Pamola Xtra Pale Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 324 | Reviews: 89
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is the same, well balanced, hops up front, malts kicking in later. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on May 16, 2011. It pours straw yellow to golden with a significant amount of foamy white head. The aroma has a mixture of light malts, barley grains, and a subtle hoppiness. The body is thin to medium. The taste tends to bring out more of a grainy character with light malts and slightly hopped ending.

Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ToasterChef for the extra! Poured from the can into a Nonick pint glass.

A straight down the center pour gives a very big white foamy head of three fingers. Some carbonation bubbles stuck to the glass but not much coming from the bottom at all. Body is a very pale amber, sort of a deep gold/orange and completely clear.

Bouquet on this... it's bread flour.. FLOUR not bread... dry flour smell actually wheat or perhaps typical white blanched flour. That's it! Kind of bizarre I have to say, but it's not really off putting, but this misses a lot so I am going to say average. Dry powdery flour.

Taste is only slightly improved. Flour nose comes in and manages some bread character, but it's extremely wet bodied. When I want to take another sip I can't get past that powder feeling, however there is some sweet malt hidden as well. This is even chalky surprisingly

Well it's not exactly awful but it's not that great either, but there are other APAs out there that crush this that I can get my hands on.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but also seems to have notes of lemongrass flavors and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to have any interesting aromas or flavors but has a good balance in the smell and taste between the malts and hops. It is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Photo of coachdonovan
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canning date is awfully hard to read, but I think it says 3/31/11. Disappointing that it's not fresher, considering I just read in BA Magazine that Baxter was having trouble keeping beer on the shelves. Picked up a sixpack at a local deli during a recent visit to Portland. Not crazy about the name or graphics, but let's give this one a whirl.

Straw-colored pour, and it's less hazy than I would expect from the style. White head is very foamy and airy, but it fades quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is weak, but I get more fruit (melon?) than other reviewers along with the bready malt. Taste is smooth, starting out a bit sweet and fruity but drying quickly in the finish with a little bitterness.

This might be the mildest Pale Ale I've ever come across. It almost seems more like an ESB.

Photo of JonRogers
3.84/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to andrewinski1 for this. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of pillowy white head with great retention and some touches of lacing.

3.0 S: Not much going on here. Lightly grainy with grassy hops.

2.0 T: Even less going on in the taste. Malts don't do much of anything. There's a detectable bitterness, but just barely and only because the malts don't exist.

2.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.

2.5 D: Pretty much water, but not disgusting.

Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks goes to Bill for this one

A - orange/yellow body with a fair sized white head resting on top

S - light hint of citrus hops with some orange-y notes. A definitely noticeable grainy backbone lingers as well

T - If there was a balanced category this beer would get a 5. A nice mingling of grainy pale malts with a hint of orange rind and grassy hop flavors. mouthfeel is light to medium with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall a solid beer. I am not sure how much this one cost but for the right price I could see this one being worth picking up before going camping, fishing or any other activity that requires you to be outside that you just want to relax with an easily quaffable beer. A nice take on the style and I could definitely see this one appealing to the masses and being a good gateway craft. I'm glad to try this one.

Photo of illpass78
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw with a big white head. Moderate lacing and heavy carbonation. Paler than I'd expected - looks sort of lager-like.

Aroma: Smells of lemongrass, biscuit, grapefruit, citrus, and some sweet malt.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with citrus taking the lead. This is somewhat like a cream ale/pale ale hybrid, with the heft of the former and bitter bite of the latter. I like it. Nice malt backbone, too.

Mouthfeel: Nice drinkable depth. Good session beer.

Overall: A nice offering from Baxter that offers folks some good versatility. It's complex enough to pair with a good meal, but also fine for cookouts or just hanging around. I'd have another.

Photo of Casey10
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is for the first beer from Baxter Brewing another new brewery in Maine that putting all their beers in cans.

I had a chance to grab this at thier brewery today as it was just released. Should be in stores this week.

Anyway not a bad first beer while I thought is was just above avaerage it didn't blow me away. I am sure others will really like it.

A - Poured a nice head golden yellow lots of lacing on the side of the glass as well

S - Not a lot from the smell it is okay slight malt like smell.

T - Not bad kind of a dry roasty flavor its not bad for a apa.

M - Leaves a nice feel again not bad a bit dry.

D - It's good I like this beer, being that it is coming in a can this beer offers a choice over lesser quality beers and similar beers that are only in bottles.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after the mischievous, moose-headed, eagle clawed and winged storm god Pamola, said to inhabit Mt. Katahdin. Pamola is also a peak on Mt. Katahdin.

Clear straw color a thin white head. Several branches of lace left from a consistent, glass bottom retention.

Aroma is standard East Coast APA fair: biscuit and subtle floral/nectar hops. Could be maltier. Could be hoppier. Balanced in subtlety I guess.

Somewhat watery yet slick on the tongue (Baxter cold conditions it for 2 weeks), and devoid of any grasping malt sweetness. Stretches 27 IBUs as far as they'll go with mild spice and prickliness.

It is what it intends to be - a simple, anytime, everybody, session pale. That said I can think of much better versions of that same concept - 21st Bitter American and White Birch Hop Session off the top of my head.

Photo of cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of JimmySmokes
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Smooth

Photo of jbear725
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - this beers pours brilliantly clear with a slightly amber golden color. I'd guess around a SRM of 5. The head is white and billows like a mass produced lager and fades quickly. Not sure the appearance matters much since most people are probably going to drink it from the can.

S - Very faint malt and hop aromas. Nothing grabs your attention when you take a whiff. It's pale and bland with hints of floral and citrus northwest hop aromas.

T - Corn. First few sips are strong with a husky corn flavor that fades fast and then you get mild hop flavors. Cascade seems to be the most evident hop in the mix. Everything fades fast in the aftertaste and leaves you're pallet wondering where the flavor went.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty thin. It's slightly over carbonated which I think helps the hops a bit but makes the malt flavor a little too harsh. There is nothing hanging around in the aftertaste.

D - This is a quaff-able beer for sure and on the can it's says "Camp * Lake * BBQ * Mountain * Hike * Picnic * Beach * Cooler * Backpack * Fridge * Golf Course". I do think they hit the mark with this if they want you to buy it for these reasons. This is a lawnmower/golf course type beer. Ice cold in the can the little malt and hops flavors this does have will be subdued and will make this a thirst quenching between golf shots.

Overall my impression of this beer is that it's a brew that a macro beer co. would put out to grab a piece of the craft beer segment. It's got good intention but is rather lackluster in my opinion. If you're a hardcore or seasoned craft beer drinker you'll find this comes up short. But this could be a great gateway beer for someone trying to ease into microbrews and being in a can certainly helps that cause.

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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.