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Royal Charter Pale Ale | Charter Oak Brewing Co.

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Royal Charter Pale AleRoyal Charter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Charter Oak Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Charter Oak's Royal Charter Pale Ale beer (named after the Connecticut charter hidden in the Charter Oak Tree) is the little brother to our IPA, but still brewed with plenty of flavor and hops. This top fermented ale is solidly an American Pale Ale style; not too sweet and not too bitter, but complex enough to not disappoint you. From your first sip and scent of a citrus and floral aroma, a solid backbone of the Cascade hop can be detected. We hope you will enjoy this well-balanced, medium-bodied, and deep golden appearance in our Pale Ale. We can assure you it is not intensely hopped up, but only a subtle bitterness and dry finish. This is a beer you can drink all night long!

45 IBU

Added by Durge on 11-27-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 36
Photo of psleepy
1.47/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this beer, expecting it to be a more balanced, malty version of the Wadsworth IPA, instead I got a sour mess. It tastes more like a poorly made gose than an IPA. At least the Wadsworth can be safely called an IPA. I'm shocked that these can even be sold. I fear that these positive reviewers are blinded by their local pride - this beer is nearly unpalatable.

a :: copper/amber, some lacing, one finger head with a short lifespan.
s :: sour and sickly sweet, vague floral smells.
t :: attacks the palate, the offensive sour taste covers up any other flavors that may be hiding in there.
m:: thin, slightly sticky, kind of a sweet American Ale feel.
o:: a waste of a clean glass.

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Photo of gotbeerman
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

West coast styled beer pours a distinctive amber shade and enjoys a nice head of foam. The beer enjoys a citrus nose and sessionable beer. Well-balanced ale with plenty of malt backbone and the hops become 'alive' on the back end. Unlike the typical west coast styles, the intensity of this full flavored hop did not become any more robust with each sip or pint, but rather remains stable.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that laces the glass. The smell is hoppy yet very clean. The taste was nice with some hops in the beginning and a nice balance with sweet malt on the finish. Overall good but not very exciting.

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3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A Nice amber to copper color. good lasting head.

S neither malt or hops dominate the overall smell. nice balance

T Has a very sharp dry after taste, probably due to the high carbonation. getting a slight oxidation taste. this could be due to bad handling by distributor or package store. Has the classic APA taste

M the high carbonation is leading to a lesser than medium body, all most to light for the style. would suggest less carbonation and a bit more body.

O over all not a bad brew. the high carbonation is leaving a very biting after taste which i feel takes away from what could be one of the best east coast APA's i have had. Looking foreword to tasting other offerings from charter oak

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apricot colored with a thick inch high head of rocky foam that lingers long and lasts throughout the pint. Inviting aroma of brown sugar, pine needles, and citrus rind pith.

Flavors of grapefruit rind, citrus bitters, grassy herbal notes, with a spicy, almost peppery finish. Good honey malt balance, but bitterness is assertive. Earthy notes in the background. Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel. Another good CT arrival.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to sample the second offering from this new CT brewery. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with fluffy head of white foam. Sticky. Light grapefruit nose. Soft malt. Taste is a smooth balanced pale - more malt than bitter. Citrus/fruit too. All in moderation. Bready.

Very nicely done.

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Photo of EvanJohnson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this beer. It's on the hoppy side for a pale ale but I found the flavor to be a lot deeper as well which I enjoyed. I was expecting a pale gold color but it actually pours much more towards a copper. It's not overpowering and has good carbonation. A different take on the pale ale which was much appreciated. Looking forward to more from this brewery as their first two offerings have been conservative with a mass appeal but still with a little twist that makes them a bit different from the norm.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale, at 45 IBU's, shows a golden brown color, clear with a very decent off-white head and excellent sheets of lace. The aroma brings out tart apple cider caramel, sort of an herbal hop, kind of skunky. The flavor is pretty harsh with biting grass hops over a diluted caramel-brown bread and a sort of oak edge. It's pretty much all about bitterness and not so much about flavor in my book, especially since I'm not the biggest fan of grass hop flavors. The skunky brown bread is oaky but somewhat watered down and not what I personally look for in a pale ale. The body is medium light with a somewhat watery feel and mild carbonation. It's really an okay brew but a little more agressively hopped than most pale ales, which wouldn't be a problem if it included the flavor and not just the bitterness. well worth a try though and an encouraging effort from this young brewery.

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Royal Charter Pale Ale from Charter Oak Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.