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Restoration Pale Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 229
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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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

GiantMidget, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

FATH3RH0P5, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 05, 2012
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 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 LeFortitude
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- medium golden color. One finger width head. Lacing ring is faithful until the end, but it's not pronounced.

Smell- citrus zest and hop scent is stronger from the bottle than in the glass.

Taste- wow, more than you would expect based off of only the smell. I'm lost between "Taste" and "Mouthfeel" on this one...

Mouthfeel- the hops are strong (almost but not overpowering) but they compliment the essences of citrus explosions ruminating in the palate. There's more than just carbonation happening here. The finish is even better than the start. "When you belch, you 'eat' twice"

Drinkability- crisp, refreshing, a true delight. Just like South Louisiana were it's brewed, always welcome.

This is one of my favorite session brews from Abita Brewing Co. This is my "go-to" beer in local restaurants that serve it. It is great for hot summer days, and it also has qualities of good drinking during fall and spring. If you want to impress other people, you should have it on stock at your party (or bring it along to someone else's!).

LeFortitude, Sep 24, 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 ShutdownKings
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%

ShutdownKings, Aug 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready and hearty malt character that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops bitterness comes in and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, nice sessionable beer with flavor and substance making it something you can drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 14, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex aroma that boasts of pale, Munich, and bisquit malts. It has a slight hop bitterness as well as a wonderful breadlike character. The taste is good. It has a dry, bisquity flavor that boasts of pale malts and hops. It goes down smooth and finishes dry with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking APA. It has some malt complexity and just the right amount of hops.

WesWes, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly based amber with a white head. Nose is citrus and hops. Flavor is smooth with citrus. Doesn't get overbearing. Nice acidic bitter tone. Feel is good on carbonation. Liquid is nice. Very nice to drink. No offense, but this one is a surprise. I'm actually considering seconds.

RblWthACoz, Sep 01, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a bit of a chill haze. Good amount of white head that lasts to the bottom. Aroma is a bit of honey, a bit of hops. Good amount of carbonation up front, very clean middle, and nice slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Interesting mineral water like quality to the water. Honestly, though I was drinking a lager. A bit on the light side for an APA, but very drinkable.

LittleDon, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of skylab
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is copper-orange.

Smells of slightly bittersweet citrus and is admittedly a little medicinal in note at the end.

Taste is an easy fruity up front hit sliding into a bitter smooth finish. I really like this beer. A lot.

Served poured from a bottle into a plain old pint glass. Head is small and does not last but I drink for taste, not visual effect, so I don't care. :)

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I will go out of my way to find. The fact that some of the proceeds go to a good cause is an added bonus. Hell, could that be considered a tax deduction?!?!

skylab, Sep 10, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is medium copper, with a big puffy white head. Lacing is decent.

Smell is of modest pine, with a hint of grapefruit. It's not super pronounced, but it's good.

This reminds me slightly of SNPA. There is a sharp, quick bitterness at first, followed by citrus notes, ending with a hint of malty goodness. I find this to be a surprisingly well balanced pale.

Feel is Average. It's sort of medium, but a bit a crispness would be desired.

I've gone through 3 and it's been a joy. Very high on the drink.

EgadBananas, Sep 03, 2010
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.

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great session APA. It has a bunch of the appropriate APA hoppy bitterness but it is easier drinking than most.

It looks pretty, like these usually do, and it ia aromatic. The taste is right where it should be - hoppy, not much malt and very little yeast. Very sessionable.

schoolboy, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden, with a rich, white head. Fine and ornate lacing. Great presentation!

Nose is clean floral and citrus hops, with some yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste is crisp and hoppy,too, but never sharp or bitter. I get a superlative malt backbone that supports the balance with the crisp hops.

A perfectly-executed and well-balanced pale ale. Worthy and quite good.

secondtooth, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Zachb4au, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

leinie13, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rnd6510
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.

rnd6510, Aug 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.