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Pier Pale Ale - Chicago Beer Company

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Pier Pale AlePier Pale Ale

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70
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 20.34%
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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VirtueVsVice

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-08-2013 17:41:56 | More by VirtueVsVice
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Glen0matiC

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Texas

2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +20.7%

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

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

09-15-2012 02:17:11 | More by JJFordick
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 18:34:10 | More by tjsdomer2
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 00:09:08 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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ControlledBurn

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.4%

06-25-2012 18:14:07 | More by ControlledBurn
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Vlaminck

California

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

06-23-2012 22:56:13 | More by Vlaminck
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:06:08 | More by homebrew311
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

05-31-2012 14:08:38 | More by nheinzie57
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BeerOps

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2012 01:43:56 | More by BeerOps
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justinp

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.4%

05-10-2012 02:00:07 | More by justinp
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hilgart1

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-06-2012 14:07:39 | More by hilgart1
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ParraPalliative


1/5  rDev -65.5%

03-24-2012 20:10:33 | More by ParraPalliative
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IPAnoah

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2012 04:51:38 | More by IPAnoah
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:48:42 | More by Lemke10
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +3.4%

12-24-2011 19:24:36 | More by PaBeerLover
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Etan

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-23-2011 06:11:19 | More by Etan
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Nachojon

Illinois

2/5  rDev -31%

11-18-2011 19:19:53 | More by Nachojon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I was wondering if I'd ever see anything else from this brewer... This offering pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, light white bread, a few drops of honey, and a few blades of grass. The taste brings in some more breadiness and increases the citrus presence (primarily in the form of lemon zest), but beyond that stays pretty true to the smell. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation, a slightly grainy feel, and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty limp pale ale, one that just doesn't do much for me at all. Nothing's offensive about it, but it doesn't do itself any favors, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:17:01 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:45:44 | More by emerge077
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glassbrass440

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:15:49 | More by glassbrass440
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JAYAR1

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Star80

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a copper color, darker than most pale ale's I've had. Has a frothy creme colored head. Some decent lacing on the side of my glass. The smells is toasty, some caramel malts, maybe some sweet bread in the background, not much citrus or hops in the nose. Trust me, nothing here "screaming floral aromatics". The taste is somewhat subdued, actually reminds me more of a english pale ale than an american one. Or maybe a lager? I am detecting some slight puckering hops in the aftertaste, but they have no nose to them really and are more herbal, tea like than your typical high alpha acid american hops. This beer is very off-putting. I am looking at their website and baffled why this beer has such a low hop profile especially after having so many bold delicious beers made with Centennials and Warrior hops. Anyway, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and actually a bit prickly. Overall, a pretty boring beer made in Wisconsin calling itself a Chicago product.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:56:38 | More by Star80
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Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.