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Pale Ale - Backcountry Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
Formerly known as Telemark India Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2003)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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kojevergas

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2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

C

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this has now been renamed backcountry pale ale, apparently since this is more of an English ipa than an American, and customers wanting that west coast dankness were complaining a lot. only in frisco right? that's the story as told by the bartender, but this beer is damn dine nevertheless. it pours a nice light copper color with astounding clarity and a lasting cream colored head several fingers high. the nose is less English than anticipated after the history lesson, it smells well hoppy, bitter and piney, with a dose of malty sweetness and a dusty attic character that's endearing here. the flavor is also more hoppy than the traditional English pale, and this beer is probably best described as an American pale ale, at least in terms of taste. some biscuity cereal malt backing supports a great clean and bitter hop profile definitely spruce heavy and crisp as anything. I love that there is no lasting sweetness in the finish, and the mouthfeel makes it an easy drinker with upbeat bubbles and a body on the lighter side of medium. $3.25 a bomber out the door too cannot be beat. my favorite of the backcountry brews by a considerable margin.

Serving type: on-tap

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Domingo

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of those beers I probably should've reviewed years ago but probably drank them too fast to remember that I needed to. For an IPA, this is about as drinkable as they get. Right now they're only in bombers, and I usually split bombers, but this one I can drink a bomber ...or 3 pretty easily.
Pours a honey golden color. Foam and lacing? Yup!
Piney hops hit initially, followed by a bit of citrus zest. Oddly enough, the bready malt character hits on the back end. It fades with a mix of that white bread character and the hops. Pretty interesting how the the hop flavors and bitterness work independently and shine apart from one another.
It's just clean, and one of those IPAs that really illustrate what the American IPA style is all about without trying to go crazy with 10 different hops or a million IBU's.
Easy drinking? Unbelievably so. I like IPA's, but they aren't usually my go-to beer. However this really could be. Hopefully this one starts showing up in 6 packs soon as I can imagine this as a good beer to keep in the fridge all of the time.
An under the radar tasty IPA.

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10-17-2012 00:00:41 | More by Domingo
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Pale Ale from Backcountry Brewery
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