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

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Dundee Pale AleDundee Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

445 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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 67cuda
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer pours a nice golden amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was a bit weak, and was mostly of hops and grain. Not a bad smell, it just could have been more powerful. It tasted pretty good, rather hoppy and a little bit tart. Good sharp mouthfeel, though it is a little dry. As for the drinkability, I didn't have any problem finishing it.. there are certainly better APAs, but I don't think you could find one for as low of a price as this.. And hey, it's a perfectly decent beer.

67cuda, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of macpapi
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Times are tight in the Macpapi household. With the first check from school a week and a half away, the beer budget has been reduced. So, upon seeing this 'new' addition to the local grocery shelves at a mere $4 for a sixer it seemed a necessity to at least give it a try.

Dundee Pale ale pours an amber-copper color with a half-inch head. There is quite a bit of bubble action throughout the glass. Smell is a bit weak. Some hops are present, with an addition of floral and citrus aromas. Overall, though nothing terribly strong. The taste is not bad. Somewhat astringent on the tongue. Hops are more than expected. There is a brief citrus aftertaste to go along with malt presence. In the mouth, this beer is sharp and tart. It is highly carbonated, but not terribly full.

Overall for the price, this is not a bad beer. It has flavor, relatively notable hop presence, but little complexity. Not a bad beer to keep around when times are tight. Still, I'm counting down the days until the University check comes in, so I can replace this with a good sixer of Fourth Dementia or a 750 of Gouden Carolus or the like.

macpapi, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of semihobo
1.93/5  rDev -40.2%

From the Craft Pack.

One of the ugliest, most pock marked, lumpiest heads ever (kinda my fault on a goofy pour but I had to remark). Okay lace on the sides though once the head fizzled. Color is kinda red, kinda orange, almost golden at the edges. Nice. Some bubbling.

Smells like grain (corn), moldy hops, and alcohol. Offensive.

Taste isn't quite as bad, there are more hops here (still not excessive at all). Metallic-egg taste of well water in the country. More adjuncts, stuff that causes the bad beer face like Milwaukee's Best. B-grade hops with some amber malts.

Overcarbonated start adds to the nastiness, and there's a bad mouthfeel that accompanies the metal taste. The malt gives it a little more body though, which is clutch -- hops and thin carbonated beverage wouldn't be nice.

I don't like how this beer tastes and had to struggle a little to get it down. I think it's a bad APA, really low end. However, I give it props for that, as I didn't think there was a macro APA. Well, I'm proud of High Falls for shooting for the 12-pack-for-$7 APA market. Maybe a good choice for someone who thinks he likes hops but doesn't really and is posing?

As a side note, I've drank a half dozen of these this year and maybe this batch is worse than normal -- they're not usually this bad.

semihobo, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Second JWs from the "8 pack"
Nice enough looking amber/dark orange colour..large foamy thick off white head.
Aroma very subdued for an American pale..though the hops are there if you inhale deeply enough.
Taste is actually ok..starts slightly sweet and caramel malts then theres a nice slighly citric hop taste though its very slight for the style.
Pretty nice on the palate..the mouthfeel is slightly dry.
Its a nice enough beer to quaff..but not a great pale ale.

Reidrover, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of nortmand
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours caramel amber, with some white head and a bit of lacing.
Astringent caramel smell with a citrus background.
Taste is roasty sweet, ending in a braodly termed "hoppy bitterness"
Decent mouthfeel, bubbly and smooth, average/
Pretty approachable and not bad, so fairly drinkable.
This is good when the rest of this breweries beers are considered, but against other pales, is just average, like my review indicates.

nortmand, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear medium amber color with a short off-white head that settles into a creamy lace. Toasted malts are present in the nose along with some piney hops and medicinal aromas. There’s a good deal of caramel in the taste along with a light fruitiness. The same medicinal piney hops that were in the aroma come across towards the finish of the tasting with a bit of an oily texture. The medicinal quality becomes even more pronounced in the aftertaste. Not bad, but there are plenty of superior pale ales to be found.

Morris729, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours from the bottle a deep amber red with a nice fluffy two finger off white head. Vibrant with lots of red hues coming through. Aromas of bready cereal grains and a mellow caramel melding with citrusy hop aromas that almost seem artificial to me. Candy sweetness and dirty herbal notes.

First sip brings a bready, slightly cardboard infused caramel maltiness alongside an earthy grapefruity citric hoppiness. Sweet upfront with a mellow bitterness on the back of the palate. A bit too bready and dry for me...just seems a bit muddled. Still..it's not a bad APA for the price.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation that rushes across the tongue. Quite satisfying...but ultimately leaves me looking for more. Probably not one I'll pick up again unless I'm strapped for cash..there are just too many better APA's out there.

orbitalr0x, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Rootdog316
3.23/5  rDev 0%

JW Dundee Pale Ale is an American style pale ale in the tradition of beers such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. They're usually balanced and well-hopped with Pacific Northwest hop varieties such as Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo. Of course, where Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is eight dollars for a six-pack, this is 4.99. That's as much as a six-pack of Budweiser!

Rootdog316, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Great drinkin’ value Pale Ale ! Clear, amber pour produced a massive and foamy tan head –superb lacing throughout the pint. Citrusy & malty aroma, with a touch of floral. Sweet malt quaff to start, small hop finish (could have been more hoppy!). Proper carbonation – this is an excellent summer session brew, and at a great price!

Vancer, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of lokicat444
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance is pleasing after the initial pour, a vibrant orange with good head retention. Sweetness is the first thing I notice on taking a sip. A caramel taste then becomes apparent. Hops are noticeable, but muted, most detectable as an aftertaste. A pretty balanced brew, I don't think many people would be turned off by it. On the downside however, mouthfeel is a little weak, rather thin.

Overall, reminds me a lot of Bass in flavor; it's really more of an english pale ale than an american in my opinion. I found a six pack on sale for $4; at that price, it is well-worth the value, at least to try it once.

lokicat444, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Simple brown bottle, pours out nicely with a well-built, off-white head that lingers for a while. Golden/amber colored, very noticeable carbonation. Crystal clear in appearance. Lace clings nice to the glass.

Smell is nothing spectacular, slightly grainy and sweet.

Nice hop bitterness punch when first sipped, then turns dry with lingering corn flavors. Overall a pleasant taste.

Very refreshing brew, and extremely drinkable. Not my favorite of the pale ales I've tried lately, but definitely not one I would turn down.

bobbyc881, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%

Bright! Clear, amber-gold in hue. Honestly the liquid is so bright (and clear) it worries me that it is over-filtered. The head was white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, it quickly faded to a soapy cap. There is minimal spotty lacing. The appearance turned out to be the bright spot of this beer, how puny.

The nose is airy; it is lightly fruity and malty with a trace of caramel. Hops are weak but noticeable at the back. They offer a woody, pine kiss. The nose smells like ale but not Pale Ale (especially and APA). Fair potency but it still fails to be inviting because it is not talkative enough. Overall, the nose is okay.

The palate tastes like a cheap Pale Ale… and I don’t care for it. Sure it is better than the worst BMC but I’d drink a High Life over this. Hell, Fat Tire and Boulevard Pale Ale are better tasting and the same price. The flavors from the hops are lean suggestions of woody-pine, lightly bitter. The maltiness is equally skinny and tastes like caramel, it does blend perfectly with some berry fruitiness. The aftertaste is more complete then is the actual taste while it is in my mouth. This is a BBQ beer, a crossover beer, and it is nothing more. I believe it is cheaper in other parts of the country, if so, then it would be a good cheap date but it doesn’t suit my tastes. This is not a good Pale Ale. Plus, it really falls apart after the first few sips; it is harsh and weak. Lame.

Almost medium in body, low carbonation but it is workable. The mouthfeel struggles to be average.

I have little desire to finish my glass; it just isn’t a very good beer. Oh well. I purchased my 12-ounce bottle in Omaha. I might give it one more try but it is not something I will seek out. Blah.

bditty187, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of flaminghomer
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%

not bad, not bad at all. when i first smelled and tasted this beer i was shocked at how close it resembled a traditional english pale ale. it is very well balanced with great malt and hop flavors and aromas. if it wasn't for the slight metallic taste this would be one of my stand-by beers. it's great for the price.

flaminghomer, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%

The color is copper with a large and very thick head. Retention is very good. Aroma has more malt than expected, caramel, with some piney hoppiness. The taste strikes a nice balance between the malts and hops. Malt flavor is stronger compared to the hops than the typical west coast SNPA-type pale ales I'm used to getting in Texas. Still, there is plenty hop flavor and bitterness to go around. Drinkability is very good and the only problem with the mouthfeel is that it seems to be just a bit watery. Dundee's Pale Ale is a great deal seeing as how I only paid about $4.60 for a sixer. If I could get more beer of this quality at the same price, I would be an even happier BA.

Gagnonsux, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Considering who is making this and their past brews this is a really nice attempt. I do have faith though that if they make more beers at this level that things will only get better. This pours a really nice copper color with a nice uneven white head. The smell is malty AND hoppy, really nice. The taste is fairly hoppy and a little bitter. I picked up a little caramel sweetness that is nice but it si barely noticeable. A little more of thise would have helped balanced things out. This is a really solid brew even if it is a little thin and macroey. Fairly drinkable.

kbnooshay, May 30, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours a rich copper color, treading toward orange, with a respectable white head. It’s an average looking, but appealing pale ale. The aroma is pretty malty, with just a little hops. I like ales with a nice malt balance, so I found this aroma pretty nice. It borders on being syrupy and overly sweet, which was a little distracting. A hop bite kicks in by the finish, but aside from being a little resiny, it isn’t really remarkable. Caramel and fruit in the fore-and mid-taste. Lightly carbonated, with medium body. This is a respectable, enjoyable brew. I’d be happy to pick up a case for a party.

Suds, May 30, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%

$2.99/6 - which means i've got to try it out with that lovely $12.14 remaining in my checking account.

Pours out a standard sun-twinged copper with a slight head that poofs with the pour. Nice wisps of lace even in this possibly contaminated drinking vessel (read: not beer-clean)

Nose is toasty grain with a hint of slight plastic.

Taste reverberates the toastiness on the nose but with a more pleasing, balanced malt flavor than expected. Hops play a purely supporting role here, with a slight bitterness that lurks under an all around modest biscuity surface.

Mouthfeel is appropriate to style, with a nice lingering mild-ale softness.

Drinkability isn't exceptional, but definetely not off-putting or drain-pour inciting.

Nothing spectacular, but that wasn't what I was looking for. A pleasant surprise, especially for the price. Seems to be the type of beer you could offer as a placeholder for better beer in times of financial crunches, or at least as a nice crossover - this one won't offend anyone and retains some macro quality.

This beer screams to be a reserve tipple for when the better beer is gone and you want something harmless but tasty to finish the night with.

GreenWBush, May 16, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%

A great bang for your buck beer.
Almost looks like Bass with a nice, deep, clear amber color. Smells pretty hoppy.
The taste is even hoppier. Has a good crisp taste with malt flavors supporting underneath.
It would be very easy to drink lots of these.
This beer makes me want to see this brewery make an IPA. I think they could make a great one.

ommegangpbr, May 15, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%

At less than 5 bucks a six pack, I consider this a poor man's Sierra Nevada. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nice full head. Faint aroma of caramel malt balances the piney, citrusy hops. Taste is what you expect from a pale ale, crisp and hoppy with a clean finish. This one hits the mark!

clemtig76, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Man, this is a good looking beer. Amber pour with a huge fluffy head. Really a monstrous head on here. The smell has a lot of caramel in it with a slight hoppy tone. There's also a slightly cloying sweetness in the nose. The taste is okay, a little bit of hoppiness for some bittering but with a pretty big malt/fruity flavor with a lot of sweetness. Overall, for a cheap brew, it's pretty tasty and a nice alternative to a macro. In with the good craft brews, it doesn't hold much of a candle.

whartontallboy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%

$4.99 for a sixer at the Tops supermarket in East Aurora, NY.

I'm glad to see High Falls Brewing expand their line-up with another decent affordable beer, I've been a fan of JW Dundee's Honey Brown for years. This new pale ale is an inexpensive and enjoyable alternative to macrobrew swill.

This Pale Ale pours a nice amber color topped with a 2-3 finger head of small off-white bubbles. Nose is pleasant, consisting of a light fruitiness with grain and slight hops. Carbonation is the first impression as it hits the tongue, with well-rounded hops from beginning to end and lingering in the aftertaste. This beer is simply a good moderately hearty dose of bitter hops on a grainy background. If I really search hard I find something light up front, maybe apple, then caramel in the middle and licorice in the end, but that's probably too much analysis for this simple brew. This is a good pale ale to keep around for everyday drinking- it won't impress too much, but it won't disappoint either. I will buy again at this price.

BeerNinja007, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%

Clear light copper color with a small compact rocky off-white cap. Good amounts of lacing speckles across the glass.

Aroma is soft and blended with a twist of toffee and caramel sweetness over a dry balsalm woodish hop. Little bits of dullish citrus fruit float by every now and then.

Taste is about the same, an easy, well mannered display of woodish hops bringing in some dry pine dust, very slight fruityness trickles through. The malts don't come in as well as what the smell leads to. They're fairly set in the background without much addition to flavor profile other then keeping the hops from getting to overly dry and woodish. There's a particular sweetness about it though that does fashion some balance.

Feel is shy of a medium body with a feeling of, "What? Thats it?" about it. Seems to work with the flavors though as it maintains a comfortable smoothness and very easy hop profile. Finishes short with some wood dryness and flattens out some more into a cardboard fluff.

Deceptively drinkable though. Its a step in the right direction...with a little tweaking in the right manner this could be pretty good. It's not all that bad really, but perhaps could get boring after two or more.

tavernjef, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of EPseja
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Served at recommended temperature in a pint glass. Slightly disappointed by the twist-off cap.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful honey amber color and formed a respectable head that slowly dimished to a thin but cohesive mat. Very pretty.

Smell: Sweet with floral hop notes and a distinct clover honey overtone. Also, caramel and medium bodied malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The initial taste was light and sweet with a nuance of the coming hop bitterness. The body then turned a bit weak in the middle. The finish, while crisp and hoppy, also had a metallic (adjuncty?) twinge that was a bit disappointing, but not enough so to have it detract from the overall picture. The mouthfeel, was very nice and round. Decently carbonated, but not fizzy. The drinkability of this beer would be decent in warmer weather, but I could find better beers to enjoy in cooler weather.

Overall, at $5.00 for a six pack, this beer is a great value. Of course however, low price sometimes comes at the loss of some quality.

EPseja, Mar 19, 2005
Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.