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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 22:08:25 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of theghost3


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this and decided to review it once it was finished off.

The appearance is golden with a slight orange tint, minimal white head, and some lacing. It smells malty with a hint of oak. The taste is sour & bitter, a little like grapefruit with some malts. Some aftertaste. The mouthfeel is refreshing, but with a bit too much acidity. This is a rather drinkable beer--very fresh and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:17:41 | More by theghost3
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 15:53:05 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Redrover


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

I had a couple of these while having dinner at August. August has the same owners as Lukes and offers a beer list of about 20 choices from Louisiana Breweries.

Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is copper with a decent off-white head. It has good lacing.

Pale malts, citrus and caramel on the nose.

The taste is balanced with some nice bitterness from pine notes and a bit of biscuits and caramel. The beer has a slight metallic element which worked fine with the other flavors.

The mouth is well calibrated for the beer. It is a bit slick and has decent carbonation.

I thought this was pretty solid APA and would have no problem ordering it again. This is a good one to pair with food as it will not overwhelm it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 16:21:59 | More by Redrover
Photo of superspak


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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/27/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, honey, and bread. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, floral, caramel, bread, and cracker. Lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, cracker, and caramel on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good bitterness/malt balance as well. Feels watered down though. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Feels a bit watered down; but still has a good hop and malt flavor profile. An enjoyable offering, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:01:31 | More by superspak
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for presentation. Not much else to see.

Aroma is full of buttery malt with grassy hops in the nose. Seems more like the english counterpart in a way.

Taste is rich with buttery malt and grassy hops. Simple. Refreshing. Perhaps bitter-like in character.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and grassy hops. The buttery character has worn off by now, giving away to more grassiness than anything (due to hops).

Simple, drinkable and that's about it. It's not hard to make a good version of this style but I don't really see anything impressive about it either.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:35:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a frothy head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Grainy and somewhat floral

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing grainy aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy hop flavor joins with a floral quality to produce a mellow finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not as bold as I like my pale ales

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:26:35 | More by brentk56
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Two finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body with a very slight orangey hue. Aroma is very good with breads, pale malts, earthy and light citrus hops. Very nice for the style. Nice combo of caramel malts and earthy hops. Slight resin and sour citrus hop flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little simple and "safe" but its well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:17:22 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GreenJetta912


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faint hop smell. Citrusy and floral. A few malts here. Good balanced nose.

Sweet and syrupy for just a moment, then the hops crash the party. Wonderful balance. A highly drinkable PA. Good malty sweet backbone. There are some ashy notes that I've tasted before in some other hop-centric ales.

The mouthfeel is creamy but again in great balance. It's not the kind of creamy milky mouthfeel that will produce a lot of mucus. Really not a whole llot to the finish though. Just some hops that hang around.

I reveiwed this beer from some notes, but yesterday I drank the other one I had at room temperature and it was just as good (no adjuncts).

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 13:47:50 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of drizzam


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull clear light golden with a thinner but tight white head,muted aromas I picked up some toasted cereal grain and mild fruity malt.Flavors are malt tilted with decent complexity,somewhat juicy and fruity upfront with a lighty sweet caramel base and toasted creal-like in the finish,as for hop a citric quality comes thru in a passing finish as well.Not bad it is not as simple as one might imagine and it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 23:46:59 | More by oberon
Photo of beerphan


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> tulip

Pours a pale orange with some golden highlights. A small white head settles quickly to a puddle of suds. Random splotches of lace. Carbonation appears slight.

Nose: Grass along with some citrus.

Medium to full body. Light bready maltiness is quickly overcome by a medicinal bitterness and grassy semi-citric flavors. The bitterness is not offensive but more present then the touch of malt.

An average beer that I could drink all night and not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:57:43 | More by beerphan
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice head that faded into decent lace. Pale yellow.

Smell: Crisp, clean, slight hop and citrus presence.

Taste: Light and clean malty on the front with subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable nice easy going pale ale that could be considered refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 14:40:01 | More by mbenthall
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates relatively quickly. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish it. The smell has a mild hoppiness with hints of citrus fruit cutting through. This beer kinda sneaks up on you. First few sips just seemed like a watered-down pale ale, but then I started to notice a subtle mango and honey in the taste. It's actually a very delicious beer -- perfect for a hot day outside in the summer when you want a beer with just a little bit of a kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 13:48:30 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an average beer all around. It has a pretty light body, but that's fine for a pale ale. The aroma and flavor would be pretty good for a pale ale, but fall short of the ideal for an american pale ale. The bitterness is there with a touch of hop flavor, but again, not quite enough. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale, but nothing remarkable really. Drinkability is a tough one. I could drink a lot of it, but it's not really a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:02:42 | More by drseamus
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 twiggamortis420


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lazy, hazy light copper color into a standard pint glass.

Light citrusy, appley nose, I get some cola-esque notes as well. Typical of Abita beers, the malts are pretty distinctive and make themselves known.

Yup, malty for an APA...light carmely flavors. Hops are not very heavy and there is not much carbonation.

A very sessionable beer, nothing overly spectacular. Would probably buy again, but like the Golden and Jockamo offerings from Abita better.

Very cool that $1 from each sixer goes to help rebuild NOWLA...hence the name!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 04:28:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Kromes


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear gold color with nice carbonation and a thick off white head that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

Toasted malt and a floral and grassy hop aroma.

The earthy and floral hop is dominant in the beer and the toasted malt provides a good balance. Sweet and just a little bit of citrus bitter from the hop. Medium bodied. The floral and lemony hop lingers in the finish.

A pretty decent pale ale here. A had it with some spicy food and it paired really well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:04:26 | More by Kromes
Photo of david18

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was part of an Abita promotion that featured a number of other beers as well. I didn't love this but it wasn't bad and was probably my favorite among the bunch.

Appearance was a light straw. Good carbonation with a white fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was bready with a little bit of hops. Not overwhelming but nice overall.

Flavor as well was quite refreshing with a good balance of ingredients but nothing outstanding anywhere.

A decent pale ale that's worth getting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 19:21:44 | More by david18
Photo of iadler


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. Nice lacing is left behind.

S- Carmel and bready malt, faint citrus hops with notes of orange and grapefruit and some floral hops

T- Caramel and bready malt, orange, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops and fresh cut grass.

M- Medium carbonation and low to medium body. Has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry and clean.

O- Very drinkable but on the lighter side of a pale ale. Maybe it's an older bottle, as the hops are pretty subtle. Still an enjoyable APA that would be great for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:28:17 | More by iadler
Photo of Tballz420


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LIghter-orange colored brew, small and short-lived white head tops off a mostly clear body with a bit of haze. Sweet malt scent with some bittering hop. Light malt start, some bittering hop to end it, maybe a bit of lemon and grass. Medium bodied. Nothing too complex, but theres nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:58:23 | More by Tballz420
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:37:36 | More by far333
Photo of morimech


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Slight grapefruit hop aroma. A little lemon and cracker like malt rounds out the aroma.

Light flavored with a surpising amount of bitterness. I am sure this bottle is past its "Best by date" so I will not hold that against it. Not much flavor from the malt, just a little cracker flavor. On the drier side of pale ales.

The body and carbonation is the best part of this beer. Light without being watery and softly carbonated.

An easy drinking beer that is refreshing. I would like to try one a little fresher and adjust the score.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:40:26 | More by morimech
Photo of SickGnar


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Between golden & pale copper (closer to golden), clear with perhaps just a few fine floaties. Fair number of bubbles rising to the small-medium eggshell head that disappears quite quick while leabing some fair lace.

S: Biscuity & grainy pale base malt with a hint of low C sweetness and a touch of caramel. A step behind the malts are citrus hops with grapefruit & soft lemon standing out. A ghost hint of estery & fruity yeast note muddles it up a bit (which is odd if they used Cal. Ale yeast). Overall it is simple in profile, fair for strength, and generally alright.

T: Soft grainy, biscuity, crackery malts with just a touch of sweetness & caramel, and a hint of husk at the edges. Citrusy & pleasantly grassy hops with decent flavor and fair to mild bittering. Grapefruit & a hint of pine linger lightly in the finish. Smooth overall, not a lot going on either in amount or strength, but it is refreshing and pleasant.

M: A bit under medium body with CO2 over-matched some, but with nicely soft & fine texture that gives its expansive mouthfilling a very cushiony feel. Soft and almost smooth up front with just a enough bite on the back end to be refreshing. Even & short finish, neither sweet nor very much drying. Small feel, but nice.

D: An uncomplicated, light, easy-drinking pale. Almost lager-esque, or perhaps a hint kolsch-like with the soft grainy aspect. Not in the big leagues for an APA, not even close, but it is a good big steps above light lager macro swill. Good for a hot day or with pub grub.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:31:27 | More by SickGnar
Photo of mralphabet


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Light amber with hint of orange. About finger and a half worth of head the fades pretty quickly, settling to a nice ring with pretty good lacing.

S: I'm getting more malt with a touch of caramel, strangely not much hops going through.

T: Taste matches the smell pretty closely... more sweet malt and caramel... the hops makes a little appearance at the finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. This one tends to lean to the malt side...

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer but not what I was expecting from a APA.... Just a little confusing but overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 16:15:04 | More by mralphabet
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.