Dundee Pale Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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2.78/5 rDev -13.9%
Tangerine rind infused with amber. The pale orange-tinted ivory crown was large on the pour, is hanging around for a bit and looks pretty good as it does so. It's also more than capable in the lace department.
So much for a killer-diller hop bill. High Falls should be commended for deciding on Cascade, Tomahawk (Columbus) and Amarillo, but they failed in the execution. The nose isn't very hoppy and it isn't very malty. That doesn't leave much.
Unfortunately, Dundee Pale Ale follows the blueprint of most beer from these guys. It has the outlines of the style down pat, but fails to fill them in with anything resembling good beer. There's no verve here, no panache. Nothing to keep me coming back for more.
The malt backbone is just big enough for the style, so that's one checkmark in the positive column. It tastes like there's something other than pale malt present. Something that adds a strange, earthy, toasted quality. Munich maybe. Too much husk-like grain peeks through as well. Although the hop bitterness is where it needs to be, the hop flavor isn't. How can anyone muddle up such a fantastic hop lineup?
The mouthfeel is kinda, sorta good. It's full enough and is properly carbonated, which is much more than half the battle. Too bad the flavor it carries isn't up to snuff.
After the surprisingly good Dundee Porter, I had high hopes that High Falls had decided to increase the quality of their beer across the board. No such luck. Who cares if it's cheap? Spend another buck or two and treat yourself to something worthwhile.
01-23-2008 13:36:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear honey-color with a frothy head that leaves copious amounts of lacing across the glass
Smell: Grainy overtones and a caramel base
Taste: Relatively sweet caramel malt backbone that is joined by moderately bitter flavors with pine, citrus pith and floral elements; the aftertaste falls apart as toffee sweetness competes with a lemony bitterness that has some metallic overtones and never coalesces
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation
Drinkability: Not a bad pale ale but it has its detractions, no doubt
05-05-2006 01:22:29 | More by brentk56
2.58/5 rDev -20.1%
Sampled this beer as part of a panel tasting. Aromatics are quite balalnced betweem a caramel / malt sweetness (fully attenuated), and pine-y hop bitterness. Taste shows equal balance with emphasis on a metalic hop flavor that increased intensity as the beer warms. Texture gets quite bite-y and rough because of the lighter body and high alcohols. The sweet balance falls away leaving the beer a bit grain-like, astringent, and rough around the edges. Could have finished the pint, but probably not with a smile.
09-14-2007 16:06:04 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev +11.5%
Believe it or not I had actually never tried this one. I could have swore I had one a while back, but apparently not. So anyway I went looking in the fridge and it was sitting around so I decided to bust one out. Poured a very nice, clear amber with a good two inches or so of foamy head on top. Lots of visible carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top and replenishing the foam as the session wore on. Gradual fade left a nice ring of side glass lace. Smell was decently hoppy. You could tell it was a mostly grain back with a good amount of muted hops blended in. The taste followed along on the same path. It started with a good bit of cereal grain and malt, that was accented by a nice, albeit light floral hop. Some sugar mixed in the back served as a balancing point, but overall it was pretty light. A somewhat medium body, there was a touch of slickness that I picked up here, but nothing that was too distracting. Flavors could have been a little bolder and it did suffer from a touch of the watered down feeling. Nice session ale though as the flavors were nice and the feel was somewhat refreshing with a decent carbonation profile. What was there of the taste lingered for a decent couple of minutes after. Overall I really thought this was going to be worse then it was. Normally these pseudo microbrews taste pretty bland, but this actually did have a touch of depth to it and for that I will give it some respect. Not the greatest in the world, but you could definitely do worse. Really was not that bad.
10-17-2007 00:58:22 | More by mikesgroove
2.63/5 rDev -18.6%
Appearance: Pours an orangey-copper body with a small, white head.
Smell: Plain pale malts with a slight citrus fruitinss.
Taste: Pale malts, hint of nut, and with a fairly light sweetness. A jigger full of ruby red grapefruit juice. A tad watery midway. Light hop bitterness. A bit more fruit and then you're rewarded with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, somewhat fizzy.
Drinkability: Not so great, really, but it is right cheap, I'll give it that much.
08-01-2008 15:26:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.13/5 rDev -34.1%
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.
03-25-2011 23:26:48 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev +30.7%
First off congrats to High Falls for making a solid well crafted ale I was completely suprised by this offering.Poured a copper/amber with a nice fluffy head that left a generous amount of lace,aromas were a mix of some leafy hops and and toasted grain with a hint of fruit lingering.Well balanced flavor a biscuity dry malt background with a large dose of citruisy hop I picked up a little leafy presence as well.Went down almost way to easy highly drinkable but with some nice melding of flavors,very well done.
10-15-2004 00:08:18 | More by oberon
2.9/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-11-2011 22:30:43 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
12 oz. bottle poured out a nice amber color with a fizzy thick head. It smelled like cascade hops and malt. The mlat flavor was nicely complimented by some bitter hops and a little vanilla. The mouthfeel was very soft. I found it was quite drinkable. I had a couple and could have had more but I wanted to save them because I really enjoyed it. I would have to say I like JW Dundee's PA better than the Honey Brown or the Amber Lager. A great deal for the price.
06-06-2006 18:05:25 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +12.4%
JW Dundee's American Pale Ale pours a crystal-clear amber body beneath a one-finger sized head of frothy off-white foam. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface, adding to the head and helping with it's retention. And that effervescent carbonation can be felt on the tongue as well, with a zest that awakens the tastebuds to all of the flavors held within it's medium body. The nose is not particularly bright, or hoppy, but it is clean and it displays a combination of biscuity and lightly caramelish malt, the High Falls house yeast, and some very light, citrusy and piney hops. All of these characteristics are mirrored in the flavor with a more pronounced caramel side to the malt and more hop flavor than the nose suggests. A solid bitterness leads to a dry finish, and some lingering citrusy and piney hops leave the palate ready for another sip. Well done!
08-07-2005 21:00:02 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a light amber with a thick off-white head a decent, even lace.
S: Has a hoppy smell, but not over-powering, along with a faint bit of malt & citrus.
T: Definitely has the hops bitterness that you expect in an APA, a little bit of sweetness, but in the finish, Im detecting that corn-malt flavor that Ive grown to expect from High Falls Brewing. Co. A little bit of citrus sweetness in the after-taste.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.
D: This is a beer that I could go with for some time. Its tasty, not-to-filling and cheap, but there are others that I prefer within the style.
Ill be honest and say that I havent been too impressed with the beers that Ive had from High Falls Brewing thus far, but I also realize that you get what you pay for in most cases. Having said that, this is beer exceeded my expectations and is well worth the low price.
03-16-2006 05:06:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.15/5 rDev -2.5%
A - 1/2 finger of white head that settles to a thin film with average lace. The body is superbly clear and copper colored.
S - Sweet, malty aroma with a hint of caramel and herbal hops.
T - Grassy hops with caramel/ honey malt. Earthy, finishes clean.
M - Moderate to light body with medium carbonation. Quite dry.
D - Easy to drink, as one would expect. Has an unexpected, somewhat pilsner like character. Not bad, but a bit odd for a pale ale.
12-02-2007 06:14:58 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev +26.9%
$4.99 a sixer can anybody say value!!! Appearance: pale amber body is off set by the creamy vanilla colored head forms thick at least two fingers worth and leaves some broad bands of lacing. Aroma: As soon as I cracked the bottle a rush of aromatic hops rush into my senses, wonderful Amarillo and Cascade floral piney slightly earthy very nice with caramel malt sweetness evident. High Falls Brewing a true ale, with actual hop aroma and flavor someone is a genius now if only Bud, Miller, Coors could ever catch on to the fact that people are beginning to know what good beer is. Taste: Very nice flavor, solid hoppy pale not overly bitter just blends together the hops seem fresh with caramel malt breadiness and herbal hop notes great finish love this beer, it's way too drinkable. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied solied carbonation slightly sticky with residual hop resins, nice. Drinkability: Great solid pale offered from High Falls, well done makes me proud.
12-09-2004 23:24:00 | More by WVbeergeek
2.98/5 rDev -7.7%
12 oz bottle with a plastic label and a freshness code that only the brewery will know how to read.
A- Decent froth, stick pretty good to the glass. Crystal clear reddish amber.
S- Mild caramel malt aroma, faint orangey and medicinal hop nose as well. A very clean nose.
T- Thick caramel palate is hard to break, the toasted husk flavor has a blurring effect on the taste buds. The hops help to balance the sweetness but leave little flavor behind. Finishes with a muted hop and more rough husk flavor.
M- Pretty smooth, a bit too much dextrin IMO.
D- After one I had to switch to something else.
This ale tasted too un-natural and processed to me. There are far better pale ales out there to be had.
07-26-2005 01:06:39 | More by Jason
3.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours deep golden/bronze with a 4 fingers+ off white head with some effervescence. No head retention or lacing
Smell Cirussy (lemon) & piney hops
Taste: Citric & piney hops with some fruitiness. Citrussy finish
MF: Slighlty thin, but good carbonation
pretty drinkable if your looking for thirst quincher/session. Just not enough there to hold My attention very long any more. Pleasntly suprised, good entry level APA& would certainally do in a pinch
04-07-2006 03:34:44 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev +7.7%
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...
12-10-2012 05:58:02 | More by StonedTrippin
4.33/5 rDev +34.1%
The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is exceptional. I can't believe this is from High Falls Brewing. It has a complex malty scent with a wonderful floral hop aroma. The taste is awesome as well. It has a great malty base which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is very bitter and full of hops. It goes down really smooth with a slightly dry and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This has got to be the best beer High Falls has ever made. I'm impressed; a good drinker.
10-07-2004 02:56:52 | More by WesWes
3.4/5 rDev +5.3%
12 oz. twist-off capped bottle:
Pours translucent orangeish amber with a thin, lasting, off-white head.
The smell is of a touch of citrus - maybe some pine? I say maybe because it is so mild, it takes quite some sniffing to get to anything. Nothing "off" just very, very, very mild. Reminds me more of a hoppyish lager than an ale.
The taste, like the aroma is mild - not quite as much though. Caramel mixes with light citric/piney notes. Balanced finish.
Light-to-medium bodied. Well, fuller side of light-bodied might be more accurate. Not fizzy or overly watery, just light.
Drinkable, albeit in a rather ho-hum way for the style. Well, it's cheap and is inoffensive. Could be useful as a cross-over beer? An inexpensive thirst-quencher with a bit of flavor that is subtle, but pleasant - is what it comes down to.
02-10-2008 03:05:19 | More by jwc215
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Part of a JW Dundee's Craft Beers of America pack bought in the UK.
Drank this first at just below room temp, it was OK. Thought you American types might drink in cooled, so put the next one in the fridge, big mistake, don't drink it cold, there is no taste at all if you do that!
It looked fine and smelt of hops and honey, I have had a lot of UK Pale Ales, this New York version is in the middle of my rankings.
Would I buy another? Yes, but I would drink it uncooled, like we do in the UK.
09-11-2006 21:26:37 | More by BlackHaddock
3.78/5 rDev +17%
Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).
For the price, this is a well above average beer. A nice little pale ale from a brewery with a small line up, it's got a nice hop kick but it isn't too bitter. Very smooth and drinkable which is just what I'm looking for in a pale ale.
09-21-2008 21:53:18 | More by oriolesfan4
3.18/5 rDev -1.5%
For a $5 a sixer beer its not bad, that being said...
Fairly pale pour without much head or lacing. Sweet smell with a strange hop aroma, dont quite know how to describe it, basically I can tell its supposed to be hops, but it doesnt smell floral or citrusy or and of the traditional thing. Taste is a fairly weak and is basically light, unoffensive beer with with strange hops. It doesnt taste bad, but I just dont want to drink it.
Need a cheap, non-crappy beer fix? Give it a try.
02-11-2006 18:55:37 | More by tempest
Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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