Carrabassett Pale Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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84
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship, this beer defines the classic, American-Style Pale Ale. We looked to the Pacific Northwest, rather than England, for our inspiration and our ingredients. Utilizing malt, hops, water, and most importantly yeast from the USA allowed us to create a balanced, highly drinkable beer. It's no accident that the Carrabassett Pale Ale is our top-selling beer, year after year.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2001)
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Photo of William72797
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice orange gold with two fingers of foamy off white head, thick tangents of lacing.
S - Kinda average in the aroma, some biscuit malt, a little spice, grains, some grass.
T - Light and very crisp, a touch of citrus, biscuity malt.
M - Clean, bright, goes down smooth.
O - A good average APA

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rderedin
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of WeldBeerMan
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper/golden colored body with a small one finger white head. Some lacing is left. Some carbonation is seen rising slowly.

S: centered around the malts with a light wood and earth slightly mixes in. Some buttery notes come out near the end of the beer.

T: very sweet at first, with some caramel and toffee backing up the sweets and then a slight hop spice comes in near the end of the taste

M: medium with a fair amount of carbonation, sessionable

O: this is a pretty good APA, however it did seem a bit sweeter for a normal APA. I almost thought it was more of an English pale ale. No worries. I liked it. I'd have it again.

Photo of mecmd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of searsclone
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Clear copper color with a nice tan head. Good lacing.

Smells like wood and earth, maybe a little citrus

Taste is very sweet at first, caramel and toffee. Followed by hop spice with a syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation, a bit thin.

Overall, I really like the taste of this one, but for some reason the drinkability is low for me. It's not hard to drink, I just think that one is enough.

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue with dark orange hues, pancaked frothy white head with great retention. Brilliantly clear. Resilient medium body with a well structured smooth mouth feel to carbonation level. Handful of malt on the palate ranging from toasted malt to caramel. A touch fruity. An increasing hop bitterness starts off small but builds to a prickling bitterness. Hops are mineral earthy, almost herbal, and some light citrus. A tasty "don't rock the boat" brew.

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On drat at The Inn on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and decent lacing.

The smell and taste both featured caramel, butterscotch and a grassy hop. Finished sweet.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a bit of a hybrid between the American and British styles.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus and a moderate hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is an ordinary yet decent session beer to drink for long time.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was an amber copper color with a khaki colored head. Modest retention as a collar but weak lacing. The aroma was a combination of caramel malt, some ripened fruit esters and a background of floral hops. The flavors however were more hop based, a flash of caramel malt up front quickly followed by hop bitterness and some orange zest and rind. Hints of yeast and bread. The finish is crisp and rather refreshing. Well balanced. The mouthfeel was ok, the body medium and the carbonation delicate but not too soft. Yum. Flavors: Approved. Too bad it doesn't look as good as it could.

Photo of BDIMike
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hue with a half-inch white head with great retention. A lot of active carbonation.
Smell is buttery or biscuity. Not expected for a pale ale.
Taste is slightly boring. A bit of hops in the taste, but more malts than anything.
Good mouthfeel for a pale ale. Nice thickness mixed with a sharp feel.
Drinkability is good, but too boring to drink many of these.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with orange hues, decent head and lacing.

Smell is surprisingly fruity but with a strong hop/citrus backing, balanced out with some malt.

Taste is crisp from the hops, leaves a slight bitterness at the end, upfront there is a slight fruitiness, maybe pear and orange, coupled with the malt.

Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter golden with a fizzy white head that was gone quickly,lemony and toasty in the nose mainly with a hint of caramel.First off way over carbonated goes down hard its very prickly flavors are light leaning in a citric hop direction with a bit of toasty malt but nothing really stands out.With such a prickly mouthfeel its a drain pour,Iam surprised it got decent reviews but it dont work for me.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with thin offwhite head. Smells bready and hoppy. Tastes malty at the beginning with a hoppy bitter finnish. Sweet with some bitterness, and a hint of roastiness on the finish too. A very well-balanced beer. Medium in body with just slightly less carbonation than many APAs have. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A new favorite example of the style, from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet!

Photo of Jaynuze
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first micros wayyy back in the day … great stuff. Pours a nice deep amber with a white frothy head that follows you right to the hoppy/bitter end. It also leaves a nice Belgian lace down the glass. It is a bit hoppy (nothing like Stone or DFH), but the soft hints of malt jump in to save the day. As others have mentioned, this does get quite bitter and piney, but that's just part of the love/hate relationship with this beer. A nice nose with a strong hoppy fruitiness. I love this beer; unfortunately I can only find it when I'm visiting my parents in Maine. Grab a sixer, some steaks, and head down to the lake with this one. A great beer for those humid Maine summers ... after a couple you even forget about the six mosquitoes who've set up camp on your calf and the cloud of black flies manically hovering just out of reach.

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Carrabassett Pale Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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