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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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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 04:01:40 | More by maketheheartglad
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Bnoise11

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-24-2013 20:35:29 | More by Bnoise11
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Novabrewer

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-22-2013 20:49:37 | More by Novabrewer
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tadmuchowski

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-21-2013 22:33:20 | More by tadmuchowski
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mcaulifww

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-15-2013 19:32:11 | More by mcaulifww
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:50:37 | More by cyclonece09
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

04-27-2013 20:02:07 | More by MarvinSnyder
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IrishColonial

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

04-27-2013 19:38:27 | More by IrishColonial
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czillmer

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

04-24-2013 02:35:38 | More by czillmer
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-11-2013 01:11:48 | More by bubseymour
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13%

04-03-2013 02:53:32 | More by Sludgeman
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klesniew

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

03-23-2013 21:05:30 | More by klesniew
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circus_cat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-04-2013 17:37:44 | More by circus_cat
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erogers

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-17-2013 07:03:50 | More by erogers
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maxk

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-08-2013 05:39:55 | More by maxk
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-28-2012 02:03:48 | More by TubaManJack
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium copper with light white foam. Laces. Nose is grassy pine, citrussy. Mellow malt, pushy hop, latent bitter. Easy drinker with enough hop to make its presence felt but not overpower. Straightforward pale but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 15:55:52 | More by KTCamm
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-01-2012 00:30:18 | More by dexterk1
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e30todamax

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-30-2012 20:05:05 | More by e30todamax
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-07-2012 17:04:45 | More by BigTrubble
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tanner1980


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

08-31-2012 01:21:28 | More by tanner1980
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

08-23-2012 02:07:55 | More by GrantBrennan
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johnpdennis


2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

08-18-2012 19:18:48 | More by johnpdennis
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color, with a slight orange tint. The off-white head is medium sized, with a frothy consistency. Retention is solid, and some sticky lacing clings to the glass in a thin ring.

S: A fair amount of cookie/biscuit malty aroma. Light grain and caramel. Some nondescriptly herbal/spicy and fruity hop notes are present, but this is a pretty clean and balanced ale nose.

T: Fairly malty up front. Biscuity, crackery, and grainy flavors dominate. A touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness is medium, with herbal and somewhat soapy flavors. A somewhat muted secondary wave of bitterness arrives into the finish.

M: Fairly firm body. Carbonation is moderate. Hop bitterness contributes to a fading, almost sticky dryness.

D: This is completely drinkable and generally well balanced. It does lack a bit of pizzazz, and I'm not wild about the predominantly soapy hop flavor. In all, it's a serviceable brew but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:03:36 | More by Clydesdale
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-10-2012 22:07:08 | More by 2dogbrew
Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.