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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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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: 84 | Hads: 349
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.


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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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."

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can I picked up as a random buy on a recent trip to Maine. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a translucent, hazy and juicy orange glow color tending towards the paler side of things. A finger of foamy white head forms on top, lingers for a minute or so, and falls to the surface leaving a low level lacing on the glass just above the collar.

S - Soapy and grassy hops up fornt with a just a touch of citrus. Grainy, cereally malt. Smells fresh (no date on can to confirm/deny) and gives an overall "green" aroma to it.

T - Flavor gives the same "fresh" impression. Well defined hop bitterness that is surrounded by some sugary sweetness from the malt. Light to medium intensity citrus, grapefruit mainly, plays off of the hop bitterness and gives the flavor a bit more "fullness". Flavors are well balanced and integrated with each other...no one aspect dominates the flavor profile - all work together pretty harmoniously.

M - Lightish in body with a lowish mid-level carbonation that gives just enough of a tingle on the tongue. Smooth...goes down easily.

O - I am pleasantly surprised by this one. Had never heard of this beer (or the brewery for that matter) when I bought it. Although not earth-shattering, this is a very solid pale ale. I definitely would not mind having this again - I will have to keep my eye out for Baxter Brewing when in Maine...good, solid, well priced local pale ale - makes me happy all around.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few patches of lace behind

Smell: Biscuity malts with a lemon/pineapple edge

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malts but by mid-palate the sweet lemon/pineapple edge; nicely balanced, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A terrificly balanced session ale that has a lot of English character; so much so that I was thinking ESB rather than APA, but the lemon/pineapple flavor is really intriguing and adds an American angle

Thanks, bendurgin, for the opportunity

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde color with a decent head into my glass. By the way, what's the different between an IPA and XPA?

Grassy hops greet the nose, followed by a light helping of malt. Very basic here.

Taste? Reminds me a lot of a bitter with a lot of buttery malt (yes, are you seeing a theme now?) and low hop content. Actually, the hop level is a bit higher than that in a normal bitter.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Biscuity malt, mild hops and a pronounced sweetness.

It's possible that the brewery intended this beer as a bitter/ESB. It tastes a lot like an English Pale Ale as well. Regardless, rating to style, I'd have to take off points. But, as a bitter, it's on target.

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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 .

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Photo of ElGallo
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my mouth... slowly. This is the second time I've had this beer, and I can definitely say that Baxter has made improvements since the first batch. Much more balanced, good hop profile, and a smooth aftertaste. This is a great beer to take anywhere, as it has many session-esque qualities. For example, I drank this can, shirtless and hatless, while grilling some burgers and waiting for the 'squitoes to come. They did come, but my Pamola was done, so I was inside, with two cheesburgers, and no bug bites, but no more Pamola. I like stories.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard a lot of back and forth about this new brewery - finally giving it a shot to see for myself.

Pop the top, pours nice and clear into the pint, a few rising bubbles, making a "crackly" noise, maybe a bit fizzy, but with a good head that retains and laces quite well. Husky grain nose, dusty hops, light whiff of cream - unassertive but very pleasant. Taste follows suit - pale malt base with some subtle hops going on, light and grassy, hay, and nice mellow creamyness underneath. Very smooth down the gullet - almost asking for a bit more of a bitter kick, but very clean and refreshing. What's this "overall" business? Just notice that... Anywho, drinks like a champ and I could easy knock these back all day while grilling, playing softball, showering, whatever... Very pleasantly surprised by this one - for some reason I've heard a lot of negatively charged hubbub but their initial beer has won me over. And it comes in a can!

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Photo of JonRogers
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up both of Baxter's brews while in Maine for some beach time, camping, and canoeing. Very nice additions to the craft can choices.

Poured into a short glass, nice off white head, that dissipates quickly with very light clinging, color is dark gold to amber, with light effervescense.

Smell is light malt and grain with hints of grass, citrus hop flavors.

Taste is clean malt with a nice does of hop flavor, ranging from grass and citrus, somewhat dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and balanced, good sweetness on the tongue with a hop finish to dry it out, but just a touch to much.

Overall, very balanced clean brew, not to sweet or malt with a solid hop bitterness.

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

A pretty good brew. A good balance of malts and a bit of hops to add a little bitterness but nothing major. The smell was quite fruity so i was expecting more of a fruit flavor however any fruitiness is faint yet there is definitely some there. The mouth feel is quite good, with good carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall a pretty good pale ale, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy one-finger plus head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is more on the malt side, with some hop notes, very slight citrus note. The taste is malty, sweet, some hops, very slight citrus. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew, good for a hot day.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: a big thanks goes out to BrewedAwakening for sending me this can. Enjoyed this one poured into an awesome shaped can pint glass also from Baxter Brewing. Cheers Amy : )

appearance: nice golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, malts, hops,

taste: nice crisp refreshing pale ale. nicely balanced

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and crisp pale ale. love drinking beer on hot summer days that go down cold and smooth.


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Photo of tbart428
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Just a good looking gold pale ale with white head that goes away in a few minutes.

Smell = The smell is of sweet malt with some hops.

Taste = The taste is mellow sweetness with fresh hop flavor. The bittering hops leaves a nice sharp bite at the end (not too much but enough to let you know there really is some hops in the beer).

Mouthfeel = The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style light with some carbonation that tingles at the end.

Drinkability: This beer is as drinkable as keystone light was on prom night minus the piss flavor in your mouth.

The verdict: This is a solid beer for a first offering. Looking at it from a business perspective the beer is a safe, good tasting beer that does not require a lot of ingredients to make so one can recover costs. I will be drinking this beer again because the beer is good, relatively cheap, and it is a local brewery with green practices.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey color. Off-white head. Head is frothy. Leaves jagged strings of lacing.

S-Smells predominantly grassy. Almost has a teddy graham/animal cracker aroma to it. Nose is rather light. Light citrus hops.

T-Mostly sweet. Definitely getting that cracker flavor. The malt almost tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. Grassy and lighter citrus. Not terribly hoppy, but decently bitter. Easy drinking flavor.

M-Lighter bodied. Carbonation is a bit soft. Aftertaste is of crackers and grassy. Bitterness lightly stays on the tongue.

O/D-A mellow, easy to imbibe Pale Ale. I like their IPA better, but this one is not offensive in any category. Definitely too bland to be remembered in detail. But overall, not a bad Pale Ale.

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