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Pier Pale Ale - Chicago Beer Company

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Pier Pale AlePier Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
71
okay

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -66.2%

ParraPalliative, Mar 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -66.2%

mecummins, Jan 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

Nachojon, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of glassbrass440
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Not much to the hops. Some light citrus and dark fruit. Maybe some honey from the malts.

Appearance. I love the color! Light copper and crystal clear. Slow bubbles raise to the top of the glass. I only give Appearance a 4 because there is little to no head even with a rough pour.

Taste: Hops seem to be mostly for bittering rather than flavoring. Medium sweetness and slightly sour. Not totally digging it, but it’s ok.

Palate: Medium bodied. Some cloying in the very back of my mouth. Not much of a linger.

Overall: Not bad, not great. Much more malt-centric than I would expect from a pale ale. Probably wouldn’t get it again, but also wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Generic pale ale that would be good for the uninitiated.

glassbrass440, Sep 20, 2011
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Etan, Dec 23, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

KingBiscuit, May 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Glen0matiC, Dec 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

hilgart1, May 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

LJDWHZ, Jul 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

VirtueVsVice, Jan 08, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
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

JAYAR1, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up from a mixed sixer. Poured into pint glass. Appearance is pale gold and clear, minimal head upon pour, no retention, no lacing. The nose has vegetable like hop characted with a noticeable astringency. Not getting much in the way of malts. The taste starts off thin with a touch of sweet malt character. This is followed by and earthy/herbal hop profile that has an off taste... almost like a homebrewed IPA gone wrong. Not much enjoyable going on here. The mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, not very enjoyable.

homebrew311, Jun 05, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12 oz. bottle, "2101" julian date on the neck... 210th day of 2011 would be in July, so relatively fresh.

Into a tulip it pours a high clarity orange with a couple slow trails of carbonation. Thin layer of foam that disappears quickly, not much lace to speak of. The bright filtered look doesn't really suit the pale ale style, looks more like a bock or some similar type of lager.

Aroma is sweet, notes of ale yeast and fruity hawaiian punch.

Tastes vaguely citrusy, sort of artificially sweet like cotton candy. Flaccid, watery body, mild astringency, little to no bitterness or perceptible hop character. Orange slice candy and saltine crackers. This is pretty dull overall, with not much going on. Local brewers run circles around this stuff, they need to step it up if they don't want to fade into oblivion.

Still can't figure out if there are legitimate brewers behind this "project" or if it's all just marketing bullshit. Lack of concrete info points toward the latter... could be a distributor vanity label, due to its ubiquitous corner store presence in the city.

emerge077, Sep 29, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Vlaminck, Jun 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

LuckyJohn, Jun 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.88/5  rDev -2.7%

Acebuckshot, Aug 14, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

jbphoto88, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

PaBeerLover, Dec 24, 2011
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Kubrickx, Jul 21, 2013
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Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company
71 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.