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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%

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 far333


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:37:36 | More by far333
Photo of HalfFull


3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. Pour is clear and with a light carbonation, unable to support a surface cap after a few minutes.

Faint malt nose and lightly hopped as well. Bit of grain and citrus, not much going on and a bit earthy after some exposure.

Flavor is predicted by the nose in that it is light in body. Pale malts yield a dry slightly chalky finish with a hint of orange bread and a mild bitterness. Decent balance but again very light. Medium bodied with a light carbonation tending towards being a bit watery at times. Fairly drinkable given the lack of residual sweetness, but then it doesn't really grab you with much reason to linger.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:30:38 | More by HalfFull
Photo of budgood1


2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Restoration Ale has a thin, off-white head and a very hazy, orange appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is mild, to say the least, but some citrus does present itself. Taste is a very mild, citrus hop flavor, with some bready malts, but that is minimal. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Abita Restoration finishes semi-dry and refreshing. Overall, not one of Abita's best. It's still probably worth trying, however.


Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 17:39:33 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of charlzm


3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at The Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, LA.

This beer is a clear light golden color with a fine white head.

No aroma I could detect.

Caramel malt upfront, a touch of citrus with low bitterness on the finish. That's it!

A little thicker than water with adequate carbonation.

Not much to say about this one. Inoffensive but uninspiring.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 20:01:59 | More by charlzm
Photo of albern


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid APA worth trying, but not brilliant for sure. It pours a rather light hue, more of a golden ale color than an APA. It has a slightly musty nose, but mostly undefined malts. The look of the beer is pretty average, clear, slightly carbonated, some head, no lacing, some retention. Solid.

As for the taste, there are very cereal like grains, dryish malts, not much hop, and not much else to write about. The mouthfeel is slight, not much aftertaste, not much hop anything, just more of the cereal like grains. This beer is what it is, nothing fancy, but okay.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 23:45:37 | More by albern
Photo of Fatehunter


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, with an almost completely clear medium straw colored body. Looks good.
Mild smell. Pick up some pine, grapefruit and honey though. What's there is nice.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and mild bitterness. The malt maintains a low sweet profile.
Medium texture with moderate carbonation. Fits the bill.
A good pale ale that lets something other than the hops shine.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 01:00:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of sholland119


3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frosty mug! Hey, I tried this beer in New Orleans which, while it has many things to recommend it, is a long way from a beer mecca. I had to ask for a glass, to which the server replied "A GLASS?" in an incredulous tone as if I had asked for a muffuletta without the olive salad. Or something like that.

This beer was a nice surprise choice from an uninspired selection at Mena's Palace at the edge of the French Quarter. While it pours yellow as a pilsener, it has a pleasant floral hop aroma. The taste is rather crisp with a slight hop bite. It is a nicely quenching session beer and a fine brew to wash down your po' boy.

You could do worse down here, and you very likely will.


Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 19:18:00 | More by sholland119
Photo of bmwats


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark golden (if that makes sense). Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger, white, foamy head. Carbonation continues to rise, as the head lingers. . . and very slowly settles leaving a nice little blanket to keep the beer snuggly. Nice spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Malt, hops, lemon, and a bit of honey. . . maybe a hint of apple, as well.

T: Sharp hops with citrus hints.

M: Light and hoppy. As a matter of fact, the hops are quite prominent and remain throughout the experience. A lemony twang kicks in, too. Does have a slightly watery feel. Dry finish.

D: Very good drinkability. Light feel, refreshing body, good flavor.

This beer has a really nice atmosphere which pleasantly surprised me. I am a big Abita fan - although I recognize there are no world beaters here - but they general lack in this department. Good flavor, sharp, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice light body, good aftertaste. Makes for really good drinkability. Very good, quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:13:26 | More by bmwats
Photo of hosehead83


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Malt, and earthy hop note
Taste-More of an English-style pale-Biscuit, with mineral notes, faint earthy hop bite and mild citric essence.
Overall, a decent, entry-level Pale. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 14:30:53 | More by hosehead83
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden hay color with good foamy head. Smells of slightly fruity hops, but not good fruity. Like purple haze but hoppy?...
Taste is very mild hops with more malts than hops. Slight fruity taste to go with the smell. Overall, ok APA. Nothing to go crazy over here but worth a try to help with the hurricane restoration...if they are still doing that...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 22:14:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Cresant


3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. Best by: 4/11/09. From a "Party Pack". The body was paleyellowy gold. Slightly hazy. White soapy head. The etching in the glass kept the head alive throughout.

Smell was faintly of oranges. Light tobacco aromas. Earthy. Grainy.

Taste was tangy bitterness. Earthy and fruity. Husky graininess surfaced when allowed to warm.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with some prickliness in the body. Not too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 19:44:00 | More by Cresant
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:24:07 | More by CHickman
Photo of david18

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was part of an Abita promotion that featured a number of other beers as well. I didn't love this but it wasn't bad and was probably my favorite among the bunch.

Appearance was a light straw. Good carbonation with a white fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was bready with a little bit of hops. Not overwhelming but nice overall.

Flavor as well was quite refreshing with a good balance of ingredients but nothing outstanding anywhere.

A decent pale ale that's worth getting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 19:21:44 | More by david18
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 15 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker (RIP).

Large off white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear light golden brown in color. Aroma is perfumey, floral, jasminey, citrus. Initial grainy maltiness gives way to crisp floral notes from the middle to the finish. Moderate floral citric bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium to light body, modertate ethanol.

Much improved.

Original review entered 29 Jun 2010:

3.0/2.5/3.0/2.5/3.0 from original scoring system.

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2007. Gift from J&K, thank!

Large yellow white head. Minimal carbonation. Clear golden orange color. Smells musty, earthy, sweet and spicy. Slight bit of citrus, earthy, light malt profile. Somewhat watery. Light body. Light alcohol.

Please restore the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:06:53 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of secondtooth


4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden, with a rich, white head. Fine and ornate lacing. Great presentation!

Nose is clean floral and citrus hops, with some yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste is crisp and hoppy,too, but never sharp or bitter. I get a superlative malt backbone that supports the balance with the crisp hops.

A perfectly-executed and well-balanced pale ale. Worthy and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:01:59 | More by secondtooth
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden amber body capped with a finger of fine white foam that recedes to a ring leaving swatches of thin lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty and dry with a nice dose of grassy, herbal hops.

The taste matches the smell almost seamlessly. Dry, crisp, and malty up front, the drink is punctuated with spicy notes of herbal hops with a little grass and is finished by a nice clean bitterness.

Medium-bodied and crisp with a nice clean finish, the beer is very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 10:25:46 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of shand


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This is a great looking pale! It pours a hazy pale straw colour with two fingers of head that leaves great retention and pretty good lacing. The smell isn't very strong, I get delicate floral hops with a touch of citrus and a bit of malt sweetness. The taste reminds me more of a better done Yuengling minus adjuncts than a pale ale. This is a super easy drinking brew with some nice floral aspects, a touch of delicate citrus hops, some slightly sweet malts, and yes, I can definately detect the "spring water" that Abita is always so proud about on their caps. Perfectly balanced between bitterness and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little watery, but this beer totally has some watery aspects, so it's OK. Drinkability is this beer's strong suit by a mile. This is totally drinkable. On a hot day, I think I could go through a whole case of these. It's totally refreshing and absolutely easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, even if it's nothing amazing. It's just a very very very drinkable and refreshing beer that I'd love to have around in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:18:27 | More by shand
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange color. Sparse, but large bubbled carbonation evident. 1.5 finger light foamy head. Nice retention and fairly thick lacing.

Nose is slightly musty with a faint orange citrus twist. Not bad, but lacking in intensity.

Sour to tart on the hit. Goes very malty midway through and finishes very ... odd. Hops are trying to come through in the end, but a vegetable feel overcomes them.

Creamy enough in texture with a slight fizz in the finish.

Tastes good enough, but that strange twist in the finish would keep me from ordering a 2nd.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:50:51 | More by beer2day
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a healthy two finger head that retains for a spell and has some bubbles sticking to the glass before settling to a thin sheet of surface foam. I also see what appears to be a small amount of sediment suspended in the body which is a bit surprising. I can't imagine this beer was bottle-conditioned or even unfiltered but my guess is that it's unfiltered. Either that, or the daylight's playing tricks on me.

S- Smells bready and a bit hoppy the way a standard pale ale should be.

T- Tastes like a standard pale ale with a decent amount of bready malts and a halfway decent hop presence that's well-balanced and highly drinkable.

M- Fluffy foam when I swish. Medium carbonation. Once again, standard.

O- The word of the day is "standard." Pale ales usually don't excite me much, and this one's no exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 19:21:32 | More by Immortale25
Photo of schoolboy


4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:05:12 | More by schoolboy
Photo of RickS95


2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an golden coppery orange that's been well-filtered. Offers little head.

I think my beer was a little too cold because I didn't pick up much in the way of smell after the head died. While there were still a few bubbles up top, I picked up the citrusy Cascade hops and nothing more.

Again, it may have been too cold to tell, but if I hadn't picked up the citrusy hops in the nose, I'd bet this was a lager. Almost no taste.

Nothing happens in the mouth til deep in the finish where you pick up the hoppy bitter. There is a cleansing feel, but that's about it.

This beer, like most from Abita, has little going for it. Normal alcohol level, not much i the way of color, smell or taste. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:50:29 | More by RickS95
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/21/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear golden brown color body, with a small frothy white head. Somewhat musty aroma, some fruitiness, heavy grape. Grapy taste, some mustiness, some maltiness. Good taste. Somewhat dusty taste. Almost like a roasted taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:23:30 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love the glass they serve this with on tap. Pours a nice golden color with good head and lacing.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt and bitter citrus hops.

Taste: Nice cereal bread-like character and juicy caramel offset by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice, a little heavy for the style, perhaps a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Simple but pleasant, and for a good cause. A bit heavy for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 16:35:19 | More by craytonic
Photo of marlinsfan4


2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 23:56:53 | More by marlinsfan4
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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