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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

145 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

derryd, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

JR_Williamson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ariceclemson, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

bsm80x, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Ok, a beer brewed in my state and it did not disappoint. Head and color and lacing aside(they were ok), the aroma and flavor of this beer were very nice. There was a good amount of citrus that was balanced out well at the end with a nice amount of hops. Pale Ale??. Yes it was!!. A touch of malt helped bring this beer to the great balance that it is. Good Job !!

hophugger, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JennyWhite, Aug 17, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%

sebaastionb, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Psberrier, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Socialiste, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Frank_TX
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a bottle and purchased in Alexandria, VA. Overall I was impressed by this easy-drinking "pale ale." Not too heavy and was able to finish 1/3 of a 6-pack without any effort. Next time I am in Alexandria, I need to tour the brewery.

Frank_TX, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

fosters9, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

scripna, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

paulish, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Uf0T0fU, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

edugasmtl, Jul 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

david18, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DeepSouthSipper, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

billab914, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Aubs723, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

apasternak, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

patre_tim, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

NYCDeac, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 06, 2014
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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.