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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
70
okay

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

SSchus87, Jun 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Tucquan, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

BRD14, Feb 07, 2013
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1/5  rDev -65.8%

mecummins, Jan 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

VirtueVsVice, Jan 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Glen0matiC, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

dlello2, Nov 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Like the pale lager, this has a thin layer of foam at the rim. Definitely thicker though and a bit darker.

Smell: Some pine hops and minerals.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More pine hops and minerals. Mouthfeel starts nice and flattens at the end.

Overall Drinkability: This probably is better than the pale lager, but overall it's more generic to the style.

tjsdomer2, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

ControlledBurn, Jun 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Vlaminck, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
2.6/5  rDev -11%
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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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

nheinzie57, May 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerOps, May 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

justinp, May 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

hilgart1, May 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -65.8%

ParraPalliative, Mar 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

IPAnoah, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as part of an M&M 6pk from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Summer 2011.

Pours a beautiful copper orange color with a pillow head of carbonation and leaves some very nice lacing around the glass. Scent is of bitter hops is very evident with some lesser hints of wheat and citrus. The taste is only semi-bitter. I was expecting a huge burst of bitter hop flavors but instead had a drastic drop-off that finished more like a light beer. Is refreshing and crisp but pretty much a run of the mill basic APA. If your not one for bitter beers, or want to try a weak bitter beer, this is a good starting point.

Lemke10, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Etan, Dec 23, 2011
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2/5  rDev -31.5%

Nachojon, Nov 18, 2011
Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.