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Double Pale Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Double Pale Ale
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89
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2010)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Note: This is a review of Beer Works Pale^2, the newest release in their 4pk overtime series. If this is not the same beer, then mea culpa.

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Golden/amber color with a good amount of chill haze that begins to clear as the beer warms. Fluffy and creamy looking bone white head. Retention is very good. Lacing forms thin rings that plaster themselves to the glass.

S: Pithy and floral hop aromas, notes of pulpy tropical fruits such as mango, lemon, and white grapefruit. More playful scents of passion fruit, kiwi, and honeydew melon begin to emerge. half baked and doughy yeast character. Doughy and honeyed malt base.

T: Sugary and tropical hop flavors up front. White grapefruit with sugar, lemon peel, mango, honeydew melon. Raw doughy yeast blends into the doughy and honeyed malt backbone. Another dose of bitter, leafy hops come to the foreground. Sweet sticky bud. Touch of alcohol toward the end. Honeyed malt and leafy, bitter hops linger on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Doughy and creamy texture with a chewy feel. Carbonation scrubs lightly. Gritty hop astringency, slight spike of alcohol warmth.

O: Yet another example of citra hops used the right way (I'm beginning to think there might not be a wrong way). That tropical and sugary yet leafy and bitter citra hop dichotomy takes center stage, but is supported well by the raw and homemade yeast character and some doughy malt flavor. In my mind it draws parallels to Southern tier Live and maybe even some Treehouse offerings in that regard. This is easily the best beer to emerge from the Overtime series so far, but it's been a sleeper in the market. Don't pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 16:47:30 | More by ryan1788a5
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a bit of haze. Decent head but leaves a minimal amount of lace.

Beautiful floral aroma. This is what one wants from smell: attractive and inviting.

An exceptionally wel-balanced, highly hopped beer. The initial flavor is mostly lightly toasted malts with a touch of sweetness. The bitterness slowly seeps in, although it never overwhelms. The body is full and the carbonation is low. A subtle and complex beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 19:35:51 | More by smcolw
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway in a stemmed vase. Not sure a 7.5% ABV warrants a smaller serving glass though.

A: The pour was amber in color with a tight white head.

S: Some sweetness and citrus, with malt tones in the background.

T: More bitterness than a standard pale ale but not in IPA territory. Some sweetness and citrus, with malt tones in the background

M: Medium bodied, not watery.

O: I usually get the Back Bay IPA, which is good, but I liked the DPA better. I had two of them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 21:52:09 | More by ExtraStout
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longpondbeerman

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the family Thanksgiving gathering, I got a growler of this delicious double pale ale from the Salem Beer Works.

It pours an ever-so-slightly cloudy rich gold with a medium off-white head.

The smell is hops, and more hops, with faintly grapefruit and piney undertone. The taste is exquisite. Nothing cloying -- maybe just a bit of bitter aftertaste. Good mouthfeel (clean and smooth)

Well done, Beer Works. This is your best.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2012 18:13:23 | More by longpondbeerman
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a golden-yellow coloring with a filmy, white coating of head on the surface. Resiny, green, basil nose. The flavors have a solid caramel malt backbone that carries a tangy kick at the end of the palate. The backbone supports a resiny, bitter, hoppy overtone. The aftertaste is bitter and spiced, with a tangy, bitter finish. Tasty brew, and very easy to drink despite the heavy flavor profiles.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 02:46:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a large pint glass.

The color is deep orange with a finger of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty darn fruity with the hops giving off some citrus fruit aroma. There is some grapefruit mixed with some touches of pineapple and some piney aroma in the nose.

The taste is again, big hops with more citrus flavor. There is some nice malty flavor that comes out after a couple of sips. Getting used to the bitterness there is some slight bready flavor here that is in the middle before being pushed away by hops again at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but is balanced more toward the hop bitterness than toward the malts. This is pretty drinkable but did surprise me with how bitter it was at first.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 23:03:48 | More by Duhast500
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Salem location!

A - Poured a bright, cloudy gold with a two-finger off-white head, leaving lacing rings throughout the glass while drinking it down.

S - Smell is of a plethora of citrus fruits (pineapple, mango, lemon, orange peel), with some toffee like malts, and hints of pine.

T - Taste is of bright, citrusy hops (mostly pineapple and orange), and a light amount of bready, toffee like malts to keep things in check. Somewhat dry finish, leaves a lingering bitterness afterwards. Nicely bitter without being too in your face about it, and remarkably drinkable for it's ABV.

M - Medium bodied, with crisp, moderate carbonation. Despite being a stronger IPA/Double pale with a bit more malt content, it doesn't have the sticky sweet thickness commonly found in the style, which makes it more refreshing to drink.

O - Coming from Seattle where I'm used to PNW hop bombs, this is a nice "east coast" IPA that will please all IPA fans. Surprised that I haven't heard of this one with how good it is, but hopefully I'll get a chance to have more of it while I'm out here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 03:13:45 | More by Flightoficarus
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Canal Street location.

Pours pale orange with a hint of yellow/green. Light carb and decent lacing.

First whiff is potent hops, clean and bright. As I drink it down, I lose the aroma in the fried food pub smells.

This beer is really (surprisingly) delicious. It's potently hoppy, much closer to a DIPA than a pale. Big grassy hops, and super-dry, yet the flavor is really bright. Even has a touch of booze in the flavor. There is little to no malt backing, which probably contributes to the dryness.

The mouthfeel is slick and sticky, with a wicked bitter finish. But the earthy, bright hop flavor sticks as well.

This is a superb brew, and it really shocked me. Beer Works does IPAs well, and it's somehow a little bit under the radar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 01:39:06 | More by stonermouse
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: The pour is a pale amber color with a finger of white head.

S: An intensely fruity aroma with lots of peach and apricot, maybe some pineapple too. There is just a bit of herbal character and quite a lot of grapefruit. Some sweet malt in the background.

T: Sweet bread and toffee flavor up front followed by a strong hop flavor. As with the aroma, it's very fruity with lots of peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. A somewhat mild bitterness, but very nice pine flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Probably the best beer on-tap at my two trips to Beer Works. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 18:45:28 | More by womencantsail
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msheridan03

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped through the Logan airport and had an early lunch. Pleasantly suppressed to find a micro-brew, especially this seasonal brew.

Fairly strong for a pale ale. At first has a full body with what guessing I'm Fuggle Hops and a nice sweat finish.

Finding something other than Sam Adams in an airport (and free wi-fi) in a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 15:58:19 | More by msheridan03
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ChugsMugs

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in to wet the mouth before the DMB show last night.
A light golden brown with thick creamy head. Lacing gripped the edges beautifully. Strong bitter fruits, grapefruit, orange peel, and some rich florals. Bam! Hops galore, simcoe? reminded me of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. Rich in the mouth with a great bitterness in the swallow. This one was good enough to make me buy another immediately.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 22:09:39 | More by ChugsMugs
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Canal St location today with Caitlin and Colleen for some post-Museum of Science grub and grog. Their bier menu said this was a high-gravity, well-hopped bier. I went for a 22oz draft at $6.25.

My stange was filled with a dull, golden colored liquid. Had a touch of bronze amidst the muted hues. Head was creamy and white, with the fine bubbles ebbing slowly but never leaving the stage. Lacework in the glass was quite attractive. Aroma was replete with citrus; mostly grapefruit but with some apricot to sweeten things up. Body was solidly medium, and the feel was satiny smooth on the tongue.

There was some sweetness detectable in the flavor, with subtle toasty malt present. After that? Hop city, baby! Loads of 'em, with grapefruit leading the way along with the aforementioned apricot throwing a curveball into the mix. Things get a little resiny, too, with some pine topping things off. Solid all the way. Though this was called a "double pale ale" on their menu I feel it should be a DIPA due to the plethora of lupulins. Tasty by whatever name... Prosit!!

4.45
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1221

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 23:58:00 | More by Bierman9
Double Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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