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Passenger Ale - Boxcar Brewing Co.

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 27.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Original Ale

(Beer added by: deaconoflove on 05-28-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, a bit bready. Taste is light and mild, some breadyness and malts, not a very strong flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

tone77, Jan 12, 2013
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jjd315, Feb 19, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered simply because it was a new tap handle i have never seen... poured a hazed pale yellow color with minimal head, assumed it was a belgian wit. Scent was very light with touches of yeast and lemon, lightly sweet bubblegum presence, again assumed it was just a light wit beer. Taste was extremely light with only a faint taste of yeast and lemon, convinced it was a light wit beer. Medium bodied, lightly oily, undercarbonated. When all was said and done and i was left extremely disapointed in my wit beer, i popped on BA on my mobile and saw this was a pale ale... then I was pretty much over the disapointment and borderline angry (j/k).

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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - pale yellow body, fizzy head subsides quickly to a thin surface layer.

s - Zesty lemon and citrus up front, vaguely spicy, buried beneath is a mild bready body. A familiar smell much like that of an infected homebrew.

t/m - fruity up front, thin body overcarbed. spicy finish.

o - honestly this tastes exactly like beers I've screwed up and infected. I want to like this local brewery but after reading other reviews and trying this first hand I think they have a few things to work out before I buy another from them.

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3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed over, dull gold color with a finger of fizzy head that settles slowly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass here and there.

Aroma is fairly mild; some bready malts and a touch of fruity, floral hops. Light sweetness and grass notes continue in the flavor. There's a bit of fruity sweetness but the finish is sufficiently dry. Bitterness is low and the hoppy grass and floral notes are quite restrained. I also get subtle citrus and apple.

Body is medium to slightly light; carbonation is on the high side and feels a little fizzy. Overall there's nothing particularly remarkable about this beer; its pretty drinkable but a bit bland and the aftertaste is a little odd. Theres a faint suggestion of soured milk and overripe fruit throwing things off. The mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired as well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger bright white creamy head that fades sloly to a half inch layer of head that doesn't budge til i take my last sip. hazy deep golden coloring with active carbonation. this is one attractive brew.

s- clean, lemon, maybe a hint of green apple tartness, floral notes, and lots of mystery fruit esters.

s- nice balance of smooth pale caramel malt and lightly bitter hops, slightly grassy, very floral and fruity with a crisp, clean, slightly dry finish. this is very kolsch like in it's flavoring. the bottle conditioning here is a nice and pleasant touch.

m- medium body but fills the mouth very well.

d- this is a really nice, easy drinking apa that i'll be drinking again. also, you've gotta love an up and coming brewery from my hometown of west chester! i had the opportunity to meet the owner/brewer who was a great, very knowledgable guy!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, got a single of this for $2 beans. Never heard of this company before.

Original is a proper term for this beer as it is a pale ale that looks like a mix between a hazy hefe and a light fruit beer. The color is hazy yellow with some oranges and reds mixed in underneath a georgeous white/pinkish head that sticks to the glass like flies on shit. This smells awfully sweet for a pale ale. I thought this was a fruit beer or something. A Belgian type nose with some bubblegum, cherry and some pale malting. I dig it. And this does not taste like a pale ale either but it is very enjoyable and drinkable. Taste is of some wheat with fruits such as cherry and slight citrus qualities underneath some pale malts. Slight caramel vibe that just works for some odd reason. Feels bigger than it is(5%) but remains a bit bigger than light bodied with expert carb rolling off the tounge. I was pleasantly surprised with this one and would purchase again and again.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A> I can't get over the color. It looks a ruby red and the clarity is hazy. Very odd looking. The head is gorgeous. A real beut. The head look belgian. Head has a pink tint to it.

N> Very light grapefruit. Light fruitiness in general. Very present and in your face but not a deep, ripe fruitiness. I can't really pick-out the hops. Wondering if I'm just not used to the smell of what they used. Perhaps some of the fruit is from the hops, I just can't tell.

T> Fruity sweet upfront. A smack of bitterness, very light. The ebb is fast and thorough, leaving very little on the shores of my tongue. -to much, i know.

M> Light mouthfeel. Very, very carbonated.

Quite drinkable but there's something unfinished about it.

esv, Jul 09, 2010
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Passenger Ale from Boxcar Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.