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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale

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187 Ratings

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pamola Pours with a nice creamy head and subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Pamola is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; three different hop varieties, plus domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body while making use of a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. This one is extremely drinkable!

27.5 IBU

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 01-22-2011)
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Photo of Omnium


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - hazed yellow with two fingers of really bubbly white head, sporadic lacing.
S - Fresh cut grass, some a little lemongrass, very grainy though.
T - Very grassy, but also kinda soapy, some very light grapefruit traces.
M - Lots of carbonation, almost like a soda, chalky mouthfeel afterward.
O - Kinda let down by this one, lacking in flavor, and the mouth on this one leaves a lot to be desires.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 04:10:28 | More by Omnium
Photo of justintcoons


3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity, decent retention and low carbonation.

Caramel, green apple, honeydew and butterscotch.

Caramel, biscuit and butterscotch maltiness. Additional notes of honeydew, white grape and touches of toffee. Very light hoppiness with suggestions of white grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

This is closer to English Bitter territory, but it's still mighty tasty.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 20:27:24 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Infiniteingest


3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generally: Not quite a whisper of an ale, but definitely a wallflower. It turns out, however that this shy little lad has plenty to offer and is, I suspect, exactly the type of broadly appealing session strength ale that Baxter wanted to make. It has all of the character of a carefully thought out ale. Of course their intentions are made manifest on the can... this beer is for camping, hiking, bbqing, etc., etc.. It works on its own terms.

The Pour: The first thing I notice is some extremely lively carbonation, which makes my mouth water a little. Crystal clear and pale golden in color with a nice, very finely built head. Very pretty beer.

Face in the glass: Nice lemony hop notes and a faint breadiness greet you, but they are not saying that much. Very subtle on the nose.

Temperature: 47 to begin with.

With Regard to Taste: For a beer with 4.9% ABV, there is a genuinely impressive amount of structure here. Citric hop notes are balanced up front with a nice bready sweetness and it concludes with a heck of lingering bitterness. Not too dry, not too bitter, not too much beer for mountainside shenanigans and/or waterskiing. And I have to add that the mouthfeel is outstanding. Creamy and Bright have never gotten along so well.

Abstract: While not a style of beer that is likely to excite devotees of huge beers on first pass, it has a few tricks up its sleeve if you give it a chance. More importantly, it's a very nice articulation of the style.

Epitoma: It's a bummer that all of this will be lost on 76% of the people who drink it because they'll be too busy throwing lawn darts at each other and trying to climb trees.

Note: It's a perfect lunch beer, for the rest of us, because it won't make you slur your words and it would go nicely with something like grilled cheese. It's bright enough to cut through some fat.

Serving type: 12 oz Can. I liked the 2nd can better than the first, whatever that means.

Serving type: can

10-07-2013 20:18:11 | More by Infiniteingest
Photo of Andrew041180


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the can into a pint glass. Light gold, a bit hazy, limited head retention.

S - Didn't pick up too much here. Typcial for a pale ale.

T - They did well with a balance of malts. Best I can say here is that I liked it, but pale ales don't really blow me away. I didn't taste much of the hops.

M - A little thin for me. It went down really quickly, which can be good and bad. I generally like beers to linger a bit longer.

O - Nice pale ale, but nothing really special here.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 01:34:55 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of JonRogers


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like Baxter Brews. I think they did a good job sneaking in a little bitterness and subtle hops. I believe it gave a golden glow and had a good head in a glass but Id prefer it straight from the can. It is crisp and a little light for me but went down super easy.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 03:07:50 | More by JonRogers
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, w/o freshenesss info

Pour: Heavily hazed, darker apricot. Fluffy off white head that exhibits excellent retention. Leaves a frothy film, thick collar and thick sheeting, spots, bands and major blobs of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Somebody mentioned a buttery popcorn note on the nose and this is definatly on point. I dont recall another beer with a popcorn nose! I do also get some leafy, herbal hop notes.

On the palate, I get some herbal hops again, light citric fruit, a hint of smoke perhaps.

Light and refreshing pale ale, perhaps a bit thin and watery, but not bad and fairly enjoyable stuff. Nothing special, but sessionable and likely would be nice on a warm summers day with some cheese, bread and salads.

Nice that more and more decent beers are being canned. Hope this trend continues and continues

Serving type: can

01-22-2013 01:48:05 | More by Billolick
Photo of brureview


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much- but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serve it cold. The beer poured a light pale tea color with a two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

The aroma was good- fruit and hops.

The mouth feel complemented the style- pleasant carbonation. Refreshing malt presence.

The taste was quite good- fruity apple and quite crisp.

Sometimes a pale ale can be lackluster. But there is a lot to this refreshing beer if
served cold and in my favorite tasting glass- a snifter. It's a good session beer and a nice alternative to the heavier ABV winter beers .

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 02:51:20 | More by brureview
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a straw yellow/slightly golden/orange. Lots of fine sediment, quite cloudy in the wider part of my Sam Adams glass, very clear in the lower/thinner portion. Lots of very fine sediment floating around. Nice constant/relatively slow carbonation rising through the beer. Poured a solid finger of barely off-white head, solid lacing. OK retention, a thin layer covers most of the surface ~5 minutes later.

S - Lighter sweet fruity hop presence (apple/lemon/orange). Bready light caramel malt. Slightly yeasty. Fairly subtle but pleasant.

T - Decently bitter (mild+), really nice citrusy qualities. Predominantly lemon, some orange too. A wee-bit bready/sweet from the malts. The citrus qualities of the hops are nicely balanced. Slightly dry finish, does not linger too long.

M - Definitely easy to drink, refreshing and crisp. Lighter bodied, generous/appropriate carbonation.

O - Not a show stopper but enjoyable and easy to drink. If I'm drinking a sixer at a party or something this would be a good one to bring.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 22:16:10 | More by MacQ32
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can purchased at Hannaford in Gardiner, ME. Pours a hazy light yellow body with nearly an inch of off white head. Smells grainy with light citrusy hops. Lemon, pith, and orange comprise the flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad overall.

Serving type: can

11-26-2012 01:08:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Baxter Pamola XTRA Pale Ale has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, lots of thick lacing down the glass, a few streaming bubbles, and a hazy, orange-gold appearance, which becomes hazier when the bottom of the can is swished and poured in. The aroma is of grapefruit, sugary malts, and white bread. Taste is of grapefruit, sugar, malt, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Pamola XTRA finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and lager like in it’s somewhat flinty ending. Overall, this is excellent, and I strongly suggest giving it a try.


Serving type: can

11-13-2012 18:21:02 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Gatch


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A: Copper-orange with a big, white, lacy head that sticks to the glass. Bit of retention. Good looking beer.

S: A fantastic Pale Ale nose. Hops are fresh and steal the show.

T: Very tasty, full hop profile. Fresh, fruity, piney, dry, every a hoppy Pale Ale should be. A bit of sweet malt and booze in the finish to balance it out well.

M: Fresh, oily hops, welcomed hint of sweet alcohol, and a pleasure to drink.

O: Well done, Baxter!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 05:07:02 | More by Gatch
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 07/06/12

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a half fingers worth of head

S: Some light pale malts and fruity hops. Not too much going on, but it is pleasant

T: Follows the nose, very well balanced. Some light malts and hops make for a very generalized APA

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, good but nothing special

O: Good for an anytime beer that is easily portable in cans. Doesn't really stand out from the crowd, but that doesn't mean it isn't a solid beer

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 23:33:38 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Maxwell


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow with orange tints, kind of like light human piss from a dehydrated man. Nice bubbly white head with larger bubbles than normal along with a Styrofoam like lacing on the side. Good carbonation

Smell: Caramely malts with a kick of fruity hops, and some bready after smell. There is also a slight citrusy tinge reminiscent of oranges.

Taste: Bready citrus is the first thing that comes to mind, with a distinct orange peel taste in the back. The caramel malts seem to be lost between the bready yeast and the citrusy hops. This is not that over powering over a flavor though, which goes nicely for a session ale.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, which comes as a bizarre experience considering how harshly the bubbles first hit your mouth. After feeling is dry on the very top of the tongue while wetter on the sides with thick stings of saliva, and a slight tingle on top. Nice consistency to the beer, not too watery.

Overall: A great session ale, goes down very smoothly and leaves room for more. Overall it doesn’t quite fit into the bracket of a “pale ale” which makes its name very reasonable. This beer is also nicely portable in its canned six packs, making it a great beer on the beach.

Serving type: can

06-23-2012 21:26:36 | More by Maxwell
Photo of pburland23


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a standard mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with some yellow tints around the edges. Pour produced a thin layer of faint white head. Not much to get excited about.

Smell: Faint citrus hops notes with a fairly tame biscuity malt aroma. Nothing in the smell screams "Xtra pale ale" to me. There's nothing wrong with the aroma. It's just unspectacular.

Taste: Taste is light and clean. Again there are faint citrus hops tastes. I'm picking up orange mostly. Also, some mild bready notes. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and easily quaffable. This one would be absolutely delightful next to the campfire or on the dock watching the sun set.

Overall: Again solid offering from Baxter. Refreshing, clean, crisp and highly drinkable. Will definitely drink a few of these over the summer.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 23:05:12 | More by pburland23
Photo of CHADMC3


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper body with orange hues beneath the pure white head.

Aromas consist of earthy and lightly spiced hops as well as toasted malt.

The flavor offers similar hops to the aroma, clean, earthy, and lightly spiced and again with lightly toasted malt.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

A very clean and easy drinking example of the style with just enough character to entice the senses.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 23:02:53 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Kegatron


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with 3 big foamy fingers of bright-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, which rings the sides of the glass with a good bit of sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and a little spicy, with an earthy greenness to the nose and a splash of lemon tartness. Toasted grains push up from underneath with some prominence. A bit too much at times actually.

The taste is similar, with a leafy bitterness, an underlying herbal feel, and a smack of lemon flavor. The graininess of the nose is a bit more subdued here, with the malts having more of a toasted sweetness to them although the graininess does pick up some as this warms. The finish is pretty dry feeling, with lingering notes of pith and spice that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy crispness that glides along pretty easily. This is probably my favorite part of the beer.

This was a pretty average APA, with too much of a malt presence that detracted from any kind of refreshing hop character that they may have been shooting for with this. This is another one of these Baxter beers that I’m one and done with.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 19:54:39 | More by Kegatron
Photo of tigg924


3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, golden brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: honey, sweet malt, and meadow

Taste: toasted malt, sweet meadow, slight citrus hop in the back

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with light bitterness, dry at the end

Overall: Of all the Baxter beers I have tried, so far this is my favorite. I almost see this as a good American Blonde Ale. I could see myself drinking a couple of these on a warm day. That said, I would not go out of my way for this one. Some breweries seem to match my tastes to a T. It seems as though Baxter is not one of those breweries for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 15:13:11 | More by tigg924
Photo of Fubar1453


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color with a creamy head.

S: Smells like most other pale ales, some hops and a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Strange, the hops aren't familiar. Not all that great, leaves an off putting aftertaste.

M: Dry and sticky.

O: Mediocre, would pick a lot of pales over this one.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 02:29:42 | More by Fubar1453
Photo of capeannbass36


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a Baxter beer can shaped glass. Hazy gold topped with a one finger white head. Light lacing throughout.

S- Very mild. Almost bland. Hint of pine and malt.

T- Not tasting anything special.

M- Light carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O- Too light for me. Nothing very memorable. Quenches thirst...nothing more.

Serving type: can

02-14-2012 23:23:04 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden, yet slightly orange body, the white head forms and fades within seconds, ringy lacing

S: grainy, slight corn but sweet fruits and light hops

T: grainy yet bready, fruity comes in with hops as it warms a bit

M: light, smooth, sessionable, some harshness on the tongue and mouth, no aftertaste, slight bitter finish

O: good for the style and good for me

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 16:50:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of cbutova


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see some new 12oz offerings in the area, pretty much reviewed most of the affordable ones so it is always nice to see something fresh.

A- Can poured into a pint glass and the beer has a somewhat hazy golden, slightly orange body. A creamy white head forms to about a finger in size but doesn't retain all that well. A frothy cloud and ring remain on the beer leaving nice spots of lace.

S- Not getting a ton of strength but I do pick up candy caramel, general grains, slight citrus and fruity hop notes.

T- Starts off with an sort of unexpected candy caramel sweet flavor followed by notes of grain, bread, fruit(apple, white grape, light sweet things) and hops. Hops are definitely in the background here, notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine.

MF- Light body with high carbonation with a smooth and fairly creamy feel, fits the flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

A pretty small beer with a nice feel but the flavor feels just a bit diluted, nice elements but not as substantial as they seemingly should be.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 04:36:14 | More by cbutova
Photo of Flounder57


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced quickly and left some lacing on the glass. A golden straw yellow/orange with some clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: I can smell pine in the can, but a light grapefruit/citrus aroma in the glass. Faint bready and sweet malts in the background.

Taste: Flavors blend into the bready and pale malts veyr well. So well, I am having a difficult time of noticing them Some pine and citrus in the rear which is accompanied by some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium bodied, very crisp and smooth like I like my pale ales. A litle chewy too.

Overall: This is a good APA in my book. People are probably looking for more flavorful malts and less hops, but this one fits the bill very well and is a nice alternative for pale ales.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 05:24:45 | More by Flounder57
Photo of beerbiatchMD


4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a wine glass.

A: Pours an opaque golden orange with one finger of nice frothy head that has quite good lacing, pretty decent retention as well.

N: mostly bready and yeasty up front, also get some citrus as the glass warms a bit.

T: Very good, very approachable. Starts with some bready malty character that is soon followed by a subtle hop bitterness. A little bit of citrus zest in there as well.

M: Crisp, light bodied, good carbonation, no complaints at all but nothing exceptional.

O: This is actually a very good beer. I have to admit I've been skeptical about the cans, but so far Baxter has made a great impression on me. Currently the average score on this beer is 79, and I think that's way too low. This beer is certainly comparable to SN Pale Ale (which has a rating of 'exceptional'). Pamola Xtra Pale is an approachable beer, and I highly recommend it. I will be drinking more of it, especially in the summer, and I'll be shipping some to friends in SoCal as well.

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 20:04:50 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, light caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is on the lighter side for the style but it works well for this beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

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

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 22:22:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of smcolw


2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two-finger head that leaves a lot of sticky, web-like lace. The liquid is cloudy, dark gold color.

Very mild aroma of predictable malted grain and faded hop bitterness.

First impression is of the thinness of the body and weak grain flavor. The hop bitterness makes up for some of the flaws, but not quite.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 00:22:55 | More by smcolw
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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.