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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 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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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.

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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 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 smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a pretty things pint glass. date on can is 9/21/11

A - golden orange body with two finger white laced head. pretty good retention very good lacing.

S - pine hops, orange peel, sweet bread malts.

T - sweet malts, earthy grain malt base. grass hop bite hits in the back and is subdued.

M - good carbonation light bodied with a very watery feel to it.

O - eh. its alright not so bad I won't go try something else by baxter but certainly not impressed by this.

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

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazy, honey-gold coloring with a thin film of white head that settles out into a ring. Slight citrus and pineapple aromas, with light hop notes. Pineapple fruit with a spicy hop blend, and a steady, light malt backbone. Very well balanced. Aftertaste is dry hops and oregano spicing. Good, slick, and quick finish. Easy to drink by the boatload, and flavors won't scare off any newcomers.

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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 WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pamola Xtra Pale Ale pours a hazy light amber into the glass, with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind some lines and spots of lace.

The aroma is faint with notes of lemon citrus and hints of pine. A touch of pale malt may be in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, somewhat watery with a lightly carbonated fizz. The flavor is nicely balanced between lemon citrus and biscuit pale malt. It finishes with a mild flowery bitterness. Once gone the lemon citrus and toasted grain lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking 'any time' beer. Very sessionable and well balanced. It's nice to have a pale ale that's actually a pale ale and not a hop bomb.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - bright orange and yellow in color with a good half-inch of fluffy white head resting on top. Nice looking pour with carbonation levels looking just right.

Aroma - light citrusy notes, cotton candy, caramel malts along with some biscuity aromas. Very balanced aromas. Altogether a fairly "light" smelling brew.

Taste - initial tastes are that of lemon and orange peel, hints of earthy hops, bready/biscuity malts with a crisp, semi-sweet finish. Light and effervescent on the tongue and not too heavy on the palate. Every brewery should try and roll something out that is as easy drinking as this beer.

Overall - Sort of reminds me of a blonde ale with a bit more oomph from the hops. Very easy drinking and very refreshing. I can see this one selling really well during the summers in Maine. If you want something sessionable than here you go!

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a lovely can. Pours with a thick head of off-white foam. Not much in the nose here, slight hints of spice and a few hops, nice, but not overly impressive. Taste is maybe the weakest part of this beer, is a bit bubbly, lots of carbonation, but fairly understated in flavor. Not a bad beer at all, a good session beer.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Hazy straw and lemon-yellow with fierce carbonation that builds to a creamy, pillowy two-finger head of white foam. Retention and lacing is car soapy but nice looking.

S: Lightly toasted grain and corn aroma with some spicy, metallic hop notes and a bit of buttery, bubbly Palmolive.

T: Mild, sweet bready malts rush the palate first with a slight cracker flavor before a sharp and acidic, spicy metal hop taste stabs the palate with a skunky, adjunct aftertaste. Washes down pretty light and bitter with a watery hop crescendo.

M: Light-bodied APA with many clean flavors but a lot of watery goodness to go with them. Was expecting more here.

O: Is this a lager in the wrong can? A very light bodied and sort of forgettable APA. At 4.9% ABV, I'd categorize Pamola Xtra Pale as the canned APA for lager fans; not in the good way either. It's got a refreshing factor, but not enough to compensate for its lack of flavor and body. Glad to try, but I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale yellow gold with a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma says grainy wheat/oats and pleasant citrus hops. Very inviting as pale ales go. The flavor offers a very bright and crisp citrus kiss over a biscuit/ bread/cereal base. It’s pretty brisk with a medium light body although it has a slight tendancy toward a watery quality at times. This is a sharp flavored pale ale with a somewhat harsh, earthy hop character. I would prefer a slightly mellower, sweeter idea in a pale ale but this a good quality entry. The Stowaway IPA is a far superior Baxter brew in my opinion.

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