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Essential Pale Ale - Port City Brewing

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Essential Pale AleEssential Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ahalloin on 02-04-2011)
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Reviews by delta490:
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delta490

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- came out a hazy orange with a creamy white head. minimal retention but did leave lacing throughout the beer

S-big citrus notes, a little tangy aroma to it

T- there is a nice balance between the malt (bready) and hops (citrus). One doesn't dominate or overwhelm the other and there is a nice interplay between the two

M- thinner but with a little carbonation fizz on the finish and a little bitter bite on the opening

O- a really good Pale Ale. Tasty and well-worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 16:41:05 | More by delta490
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edugasmtl

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-07-2014 22:15:12 | More by edugasmtl
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david18

New York

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-06-2014 14:09:58 | More by david18
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Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-06-2014 01:46:41 | More by DeepSouthSipper
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billab914

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-20-2014 23:48:21 | More by billab914
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Aubs723

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-18-2014 12:20:19 | More by Aubs723
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-17-2014 22:47:22 | More by apasternak
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patre_tim

China

3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden cloudy with tons of sediment floating within, a finger of sticky looking off white head. No visible carbonation.

S: Candied pineapple, onion, garlic, light spruce notes, yellow life saver candy.

T: Fruit cocktail, sweet and malty, nice yeasty dough quality, light bitterness. Significantly sweet, like a pineapple candy, but not overdone.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. The hops clean the palate from the initial sweetness leaving room for another sip.

O: The APA’s I enjoy most are of this style. Fruity, balanced, sweet with a good hop ending, yet the flavours all play well together Bought in Williamsburg, VA at the Cheese Factory.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 11:42:06 | More by patre_tim
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NYCDeac

New York

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-08-2014 21:29:20 | More by NYCDeac
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-07-2014 08:16:51 | More by KevMo84
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the SAQ Quebec for $2.50

Appearance - Gold colour with a small size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and faint grapefruit. There is also some dry hops and a graininess.

Overall - An odd beer to show up at the SAQ. Looks like this brewer has some solid beers in their lineup, wonder why they chose to bring in the pale ale. An okay brew, along the lines of a Sierra Nevada pale ale. Not something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 23:57:39 | More by spinrsx
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Triat00

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its an american pale ale so expect grape fruit and citrus. Its realy pale but you CAN feel residual sugar. Carbonation is Well balanced.

Overall, for the price i wont hesitate. Its a middle class pale ale that is more hoppy then a lot of others. There are even some commercial companies that could say that its an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
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