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Falmouth American Pale Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

Falmouth American Pale AleFalmouth American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%


Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-06-2003)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

A pale ale named for the place where Union commanders headquartered themselves during the battles of Chancellorsville and (unsurprising here) Fredericksburg. Gotta love beer and brewers, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pine sap, grapefruit zest, a twinge of orange zest, and a solid backbone of light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a nice balance existing between the hops and the toffee, though the hops are what linger in the end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little pale ale, nothing special, but a balanced entry in the style's catalog.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 05:25:46 | More by TMoney2591
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at B&G

Nice standard APA. Clearish amber pour with a small white head that receded to a ringlet and left spotty lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of pine and citrus hops, sweet bready malts in the background. More of the same in the taste, citrusy hops, pine, a decent drying bitterness, balanced with a sweet malty base. No surprises here. Light-medium body, easily drinkable. Good for the style, even if it's been done thousands of times before.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 23:07:09 | More by Rifugium
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the second half of a 22 oz bomber, nice honey colored hue with a nice white head that laces well down glass.

A very nice blast of citrusy american hops that blend nicely with some grainy malt presence. The hops are the show though.

Very smooth bitterness that give way to a smooth and tastey malty breadiness. Rounded out by a lovely hop citrus that plays it's self up.

Nice and dry finish with a medium body.

Great beer! Next time I visit VA I will be bringing more of this back with me FO SHO!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 22:12:50 | More by welldigger888
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mpyle

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, good clarity. Coarse bubbles to the carbonation, but pours a rocky head that is a mix of coarse and fine bubbles, and has good retention.

Gentle American hop aroma with some pine. Otherwise quite clean. Minimal malt aroma.

A brief hint of malty sweetness before a wave of piney hop flavors and some stern hop bitterness kicks in by midmouth. Finish is sharply bitter, with an earthy character to the bitterness. Has the hop character of an IPA, but without the malt backbone to support it.

Medium body and carbonation. No warming. Hop bitterness is very drying on the tongue - borderline astringent and unpleasant.

Always good to see another serious beer from a VA brewer. Well made, and highly drinkable for the hopheads. And there is something about the bitterness that demands another sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:41:48 | More by mpyle
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I can usually find this on shelves pretty easily in my area, I bought this one from the brewery, simply because... that's the way I roll.

I poured this into a Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

Made with fresh hops grown in and around Fredericksburg.

A: Mildly cloudy (actually, the cloudiest beer I've ever had from them), golden in color, and with a slight 1/4 finger head that stayed at least a slight snow dusting.

S: Not too potent, so obviously not dry hopped, but I did manage to summon up a few puffs of clean cotton, mild citrus, and some malt.

T: Fresh citrusy taste which was targeted right down the middle. Crisp, yeasty, and nothing artificial or transparent about it. The slight bitterness on the front, middle, and back was just what the doctor ordered.

M: The sugar content was confined to that of the organic fruit variety, the lacing was non-existent, and the alcohol content (whatever it is?) was next to nothing.

O: Honestly, this was one of the best PAs that I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:42:29 | More by Chaney
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goldbot

District of Columbia

2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label claims that nearby 18th century brewers invented the American Pale Ale. The label does not say that this has anything to do with the beer I hold in my hand.

Pours a nice bronze color with a slight chill haze. Thin head dissipates kind of quick leaving some wisps along the surface of the beer. The aroma is extremely slight and mostly malty. Grainy with a touch of caramel. Mere hints of citrus hops. Flavor of more pleasant maltiness with more hop character coming through, although it is still not very hoppy at all. Some caramel comes through in the aftertaste. Low to medium body, very little bitterness. Maybe they invented the APA. Maybe they didn't. They certainly didn't perfect it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:08:27 | More by goldbot
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danronian

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Made a visit to the brewery where they bottle the beer for you. Nice guys and it was nice to taste all of the varieties first, despite I ended up buying one of each and two of this APA.

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Medium amber color, small head which dissipates quickly, small amount of lacing from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells sweeter than most APAs I've had other than the special holiday brews. Smells of citrus and caramel.

T - Sweet, hoppy, and with the flavors of citrus and pine. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Celebration.

M - Somewhat more carbonation than I'm used to in an APA. Sweet and smooth to go down with caramel hints at the end.

D - Not as heavy as some APAs, between medium and light. Not so filling so it's something that will go down fast. The lasting flavor is hops and pine. Tasty.

This is a beer I would categorize as one of my favorite APAs and everyday beers overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 19:54:48 | More by danronian
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery's 2009 4th of July party. Reviewed from notes. (Yes, I am lame enouh to take notes in such a siultuation...luckily smartphones have made this process more discrete.)

Pours amber with a very tiny white head. Nose bits pine and citrus. This is quite hop forward. Taste has some caramel in the background but is mostly just pine and citrus. A bit of bitterness on a medium body. Quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 22:05:34 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some restaurant. Served in a plastic shaker pint glass. The cloudy white plastic kind. Beer is orange and clearish. Forms a white to yellow head of small bubbles. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate.

Strong pine hop aroma, earthy. Clean.

Medium body, pretty sweet up front. Mild to moderate carbonation in the mouth, not bright at all. Just plain with some bitterness in the back. The bitterness is the best part, it is a pretty good beer. Think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 15:41:24 | More by drabmuh
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chickencoop

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this beer, solid pour, smell, and taste, but just that, just plain stuff. Citrusy notes dominate this, but nothing special. I can imagine this being a solid session beer on tap that I could pound all day, so to that, good stuff, sometimes bottles don't allow some of these smaller brands to shine.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 05:35:28 | More by chickencoop
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas and tastes of grass, caramel, nutmeg, and some citrus with a light sourness in the aromas. I got a stronger funky sourness in the taste (bottle going 'south' as some weirdness was going on there).

Notes from 9/2/05

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 21:39:10 | More by hopdog
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jdmorgan

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this and poured it into my favorite mug. It had an amber color with a one finger creamy white head.

The aroma was very faint and some hop aroma and malt was noticed. The taste was pretty balanced with a crisp hop flavor with medium bitterness. Immediately following this was a medium malt body with some slight caramel and fruity flavors present. The aftertaste was pleasant and mellow, making for good leisurely drinking. The consistnecy was medium overall and the carbonation was low/medium.

A pretty decent APA with good drinkability potential. If you like the style, this is a clean and crisp beer with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:18:22 | More by jdmorgan
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back a growler of this from Virginia for me!

Pours copper with a thick, foamy white head. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is bready/biscuity with bitter, citric hops.

The taste is of sweet grain with bready notes and floral and citric hops keeping even with the maltiness. Finishes bittersweet.

Medium-bodied, smooth. A nice example of an American pale ale. Enjoyable!

Serving type: growler

03-01-2008 17:07:27 | More by jwc215
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cichief

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the brewery in Fredericksburg, VA.

A- Pours a deep amber with a nice tan head.

S- Hoppy, spicy, a slight malty scent as well.

T- Very fresh and hoppy. Spicy and well balanced. As the beer warms though it becomes really grassy, maybe the beer could have used another week in the tank.

M- Very smooth, smally bubbles, without being gassy.

D- A very good beer. If it had matured another week or ten days I believe it would have been better.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2007 21:15:29 | More by cichief
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jp62099

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my little brother "The Major" for a great party with lots of fresh Blue and Gray brew. I found this one to be the best. This beer pours cloudy golden small head, which is kind of the case with most of B&G brews. This beer is very refreshing, nice floral nose a little fruit. Taste is lighty hoppy with a slight malt back. It was a warm evening and this beer went down way to easy until we ran out, but we had plenty of other B&G stuff, great time. Great beer.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2007 00:23:46 | More by jp62099
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a mug at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 inch head that quickly dissipates. Good amount of carbonation.

S - Surprisingly hoppy aroma with a grassy malt backdrop. Well-balanced scent.

T - Borderline complex taste for an APA. Begins with an earthy, semi-bitter hoppiness that quickly blends to a rich, malty flavor. Finishes with a citrus tang, sort of a lemon-grapefruit blend. Flavors all work very well together.

M - Bubbly, medium-body that finishes tart and crisp.

D - I really fell in love with Blue & Gray as soon as I had my first sip at the brewery. I'd definitely tag this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 02:50:38 | More by JohnnyM2002
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lehows

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a nice head that settled into a thin white lace. Awesome aromas of cirtus, pine, hops. A good floral bouquet can be found here. It has a long wet finish but its not unpleasant. The right amount of bitterness for a refreshing pale ale. This is an all around good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 17:24:04 | More by lehows
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought directly from the brewery during the Fredericksburg area Oktoberfest.

22 oz bottle

Appearance: Poured into my Duvel tulip, Falmouth Pale Ale is dark amber with hints of ruby in appearance. A small,off-white head topped the beer then dissipated quickly to a small sheet of loosely formed lacing.

Smell: Pine cone like hops are the primary aroma with hints of sweet caramel malt. Has an earthiness to it that is not common with most APAs.

Taste: Starts with a mild, piney hop bitterness that transitions nicely to a malty, semi-sweet middle, again reminicent of caramel. Finishes nice with the bitter hops lingering long after the swallow. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium, somewhat slick. Carbonation is mild.

Drinkability/Notes: Falmouth Pale Ale is a very drinkable APA. Coming from a very small brewer in Fredericksburg, VA with limited distribution, it was nice to grab this while attending their Oktoberfest. Nicely hopped but very well balanced makes for an easy to drink and flavorful APA. Glad I bought a couple of 22's to take home. On tap, it was even better. A session APA in every sense of the word. Definitely recommended if you can find it. I'll make the hour drive to pick this up again. Seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 21:45:09 | More by SwillBilly
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with pentathlete. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, with impressive plentiful lacing. Aroma is balanced grain and lightly citrus hops. Taste starts with ample maltiness, then gives way to near ideal levels of hoppiness. Ratio of flavors seems almost perfect. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent. Will keep an eye for this one when I travel in VA.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 21:00:46 | More by ppoitras
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released from it's impressive German-style swingtop growler, Falmouth APA pours out a hazed amber, with a slim, but sure and sturdy off-white layer of bubblies...

Aroma is appreciably hoppy, grassy, with Cascades and Centennials probably at play. (Columbus?, or am I just grabbing at the C's here, for hop-picking ain't my forte.)Mild fruity esters, with distinct grapefruit and other citrus rising up from below. An intriquing and inviting arrangement.

Taste: hops bound and bounce into the mouth and spill all over the palate, spreading flavor and refreshment. Bracing bitterness met quickly with able malt. Brilliantly balanced, with enough enough hops staying on the tonque to keep it interesting. Juicy fruit opens up and pervades the flavor.

Fullbodied, tangy, constinstent hoppiness, thoroughly rewarding complex and tasty texture, long, bitter-fruity finish...I like it!

I could sit with this with great regularity and rarely tire of it. A keeper! Very glad to have a growler of it, to soothe me again tonight after work.

Much thanks to pentathlete for this concluding brew in GiF 6!

Serving type: growler

12-15-2005 21:04:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you buy or receive a beer from Fredericksburg's little Blue & Gray Brewing, you need to consume it as soon as you can. They don't keep for long. The bottles are hand capped, the shelf life is short. I've given them (and have read others that have given them) short shrift because of brew that hasn't aged so well. That said, this review is based on a fresh bottle.

I buy two or three of these at a time when I make the journey to F'burg. But now, this fine beer is available at Once Upon A Vine in Richmond, so the drive is much shorter (just need to make sure that the bottles aren't old.)

Medium gold with a 1/2 inch head, plenty of non-sticky lacing, and a stubborn ring. Mild floral hop nose that promises flavor but not taste bud-damaging bitterness. Hops are present in the taste from the beginning, but they never overpower and they blend well with the mild malt flavors. This is a pleasurable APA with a medium mouthfeel and a long hoppy finish that is very satisfying. The ABV is below 5% on this beer, according to the brewery, and it makes an excellent session beer. Highly recommended.

If only they could bottle with a bit more "air tightness" this would gain wider appeal.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 00:18:22 | More by pentathlete
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to oelergud for this bottle!
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head. Some decent lacings stick around during the duration of the brew.
Smell is of a typical pale ale with a slight mix of hops and a spice that is similar, if not, nutmeg.
Taste is of light florally hops in a slightly funk mix that finishes with a mild sourness. This is the first sampling of this brew, so I'm not sure if it's past it's prime or not.
Mouthfeel is ok. Nothing spectacular jumping out.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 19:16:09 | More by weeare138
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As part of the package from pentathlete, the 22 bomber released a beer that was hazy pale orange in color with a ½ inch thick head and a whole lot of active carbonation. The aroma was mild with sprucey and floral American hops being about the only smell. The taste was much bigger than I was anticipating, with a nice balance between earthy bitter hops, honey and caramel like malts, and a lemony sourness imparted by the yeast. The beer possessed a satisfying medium creamy mouthfeel that went on to become chalky dry, and ended in a floral and lemony aftertaste that lingered on for a long time, only to be interrupted by occasional hop burps. A nice surprise indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:22:21 | More by rajendra82
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought right from the brewery. Clear amber body with a fluffy white head. Solid rings of lace were left as the head sloshed about. Nice citric hoppiness in the nose. The bitter hops are definitely the focus but there is a nice solid caramel malt going on in the background. Sweet caramel starts the flavor before a bite of bitterness from the hops takes over. Citric grapefruit notes and some grassiness. A bit of biscuit doughiness as well. Very good and tasty. Ends is a biting bitter hoppiness. Medium feel with a slight prickliness from the hop bitterness. Great drinkability here, I should have picked up a few of these. Nice hoppy and tasty Pale Ale that surprised me. I will be getting more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 13:58:57 | More by meathookjones
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oelergud

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper body with good carbonation and a slightly off-white rocky head. Retention and lace are great, leaving small clumps and rings of head on the inside of the glass.
The nose is a big kick of hops, bread, hay and floral scents.
The perfection of balance in a bottle, strong sweet hops, yes I said sweet hops, up front immidiately followed by a malt rush uncommon in pale ales but quite delicious. Bread, hayloft and wheat. Aftertaste is a strong and lasting hop experience only fading reluctantly.
Thick, rich and oily. This is one full bodied pale ale that will coat your mouth with a slick persistent hoppyness.
This brew has session beer written all over it. Yet another excellent brew from Blue & Gray.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 02:42:41 | More by oelergud
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