth but quite sweet. Too much citrus not enough hop. But good and easy to drink.

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that took a long time to die down and never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of biscuit malts; hints of citrus from the hops then become perceptible towards the finish. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink, although noting really stands out in the smell or taste to make me want to try this again. It is like a beer that doesn't know its identity—is it an English Pale Ale that wants to highlight its biscuity hops or an American Pale Ale that wants to showcase its citrusy hops? I wasn't sure what this really was and it seemed to have contrasting flavors.

Photo of rkcrozier
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Copper Mine Pub

A - a bit cloudy which was odd for pale ale, minimal head but the pour from the tap was to the rim

S - the usual; citrus, grapefruit, etc,

T - here's where I thought the beer was good; not being a hop head, I loved that there was a creamy smoothness upfront and only after lingering on the tongue did the hops kick in.

M - very smooth to start with the hop bite afterwards

D - very drinkable; out if the 3 offerings from NJ Beer Co, this was my favorite.

Photo of mjaskula
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the closest brewery to my house, I hope it's good.

Served in a pint glass. The beer pours with a moderate tan head and a clear copper color. The head thins to a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is weak, slightly sweet and hoppy. Hop aromas are citrus and pine. Flavor is typical pale ale and fairly complex. The hop flavors is strong and bitter with pine and a bit of grapefruit. The malt flavor is well balanced, bready and malty. A little bit of green apple shows in the finish. Carbonation is moderately high, bringing some nice life to it. Overall it's a nice drinkable pale ale that I think is aspiring to be Sierra Nevada.

Photo of claspada
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber which is off because it is a pale ale, but I do not deduct points for color/appearance. Head is off white and lingers slightly but dissipates a little too quick for a classic pale ale.

The aroma is bready and mallty with the typical pale ale citrus/grapefruit hops.

Initial tastes are sweet followed by the traditional bitter herbal/citrusy notes. Body is thinner than most, needs some kind of boost either in malt or hops. Not a bad pale ale, but extremely forgetable and the fact that it costs $6 (the same as Dogfish 60 on tap) means it will not be revisited.
It's drinkable but not overly memorable so I guess it's worth a try if only to support the NJ's newest brewery.

Photo of AlfaMale
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Local in tap not far from the brewery. Poured a cloudy autum wheat color with a definite lemon aroma. Not as smooth as some pale ales; however, it had a crisp taste with a hint of aftertaste. Probably not available where you are, but if you are at the Marriott in EWR, give it a shot.

Photo of benz08
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TeachChefs
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized very thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine and citrus/orange rind hops with a lighter amount of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a hint of light fruit (apple and pear) that os followed by some light to moderate pine and citrus/orange rind hops. There is an aggressiveness to the light to moderate bitterness that is somewhat unpleasant and lingers for some time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: It was not an unpleasant beer but definitely not one that I would run out to grab again - the balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops just seemed to be slightly askew making the resulting tastes a little out of whack.

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnnyForeign
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart in seconds.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness is tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, golden apple sweetness, and a late arriving harsh bitterness takes over the flavor profile. The bitterness is mild but biting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this was a slow sipping APA due to the unbalanced flavor profile. This was not refreshing or enjoyable at all.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden/amber into a pint glass, with less than a finger of white, less than stellar retention, and average lacing. The aroma certainly revealed citrus/grapefruit hints, as well as bitter herbal notes. The taste began on a fruity/malty note, then gave way to more bitterness midpalate, and finished on a bitter semi-dry note. Not a bad pale ale, but nothing extraordinary either. Certainly sessionable, but very thin-bodied. I don't know anything about the recipe, but it tastes as if a more varied or meatier grain bill would help beef up the flavor and body of this brew considerably. Definitely has potential.

Photo of magnj
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of both the stout an this, excited to experience a new NJ brewery.

A - Light Amber-Orange body with moderate to high carbonation apparent, both large and small bubbles. Head is 2 fingers, slightly off white and pretty sticky.

S - Nice citrus nose from the hops and fresh grainy malt aromas.

T - Well balanced with a health malt body up front quickly complimented by an appropriate amount of hop bitterness. Hop flavors are classic citrus and a bit herbal while the malt bill seems very simple and reminds me of malt extract. Nothing revolutionary, but solid and clean.

M/D - medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, uneventful and slightly uninspired.

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Hudson Pale Ale from New Jersey Beer Company
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