Klickitat Pale Ale - Alameda Brewhouse

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Klickitat Pale AleKlickitat Pale Ale

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RoyalT on 09-27-2004

Named after a local street which gained fame as a location in the Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby books for children written by Beverly Cleary.

"With an appealing amber color, this brew has a perfect balance of caramel malt and spicy hop flavors. The Munich malt in this recipe lends a rich mouth feel, while generous additions of Pacific-Northwest hops complete the balance. Try a pint of Pale with the Salmon Gyros, Falafel or Alameda Dip."
5.3% ABV 36 IBU
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by bkilpatr:
Photo of bkilpatr
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/17/09.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with about a finger of beige head. The head dropped slowly to a thin layer. Aroma is very malty with caramel malt and slight toffee, and herbal hops.

Taste starts with a caramel malt sweetness and some toffee flavor. Herbal and citrusy hops finish out the flavor. Slight orange and grapefruit flavors, and almost tea-like taste. Feel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Just the right thickness. It's pretty easy to drink, it's not too bitter.

It's on the maltier side for a pale ale. I'm not sure the age of the bottle, so I don't know how much the hops have faded, if at all. But this is a very enjoyable pale ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. Who’da 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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.)

Photo of goodbeerallday
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nbanman
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of nqdell
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a good Ale. I wanted more flavor tonight. Not unique enough for me to go back. Alameda's staple beer, I'm sure they sell lots at the pub.

Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kgotcher
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Can’t 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 I’m not really impressed.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kshizzle101
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Murrhey
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.67/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see this in BC. Had it on tap at the St Augustines on Commercial. This is one of the best PAs I have had in awhile. Lovely hops that are balanced perfectaly by the malt. Long finish and solid mouthfeel that make it almost perfect for the style. I could drink this all night and I hope it is in bottles in BC as well since a good PA is a very good thing.

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

One of the better APA's for my taste. Earthy, Piney, and Citrusy hops are prevalent with a biscuity aftertaste. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of RJLarse
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Klickitat Pale Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass

Pours an amber/gold color, cloudy, with a modest bubbly white head..

Smell is a sweet bread aroma, with some sweet spice and candy scents

Taste is dominated by a caramel malt flavor, a bit of citrus pink grapefruit flavor, and then a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slight cloying character from the unfiltered nature of the beer..

Overall a decent pale ale, if not just a bit thick for the style.

Photo of drpimento
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, frothy, off-white head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy, dark amber. Aroma is very mild, slightly malt and hop. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed immediately by bitter/sweet, a hint roast. Body and carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and forgettable.

Photo of Roguester
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, fantastic beer. Reminds me of why I got into the hobby. This tastes what I remember my first Sierra Nevada PA tasting like after the sea of pabst and ice beers my underage buddies would always drink at their parties. Now a grown man and an experienced beer enthusiast, something that hits me as something special is few and far between, but this definately does it for me. Nothing really special, malty enough, hoppy enough, light enough, just enough. And I think thats why I like it so much. I cannot honestly say why it deserves the 4.4 or whatever my average will be, other than to say it is just perfect. Nothing extreme, not too malty, not too hoppy, no smoke flavor, no pepper taste. As a dedicated Rogue fan, Im almost tired of these gimmicks. (But not quite :P) I may have a new all time favortie beer, a bread and butter beer that meets you right in the middle. First Alameda brew Iv had, if the rest are this good, I may have to be replacing my Rogue bumper stickers. (I love Portland)

After a second and third tasting of this brew, I must say Im a bit let down. The first bottle was incredible but 2 that followed a few weeks later tasted mostly like fat tire, a bit immature and tasting like brewers yeast. Not sure what went wrong here, perhaps a bad brew or something, Il have to get another bottle to try again in a few months. Oh well, Il always have the memories of that one perfect bottle....

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Had this one on tap at the brewpub as well, and thought it was a very good APA. I don't like really hoppy pales, and this one was right where I like it. It went great with the food as well, and I could easily have had another if I hadn't gotten distracted by the stout. This one's better than the ratings for sure.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a bright amber color with an off-white head, which reduced nicely to a 1 cm layer of foam. Cloudy, yeasty appearance.

S-Immdiately aromas of strong grapefruit, citrus, and grassy. Some slight fruity esters also came through.

T-Like the aromas, the initial tastes were of grapefruit hoppiness, in this case almost pungent but also citrusy refreshing. These initial hop flavors faded into a sweet and light maltiness with a very assertive bitterness on top of it. I think this beer had too much hop aroma for the amount of malt in it.

M-Decent mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation, but this beer still had a medium-light mouthfeel, almost thin. Dry and crisp finish, lending to the citrus/grapefruit flavors.

D-Moderate drinkability. Seemed to be a bit too much for my liking, in terms of these hop flavors. However, the beer eventually became more enjoyable over the period of tasting.

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tyler for grabbing this on a recent trip to PDX. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, clean copper-amber color with about 3/4 inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very pleasant blend of malt hops, nicely balanced, with neither aspect dominating. The flavor was very well balanced, a solid malt foundation, some citrus hops, a hint of pine.

The body was fairly typical for the style, full and well rounded while being clean and crisp. Drinkability was pretty good, I'd drink this regularly if it were local to me. Overall, a well made, if typical, example of the style. Worth trying when you see it.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesn't fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesn't look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head.

S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. It's heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well.

T: By gawd, smakawhat wasn't kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, there's even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I don't know at all. I'll give it some credit - it drinks like it's bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like it's bigger than 5%.

M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. It's a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - it's too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesn't fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didn't get in the way of the flavor profile.

O: Not sure how it's called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just don't expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.

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Klickitat Pale Ale from Alameda Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.