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Dundee Pale Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Dundee Pale AleDundee Pale Ale

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434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-16-2004)
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Photo of Brenden


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An amber color that leans a little darker with an orange hue to the body, this beer is fairly clear. It develops a creamy and pretty rocky head that rises pretty high and falls pretty quickly. It does keep up some of its form the rest of the way, and it leaves a good mix of patchy and spotty lace.
The aroma is a little faint, but there's a good balance, though it's a little maltier than it ought to be, while a light hops presence adds citrus with a touch of rind.
The hops really do need to come out stronger, and particularly so against the malty backbone. Caramel sweetness and toast are the main element, while some of the pithy citrus does come out as well. It does have some graininess running underneath.
Smoothness seems to be favored over crispness, but there is a bit keeping up. It almost runs out of life as it goes, but doesn't quite. Carbonation does remain steady.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 13:58:41 | More by Brenden
Photo of NuclearSoAndSo


3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

I got this as part of a Dundee sampler 12 pack.

Appearance: Pours a three-finger off-white head; golden orange/light amber in color.

Smell: Smells subtley of citrus peel and a bit of sweet grains.

Taste is light, with a slightly bitter hoppiness and a grainy taste. Almost like a standard lager with some extra citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light but creamy; medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: A little light, and not exactly setting the standard for pale ales. I'm not sure how true to the style it is, but for the price it's not a bad beer. A casual drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:04:52 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of Dundee's Ales & Lagers Seasonal Pack from Southtown Beverage on 4/26/13. Case price was $ 17.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Served at cool Temp.

appearance: light amber with a three finger white head. excellent lacing.

aroma: faint pine notes with a hint of citrus.

mouthfeel: thinnish..

taste: a wide variety of hops provide different types of bitterness to a thick bready maltiness.

notes: this actually works pretty well. A pale ale should be restrained and this is that but in a complex way.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:24:45 | More by fx20736
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.39/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with some nice orange highlights shining throughout. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a good level of retention, fading over about 5 min to leave only a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heavies t of a musty malty smell mixed with some notes of a light corn and some caramel, Overall the aroma is sorta stale in nature and not the most pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty and bready flavor with a hint of caramel and honey sweetness. A hop flavor begins developing later in the taste. The hop is a mix of a light grapefruit citrus and a moderate amount of an earthy taste. Later more bitterness comes to the tongue leaving, a rather off bitter flavor on the tongue. In the end, the mix of flavors leaves a rather unpleasant taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. For the style it is fitting, but overall it is rather average.

Overall – This is not one of Dundee’s best. The flavor that lingers on the tongue is quite off with the aroma being rather non-appetizing as well. While most of Dundee beers I think are a good value, this one I do not believe is. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:00:05 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of lwillitz


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of golden amber; nice lace

S - malt sweetness, citrus, slight floral notes

T - corny/husky malt flavor with a touch of caramel, bitter hops, grainy/hoppy finish

M - medium body, high carbonation, quite astringent

O - pretty boring brew

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:35:42 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Mavigo


3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a pint.

A: pours a clear golden yelloe with a short white head with not much lacing.

S: smells like wheat, grains, malts, little hops, light aroma

T: light flavor, wheat, bready, light flavor, hops too

M: very light flavor, kind of out of proportioned with the high carbonation, but its still very crisp and refreshing just not amazing or above ordinary.

O: overall, for its price, I'd rather drink this than other beers in the same price range, it's just alright, recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:57:54 | More by Mavigo
Photo of NilocRellim


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The ale poured out from a bottle a nice gold colour and had a great creamy head to it. Strong odors of bitter hop with a hint of citrus. After a few deep heaves I could smell the faint sweet of the malt. The ale had a smooth mouth feel and taste with a predominant hop presence in flavor. Left nice foam dregs on the outside of the pint glass. Lingering hop aftertaste but not bitter; it mellowed out a bit.

Would I buy it again? No.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:46:54 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the critics are too harsh on dundee i feel like, this isnt a bad brew by any standard. the looks nice and clear, new penny color, maybe a little more dull than that, but the hue is the same. minimal head with no retention, a common feature of the most recent dundee offerings. the nose is pretty good though, like a stick of juicy fruit gum its quenching, hoppy too. more hop in the taste than anticiated for a basic pale, and i actually like the citric and organic hop feel of this better than their english and bitter ipa, which is quite lackluster. light in the feel, but with a lot of bubbles, this is a classic session beer and everyday drink. its not boring at all, and when fresh is a darn good beer. to me this is a simple but well made pale ale, on the hoppy end of the spectrum, and refreshing as most of the stuff ive had from central and western new york. it wont be the best beer uve ever tasted, but ive got no real significant complaints either...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:58:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of monkeyrotica


4.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caveat: I'm not a hop fetishist in the slightest, so a nice rounded flavor is what I'm looking for. This has just enough hops for me, balanced with a slight sweetness, thin lacing, hint of corn husk. Reminds me of something trying to be an old English bitter and not succeeding, but still. An admirable effort.Purchased in a combo pack, this is probably my favorite. As far as corporate beers go, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 18:12:15 | More by monkeyrotica
Photo of SickGnar


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very light pale copper that is slightly tawny. Clear & bright with some bubbles rising to a smallish white head. A bit of lace.

S: Some citrus and medicinal / herbal hops. Some sweet and toasty grainy malts. Ghost hint of esters. Sort of a light nose for a pale – especially regarding the hops.

T: Toasty grain, some light malt sweetness, a hint or crystal / caramel. Floral hops with citrus and herbal accent notes. Faint fruity esters. Leans a touch earthy in the finish. Vaguest ghostly hint of diacetyl. Balanced to toasty pale malts that get increasingly husky as they warm.

M: Medium light body with CO2 a tad over-matched, but in a way that helps give it some feel. Starts off leaning just a touch sweet, with a fair amount of dextrin chew, but the finish is mildly drying in a thin way.

D: Okay for the price point. Nothing wrong really, but nothing great either. Passable, but rather pedestrian. Thin malts & relatively weak hops. You can sure drink it, but why? There are so many out there that are so much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:29:35 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- the pour yields a copper body with an off white head and good lace notches on the glass are left behind.

S- bright citrus hoppiness, some pine, carmel malt, a hint of bread.

T- alot like the smell, but the malt outshines the hops, yielding an unbalanced and muddled flavor here.

O- just not as hoppy as advertised, not terrible, but don't put a frog on the label if the beer don't hop! Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:59:55 | More by Tschnab
Photo of BeerBuggy


3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is no ABV on the green label. There is also no best drunk by date. It poured a 2-finger white creamy looking head which was largely maintained for a few minutes but then began to diminish until it barely existed by the time I was two thirds of the way through the glass. There was good lacing that stuck around. It was not highly carbonated. It was amber in color and I could read the label on the bottle through the beer mug. It was neither thick or watery but somewhat thin nonetheless. It smelled like newly crushed pine needles. It tasted hoppy and resinous with a bitter aftertaste. It was refreshing but I enjoyed Dundees Bock more.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:50:13 | More by BeerBuggy
Photo of TMoney2591


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The final free bottle issued me by my brother. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises light honeydew, light honey, and a very mild tinge of minty pine. It smells more like a decorative soap than anything... The taste holds notes of mild caramel, honeydew, light orange peel, and an even lighter tinge of mint than before. Again, there's that decorative soap feel... The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, i did not enjoy this beer. Too much of that decorative soap character (sorry to be so repetitive, but it kept popping up in my mind the same way) for me to ever smile about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:30:43 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of JMad


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a light orange/ copper color with a filmy off white head. the smell is mostly lemon and pine hops with some bready malt. The taste is light but I did notice lemon and tea with a fruity finish. It feels light crisp and overcarbonated. The beer is enjoyable and refreshing but doesn't really compare to other pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:34:08 | More by JMad
Photo of beyah


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber Color, 1 finger of head, decent lacing.
S- Mild caramel malt aroma, faint orangey and medicinal hop nose as well. A very clean nose.

Tcaramel sweet with some bitterness, the flovors are out of ballance and the is a aftertaste I do not care for.

Mouthfeel - Average for a comercial beer.

A bit of a disapointment, the other 3 brews in the seasonal pack were pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:01:40 | More by beyah
Photo of tito42


2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to imperial pint. I believe a julian date code is stamped on bottle neck indicating brewed on May 20, 2011. Purchased in a "new craft pack."

A: Very thick off-white head with great retention and lacing. Crystal clear gold with slight amber hues.

S: Decent amount of hops in the nose with a lot of malt and a hint of orange.

T: Corn husk throughout with sweet caramel malt. A hops finish that is overpowered by the husk. Hops and sweetness are in contrast rather than balancing each other out. The finish leaves an off-taste to me.

M: Medium-bodied, definitely not watery. A little too thick if anything, but enjoyable.

O: Looks very nice and has above-average nose and mouthfeel, but falls flat in the taste category. Too much malt, too little hops, not enough balance, and an overall "off" flavor of corn husk.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:16:08 | More by tito42
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours an ever-so-trying-to-not-be-clear gold. A white head rings up soon & rings up the glass. Smell is "green" and a bit alcoholic, sweet as well. Taste is deep sugars with a bitter, detritus-bent backbone. The malts stand up. Aftertaste is mostly sweet, and a bit sour. Feel is flaccid. OK, but not *near* as good as the IPA..

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 05:14:26 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of Garyman


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't like this beer at first. Like others, I got it in a seasonal 12 pack, 3 bottles of 4 different types. Thus, I had 3 "pale ales" to sample. The first time I frowned and did not appreciate the beer. It seemed overly bitter and thin. But I've long been aware that my pallet can be very finicky, and with seasonal allergies wrecking havoc this time of year...

I drank the other two at a later date, back-to-back, with a clean pallet. Again, I noted the thin quality and the bite, with the odd after-taste (citrus, yes, but also a bit like tannin, perhaps even juniper) but the over all effect was a "clean" beer and the aftertaste fades well enough; by the end of the second beer I had become accustomed to it. I really enjoyed these two beers. So, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say: it's a bit of a niche taste. I really feel those who prefer a bitter bite with a lighter heft may well enjoy this beer. It ain't no bock! So if you prefer pale ale, give it a shot.

My whole experience with Dundee was a bit of upper/downer. I'd been drinking German, Belgium, Swiss beer for a great period and I wanted to give something American a shot. I've been looking into home-brewing and have begun to get curious about beer again. Dundee is a brand I'd trust for a bit of a departure from my own personal norm. But be warned! They (Dundee) have their own unique tastes! In the realm of beer drinking, this can certainly be a good thing. In fact, it's what brewing is all about.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 22:45:48 | More by Garyman
Photo of bowz32


2.17/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Little head retention.
golden brown color.
Not much smell at all just a slight wiff of grain no hop.
Not much taste had a very light feel with a small carbonation bye at first, with a slight mineraly after taste.
This was one of a seasonal varity pack. Bought in Belvedere il. Very inexpensive. I wouldnt buy it again. I hope the other beers are better.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 20:14:23 | More by bowz32
Photo of Knapp85


2.13/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Eh, the beer is a golden color. With some hops on the nose but barely. The flavor is the same way, more hops could only benefit this brew. This is such a common style beer that it was really hard to make any real jugdement on this beer. It just wasn't strong enough in any category.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 23:26:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of sauron681


2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium off colored copper, with very thin head and lacing. Disperses very quickly.

Very low carbonation level. A predominant roasty malt, toffee aroma, with not much else. Medium average in the mouthfeel, typical of the style. A very harsh and dry bitterness flavor that ends with no other taste.
Overall a fairly bland ale too me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:14:36 | More by sauron681
Photo of jbone78


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend left this at my house.

Pours clear golden/yellow with a nice finger head. Smells of toasted malts, dusty hops and corn. Tastes about the same. I think this beer has a little adjuct corn or something in it, but that's no big deal. Finishes clean with a lite bitterness. Carbonation is at the end as well.

I would not buy this if I saw it at the store, but that's just me. My friend was Ooooing over it the other night. He loves it.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:23:45 | More by jbone78
Photo of soju6


3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a billowy head and good lacing.

S: Smell of fresh grain with a trace of malt & citrus. Quite refreshing.

T: Starts with a mild malt & citrus taste. Has a light bitter finish that lingers a bit.

F: Fairly light body. Crisp & clean feel.

D: Easy drinker, quite smooth. Good for a few. Better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 20:52:07 | More by soju6
Photo of bundy462


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean golden amber with a very frothy white head that sticks to the glass.

S: Nice spicy hop over a malty caramel base.

T: Not much taste at all up front with a very weakened hop finish. Disappointing considering the nose appeal, but still a decent brew...not quite the "hop perfection" that the label claims.

M: Thin bodied.

O: Sessionable, pretty unoffensive up front with a bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:04:33 | More by bundy462
Photo of zaq37

West Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

traded this beer out from my fiance's uncle's fridge, gave him a java head in place of this beer and a few others. never had it before now.

served in a dogfish head 12 oz snifter

A- Golden color with a white head that faded pretty quickly.

S- Very disappointing smell, the bottle talks about it being hoppy but i am not smell it, i smell more of a honey smell.

T- Very little hops, but a strong taste of honey, not like a honey wheat beer but like a honey sweetened tea.

M- nicely carbonated... a bit on the watery side, but average.

D- doubt i would ever drink this again, not because it's bad, but i could spend my money on better beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:20:50 | More by zaq37
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Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.