Fenway Pale Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 07-27-1999

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by blackheartbilly:
Photo of blackheartbilly
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After touring Fenway, I thought I would sample a beer at Boston Beer Works.
The server asked me what I wanted and I said "Something with lots of hops." I asked for the IPA and he suggested the cask-coditioned Fenway Pale.

A: Hazy,dark golden.

S: Medium hops, I wasn't overwhelmed. Slightly malty.

T: The taste was good, but not as wonderful as expected. I wanted hops and got an average- somewhat unbalanced hops, with malt. Actually tasted like my own homebrew!

M: I looked at the glass, and saw no bubbles. No carbonation I guess, kind of flat.

D: Not worth the price of admission I guess. I wish I had got the IPA. But this would be a beer you could have a few of and still walk.

I assumed cask-coditioned would mean a better beer. Boston Beer works sparked my appreciation for beer back when I was in college, so I will always love their beer. The Fenway Pale Ale is an average beer. If you are there, get a specialty beer like a saison, or the oatmeal stout, or the best beer the Irish Cream Stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear amber with a sticky ring of lace.

Smell: A blend of caramel and faint fruity esters, evident hop also in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and clean with an assertive hop bitterness, nice rounded maltiness ... a little fruity, a little caramel and a bit more malt. This brew finishes very well with a drying grain and hint of lemon.

Notes: More than yer standard American Pale Ale, a classic among the locals ... very good drinking.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper in color with a short-lived and non-lacing layer of whitish head. Hard to discern the smell, but there's a well-balanced mix of citrus hops and some sweetness. Flavor seemed off...unbalanced and a touch of sourness near the end. Finished with a grainy/husk-like aftertaste. I much preferred the cask version from the Canal street location.

Photo of sammy44
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Description on menu: Cask conditioned Fenway Pale Ale with Liberty Hops.

I guess since it went out of the way to mention the additional hops the regular Fenway PA didn't have the Liberties.

Served in a pint glass with a small white head that didn't hang around and a really nice reddish orange color. A little bit of haze to the beer. Smelled of hops, hops, and more hops. Lots of pine and floral to the hop aroma. Taste was a little skewed, not really very balanced, did pick up a bit of whiskey taste from the wood. Mouthfeel was heavy, very little carbonation.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served on tap at the Fenway Boston Beer Works

A- dark golden brown with nice tight white head

S- some hops, a good clean smells

T- wonderful; smooth crisp clean hoppy upfront smooth and crisp in the back end

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- I got a few of these after a red sox game man this is one good beer

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish copper with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with sweet malt and floral hints. The taste is very malty for a pale ale and it works well. The m/f is medium,alittle heavy for p/a, and the flavors mix well. This is a damn good beer for the summer and it shouldn't be overlooked.

Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of puboflyons
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

Something must have changed since the Bros reviewed this one in 1999 and gave it a "Very Good" rating.

I get a cloudy orange pour with a fizzy head that dissolves fast.

Aroma is buttery but beyond that I pull in some yeast, pale malts, and a mild hop note. Smells more like a mash rather than a final product.

The body is light to medium so that's OK.

The taste is bland concoction of pale malts with a fairly forward hop note but it still tastes a bit off.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of goz
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour - thick creamy white head atop a hazy golden brew. Aroma is malty, with a hint of flowery hops in the back. Flavor starts sweet, malty, small fruitiness, follows with a good mild hop ending which brings it all together. Very well balanced offering.

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as poured, is a translucent deep ruby red with a prominent head and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Sweet caramel, malt make up the pleasant nose with the start sweet and the top skinny. Finish has a nice hop spicy bite, moderately carbonated, dry long lasting aftertaste and a decent beer all around.

Photo of mountdew1
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I honestly thought this beer was a red at first. It has a nice copper color. There was not a whole lot of head but there was some nice lacing. The aroma was citric and floral with a little bit of a roasted tone to it. For an APA it was a little weak in the hops department. There just seemed to be a lot of malt to this beer. I liked it though just not really true to the style. Light bodied and easy to drink.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of gentlebubbles
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a warm spring evening in the biergarden at Canal St.

A dark wildflower honey brown. The brilliant white of the low head looks strange over the brooding, muddy cloud in the glass. That's not bubbles clearing, neither. I have a bad feeling about this as I scent malt syrup on the wind. Despite the heavy syrupy scent, it's startlingly light-bodied, thin, and fizzy. Once the sweetness clears, the only clean taste emerges, a tingling grapefruit.

No, sorry, I don't like this at all. It tastes like half a grapefruit buried under a box of brown sugar. The cloudiness reminds me of a comment I've read about the "sticks and twigs" school of American cask. And why does there have to be Cascades in everything?

There's nothing pale about this ale. It's too hoppy for a brown. They should have called it a mild.

Photo of abgba121
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Photo of jlindros
3.14/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 09/30/05 at the Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA.

Copper, amber with a tan head. Nice carbonation and decent lace. Nice balanced aroma with citrus hoppiness dominating. Well balanced flavor that tastes as it smells. No overpowering hoppy bitterness like many APAs. Medium bodied and light creaminess with a nice bitter finish. As good as I remember the contract brewed bottle version being a few years back... yummy!

Per BBW website: Fenway American Pale Ale
A quintessential American pale ale, brewed with a blend of American hops. This copper colored ale is well balanced and pleasantly bitter with a spicy-citrus hop aroma, produced by a blend of Cluster and Cascade hops.
Season: all Color: copper Alc./Vol: 5.0%

Photo of ricchezza
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Fenway Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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