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Grayton Pale Ale - Grayton Beer Company

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Grayton Pale Ale
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79
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grayton Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grayton Pale is a refreshing, American-style Pale flavor—breezy and cool in a way that’s utterly unique to the Grayton Beach area. Which means it has enough flavor to keep even the hoppiest hopheads coming back for more. Tune in and drink up.

(Beer added by: taylocd on 07-23-2011)
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Reviews by taylocd:
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2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass. The bottled had no clear date identifier; the only marking was 'FL129'.

A - The Grayton Pale Ale* poured up rather bright translucent gold. The white head dissipated almost immediately save for a small amount along the glass and the amount that remained only managed to leave a trace of lacing.

S - Of all characteristics*, the smell was most disappointing, as it had only a faint sweet corn aroma.

T - The flavor of this one* was rather light, and unfortunately had a metallic character. There was enough bitter finish to overcome the initial presence, but the balance was missing in this sample.

M - The feel of this beer was only a touch on the thin side, but nothing terribly detracting. There was an ample amount of carbonation to make this a pleasant drinker.

O - While the Grayton Pale would be a reasonable beer for long sessions at the beach (as I'm assuming the brewers intended coming from the northern Gulf Coast), it had no real character to define it. It shared too many similarities with adjunct beers (sweet smell and metallic flavors) to warrant a higher score for an APA.

*I should note that I was surprised at the inconsistency among the beers in the six-pack. Others had a bit more malt presence to balance the flavor, but none had much bitterness as to be expected. My rating for 'taste' would not have been significantly impacted if I had sampled other bottles instead of the one chosen. Aroma and appearance might have scored higher had I sampled other bottles, but I feel it is fair to offer a lower rating due to the inconsistent product.

taylocd, Jul 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Full golden hue

SMELL: Herbal, minty, grainy, mildly toasted, citric, pepper, fruity

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, bready, herbal, tobacco, peppery, spice, mint, mild biscuit, nutty, citric, bitter, grainy, fruity, faint alcoholic ester

Good balance—perhaps leaning toward being astringent, but not really reaching that far. Not your typical Pale Ale, as it doesn't go the way of straight citric hopping, and the malt character has enough going on to keep it together. Certainly worth a go even if it is within the middle of the pack.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

JamesStreet, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean gold, with an average head of white bubbles. Minimal lace.

Nose is crisp grains -- actually very lagery and malty, with only a hint of hops.

Taste is more pleasantly hopped. Mild, but with just enough hop bitterness to keep this brew interesting and relatively complex. Enjoyable!

secondtooth, Jun 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Toombsy, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

CRJMellor, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Shank
4.85/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at The Naked Grape in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Apparently this company is 5 months old and had a bad initial batch that was contract brewed and hit the market before it was eventually pulled. Anyway...

Poured off Beer Gas with great white head and finished with decent lacing.

Aroma is more along the lines of a classic british pale ale with not so much big american hop aroma but more of a subtle touch intertwined with a great yeasty breadiness!

Body is light to medium with lower carbonation which actually works in it's favor this time. Too many bubbles would wash away this finely structured brew.

Flavor wise the bitterness is very classic pale but the finish is amazing. Great bitter finish that lingers for a bit. This has cascade written all over it. I could drink 6 of these. Great session brew.

BTW, website says 5.6 on the ABV

Shank, Nov 20, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong. This doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't fit the style bill. I can barely tell a difference between this and their very tasty pale ale.

Hops are low, grassy, lemony and light on a biscuity background.

The taste follows the nose with grass and lemon notes in a malty toasty grain bill. Unbalanced and not enough hops.

Clean, crisp, and refreshing

OK, but not an IPA.

JayS2629, Sep 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnBender, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

BeerBucks, Apr 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

addison1203, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

jonathaniler, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

DeeMalloy, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

jopezu, Jun 01, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Mojo, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

jaswilson2, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

scripna, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Brinks, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

zmbi_drift, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of breakingbland
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle (undated) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear honey gold with a very, very slight cloudiness.

Aroma: A pleasantly balanced hoppy/malty aroma. The hops have floral notes.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma, but with the hops predominating slightly. There is a breadiness in the middle followed by a lingering moderate hoppy bitterness. Overall, an uncomplex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Slightly foamy, light carbonation with fine bubbles. The body is rather light.

Overall: I bought this in the Florida Panhandle in the Grayton Beach area. This beer lives up to its billing as refreshing, though the body and flavor profiles could both have been a little richer. I very much liked the balance of the hops and malt in the aroma and wished that this balance had carried over to the taste a bit more. But if it had, it might not have had the hops-forward character that you would expect in this type of beer.

breakingbland, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

harpus, Jul 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Windmill, Aug 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of theboozecruise
1.63/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A friend brought this one to me from Florida. I'd never heard of Grayton before.

I poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, it's a light color, clear with not much head. Eh, not impressive.

The aroma is musty and smells of straw with little or no hops. WTF?

The taste is more of the same, biscuity with grassy flavors and only a slight pilsner-esque hop flavor.

It's very thin, and if this is really supposed to be an APA then it's a swing and a total whiff. Nothing good here at all.

theboozecruise, Sep 09, 2011
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Grayton Pale Ale from Grayton Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.