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Pale Horse - No Label Brewing Company

Pale Horse
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81
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%


Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 01-08-2011)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap and purple label art acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Reviewed as an American Pale Ale because the description on the label identifies it as such. 36 IBU. OG: 1.055. Dry hopped with cascade.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thicknesss. Subpar creaminess. Not as frothy or soft as would be ideal. Uneven inconsistent soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy translucent copper. There's a bit of floating sediment suspended in the body, but I can't discern whether or not it's yeast. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Cascade hops are noticeable. Vague citrusy fruit. Floral hop character. Pale malt/caramalt sweetness. Some zest. A hint of candied sweetness - probably due to the caramalt. A bit grassy. I'm getting some fairly unwelcome tropical fruit notes - maybe mango - which I've never been a fan of in an IPA (much less a pale ale). The malty foundation is a bit too bready. Hops should be more vibrant and juicy. I do get a bit of bland orange peel on the back end as the beer comes to temperature.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Seems cleanly fermented; yeast attenuation is a bit below average for a pale ale judging by the abundance of residual sugars evidenced by the overdone sweetness. A decent aroma of average strength.

T: Malty backbone is simultaneously too sweet and a bit stale: bready malts, pale malts, caramalt. Hop character is equally mediocre: generic floral hop character, old muted orange peel, vague tropical fruit notes, and a kiss of pineapple sweetness. I'd love some juicy citrusy hops or some nectary hop character, but there isn't any. Underwhelming. It's got general cohesion, but it's far from a gestalt flavour profile. The hops aren't married to the malts, and I'm not real keen on the hop choices.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I don't dislike it, but I hoped for better.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no off-flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick and full-bodied for the lack of flavour depth/diversity. Sutis the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. It should be more crisp and luscious. Not particularly creamy.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and forgettable. A pretty meh pale ale from No Label. You have to bring far more to the table to stand out with a pale ale. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. There are equal or better pale ales available at a far better price point. Mediocre but inoffensive. If tropical fruit is your thing, you'll like it a bit better than I do, but I really can't see anyone honestly viewing this as anything close to a world class beer. It hides its ABV well and will get you drunk, but as much as I want to support local breweries, I can't recommend it over something more widely available like Deschutes.

C

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:49:08 | More by kojevergas
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought me this back from Texas. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear dark mango. Lacing is patchy with good stick. Decent.

Nose is adjunts, rusty metal, a very mild citrus, and the slightest bit of floral hops. Not the best.

Opens lemon and citrus sweetness. Big malt body in the middle with some corn, wheat and cane sugar notes. This is as "BMC" as craft gets. More lemon sugar sweetness towards the end with again, the slightest hop bitterness at the finish. A mercifully clean aftertaste.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down watery and quenching. Clean finish with no aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

This beer's not terrible but its certainly not what I'd expect from a craft brewery doing a pale ale. The hop presence is near non-existent and the malt body almost completely takes this one over. Very one dimensional, and not in a good way. Drinkable and I'd reach for this on a scorching, sunny day, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:08:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent as an extra from Brian (thanks man) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Chill haze recedes, leaving a lightly hazed gold body with a decent off-white head and some lacing.

S: Aromatics of hops and biscuit malt; floral, light spice, earthy, herbal, a bit grassy, bready malt with hints of toffee, a touch of graininess and bitter citrus, grapefruit.

T: The palate is less floral than the nose, bits of bitter hops intertwine with a moderate biscuit malt base, the hops that shine are earthy and herbal with faint hints of citrus. Bitterness is pretty decent.

MF: Dry, light mouthfeel, approaching medium bodied, lower carbonation. Dryish finish is nice.

O: A balanced APA. Something that could quench a quick hop thirst but not blow you out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 16:32:25 | More by Scotchboy
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Label Pale Horse pours to an orange/tan color with a cloudy body and a two- finger head of foam that maintains itself for a while as you consume. The nose on this beer combines aromas of citrus with a touch of pineapple and other fruits, along with a caramel- malt base hiding out in the background. A good deal of lacing coats the sides of the glass as you consume and the beer has a nice overall appearance and positive first impression.

As for the taste, Pale Horse follows its nose at first before branching into new territory. You still get the flavors of citrus and caramel malt, but then you notice some biscuit notes, yeast, and a little bit of spice in the dry- hopped finish. The beer isn’t exceptionally clean in taste overall, but it doesn’t seem to matter as your palate grapples with the different taste contributions from the malt, hops, and yeast.

One interesting tasting note with this American Pale Ale is that it is less bitter than other APA and some might even say that it is more like a hybrid between an APA and an amber ale. The lack of bitterness is a surprise at first, but I find it a pleasant surprise overall and a nice change of pace when I want to enjoy some pale ale but don’t want to be overwhelmed by bitter sensations. There are, in fact, only 36 IBU of bitterness in this product, making it a little tamer than others but still enjoyable in its own way.

Pale Horse has only been in bottled form for a short time and I had been waiting for the bottles to arrive before reviewing the product. The bottled version is only slightly different from the tap version, which seemed to be slightly cleaner but generally identical in flavor. Pick up a six-pack if you get the chance and see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:43:05 | More by BryanCarey
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of floral notes, as well as some orange and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of perfume and floral notes, as well as some white grapes and biscuit malt. A very fruity, floral pale ale. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 06:28:57 | More by Mora2000
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Rockwell Tavern in a 14oz shaker pint. Fairly clear, light copper color with a nice cap of creamy head. Nice retention and lace.

Impressively unique nose to this! Hops are tropical/floral and bright against a semi-sweet caramely malt base. Yeast almost takes on a nutty tone and adds a touch of fruit. Interesting.

This one tastes more like a hopped up amber than a pale to me. Malt is quite sweet and has a toasty quality to it that is accentuated by a big bittering finish. Not nearly tongue-scraping, but its pretty hoppy. The up front sweetness and big hoppy finish dont play well with each other...odd hop flavors and prominent yeast esters make this one kind of a mess. Interesting, but I dont want to order another one. Nice aromas and flavor that doesnt follow suit has been my experiences with No Label thus far, Id like to see them succeed, being local, but they need to clean up these offerings before they start bottling/canning their product.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 17:18:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Major Leauge Grill, I thought this was an IPA.

Reviewed from my cell phone notes.

Appearance-Burnt orange, pretty dark. One finger off white head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell-Big hop aroma. Lemon, orange and some pear. Also some nice pine and earthy notes.

Taste-Pretty much follows the nose. Upfont a big hop burst with some pine and grass, in the middle some juicy citrus, and a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall-Crisp, and well crafted. Lots of flavor for I'm assuming an ABV around the range of 5%. I'm looking forward for some more No Label.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 13:22:00 | More by SWMeyer4141
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champ103

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Public House in Katy, TX.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: This is great. Light citrus hops up front. Floral and grassy. Even some juicy pineapple or tropical fruits that I love. There is a wonderful balance as well. Bread and biscuit malt with a light sweetness lingering.
T: The same hop character that was in the nose. Citrus, grassy, floral, and substantial juicy tropical fruits. Much more of a toasted malt flavor. Bread, biscuit, and a light grainy flavor. Finishes sweet. Everything is very crisp and clean. Excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really crisp and clean. Smooth at the same time. Very textured. I can drink this all day. Just excellent.

An excellent pale ale throughout. This is really well done. I will be drinking a lot of this when I see it. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 01:20:12 | More by champ103
Pale Horse from No Label Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.