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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | 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 ortie


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-30-2013 01:20:34 | More by ortie
Photo of jda007


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-20-2012 01:29:54 | More by jda007
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-16-2013 17:16:25 | More by DMB
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-19-2014 17:42:25 | More by drbenderdo
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-17-2014 22:02:09 | More by SkinniePost
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-01-2013 05:27:09 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of Slatetank


3.51/5  rDev +2%

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in pint.

The color is mildly hazed with thick 2 inch off white head, the retention is very good with a thick lace coating the glass. The smell is very lemony with a mild sweet malt aroma very fragrant with a fruity yeast ester. The feel is good with moderate sweetness and medium carbonation with a light astringency and gentle bitterness.

The flavor has a nice citrus hop flavor but it is gentle and recedes to let a mild malt sweetness step up. The taste of yeast with a slight green tea element is present with gentle element of malt graininess and a slight lemon aspect following into the semi-dry andmildly bitter finish. Overall a decent pale, pretty ordinary, but drinkable...I would not seek this out but it is worth a try.

10-03-2013 23:32:16 | More by Slatetank
Photo of tigg924


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: medium head with consistent carbonation, a slightly dark golden color

Smell: melon, citrus, and a bit of earthy hops

Taste: light melon, light grapefruit, light hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly watery, with a slightly sweet finish

Drinkability: I have gone back and forth and back again when reviewing this beer...The taste here is subtle and faint, unlike most pale ales I have tasted. I find I would get more enjoyment out of this by sipping it slowly to absorb its taste..This beer's first impression was weak--and was most likely a C, but it grew on me after I more sips. I will get this again for a hot summer day, but it is not something I could drink a six of.

02-07-2009 05:58:49 | More by tigg924
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild caramel malt and soft grassy hop.

The taste consisted of some caramel sweetness, lightly tasted bread coupled with an earthy leafy hop.

The mouthfeel was round and smooth.

Overall a decent pale ale. Nothing offensive, yet nothing too remarkable either.

12-01-2012 22:25:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of zdk9


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Pours out with a full finger of head and a body the color of well tarnished gold. Lacing in rings like a tree trunk betray how large my sips have been.

S- Smells piney, chalky, wood dusty. There's some good hops in the aroma.

T- Tastes piney, and a bit minerally, but not as much as the aroma had. A bit of spice reminiscent of rye bread. Could use some more punch in flavors, but nothing off or bad here.

M- Fairly dry, which is kind of interesting, in a nice way.

O- A decent APA. Nothing too powerful or hoppy to write home about, but one that would be a great non-thinking beer to have a couple of.

10-24-2011 05:10:43 | More by zdk9
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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice creamy white head that persists for a long time leaving good lacing on the glass.
Smell is of grain/ cereal upfront with some nice fruity herbal hops in the back
Taste is of pale malts, bread and delicate hop presence with some citric, earthy and herbal notes. Small bitter aftertaste follows. Nice clear and dry finish.
Body is very light with medium carbonation. Drinkability is high making this very sessionable.
Overall a good, drinkable, clean and well balanced pale ale but nothing to write home about.

01-05-2011 23:37:02 | More by paulozanello
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

It amazes me that most score this thoroughly average while I've seen so many other average or mainstream beers scored so much higher. This poured a 2" custard head with quite a long life. The body is a clear golden yellow with the tiniest of bubbles on the move. Smells kind of BMC with grass and corn yet nicer, stronger. The taste mirrors the smell, a little sweet, and has a mild hoppy finish. Mouth is smoother and richer than BMC though. To me this is kind of an every man's beer, close enough to BMC the mainstreamers can drink it yet crafted enough that the rest of us can still enjoy it along with them.

08-02-2012 08:51:35 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Clear pale. Clean and golden. White head settles out relatively quickly, leaves thin cap over beer all the way to the end. Little to no lace, retention is fine.

S: Minty, slight citrus hop aroma. Very clean and pleasant smelling. Slight sweetness from malt, not all that apparent however.

T: Not that much flavor compared to smell. More hop aroma than taste. Honey like malt sweetness. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation steadily bubbles all the way through to the bottom. Not sticky, but flavor resides in the center of the tongue pleasantly.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable. Flavor is subtle, and carbonation is well diffused throught, making it nice and drinkable.

This best way to describe this beer is pleasant. It may not have any overarching features that make it stand out, however it is very balanced and subtle. This could easily become a spring and summer go to brew.

02-27-2010 01:42:41 | More by MisterTiat
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Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +2.9%

Not as full flavoured an APA as I'd hoped, but bottle dated "best before" today - so would like to give it another shot when fresher.

Pours a pale and clear orange colour with a minimal white head that disappears pretty quickly. There is an initial hop-forward aroma of tropical fruits which is very nice, but fades to a more biscuity blandness. The flavour starts with less of a caramelized malt body than expected; it's a weak beginning but finishes with a decent bitterness and elements of pineapple & mango.

Not my favourite Abita offering, but a reasonable amount of flavour for 5% ABV.

07-13-2013 18:59:33 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of far333


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

02-19-2010 03:37:36 | More by far333
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-17-2011 19:40:26 | More by morimech
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

03-02-2012 00:31:27 | More by SickGnar
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-31-2011 16:15:04 | More by mralphabet
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

06-01-2010 23:53:33 | More by IPASetter
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3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-16-2012 01:18:37 | More by WMEugene
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

07-21-2011 02:58:23 | More by Tballz420
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.