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Pale Ale - Backcountry Brewery

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Pale AlePale Ale

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very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2003

Formerly known as Telemark India Pale Ale.
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5280fireman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Decent pale ale.

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label data: Please refrigerate (looks like an) 8/19/2014

Clear, honey-colored body with a moderately thick yet dense, white head. Mild, zesty and peppery aroma with some hints of malt grains; pine resin. Bread crust flavor; mildly toasted grains; soothing hop bitterness. Medium body; soft and smooth with a clean, semi-dry finish.

All in all, a very pleasant and satisfying pale ale. Deceptively light yet well-balanced between the grains and hops flavors. If this was formerly marketed as an IPA, I'll assume it was an English style. In any case, it's very easy drinking and worth repeat visits...

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Nose: Minty pine over malt.
Brilliant gold to amber under a ½” foam cap that dissipates to a film.
Palate: This is a rich and malty pale ale. It starts with big malt flavors and then some hints of spice. Well balanced with a nice blend of sweet and hops.
Medium body and medium carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chugalug06
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild, dense, and foamy head rides atop foggy orange-red brew. No lacing and decent retention.

Creamy, milky, mildly floral, light, crisp.

Smooth, mild carbonation, crisp bite, not too bitter. Sweetness is also quite relaxed, yet mild and well done. Flavors are very floral, peach, red apple. Smooth and fluid. Solid.

Well, apparently you can't judge a beer by it's label... Definitely recommended as a mild easy drinker for a relaxing evening. First Backcounty Brewery experience I'd consider a great success.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Formerly Telemark IPA." Hmm. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Colorado bottle shop and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. 5.6% ABV confirmed.Bottled 11/7/2013.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white-light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head is full and healthy.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a pale ale. I'm optimistic, but it's not unique or special. There are no noticeable egregious flaws.

Sm: Resinous hop character. Pale malts. Hints of piney and nectary hop character. Some caramalt. It's a biteen bready. Lighty estery. A biteen oily.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off notes.

A clean, appealing aroma of mild strength.

T: Pale malts, a dash of caramalt, hints of grapefruit. Hop character is floral and resinous, with some accompanying pine and nectar. Slighty bready. The malty sweetness is decently balanced with the hoppy bitterness, but the balance is far from ideal here. It's not a gestalt build, but it has a loose general cohesion and the beer is pleasant to drink.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no overt off-flavours.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's got fair complexity, but I wouldn't call it subtle, intricate, or nuanced. It's an enjoyable pale ale with enough hoppiness to satisfy fans of the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. I do like it.

Mf: Surprisingly full-bodied and thick for a pale ale. Smooth and wet. Lightly oily. Has a refreshing approachable presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Texture suits the flavour profile generally well, but don't expect the texture to be custom-tailored to the taste. Execution is pretty standard.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: I think it says a lot that this beer used to be labelled an IPA and had the same recipe. Backcountry has delivered a run-of-the-mill pale ale and seems more concerned with marketing than with brewing quality. I'll easily kill this glass, and it's drinkable enough, but there's just nothing remarkable here. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, and I'm in no particular hurry to try Backcountry's other beers.

A very forgettable pale ale that won't offer much to the discerning drinker.


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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pale Ale from Backcountry Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.