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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 DoppleJock


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, clean amber with 1-finger off-white head. Quick dissipation but some decent lacing.

S: Mild citrus hops. Not much else.

T: Taste like it smells, with a super-mild bitter finish. Not very complex at all.

M: Felt a little watery. Not too robust.

D: There's so many great pale ales out there that make this one appear pretty bland in comparison. Just came back from a weekend in New Orleans but didn't try this on-tap. Maybe it tastes better from the source, but it didn't weather the trip up to Chicago well.

02-16-2010 05:02:08 | More by DoppleJock
Photo of MNJR


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Light color, subtle malt/grain smell. The flavor is good, but not strong: malt, creamy vanilla, with hints of spice and floral flavors. Not crisp, but more mellow and, if you allow for the overall lightness of the body it has a richness to it. Goes down very smooth with an excellent finish. The drinkability seems promising with such good flavor and 5% ABV. Along with Abita Golden this is an excellent lighter weight but still full flavored beer. This one is sure to please drinkers who aren't looking to be really impressed by loads of flavor and body, but just want an enjoyable "regular" beer.

02-06-2010 23:18:51 | More by MNJR
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a nice clear amber with a nice, rather fine eggshell colored head. Crisp aroma is malty and just a little bit fruity. Flavor is strongly yeasty and somewhat woody, not quite hoppy, with some malt tones and hints of lemon. Texture is quite tingly, lively and sassy, fizzing all the way down.

02-04-2010 23:03:21 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of fjordhook


3.05/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours with a golden color, thin head that fizzled away quickly, and has a transparent body. Has a light pale ale smell, but also almost has a lemon smell to it. The taste for me is a mix between an american pale ale and an ipa. At the end of my sip I got the same bite I would if i was drinking an ipa.

01-29-2010 11:37:12 | More by fjordhook
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

01-25-2010 19:54:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a golden amber color that's pretty clear, with some sticky white foamy head that barely sticks to the glass. Nose is lemony and hoppy, with some sweet malts backing it up. Not terribly intriguing, but not off putting. Simple.

Mostly malty flavors, breadyness, a hint of bitter hops, but not much. Not a lot of crisp, earthy stuff going on here, and no citrus notes, save some residual lemon flavors that are quite weak.

Mouthfeel is quite nice for a pale ale, very sudsy and chewy, slick as well. Overall this is a great hot day pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

01-19-2010 07:02:51 | More by scooter231
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.2/5  rDev -7%

Nose is softly hoppy and bready malty. Soft metallic. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear deep yellow, moderate head. Looks good.

Bready malt as in nose, slight nut. Moderate bitterness. Mild hop - floral and leafy/earthy. Soda-like carbonation. Metallic and astringent qualities fairly harsh. Finishes dry. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Okay drinkability.

I support the idea, but this is just another mediocre beer from Abita.

01-18-2010 02:57:58 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of HalfFull


3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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


2.2/5  rDev -36%

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.

12-17-2009 03:57:20 | More by drabmuh
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.4/5  rDev -30.2%

Some foam tried to sneak out of the bottle while I was searching for glassware. Very sneaky. Dark gold with a large white head. Good retention and some nice foamy rings.

Smells of citrus hop acidity. No malt. Taste is thin bodied with airy orange citrus notes. No real hop presence as far as balance. Icky seltzer-like finish.

I remember having this with Death Metal Nick a year ago and thinking, wow, this is really average. Still is.

11-14-2009 20:25:57 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of drizzam


3.68/5  rDev +7%

A - Nice fluffy one finger head that retained well. This brew is amber/orange in color, with some minute particulate floating around which gives it a cloudy appearance.

S - Pretty powerful nose...smells of citrus, floral hops and malt. It almost seems like the more it warms, the less nose I get. As soon as I cracked it I could smell it halfway across the room...maybe I'm just getting used to it and don't smell it as much.

T & M - Bready malt backbone. A bit of a bitter lemony hop finish, not extremely hoppy, but it's there. Thin bodied mouthfeel that finishes crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. Not a stunning brew, but not bad either.

D - This is one of those brews that you could use to wean your Macro drinking friends onto better beer. Nothing stunning about it but highly drinkable. It seems Abita's whole line of beers follows this same line...nothing that'll knock your socks off but beer you could drink all day long.

11-14-2009 19:03:22 | More by drizzam
Photo of theboozecruise


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... slightly hazy golden color with a nice head. Much better head retention and lacing than typical Abita beers.

Just a faint smell of hops... not strong at all on the aroma.

Bitter but floral hops on the taste... a little grain on the end of the sip. Overpowered by the hops, not well balanced. Not that it's bad, just so much chance for more.

A little watery as always for Abita, but I could see downing a few of these if I was in a hoppy mood!

11-07-2009 17:47:33 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.13/5  rDev -9%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Nice light golden-brown color with a wonderfully frothy head, with good retention and respectable lacing.
Sadly, it's downhill from here.

S/T: Slightly floral hops with a bit of cereal grain. Definitely some light citrus present. Otherwise, not much to remark upon.

M: Extremely light and overly carbonated and crisp.

D: Given the crisp body and the high grain presence, I assumed it was a lager, not knowing otherwise. I still can't believe this is a pale ale. Such a title belies its essence, which is overwhelmingly mediocre. But yes, it is drinkable, technically.

10-02-2009 17:58:56 | More by dudecandle
Photo of tone77


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-28-2009 23:24:01 | More by tone77
Photo of roblowther


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%

Light slightly pink gold color with a hint of head, lacing on the surface of the beer rather than on the glass, really. Strong floral hops, smells also of pine and melons. Smells like springtime. Taste is surprising. Tastes like melons and bandaids. The fruit slides away and you're left with a sharp hop aftertaste, not bitter really but more astringent. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and tries to be soft but comes off a bit watery. Not too drinkable, the aftertaste doesn't really make you want more. If it tasted like it smelled, they'd have a real winner. As it is, an interesting experiment and cheers to Lauer for the tasting.

09-09-2009 00:03:53 | More by roblowther
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

09-08-2009 03:24:07 | More by CHickman
Photo of rnd6510

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%

I am a huge fan of all Abita brands.
I picked this up at Green Life in Asheville, NC.
An aggressive pour yielded a one finger head that receded pretty quick.
Hazy golden in color.
Not a whole lot of aroma with the beer. Smells a little bitter.
This is not a complex beer at all. Not very hoppy for a pale.
Extremely drinkable.
It is a clean beer that goes very well with pizza.
I will probably not buy a six of this again because I have so much to choose from but I have enjoyed this easy-drinking selection from Abita.

08-31-2009 01:03:26 | More by rnd6510
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

08-20-2009 23:56:53 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of womencantsail


2.35/5  rDev -31.7%

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.

08-06-2009 02:03:08 | More by womencantsail
Photo of LordFinley


3.75/5  rDev +9%

A: Pours bright golden and transparent. Thick white head that doesn't linger on the glass.

S: Hops and Honey

M: Thicker than expected by appearance. Low carbonation.

T: Hops are apparant on this but no carbonation is going to scratch your throat.

D: Very Drinkable. Going to finish the 6 pack now.


08-01-2009 02:05:38 | More by LordFinley
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Light golden straw color, white fluffy head but minimal lacing

S: Light malt, Light citrus, light floral hops

T: Light malts, light citrus, light floral hops and a light sweetness.

M: Light body and over carbonated.

D: One of the weaker beers in a Abita mix pack. Drinkable, yes. Special, no.

07-21-2009 14:41:38 | More by rfgetz
Photo of tronester


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a tiny off-white head. Smell is a hint of citrus. Taste is light malt, hoppy, with a hint of caramel, and citrus. Nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, it would be a easy to drink several of these. A good pale ale from Abita.

06-21-2009 22:58:34 | More by tronester
Photo of Jablonski


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with an average sized head which dissipates quickly.

S: Quite a weak smell: citrus hops, malts

T: The malts are stronger than the hops in this brew. It's slightly hoppy up front with the malts rushing in quickly. The finish almost tastes like cherries to me because it is so sweet.

M: Average carbonation, slightly above average thickness

D: Not great tasting, but it has a low ABV.

06-05-2009 00:19:26 | More by Jablonski
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.