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483 Pale Ale - Great River Brewery

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83
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
True to the style, our pale ale is brewed with pale malt and a touch of crystal malt which gives it that copper hue. Then we aggressively hop it with centennial hops for a big citrus hop aroma and taste. Beer for the hop lover. Nice bitterness and a good long aftertaste with a smack of grapefruit.

(Beer added by: mynie on 08-17-2010)
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Reviews by drop6301:
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drop6301

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-29-2012 03:17:40 | More by drop6301
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.8%

06-15-2013 00:49:14 | More by lionnusmb
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SjConroy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-24-2014 21:25:37 | More by SjConroy
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schoon

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-12-2012 01:11:33 | More by schoon
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

(Served in a Nonic)
A- There is just a touch of haze to the deep caramel-orange body with a slow carbonation working to the surface. There is a thick light tan head that is full of craters and last for a bit.

S- This beer has a full crystal malt aroma that has just a hint of brine in the finish.

T- The big sweet crystal malt carries through to the flavor but is cut back just a bit by the dry pungent green hop flavor with a much bigger hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and grows. The flavor also gets more watery as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp tight fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has big flavor in the crystal malt which is almost syrupy and the hop bitterness that taste a bit like dandelion milk, but it is lacking in hop flavor and aroma. It could really use something to cut down the first flavors or add depth to the flavor.

03-27-2013 14:20:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-22-2013 01:32:38 | More by richkrull
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Brenden

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Another from a friend's trip further into the great American Midwest...

This pale ale's color is on the darker end of the spectrum, more of a nearly bronze brown-orange. On top is a lightly orange-tinted pillow of soft cream, roughly 3/4 of a finger high, with good retention and lace.
The aroma's pretty nicely hoppy with citrus, grass and a hint of pine. Caramel malts are strong, to the point that they take just a bit away. There's also some graininess and a bit of salty brine just sneaking in.
The brine doesn't show much on the tongue. This beer starts with a nice bite of hoppiness and ends with it, too. Pine is a little stronger than it smelled, though the focus is still citrus and grass. Caramel malts ( and breads) balance better than in the aroma, adding just enough to round it out.
This is a crisp and clean brew with a firm medium body and a nice smoothness overall.

07-02-2014 21:17:10 | More by Brenden
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ABokononist

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-30-2012 13:23:22 | More by ABokononist
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Iowa beer, sweet! Mega-thanks to my brother Nick (mnwags) for the assist. But apparently he forgot I can't stand craft beer anymore. I'm only into nanobreweries now. (joke, look it up on the youtubes)

Out of the neatly designed and big 16 oz. can comes a pale golden liquid with just a hint of orange, but still looks more macro lager in color than APA. A frothy, stiff, audibly crackling head lifts the rating.

Smell is lightly sweet and floral, a pleasant, unobtrusive pale ale sort of smell. Fresh, clean, bright and simple, and leaning on the side of candy-like.

Good balance here between floral/green tartness, bitter hops, corny and caramel-like malt sweetness, and a light dab of earthy mineral. Definitely not a standardeverydayhohum pale ale, although maybe lacking the depth of a truly superb one.

Texturally 483 is crisp and slick, going down smoothly and easily. Not an abrasive or unpleasant experience in the mouth, despite front-forward carbonation. On the lighter side, but not wimpy.

Man, I love to see good beer like this in cans. It may not be the best midwest beer ever, but I love seeing Davenport get further into the craft beer game, and I'd be curious to try more Great River stuff. Thanks again bro.

05-02-2011 00:15:50 | More by Metalmonk
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

A - Cloudy copper-orange brew with a big rocky head and tons of lace. This is a really nice looking beer.

S - Musky, dank, herbal, like a grapefruit gone over to the point of almost rotten (but in a good way).

T - Well balanced bready malt and almost marijuana-like flavors with s spritz of orange citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied. Muscular. Finishes slightly tangy with a long-lasting citrus aftertaste.

0 - Good beer. Interesting and somewhat unique. Not just another pale ale that tastes exactly like the rest.

01-22-2014 22:47:15 | More by pmcadamis
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-20-2012 22:19:50 | More by Cooper
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Clear and bronze with a white thin head that still manages its form; lacing is pretty good

S: Aroma isn't incredibly pronounced but lemon citrus, pine, tea leaves, and a subtle weed aroma sit on top of a biscuity, grainy, malt presence

T: Nice oily hop presence up front; lots of pine and lemon but the beer fades on the back end and the grainy, bready malts don't quite catch up leaving a slightly soapy, strange after taste

F: Fairly good mouth feel: sticky and oily up front--it thins up a bit too much on the back end but it works fairly well

O: Decent little pale ale; it's refreshing and though it doesn't finish quite right, I could see myself putting a few back on a hot day

05-26-2011 13:51:03 | More by dbossman
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-21-2011 22:25:47 | More by djschnabel
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jmpizzo

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-07-2012 02:04:54 | More by jmpizzo
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zoolou

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +9%

A - Clear copper with a nice slightly off-white head that pours thick and hangs on throughout.

S - Light citrus, somewhat floral

T - Begins with a smooth hop flavor and finished with a good bitter hop bite. Nothing overwhelming, but very tasty and very drinkable.

M - Somewhat smooth/creamy mouthfeel makes it great going down.

Overall a very tasty PA that one could drink all day. Nothing in particular stands out, but it just tastes like a well-done beer.

03-29-2011 23:55:45 | More by zoolou
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spargebug

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-05-2012 00:17:23 | More by spargebug
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a clear amber color with two+ fingers of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Hop driven aroma. Very floral with a touch of citrus. A little bit of toasted and caramel malt as well.

A little bit out of the ordinary APA flavor range. The hop flavor does not surprise, but it is the malt profile that I find sets this APA apart. A nice toasted malt base that gives the hops something to play off of. The Centennial hops come first, than it is the Cascades. On the higher end of bitterness and IBU's.

The body is very robust and hearty for an APA of this ABV. Superbly carbonated as well. Great texture.

A very good pale ale from Iowa. Another fine beer in cans.

12-10-2011 19:49:53 | More by morimech
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-02-2012 05:54:50 | More by GRG1313
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spauldo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37%

04-15-2014 21:13:03 | More by spauldo
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-01-2013 02:47:31 | More by Kunstman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks again to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is big on hops up front, some subtle hints of citrus, considerable bitterness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

08-27-2011 16:12:53 | More by tone77
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Had this at the brewery's tasting room on draft, and in cans over the weekend. Tap version was actually a bit hoppier, more bitterness with defined citrus and grassy notes from the Cascades.

Into a tulip, this pale ale has a voluminous 3" of sticky foam. The surface has that slightly reflective meringue sheen to it, and the lace is sticky around the edges. Color is a deep reddish orange, with a ruddy brown tinge. Unfiltered and hazy, it looks like a pale ale with fortitude.

Moderately grassy hop aroma, some caramel malt sweetness peeking through underneath. Some wet barley notes are blended in too. A touch more citrus would be nice here, as it is the malt seems to dominate halfway through.

Flavor is moderately bitter, earthy pine and grassy hops again. Some light sweetness in the middle from the pale malt. Dry, resiny, piney finish. Body is a touch hefty, ample carbonation, smooth on the palate. Not super filling, but 1-2 sounds about right.

A 4-pack of 16 oz. cans for $7.50 is a good deal. Daisy Cutter is still my local go-to APA, but i'll pick this up again when downstate.

2011: Available in Springfield, IL at Famous and Friar Tuck.

08-25-2010 00:13:34 | More by emerge077
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jsh420

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +9%

pours bright clear gold with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is not that strong but i pick up some pine hops

taste is very very good - juicy fruity hops and semisweet malt upfront then pine hops then with a ashy hop aftertaste

mouthfeel is medium light body with decent carbonation

overall this beer is very solid and i wish i had bought more then a single

10-26-2011 04:07:17 | More by jsh420
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-17-2014 22:43:23 | More by DCdevyl78
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DearthVader

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

16oz can poured to my Alpine pint glass.
Courtesy of phineasgage in the Refreshing Summer BIF.

Pours a nice glowing copper with a 1" off white head. Decent head retention and some spotty lacing. Signs of carbonation climbing up my glass.

Smells mostly of the caramel backbone. Pick up some slight lemon grass and hop aromas, but the caramel malt is the highlight of the aroma here.

Taste is very malt forward, but the citrus and grapefruit is much more noticeable in the taste. A very juicy hoppy finish which is something I really like in my APA's.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. I typically don't like this for the style, but I couldn't see anything else working better for this brew. Very enjoyable.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's extremely drinkable and I'm guessing it's very overlooked in it's local shops, but it should easily pick up some followers. This is a very solid beer.

07-16-2011 21:59:46 | More by DearthVader
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483 Pale Ale from Great River Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.