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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 61 | 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 patreely12
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pale, straw color. white foamy head, about a finger tall. retains pretty well leaving some spotty lacing. quite a bit of carbonation.

S - pale malts. slightly sweet with a buttery aroma and some toffee. a good bit of grassy hops.

T/M - really simple blend of caramel malts and grassy hops. starts slightly bitter with the hops and smoothes out with some of the sweetness of the malts and some citrus notes.. light, almost watery body and a lot of carbonation. slightly dry finish, with is typical for the style.

Overall this decent representation of the style but I've had better. goes down very easily, and would be sessionable if the flavor was more solid. I was expecting more from Atiba and ended up somewhat disappointed. This is worth a try though.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Pours a bright, hazy orange with two finger foamy head.

S- Pretty strong citrus scent, smells like a citrusy IPA, light floral aroma as well.

T- Starts out a mild citrus taste and finishes with a mild bitterness. Some caramel sweetness is present as well. A little sweeter than most pale ales I've had.

M- A little watery on the finish

D- Lighter, sessionable pale ale, just a little too watery for me to seek it out again

Photo of Thanby
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp honey color tinged in gold with a small white head that leaves a thin cap after it dies. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells very yeasty, strong pale malt character with some well-blended floral hop notes. A little caramel sweetness in the body fills things out.

First taste is quite pleasing, a good mix of malt body and mild hops. A little caramel sweetness again, but overall a touch on the dry side, which I like in a pale ale. Fairly simple and straight-forward.

Light and crisp body but still enough substance to not be watery, it finishes fairly clean with a tiny lingering hop flavor. Very easy to drink and quite frankly one of the better pale ales I've had recently. Refreshing.

Photo of welldigger888
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish hue with a snow white head and minamal lacing.
Slight yeasty with an almost caramel maltiness and a hint of grassy hops.
Pretty tame profile that is very approuchable, that said nothing stands out here. Yeasty malty vagueness with a splash of hop bitterness.
A little thin and over carbonated for my liking but not bad.
Highly sessionable given the right conditions. Hey it's fat tuesday, I believe I will have another!

Photo of ejimhof
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- nice orange color with some lacing.

Smell- slight floral scent but no hops that I can detect.

Taste-I am expecting some hops but can't find any just some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- not much going on here.

Drinkability - I could drink more than one but I don't think I want to.

Probably my least favorite beer from Abita.

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

Look - golden brown in color, clear, with about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but also maybe mellowed out by the malts. I can't smell the citrus hinted at on the label.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strongly hoppy at the start, probably Cascade hops. But as the label suggests, the bitterness is mild. It does finish with a bit of the citrus flavor hinted at on the label. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew. Not terribly complex, but good-tasting and easy to drink.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Virtually no head. Cloudy golden-yellow. Unimpressive.

S: Light sweet malts. A little adjunct aroma.

T: Not great. Buttery (not good from a bottle). Not a lot of hop character for a pale ale.

M: Cloying and buttery. Not pleasant.

D: I would not seek this one out. I've had this beer before this review and liked it just the same as I do now. Avoid.

Photo of knm
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear yellow and has little head, with decent carbonation. Smell is mild citrus and tang.
What an interesting taste, not a typical pale. Very light and smooth, almost to drinkable for this type of beer. A little fruity, I don't taste the hops. None the less, this is a nice lawnmower beer...if we had grass in the desert!

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a six pack of Restoration Pale Ale in a bet with a Miami alumnus (loser to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl). Proceeds of this beer goes to the Katrina relief fund, as it is the first beer to be made in Abita Springs, Louisiana after their disaster.

Appearance (3.5/5): A little on the light side for a pale ale, nice sticky lacing and a one finger head after being poured.

Aroma (3.5/5): Balance of Amarillo hops and caramel malts. Could use more hops.

Taste (4/5): Slight bitterness at first, with a malty sweetness at the finish. Citrus notes throughout.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body with a ton of carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

Drinkability (4/5): Perfect after mowing the lawn - quenching even on a Louisiana summer evening.

Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of bound4er
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw to light orange appearance. One finger, white head that breaks quickly. I get Amarillo hops on the nose and some bready malt. Smells an awfully lot like the Jockamo IPA I had last night - just less intense. Tastes pretty light and watered down - some malt and a bit of piney hops but overall this is pretty disappointing. Drinkability I suppose is high given the overall lightness of this beer. Restoration Pale Ale is a nice step up over BMC but falls short in a sea of great APAs such as Alpha King, Burning River and Moon Man.

Photo of e11iott
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:12 oz bottle. 1 Finger head, Very light color straw. The bottle gives off a generic lok, very simple.

S: Fruity smelling, maybe some carmels.

T/M: Smoth beer, nice blend of hops and small bit at the end, dry even.

D: Very drinkable, standard pale ale, but nothing over the top.

Photo of fdw3
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange/amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is dominated by floral hop aromas with faint spice notes in the background -- smells like a typical pale ale.

Taste is not overwhelming in any sense, but I couldn't locate any many malt characters. Floral hoppiness is very apparent throughout with a faintly sweet aftertaste.

Feels thin, but enjoyable with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice pale ale that isn't packed full of flavor -- refreshing in a hot environment but may disappoint those looking for diversity.

Photo of RickS95
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of paulozanello
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice creamy white head that persists for a long time leaving good lacing on the glass.
Smell is of grain/ cereal upfront with some nice fruity herbal hops in the back
Taste is of pale malts, bread and delicate hop presence with some citric, earthy and herbal notes. Small bitter aftertaste follows. Nice clear and dry finish.
Body is very light with medium carbonation. Drinkability is high making this very sessionable.
Overall a good, drinkable, clean and well balanced pale ale but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RRoeb1123
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very nice, large fluffy whitish head, that settles into a beautiful rocky head. Leaves a very nice sticky lacing. Almost a honey color, with a slight bit of cloudiness, but still clear. Not a lot of carbonation, but still some there.

S: Caramel, and a slight bit of hops. Almost a slight floral quality to it. Also a very pleasant grassiness scent, with some slight phenols. Very nice scent.

T: Very simple, but pleasant. Nice balance of hops and malts make it very balanced. A nice bit of caramel, and also a slight bit of hoppiness at the end, leaves a very pleasant dry finish. Slight bit of sweetness, then the hops come in and prevent it from becoming cloying.

M: Very thin to me, but very nice. Not a lot of carbonation, but lends a very nice mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to drink, not very strong in it's flavor profile, but a very pleasant beer. Would make a great session beer.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Sam Adams pint

The smell wasn't as lively as I would have expected.

It tasted simple in nature. It was somewhat dry, with tangy hops. I wasn't picking up too much bitterness. The malts were good. They provided a caramel-esque backdrop. I wouldn't say this beer was sweet though.

It was drinkable mainly because of its simplicity.

Conclusion: a basic pale ale that was enjoyable. It had all the characteristics of the style. To me, this beer was a little drummed down on flavor to be a solid hit.

Photo of KaitouShiroi
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden color with a slight copper tinge, half-inch head that quickly dissipates into just a ring at the top, but with slight lacing left on the walls of the class.

Smell: Faint citrus notes, but altogether not much scent.

Taste: Distinct citrus and floral notes, with a lingering mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a smooth creamy feeling.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable, not too thick/strong. This is my go-to beer when out and about and not in a beer-bar, and I can drink several in an evening easily. Definitely one of my favorite non-seasonal Abita offerings.

Photo of NODAK
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is pretty faint for style, but I can pick up floral hops and a bit of biscuit.

Taste is very tame for style. There's the floral and citrus hops, but nowhere near the abundance you'd expect in most APA's. A very mild creamy malt is there as well as an undercurrent. Hops are present but restrained on the finish. Pretty clean in the end, even a bit watery.

Not the most impressive APA out there, that's for sure. Sure it's drinkable, but if you're aiming for flavor I'm going to say you should give this a pass.

Photo of Radome
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of Brent
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of abrand
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.