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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 725
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 84 | 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 ForWhatAlesYou
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Virtually no head. Cloudy golden-yellow. Unimpressive.

S: Light sweet malts. A little adjunct aroma.

T: Not great. Buttery (not good from a bottle). Not a lot of hop character for a pale ale.

M: Cloying and buttery. Not pleasant.

D: I would not seek this one out. I've had this beer before this review and liked it just the same as I do now. Avoid. (387 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This ranks up there with one of the least drinkable beers I have ever had the misfortune of trying. This beer was a truly gross experience, seriously.

Poured from a bottle into an Abita glass. Yellowish to amber in color, carbonation low, head is broken and white and sticks to glass but leaves no lacing.

Aroma is overwhelmingly malty sweet. There is a good hop backbone in the smell as well. At this point I check to make sure I'm not drinking a DIPA, nope! American Pale Ale...

Taste....seriously? WTF is this? MALT MALT MALT MALT SWEET THICK MALT MALT MALT. Its like drinking liquid malt extract. This beer is seriously gross. I've had some terrible beers but this one. I walked to the sink on several occasions. I never poured it out but I came close a couple of times. I finished my 12 ounces and promptly got another beer to wash the taste out.

AVOID! AVOID!

This is the worst Abita beer I've had, and close to the worst beer I have ever had period. (962 characters)

Photo of beersheppard
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: golden color, almost transparent, white head, minimal lacing, well carbonated.

Smell: Nothing going on here. Some faint malt.

Taste: Lack of flavor, nothing bad, just not much good. A little caramel, black tea, mint, with a floral hop finish. Almost a light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: light on palate, with some tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: I think this was a swing and a miss. Like I said, nothing bad, just not much in the way of good. One word--void. I wouldn't buy it again. (505 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A light golden color, thick white head, almost no lacing.

S: Very light on all fronts. A slight citrus presence, and some malt.

T: Almost no hop flavor. Lots of malt with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not terrible, but not good either. (310 characters)

Photo of wspscott
2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some foam tried to sneak out of the bottle while I was searching for glassware. Very sneaky. Dark gold with a large white head. Good retention and some nice foamy rings.

Smells of citrus hop acidity. No malt. Taste is thin bodied with airy orange citrus notes. No real hop presence as far as balance. Icky seltzer-like finish.

I remember having this with Death Metal Nick a year ago and thinking, wow, this is really average. Still is. (437 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Clear and golden in appearance. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin layer. Minimal lacing.

S- Very feint, earthy/yeasty odor. Neither offensive nor inviting.

T- Weak hopiness, and some mildly unpleasant bitter/astringent flavor on the aftertaste. Not much to describe here really....

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation.

D- Not terribly offensive, but no reason to go back for more. Not even very refreshing vs. many other not-so-exciting beers.

Future outlook: Other than not being disgusting, there is nothing really positive to say about this beer. No reason for me to get this stuff again. (730 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this single, squatty brown 12oz bottle in the clearance bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date to be found.

The beer pours a nice golden/orange color with a 1 finger white head that only lasted a minute, but it did leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nice, mild, citrus hop smell - mainly getting orange and apricot aromas.

This stuff looks and smells a lot better than it tastes. The citrus hop flavors are there, but so is tons of medicinal alcohol. At just 5% abv., I wasn't expecting to taste much alcohol at all, but instead I found it was one of the major flavors here. Severely lacking a sweet malt presence for balance. The malt that is in here is not nearly enough to balance the alcohol and hop bitterness. I was very disappointed in this one.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation, but again too stromg on the alcohol taste and more unpleasant alcohol in the aftertaste.

I could barely finish one of these. Their website says they use 4 different malts in here. I just wish they would have made their presence felt more in the flavor. And with just a 2O IBU rating, its not the hoppiest beer in the world either. (1,191 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of mirish72
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a mixed twelve pack after hearing some good things about Abita.

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. The beer looked golden amber in color, with almost no head.

For an American pale ale, the taste was surprisingly flat, with almost no taste of hops. The first few sips had a bitter aftertaste.

It got a little better as I drank the rest, but I was really surprised that this wasn't better.

I felt like I was drinking a semi-flat draft after a three day bender, and it was only my second beer of the night.

Overall I was really disappointed with this beer. I am hoping for better things from their other brews. (627 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
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.>> (541 characters)

Photo of bound4er
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw to light orange appearance. One finger, white head that breaks quickly. I get Amarillo hops on the nose and some bready malt. Smells an awfully lot like the Jockamo IPA I had last night - just less intense. Tastes pretty light and watered down - some malt and a bit of piney hops but overall this is pretty disappointing. Drinkability I suppose is high given the overall lightness of this beer. Restoration Pale Ale is a nice step up over BMC but falls short in a sea of great APAs such as Alpha King, Burning River and Moon Man. (540 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper color with a slight haze. Medium white head fell quickly. Good head retention and some lacing.

Crisp hoppy smell with some citrus.

Not much flavor in this brew. A slight hop aftertaste and slightly citrus. Mostly watery.

Feels overcarbonated as I have been drinking it. Mostly the rear of the roof of my mouth gets the sensations of the carbonation.

It would be easy to drink on a hot afternoon in the sun. (432 characters)

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Golden orange color, lacy white head.
Aroma: Hoppy citrus aroma.
Flavor: Lightly hoppy with a citrus flavor up front, finishing somewhat spicy. It’s a full bodied beer with a smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not a very hoppy pale ale. The flavor is that of citrus zest, which leaves the beer with the bitter taste of orange/lemon peels. Very smooth on the tongue, bitter citrus taste at the end. (413 characters)

Photo of unionturf
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with a small head, lacing is minimal during the drink. I was disappointed in the watered down thin taste if this APA, I was hoping for more. Taste is mostly malt with a little hops taste, but after swallowing little real taste remains which is why I think it taste watered down. Not a "bad" beer but id I'm going to spend money on a brew this would not be it. (385 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Beat served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear light amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a few puddles and a small collar of residue and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a grain malt, floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with hints of a mild caramel and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

The taste was very lightly bitter from start to finish with a hint of orange peel early on and a mild hoppy ending. The flavor was very short lived, fading very quickly after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a watery texture and a super mild carbonation.

Overall a very light tasting brew that had very little flavor other than a very faint hoppy presence, which did not last long... (752 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance with moderate carbonation and moderate head. Fruity with cirtus hop notes in the aroma. Slightly citrus, hoppy taste consistent with pale ales. Not too complex. Mediocre pale ale. Feels slightly light and watered down. We don't think it's bad, but it doesnt take it to the next level. (302 characters)

Photo of roblowther
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light slightly pink gold color with a hint of head, lacing on the surface of the beer rather than on the glass, really. Strong floral hops, smells also of pine and melons. Smells like springtime. Taste is surprising. Tastes like melons and bandaids. The fruit slides away and you're left with a sharp hop aftertaste, not bitter really but more astringent. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and tries to be soft but comes off a bit watery. Not too drinkable, the aftertaste doesn't really make you want more. If it tasted like it smelled, they'd have a real winner. As it is, an interesting experiment and cheers to Lauer for the tasting. (632 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant, polished copper with a big head and ample carbonation.
First notice is swett malts in the nose..grainy with spicy notes of hops and a little yeasty breadiness going on.
Taste was a bit on the initial dissapointing. Some grainy malts mixed with bitter, not necessarily pleasant hops.
Metallic and a bit of skunkiness coming through. (350 characters)

Photo of Jablonski
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with an average sized head which dissipates quickly.

S: Quite a weak smell: citrus hops, malts

T: The malts are stronger than the hops in this brew. It's slightly hoppy up front with the malts rushing in quickly. The finish almost tastes like cherries to me because it is so sweet.

M: Average carbonation, slightly above average thickness

D: Not great tasting, but it has a low ABV. (417 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold color with a creamy cloudy 1 inch head; smells of light malt and faint citrus, but not much to the smell.

Tastes of hops, citrus and slight floral hops, with a sweet malty dry finish, but no real burst of flavor. Zero carbonation, very light and crisp, with a slight bitterness and an overall medium taste and feel to it.

A very enjoyable beer that does not have a ton of flavor and lacks any true hop punch normally found in a pale ale, but it goes down very smooth and is a beer to indulge in all night. (529 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light copper color , produced a thin white head, below average retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this APA is a little underwealming, some soft hints of fresh baked bread, and a slight note of citrus (lemon). Medium in body, this apa has a base of malted grain, some sweet caramel flavor and faint citrus hops. Dry finish, overall, decent session beer but it is an average at best example of an APA. Prost! (488 characters)

Photo of blklab2007
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle poured a brassy amber color with a thin off white head that fell to a ring in the glass quickly. aroma has caramel malt, sweetness, and light spice. mouth feel is average and there is fairly good carbonation. flavor has a malted body with caramel, spices, and some minerals. finishes withlight bitterness and spices lingering. (333 characters)

Photo of JamesS
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very light yellow color, more pils/lager than APA, but it did have some nice initial head and some decent lacing, to help its appearance out. Clean scent, but not strong with anything, just a slight hoppy scent that it took several sniffs to get to. Very weak taste, more malty and lagerish than hoppy pale alish, although there was a slight bit of English tasting hops at the end. It is very smooth, though, although that's one of its few positive notes. I would not stop anyone from trying it, though. (512 characters)

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.