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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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 far333


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw colored with a bright white head that rises up firm and settles out quickly, but leaves a lumpy cap.

Inviting aroma of lemony, minty hops and honey malt. Flavors of doughey malt, some cinnamon and toffee, understated hops despite the hoppy nose, some cornish notes.

Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, tending slightly toward slick. Decent beer, but could use some more complexity and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:37:36 | More by far333
Photo of morimech


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Slight grapefruit hop aroma. A little lemon and cracker like malt rounds out the aroma.

Light flavored with a surpising amount of bitterness. I am sure this bottle is past its "Best by date" so I will not hold that against it. Not much flavor from the malt, just a little cracker flavor. On the drier side of pale ales.

The body and carbonation is the best part of this beer. Light without being watery and softly carbonated.

An easy drinking beer that is refreshing. I would like to try one a little fresher and adjust the score.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:40:26 | More by morimech
Photo of SickGnar


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Between golden & pale copper (closer to golden), clear with perhaps just a few fine floaties. Fair number of bubbles rising to the small-medium eggshell head that disappears quite quick while leabing some fair lace.

S: Biscuity & grainy pale base malt with a hint of low C sweetness and a touch of caramel. A step behind the malts are citrus hops with grapefruit & soft lemon standing out. A ghost hint of estery & fruity yeast note muddles it up a bit (which is odd if they used Cal. Ale yeast). Overall it is simple in profile, fair for strength, and generally alright.

T: Soft grainy, biscuity, crackery malts with just a touch of sweetness & caramel, and a hint of husk at the edges. Citrusy & pleasantly grassy hops with decent flavor and fair to mild bittering. Grapefruit & a hint of pine linger lightly in the finish. Smooth overall, not a lot going on either in amount or strength, but it is refreshing and pleasant.

M: A bit under medium body with CO2 over-matched some, but with nicely soft & fine texture that gives its expansive mouthfilling a very cushiony feel. Soft and almost smooth up front with just a enough bite on the back end to be refreshing. Even & short finish, neither sweet nor very much drying. Small feel, but nice.

D: An uncomplicated, light, easy-drinking pale. Almost lager-esque, or perhaps a hint kolsch-like with the soft grainy aspect. Not in the big leagues for an APA, not even close, but it is a good big steps above light lager macro swill. Good for a hot day or with pub grub.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:31:27 | More by SickGnar
Photo of mralphabet


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Light amber with hint of orange. About finger and a half worth of head the fades pretty quickly, settling to a nice ring with pretty good lacing.

S: I'm getting more malt with a touch of caramel, strangely not much hops going through.

T: Taste matches the smell pretty closely... more sweet malt and caramel... the hops makes a little appearance at the finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. This one tends to lean to the malt side...

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer but not what I was expecting from a APA.... Just a little confusing but overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 16:15:04 | More by mralphabet
Photo of jmdrpi


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short bottle, with best by date stamped on neck, hard to see.

appears a clear golden color, with some amber highlights. bone-white head. hops dominated aroma, earthy, a bit of citrus. hops rule the taste as well, but not overpowering. subtle pale malt. drier finish, not much aftertaste. medium body, medium carbonation. works well - its easy to drink, but not too thin.

overall, a decent beer for a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:51:27 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of IPASetter


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I took my first sip of the beer I thought it was quite tasty and a decent APA but as the bottle went down it began to seem a little watery to me and not much flavor. Overall I would give it a B- and would have it again but nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:53:33 | More by IPASetter
Photo of argock


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ernst Cafe (New Orleans, LA) for $4.

A: Pleasant golden-amber with ample 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and respectable lacing down the glass.

S: Nice citrus, pine hops aroma with mostly pale malt. Grapefruit and pine with some floral character round out the hops component.

T: Good flavor with hoppiness taking the lead with pine and grapefruit smacking first followed by a lighter floral touch. Pale malts with a bit of caramel. A pretty good APA.

M: Light in body for the style with a fairly short pine and grapefruit aftertaste.

D: A pretty standard APA, definitely in the West Coast mode. Enjoyable but simply hits the mid-range of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:47:02 | More by argock
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the table a light copper body with a good, filtered clarity and sporting a thin, somewhat fizzy-looking, white head. Very thin lacing on the way down.

Smell: Not a particularly potent nose, but notes of mildly bready malts, dried leaves, and lemon peels are present. Also, a bit of additional fruitiness perks up as it begins to warm, though, like the other scents, it's a tad light.

Taste: Light bready malt character and hint of grain with a small amount of caramel candy sweetness. Leafy, citrusy hops with a touch of lemon oil. Medium bitterness. The tastes of leaves and lemon dominate the latter half. Finishes dry, relatively crisp, and clean with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A very simple, though light and easily drinkable beer that would pair with a wide range of food due to it's relative lightness -- let's just leave it at that.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 23:11:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of WMEugene


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly orangish gold color with a thin layer and minimal lacing.

S - Lightly hopped with slight floral and citric notes. Some light malt notes with a hint of caramel.

T - Mix of citric hop flavors and light pale, biscuity malts. A little piney/grassy hops as well.

M - Nice carbonation, smooth finish. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable.

O - A pretty standard, slighty-above average APA. Enjoyable and solid, but it doesn't amaze. A good bet if you want a basic APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:18:37 | More by WMEugene
Photo of iadler


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. Nice lacing is left behind.

S- Carmel and bready malt, faint citrus hops with notes of orange and grapefruit and some floral hops

T- Caramel and bready malt, orange, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops and fresh cut grass.

M- Medium carbonation and low to medium body. Has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry and clean.

O- Very drinkable but on the lighter side of a pale ale. Maybe it's an older bottle, as the hops are pretty subtle. Still an enjoyable APA that would be great for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:28:17 | More by iadler
Photo of Tballz420


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LIghter-orange colored brew, small and short-lived white head tops off a mostly clear body with a bit of haze. Sweet malt scent with some bittering hop. Light malt start, some bittering hop to end it, maybe a bit of lemon and grass. Medium bodied. Nothing too complex, but theres nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:58:23 | More by Tballz420
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lazy, hazy light copper color into a standard pint glass.

Light citrusy, appley nose, I get some cola-esque notes as well. Typical of Abita beers, the malts are pretty distinctive and make themselves known.

Yup, malty for an APA...light carmely flavors. Hops are not very heavy and there is not much carbonation.

A very sessionable beer, nothing overly spectacular. Would probably buy again, but like the Golden and Jockamo offerings from Abita better.

Very cool that $1 from each sixer goes to help rebuild NOWLA...hence the name!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 04:28:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Kromes


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear gold color with nice carbonation and a thick off white head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

Toasted malt and a floral and grassy hop aroma.

The earthy and floral hop is dominant in the beer and the toasted malt provides a good balance. Sweet and just a little bit of citrus bitter from the hop. Medium bodied. The floral and lemony hop lingers in the finish.

A pretty decent pale ale here. A had it with some spicy food and it paired really well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:04:26 | More by Kromes
Photo of david18

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was part of an Abita promotion that featured a number of other beers as well. I didn't love this but it wasn't bad and was probably my favorite among the bunch.

Appearance was a light straw. Good carbonation with a white fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was bready with a little bit of hops. Not overwhelming but nice overall.

Flavor as well was quite refreshing with a good balance of ingredients but nothing outstanding anywhere.

A decent pale ale that's worth getting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 19:21:44 | More by david18
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice head that faded into decent lace. Pale yellow.

Smell: Crisp, clean, slight hop and citrus presence.

Taste: Light and clean malty on the front with subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable nice easy going pale ale that could be considered refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 14:40:01 | More by mbenthall
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates relatively quickly. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish it. The smell has a mild hoppiness with hints of citrus fruit cutting through. This beer kinda sneaks up on you. First few sips just seemed like a watered-down pale ale, but then I started to notice a subtle mango and honey in the taste. It's actually a very delicious beer -- perfect for a hot day outside in the summer when you want a beer with just a little bit of a kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 13:48:30 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an average beer all around. It has a pretty light body, but that's fine for a pale ale. The aroma and flavor would be pretty good for a pale ale, but fall short of the ideal for an american pale ale. The bitterness is there with a touch of hop flavor, but again, not quite enough. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale, but nothing remarkable really. Drinkability is a tough one. I could drink a lot of it, but it's not really a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:02:42 | More by drseamus
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love the glass they serve this with on tap. Pours a nice golden color with good head and lacing.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt and bitter citrus hops.

Taste: Nice cereal bread-like character and juicy caramel offset by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice, a little heavy for the style, perhaps a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Simple but pleasant, and for a good cause. A bit heavy for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 16:35:19 | More by craytonic
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull clear light golden with a thinner but tight white head,muted aromas I picked up some toasted cereal grain and mild fruity malt.Flavors are malt tilted with decent complexity,somewhat juicy and fruity upfront with a lighty sweet caramel base and toasted creal-like in the finish,as for hop a citric quality comes thru in a passing finish as well.Not bad it is not as simple as one might imagine and it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 23:46:59 | More by oberon
Photo of beerphan


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> tulip

Pours a pale orange with some golden highlights. A small white head settles quickly to a puddle of suds. Random splotches of lace. Carbonation appears slight.

Nose: Grass along with some citrus.

Medium to full body. Light bready maltiness is quickly overcome by a medicinal bitterness and grassy semi-citric flavors. The bitterness is not offensive but more present then the touch of malt.

An average beer that I could drink all night and not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:57:43 | More by beerphan
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a nice orange color and good foam. A pretty standard pale ale.

Smell: Pine and biscuit malt. Good. Not much else going on, but it's good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit watery, but it has a refreshing pine flavor. Very well-balanced.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:05:02 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of EagleTalon


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin sudsy head and gold-amber color. Aroma is malty and sweet with a floral hops background. Flavor is light and balanced. It has the typical American Pale Ale characteristics, just not as loud as some other brands. A malty, refreshing beer that's a good alternative to Abita Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 03:43:42 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of LacquerHead


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Sam Adams pint

The smell wasn't as lively as I would have expected.

It tasted simple in nature. It was somewhat dry, with tangy hops. I wasn't picking up too much bitterness. The malts were good. They provided a caramel-esque backdrop. I wouldn't say this beer was sweet though.

It was drinkable mainly because of its simplicity.

Conclusion: a basic pale ale that was enjoyable. It had all the characteristics of the style. To me, this beer was a little drummed down on flavor to be a solid hit.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 22:08:25 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of theghost3


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this and decided to review it once it was finished off.

The appearance is golden with a slight orange tint, minimal white head, and some lacing. It smells malty with a hint of oak. The taste is sour & bitter, a little like grapefruit with some malts. Some aftertaste. The mouthfeel is refreshing, but with a bit too much acidity. This is a rather drinkable beer--very fresh and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:17:41 | More by theghost3
Photo of jneiswender


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-marshmallow like head, thick; cloudy yellow body.

S-citrus like smell

T-jolly rancher like taste, some citrus and flower like hop finish

M-light body

D-okay beer. nothing bad but nothing really spectacular. I would drink this beer again if given limited options.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 15:53:05 | More by jneiswender
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.