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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of wspscott
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Crystal clear, gold color, thin white head leaves very little lace.
S: Very muted for an APA, no obvious hops. There is a hint of graininess, but not much.
T: Again, no hops. There is a little bitterness to balance any residual sugars, but there are no apparent aroma hops. Nothing at all going on here.
M: Crisp, medium carbonation for an APA, a little too much attenuation.
D: This goes down too easy, no thought required. I first had this at a friend's house out of the bottle. I think it might be better straight out of the bottle vs a glass. There is not much going on here, serve this to your BMC friends, they won't mind. A poor example of an APA, not recommended.

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.

Photo of jmryan8
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of mattyrubes
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear amber.

S- Some lemon in the nose.

T- Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M- Crisp, bitter finish.

O- Very clean, easy drinking, but not very interesting. Spot on for the style, but just a little lifeless in the intangible sense.

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of tikk
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of MrJolly
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of depechemode1983
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light clear golden orange color. Has a white foamy rocky head with good retention. Lacing is moderate to none.

S - Smell is of light piny hops and grains. Maybe some sugars as well.

T - not too much. grasses, very little citrus/piny hops and a bit of sugar sweetness. ehh.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D/N Not too tasty. Drinkable but not satisfying. Average beer here. Nothing special. I would skip it if i were you.

Photo of ATXRyan
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of GuitarIPA
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Vengeance526
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an Abita Party Pack...

Pours a clean medium golden color with a minimal white head and only small amounts of lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine and a bit of malt.

Taste opens with light hops and follows with notes of orange, some honey and light caramel malt. Pretty crisp and evenly balanced and the aftertaste isn't as bad as I initially thought after the first sip.

A little light, maybe a bit watery at times but mostly medium bodied and leaves a good hop impression on the tongue. Fairly refreshing and one I could easily drink in session. Probably one of Abita's better offerings.

Photo of abrand
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack poured into a pint glass.

The Restoration Ale pours an amber color with a nice frothy 2 finger head and plenty of retention/lacing. Smell is mostly fruits including raisins, bready doughs, and a nice malt backbone. Some hops come through with the taste. Pretty good tasting Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good. A very sessionable brew.

Photo of gritz147
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CUbeerfan
1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rob315
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of John_Squires
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of jar2574
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is sweet, slightly citrusy with some sweet malts as well. It pours with a nice head and OK lacing. The taste is slightly hoppy but this beer is too watery and boring, unfortunately. The mouthfeel is a huge let down. The beer started out promising and ended average.

Photo of ralree
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.