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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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 dudecandle

New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
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 rnd6510

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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 oriolesfan4
Photo of womencantsail


2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:19:26 | More by Jablonski
Photo of gford217


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with hints of orange and a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is very light and has plenty of lemony hops up front. There is a light bready malt smell in the background.

The taste is just as light as the aroma. The initial kick is of lemony hops before giving way to the bready malts and other grains.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation and very crisp and dry in the finish.

This is what I would consider a very good summer beer. It's a beer that doesn't deliver much in the way of flavor or body, but it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:50:25 | More by gford217
Photo of Spidey13


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita Restoration pours a clear, yellow/orange color, though a bit more yellow than I would like in an APA. A small white head sits on top. The nose is pretty good, with some nice citrussy hop notes along with a bit of sweet caramel from the malt.

The flavor is a bit of a let-down. There are some toasty notes followed by a bit of hop spiciness and then some bitterness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit higher than most APAs, I think.

Overall, a pretty average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 11:05:40 | More by Spidey13
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:30:25 | More by wspscott
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12 oz brown bottle in Abita's traditional eco-friendly packaging. Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow with a nice fluffy head in my SA glass. Aroma is of bready malt, husky grain and spicy hops. Taste is very similar, bready malt and some subtle hop spiciness in the finsh. Not bad, but I was expecting a little more from a beer dedicated to the restoration of New Orleans after two devestating hurricanes.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 13:11:36 | More by clemtig76
Photo of cameraman


3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A medium amber color, with touches of gold along the sides of the glass. A substantial two and half inch high head, white in color, lacing slowly, and clinging to the glass. A citrus scent at the start of the aroma, then it blends to a bread and cracked grain fragrance. It finishes with a piny and grassy scent. The malt is very striking at first taste Then about two thirds across the palate a mild citrus bitterness followed by a touch of grassiness at the end. A thin feel, almost like a lager in feel, but it does not have that crispness. It finishes with a mild dryness across the back of the palate. The color and scent are very strong, the taste is lack luster, the feel is very weak. All together it is a descent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:49:59 | More by cameraman
Photo of CityBoy1986


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. No freshness date is on the bottle.

The pour is a clear golden with a tall off-white head. The head quickly fades to a foam, and there is little lacing.

The nose is of sweet malts, a bit of citrus and some earthy notes. The taste is more of the same, but the biscuit flavour comes out more than in the smell. A mild bitterness is present.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and it ends with a dry finish. Drinkability is good--there is nothing in the beer to hinder it.

Unfortunately, I cannot give this beer as high of a score as I wanted. It's just an average pale ale. I do have to wonder why I cannot find it in Mississippi.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 07:40:23 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of CrellMoset


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita Restoration, bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks! Poured into a fitted pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, clear, with lots of well-distributed, medium sized, and relatively moderately paced effervescence. The head is fluffy, big, with average retention, though it does leave a big persistent dusting on the surface. Lacing isn't too hot, though, which is where this one loses the point.

Aroma: Pale, simple sweet malts dominate the nose, with a kiss of light fruit and a few dry, grassy hop flourishes. Nothing special.

Taste: More pale simple malts, graham cracker like in places, and reasonably well attenuated - that is, not too sweet - with a faint kiss of hops. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation as attested to by the appearance in a relatively thin body, resulting in a little too fluffy and uneven mouth.

Drinkability: An average, reasonably drinkable brew from Abita, representative of much of their repertoire. The alcohol on this one is reasonably low (at least, I believe so), so I can't complain there, but it's just not too complex or even tasty in a simplistic way to make me come back for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 17:05:15 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of scruffwhor


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright mix of hazey and transparent coppery hay. Not much of a head or foam and some singular bubbling. Dry, stale bread malt and some mediocre stinky hops in the nose. Very lacking in malt, maybe a little like water crackers and some corona like hopping. Maybe a little caramel in the finish. Pretty bland and watery plate. Easy to drink, but doesn't offer much.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:59:13 | More by scruffwhor
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:53:07 | More by ralree
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Cresant


3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 tigg924


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head with consistent carbonation, a slightly dark golden color

Smell: melon, citrus, and a bit of earthy hops

Taste: light melon, light grapefruit, light hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly watery, with a slightly sweet finish

Drinkability: I have gone back and forth and back again when reviewing this beer...The taste here is subtle and faint, unlike most pale ales I have tasted. I find I would get more enjoyment out of this by sipping it slowly to absorb its taste..This beer's first impression was weak--and was most likely a C, but it grew on me after I more sips. I will get this again for a hot summer day, but it is not something I could drink a six of.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:58:49 | More by tigg924
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 20:09:03 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of stockingcpl


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours with an off white head and plentiful lacings and surface spiderwebbing. Coloring is a nice honey hue. Very nice.

Smell: Oh my...even while pouring a nice aromatic hop aroma wafts pleasantly upon the nose. Flowery malt is also detected. The overall strength of the aroma is more in line with European rather than American Pale Ales, however the aromatic hops are the nice American characteristic that most domestic craft brews are known for. Great job Abita.

Taste: Ok, here is the American side of the equation. The hops jump out pretty quick during flavor onset and then taper slowly. The hop bitterness is replaced by a smooth malt butteryness with a little biscuit undertone. Sustain is tapered but not too short. Flavor ends crisply with a very clean ending.

Mouthfeel: Great. Hop bite during onset sits well on the tongue. The lack of funky aftertaste leaves the drinker ready for the next drink. Excellent recipe for a clean crisp brew that leaves the palate clean. Excellent.

Drinkability: This brew is very light and definitely leaves the drinker more. :-) Excellent choice for a session selection.


Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 19:23:43 | More by stockingcpl
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.