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Fenway Pale Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-27-1999)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

puboflyons, Jun 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 27, 1999
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SuomiHobbit, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 12, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sammy44
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

sammy44, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
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

mcarroll10177, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of heather625
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

jmz62565, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of BennyL1
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

BennyL1, Oct 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

jh1982, Jan 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Roguer, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Ezone024
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

Ezone024, May 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mlefebvre7, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

NorseKaiser, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of goz
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

goz, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Gusler, Dec 26, 2002
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

DaKur, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

mountdew1, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of HattedClassic
3.63/5  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.

HattedClassic, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Yellolab2010, May 31, 2014
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Fenway Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.