Passenger Ale - Boxcar Brewing Co.
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1.3/5 rDev -55.5%
A - hazey yellow-golden, no head retention
S - very slight lemony, citrus, yeasty aromas
T - Here is where I was completely taken aback, I took one sip and immediately thought I was drinking a "sour ale" or a "cider". Over carbed, astringent, sour. If I had bought this under the guise of a cider it would actually be pretty good. Most likely a quality control issue at the brewery.
M - light, over carbed, almost numbing quality
O - Even if this beer was not "defective" it would likely still range in the B- to C+ area. I picked it because I try to support local Pennsylvania breweries. I will however give Boxcar another shot someday, as this may have been a one-off quality control issue.
04-28-2011 18:16:58 | More by HopHeadRyan
2.25/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
11-11-2012 17:55:15 | More by magnj
2.6/5 rDev -11%
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).
02-07-2011 14:33:14 | More by rfgetz
2.73/5 rDev -6.5%
12 oz brown bottle, no dating
A - Hazy tangerine color, small white head that has little retention and lacing. Looks like a lot of sediment was left behind in the bottle.
S/T - Vinous, green grape-like aromas and tastes up front. There's a yeast presence, too, but I can't really indicate what its adding to the S&T. Some grainy sweetness mid palate, finishing with an herbal hop bitterness, with some residual sugars left in the mouth that accumulate after each sip.
M - Light body, lively carbonation, but doesn't finish very clean with a sticky sugary coating left in the mouth.
O - Really more like a British pale mild or American blonde. Either way, it just seems to lack depth that's seen in some of the better APA's out there. I want to like this brewery so bad since they're so local to me, but so far its just not working out.
02-24-2012 17:53:09 | More by garuda
2.88/5 rDev -1.4%
I had this on tap served chilled - described in the promo material as an English pale mild.
A hazy golden color with small white cape, the bead is fine and lace sticks, the retention is ok. The smell is peculiar -almost like hay or alfalfa grass -like a fresh mown meadows very herbal and earthy. The feel is gassy and light medium bodied with a subtle sweetness, more malty than bitter with semi-dry finish.
The taste is ok, but is grassy as the aroma indicates, the malt is light in the flavor, maybe a bit of toast, but gently bitter grass and herbal notes override the grainy taste. The finish is dry and overall I thought it was unique, but not the tastiest pale or mild ale I have had.
05-17-2011 00:22:45 | More by Slatetank
3.13/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-29-2012 03:25:16 | More by tobelerone
3.15/5 rDev +7.9%
A- Pale straw color with a 1cm head that disappears instantly. Clarity is on the hazy side and little to no lacing present.
S- Light malt, grass, fruit (apple, pear, grape), and some faint diacetyl. Very little hop aroma, but that is to be expected of the style.
T- Malt dominated with some fruit and a herbal tea-like hop flavor.
M- Light to medium feel with low levels of carbonation.
O- A decent Pale Mild. Nothing outstanding, but then again there's nothing horribly wrong with it either. Bottom-line: Unless you're a diehard fan of the style or someone who has to try every beer in existence, you can getaway with skipping this one. Cheers.
10-26-2012 00:52:48 | More by pvsob
District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev +9.6%
12 oz bottle
Appearance is interesting, had to double check that this was an APA and not a hefe or pale wheat. Pours an unfiltered, hazed banana golden color with a foamy white head with surprising retention and lack of lacing. Aroma is mild and sweet, notes of butterscotch, grapefruit, caramel and a slight alcohol bite. Medium bodied with strong, fine carbonation and a sloppy and stale finish. Unsurprisingly, like the rest of the presentation, the flavor continues to have a bit of an identity crisis, veering at times from APA to wheat beer to kolsch to who knows what. Oddly, I do enjoy drinking this, even if it drinks much bigger and stronger than its 5% ABV. The flavor is sweet without being cloying, dominated by sweet, ripe fruits, butterscotch, pale malt, mild tanginess, etc. Hard to pinpoint any particular off flavor, but the overall impression of this is that this beer is a work in progress.
09-19-2010 00:16:53 | More by yourefragile
Passenger Ale from Boxcar Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.