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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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 rx-beer

Puerto Rico

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

09-03-2013 00:10:43 | More by rx-beer
Photo of roblowther


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

09-09-2009 00:03:53 | More by roblowther
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

08-27-2008 06:43:34 | More by unionturf
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

07-14-2013 04:47:52 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

10-08-2008 23:24:34 | More by dmamiano
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%

[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...

04-23-2012 18:55:06 | More by KajII
Photo of Jablonski


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

06-05-2009 00:19:26 | More by Jablonski
Photo of SAtaMi


2.88/5  rDev -16.3%

Appearance - Cloudy yellow to gold with an amber hue clears after
it rests

Smell - A citric, hoppy, and may i say grapey smell

Taste - Like the smell the taste has a citrus flavor with a
bitter after taste from the hops

Mouthfeel - A bit heavy maybe some what toothy but thats not a
bad thing

Drinkability - An ok beer but if you do not like bitter hoppy fruity
beer this is not for you or me for that matter

05-22-2010 07:19:16 | More by SAtaMi
Photo of JamesS


2.88/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

09-21-2008 15:25:07 | More by JamesS
Photo of nimrod979


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

08-19-2012 02:19:39 | More by nimrod979
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New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

09-08-2009 03:24:07 | More by CHickman
Photo of blklab2007


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

11-05-2008 04:27:44 | More by blklab2007
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.9/5  rDev -15.7%

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!

04-06-2012 17:13:36 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of JasonNelson

2.92/5  rDev -15.1%

08-15-2014 00:10:03 | More by JasonNelson
Photo of NODAK


2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

Aroma is pretty faint for style, but I can pick up floral hops and a bit of biscuit.

Taste is very tame for style. There's the floral and citrus hops, but nowhere near the abundance you'd expect in most APA's. A very mild creamy malt is there as well as an undercurrent. Hops are present but restrained on the finish. Pretty clean in the end, even a bit watery.

Not the most impressive APA out there, that's for sure. Sure it's drinkable, but if you're aiming for flavor I'm going to say you should give this a pass.

11-25-2010 04:24:11 | More by NODAK
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2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

Eye: Clear golden orange in color and appearance, Head is a foamy white with great retention, size, and pretty good lacing.

Nose: Good malt backbone, but pretty bland with the hops. Weak grassy and citrus hop aroma. Malt character is somewhat grainy. Overall just a bland and weak aroma. Now that I've taken several sips of it I notice that there is something really unpleasant in the aroma, can't put a finger on it though, it is moderately offensive.

Tongue: As like the aroma the flavor is pretty bland. Some malt sweetness mingle with some grainy type of flavors and are balanced out by hop bitterness. Hop flavor is somewhat piney, spicy, and citrusy, more of a mix of both I think. Still, just average, run of the mill, nothing close to being special.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Somewhat dry on the palate with a normal type of body for the style. Nothing special, just average. Really not impressed by this one...it does nothing for me whatsoever. It is not outstanding in flavor or aroma. This isn't really one that I'd like to kick back and drink, nor would it be one that I'll readily try again. Really, in my opinion, this just isn't worth your time...too bland and no real character.

06-27-2008 03:36:14 | More by becktone
Photo of Zraly


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

Golden orange with two finger head. Faint notes of malt and grass.

Crisp and relatively clean, this pale ale is pretty standard. There is a nice, momentary back note of biscuit but other than that, it is pretty straightforward. Decently balanced and easy to drink, although there might be better pale ale "standards" out there for knocking several back (i.e., Sierra Nevada Pale Ale).

Not great, not terrible. Probably good on a hot Louisiana night.

04-22-2011 19:54:37 | More by Zraly
Photo of budgood1


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a hazed, dirty looking sort of light rust colour. minimal head and lace. muted, simple aroma of crackery malts and grassy hops. some bread and butter malt base flavour with a requisite light slap of bittering hops to finish. hopping is all grassy and slightly coarse. light bodied. thin, crisp mouthfeel. IMO this has a high slammability because of it's sessionable nature. quenching with just enough flavour to be enjoyable i'm sure on a hot and humid summer day/evening. overall just average, but for the price it's a fair and reasonable pale ale.

05-08-2011 19:38:47 | More by budgood1
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

I've seen this beer around the state before but just popped up in my local beer store so it made its way into my mix-a-six. Pours a light golden color with a fluffy head to it.. some lacing down the glass. Faint hop smell to it. Medium body to the beer, a tad watered down it seems.. just that faint hop bitterness to it and that's about it. High on drinkability but nothing really special or standing out on this one, just the usual run of the mill pale ale all breweries feel obligated to put out... Not bad, but I would pick like 20 other pale ale's before this one.

08-20-2009 23:56:53 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


2.98/5  rDev -13.4%

A. Pours a straw color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.
S. Mild hops with a strong malt background.
T. Hops are present, but very mild; I'd like them a bit more robust for an APA. Nice bready/biscuit malt background. Alcohol manages to work its way through even though its only a 5%.
M. Fairly thick with restrained carbonation.
D. A bit thicker and lighter (in terms of hops) than I'd like in an APA. I wouldn't buy again, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

05-12-2010 03:58:30 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of ralree


2.98/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Fairly clear gold ale. Decent head, but short-lived and doesn't lace.

S: Hops, brown sugar, sugary malt.

T: Heavy on the bready taste with a very strong hop flavor. A little metallic. Taste doesn't stick around after swallowing at all. Mainly bread, grain and hops, not much else for flavor. Would be massively improved with some fruit.

M: A little watery, very dry. Not that great. Carbonation is fine.

D: Drinks like a soda. Not my idea of how a beer is supposed to drink.

02-28-2009 03:53:07 | More by ralree
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours dark yellow with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops and malt. Not great, but not terrible. The flavor is dirty with earthy hops and some malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I am so-so about Abita beers and this one falls on the bad side of their range of beers in my opinion.

01-25-2010 19:54:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of dankjohn


3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-09-2013 00:29:03 | More by dankjohn
Photo of elBecko


3/5  rDev -12.8%

03-23-2013 19:41:03 | More by elBecko
Photo of cjgator3


3/5  rDev -12.8%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malt that is slightly biscuity with a touch of citrusy hops. Not too much going on with the aroma.  

T- The taste is biscuity malt with a hint of caramel and a touch of hops. Like the aroma, the taste is just unexciting.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good

D- Overall, a pretty average pale ale at best. Not horrible but not something i'd purchase again.

04-04-2010 00:49:47 | More by cjgator3
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.