483 Pale Ale - Great River Brewery

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Iowa, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 08-17-2010

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.
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dbossman
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mtvolkens
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This just missed the mark for me. I don't know why, and I struggle describing the distaste but the bitter in this beer did not sit well with me. I'm a fan of hoppy beers for sure, but this brew just had a very unpleasant aftertaste that made each sip more undrinkable than the last.

Photo of zoolou
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jsh420
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DearthVader
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opper color with a good amount of clarity to it. a two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean

Photo of Another6Pack
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this one thanks to a good friend who brought it to Michigan during a recent visit.

Deep dark copper color with a nice foamy head that sustains itself very well with moderate lacing. For me, this one has the holy trinity of aromas: citrus, a little bit of pine, and floral notes as it warms up. Here's hoping the taste doesn't let me down.

No fail here! Big hop bite at the start that is immediately countered by just the right amount of malt. Not too dry, but not at all sweet either. Finishes with some lingering bitterness that reminds me of some of my favorite IPAs. Is this really a pale ale?

483 drinks much more like an IPA than an APA but has an ABV that lets you manage more than just a couple per session. It reminds me a lot of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter but with a bigger malt backbone.

I've thought long and hard about it and decided - with confidence - that this one replaces Alpha King as my favorite APA.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this following the Midwest Brewers Fest in Plainfield, IL. Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a rocky white foamy head of about 2+ inches. Head is slow to drop, leaving a nice cap and lacing.

Aromas of citrus hops, and a nice caramelly malt background.

Flavors of big C hops, citric bitterness, pink grapefruit, good balance with a nice caramelly malt presence. Finish is long, bitter, with pink grapefruit zest lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a mouthcoating bitterness, and a spot on level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice APA. Not too aggressive, very easy drinking beer. Ask your local to stock it!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden orange, apricot color. Small, foamy, slightly creamy, tight, pearly white head. Disappears pretty fast with just a patchy lace left.

S - Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Plenty of grassy hops with a good amount of citrus as well. A touch of floral hop aroma as well. Some pale malt in the background along with a touch of yeast.

T - Like the nose suggested, this is pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Grassy and pine hops mix with some citrus hop flavors. Fairly bitter in taste. Has a touch of a spicy flavor as well. Finishes with a nice pale malt, maybe slight bready flavor that balances out the bitterness well. Touch of yeasty flavor on the aftertaste.

M - Lighter body with a bit above average carbonation. Slick and smooth feel. Just a little drying finish.

D - Very drinkable pale ale. Plenty of hops and bitterness, but with enough malt to balance it out. Very refreshing.

Notes: A nice pale ale that is very refreshing, especially on a warmer day. Quite hoppy and bitter for a pale ale, but the pale malt finish provides a nice balance. Really I like this as an easy to drink refreshing beer. Worth the price? I'm not sure, but $7.99 for a four pack of 16 oz isn't bad, especially for a camping trip were cans are preferred. Worth a try.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to LusciousJackson for this.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy, off-white head with good retention and some irregular lacing.

4.0 S: Neutral malty backbone with some crystal malt. Hops are piney with grapefruit and some grass. Super clean with no flaws.

4.5 T: Really nice malt forward taste. Lots of caramel flavor this time - rich and powerful. Lightly bready, but overall quite clean. Moderate bitterness with pine and grapefruit hop flavor. Good beer.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Quite creamy. Good here.

4.5 D: This is a very well constructed pale ale. It's just too bad no one is going to care about it. Excellent yeastmanship with a good nose and a great taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A little orange in the body, but very clear and lots of active carbonation. The head is big; at least three fingers, a light brown/tan, and has a nice domed shape to the top. The orange coloring could be considered to have tawny red or brown hues, but its clarity compensates. The head certainly doesn't fade fast, but it does fade. A second pour unleashes a little, but not much, haze. 4/5

S: Strong piney centennial hops. Not terribly complex, but not the exact same centennial smell that is common in most Midwest IPAs (Two Hearted, Founder's Centennial, Crooked Tree), though the fact that I would compare the balance and intensity to IPAs and not Pale Ales says something as well. There's too much strength overall behind this and not enough malt for balance. 3.5/5

T: The taste is quite a bit sharper than the aroma would lead me to expect. The grapefruity citrus-ness of the cascade dry hopping comes through a good bit more than in the aroma, which I might like in the right mood, but in general I'm not finding enjoyable. There's also a slightly metallic taste. 3.5

M: Nice, light and crisp, a homerun for this pale ale, though a bit more carbonation might have made it a Grand Slam. 4.5/5

D: Really quite quaffable, but appropriate for the ABV I think. 4/5

Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a 16oz can

A- pours a clear copper color with an off-white 1 finger head and spotty lacing

S- malt and bread dough with som citrus pine hops

T- malt forward with a decent punch of tingly citrus hops, a baked bread and caramel finish

M- nicely carbonated a crisp start with prickly hops on the tongue but also a creamy smooth malty finish

O- great APA, tasty and well made a neww arrival here in MN

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of hops bitterness that isn’t over-powering. Then some mild caramel & citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of TheSarge
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely for a three finger thick off white rocky head, and has a mildly hazy and copper colored body.

Toffee and caramel are detectable upfront, and the arid floral fragrances of the hops is easily detectable too.

Hops dominate the taste from the beginning to the end. Lots of grapefruit and a mild amount of caramel and tea in the end.

Very prickly with carbonation, a little oily in the middle, and kind of leaves the palate dry in the end.

Overall a decent brew, but maybe a little too hoppy to be classified as a pale ale. It has to be close to an IPA at least in hop profile.

Photo of JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper/caramel hue with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet and sticky orange citrus hops. It looks like it's got some malt to it but doesn't really give much off in the nose.

Taste: Lots of those citrusy hops dominate the palate until the middle when some of the crystal malt flavor comes through. This is dangerously close to IPA territory. I'm not a fan of the hop profile in this one. The sweet citrus flavor of centennial hops are just not my thing (I'm more of a citra, chinook, etc. guy myself) but it's still a pleasant drinking experience. In terms of the APA style, I think the hop presence outweigh the malt bill a little too much, but it keeps the bitterness at the right level. Slightly dry finish. Not getting much of the grapefruit aftertaste mentioned in the breweries description. I'd classify this one as more of a light IPA.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium bodied. Definitely an easy beer to drink.

Final Thoughts: Wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. It's sort of growing on me, but the end result is a decent beer that doesn't have any really great aspects but also doesn't claim to. Would I drink it again? I wouldn't be opposed to it, I just won't seek it out.

Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another gift CAN from the brewers that became redundant in a recent trade. No worries as The CANQuest (TM) Legion of Heroes will always review a new beer in a CAN.

Crack & Glug Time, followed by two fingers' worth of thick, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was an interesting admixture of piney and citrusy hops. No kidding, this was a hop-forward beer. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an overwhelming pine-hop presence on the tongue. Wow! I love hops, but this was almost resinous in its aggressiveness. Man, I felt like I had been licking a tree. Fellas, ramp it back just a little, please! That or be more generous with the malt. I used to pooh-pooh the idea of balance in PAs, IPAs and DIPAs, but this is one instance where it would have benefited the beer. Finish was gaspingly piney. I need some water after this one.

From the CAN: "We drink what we [CAN] and [CAN] what we drink. Legendary Craft Brews Made in the Quad Cities - Great River Brewery's 483(TM) Pale Ale is named after our mile marker on the mighty Mississippi. A classic Ameri[CAN] pale ale, it uses generous amounts of centennial hops and a final dry hopping of cascades, creating a bold floral and citrus aroma with a balanced malt body. Fan of the [CAN] - [CAN]s leave out harmful light and air, leaving our distinctive flavor intact. We feel the [CAN] best represents a draught fresh on tap. [CAN]s are lighter, safer, easier ... And just plain better for the beer and for the planet. The bottom line is [CAN]s go more places. Boating, golfing, and camping just to name a few. Remember to pack in and always pack out. Pub Draft CAN - One Pint."

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (not straight this time). The color is a clean, clear, light copper. Two fingers of eggshell colored head dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing and then a foamy ring around the edge.

Smell: I can smell the grapefruit citrus from an arm's length away. Sure enough, the first whiff is an invigorating bouquet of grapefruit and lemon citrus laced with bitter hoppiness. The aroma dominates, but leaves room for a little toffee and caramel.

Taste: The flavor follows with a hoppy bite, which is not at full strength until the aftertaste. The taste mostly mirrors the smell: grapefruit and lemon citrus, bitter hoppiness, and toffee and caramel malts, which probably keep the beer from turning into an IPA. It is hoppy, but not full-force, Portland, bitter beer face hoppy. It just has an aggressive bite, which is much appreciated and surprising for a native Iowa brew.

Drinkability: Great River claims 483 Pale Ale is for the hop lover, and I agree. Three cheers for Hawkeye State hoppiness!

Photo of Greggy
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Off white head, amber body.

S- Very tight. Some hoppiness but overall, not much going on.

T- Grassy, lemon, pine and dry on the finish.

M- Appropriate carbonation, smooth.

O- Drinkable but not a staple, by any means. A little more aromatics in the nose and this could be leap and bounds better.

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483 Pale Ale from Great River Brewery
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