Falmouth American Pale Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mpyle:
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
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4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
From a tiny, single fermenter brewery located in the small town of Fredericksburg, VA comes a take-no-prisoners American Pale Ale. Its slightly hazy amber body is capped by a decent-sized head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice rings and sheets of lace. The hop nose is immediately evident, rich and pungent with a supple citrusy character. The body is medium and its very fine carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. At first the flavor displays more sharp, citrusy hops than rich, biscuity & gently caramel touched malt, but as it warms thing reverse themselves. One thing, however, remains constant - its brisk bitterness! It's clean, richly malty, lusciously hoppy, and exceptionally well-balanced with a bone-dry finish. Some malt lingers initially in the aftertaste, occasionally kissed by some swirling citrusy and grassy hops before giving way to an incredibly long-lasting, solid bitterness. Very nice!
10-06-2003 01:44:26 | More by NeroFiddled
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
06-06-2007 00:23:46 | More by jp62099
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
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-29-2006 17:24:04 | More by lehows
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
09-02-2005 19:16:09 | More by weeare138
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
03-15-2005 13:58:57 | More by meathookjones
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
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
06-01-2006 21:00:46 | More by ppoitras
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
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
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
3.5/5 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
3.85/5 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
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
06-17-2007 21:15:29 | More by cichief
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
10-07-2006 21:45:09 | More by SwillBilly
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
01-23-2005 02:42:41 | More by oelergud
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
11-23-2005 00:18:22 | More by pentathlete
Falmouth American Pale Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.