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Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale - Austin Beerworks

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Peacemaker Extra Pale AlePeacemaker Extra Pale Ale

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 43.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: northaustin on 05-25-2011

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 186
Photo of Dusty6467
1.18/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is my 1st beer from Austin Beerworks after hearing good things about the brewery. It taste like a subpar lager, such as Lone Star or PBR. After drinking a few dogfish 60 minute IPAs, I grabbed a 6 pack of this stuff (for $10) and couldn't even taste it. I hope the brewerie's other beers have better character than this one, otherwise I won't be revisiting. No characteristics to point out- just terrible...

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Photo of kevirv
2.02/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The only thing I tasted was peanut butter and it was not pleasant. Instead of an exta pale ale , it reminded me more of a cheap beer such as Pearl, Dixie or Lone Star.
Austin Beerworks needs to reconfigure this ale or just get rid of it all together.

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Photo of northaustin
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a clear yellow with about a finger of terribly uneven white head which disappeared so fast it was gone by the time it got handed to me.

smell: astringent. straight up giving it a 2 was generous.

taste: ultra dry astringent/chlorophyll assaults your tongue, followed by a malt flavor that can only be described as corny, and dare i say...BMCesque. this beers flavor is two-sided and both were a miss for me.

mouthfeel: smooth enough, and although my mouth is left initially coated, i can feel it drying out very rapidly.

overall: i am glad i tried the fire eagle first. if i would have chose this first, i might not have gone back for another of their beers.

i hate for this beer to have a negative first review, but i am being honest. hopefully someone out there really enjoys this brew and will review it.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smokestack tulip
A ~ Pours...straw? Very pale resembling a lager. Lacing is pretty weak. Carb is like 7-up. This doesn't really look like an APA.

S ~ White bread & pale malts mostly. Grass & pepper...some light funkyness & vegetation. Faintest hint of lemon peel. Meh

T ~ Graham crackers & yeastbread fading into hints of citrus. Lots of toast on the back end. Touches of grassyness throughout.

M ~ Peppery turns to doughy turns to an off resinous twinge finishing with toasty malt that cloyyys. Not elegant in terms of balance for being such a Pale-pale ale. Light-medium bittering but this somehow wrecked my palette.

D ~ Overall underwhelming. Good? yes I finished it but not great or worth revisiting. This is what would be an "Extra Pale Ale" in terms of being Extra Pale, rather than Extraordinary.

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Photo of Crispy34
2.54/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I snatched a can at work. I pour it straight out of the can into a pint glass while watching "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford.

A: This beer is a nice golden color. It just screams light!

S: It smells kinda skunky, almost like a American Heineken.

T: It goes from an almost skunky to earthy malt very fast. It is almost like plain popcorn.I tasted no noticeable hops.

M: It is light in body as it looks. As for when it starts of almost skunky, it ends very malty rather than skunky. I find what they did at the end interesting.

O: This beer is OK. That is about all I've got. For once, I would not buy it under any circumstance... unless there was just a bunch of crappy major brands, and this brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty good sized off white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

A subdued aroma of light grain malts and even lighter hops notes with a light yeastiness.

A light almost sour grain taste with some light bitterness from the hops sneaking in.

A light dryish aftertaste with some hops notes on this light bodied beer.

Pretty disappointed in this beer, it seems that they are trying to make a mass market lager with a craft beer price tag.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A slight golden haze with a soapy head that dissipates.

Smell - Metallic and astringent. Not very pleasant.

Taste - Taste more like Lonestar than a pale ale. Hops taste non existent. Some breadiness and nice drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and snappy.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

GABF silver medal winner, looking forward to trying this one out for a while.

This pours a vibrant crystal clear golden yellow with a good bit of foam that quickly dissipates. This is great looking, if it was a fizzy adjunct lager. If it was, it would be an awesome brew (never mind that it’s a pale ale and not a lager, etc etc)… but it’s not, and it’s not. (Fizzy lager, and awesome, respectively.) As a pale ale (or “extra pale”) it just fails to excite is all. Low aroma, barely perceptible, and no hops to speak of. Flavor is more of the same, with the only noticeable complexity on the finish. But nothing stands out aside from the effervescence. What flavor there is drops rapidly as it warms. Unfortunately this is not one I’ll get again.

I’m midway through the sixer I picked up on a recent trip to Austin (not all at once!) and it’s done the opposite of grow on me. Not to get snarky but why pay craft beer prices for something that is lacking flavor. Maybe in the land of Lone Star and BMC this is another beer to convert folks to drinking craft beer but even then there’s better, similar craft beers filling that niche around town.

One last thing: the name. Peacemaker? Given the history of the Texas Rangers and whatnot I imagine that this is a reference to the guns they used in as “pacifiers”? While this may be clever and in line with the brewery’s theme, speaking for myself it brings up uncomfortable connotations that really shouldn’t affect my experience drinking. But they do, and it does.

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Photo of jps0869
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Simultaneously sweet and grainy, the beer shares the qualities of a failed experiment and a cheap macro-lager. I like ABW a lot, and that's why this one's a head-scratcher. Its direct competition in town in the easy-drinking ale category, Hops and Grain's The One They Call Zoe, blows it out of the water. Can't all be gems, I guess.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a frothy one finger head and medium carbonation. Aroma is light floral and lemon. Light bodied with a mild flavor composed of floral hops, lemon, grain and malt. Finishes with a slightly bitter, grainy taste.

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Photo of ms11781
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brillant clear golden, yellowish color with a minimal head. No lacing to speak of. Carbonation is evident but that may be because the beer is clear and everything can be seen.

The nose is mostly malt forward. Grainy and bready. There is some cracker like malt with the slightest hint of some floral hop aromas. Not very strong overall.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grainy and bready malts are present along with a touch of some floral hops. The taste is nearly identical to the nose but it is a bit more assertive and has a more pronounced sweetness.

A light body with medium but prickly carbonation give the beer a lighter mouthfeel.

Overall this is an ok beer. Nothing stands out but it's not bad either. I had it as a beer to end the night with and it might be best served in that role.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a pale translucent yellow with about a half finger pure white head that settles quickly. There is a think rocky ring left along the edges of the glass.

S: This beer is pretty basic. Light, and crisp with scents of pale malt. There is a thin citrus note, but you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it.

T: It's a pretty standard Pale Mild Ale. Earthy grains, slight grass, slight dirt, and mild hops. There is nothing in the taste that really makes this beer standout.

M: Light bodied beer. It's hit the palate and moves off quickly. It's smooth all the way around without any lingering notes.

O: This beer is pretty average. The flavors are ok, the mouthfeel is ok, it's just ok. I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it. This would be a great alternative to BMC if you wanted a substitute.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1132nd Review on BA
Can to Pint

No canning date

Thanks to lnashsig for this one.

App- A medium colored yellow that was pretty see through. A nice white 1/2 finger capped head was present and left quickly. A nice bit of cling left in the glass.

Smell- Wasn't too offensive but was pretty average. It had a little mix of pils, AAL and blonde ale with some earthy notes.

Taste- It was very mild but wasnt overly offensive. Right down the middle. A sublte mix of the three aromatics I mentioned with a earthy grassy type of flavor.

Mouth- Light medium bodied with a high carbonation level. Left a bit of malty grassy notes after.

Drink- I wanted this one for the style tick. I wouldnt have searched it out in the meantime. I can say that on a sweltering hot Texas or CA summer day this would work wonders.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can courtesy of htomsirveaux, poured into a CBC pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a perfectly clear yellow, almost totally translucent. A half-finger white head dissipates quickly, leaving little to no lacing. A convincing facsimile for an AAL

Not much in the way of aroma, the smell is fairly muted. Some grassy hops, but it's predominantly. It smells mostly of honey.

Lots of sweet malt in the taste. Fortunately, unlike the aroma, the hop presence is much more robust in the taste. Plenty of grass, with a slight citrus note in the finish. Some lingering bitterness rounds out the package.

I dig the mouthfeel of this beer. Medium-bodied, with a relatively high level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

A pretty basic take on the style, nothing spectacular but perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a macro lager, with a crystal clear golden color and a modest head; nice lacing, though

Smell: The pilsener malt dominates the aroma though there are no hops to be found; a touch of sulfur

Taste: Very husky and grainy, up front and throughout, with just a hint of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say I am much of a fan of this beer; not exactly sure what the brewers are shooting for but I guess it might quench a thirst on a really hot Texas day

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of bisonkron
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at whip-in. 8.99 for a 6-pack. Re-reviewing straight out of the can. Serving temp: 35F.

Appearance: Light gold in color. Filtered looking, no cloudiness at all. Pours a finger of head that fades in less than a minute. The carbonation is vigorously rushing to the top. (this is from my first review when I poured it into a pilsner glass)

Smell: Overall the aroma if very faint. I pick up some yeast notes. As well as a bit of pine.

Taste: up front it is very dry-woody-burnt characteristic but lacking any real hop kick to follow. There are some floral notes buried in there somewhere. the alcohol is hidden away well.

Mouth-feel: it is very light/crisp clean. Body is light. carbonation is great down to the last drop.

Overall: Very easy to drink, took my time with the first can, but the second one i took down in about 5 gulps. Great to see new offering in Texas, and great to see more offerings out of the can. I will have to give their other varieties a try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear light orange with a small white head that fades very quickly.

S - Wheat, malt, very pilsner-like.

T - Wheat, sweet corn, malts.

D - Light body, lower carbonation.

O - Light and very mild. Ok

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Photo of coldriver
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into Sam Adams glass. Pale amber color with pretty much no head or lacing - looks a lot like apple cider. Not a flavorful aroma, kind of a sour papery malt smell. Weak hop flavors for a pale ale - seems like more of a blonde ale. Pretty bland overall. Finishes okay, good carbonation and bitter bite. Overall it's a step above domestic lagers, but needs some work.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass. Thanks to SSW117 for this one.

A- Pours a perfectly translucent clear yellowish golden with a little under a finger of head that dissipates very fast, nice carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Lightly sweet pale malts with a slight floral smell, slightly above average carbonation.

T- Very lightly sweet pale malts with a light presence of wheat and grains.

M- Medium bodied, slightly oily, easy to drink, refreshing.

O- This was a decent pale ale that was nice to drink. There wasn't anything that really stood out in it, but it was overall enjoyable. I'm glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam for sending it!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing this random ass tick.

A: Clear pale amber body with a frothy, short-lived white head. Not much lace. Average.

S: Pretty boring, with nothing much beyond husky malt, yeasty minerality, and herbal hops. Ok, but not interesting in the least.

T: Follows the nose: rather lagery, malty, and cleanly hoppy on the finish. Refreshing.

M: Light and lively. Pretty good.

O: This tasted nothing like an English Pale Mild Ale, but whatever. It was drinkable and inoffensive.


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Photo of SunglassesJoe
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nothing fancy but I love it. Just a nice, light refreshing beer. Not too hoppy but you still get a slight hint of it.
Love supporting local beers as well so this has been a summer go-to when I don't feel like living the high life.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJFoodie for the can!

Pours an adjunct-like pale yellow, totally clear. A bright white near finger of head dissipating to nothing. Aroma is grainy and cracker like, with some nutty maltiness. A bit of grassy, earthy hops. Bit more grainy and bready in the taste with a bit of finishing grassy hops. Light bodied and slick. Good easy drinkability.

Not bad, nothing spectacular though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear, light golden color with a finger of white head.

S: A nice floral hop character to it along with some mild citrus, especially citrus peel. There are some sweet malt notes as well as just a little bit of yeast and biscuit malts.

T: Biscuity malts with a nice sweet bread not to it. Some floral hops along with citrus peel and a minimal bitterness. Just a little bit of piney hop flavor to it.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not quite as nice as the pils or the IPA.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Whip In in Austin on 7/1/11.

Clear yellow, no head or lace. Head could not be created on swirling. Malty aroma. Taste is predominantly malt, but very clean. The look and mouthfeel are similar to an adjunct lager, but the taste is much cleaner in that it is devoid of the earthy, corn flavors in the finish. High carbonation and medium-light body. A good summer time beer.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from Spec's.

As I poured the beer into the pint glass, there was a lot of foamy action. As I get done pouring, the head fizzed and evaporated quite quickly. It had a substantial yellowish-straw color to the body, and I thought it was supposed to be a bit more lighter in color.

It had some hops coming through, but it was fairly faint. It's mellow on your palate, which is quite different from other Pale Ales. For instance, Dale's Pale Ale really attacks your mouth more forcefully, and some people like that. I do like it, but there are times when I want a more mellow pale ale. I think this beer fits the bill.

The mouthfeel's just right, and I'd drink this again. I would definitely take this beer with me to tubing trips! It's such an easygoing beer. However, out of three beers I have tried from Austin Beerworks, I think I enjoyed Pearl Snap the most.

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Peacemaker Extra Pale Ale from Austin Beerworks
76 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.