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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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New York

2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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New York

2/5  rDev -41.9%

12-15-2011 02:29:24 | More by jk3
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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.

02-23-2011 05:14:50 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

01-15-2012 20:07:30 | More by nickfl
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.9%

12-10-2013 20:15:19 | More by marshmeli
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2.2/5  rDev -36%

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.


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

12-17-2009 03:57:20 | More by drabmuh
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

05-29-2012 23:39:21 | More by TheResidentialOP
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

04-25-2012 21:40:17 | More by ATXRyan
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2.35/5  rDev -31.7%

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.

08-06-2009 02:03:08 | More by womencantsail
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2.38/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

04-02-2009 00:30:25 | More by wspscott
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2.38/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

04-14-2010 04:07:27 | More by beersheppard
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2.4/5  rDev -30.2%

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.

11-14-2009 20:25:57 | More by donkeyrunner
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2.48/5  rDev -27.9%

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.

08-01-2010 06:42:43 | More by matjack85
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.