Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 731
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 24.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 11/23/14. 5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but I am getting some earthy characteristics that add an element of dirty citrus fruit to the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body with a very slight orangey hue. Aroma is very good with breads, pale malts, earthy and light citrus hops. Very nice for the style. Nice combo of caramel malts and earthy hops. Slight resin and sour citrus hop flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little simple and "safe" but its well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of orange citrus along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and would make for a good selection if someone wants some citrusy hop flavors without the associated bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a frothy head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Grainy and somewhat floral

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing grainy aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy hop flavor joins with a floral quality to produce a mellow finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not as bold as I like my pale ales

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What I always respect about Abita's beers is that they are always fully and cleanly attenuated. This beer is no different.

The beer begins simply enough while emitting a pungent, sharp scent of pine and orange rinds from the hearty hop additions. The hop character translates directly to the flavors and on into the clean, bitter mouthfeel and leaves a mild, resiny taste deep into the finish.

Right behind the hops lie a firm, cracker-like malt profile. Caramel sweetness and fruity esters make me think of more English-style pale ales but the beer's texture is a fully attenuated crisp texture with some hints of fresh grains throughout. The fruitiness accompanies the hops all the way.

Somewhat grainy and metalic at times with some shadows of papery oxidation but the beer is by and large holding up nicely. Alcohols are mildly warming, otherwise difficult to detect. Could the beer handle a bit more malt? Sure but not at the sacrifice of drinkability. Maybe a bit on the heavy side for a true session beer, but this beer is about as drinkable as can be expected of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This must be Charles II's favorite American beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, light bready toffee, and a touch of mixed greens. The taste brings in more of the same, but with everything watered-down, lacking in much character. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a meek little pale ale, one that seems like it's trying to be something lighter, more approachable, but just ends up coming across as weak and overly unassuming.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready and hearty malt character that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness comes in and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance making it something you can drink for a long time.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly based amber with a white head. Nose is citrus and hops. Flavor is smooth with citrus. Doesn't get overbearing. Nice acidic bitter tone. Feel is good on carbonation. Liquid is nice. Very nice to drink. No offense, but this one is a surprise. I'm actually considering seconds.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper amber colored body formnig a large fluffy thicket of off white head rising well above the rim of my glass. Head appears wth a dimpled biscuit texture and dwindles slow to leave behind specks of scattered lacing. Aroma is upfront with pine and citrus with mild caramel and a pale biscuit malt sweetness, of course the highlight here is the nice hop nose. Flavor enought bitterness to wake you up with those rolling hops giving me citrus and pine accents with a bready caramel biscuit malt presence that blends perfectly together. Really well made APA the website says they used a California ale yeast strain. This bottle states Restoration Pale Ale the brew that's listed as retired says something different on the label. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slick hop oils lubricating things up a bit, goes down easy with smooth even natural carbonation. Drinkability is really effortless the glass will be gone and you'll be ready for another as far as availability I got this one in the mixed 12 pack and I'm sure there's more of it on the way.

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Photo of smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive head that dissipates slowly and leaves excellent ring lace. The color is pale amber/gold and slightly hazey.

Very mild hop aroma is the predominant smell. Light malt.

This is a thinner pale ale. The flavors are relatively muted. There's a good blend of hop bitterness although it dies off quickly after the swallow.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- slightly cloudy golden hue with short-lived off-white head

S - fresh hops; malt; floral; spices

T - refreshing; typical APA hoppiness; citrus; a bit floral. Neither sweet nor bitter, for a PA. Mild bitter aftertaste

M - thin body; medium carbonation.

D - very drinkable

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Photo of drabmuh
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex aroma that boasts of pale, Munich, and bisquit malts. It has a slight hop bitterness as well as a wonderful breadlike character. The taste is good. It has a dry, bisquity flavor that boasts of pale malts and hops. It goes down smooth and finishes dry with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking APA. It has some malt complexity and just the right amount of hops.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- nice orange color with some lacing.

Smell- slight floral scent but no hops that I can detect.

Taste-I am expecting some hops but can't find any just some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- not much going on here.

Drinkability - I could drink more than one but I don't think I want to.

Probably my least favorite beer from Abita.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized white head and minimal lace. Aromas of pine and grapefruit are evident as soon as I pry off the cap. Bready caramel malt with a hint of sulfur provides a base for the aroma. The flavor is bready caramel with lots of light juicy fruits. Hop flavors are rather mute with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Smells like there might be some hops, but they must have turned to fruit. Easy drinking mild pale ale that I could easily session if I weren't always looking for more hops.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malt and yeast. Taste is very mild, some hops. Not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good selection.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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