Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 721
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 82 | 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 Pencible
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured clear amber with almost no head. It smelled very weak with some slight notes of floral hops and malt. It tasted surprisingly strong (given the look and smell) with potent blend of caramel malt and floral hops, well balanced and clean. It was oily with a little carbonation and a moderately bitter and smooth aftertaste. Overall this turned out to be a nice beer with a flavor that just makes me want more of it. Great as a daily drinker. (449 characters)

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A hazy, golden color with fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells like grapefruit citrus and hops.

T/M: Tastes about the same. There’s a little bit of a bitter aftertaste but it’s otherwise crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer.

This beer has that citra grapefruit flavor that I’ve been coveting. I really love it; it’s very similar to a less hoppy version of their Jockamo IPA. I’m glad Abita went out on this note for their summer pack and I’ll definitely have another one in the near future. Like in 12 seconds. (576 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper amber colored body formnig a large fluffy thicket of off white head rising well above the rim of my glass. Head appears wth a dimpled biscuit texture and dwindles slow to leave behind specks of scattered lacing. Aroma is upfront with pine and citrus with mild caramel and a pale biscuit malt sweetness, of course the highlight here is the nice hop nose. Flavor enought bitterness to wake you up with those rolling hops giving me citrus and pine accents with a bready caramel biscuit malt presence that blends perfectly together. Really well made APA the website says they used a California ale yeast strain. This bottle states Restoration Pale Ale the brew that's listed as retired says something different on the label. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slick hop oils lubricating things up a bit, goes down easy with smooth even natural carbonation. Drinkability is really effortless the glass will be gone and you'll be ready for another as far as availability I got this one in the mixed 12 pack and I'm sure there's more of it on the way. (1,058 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a thin white head. Smell was slightly fruity, but also had touches of maple syrup. Taste was akin to white bread, had hints of vanilla. Very slightly sweet, but very pleasant. Was slightly watery and carbonated in the mouth. Very easy to drink, pleasant and smooth going down. (347 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light amber color with a two finger head.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and floral hops.
You can taste sweet malt, faint citrusy hop bite, then bready yeast.
Feels light and bubbly and is highly sessionable.
Try it, help Louisiana. (271 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy golden-orange color with a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a heavy lace.

Smell: Bready, sweet malt aromas with nut hints and floral hops. Some slight citrus hints and a touch of earthiness.

Taste: Sweet buttery malt beginning, finishing with floral hop flavors and citrus (orange, maybe grapefruit). Slight bitter nut flavor left behind on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation. Finishes rather refreshing, though slightly dry.

Drinkability: A pretty solid beer, though nothing great. Highly sessionable and, while not extremely complex, still provides enjoyable flavors. I'd have this again, though I wouldn't be going out looking for it. (798 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a hazy orange/straw, a white, thick and creamy head of almost two fingers. Very sticky stuff, too.

Aroma - grain and understated lemony citrus.

Taste - light, almost wheaty malts. The hopping is low key but lively. A lemony citrus, turning a little grapefruit-like on the swallow. Lingering bitterness into the aftertaste and finish, not as drying as most APAs. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - both smooth and crisp, does a fine job of enhancing the flavor profile.

Drinkability - pretty good session beer, might get lost in some spicy food though; better by itself. (583 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a dark golden with a medium white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus esters, and malt. This carries on into the flavor, but stronger. The hops are still dominant, but earthy, malty tones come forward more. A bit of sweet fruit/citrus. Mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth, not too watery, and with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable brew, and quite possibly my favorite Abita offering. (497 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark golden (if that makes sense). Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger, white, foamy head. Carbonation continues to rise, as the head lingers. . . and very slowly settles leaving a nice little blanket to keep the beer snuggly. Nice spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Malt, hops, lemon, and a bit of honey. . . maybe a hint of apple, as well.

T: Sharp hops with citrus hints.

M: Light and hoppy. As a matter of fact, the hops are quite prominent and remain throughout the experience. A lemony twang kicks in, too. Does have a slightly watery feel. Dry finish.

D: Very good drinkability. Light feel, refreshing body, good flavor.

This beer has a really nice atmosphere which pleasantly surprised me. I am a big Abita fan - although I recognize there are no world beaters here - but they general lack in this department. Good flavor, sharp, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice light body, good aftertaste. Makes for really good drinkability. Very good, quaff. (1,000 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale amber/yellow with a medium white head

S- Citrus hops and some malt sneaking through too

T- Hoppiness consisting of some citrus and floral notes and some of that bitterness from the hops lingers through the end

M- Light and nice as an APA should be

D- Quite drinkable and pretty light so it beckons you back on a hot summer day (338 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap at the New Orleans Hilton Airport.

Hazy golden colour with a thin white head leaving lacing down the sides.

Piney herbal hops in the nose.

Same thing on the palate. Long lasting after taste.

A little thin and could use some malt backbone. Decent and worth a try (283 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad. Having it here in NOLA and it's fresh and good. Poured with a nice off white head and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malt, fresh cut lumber, hops, caramel, hay. Flavor is like aroma; cascade stands out. Nice balance between hops and malts. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. Could be session. (373 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of RRoeb1123
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of Thanby
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Malt, and earthy hop note
Taste-More of an English-style pale-Biscuit, with mineral notes, faint earthy hop bite and mild citric essence.
Overall, a decent, entry-level Pale. Easy drinking and sessionable. (325 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > ST 2xIPA Glass
A - Pours a really nice golden color, very clear, nice head just under a finger, not really stellar lacing, but big deal.
S - Fresh breads, floral hops, a hint of lemon peal, wheat, some grapefruit.
T - Up front is the yeast and wheat, and not wheat in the sense of a wit or wheat beer, but just a hint of it, you get the floral hops once that fades, and some citrus flavors as well. They're light on the palate, but refreshing.
M - A mild bitterness hangs around for a little, and some of that bready malt.
O - The sum of abita is decent beer for a good price. No they dont make world class stuff, but is it reliable and inexpensive? you bet. I could drink this beer year round as just something to drink. (733 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden yellow, fizzy white head. Good lacing, moderate dissipation of head.
S : smells of basic bread malts and sweet citrus hops. A bit of fruit juicy hops and no alcohol.
T : starts vibrantly malty with toasted malts, then hops come in. A round flavor of grassy and guava fruit hops. Mild bitterness and caramel malt flavor at the rear. A bit less hops flavor then you would think from the strong aroma. Lots of straw like malts.
M : medium to light bodied. Mildly sticky bitterness and heavy bubbles on the tongue.

An ok beer, but a bit light and a lack of vibrant hop flavor like in the aroma. (617 characters)

Photo of hangh
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear golden beer with small carbonation bubbles that float lazily to the top. Very fine head that dissapates rather quickly not giving much to the taste.

S - A malty bready smell with some floral hints. The citrus and floral smells are there just more toned down than many pale ales. It has a more malty smell than others.

T - Like most pale ales, there is a quick sweet malt taste that gives way to the bitter floral hops. The sweet malt is a little stronger and the bitter bite a little more toned down than other pale ales but it is has a very nice taste that is somewhat unique.

MF - Light bodied beer, with a little stronger carbonation. Crisp finish
D - Great drinkability if you just want a refreshing 6 pack (730 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frosty mug! Hey, I tried this beer in New Orleans which, while it has many things to recommend it, is a long way from a beer mecca. I had to ask for a glass, to which the server replied "A GLASS?" in an incredulous tone as if I had asked for a muffuletta without the olive salad. Or something like that.

This beer was a nice surprise choice from an uninspired selection at Mena's Palace at the edge of the French Quarter. While it pours yellow as a pilsener, it has a pleasant floral hop aroma. The taste is rather crisp with a slight hop bite. It is a nicely quenching session beer and a fine brew to wash down your po' boy.

You could do worse down here, and you very likely will.

HV (717 characters)

Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.