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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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 kevinjosephlee
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very clear straw/yellow color with an eggshell head with good (though small) retention and lacing.

S: A wonderful hoppy bouquet. Although the clearness of the color suggest minimal dry hopping, a grassy nose (like that of a a fresh-cut field) comes through. Maltiness also present in the nose. Reminds me of a brewery.

T: A nice bitter flavor lingers on the tongue, but not to abrasive. A good amount of the malty flavor also finds its place. The hops are citrusy to piney. Well attenuated with a mostly dry finish.

M: A lighter body with good carbonation which yields a sensation akin to chewing on a cloud.

Notes: An interesting note is that this made my saliva much thicker. Goes down very easily. I would not consider this a "session" beer because it goes down to quickly. I usually prefer a beer that has a bit bigger body so that I am forced to take it slower. Other than that, damn near perfect.

kevinjosephlee, May 04, 2010
Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ernst Cafe (New Orleans, LA) for $4.

A: Pleasant golden-amber with ample 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and respectable lacing down the glass.

S: Nice citrus, pine hops aroma with mostly pale malt. Grapefruit and pine with some floral character round out the hops component.

T: Good flavor with hoppiness taking the lead with pine and grapefruit smacking first followed by a lighter floral touch. Pale malts with a bit of caramel. A pretty good APA.

M: Light in body for the style with a fairly short pine and grapefruit aftertaste.

D: A pretty standard APA, definitely in the West Coast mode. Enjoyable but simply hits the mid-range of the style.

argock, May 04, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazed golden with tinges of orange. A dense white head forms and settles to a cap fairly quickly, carbonation vigorously climbing all the while.

Sweet malts and caramel scents with citrusy hop undertones. Simple but very clean pleasant.

The bright hop profile really leads the way upon sipping this brew. Fresh sweet barley and sweet caramel tastes are lightly accentuated by a faint fruity quality.

Medium bodied with a slight bite of carbonation. Drinkability is good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of EPseja
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz shorty bottle in a pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright gold pour with lots of active carbonation. Fluffy white head rises proudly, and retention is very good -- a cohesive mat remains throughout the course of drinking. Lacing is sporadic, but comes in sheets where it catches a hold. Very nice!

S - Very light floral hop essence floating over a body of lightly done toast. That's about it -- not this beer's strongest point.

T - Laid back biscuity malts followed by a pleasant, springy hop character that sits nicely alongside the delicate sweetness. The middle is long as the sweet and bitter flavors play nicely together. The finish is crisp and clean, with an even-handed dose of drying. Aftertaste is bready and pleasant. Excellent balance.

M - Light and easy going in, with enough carbonation to keep it lively while not getting gassy. Seafoamy volume goes down smoothly.

D - A very nicely rounded beer that falls right in line with the less-is-more idea -- something I subscribe to very strongly in many styles. Any more of anything in this brew would offset the delicate balance. Sure, this APA isn't a hop bomb, but thank goodness this is the case! It's too easy to cover up flaws with alpha acids. This beer is well crafted and easy to drink -- the best Abita product I've had to date.

EPseja, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of beersheppard
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: golden color, almost transparent, white head, minimal lacing, well carbonated.

Smell: Nothing going on here. Some faint malt.

Taste: Lack of flavor, nothing bad, just not much good. A little caramel, black tea, mint, with a floral hop finish. Almost a light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: light on palate, with some tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: I think this was a swing and a miss. Like I said, nothing bad, just not much in the way of good. One word--void. I wouldn't buy it again.

beersheppard, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is malt that is slightly biscuity with a touch of citrusy hops. Not too much going on with the aroma.  

T- The taste is biscuity malt with a hint of caramel and a touch of hops. Like the aroma, the taste is just unexciting.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good

D- Overall, a pretty average pale ale at best. Not horrible but not something i'd purchase again.

cjgator3, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-marshmallow like head, thick; cloudy yellow body.

S-citrus like smell

T-jolly rancher like taste, some citrus and flower like hop finish

M-light body

D-okay beer. nothing bad but nothing really spectacular. I would drink this beer again if given limited options.

jneiswender, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden hue with little to no head.
S - Smells of yeast and bread malt
T - Slight bitter hops and bread. Not as bitter as most American pale ales I have tried. Good or bad?
M - Like all their beers light, crisp and refeshing
D - Meh not enough to want me to come back but with three more in the fridge I could see finishing them with ease.

DrDemento456, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Pauly2X
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light amber/gold with a half finger head.

S- Floral citrusy hop aroma with a lightly toasted malt backbone.

T- Great assertive hop flavor right from the start. The malt flavors keeping this in check are on the surface simple but provide just enough depth of charater to keep from being pedestrian. The hop flavors carry throughout to set up for a refreshing dry finish.

M- Medium body with plenty of carbonation, almost too much as there's a slight carbonic bite present.

D- A good solid American Pale Ale, but it lacks something that would really keep me coming back.

Pauly2X, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*On tap at the Abita Brewery*

The beer poured a nice copper hue with a good inch of white foam. Nice head retention and a nice foam cap after the head receded.
The aroma was much better than the last bottle I had, and was brewery fresh. Good citrus and pine aromas, caramel sweetness, and some fruity esters.
The taste was more bitter than the bottled version, nice, sharp and fresh. The sweet and bready malts made a show, and was well balanced by the mild piney citrus showing of hops. The feel of the beer was good, not too light, not too heavy. The carbonation was adequate.
Again, the beer was brewery fresh and delicious. Restoration is a nice average pale ale, but if available on draft, give it a shot. I found it better than the bottled.

KrisPaulk77, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Rex and Rhonda for bringing this over!

BEST BY: 06/19/10

A: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold with three full fingers of fizzy, off-white foam. Retention was fleeting and it quickly evaporated to a thin skim that left the tiniest amount of lace.

S: On the weaker side of floral. Vague lemon scent, as well.

T: See above. Some dry, toasty malt and a bit of caramel.

M: Decently spicy and quite sticky. Finishes bitter.

D: This is a passable pale ale, but with so many better options available, I doubt I'll revisit.

GbVDave, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice slightly amber huge with a big fluffy white head that was over an inch thick and retained well. Lots of carbonation rising of the from the bottom and perfectly cclear. Could use a bit more webbing but otherwise it is quite nice

S: Mild caramel and sweet biscuit smell with a mild hint of floral soapy hops

T: Slight bread nice but loads of flowery hops that almost bring out a slight bit of sourness, it does not taste like it looks.

M:Slightly rough around the edges but there is a decent amount of body

D: I probably wouldnt go out of my way to try this one again because of the overly soapy and slightly sour flavor

mikey711, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of MisterTiat
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale. Clean and golden. White head settles out relatively quickly, leaves thin cap over beer all the way to the end. Little to no lace, retention is fine.

S: Minty, slight citrus hop aroma. Very clean and pleasant smelling. Slight sweetness from malt, not all that apparent however.

T: Not that much flavor compared to smell. More hop aroma than taste. Honey like malt sweetness. Well balanced.

M: Carbonation steadily bubbles all the way through to the bottom. Not sticky, but flavor resides in the center of the tongue pleasantly.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable. Flavor is subtle, and carbonation is well diffused throught, making it nice and drinkable.

This best way to describe this beer is pleasant. It may not have any overarching features that make it stand out, however it is very balanced and subtle. This could easily become a spring and summer go to brew.

MisterTiat, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

far333, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the table a light copper body with a good, filtered clarity and sporting a thin, somewhat fizzy-looking, white head. Very thin lacing on the way down.

Smell: Not a particularly potent nose, but notes of mildly bready malts, dried leaves, and lemon peels are present. Also, a bit of additional fruitiness perks up as it begins to warm, though, like the other scents, it's a tad light.

Taste: Light bready malt character and hint of grain with a small amount of caramel candy sweetness. Leafy, citrusy hops with a touch of lemon oil. Medium bitterness. The tastes of leaves and lemon dominate the latter half. Finishes dry, relatively crisp, and clean with just a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A very simple, though light and easily drinkable beer that would pair with a wide range of food due to it's relative lightness -- let's just leave it at that.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, part of their mixed 12.

Pours plain but pretty, translucent orange red with a decent head.

Smells of east coast hops. Light hops. Medium pale malt, part bready and part syrupy.

Tastes like light pale malts and light American hops. Bread, biscuits, and floral spice. Everything is light and easy. Ends on a distinct, pleasant yeast that I can't quite place, but it adds to the breadiness of it.

Well balanced and spritely, a solid example of an old-school east coast APA in that it's like a cross between a regular APA and an English pale. It might not be my cup of tea, but it's still well brewed.

mynie, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

DoppleJock, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MNJR, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of fjordhook
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

fjordhook, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Mora2000, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of scooter231
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

scooter231, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

HalfFull, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2009
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.