Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 02-25-2008

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
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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull clear light golden with a thinner but tight white head,muted aromas I picked up some toasted cereal grain and mild fruity malt.Flavors are malt tilted with decent complexity,somewhat juicy and fruity upfront with a lighty sweet caramel base and toasted creal-like in the finish,as for hop a citric quality comes thru in a passing finish as well.Not bad it is not as simple as one might imagine and it goes down very easy.

Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head with consistent carbonation, a slightly dark golden color

Smell: melon, citrus, and a bit of earthy hops

Taste: light melon, light grapefruit, light hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly watery, with a slightly sweet finish

Drinkability: I have gone back and forth and back again when reviewing this beer...The taste here is subtle and faint, unlike most pale ales I have tasted. I find I would get more enjoyment out of this by sipping it slowly to absorb its taste..This beer's first impression was weak--and was most likely a C, but it grew on me after I more sips. I will get this again for a hot summer day, but it is not something I could drink a six of.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark yellow with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops and malt. Not great, but not terrible. The flavor is dirty with earthy hops and some malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am so-so about Abita beers and this one falls on the bad side of their range of beers in my opinion.

Photo of far333
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw colored with a bright white head that rises up firm and settles out quickly, but leaves a lumpy cap.

Inviting aroma of lemony, minty hops and honey malt. Flavors of doughey malt, some cinnamon and toffee, understated hops despite the hoppy nose, some cornish notes.

Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, tending slightly toward slick. Decent beer, but could use some more complexity and body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper amber colored body formnig a large fluffy thicket of off white head rising well above the rim of my glass. Head appears wth a dimpled biscuit texture and dwindles slow to leave behind specks of scattered lacing. Aroma is upfront with pine and citrus with mild caramel and a pale biscuit malt sweetness, of course the highlight here is the nice hop nose. Flavor enought bitterness to wake you up with those rolling hops giving me citrus and pine accents with a bready caramel biscuit malt presence that blends perfectly together. Really well made APA the website says they used a California ale yeast strain. This bottle states Restoration Pale Ale the brew that's listed as retired says something different on the label. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slick hop oils lubricating things up a bit, goes down easy with smooth even natural carbonation. Drinkability is really effortless the glass will be gone and you'll be ready for another as far as availability I got this one in the mixed 12 pack and I'm sure there's more of it on the way.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- slightly cloudy golden hue with short-lived off-white head

S - fresh hops; malt; floral; spices

T - refreshing; typical APA hoppiness; citrus; a bit floral. Neither sweet nor bitter, for a PA. Mild bitter aftertaste

M - thin body; medium carbonation.

D - very drinkable

Photo of glid02
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at DBA Barbecue in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of buttery diacetyl aromas Also present are very light earthy hop notes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly grainy pale malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of buttery diacetyl. Midway through the sip earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance out from the background before fading out into a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but I wouldn't entertain the thought of another.

Overall this is a pale ale with almost no discernable hops. That coupled with the (at least in my opinion) over-the-top amounts of diacetyl make this a beer that could use a bit of tweaking.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden color with some orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that a very quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very light aromas of toasted malt and floral hops.

Taste: Very much like an American pale ale. Toasted malt up front, followed by some slight caramel-like sweetness, followed/finished by a lot of hoppy bitterness. Not my cup of tea, rather my bottle of beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty well carbonated. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: Like I said earlier, this is a very typical American version of a pale ale. Malty, slightly sweet, and very hoppy. Unfortunately, because of all the hoppy bitterness, I’m not really a fan. When it comes to pale ales, I much prefer English-style pale ales, which favors malt over hops. Fans of American-style pale ales should like it though…

Photo of Abitacamz
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite local pale ales

Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Golden in color with a thick and long lasting head that actually "clumps" a bit on the side of the glass. Citrus hops dominate the smell and the taste is a good balance between the hop bitterness and the caramel flavor of the malt but in the end the hops win out and dominate the flavor. The carbonation is good and long lasting. The finish is ever so slightly on the sweet side with just a hint of bitterness and a lot of citrus..

Overall this is a fine APA but there are better choices our there for not a lot more money.

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden, with a rich, white head. Fine and ornate lacing. Great presentation!

Nose is clean floral and citrus hops, with some yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste is crisp and hoppy,too, but never sharp or bitter. I get a superlative malt backbone that supports the balance with the crisp hops.

A perfectly-executed and well-balanced pale ale. Worthy and quite good.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a nice orange color and good foam. A pretty standard pale ale.

Smell: Pine and biscuit malt. Good. Not much else going on, but it's good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit watery, but it has a refreshing pine flavor. Very well-balanced.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local wattering hole the other evening and I thought it was quite nice.
Lots of citrus in the nose. Golden pale and clear. Sent of corriander in the nose.
Lots of corriander and and citrus flavors. Crisp and refreshing.
This is my first from Abita and I like what I taste.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A light golden body, with decent carbonation holds a white head with nice lacing and good head retention.
S: Pale malts and subtle hop profiles, a bit on the grainy side.
T/M: This bland APA has notes of grass and grain. The overall taste is not that pleasing. Very smooth on the palate, almost as if it has a body of a light beer. Mouthfeel is quick and short, with not a fading hint of lingering taste.
D: I can drink it, but would not prefer it in the land of many great APAs. A let down of an APA.>>

Photo of cjgator3
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malt that is slightly biscuity with a touch of citrusy hops. Not too much going on with the aroma.  

T- The taste is biscuity malt with a hint of caramel and a touch of hops. Like the aroma, the taste is just unexciting.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good

D- Overall, a pretty average pale ale at best. Not horrible but not something i'd purchase again.

Photo of RickS95
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an golden coppery orange that's been well-filtered. Offers little head.

I think my beer was a little too cold because I didn't pick up much in the way of smell after the head died. While there were still a few bubbles up top, I picked up the citrusy Cascade hops and nothing more.

Again, it may have been too cold to tell, but if I hadn't picked up the citrusy hops in the nose, I'd bet this was a lager. Almost no taste.

Nothing happens in the mouth til deep in the finish where you pick up the hoppy bitter. There is a cleansing feel, but that's about it.

This beer, like most from Abita, has little going for it. Normal alcohol level, not much i the way of color, smell or taste. I'll pass.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  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.

Photo of mikey711
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice slightly amber huge with a big fluffy white head that was over an inch thick and retained well. Lots of carbonation rising of the from the bottom and perfectly cclear. Could use a bit more webbing but otherwise it is quite nice

S: Mild caramel and sweet biscuit smell with a mild hint of floral soapy hops

T: Slight bread nice but loads of flowery hops that almost bring out a slight bit of sourness, it does not taste like it looks.

M:Slightly rough around the edges but there is a decent amount of body

D: I probably wouldnt go out of my way to try this one again because of the overly soapy and slightly sour flavor

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a six pack of Restoration Pale Ale in a bet with a Miami alumnus (loser to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl). Proceeds of this beer goes to the Katrina relief fund, as it is the first beer to be made in Abita Springs, Louisiana after their disaster.

Appearance (3.5/5): A little on the light side for a pale ale, nice sticky lacing and a one finger head after being poured.

Aroma (3.5/5): Balance of Amarillo hops and caramel malts. Could use more hops.

Taste (4/5): Slight bitterness at first, with a malty sweetness at the finish. Citrus notes throughout.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body with a ton of carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

Drinkability (4/5): Perfect after mowing the lawn - quenching even on a Louisiana summer evening.

Photo of HalfFull
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. Pour is clear and with a light carbonation, unable to support a surface cap after a few minutes.

Faint malt nose and lightly hopped as well. Bit of grain and citrus, not much going on and a bit earthy after some exposure.

Flavor is predicted by the nose in that it is light in body. Pale malts yield a dry slightly chalky finish with a hint of orange bread and a mild bitterness. Decent balance but again very light. Medium bodied with a light carbonation tending towards being a bit watery at times. Fairly drinkable given the lack of residual sweetness, but then it doesn't really grab you with much reason to linger.

Photo of wspscott
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Crystal clear, gold color, thin white head leaves very little lace.
S: Very muted for an APA, no obvious hops. There is a hint of graininess, but not much.
T: Again, no hops. There is a little bitterness to balance any residual sugars, but there are no apparent aroma hops. Nothing at all going on here.
M: Crisp, medium carbonation for an APA, a little too much attenuation.
D: This goes down too easy, no thought required. I first had this at a friend's house out of the bottle. I think it might be better straight out of the bottle vs a glass. There is not much going on here, serve this to your BMC friends, they won't mind. A poor example of an APA, not recommended.

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earthy hop, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earthy hop, subtle fruit, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really jumped out at me on this one which made it almost one-dimensional while drinking. The aroma was the best part of this by far, but that wasn't saying TOO much. Wish some of the floral notes from the aroma would have made themselves known in the flavor. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Slight grapefruit hop aroma. A little lemon and cracker like malt rounds out the aroma.

Light flavored with a surpising amount of bitterness. I am sure this bottle is past its "Best by date" so I will not hold that against it. Not much flavor from the malt, just a little cracker flavor. On the drier side of pale ales.

The body and carbonation is the best part of this beer. Light without being watery and softly carbonated.

An easy drinking beer that is refreshing. I would like to try one a little fresher and adjust the score.

Photo of KTCamm
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden amber, on the lighter side, with foam that settles out completely. Virtually no nose, just a subtle hint of a hop. Light mild hop bitter taste, with a smooth sweetness at the finish. Quick finish, bitterness fades out. One of the mildest APAs I've had.

Quick drinker - maybe they erred on the lighter side to boost sales for the cause, which I can respect. But better brews can be had from Abita.

Photo of nimrod979
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.