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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

142 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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zp6167a

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-20-2014 03:55:31 | More by zp6167a
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-31-2014 04:30:31 | More by DavidHume
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etrenty

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-07-2014 17:57:24 | More by etrenty
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

01-24-2014 03:32:54 | More by Noelito76
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

01-22-2014 00:41:22 | More by yourefragile
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AGB

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-20-2014 16:02:50 | More by AGB
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2013 18:09:49 | More by Boone757
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jbexphys

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

12-26-2013 00:15:27 | More by jbexphys
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-07-2013 15:50:15 | More by UltimateLivewire
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%

A: 2 1/2 finger head, mixed bubbles, bright white in a standard pint glass. Great retention, as it fell there was a honey comb lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer is a hazy dark yellow color with no sediment.

S: Grapefruit and citrus hop aroma is moderate. slight biscuity / toasty aroma comes through from the malts. no esters detected.

T: Low to moderate grapefruit bitterness that follows through to the end. very clean crisp fermentation character. More pine and citrus hop flavors are noticable in the middle and add a nice balance to the grapefruit bitterness. Malt flavor is low but detectable as a toasty undertone.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation and low body. Very drinkable.

O: A very close beer to SNPA. Same grapefruit hop character with maybe a little more bitterness and some different subtleties peeking through. Solid pale ale just not all that exciting.

11-30-2013 23:46:53 | More by guityler83
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

First had: on tap at the brewery

Clearish amber pour, with a bubbly white head; moderate retention and lacing. Basic APA aroma of citrusy hops and crackery malts; a tad soapy. Decent balance in the taste, citrus-pith hops, pale malt sweetness, with the former edging out the latter by a margin. Some of the soapiness from the aroma was reflected in the taste, but it wasn't that bad. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, generally good drinkability, though I wouldn't let this sit on a shelf for too long. A decent pale ale overall.

11-30-2013 07:51:12 | More by Rifugium
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Rast

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

11-29-2013 14:37:09 | More by Rast
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Consumed from a tulip.

Poured a cloudy pale amber with half a finger of head which left mild lacing.

Smell is fairly constrained, hints of citrus and spice.

Excellent, balanced spicy taste, with more of the citrus than I expected. Nice lingering finish. Tastes great.

Perfect carbonation, somewhat thick mouthfeel.

Overall, a great session pale ale. I wish this were available back in Ohio where I live.

11-27-2013 20:48:38 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-17-2013 05:31:20 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

2.86/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

10-30-2013 00:58:14 | More by Jeffreysan
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-19-2013 03:59:47 | More by Swift989
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delta490

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

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

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-21-2013 21:52:40 | More by Hockey_Fan
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davet100

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-19-2013 20:51:18 | More by davet100
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joek440

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-18-2013 20:13:42 | More by joek440
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JandJMD

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-18-2013 00:28:11 | More by JandJMD
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kjmass

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-07-2013 21:45:31 | More by kjmass
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-02-2013 19:46:27 | More by Sonofalime
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Nitty703

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-28-2013 23:33:44 | More by Nitty703
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bmur112

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-13-2013 11:56:00 | More by bmur112
Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.