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TPA - South Austin Brewing Co.

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Austin Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Uanof on 05-22-2014)
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look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN: Aluminum. 18 fl oz. Has a generic vaguely '70s label design. 5.5% ABV.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the description on the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX. Expectations are average given the brewery, which to my recollection hasn't made anything impressive I've tried. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Seven fingers wide. Light khaki colour. Foamy. Decent frothiness. It's mildly creamy. A thicker, fuller, more soft-looking head would be ideal. Retention is excellent - about 8 minutes - but this head has me worried about overcarbonation. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent copper-gold of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a pretty generic appearance for a pale ale. Nothing about it strikes me as unique or special, but the head retention is notable.

AROMA: Poor. Cracker malts, unwelcome lime, lemongrass, noticeably Belgian yeast, and a hint of tea-like bitterness and even seeming astringency. It's perfumey, and offers none of the hop aromatics I'd look for in a good pale: no citrus, no pine, no nectary hops, no juicy fruit, not even any floral notes. I'm puzzled by the hop choices...maybe the taste will be better then the aroma?

It's an off-putting aroma of average strength overall. The yeasty presence is quite odd, lending this a strange Belgian vibe and intruding on the cleanliness of the aromatics.

TASTE: Crackery malts, white tea bitterness, biscuity Belgian yeast (which lends it an untoward vitamin-y and lees-evocative taste), and hideous neutral malts. Where's the pale malt base? Or the hops, for that matter? I get no citrus, no pine, no grapefruit, no nectar...not even tropical fruit (which I usually don't like).

This is simply and poorly built, with a generic flat taste and insufficient hop flavour. Poorly balanced and ill-constructed, with no noticeable subtlety, complexity/intricacy, or nuance. What few flavours are there are shallow and belong more in a subpar witbier than a pale ale. Why brew this?

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Lightly scratchy on the palate. Thin and weak, but luckily it stops short of watery. Too coarse and dry, dragging harshly on the palate. Overall palate presence is poor. Has a stale overall feel.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer, let alone complement the taste.

OVERALL: If this is a Texas Pale Ale, count me out of any future iterations of the style. Poorly conceived, with incomprehensible hop selection and a troubled lack of a pale malt foundation. This is one that can be safely avoided. I'll finish the glass with effort, but this is in the runnings for the worst pale ale currently brewed in Texas.


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Chilled 16 oz can into a 12 oz stemless tulip. No visible canning date.

Look- Clear medium amber, darker than anticipated. Three solid fingers of off-white froth, good retention. Well developed spiderweb lacing.

Smell- Toasty, light honey, lemon. Mild but pleasant.

Taste- Cracker, lemon and pine, white tea bittering on the back end that grows as I sip. Just a little something tart that suggests a saison-ish yeast strain, maybe fermented cool? Don't know, but the lemon rind stands out and there's just a little snap to it. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium for the style, smooth, soft carbonation. Dry finish, feels like hard water, but just on the level that invites another drink.

Overall- A mild, dry, and clean-hopped APA. Aggressive bittering builds as you drink but it's clean and not a ton of fruity or skunky flavor. Really fits what I'd say a Texas Pale Ale should be. Very nice, and I'm glad to see a more reasonably-priced beer from South Austin brewing as well. at $12 for a six pack of 16 oz cans, this is priced on par with Shiner at $8 for six and it's pretty darn good. Their packaging gimmick (a guitar pick under one of the snap-off can rings in the holder) is... gimmicky, but hey, I kind of like it, and it seems like they're really going for the whole Austin music thing, which works. It's not a big beer, but it more than hits the spot. I'll be getting this one again.

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TPA from South Austin Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.