Klickitat Pale Ale - Alameda Brewhouse
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4.35/5 rDev +25.7%
Appearance This one was gorgeous coming out of the tap. It is deep, dark orange in color and produced a gorgeous, full head. I loved the pits of foam that were left after the head died down.
Smell The big, juicy malts jump right out of the glass promising a good balance to this heavy Pale Ale. The strong pine and citrusy notes are reminders of the big hop base that threatens to take over the taste.
Taste This is a very big but balanced Pale Ale. The big, thick malty character has some good caramel sweetness and the hops from the nose are here in force.
Mouthfeel This medium-bodied ale has a wonderful dry finish. It is very smooth and, again, extremely well-balanced.
Drinkability Wow! A balanced PacNW hop bomb. Whoda thunk? I growlered this one up for the trip back to Seattle. What a great offering from Alameda.
Comments Thanks to skyhand for turning me on to this brewpub and for sharing a pint (well, OK, maybe more than one) with me.
09-27-2004 16:26:30 | More by RoyalT
4.25/5 rDev +22.8%
Here's a pale ale that looks like an amber and behaves like a cask-conditioned IPA. In short, it exceeds on all levels. It's a slightly tarnished copper, somewhat murky but glowing with promise. The aroma is lightly hopped, with a good amount of yeast and ambiguity, a scent that is both clean and messily alive, if that makes any sense. Flavorwise, the malt does its share, contributing caramel sweetness, bready heartiness, and perhaps a bit of damp wooden log that's been sitting out in the rain all winter. Hops are initially assertive, but back off to allow the beer to finish on its own. A slight prickle at the finish ties up loose ends. The mouthfeel is velvety, astonishingly smooth, full and ripe in the mouth. Any fuller and it might be intolerable; as it is, it works perfectly. The lace leaves a meringue down the far side of the glass, with Saturnesque rings indicating sips like a tree stump indicates years gone by. Alameda makes some intriguing beers, including a juniper porter, a terrific barleywine, and a world-famous stout... yet it is absolutely the right that they've chosen to bottle their everyday, populist pale ale. It's a winner. (The stout's in bottles, too; no need to fret.)
06-01-2006 04:11:37 | More by Thrasher
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
A: a dark muddy brown with no head leaving an almost barley wine style appearance. Little to no carbonation and a clear finish.
S: next to no scent beside the slightest twinge of pine and citrus.
T: American style pale ale? Huh!? This taste like a watery brown liquid extracted before any hop addition had been made.. Ill be somewhat nice and say that the malt profile delivers a smooth nutty chocolate addition..
M: light to medium bodied.. A taste that dies out within seconds
O: generally I can pull out decent qualities in most beers but this one? Well im struggling. Wouldn't recommend nor drink again.
09-03-2012 00:06:44 | More by goodbeerallday
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
22oz bottle. Very native American themed imagery on this label, appropriate for the name, I suppose.
This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly frothy, and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as things seep away.
It smells of bready, kind of crackery pale malt, a hint of caramel cream, a weird indistinct sweet spiciness, pine needles, and a faint whiff of generic citrus rind. The taste is bready, doughy, and slightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, a touch of dry cocoa powder, soft drupe fruit flesh, an ethereal oily nuttiness, and middling earthy, leafy, and piney hops.
The carbonation is quite low and quiet in its support role, the body medium-light in weight, a tad thin, but mostly smooth, as the hops don't really infringe here. It finishes generally dry, the malt skidding in that direction, while the hops and other fading esters hold tight.
A decent enough APA, nice flavours, it's just that, while I can't exactly call it watery, I just get a certain incomplete sense in separate, distinct metrics here that lead me in that direction when considering this beer. Perhaps 'inconsistent' would be a better descriptor, but again, not overly so. Sheesh - maybe this is just one of those offerings where it's better to shut up and drink it - so be it.
01-21-2014 01:16:51 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +25.1%
Snagged a bottle of this some time ago... although I can go get it ontap.... I find myself always getting their El Torero IPA which is very good.
- Nice clear copper... light foamy white head... leaves a nice amount of lacing all about. Slightly cloudy towards the end of the bottle...
- Nice zingy bitter, yet floral hop... light sweet malt and grain, and a touch of bread. Quite nice.
- A nice touch of sweetness in the malt, and a fantastic bitter hop bite with a floral following. Very spot on for the style, and would give Deschutes Mirror Mirror a run for its money.
- Slight bitterness leaves the mouth watering... not too dry, nor chewy at all. Very cooling and refreshing.
- Overall this is a fantastic representation of the style.. a style I truly believe many have tweaked too far out of bounds. A fantastic session brew overall.
11-11-2009 15:52:54 | More by Docer
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Dataed 04/20/12, hmmm lets see how this does...
A faint brown and reddish amber body, with a creamy head that makes only about one finger but manages to leave a good pucj. Head has a good amount of lacing with off white and light tan color.
Soft malts on the nose, with a small dense doughy biscuit quality and sweetness. Mild herbal like hops. Not bad actually, rather enjoying this subtlety.
Lots of chocolate toasty and sweet bread action with a classic light pale ale body. Dense malts in the mid palate with a bid dough sweet bread flavor. Light almost wet body still manages to carry a good density. Backbone of malt is very solid on this, with lots of chew.
Overall rather enjoying this one, wish I could have a fresher one though perhaps. Reminds me of an almost good English bitter (but with a chocolate sense).
10-11-2012 00:22:36 | More by smakawhat
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +15%
Served from a 22 oz bottle. Everything about Klickitat screams West Coast-style pale ale, from the golden-orange colour to the aromatic blast of citrus hops. There some nice balance, though, with with lots of caramel and toffee aromas. The mouthfeel is very unctuous and rich. For a lower-gravity pale ale, it has quite a bit of body and heft.
06-19-2012 16:29:05 | More by CookstLiquor
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured from a refrigerated 22oz bottle.
Pours a lovely cloudy amber, with decent but not excessive head. Tiny white bubbles leave a nice lacing down the glass.
Smell is of sweet honey, not very complex but good. Not particularly citrusy compared to the IPA's that I usually drink.
The beer is quite bitter, but lacks the floral and citrus notes that tend to balance very hoppy beers. I think it would also taste a bit better with more alcohol content. Even a little burn would would serve to balance that bitter. Aside from the bitter, it tastes a bit like carbonated water. It doesn't taste nearly as sweet it smells.
04-20-2007 07:11:53 | More by nbanman
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
Bomber from Capital market,Salem. Copper coloured, clear with a large creme coloured head. Light, subdued aromas of malts and some hops. Very malt driven Pale ale, toffeeish,creamy and almost English, the NW hopping does make an appearance near the end. Pretty nice on the palate, quite full. A nice middle of the road Pale Ale more English than American style IMO.
02-26-2008 05:37:02 | More by Reidrover
3.15/5 rDev -9%
Pours an amber color with a dense foamy 1 finger head. Color is way off if this really is a pale ale.
Aroma is pretty fresh, a little of green apple is noticeable. Crackery malt with citrus and grassy hops.
Starts out smooth with a medium body. Bitterness toward the end with a fairly dry astringent finish.
Cant get rid of that green apple taste, usually a sign of a young beer. There is an enjoyable presence of citrusy flavor however a fairly high bitterness and a slightly astringent mouthfeel detracts from what could be a pretty decent pale ale. Overall Im not really impressed.
07-20-2006 03:03:06 | More by kgotcher
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
Quite dark amber in the Stella glass with lots of sudsy foam. A little bit of resins and barley, and lavender? in the nose.
Lots of malt to begin with. Strongly flavored with the herbal, somewhat dank, load of hops. Some browned biscuits with a touch of honey. Finishes quite bitter. Each mouthful has that sweet promise and then turns overly bitter. Interesting, but not very drinkable to my taste.
From the 22 oz bottle, which notes the ABV at 5.0%, but the brewer's website says 5.3%, in case that matters to anyone.
08-15-2012 05:54:40 | More by mactrail
3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The label indicates 5.0% ABV as opposed to the above-noted 5.3%.
Appearance: nice orange hue with only a little touch of haze. Head poured a single finger of frothy tan foam, but it's got a good tenacity and lace. I like it.
Smell: mild but pleasing aroma of floral hops accompanies a light malty element. Gentle but appealing.
Taste: nice floral hops with a big bitterness at the end. In the middle is a strong herbal quality. Malt is there but is moderate. To me, this beer recalls a mountain meadow kind of experience. I like it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. It doesn't blow me away, but it is certainly acceptable.
Overall: I like the flavor of this beer, but it's herbal element is a bit harsh to drink a lot of. Good, and interesting, but not a beer I'm likely to come back to again and again.
12-29-2011 01:34:09 | More by flagmantho
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass
A - very dark golden in color, almost red. Little to no head.
S - Pine hops up front backed by grainy/grassy malts. Perhaps a hint of spice.
T - Slight piney taste with the same maltyness in the background. A little watery and boozy
M - Watery, under carbed. These aspects really hold the beer back.
Overall - Decent flavors but lacks drinkability. Kinda of brutal in 22 ounces at a time.
07-03-2013 03:14:17 | More by kshizzle101
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Libby, Mont.
A- One finger width cream head, sparsely carbonated head, mediocre retention. Rich, dark orange color with middling clarity. Unimpressive on the whole.
S- Medium and warm malts with some floral hops. Gentle citrusy hops but a generally subtle aroma.
T- Well built malt body, finishes with some dank hops. Well balanced with a bitter finish.
M- Smooth marshmallowy sort of feel. Some nice carbonation.
O- Better than the sum of its parts. Tastes fine, smells very nice and feels pretty good too.
08-20-2012 03:49:43 | More by Murrhey
Klickitat Pale Ale from Alameda Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.