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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | 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 Radome


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Served from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a light amber with some orange. The head faded quickly into just a ring around the glass, but there is some lacing. Strangely, there are particles suspended thickly throughout the beer. They look like tiny bubbles but they hang in place instead of rising. I've never seen anything like them.

S - Decent aroma for an American Pale Ale. The balance leans toward the malt, rather than hops. Some caramel. It almost smells more like an American Brown Ale than a Pale.

T - The taste does not live up to the smell. Again it has more of a malt focus than I expect for the style. Little hops taste, but moderate bitterness. The taste is dominated by malt, caramel and a sharp soapy or chemical note right at the end.

M - The body is moderate, as is the carbonation. There is some mouth coating sweetness after the swallow.

D - Not a bad beer, but I think it would be improved by a little more hops aroma and flavor. Without that, it just seems out of focus.

11-14-2010 05:17:51 | More by Radome
Photo of jerryjeff


4.28/5  rDev +24.4%

Aroma - Nice and hoppy, there's a nice floral almost berry like scent off the top.

Mouthfeel - Some slight body, with a nice level of carbonation. A bit less than most pale ales. Just enough to seem refreshing.
Appearance - Copperish, straw color. Poured to slight head, quickly dissipated.

Taste - Nice initial hit of somewhat berrylike sweetness, when hits the back of mouth get the bitterness from the hops. Just enough to drive home the flavor, I like this for a pale ale. Hoppy but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Rather, I could get a number of these down and have a couple of times. One of my favorite pale ales undoubtedly.

Overall - I think this is a rather drinkable pale ale with enough hoppiness to entice. I really like it...

11-08-2010 01:05:13 | More by jerryjeff
Photo of Brent


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

Perhaps a little hoppier than the average pale ale, but this beer seems to ring-in at that level as opposed to the APA category. Moderate malt body. Hopping is a little rough around the edges with some slightly raw herbal notes, but not quite enough to bump up the category.

10-26-2010 18:33:16 | More by Brent
Photo of climax


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

This one pours a murky light amber/yellow. The head is a pretty good sized off-white, retention is very respectable.

The website claims 20 IBU's, I'm thinking that's not too much for a pale ale, but the nose has a good citrus kick, backed by toasted caramel. Some spice and clean lager tones are picked up as well.

As I took my first sip, I thought more of how drinkable this beer is gonna be, as opposed to an abundance of flavor. The taste still sports a nice spicy bit and citrus zest. The feel is pretty thin, mild but sharp carbonation and a chalky finish keep things from being too watery.

This one wouldn't be a bad choice to introduce some hops into your macro-loving buddy's life. As it is pretty mild, but the flavor is true.

10-18-2010 23:46:48 | More by climax
Photo of Plokhooy


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

Nice, crisp beer with a grassy flavor. Very similar to a Pilsner although it is officially classified as a Pale Ale. Not like any other "typical" pale ale. Hops are just right and the "grassy" needs balances the hops flavors in this very drinkable beer. Plus you are supporting great cause.

10-16-2010 23:52:39 | More by Plokhooy
Photo of abrand


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

10-15-2010 19:59:26 | More by abrand
Photo of bnes09


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

Transparent, straw color. White head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

Nice piney hop aroma and some toasted grain.

Piney hop in the taste also, assertive but seems a tad stale. Smooth and subdued malt backbone with a bready character. Finishes semi-dry with a soil-like aftertaste.

Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

Pretty standard for an american pale overall. I would appreciate more substantial malt charcter and a younger hop flavor. That being said, it will still do the job.

10-08-2010 05:22:37 | More by bnes09
Photo of alleykatking


3.13/5  rDev -9%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light deep golden yellow color. Half finger white shows light retention.

S- Sweet citrus hops with a light caramel malt in the backing. Citrus hops dominate the aroma overall. Simple but works.

T- Light citrus flavor upfront. But this washes away to a strong caramel malt taste that lasts through the end of the beer. A very light citrus hops in the final part of the beer. The malts are really present in the beer.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. Heavy sweet malts left on the palate with more malts and light citrus hops in the aftertaste. This beer is very underbalanced very much so for the style. Alcohol doesn't dry the palate much.

D- This beer is not very drinkable to me. The flavor is way off for the style. This beer is actually super sweet from the dominate malts in here. The ABV is low enough to drink many of these but I couldn't get past the sweetness for the style.

10-06-2010 04:18:25 | More by alleykatking
Photo of wallaceandvomit


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

light amber in color,small head, little lacing

smells a little floral but mostly caramel, not bad but kinda average

tastes like it smells but a little milder,a little more bitter than sweet, not really impressed by this beer

not much for a mouthfeel, kinda light and a little astringent

overall its a decent beer but i prefer abita's jockamo and save our shores pilsner to this one for sure

10-03-2010 15:29:39 | More by wallaceandvomit
Photo of JMad


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light amber color with a two finger head.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and floral hops.
You can taste sweet malt, faint citrusy hop bite, then bready yeast.
Feels light and bubbly and is highly sessionable.
Try it, help Louisiana.

09-25-2010 19:44:56 | More by JMad
Photo of LeFortitude


4.15/5  rDev +20.6%

Appearance- medium golden color. One finger width head. Lacing ring is faithful until the end, but it's not pronounced.

Smell- citrus zest and hop scent is stronger from the bottle than in the glass.

Taste- wow, more than you would expect based off of only the smell. I'm lost between "Taste" and "Mouthfeel" on this one...

Mouthfeel- the hops are strong (almost but not overpowering) but they compliment the essences of citrus explosions ruminating in the palate. There's more than just carbonation happening here. The finish is even better than the start. "When you belch, you 'eat' twice"

Drinkability- crisp, refreshing, a true delight. Just like South Louisiana were it's brewed, always welcome.

This is one of my favorite session brews from Abita Brewing Co. This is my "go-to" beer in local restaurants that serve it. It is great for hot summer days, and it also has qualities of good drinking during fall and spring. If you want to impress other people, you should have it on stock at your party (or bring it along to someone else's!).

09-24-2010 01:56:20 | More by LeFortitude
Photo of madjr80


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance- light amber color

Smell- A bit hoppy and floral, but mellow

Taste- A well hopped American Pale Ale, but not as hoppy as an IPA. A bit of the hop lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation and light in texture.

Drinkability- At only 5% alcohol by volume, it is easy to put down quite a few of these in a session. Great brew!

09-19-2010 19:37:03 | More by madjr80
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

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

09-17-2010 01:41:45 | More by chinchill
Photo of skylab


4.08/5  rDev +18.6%

Color is copper-orange.

Smells of slightly bittersweet citrus and is admittedly a little medicinal in note at the end.

Taste is an easy fruity up front hit sliding into a bitter smooth finish. I really like this beer. A lot.

Served poured from a bottle into a plain old pint glass. Head is small and does not last but I drink for taste, not visual effect, so I don't care. :)

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I will go out of my way to find. The fact that some of the proceeds go to a good cause is an added bonus. Hell, could that be considered a tax deduction?!?!

09-10-2010 03:13:31 | More by skylab
Photo of EgadBananas


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%

Color is medium copper, with a big puffy white head. Lacing is decent.

Smell is of modest pine, with a hint of grapefruit. It's not super pronounced, but it's good.

This reminds me slightly of SNPA. There is a sharp, quick bitterness at first, followed by citrus notes, ending with a hint of malty goodness. I find this to be a surprisingly well balanced pale.

Feel is Average. It's sort of medium, but a bit a crispness would be desired.

I've gone through 3 and it's been a joy. Very high on the drink.

09-03-2010 03:45:04 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of glid02


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

On-tap at DBA Barbecue in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of buttery diacetyl aromas Also present are very light earthy hop notes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly grainy pale malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of buttery diacetyl. Midway through the sip earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance out from the background before fading out into a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I finished my glass but I wouldn't entertain the thought of another.

Overall this is a pale ale with almost no discernable hops. That coupled with the (at least in my opinion) over-the-top amounts of diacetyl make this a beer that could use a bit of tweaking.

09-02-2010 01:51:18 | More by glid02
Photo of hosehead83


3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-30-2010 14:30:53 | More by hosehead83


2.68/5  rDev -22.1%

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A light golden body, with decent carbonation holds a white head with nice lacing and good head retention.
S: Pale malts and subtle hop profiles, a bit on the grainy side.
T/M: This bland APA has notes of grass and grain. The overall taste is not that pleasing. Very smooth on the palate, almost as if it has a body of a light beer. Mouthfeel is quick and short, with not a fading hint of lingering taste.
D: I can drink it, but would not prefer it in the land of many great APAs. A let down of an APA.>>

08-20-2010 11:50:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of matjack85


2.48/5  rDev -27.9%

I found this single, squatty brown 12oz bottle in the clearance bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date to be found.

The beer pours a nice golden/orange color with a 1 finger white head that only lasted a minute, but it did leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nice, mild, citrus hop smell - mainly getting orange and apricot aromas.

This stuff looks and smells a lot better than it tastes. The citrus hop flavors are there, but so is tons of medicinal alcohol. At just 5% abv., I wasn't expecting to taste much alcohol at all, but instead I found it was one of the major flavors here. Severely lacking a sweet malt presence for balance. The malt that is in here is not nearly enough to balance the alcohol and hop bitterness. I was very disappointed in this one.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation, but again too stromg on the alcohol taste and more unpleasant alcohol in the aftertaste.

I could barely finish one of these. Their website says they use 4 different malts in here. I just wish they would have made their presence felt more in the flavor. And with just a 2O IBU rating, its not the hoppiest beer in the world either.

08-01-2010 06:42:43 | More by matjack85
Photo of hangh


3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Very clear golden beer with small carbonation bubbles that float lazily to the top. Very fine head that dissapates rather quickly not giving much to the taste.

S - A malty bready smell with some floral hints. The citrus and floral smells are there just more toned down than many pale ales. It has a more malty smell than others.

T - Like most pale ales, there is a quick sweet malt taste that gives way to the bitter floral hops. The sweet malt is a little stronger and the bitter bite a little more toned down than other pale ales but it is has a very nice taste that is somewhat unique.

MF - Light bodied beer, with a little stronger carbonation. Crisp finish
D - Great drinkability if you just want a refreshing 6 pack

07-24-2010 01:07:32 | More by hangh
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy golden-orange color with a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a heavy lace.

Smell: Bready, sweet malt aromas with nut hints and floral hops. Some slight citrus hints and a touch of earthiness.

Taste: Sweet buttery malt beginning, finishing with floral hop flavors and citrus (orange, maybe grapefruit). Slight bitter nut flavor left behind on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation. Finishes rather refreshing, though slightly dry.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer, though nothing great. Highly sessionable and, while not extremely complex, still provides enjoyable flavors. I'd have this again, though I wouldn't be going out looking for it.

07-18-2010 15:56:35 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

07-14-2010 15:24:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of LittleDon


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

Golden with a bit of a chill haze. Good amount of white head that lasts to the bottom. Aroma is a bit of honey, a bit of hops. Good amount of carbonation up front, very clean middle, and nice slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Interesting mineral water like quality to the water. Honestly, though I was drinking a lager. A bit on the light side for an APA, but very drinkable.

07-04-2010 20:10:36 | More by LittleDon
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

06-29-2010 02:06:53 | More by htomsirveaux
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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