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Pier Pale Ale - Chicago Beer Company

Pier Pale AlePier Pale Ale

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 20.91%


Brewed by:
Chicago Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chi-Town Destination...The Pier. Pier Pale Ale has been carefully formulated and zealously taste-tested to surpass even the highest of expectations.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-20-2011)
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Reviews by JAYAR1:
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JAYAR1

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

crystal clear reddish orange with light colored weak head, aroma is fabulous. I wish the taste would be as good as the smell. weak carbonation with a drier mouth feel...not much in the alcohol realm...won't drink again unless it's free and thay's mean

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:24:42 | More by JAYAR1
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

04-19-2014 16:17:33 | More by NorthSideSean
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Michael914

Illinois

3/5  rDev +4.5%

04-15-2014 05:31:19 | More by Michael914
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stevolb19

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

03-24-2014 21:42:02 | More by stevolb19
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This a decent but not spectacular beer. It poured pale yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Thye scent is mostly sweet malt with faint bitter hops. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops....more English leaning than west coast. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok...I would not go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:39:48 | More by WoodBrew
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dpage27

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +22%

03-03-2014 22:10:32 | More by dpage27
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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

01-04-2014 21:57:48 | More by ethanmc12
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shand

Florida

3/5  rDev +4.5%

12-12-2013 21:28:25 | More by shand
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Caskaway

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

11-09-2013 14:27:06 | More by Caskaway
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Chicago Beer Company's Pier Pale Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. This is the other Chi Town beer I picked up while I was up north, their Lake Shore Lager was a decent beer and I'm curious to see how this one is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's not the most eye catching, but it has a nice clean look to it with the Chicago skyline in the background, I like it. It poured a fairly clear yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, I think it's pretty average looking..

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice fruity aroma that I think is a combination of citrus and fruity hops with some fruity ale yeast, it makes for a nice fruity aroma that isn't distinctly hoppy or yeasty, its a nice mixture. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt and lightly bready aroma. The aroma was decent, the fruity aroma was nice and little unique, I didn't mind it.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy and pale malt like flavor with a real slight bready flavor in the aroma. Up next comes that fruity aspect that I got in the aroma, it seems that the citrus hops stick out a little more than the yeast and they impart a citrus rind and lemon like flavor with a little bit of piney hops in the background. On the finish there's a fairly light amount of bitterness with a grainy and citrus zest like aftertaste. The taste is ok, I think it's pretty average for the style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, nothing really stuck out as being very well done with this beer, it just felt a little bland. This beer has decent drinkability, it's smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these but I might start to get bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty true to style and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but it was a little bland and one noted. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I might order a glass of it at a bar if I wanted something light to go with a meal but it isn't something I would search out and I don't think I would recommend it as a good American Pale Ale. All in all I wasn't really impressed with this beer, I thought it was pretty average almost all the way around and there wasn't anything that made this beer stick out from all the average American Pale Ales. Better luck next time guys, this Pale Ale just wasn't that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 03:41:46 | More by StoutHunter
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Turbo

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-06-2013 00:27:33 | More by Turbo
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SCOTT1974

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had the APA at home last night after a hard day at work. I looked in my fridge and found this Pier Pale Ale. I didn't want the heavy Pale Ales that I always have. This was a light easy drinking American Pale Ale, it was light on the smell and look. It was not to over hoppy, which is getting out of control. It was smooth and easy going down. I would BBQ with this beer all day long. I could drink more than two and not feel too full or bloated. I highly recommend this for someone looking for and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 14:21:47 | More by SCOTT1974
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +39.4%

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LJDWHZ

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Kubrickx

Illinois

3/5  rDev +4.5%

07-21-2013 20:20:03 | More by Kubrickx
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SSchus87

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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KingBiscuit

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-07-2013 00:40:44 | More by KingBiscuit
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +4.5%

03-24-2013 18:16:22 | More by Tucquan
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BRD14

Illinois

3/5  rDev +4.5%

02-07-2013 03:50:58 | More by BRD14
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mecummins

Illinois

1/5  rDev -65.2%

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VirtueVsVice

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Glen0matiC

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-24-2012 01:39:49 | More by Glen0matiC
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jbphoto88

Texas

2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American pale ale? This beer looks more like a pilsner then any pale ale I've seen. It's clear and golden like a lager with not much character and a sudsy white head. A weak start if you ask me to an APA.

The nose is weak like the appearance but does have the pale ale balance between malt and hops you'd expect form the style. Mild and not very discernible, these scents are barely there.

Like the nose, taste leaves little to be desired. Muted and diminished hops with a malt equally as tame. The flavors could be bolder and have more character but that's not to say that they're bad. It's very drinkable, mild, session beer.

Mouthfeel is flat like the flavor. The carbonation is weak for my taste and the finish is not very memorable. All in all an average beer that isn't the best APA but isn't the worst either. It could be better but I have enjoyed it so that's a plus.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:29:24 | More by jbphoto88
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dlello2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +22%

11-10-2012 20:23:24 | More by dlello2
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JJFordick

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

09-15-2012 02:17:11 | More by JJFordick
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Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.