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Bronx Pale Ale - The Bronx Brewery

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-03-2011

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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Bunman3
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm really glad I got the opportunity to sample this beer during a recent trip to NYC. Enjoyed out of a paper Hampton Inn glass, disappeared in a hurry. I would definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of steve419
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a great pale ale, discovered it late last year...

Photo of Eidel18
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid hoppy and dank ipa

Photo of Tbub18
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A sweet mess--damn I love being a local patron but this sucked.

Photo of Bigjackieg
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty up front with a little hops on the back end. Reminds me more of an English ale, but not bad. Easily quaffable.

Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this as an extra as well. Solid Pale Ale bordering on an IPA level of hop characteristics.
Thanks for the extra!

Appearance:Hazy golden color with a slight reddish hue. Lots of head when poured but settles to a nice thin head throughout the drinking.

Smell: Nice floral hoppiness, some sweetness from the malts but not overly so. This one is pretty aromatic really.

Taste: Nicely balanced malt/hop ratio, it was a very smooth drinker. You get a little bite from the hops but its is not overly malty or sweet either. I am not a huge fan of PA's in general because they lack character, but this is an exception to the rule.

Overall: Solid brew, happy I got to try this one!

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance - 16oz can to IPA glass, aggressive pour. Huge 3 finger fluffy white head took its time to settle down . Dark orange color

Smell - Biscuity and Carmel with some slight hop dankness

Taste - malty sweetness, nutty, a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel - med body, smooth, creamy. High carb

Overall - a tasty Pale that's a different change of pace from a standard Pale that Im used to. Received as an extra from farnold

Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark copper in color, topped with a medium-tan head. Good lacing.

Nose has a sweet and rich malt character, which is accented by a classic English yeast -- highly reminiscent of an Old Ale.

Sweeter and maltier than most in the now-accepted APA range, but with a much, much more reserved hopping profile (aromatic and bittering) than is found in the same. Biscuit malt notes emerge a bit further in the drink, but are slight enough as to be barely noticed under the sweetness, the weightier-than-average body and even the sheer alcoholic strength of this one.

The hopping is "classic" in the sense that it is in character with British 'pale' ales (low gravity to high gravity… ), and is just reserved enough to not be obtrusive. A touch more bitterness might accentuate the biscuit notes in the malt profile, but wouldn't dry it out necessarily. As it is, American hop-heads won't go ga-ga over this one, but others who are looking for a very easy-drinking, fuller-bodied go to ale might like it.

It reminded me a lot of the Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star, only with less of the peppermint notes in the hops. ;)

A hat tip goes out to gory4d for the can!

Photo of SteveB24
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer, color is a clear amber with a solid finger of creamy, off white head. aroma is mild, containing mild caramel and a bit of hop funk. TAste is odd, but not terrible. Very sweet. containing malt notes of caramel and biscuit, slightly yeasty, only the slightest bit of earthy hop presence, slightly metallic at the end. Texture is a light/ medium body, with mild carbonation. not quite dry or juicy.
overall it's a unique beer in the sense that it's very light for a beer dominated by malt flavors, however it definitely lacks balance and isn't very exciting once getting over the initial, sweet effect. not bad but would not by again.

Photo of Samp01
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. pours a dark clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruity with some floral hops notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity mild citrus flavors. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity mild hops bitterness. This brew seems to lean towards the sweet malty side with little hops. Overall an ok drinking brew.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber color, with plenty of off white foam that clings to the glass heavily. Sweet malt aroma with some citrus hop and a touch of stone fruit. More maltiness in the flavor with subtle hop chatecteristics and a touch of oak.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

The Bronx Brewery, "Bronx Pale Ale"
16 oz. can, code "1364 2335"
$2.75 @ Stinky Brklyn, 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

I came across this beer and just had to try it. I knew by looking at the can that it was contract brewed in La Crosse, WI (probably by Steven's Point) but I couldn't pass it up. It seems so gimmicky!

Appearance: Mainly clear, very deep amber that borders on becoming a mahogany brown in color. Short, and short-lived, off-white head. Impeccable lacing though! It leaves almost solid sheets of lace as it goes.

Aroma: Spicy, floral, citrusy and grassy hops atop a dark caramel malt base. There's some yeasty fruitiness working with the hops as well... berry, pear, and crisp apple.

Flavor: Surprisingly full maltiness that displays its caramel character nicely. Yeasty fruitiness runs through it, and the spicy, grassy, and gently floral hops are well-infused as well. It's remarkably well-balanced in one way, but with an edgy bite that's part alcohol (it's 6.3%) and part hop. Despite that aggressive rasp, it then softens and becomes just delicately spicy, and then sweetly floral and dully fruity in the finish. Is that how the Bronx is, full of character upfront and a bit harsh, but really just sweet and flowery on the inside? Hmmmm? It lingers nicely in the finish, steadily revealing each of its components again, one at a time, and finally settling into grassy, gently spicy, and mildly leafy with an undertone of medium caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a brisk carbonation that settles as you progress through the glass to become more smooth and just gently bristling.

Overall: Surprisingly good with more than just a bit of complexity. It's really quite English in nature, but there's an American hop side of citrus to it as well.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into pint glass

A- reddish orange... Very dark for a pale ale
S-very sweet yeasty malty ness
T- just like the smell, this is not a hop forward pale ale. Very malty sweetness with some yeast invests
M - stickiness for the finish

O- interesting for a pale ale. Malt and breads yeast run the show

Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall can into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with a good thick lid of white foam. Sticks round. Mild malty nose, fruity. Taste is a light bitter malt. Very mild english pale taste. Bitter is tasty throughout. Easy drinking pale. Good option.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

A clear amber brew is topped by a cap of foam just less than one finger in height. It retains itself well, leaving heavy spotting as the beer drops down the glass.
Nicely balanced, this beer eases a floral, citrusy and resinous bitterness with caramel and dough. Lots of fruitiness comes out, too. Graininess is a bit strong.
Hops are somewhat earthier in the flavor, with citrus and pine secondary. Biscuit and dough, toffee, and caramel make up the malt backbone while dark fruits notes from the yeast come in as strongly as in the aroma.
The body is medium, surprisingly close to full, and pretty smooth. There may be a carbonation issue, though, as it goes pretty flat. There's little crispness at all, really.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: deep amber color. pretty good clarity and a two finger white head that fades slowly and leaves behind a slight lacing

Smell: lots of crystal malts. definite caramel and tends towards some dark fruits. some hop aroma mainly citrus and pine.

Taste: opens with some crystal sweetness, mostly caramel but some darker fruits, backend has lighter hop tastes, floral, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel: light and over sweet.

Overall: has some hop aroma but more of a crystal malt forward beer. too much sweetness. not necessarily bad tasting but pretty far from what I look for in this style

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Three finger frothy head, pale white in color... Retains well.. Body is dark amber with crystal clarity.

S- rye and spicy piney hops, sweet malt is beneath... Get some floral notes... Kind of a light fruitiness too.

T- Sweet caramel, biscuits and bread hit first... Floral hops arrive mid-palate then lingering caramel on the aftertaste. A very malt heavy IPA but I like it.

M- Thick, creamy, malty and sweet. Only bitter at the finish and it's mellow but lingering.

This is not your hopped up beast of an APA. It does offer some bitterness and the flavors of floral and piney hops, but it also offers a tasty array of malt flavors that I enjoy.

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one came as a bit of a surprise to me when I saw it at DM's as we don't often get cheap American ales in a can, and at $12 a 4/pack this is indeed as cheap as it gets here in Australia. If this actually turns out to be a decent Pale Ale, well I think we might have a new fridge filler to go with Little Creatures Pale Ale, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale and the mighty Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen!

Poured from a 473ml US pint can into a nonic pint.

A: This pale ale has a textbook clear amber body with a boisterous foamy white 2cm head that reduces to a fairly sticky lace around the glass.

S: Those classic American Pale Ale pine/citric hops are right upfront in the aroma. This is followed by fairly a distant toasted biscuit malt base, along with a hint of caramel sweetness. One thing that is noticeable is how fresh the hops smell in this brew, reminiscent of a decent hop picking season ale.

T: Surprisingly well-balanced flavours at play here; the malt base is a broad sweet biscuit/caramel foundation that is just at that range right before it cloys, likewise the hops are plentiful and bitter with expected citrus/pine flavour but they don't completely dominate the flavour like they can in many other APA's. There are hints of malt nuttiness rounding it all out as well.

M: Mid to light bodied, may be borderline watery, with a light ale-friendly carbonation.

D: A damn good brew, and very little to fault it - the only thing that really stood out was the borderline watery mouthfeel, the rest of this brew was well solid. There is one other thing that stood out to me and that is the marketing - this can, whether it was trying to or not, makes the beer look cheap (which it is) but it is actually a very good, though nothing stands out about it, craft beer. If someone at my local DM hadn't put a "recommends" label I would have completely breezed past this but instead I saw the label and thought "Tom, what the hell does Tom know about beer?" and bought it based on that label. Think about representing your decent crafted ale better Bronx.

Food match: For a well-balanced pale ale like this it would be best suited with almost anything; Thai, Indian, BBQ, steak and chips, hamburger, etc... i.e. I couldn't think of anything specific, this beer is generically that good!

Photo of scpow
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma and mouth feel. I picked up a can at Grand Central Terminal at the end of the workday for 375. Not bad considering. The guy must have had it on ice since lunchtime. A bit too cold, but I let t adjust before I sipped. The taste was your typical pale ale but better for sure. I could definitely taste a nuttiness upfront and bitterness at the end (imagine some of your romantic relationships). Nice beer, I would drink it again. The hop flavor was evident, but not overwhelming. A definite plus, despite the name, it was brewed in WI. I am from Beantown and generally do not like anything associated with the Bronx!

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. This guy is amazing. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced, some bitterness, a touch mild, very drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- dark, hazy, reddish amber.

S- Similar to taste.

T- Caramel malts and burnt sugar complemented by herbal hops. Intense flavors in very good balance.

M- No notes on mouthfeel.

O- Tastes like a hoppy Irish red ale in a good way. Out of a total of 14 pale ales in the blind tasting, this brew tied for 1st with 4 others on my list, and ended up tied for 5th overall with Lakefront Cream City on the collaborative list.

Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying a 16 oz. can while watching the NFC Championship game. Go Niners!

Pours a ruddy amber with a skim coat of head.

Nose of fruity British yeast, citrusy hops, and toasted malt. Smells more British than American.

Malt wins the battle with the hops. Toasty, biscuity, caramelly melanoidins take down the citrusy American hops and leave them gasping on the floor for breath. Just enough bitterness to mellow out the sweet malty morsels.

Medium-bodied and quaffable. More like an amber than a pale, but I think Bronx Amber doesn't have the same "umph."

The can promises generous additions of Cascade and Centennial, but does not follow through. Needs more hops.

Photo of speter
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with a three-finger fluffy white head that slowly faded, but never dissipated and left fantastic lacing.

S: Rich, buttery, biscuity English malts overlaid with a well-balanced piney and citrusy hop presence, along with a touch of honey.

T: An almost perfect balance of hops and malt that starts off with a burst of honeyed Maris Otter up front, followed by a light pine mid palate and a mildly resinous finish.

M: Full and creamy, even from a can, this tasted like a hand pump ale.

O: I've never managed to catch the Bronx Brewery stuff on tap, but this canned version means I will be more aggressive in seeking out and sampling it when I do. This is a beer I would be proud to call my own.

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was up in Brooklyn this past weekend to attend Day 1 of Mugs Ale House's Belgium 2 Brooklyn 8 event and Alex Hall recommended that I hit Breukelyn Bier Merchants before I headed for home. What a coup! I found all kinds of CANs in their cooler, including this one and so The CANQuest (TM) rolls along merrily.

From the CAN: "The Bronx Brewery [-] Our Bourough, Your Beer"; "This deep amber, Ameri[CAN] pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and Ameri[CAN] malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma."; "OG 1.064, FG 1.016, SRM 10, IBU 50".

The Crack not only garnered me a little spritz across the fingers, but there was also some foaming going on, leading me to employ a more gentle Glug than usual. Once I got it started, it seemed to calm down, so I became more aggro, but still not inverted. This all resulted in just over a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, coppery amber (SRM = 10, apparently) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an orange citrus quality, underlain by a caramel sweetness. Once more, I thought of the Brach's caramels that my maternal grandmother would put out when we came to visit. Mouthfeel was medium and I just kind of let it sit on my tongue initially, to warm up. The interplay of the malts and hops was interesting, but it was difficult to pull one flavor out from another. I could get the caramel and the nuttiness, as well as a citrusy bitterness, but beyond that, it was kind of a melange of flavors. Great lacing began to form as I drank my way through the glass, into which I had deCANted it. Finish was semi-dry, with the malt balancing the hops, which may not have been as gentle and pleasant otherwise. It was a servicable APA, but it would not supplant SNPA for me any time soon.

Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber color, just under a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Some sweet malt, dried leaves, grass, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, a tad nutty, lemon juice.
T - More on the sweet side with some caramel malt, but it does get balanced out by some mild earthy tones, some grapefruit and orange juice.
M - Goes down the hatch especially good, very drinkable, smooth and just a tad chewy.
O - Just a very drinkable APA.

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Bronx Pale Ale from The Bronx Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.