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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 67 | 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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Ratings: 704 | Reviews: 237
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3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle in an Abita Party Pack 12 pack. This beer has the balanced taste that you expect from a pale ale, with a complex hop flavor. However, this beer seems somewhat watered down in flavor, though not in mouth feel. The flavor definitely seems a little light compared to some of the better pale ales I have had, but it still seems to have the same consistency and mouth feel of a beer of this style. Overall, this is not a great representation of this style, but it is definitely a drinkable beer that I will not hesitate to drink.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/27/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, honey, and bread. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, floral, caramel, bread, and cracker. Lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, cracker, and caramel on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good bitterness/malt balance as well. Feels watered down though. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Feels a bit watered down; but still has a good hop and malt flavor profile. An enjoyable offering, very sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bump8628
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a decent build of white foam that sticks in a few spots. Toasted biscuit malt flavor outpaces a tame floral Cascade hop flavor. Clean and dry. More drying bread notes on the finish. Not bad. But not really hoppy enough to be an American Pale Ale. More of an easy drinking, balanced, grainy blonde ale.

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great session APA. It has a bunch of the appropriate APA hoppy bitterness but it is easier drinking than most.

It looks pretty, like these usually do, and it ia aromatic. The taste is right where it should be - hoppy, not much malt and very little yeast. Very sessionable.

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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

(Not sure if they recently changed their recipe, but the brew is listed as 5.1 % abv on bottle dated best by 10/28/12)

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. The head had decent retention, eventually fading to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of citrus hop upon pouring. Mixed the citrus were some notes of biscuit, caramel and a very light pine.

Taste – A very dry and doughy flavor meets the tongue. It has only the tiniest caramel sweetness upfront, which rapidly disappears as the taste moves on. A very dry but lightly hoppy citrus taste comes to the tongue and brings on some bitter. In the end a dry slightly bitter biscuit taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy for an only 5.1 % pale ale brew and is quite nice. The lower level of carbonation accentuates the creaminess, although some extra carbonation level would have added a bit more excitement and complexity to the brew’s more bland taste.

Overall- the look, aroma and mouthfeel were all really very nice. Unfortunately the taste was not the greatest. It was somewhat bland.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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