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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale

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260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Kered557, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

BenGreedie, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

kaelingirl, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Gonzo08, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Thedon8900, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Larrydoherty, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

josephmullett, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

josephwa, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Pours a light yellow with almost no head. Nice and easy to drink. Not too complicated. A nice touch of malt and almost grassy if that makes any sense. I could drink several of these on a hot day.

Wife's Review: "It's good. Simple and easy to drink. Give me more."

Brackh, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

spicyvelveetas, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Dburke, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

illpass78, Oct 03, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Gatch, Aug 19, 2012
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4.02/5  rDev +14.9%

Patlee3324, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Hairrrrrrrr, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Another6Pack, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

kevgod, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

jpmclaug, Aug 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%


JimmySmokes, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

mirish72, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans, tasty crack cans.

Pours a huge pasty white fluffy head of 2+ fingers with mostly clear pale straw yellow colored beer and lots of bubbles floating up from the etch, some sticky lacing.

Nose adds some light hops, light grassy noble hops, touch of citrus and orange rind, hints of fruits, and a light grainy malty base with a bit of a sweet malty aroma.

Taste is light, starting with a malt base, some light sweet toasty malts, bit grainy and almost lager like toasty pilsner like malts, then some light hops, some light grassy noble hops, light citrus, fruity and juicy hop addition, hint of bitterness. The finish gets a bit more bitter and very slightly astringent (maybe the only thing keeping it from A- range), slight dry finish contrasting the semi sweet start. The slightest hint of a mint like hop flavor wicked late on the back end and barely detectable.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation.

Overall good, pretty spot on for an APA, not supper bitter or hoppy which is why I think this gets lower ratings than it deserves as most Americans want super hoppy and bitter, but I think this hits right in stride with a good xtra pale, nice hops, nice malty balance, drinkable, sweeter start drier finish. The only negative is the slight astringency on the finish.

jlindros, Jul 14, 2011
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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.