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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | 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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3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

hrtbts, Wednesday at 09:23 PM
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

tikk, Tuesday at 07:52 PM
Photo of WillWillows
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured an orange skin color, decent head, the bouquet is hops and you can smell them from the crack. Taste is good in the mouth, nice back of the tongue tang. It is hoppy and may not appeal to milder hopped drinkers, but this is good enough for two if you are out. Better poured than in the bottle.

WillWillows, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Anaxagoris, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Beerman3607, Oct 16, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

macon337, Oct 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

sbrock22, Oct 08, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -7%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +17.4%

frlrv1020, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

pdonovan16, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

WallstreetB, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

KeyWestGator, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Beerbuddha, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ScubaSteve00, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a one finger thick head with short retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of fresh oranges, biscuit malt, spearmint.
Hoppy flavor with citrusy notes with grapefruit, oranges, pine cones, mild caramel and slight toasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Amazing how they could do this with just 25 IBUs, it doesn't seem right. It may help to be a few kilometers away from the brewery, though.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This APA is crispier and more refreshing then a Pilsner and packed with citrus flavors. That is how I like an APA, non-sweet, non-exaggerating body and forward on citrus or tropical hops. Excuse me, now I have to go back and get a full 6 pack.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.4,25 Cj.4

FLima, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

waddellc2, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WoostaBia, Sep 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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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…

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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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
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1.9/5  rDev -44.8%

JayNat, Sep 05, 2014
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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.