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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

147 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 147
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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Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Swift989, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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

delta490, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Hockey_Fan, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

davet100, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of joek440
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

joek440, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of JandJMD
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JandJMD, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of kjmass
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kjmass, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Sonofalime
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Sonofalime, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Nitty703
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Nitty703, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bmur112
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bmur112, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Hesperus
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and golden with a two finger white head with decent retention, leaving behind a layer of residual foam. Fairly good lacing.

Smell: Piney hops with some resin, grapefruit, some herbal notes and perhaps a little bit of spiciness.

Taste: Similar to nose, pine and grapefruit make up the bulk of the flavor profile, with some herbal and malt notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Wet with middling carbonation. Highly drinkable and moderately refreshing.

Overall: A very serviceable pale ale that is certainly on the hoppier side of the spectrum. That being said, this is far from the best I've had.

Hesperus, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of DAS30
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

DAS30, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of cnwillis31
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

cnwillis31, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dcbeers, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of navin
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

navin, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Dave_Treat, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of maketheheartglad
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Lighter brown, but like you'd expect from a pale ale.

S - Smells like citrus and flowers and something i couldn't place.

T - It tastes like goji fruit! almost exactly and similar to goji tea. It's an Asian fruit.

M - Slippery.

O - I like Goji fruit and that's why this is a good pale ale to me. It's like a fruit beer in that way, but also a good pale ale.

maketheheartglad, May 27, 2013
Photo of Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Bnoise11, May 24, 2013
Photo of Novabrewer
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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

tadmuchowski, May 21, 2013
Photo of mcaulifww
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mcaulifww, May 15, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a transparent orange with some floaties in it. Smells like flowery and piney hops, very nice. Tastes of light grain and flowery hops, but not overly bitter. Beer goes down really smooth and is highly drinkable for its light body. Overall, an above average beer.

cyclonece09, May 08, 2013
Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +12.7%

MarvinSnyder, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

IrishColonial, Apr 27, 2013
Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.