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Pale Ale - Backcountry Brewery

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86
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer arrives a clear copper amber color with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention and lacing. The nose is that of fruity citrus and pine with a base of toasted malt. Nice. The flavor very much is the same with an initial citrus pine resin hop character that blends well with the toast. Medium bitter. Finishes crisp and clean with a nice lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is something of a surprise as I didn't know what to expect. Enjoyable!

hopfacebrew, Apr 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%

The Telemark pours a light amber color with a smallish, frothy white head that quickly dissipated to a collar that left some lacing.

The aroma is some bitter hops with some grapefruit notes.

The taste is some sweetness up front with a pretty big bitter finish. It had some citrus as well. The flavor was a little off...kind of skunky. Not what I remembered from drinking it on tap at the brewpub.

It's a little watery and thin. Overall, I didn't care for this too much. I think I may have had a bad bottle though. Either that, or it was a lot better on tap.

Beaver13, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Beer name/Brewer: Backcountry Telemark IPA

Serving info: 22 ounce bomber. Best before info notched onto the side of the label. Poured into my brand stinkin' new New Belgium glass

Nose: Fresh hops, freshness quite apparent.

Pours: Clear, lighter orange hued amber. Lacing: Thick sheet down low and then striating and scattered above on the glass

Head: Head is puffy, long lasting, and frothy

Body: Pleasantly carbonated and medium thickness on the tongue

Flavor notes: Lots of fresh hops make me glad I gave this one a try. Pleasantly bitter, resiny and pine mostly. Balancing malt quite readily apparent as well. Making this one a quite tasty as well as appropriately balance. Nice brew.

Billolick, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Snow81, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev 0%

This from notes, turkey day weekend a bttle purchased at the BP & consumed in my hotel room in Vail:

Pours honey/bronze with 1/2" white head. Good lacing & avergae head retention

S: Big-time citrus & piney hops

T: Piney & citrus hops up front, then a little fruittyness. Finishes hoppy & dry

MF: Medium bodied, with good balance & carbonation

Drinks okay, just a little heavy to session on . I a good/not great take on the style

russpowell, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

22oz bomber. Consumed 10/18/10.
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles quickly. Lacing semi-sticky and big bubbled. Some dull haze. Copper in color.
S) Floral notes. Grapefruit. Lime. Subtle hints of caramel.
T) Caramel. Toffee. Flavor thins out toward the finish. Hops not as robust as the aroma.
M) Fizzy. Slightly syrupy. The lighter side of medium body.
D) An average brew.

u2carew, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of HeroJH
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

This was really good. They said it was an award winner and I can see why. Really nice and flavorful but not over the top or tongue splitting.

A - Gold, nice lacing
S - Fresh flowery washington hops. Slight background of maltyness. Really nice.
T - Perfect amount of bitterness. Malt Backround, hoppy middle and a real nice linger of flavor.
M - thicker, dry
D - Great! yeah, I could have quite a few of these.

HeroJH, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SalukiAlum, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of cam12
3/5  rDev -22.1%

cam12, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

cbcrunch, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

crobinso, May 15, 2014
Photo of Darhawk
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Darhawk, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Reviewed 1/11/10

Poured into a pint glass. finger, white head, that faded quick. Clear, with a dark copper body.

Smell was of floral and citrusy hops. Mild maltiness. Very pleasant smelling although the aroma was a bit on the tame side.

Taste had a nice maltiness accompanied by some caramel malts. Flavors are well rounded. Nice floral and citrus hops mimic that of the aroma. Mild bitterness. Nothing overwhelming with the flavors.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Good balance of flavors and was overall easy to drink.

Good IPA overall. Nothing "fantastic" but definitely had the west-coast characterisics without being bold.

riored4v, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

On tap at the Backcountry Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and clear amberish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of floralness, citrus, and light pine. Tastes of pine, light caramel, and citrus. Lighter bitter finish.

Notes from 12/15/06.

hopdog, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

The IPA sported a thin, off-white head that slowly disappeared during the session forming a light lace on the glass. Orange / copper in color with a very light hop aroma. The sign behind the bar said 5.6% ABV with 60 IBU. Light maltiness was noticed during the inital taste followed by a weaker than expected hop flavor, but was nicely balanced. Simple and mellow malt aftertaste. Very drinkable and would probably go well with the pizza they serve.

Gavage, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of famous_mortimur
4/5  rDev +3.9%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Tolann
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

A - A hazy nut brown color with a creamy white head. Kinda reminds me of a light root beer. Not much head, but little lacing.

S - faint grassy hops and roasted nuts, apple? A more fresh hop scent.

T - Easy on the pallet. pure bright hops. Some bitterness in the back of your tongue.

M - lively and light for the style. little to no aftertaste.

D - Easy to drink. Not too complex.

Tolann, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

22oz bomber, thanks unionmade. this one pours a golden dark yellow with intense amber highlights in the middle of the pint glass. not much head, more of a thick, viscous haze atop the liquid. indicates serious gravity. aroma here is very appetizing, very floral and screaming amarillo. hopped up ipa aroma, nothing out of the ordinary if you grasp that description. mouthfeel is the first thing i notice and it's a bit watery. impedes what should be a blinding bitterness.. makes for sort of an off-putting herbal earthiness in the finish. overall kind of sweet with balanced honey, caramel, and hop flower resin. not too aggressive at all although it begs for more substance to match the ingredients. drinkability increases while mouthfeel falls a bit. would drink this again and would certainly invest in a dipa by these folks if i ever saw one.

goodbyeohio, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%

"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

kojevergas, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of davegray
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

davegray, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

The best product I've picked up from this frisco colorado establishment.

It pours a copper tone with nice head and decent retention. Tastes like a huge hop profile but watery. it doesn't have that zing I would hope for. very drinkable and smooth

Notes: Most IPA nuts would be dissapointed by this but I found the drinkability and ease of this brew to be fascinating. Good sunday footbally brew without the hangover.

DogFood11, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

A - Poured out a clear, bronze color with a thick, white head of thick foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and pine. The was a burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus (grapefruit) bubblegum and burnt toast maltiness. Nice caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that was quite easy drinking.

D - This is a really good IPA. I wish I had tried it on tap while I was there.

zeff80, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome hop aroma along with a solid pale and crystal malt base. This is what an IPA should smell like. It's bitter, but well balanced for a fuller aroma. The taste is no different. It has a great flavor. The malts are crisp with a light sweetness. The hops are present in the mouth and in the finish. This is one smooth brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect IPA. I could drink this one all day.

WesWes, Sep 16, 2005
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Pale Ale from Backcountry Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.