Falmouth American Pale Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
08-04-2013 05:25:46 | More by TMoney2591
3.51/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-24-2013 23:07:09 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev +6%
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!!!
04-03-2012 22:12:50 | More by welldigger888
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-29-2011 01:41:48 | More by mpyle
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-02-2011 02:42:29 | More by Chaney
District of Columbia
2.3/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
01-22-2011 00:08:27 | More by goldbot
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-16-2010 19:54:48 | More by danronian
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-15-2010 22:05:34 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-03-2010 15:41:24 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-05-2010 05:35:28 | More by chickencoop
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
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
12-16-2008 21:39:10 | More by hopdog
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-05-2008 02:18:22 | More by jdmorgan
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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!
03-01-2008 17:07:27 | More by jwc215
Falmouth American Pale Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.