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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale

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84 Reviews

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 25.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 01-22-2011

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
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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass a slightly hazy dark yellow. A large amount of foam clings to the sides but note to much on top. The nose has a piney sweetness with some bready character. This beer is smooth. A large amount of bready malts up front with a balance between fruity and piney hops for the finish. Dry for a pale ale. Creamy body and very smooth going down.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $1.83
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: N/A (couldn’t read BOD stamp)

Poured a yellow, golden, hazy color with four fingers of fluffy, white head, which overtook the glass. Very light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average amount of foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled very malty, getting earthy rye, caramel, Cascade, marmalade, sour fruit, peach, floral and apricot. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose, getting those earthy, rye, sour fruit notes. Also marmalade jelly, juicy peach, dark apricot, lemon and more spoiled fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK pale ale. I wouldn’t have it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Cans to the right of us, cans to left of us, cans in front of us! Pale clarity shines and the head impresses us with each sip as it sticks to the glass. Hint of shortbread, and the spicy citric hop is light but pleasing to the nose. Smooth, with enough crispness to be refreshing. The malt base relies on more subtle depth of a blend of North American 2-row barley and barley grown in Maine. Hint of fruit, but then the hops come in to balance and the dryness pulls the palate quick into its finish. A more restrained yet flavorful and quite drinkable ale—if they were aiming for balance, they nailed their target.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date. Why do they stamp their IPA and not their APA?
In a pint glass the beer was a light gold color with a medium-sized white head. The head diminished quickly, leaving a little bit of lace.
Very subtle aroma, maybe too subtle. Sweet malt and a kiss of herbal hops.
A little more in the taste. Bready with a peppery ending.
Light-bodied, nice little peppery bite.
Probably a good session beer. Refreshing.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale good head formation and laces white, golden color
The aroma is sweet with floral hops but back with pale malts which dominate the aroma
The taste is very pale with a full pale malt taste with a dry finish. The taste has hops up front that soon fade and set it apart from other xtra pales but the dominate flavor is pale malts. The mouth is smooth but has a building carbonation. The drink is very high although the price, free for a sample at the brewery, if it is $7-8 a sick pack won't really be worth it.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a 12oz tumbler. Thanks to rfc2323 for picking this up for me at the Canned Opening at the brewery! I've had this in the fridge for a while now and have yet to review it due to sickness... but now I'm feeling better and it's my birthday so, lets start the afternoon off right with a beer review!

Pours a nice light - slightly hazy - straw color with a one finger pillowy head, lots of visible bubbles coming up to help with the sticky lacing. Nose is a bit sulfury, think Prima Pils here, with some light American hop aroma, very mellow, refreshing and appealing after a long week.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, surprisingly thick given the color and aromas, but it's creamy and smooth with a very solid body to it. Taste is balanced, and a bit restrained. This is listed and an APA, but it's almost a bit more British in its hopping levels and flavor - but there is a good amount of hop bitterness backing up that thick malty mouthfeel.

For what this is - an easy drinking, fairly light, 'sessionable' beer - Baxter has done a fantastic job. I can see this being awesome at the top of a mountain after a hike, or out on the lake.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Dillonius
1.25/5  rDev -64.5%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tappangordo
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of wildcatboy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of LiquorsInc
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mackeyse
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 12oz. Can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with low to moderate retention. Beer is a clear pale goldenrod. Lacing is sticky and patchy. Decent.

Nose is pine, tree sap, pineapple, cane sugar, and surprise! Tea. Average and very expected.

Opens sap hop bitterness. Bark, dirt, and prominent tea leaf bitterness. Some residual light tartness in the background. More sap resin and pine at the end. Finish is mellow with a slightly bitter, filmy aftertaste. Dominated by the tea leaf taste.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy and bubbly in the mouth and watery going down. Finish is dry with a long, lingering aftertaste. Expected for the stlye.

This beer is very much expected from Baxter at this point. Big dried tea leaf prominence, sappy hop bitterness. They make decent beers, but there's not a lot separate the different styles at this point.

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Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at Astoria Bier & Cheese. It's a nice pale ale, designed to be more drinkable and it hits that goal. It reminds of Summit Extra Pale Ale, but without the malts complementing the hops. The hops here are dry, grassy, and herbal with a line of citrus, playing along a classic American hops, think Cascade.

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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.