Falmouth American Pale Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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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
3.13/5 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
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
3.51/5 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
3.7/5 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
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
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
3.98/5 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
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%
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.
12-01-2006 02:50:38 | More by JohnnyM2002
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
Falmouth American Pale Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.