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Fenway Pale Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-27-1999)
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice white and foamy head thT was surprisingly vigorous. The beer itself was a golden and clear color that looked fairly nice. The smell had a sort of orange and citrus note that had a nice and malty/bready smell to it. The beer tasted similar to how it smelled. The taste had orange rind notes and the malts had a strong presence that were similar to caramel. The mouthfeel is a little bit thick for an APA and waS .edium bodied. The overall feel was a little off because of how thick and velvety it felt. Overall, a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 20:35:51 | More by HattedClassic
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color, brilliantly clear. Rocky white head retains extremely well and leaves behind tons of sticky, foamy lacing.

S: Grainy malt base with light hints of toast. Hops are predominantly floral with subtleties of soft pine and citrus rind. Other vague fruity scents come out from time to time too.

T: Cereal grains, toast. A touch steely. Modestly bitter hop punch. Floral and oily hop flavor, grapefruit rind, hints of pine. Finishes with a drying graininess and a pronounced lemon pith bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Full and very creamy in the mouth. Blast of abrasive carbonation scrubs the palate clean. Some light hop astringency.

O: A very solid American Pale. A great partner for a classic hamburger meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 14:40:06 | More by ryan1788a5
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

First time Ive had their stuff bottled. I remember the blueberry being decent, the rest rather non descript.

A: Cloudy pale copper. A sticky looking head. Some lacing,

S: Very yeasty smelling, reminds me of my homebrew. Not much hops, some biscuity malts.

T: Taste brings more than the nose. Some piney/herbal hops, and cereal light biscuit malts. A lot of chico strain yeast notes. I appreciate unfiltered but this yeast doesnt really add much character other than tasting like white bread.

M: A nice full mouthfeel high caronation, Sessionable.

O: Very very average, tastes like a homebrewed pale ale, from an amateur. I can taste yeast offnotes probably from substandard temperature/fermentaion procedures. Its got a decent balance of hops and malts but really nothing to be impressed with. Hopefully better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:55:09 | More by BigCheese
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ricchezza

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light copper with minimal head.
Aroma is earthy/piney hops balanced with a bready/caramel malt.
Poured from a refrigerated bottle and allowed to warm to room temp.
Lightly carbonated. Taste is very similar to aroma. Perfectly balanced with a lingering bitter finish.
Goes down smooth and easy. I was surprised to see on the bottle afterwards that this beer is 5.8% abv; with the ease of drinkability I would have assumed less alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 13:25:22 | More by ricchezza
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fenway Beer Works. Served in a pint glass.

Fenway Pale pours a copper colored body with a very slim white head.

Aroma has notes of citrus hops with a sweet malt background.

Citrus hops up front, specifically notes of grapefruit. Bready malt background cuts slightly through the bitterness making for a pretty balanced brew.

Medium carbonation and body.

Solid beer from Boston Beer Works. I would be open to having this one again when I end up back there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 20:14:28 | More by BennyL1
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: This one pours amber in color with a white head.

S: Smells rather bland. Seems to be mostly bready malt with a light floral and grass hop note. Maybe some toasted malt and toffee.

T: A very grassy hop flavor. Light bitterness with some yeast and bready malts. Also sort of bland. A very faint fruit note in there somewhere, maybe we'll call it citrus peel.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Rather lackluster and unenjoyable pale ale. I'd skip this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 02:27:49 | More by womencantsail
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at Canal Street, and served in a pint glass. The beer is an auburn-copper coloring, with a thin, white film cover that clings like crazy. Slight sweet malt aromas (crystal?), with a light hint of hops. The flavor is all malt, with a slight roasty and smoked character on the lateral tongue, and a sour profile that actually makes the mouth water a bit. The aftertaste is tangy and sour, with bitterness that is the only hint of hops throughout the brew. Syrupy and astringent finish. Not good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 03:47:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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abgba121

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy light amber, with thin head and lace

S: smell almost a little stale and like corn chips

T: Sweet up front and through the middle the hops and bitterness chine through and hold with a slight bitter finish

M: somewhat thin to medium body, good carbonation

O: an alright IPA, though no discerning qualities that set it apart

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 05:21:54 | More by abgba121
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber color with a good sized head of about two inches that falls down quickly but leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is light grains, hints of a small citric hop profile, touches of bready grains and a smooth biscuit like touch. Clean and very crisp taste, starts with a light touch of hops and follows through with nice bready malt character that comes through cleanly on the palate and offers a decent amount of balance. Nice and light, well carbonated body makes it a breeze to drink and seriously one of the most well rounded pales in terms of solid drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:57:33 | More by mikesgroove
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flexabull

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a slight white head.

Light citrus, lemony, with some sugary malts.

Lemon citrus with a sweet matt backdrop. Simple tasting with pretty hoppy citrus flavors, as mentioned, mostly bitter and lemon like, with a crisp dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little bit watery. Not bad though.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's simple, but tasty enough, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:51:40 | More by flexabull
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Have had this beer many times at different beer works, and am now reveiwing from a recently bought 6 pack.

Pours a orangy copper body with a chunky white head that only hangs around for about a minute or so.

A fruity aroma with a hint of hops. Overall smell appears to be not to strong, very light.

Taste's of grapefruit, hops, roasted malt, and a little touch of lemon. Could be a little more bitter IMO.

Very drinkable. Only 5.8% alc (bottled). Mouthfeel isnt anything special but very nicely carbonated. Could drink a whole mess of these!

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-01-2011 01:39:31 | More by Stockfan42
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - vibrant medium copper color, with a thin white head.

S - prominent grapefruit hops, some toasted malt notes, and a bit of vanilla.

T - good malt up front with a bit of a punch from the hops and crisp finish.

M - medium/light body, not watery, but light.

D - pretty easy to drink, but not necessarily so good that you want to keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

12-21-2010 20:11:00 | More by ColdPoncho
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a complementary and not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

12-10-2010 02:43:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a foamy head that fades to a rocky skim. Nice rings -- wish the color was darker, but still a pretty beer.

Some dusty malt and light hops. Some pine.

Some sweet fruit that leads to piney hops, then the sugar disappears. This brew dries out, pleasantly, as the malt evolves. Some toasted malt bitterness and hop bitterness intermingle and finish that way. Nice balance. The thing I notice the most is that this beer tastes fresh -- I mean brewery fresh in the bottle.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Bought a 6, tentatively. Glad I got this much. Malty, hoppy, decent brew. Easy drinking. Try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

10-01-2010 22:40:08 | More by OtherShoe2
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into imperial pint glass. Color was a dark amber with a think off white head. Constant streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. The head clung to the sides a bit. Initial aroma was a bit piney hoppy, but then mellowed out a bit of floral sweetness. Taste also started out as hoppy, but finished fairly plain, maybe with some white bread taste. Felt bizarre in the mouth. My toungue felt slightly fuzzy and the mouth felt dry. Beer also felt a bit watery. The mouthfeel pretty much killed this as far as drinkability goes.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-23-2010 22:33:08 | More by mountdew1
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a darker than light copper color with a thin ring of dark beige head.
Smell is light and crisp of hops.
Taste is lighty hopped with some malts near the ending. Its easy downable.
Finish is too quick and unmemorable.
Drinks well and is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-07-2010 22:14:52 | More by ThaBobfather
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Ezone024

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours really nice, amber with lots of fizz and 1 inch head. Lots of retention and lacing.

aroma of nut and pale malts.
a bit nutty for a pale ale in my taste.

has good hop characteristic through out however is more malty than hoppy.

not a bad brew i guess especially if you're a sox fan

lets go mets!

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

05-07-2010 19:18:22 | More by Ezone024
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aerozeppl

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Table and Vine.

A: Mostly clear golden color with just a touch of copper. A thin amount of white head with a little bit of lacing.

S: Just a touch of citrus. Malt right behind that. Not that complex a nose but decent enough for the style.

T: Little bit of bitterness on the front of the tongue. It comes across as "hoppy" without giving anything specific beyond that. Nice amount of malt.

M: A touch on the thin side. Nice subtle carbonation.

D: An easy drinking pale ale. It says 55 IBU on the label but I never really got that much. A decent drinker and if I remember correctly the price was good.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-28-2010 23:18:39 | More by aerozeppl
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color. Moderate head that settles to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Leaves some slippery, spotty lace.

Smells like a well-balanced pilsner; lots of caramel and a touch of hop bitterness.

Far more bitter than the smell would indicate--it dominates the buttery dry malt flavor. The aftertaste is bitter without any of the subtleties of the finer hop varieties. For the style, this has a rich body with an expected level of carbonation. Overall, a very pleasant APA.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-27-2010 21:29:41 | More by smcolw
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

muchos gracias, portia99. an excellent beverage.
fields of yellow poppies without any associated haze of pollination floating about. I run forth, nose and mouth filled with a sweet malt and soft hop combination. the bitterness is distinguished, like hugh hefner, pipe and smoking jacket, but not vulgar. sweet start to finish, a little lingering business from the hop salesman. a satisfying treat.
thanks for adding this one, bill.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

01-29-2010 02:11:16 | More by olympuszymurgus
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light amber with nothing floating whatsoever. The head fizzes up to about half a finger but quickly dies and is not really creamy at all. A cloud stays atop the beer but is very thin except for on the edges of the glass. Lacing is pretty light but the suds from each sip take a long time to fall back down to the beer. Smell is mostly sweet pale malts to me. I do get a bit of earthy and citrus hops in a rather weak (strength) smell. Taste is about the same as the smell. A decent malt backbone, some sweetness to them, just standard light DME like taste. There are a decent amount of hops of the earthy and mostly citrus type. A small amount of hop bitterness aside from the flavor. There is a weird almost rusty taste that kind of throws this off for me but is still a nice taste. A pretty standard version of an APA. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Light body with medium-high carbs and a nice smooth finish. No warmth or alcohol presence, as expected. The aftertaste is pretty much just malt with a bit of citrus hop. Drinkability is good, very easily finished, pretty solid taste, goes down smooth with nice ABV. This is definitely a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

01-21-2010 23:25:03 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had many of their beers before, drinking them at the before a Red Sox game. Now they finally made it into bottles, but picked the wrong beers to bottle IMO. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass as I only feel does it justice.

A: Pours a decent 1 finger airy head that diminishes semi quickly, but somewhat holds up well due to the bubbles rising from the bottom thanks to the etch in the glass. Its a crystal clear pale amber orange color, almost a perfect color for an APA.

N: Some light hops tickle nose. A slight noble hop aroma, with some grassy effects, and very light hints of citrus. A slight malty aroma also comes through. Very light on the nose, and almost impossible to detect.

T: More bitter than I thought. It has a pretty strong bitter taste, but the hop taste is almost nowhere to be found. A very slight spicy hop taste, but thats about it, all just earthy bitterness. Some syrupy malts and malt extract like tastes. It has some strange sweetness from these and is not very tasty for a micro pale ale.

M: Somewhat light body, lots of carbonation, and slight sticky feel.

F: Finishes pretty bitter still, and very dry. It would be a pretty refreshing like beverage if it didn't have that overwhelming bitterness and strange syrupy sweet taste. Even the syrupy taste seems to stick around for a bit and takes some away from the tastes. The slight grassy and spicy hop tastes come back through again very late on the finish when the bitterness calms down a bit. This beer is better on draught, from what I remember, but not by much. Boston Beer Works has quite a few better beers.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

01-02-2010 21:17:17 | More by jlindros
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the Canal Street Beerworks after the black Friday Bruins game.

Dark, clear copper color with a thin skim retention. I was hoping my pale ale would be more...um, pale. Smells like wort. I asked our server if this was dry hopped when I ordered, she said yes but I'm not buyin' it. No hop aroma at all.

Taste is fruity cracker malt with some hop spice. Got a little buttery as it warmed. Malt driven pale.

Overall, not what I had in mind. I was hoping for a balanced, maybe mildly hopsided pale ale to take the sting out of shootout loss to New Jersey. This is just a horribly inoffensive, dumbed down pale for mass appeal to the Garden crowd. Boo, hiss.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

11-28-2009 05:01:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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cheapxceptbeer

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As I was drinking my first beer, their ipa, I saw they had a pale ale on cask and I had to make sure they meant English style pull cask, they did. The last time I had something on cask I was in Southwold, England having a pint of my favorite bitter Adnams Broadside, so I was excited.

A- Came with a niced head, lacing was incredible my entire glass was stuck with white foam on the inside.

S- This is not the best part of any cask beer, I am not sure why but you don't get an aroma with cask ale.

T- This is a solid pale ale, definitely a session ale and this beer is much better because it is served at the proper temperature, chilled, not ice cold. I think that some BA's may not understand this but refrigerated beer, even a few degrees warmer than refrigerated beer does not allow the flavor to develop. Anyways this was your regular apa, nice bitterness that was balanced by the malt.

M- This is the best part, carbonation was minimal but there, a creamier mouthfeel you will not find, easily the best part of the cask experience, the temperature felt so right, it was like I was in England again.

D- While creamy mouthfeel makes you think hard to drink, the low carbonation, coupled with the well balanced flavor and medium body make this very drinkable, a true session ale, on cask at least.

Serving type: cask
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

04-09-2009 15:52:05 | More by cheapxceptbeer
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bsend

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a 22 oz. glass by my waitress.

The beer has a really dark color. Deep mixtures of brown and red. Surprising for a pale ale, but it really made it that much more appealing. Very small to non-existent head was present.

The beer provided no real distinct or unique aroma. Pretty standard offering here.

The taste is exceptional. Despite the dark color, light flavor with hops. This beer is pretty refreshing and pairs well with most of the food on the menu.

The mouthfeel was adequate. Light carbonation made it easy to enjoy this, and get the full experience.

This beer has a lot of drinkability. Great beer to have with dinner and beforehand whiel you wait for a table.

Final Thoughts - The pale ale really is the all star of the bunch. Great tasting beer that goes well with dinner or just as a session brew. A first time trip to Beer Works should include at least one of these ordered.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

03-22-2009 22:15:54 | More by bsend
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Fenway Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.