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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 39 | 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:
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 KaitouShiroi
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden color with a slight copper tinge, half-inch head that quickly dissipates into just a ring at the top, but with slight lacing left on the walls of the class.

Smell: Faint citrus notes, but altogether not much scent.

Taste: Distinct citrus and floral notes, with a lingering mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a smooth creamy feeling.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable, not too thick/strong. This is my go-to beer when out and about and not in a beer-bar, and I can drink several in an evening easily. Definitely one of my favorite non-seasonal Abita offerings.

KaitouShiroi, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a white head. There is the presence of hops in the aroma as well as some malts. The hops lend a slightly citrusy aroma. The taste is very grainy and the hops lend pleasant citrus and pine flavors. The bitterness from the hops also balances out the mild sweetness of this beer. It's just right. The body is light to medium and it's clean and dry. The carbonation isn't overpowering. Overall, this is good and very drinkable. It doesn't quite give you the level of flavor that some of the higher quality American pale ales possess, but this is still good. You could probably use this beer as a way to slowly introduce people to pale ales.

acevenom, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear, light orange; nice carbonation; 3-finger head; good lacing
S: subtle but enduring hoppy fragrance
T: sweet pale ale; tinny overtone detracts from an otherwise nice malt-hops (2:1) interplay

Overall a nice beer; thanks to other reviewers for giving some background on the connection with Hurricane Katrina.

Arithmeticus, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita, who in my opinion really ought to release two new beers (one called “This” and the other called “That”) have really impressed me without knocking my socks off with their Turbodog. Needless to say I went out and bought a six pack of the Restoration Pale Ale and drank all bar one (for this review) thinking it would be a great American Pale Ale... *spoiler* it’s not. But please do stay on and read why not.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy tangelo body with a boisterous, granted given a hard pour, cream coloured head that soon dissipates to 1cm. Looks fantastic as far as APAs go. 8/10.

S: Smells fantastic too! With fresh hop flowers upfront followed by a tasty big biscuit base middle. There is a nice spring water aroma as well (Abita have a deep well spring at their brewery). 8/10.

T: Here’s where the news is not so great: Toasted biscuit malts front to back with a citric and floral hop finish. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness, frankly it needs more of both to tango with the big boys (Sierra Nevada, Karl Strauss, Founders, Bridgeport, etc... you get the picture!). 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied and a tad on the watery side, carbonation is nice and dense though. 6/10.

D: So what we have here is a failure to communicate err, an easy drinking APA, which is fine sometimes, but MY personal preference is for a nice hoppy APA with some sweet malt balancing it out. So if you’re looking for a slightly wishy-washy APA you will likely enjoy this, good for you, give yourself a nice pat on the back, how did that feel? Good? Good. Btw I gave it an extra point here because of its sessionability. 7/10.

Food match: Tacos. Not sure why I said that, I think I just feel like tacos right now, plus this beer will work with tacos [can’t stop saying or thinking about tacos now].

doktorhops, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

glid02, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a lighter yellow color with white head. Smell is slightly citrusy with some grassiness. Taste was very similar with a bit more hops citrus. Feel was a lighter medium body with a good carbonation and some oiliness on the finish. Overall a good pale ale that I won't shy away from when purchasing.

jacobseyb, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden straw color, white fluffy head but minimal lacing

S: Light malt, Light citrus, light floral hops

T: Light malts, light citrus, light floral hops and a light sweetness.

M: Light body and over carbonated.

D: One of the weaker beers in a Abita mix pack. Drinkable, yes. Special, no.

rfgetz, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a murky light amber/yellow. The head is a pretty good sized off-white, retention is very respectable.

The website claims 20 IBU's, I'm thinking that's not too much for a pale ale, but the nose has a good citrus kick, backed by toasted caramel. Some spice and clean lager tones are picked up as well.

As I took my first sip, I thought more of how drinkable this beer is gonna be, as opposed to an abundance of flavor. The taste still sports a nice spicy bit and citrus zest. The feel is pretty thin, mild but sharp carbonation and a chalky finish keep things from being too watery.

This one wouldn't be a bad choice to introduce some hops into your macro-loving buddy's life. As it is pretty mild, but the flavor is true.

climax, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of e11iott
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:12 oz bottle. 1 Finger head, Very light color straw. The bottle gives off a generic lok, very simple.

S: Fruity smelling, maybe some carmels.

T/M: Smoth beer, nice blend of hops and small bit at the end, dry even.

D: Very drinkable, standard pale ale, but nothing over the top.

e11iott, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, amber body with a half inch, pale white head. Medium lacing. Looks decent.

Smell - Sweet and malty with some definite hops. Caramel? Nah.

Taste - This beer is sweet on the front and bitter on the back end. The hops are dry and a bit spicy. Pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is nice and the beer is a little creamy at some points. Density is perfect!

Overall - A nice pick, if I should say so. Malts and hops are balanced nicely and I would give this another go in a heartbeat.

shaunb81, May 14, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber with a nice, rather fine eggshell colored head. Crisp aroma is malty and just a little bit fruity. Flavor is strongly yeasty and somewhat woody, not quite hoppy, with some malt tones and hints of lemon. Texture is quite tingly, lively and sassy, fizzing all the way down.

Cyberkedi, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of charlatan
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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

charlatan, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours with a radiant golden color and a dense thick white head. As with so many Anita beers the carbonation is intense and clings to the glass giving it a weaker appearance.

The nose is nice but light. Lemon zest, light malts, molasses, wheat and grain aromas are evident.

The flavor is good but not eventful. Light lemon, wheat, grain, tea leaves, even rice maybe but the flavors are too light to discern much.

The feel is very light and watery, a little dry but did I say watery?

It's better than some but falls short compared to so many Pale Ales out there.

KYGunner, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive head that dissipates slowly and leaves excellent ring lace. The color is pale amber/gold and slightly hazey.

Very mild hop aroma is the predominant smell. Light malt.

This is a thinner pale ale. The flavors are relatively muted. There's a good blend of hop bitterness although it dies off quickly after the swallow.

smcolw, May 19, 2008
Photo of unclejazz
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be one of my standbys, a great session beer to be enjoyed in great quantities in the summer. I had one after a long day of work in the winter and still enjoy it for how crisp and refreshing it is, but it falls short compared to other more intricate beer. The smell is rather pedestrian, but you can smell a touch of hops. A hair of citrus that comes thru in the taste, as the beer warms up there are no new notes or more clarity. This is a step up from a traditional American Lager. Not much more than that. I do still have mad love for Abita and truly appreciate this beer helping to rebuild a city that deserves it.

unclejazz, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of IPAcraig
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack of this to compliment the jambalaya I recently cooked. It paired fairly well.

Pours a very pale straw gold with minimal head. Decent lacing despite the small head though.

THe faintest aroma of hops wafts from the pint glass.

This beer taste more bitter than hoppy, though it is fairly light in both areas. Some citrus shines though, but the malt is definitely lacking. Finishes dry and grainy.

Lightly carbonated; smooth.

A drinkable beer for sure, but I will take a number of pale ales over this one any day. Despite that, I still think this is a beer I will revisit every so often during the summer

IPAcraig, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

thagr81us, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malt and yeast. Taste is very mild, some hops. Not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good selection.

tone77, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of AlexBassBerger
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

AlexBassBerger, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Duhast500
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a pale amber with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little sweet but hard to really get a handle on. There is a slight buttery aroma with some malty grain aroma hiding way back there.

The taste is grassy with a sweet malt flavor that is balancing things out. There is a nice bit of caramel in the flavor that holds up a bit to some hop flavor that splashes here and there.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down easy. There is a nice smooth silky like way this goes down and still hits you a bit at the end.

Duhast500, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

bump8628, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold hue with minor head and lacings. Smell is faint hops and malts, not bad but not particularly strong. A decent hop taste with some citric notes and a light sweet malt taste. Finishes with a slightly dry backbite. A decent beer but it settles for mediocrity.

clayrock81, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of nukem5
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orange color that has almost no head whatsoever.

S: Definitely some bittering hops going on here with a grainy smell.

T: Taste is bitter and hoppy with a lemon grass taste.

M: Thick and almost chewy.

O: Definitely would have this over and over.

nukem5, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive poofy white head, a really hazy golden color, some nice citrus aroma. Way too much carbonation, had trouble pouring 12oz bottle into my pint glass. Took long time for head to settle.

Really zingy carbonation, detracts from the flavor. A little watery, but very drinkable. Would be good on a really hot day, but not very satisfying on a fall evening workin out in my garage. Overall a pretty watery PA, overcarbed, & wimpy on the hop flavor. Good thirst quencher, but that's about it.

Chugmonkey, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of SFLpunk
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pry-top brown glass bottle. No date.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange/orange-amber with bone-white head that stands up tall and then recedes down leaving lots of spotting.

Nose: Very orange, some thin whispy sticky pine notes. Faint, but hoppy.

Palate: Very light and crisp with hop bitterness on the finish. Body is somewhat watery but is saved by the mild bitterness. Flavors of orange and pale malt grain.

Notes: An easy sipper, drinkable straight from the bottle (I poured it into a tulip). Crisp and tasty but not epic. A true session beer.

SFLpunk, Jun 22, 2010
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.