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Essential Pale Ale - Port City Brewing

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Essential Pale AleEssential Pale Ale

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145 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

pauljunk, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Noelito76, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.38/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into pint glass. Pours a a golden straw/yellow color along with a small white head that fizzles quickly leaving some light lacing throughout. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/lemon, some grapefruit, biscuit with notes of mild malts and hops. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, lemon/ornage, light bread, lager lemon. Light-medium body, some acidity which hurt the score. Mild carbonation throughout. Was too bitter and left an unpleasant taste at the end. I cannot go with this one here for the style...

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of KenC
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

KenC, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of wowbagger
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale yellow. Aroma is purely hops, initial flavor is the same. Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of the style, so it's not a favorite, but it is a good straightforward simple beer, miles better than the mass-produced "leading pale beers".

wowbagger, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of johnpdennis
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

johnpdennis, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Dave_Treat, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

IrishColonial, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with almost no head at all and no lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and a little bit of a citrus hop bite. The aroma is faint and a little weak. The taste follows suit yet a little stronger. There is a sweet malt backbone and a hint of breadiness to it. There is a citrus hop bite to balance out the beer, but the bite is weak and subdued for the class. The mouthfeel is low carbonation. Overall it was an okay beer, needs more in the hop department for taste and a little more carbonation.

goblue3509, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

yourefragile, Jan 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

jbexphys, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A two finger head of white bubbles forms but quickly fades off the pour. Very clear and simple amber color is present. Very much borderline.

First impression off the smell for this beer is rank off-putting. It hints at an orange or other citrus fruit, but it's as if the citrus fruit went bad or is at least going rotten. This does NOT smell nice at all.

Taste overall is kind of strange. Finish is probably the best part of the beer but it's a bit wet/watery, a little carbonated sweet in the palate, and has at least a good bread finish. Taste brings at least a basic supermarket orange to the table, but it's also bitter in a bitter fruit way, with no hop or malt presence at all.

Overall this pale ale is very un-even. Not really a good beer from this brewery they have done better. This is disappointing to say the least.

smakawhat, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: hops, malts, caramel,

taste: soap, caramel, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: refreshing crisp beer. Just wish it didn't have this soap characteristic to it.


THECPJ, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Jeffreysan
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma at all, either that or I’m congested. I get some faint hints of biscuits and honey and clover, but not much else.

Taste: Not much in the flavor department either. Again, some malty biscuit notes with a nicely balanced hop bitterness. There is a just a hint of sweetness, but overall it’s a very underwhelming flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent pale ale, but not really memorable either. There are better pale ales out there and there are certainly better Port City beers out there as well, especially, Port City’s Porter and Oktoberfest.

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a dull medium golden with almost no head to speak of,what there was of one was gone quickly.Very light floral hops in the nose along with faint caramel malt,very underwhelming.Leafy hops on the palate and they are light,some earthy tones as well,more of a dryer crisp malt base.Average in all aspects,a no brainer that lacks fullness in just about everything.

oberon, May 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

david18, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

bluetrevian, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Novabrewer, May 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

tadmuchowski, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

e30todamax, Nov 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jenray, Aug 08, 2012
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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.