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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 02-25-2008)
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Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap at the New Orleans Hilton Airport.

Hazy golden colour with a thin white head leaving lacing down the sides.

Piney herbal hops in the nose.

Same thing on the palate. Long lasting after taste.

A little thin and could use some malt backbone. Decent and worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 23:36:56 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Brandegee


3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour from bottle into Kuhnhenn IPA glass:
A: Clear pour with healthy cap of foam that quickly fades to a thin layer.
S: Very nice for an APA. Lots of grapefruit and spice.
T: Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit with a bitter finish.
M: Heavy carbonation with a slight hop syrup finish.
O: The bouquet promises more than the flavor delivers, which is probably the main problem with this Pale Ale, which is quite drinkable. The finish is a little too bitter for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:22:17 | More by Brandegee
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear amber.

S- Some lemon in the nose.

T- Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M- Crisp, bitter finish.

O- Very clean, easy drinking, but not very interesting. Spot on for the style, but just a little lifeless in the intangible sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:08:54 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of Mike_Moe


2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Golden orange color, lacy white head.
Aroma: Hoppy citrus aroma.
Flavor: Lightly hoppy with a citrus flavor up front, finishing somewhat spicy. It’s a full bodied beer with a smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not a very hoppy pale ale. The flavor is that of citrus zest, which leaves the beer with the bitter taste of orange/lemon peels. Very smooth on the tongue, bitter citrus taste at the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:35:25 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized white head and minimal lace. Aromas of pine and grapefruit are evident as soon as I pry off the cap. Bready caramel malt with a hint of sulfur provides a base for the aroma. The flavor is bready caramel with lots of light juicy fruits. Hop flavors are rather mute with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Smells like there might be some hops, but they must have turned to fruit. Easy drinking mild pale ale that I could easily session if I weren't always looking for more hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:15:43 | More by johnnnniee
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes I discovered a month later, having thought I had lost them as I left my last Wetherspoons of their autumn real ale festival.

Version recreated by Mark Wilson at Wadworth Brewery, Wiltshire.

A: straw colour; standard 'spons head

S: slightly herbal nose; slightly dried fruit

T: warm, rich, sweet start with hint of buttered popcorn gives way to gradually asserting herbal, almost minty hoppiness - very pleasant

Serving type: cask

11-27-2013 21:04:13 | More by charlatan
Photo of Slatetank


3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in pint.

The color is mildly hazed with thick 2 inch off white head, the retention is very good with a thick lace coating the glass. The smell is very lemony with a mild sweet malt aroma very fragrant with a fruity yeast ester. The feel is good with moderate sweetness and medium carbonation with a light astringency and gentle bitterness.

The flavor has a nice citrus hop flavor but it is gentle and recedes to let a mild malt sweetness step up. The taste of yeast with a slight green tea element is present with gentle element of malt graininess and a slight lemon aspect following into the semi-dry andmildly bitter finish. Overall a decent pale, pretty ordinary, but drinkable...I would not seek this out but it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:32:16 | More by Slatetank
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3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a golden straw with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a tiny one. Smells of sweet grain and slight hoppy spice. Tastes of sweet cereal grain with slight floral hop taste. Beer is carbonated right and goes down smooth with a light body. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:04:14 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance with moderate carbonation and moderate head. Fruity with cirtus hop notes in the aroma. Slightly citrus, hoppy taste consistent with pale ales. Not too complex. Mediocre pale ale. Feels slightly light and watered down. We don't think it's bad, but it doesnt take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:47:52 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as full flavoured an APA as I'd hoped, but bottle dated "best before" today - so would like to give it another shot when fresher.

Pours a pale and clear orange colour with a minimal white head that disappears pretty quickly. There is an initial hop-forward aroma of tropical fruits which is very nice, but fades to a more biscuity blandness. The flavour starts with less of a caramelized malt body than expected; it's a weak beginning but finishes with a decent bitterness and elements of pineapple & mango.

Not my favourite Abita offering, but a reasonable amount of flavour for 5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 18:59:33 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of teromous


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The body is a light shade of gold that is very transparent, and a lot of visible carbonation. It's lighter than I'm used to seeing in an APA. The head is fluffy and white, that leaves lacing rings.

S: I get a lot of citrus from the nose, more grapefruit than anything else. It's pretty mellow. I consider it fairly average.

T: Very light hop character at first, with some of that grapefruit-like flavor accompanied by its light bitterness. Then there is a subtle malt presence followed by a hint of alcohol flavor.

M: The mouthfeel has medium-wetness and just a hint of bitterness and carbonation bite. Very drinkable, but mostly because it is very light.

O: Overall I thought that the beer was pretty good. I felt that it would benefit from being a bit drier. I also thought that they could have either improved the hop character or brought out the malt a bit more to give the beer more distinction. It's not a bad beer or anything, it's just that the balance of the beer makes it feel a bit bland. Personally I think it could use more malt flavor, but I'm not holding it against the beer rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:22:20 | More by teromous
Photo of jgurley


3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold in my tulip. One finger head dissipates to a thin layer and laces well. I smell the crystal hops. Citrus. Taste is crisp up front, not much at all across the middle, and hop bitterness on the back with an odd soapy aftertaste. A fairly unimposing and drinkable pale ale. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:13:04 | More by jgurley
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of orange citrus along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and would make for a good selection if someone wants some citrusy hop flavors without the associated bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:12:06 | More by metter98
Photo of Kromes


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear gold color with nice carbonation and a thick off white head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

Toasted malt and a floral and grassy hop aroma.

The earthy and floral hop is dominant in the beer and the toasted malt provides a good balance. Sweet and just a little bit of citrus bitter from the hop. Medium bodied. The floral and lemony hop lingers in the finish.

A pretty decent pale ale here. A had it with some spicy food and it paired really well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:04:26 | More by Kromes
Photo of Omnium


3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > ST 2xIPA Glass
A - Pours a really nice golden color, very clear, nice head just under a finger, not really stellar lacing, but big deal.
S - Fresh breads, floral hops, a hint of lemon peal, wheat, some grapefruit.
T - Up front is the yeast and wheat, and not wheat in the sense of a wit or wheat beer, but just a hint of it, you get the floral hops once that fades, and some citrus flavors as well. They're light on the palate, but refreshing.
M - A mild bitterness hangs around for a little, and some of that bready malt.
O - The sum of abita is decent beer for a good price. No they dont make world class stuff, but is it reliable and inexpensive? you bet. I could drink this beer year round as just something to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:50:00 | More by Omnium
Photo of Mojo


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This one was a surprise. I have come to expect mediocrity from Abita and this one was a little above average. It pours up a deep gold/light amber with a nice one finger head. Retention is limited to a ring of foam and there is some lacing. The smell is very citrus and floral. Taste is pretty good. The hops are somewhat subdued but I get a lot of citrus. Orange, grapefruit , and aspirin. Mouthfeel is pleasant with no aftertaste. I'm glad to have had this one. I may not seek it out again, but I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:44:23 | More by Mojo
Photo of Fatehunter


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, with an almost completely clear medium straw colored body. Looks good.
Mild smell. Pick up some pine, grapefruit and honey though. What's there is nice.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and mild bitterness. The malt maintains a low sweet profile.
Medium texture with moderate carbonation. Fits the bill.
A good pale ale that lets something other than the hops shine.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 01:00:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild caramel malt and soft grassy hop.

The taste consisted of some caramel sweetness, lightly tasted bread coupled with an earthy leafy hop.

The mouthfeel was round and smooth.

Overall a decent pale ale. Nothing offensive, yet nothing too remarkable either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:25:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of kylehay2004


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body with a very slight orangey hue. Aroma is very good with breads, pale malts, earthy and light citrus hops. Very nice for the style. Nice combo of caramel malts and earthy hops. Slight resin and sour citrus hop flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little simple and "safe" but its well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:17:22 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of grittybrews


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured brilliant orange with a small cap of bright white head. Mild aroma of sweet orange and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp, light mouthfeel. Biscuit and mild toast up front with light floral hops and some stronger pine bitterness on the finish.

Clean, easy-drinking, but not too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:44:00 | More by grittybrews
Photo of nimrod979


2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lighter golden shade. Lighter than I would have expected. Small white head that didn't last too long and spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma: Not much here. Faint pale malt. and slight citrus hop

Taste: Actually starts out with some grainy,pale malt before a little spicy citrusy hops with a nice little fruity and citrusy finish. Personally, I think it's a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Grainy. Flavors don't really stand out and are muddled together and there isn't much to the finish. Nothing to really get me excited about this one and I would consider it more of a golden ale than a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:19:39 | More by nimrod979
Photo of Thads324


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden yellow, fizzy white head. Good lacing, moderate dissipation of head.
S : smells of basic bread malts and sweet citrus hops. A bit of fruit juicy hops and no alcohol.
T : starts vibrantly malty with toasted malts, then hops come in. A round flavor of grassy and guava fruit hops. Mild bitterness and caramel malt flavor at the rear. A bit less hops flavor then you would think from the strong aroma. Lots of straw like malts.
M : medium to light bodied. Mildly sticky bitterness and heavy bubbles on the tongue.

An ok beer, but a bit light and a lack of vibrant hop flavor like in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:37:26 | More by Thads324
Photo of BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle in an Abita Party Pack 12 pack. This beer has the balanced taste that you expect from a pale ale, with a complex hop flavor. However, this beer seems somewhat watered down in flavor, though not in mouth feel. The flavor definitely seems a little light compared to some of the better pale ales I have had, but it still seems to have the same consistency and mouth feel of a beer of this style. Overall, this is not a great representation of this style, but it is definitely a drinkable beer that I will not hesitate to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:00:49 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/27/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, honey, and bread. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, floral, caramel, bread, and cracker. Lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, cracker, and caramel on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good bitterness/malt balance as well. Feels watered down though. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Feels a bit watered down; but still has a good hop and malt flavor profile. An enjoyable offering, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:01:31 | More by superspak
Photo of bump8628


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a decent build of white foam that sticks in a few spots. Toasted biscuit malt flavor outpaces a tame floral Cascade hop flavor. Clean and dry. More drying bread notes on the finish. Not bad. But not really hoppy enough to be an American Pale Ale. More of an easy drinking, balanced, grainy blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 20:36:56 | More by bump8628
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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.