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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | 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 johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Pours a bright, hazy orange with two finger foamy head.

S- Pretty strong citrus scent, smells like a citrusy IPA, light floral aroma as well.

T- Starts out a mild citrus taste and finishes with a mild bitterness. Some caramel sweetness is present as well. A little sweeter than most pale ales I've had.

M- A little watery on the finish

D- Lighter, sessionable pale ale, just a little too watery for me to seek it out again

Hoptometrist, Mar 21, 2011
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

sliverX, Nov 04, 2008
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.

patreely12, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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)

Jadjunk, Oct 30, 2011
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.

Retroman40, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

DrinkSlurm, May 03, 2012
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

CityBoy1986, Mar 20, 2009
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 delta490
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

delta490, Nov 09, 2014
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.