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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 61 | 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 outoffocus
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#133. Part of my Abita party pack that I have been slowly (but surely) hacking away at over the past few weeks. This beer was originally brewed for Louisiana's hurricane relief fund but has since become a year-round offering. There is no freshness date to be found on the bottle or label.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A rigorous pour yields a 2 finger depth head of a heavy froth consistency. Head retention is quite nice, receding slowly and leaving behind generous lacing behind at the surface as it thickens. Head is an off-white cream tone and thick like sea foam. Beer color is a hazy golden-amber with significant speckled matter littered throughout the glass. I can see through to the other side, but there's a lot of sediment to be seen by the naked eye in this beer. This looks like an interesting beer but some of the crucial parts of appearance have been well satisfied, giving this beer a high rating in terms of appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma is reminiscent of a mildly hopped American IPA. A mild pale malt backbone is paired with a blend of citrusy hops, leaving a grapefruit and lemongrass tone dominating the nose. Unfortunately, potency is a weak factor in this aroma, and doesn't improve much with warming. Nose is well balanced and pleasing to the senses. 4

(Taste) This is an interesting turn of events. The hop character has significantly dwindled, leaving what I can best describe as mildly unfresh fruit tones, but the malt base is still there and leaves the beer mildly sweet. The flavors in this beer are only about half of where they should be, the characters in the end lacking the body needed to keep this beer from tasting slightly watery and spotty in taste. Aside from a pale malt base followed through with a lingering faded floral tartness (and maybe a touch of honey and yeast) in the finish, there is little other content to discern in the taste. Despite being far from terrible, it's a genuine drag as compared to what I had anticipated in the nose. Taste is about average. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mildly prickly with carbonation in the front but with a smooth, mildly creamy midsection. Body is a light and alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation could be reduced a notch without negatively impacting the beer, it is admittedly too much in some spots. The sediment doesn't come through in the mouthfeel, much to my relief. 3.5

(Overall) Foiled again! This is a beer that has delivered in appearance and aroma but fallen through on taste. I'm determined to try it again in the very near future for a second opinion (take me seriously here folks). The taste just didn't deliver what the nose had advertised, and would have been an excellent beer otherwise. Either way, I would recommend this beer solely on the factor of it being one of Abita's best brews I have reviewed thus far regardless of how this batch turned out. My one suggestion: get it as fresh as you possibly can so that you can truly experience the hop and fruit flavor. Hopefully the upcoming Turbodog won't have similar results. 3.5

Abita Brewing Co.'s
Restoration Pale Ale
B- (3.43)

Photo of Vengeance526
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an Abita Party Pack...

Pours a clean medium golden color with a minimal white head and only small amounts of lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine and a bit of malt.

Taste opens with light hops and follows with notes of orange, some honey and light caramel malt. Pretty crisp and evenly balanced and the aftertaste isn't as bad as I initially thought after the first sip.

A little light, maybe a bit watery at times but mostly medium bodied and leaves a good hop impression on the tongue. Fairly refreshing and one I could easily drink in session. Probably one of Abita's better offerings.

Photo of jaredtp
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been a long time since I have had this beer. I know that I liked this beer, but I honestly do not remember much about this beer. I know that I liked the taste to it, I also liked the smell to it as well. But other than that I do not remember much about it since it has been so long since I have had this beer.

Photo of grittybrews
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice light gold / amber color with about one finger of a yellowish white head that dissipated quickly to just the edge of the glass
has a bright floral hop smell
tasted light, refreshing, with the same floral hop taste being prominent with the obvious slight bitterness
had a decent feel in the mouth not thin but also think just average
was nice to drink would make a nice social beer

Photo of patreely12
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pale, straw color. white foamy head, about a finger tall. retains pretty well leaving some spotty lacing. quite a bit of carbonation.

S - pale malts. slightly sweet with a buttery aroma and some toffee. a good bit of grassy hops.

T/M - really simple blend of caramel malts and grassy hops. starts slightly bitter with the hops and smoothes out with some of the sweetness of the malts and some citrus notes.. light, almost watery body and a lot of carbonation. slightly dry finish, with is typical for the style.

Overall this decent representation of the style but I've had better. goes down very easily, and would be sessionable if the flavor was more solid. I was expecting more from Atiba and ended up somewhat disappointed. This is worth a try though.

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 teromous
3.44/5  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.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. No freshness date is on the bottle.

The pour is a clear golden with a tall off-white head. The head quickly fades to a foam, and there is little lacing.

The nose is of sweet malts, a bit of citrus and some earthy notes. The taste is more of the same, but the biscuit flavour comes out more than in the smell. A mild bitterness is present.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and it ends with a dry finish. Drinkability is good--there is nothing in the beer to hinder it.

Unfortunately, I cannot give this beer as high of a score as I wanted. It's just an average pale ale. I do have to wonder why I cannot find it in Mississippi.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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 doktorhops
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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].

Photo of Electros
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden hay color with good foamy head. Smells of slightly fruity hops, but not good fruity. Like purple haze but hoppy?...
Taste is very mild hops with more malts than hops. Slight fruity taste to go with the smell. Overall, ok APA. Nothing to go crazy over here but worth a try to help with the hurricane restoration...if they are still doing that...

Photo of acevenom
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There are a lot of good qualities in this beer. Unfortunately taste isn't one of them. It has a beautiful orangey gold body with a nice thick white head that leaves some small sticky lacing. The aroma is nice as well with a little biscuit and some nice floral and citrus hops notes. The taste though is almost completely absent with just faint malt sweetness. There is a decent weight to the body but just a little too much carbonation.

Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.