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Bronx Pale Ale - The Bronx Brewery

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-03-2011)
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Photo of dar482

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a wonderful deep amber color with a white head.

The aroma is good amount of hops. Pine, grapefruit, lemon, and then lots of caramel malt too.

The flavor follows with a good malt character, but a wonderful pop of lemony, pine, citrus hops. The caramel in there really balances with this well and then there's a gentle lingering bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is bold for a "pale ale," while still easy drinking.

This somewhat reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale with its hop character, big malt, and higher ABV for a "pale ale." While it still malty enough to be such, it still borders on basically being an IPA. Personally, I actually prefer this than Dale's. A huge surprise. Wonderful new beer from NY.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 17:08:22 | More by dar482
Photo of brewski09


4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this one on tap at Bareburger in Manhattan.

A - More of an amber than a pale ale in color. I was a bit surprised, but happy with it. I would say that the SRM was at the top end of the range, which is a nice interpretation of the style as most are on the bottom end of the range. Its almost more of a British pale ale until you hit the hops. The head was small and didn't hang around long, which I chalked up to it being on tap with a lower carbonation level.

S - The hops are mildly floral and pleasant, but definitely american citrus types in there. This was very well done and enjoyable. There was a nice maltyness that I couldn't quite identify there.

T - The taste on this beer is what really sold me. There was a nice, nutty maltyness with a solid american hop presence (mild floral, citrus, & pungent). Very well balanced on this

M - This one has a small oiliness that wasn't very perceptible, but was there in the background. I also noticed some residual sugar that wasn't noticeable until the second half of the beer. Since I was having this beer with an Elk burger, not a bad thing at all.

O - Overall, this was a nice beer and I would definitely get it again. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it in bottles anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 12:35:21 | More by brewski09
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at the Kent Ale House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. A deep, cloudy caramel-red color. Opaque. Nice thick, foamy white head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind.

S. Extremely sweet, malty scent.

T/M. Sweet and floral. A strong caramel malt flavor. Some banana and celery taste underneath. A hair dry; medium bodied. A bit of a tart aftertaste.

O. Solid flavor. Refreshing. Nice balanced blend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 15:08:33 | More by Amalak
Photo of CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it 8/9/12 on tap at Taproom 307 in NYC; pours hazy copper color with a creamy tan 1 finger head that faded slowly and left great lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon zest, caramel and light floral hops; a nice rich nose for a pale ale that's very potent and enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread and light floral hops; very tasty for a pale ale and quite easy to drink.

Not the hoppiest APA, but a definite session beer that was crisp and refreshing, with a medium body, average carbonation, and it went down very easy. Overall feel and experience was good, it’s a quality new beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 19:55:49 | More by CHickman
Photo of tobelerone


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops, my first opportunity to try the initial offering from this new brewery and I was pretty impressed. This is a tasty, high quality pale ale. It’s nearly clear and deep amber with a small, slowly settling white head and good lacing. Citrusy aroma, mostly, smells well hopped but not over the top and the malt, somewhat grainy and sweet, is definitely noticeable.

In the tasting this is a well balanced beer with a nice citrus and pine hop profile and grainy cracker maltiness, as well as some light caramel sweetness. I’d say it’s a pretty strong example of a contemporary American pale and not just an IPA light; neither malt nor hops dominate the other and the overall effect is pleasing, flavorful, and easy to drink. On draught the mouthfeel is medium, with smooth, moderate carbonation and the slightest bit of stickiness although it remains fairly crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 13:38:18 | More by tobelerone
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives nicely capped with foam; the liquid beneath is clear and amber; some strands of lace remain as the beer is consumed

Smell: Fruity and earthy - very interesting and, I suspect due to the combination of malts used; although "C" hops are in the mix, they did not stand out as much as I would have expected in the aroma

Taste: As in the aroma, the combination of malts drives the front end, with biscuit, fruit and toffee flavors; the earthy hop elements arrive in the middle and build to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nicely balanced and nuanced brew; not as hoppy as some other pale ales but refreshing and easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 12:48:17 | More by brentk56
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe D'Alsace and served in a Hoegaarden six sided pint.

Bronx Pale Ale pours a hazy rust color, with some nice orange highlights. There's about a finger of bone colored foam crowning the beer. It cuts its height down by half, and then just sits there, before very gradually fading away. Lacing is very nice at the very top of the glass, but falls off a bit further down. The nose has some caramel, as well as citrusy and flowery hop aromas. It's all tilted a little bit too much towards the malty aspect of the beer. This imbalance becomes even more pronounced in the flavor profile, as bitterness and hoppy flavors both take a back seat to the sweet caramel malt base. The body is fairly sturdy, with a carbonation level that falls just a little bit too dull. Bronx Pale Ale feels like it's caught in no man's land, not quite sure whether it's a pale ale or an IPA. It's got the hop profile of the former, but the solid malty presence of a more East Coast interpretation of the latter. While the results of that combination make for a nicely easy drinking beer, they don't make for an especially remarkable American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 06:01:10 | More by axeman9182
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the NY Beer Co near Times Square. It's a classic American pale ale with clear East Coast roots. The hops and bitterness are rounded and gentle with a lightly earthy citrus kick. Doughy, toasty barley rolls underneath, for a smooth pale ale. The flavors here aren't huge or crisp, but it's a clean crowd pleaser of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 00:51:47 | More by tempest
Photo of jneiswender


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at NYC Beer company in the city. Served in a pint glass cool.

Pours a hazy brown, topaz body and a light tan creamy head. Smells of pine, citrus and nuts.

Barnyard smell. Forest, pine and burnt nuts. Medium to light mouthfeel. Okay and varied flavor. Interesting. for the style that usually isn't earth shattering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 03:29:13 | More by jneiswender
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/12 notes. On tap at Amity Hall in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, fruity malts, grains, and bready malts. Some light citrus and fruit but not a ton going on. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, wheat, and bready malts. A little hoppier and fruitier than the nose, a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch over carbonated.

o - Overall a solid, slightly above average pale ale, but nothing that blew me away. Noseis a tiny bit bland, though I liked the taste much better. Worth trying once, but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 16:23:52 | More by mdfb79
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citrus hop and subtle caramel.

The taste consisted of a moderate piney and light citric hop atop a grainy caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good serviceable APA. Fresh and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 16:23:55 | More by plaid75
Photo of scpow


3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 22:16:49 | More by scpow
Photo of tone77


3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 12:53:17 | More by tone77
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 01:57:15 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

01-20-2014 01:22:52 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of speter

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 23:22:28 | More by speter
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3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 23:40:44 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Omnium


3.74/5  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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 23:49:14 | More by Omnium
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in body with a bubbly white head. Sharp aroma of grass, detergent, mild vanilla. Tastes of citrus with rind, grassy notes, some mint, bitterness in the center. Medium carbonation in a slightly chewy body. There's a sense of something artificial in the flavoring but I can't quite figure out why.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 22:59:52 | More by JRed
Photo of zbs

New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I would prefer not to fill out the numerical grades since this is an ambivalent review. Got a four pack of the pint cans, and they have distinctly over-pronounced malt character with some faint, ghostly hops and a bit of an unfamiliar alcohol on the nose. But the cans aren't spoiled per se, I suspect they're just old.

I've had the tap version fresh and it's really a superior beer. So, like so many hoppy pale ales and IPAs this brew is really done a disservice in their distribution. Caveat.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 01:24:45 | More by zbs
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours pretty dark for an American Pale. Darker copper hue. Big, full head that retains masterfully. Great head, color isn't very pale.

S-Lots of caramel malt. I get some floral hop notes and some candied citrus. Balanced, even malt forward here.

T-The flavor is heavy on the candied citrus with a zesty lemon hop finish. Then there is a strong combination of caramel and doughy maltiness. Very balanced.

M-Fuller bodied for an American Pale. Moderate carbonation and lower bitterness. Not extremely sessionable.

O/D-More like an Amber Ale to me. It's balanced and lacks any huge flaw but it's very bland and I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Probably just gonna slug the rest of these out of the can.

Serving type: can

11-21-2013 01:01:49 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is almost there. Tempted to give it extra points for arriving in cans. It's bordering on IPA. Lovely. I just raised my review on my 2nd try and in comparison with LeftHand Sawtooth.

A - like other reviewers wrote: amber copper, clear, ample head, medium lace. Nice looking.

S - flowers! this is the big win on this one: floral, citrusy, orange rind hops against a backdrop of rich, sweet, full carmel malts. Hop dominant.

T - Follows the aroma well, and amplifies the nutty, biscuity nature of the ale, finishes just a little soapy. Strong but sessionable. I easily wanted another one! Great with food.

F medium, chewy, just a little soapiness in the finale.

O - A must try! Have one when you can find it. Must become a mainstay at Yankee stadium. Easy to drink. A great first pale ale.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 23:39:04 | More by Act25
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep, clear amber with a rather large, 3-4 finger head. Retention and lacing are both great. Head is very dense and frothy and a little off white towards tan in color.

S- Light to medium hop profile that is very pine like in flavor. Slight hint of light and caramel malts are lying just under the hops scent.

T- Starts with a small dose of hops, but not quite the quality as in the smell. The middle of the drink is more subdued in flavor with more of the malts coming through than the hops. Mostly a lighter caramel malt profile with a hint of brown sugar sweetness in there. Ends with a very slight return of hops, and a lingering caramel malt flavor.

M- Light and easy to drink. Medium carbonation level. Thinner feeling than most pale ales, but easily drinkable.

Overall, this is your run of the mill, brewery flagship, pale ale. I bet locals/regulars drink this like water at the brewery.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 01:41:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lovely copper caramel color with a good size fluffy white head. Smell is sweet malt with more caramel notes coming through. Some nice piney hop notes are there as well but seem to integrate well.

Taste has a pretty big bitter edge to it. Boarders more on that earthy pine side and less on the citrus side. Lots of sweetness in this beer as the fg is 1.016. I do like that the can states the beers vitals. By the way, this is a 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

The sweetness is just too much for me and my preference in this style. Needs more citrus and dryness for me to love it. Reminds me more of an English IPA than an APA. Interesting beer but not something I will seek out.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 00:05:27 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a bubbly head which was a tan color. Head was short lived and not much lacing. Nice reddish / amber color, clear. Aroma was mild with some hop notes and slight caramel note. Taste had a nice hop / malt balance with some floral notes and a hint of caramel on the back. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a mild, dry aftertaste. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

08-23-2013 01:55:13 | More by Huffs
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Bronx Pale Ale from The Bronx Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.