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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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446 Ratings

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.72%
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 EPseja
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, was actually looking for something a little more mainstream as well as cheaper for this week. Thought I would try a six of the JW Dundee’s (High Falls) Pale Ale as in college (small budget) I enjoyed the Michael Shea’s B&T. Not really expecting much from a small macro producer, I must say I was quite happy with it. Poured to a dark golden/amber color with a nice sized creamy head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated with a caramel like malts and a lesser piney like hop essence. The taste is very smooth at first then breaks away to a fairly sharp piney hop flavor that does not last long but gives it a nice flavor. Over all for the price and being a macro, this is a very good brew, man am I surprised! Happy that I have actually found a macro brewery that seems like they might get it! I will have this again when my budget is stretched!

Stimack, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Might be one of the worst pales I’ve ever had. I tasted this beer as a promo before it was released and right off the bat it had an old taste to it. Positively a beer that you can tell is mass produced so the quality takes a nose dive. It was quite cloudy for a pale, had almost a bad tap water taste. One positive thing is I can see it being a sort of beginner pale and might get some macro beer drinkers to cross over to more quality beers. I only had one bottle of this beer that was given to me. Had I bought a full 6pk I would have given the remaining 5 to someone I don't like.

RoBotGod, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was a little suprised by this beer. Bought a case on a whim at the local distributer and just bought my second case. Pours a beautifel copper color with ultra-ling lasting head. Enough of a smell of hops to let you know its there without over-whelming you. good beer to drink when you're having more than ne

tgbljb, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked thisone up in Michigan as part of the Honey Brown sample pack. So far its not available in Ohio, for ive been looking & waiting.
It poured a nice amber color with a white head that held up about an inch. Lace was fair but hindered perhaps by plenty of carbonation. Some fizz could be heard, but passes for reasonable. The aroma, while not super strong was mostly citric hop with notes of pine. The taste, while the hop carries the bulk with a mild dose of citric hop, a sweet toasted malt with hints of caramel stand up to be noticed.
A good over-all pale, but I agree with other reviews, abit mild for the style.

chilidog, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Completely uninformative bottle
Aroma: Full hop aroma, more of an English hop smell, with a slightly “dusty” malt base
Appearance: Red glass with a good cover of tiny off white bubbles that laced nicely.
Flavor: Solid malt base almost overpowers the hops. The hops seem to be later additions with only a mild bittering level, rather nice really. Hop level does seem a bit low for an APA, this seems more of an English Pale Ale. Nice balance though with no obvious flaws.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, surprisingly thick with a good chew and a slightly oily yet dry finish. Nice.
Overall Impression: A good brew, but a bit mild for the style. There’s nothing wrong here, just not enough “wow” factor going on. Nice full mouthfeel, but that drags drinkability down a touch. Enjoying this one, but it would be a bit thick for a session. It had an odd off-sweet quality when I paired it with my dinner (broccoli-cheese casserole), almost an adjunct corn flavor I didn’t note when tasting alone: odd.

HardTarget, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JW Dundee’s “American” Pale Ale pours a lovely deep copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with twist off cap. Head went to over three fingers before settling down to a full, thick carpet of foam with lace up and down the walls of my glass.

Nose is a floral hops and a whiff of alcohol, not unlike a good IPA (India Pale Ale). Palate is a well floral hopped barley malt and the bite of carbonation.

This “American” Pale Ale by JW Dundee’s brewery is full flavored, full bodied, and full of good taste... what’s not to like?

BeerBob, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mellowed copper color with a large and densely packed snow-white cloudtop head, with excellent retention. Only an occasional bubble rises to the surface. There is an abundance of broken lace in scattered patches about the glass walls.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops dominate, beneath there are notes of caramel malt.

Taste: Begins with a pronounced caramel malt note, toasted malt flavors follow on, these soon give way to a wave of pine and grapefruit hops, which linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasant, should be enjoyable to all but the most fanatical hopheads.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce twist-off brown glass longneck. Served in a standard pint tapglass.

Pegasus, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was about as average of pale ale as you can get. Average malt and hops for a PA, in scent and taste. Average bronze color. A little more roasted malt flavor than the average PA, and a little drier, but it really doesn't have any positive or negative effect on the beer. Average.

TastyTaste, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, walnut-color, with a half inch of head. Fair lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant nutty malt with a good, spicy/citrusy hop nose.

Flavor: A toasted biscuit malt flavor up front, with a good amount of bitterness and some citrusy hop flavor. Finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Higher than moderate carbonation, avg mouthfeel.

Quite a bit better than I expected, given the price. A decent session beer.

allengarvin, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's one inch of pale tan, fizzy head. The beer is clear; a red/amber. There are a couple of random spots of lacing. Nose is fruity, caramely, with a little sour milk. Front is sour, bitter and a lttle nutty. Sour maltiness through the middle. It's not sweet. Bitter finish, a touch metallic when cool, and still that sourness. It's not great. It tames a little with temperature and sweetens up front some. Not many tastes, some of them bad.

kbub6f, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/golden hue with a small (one-inch) white head that doesn't last very long. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and a touch of sweet, adjunct malt. Slightly foamy body holds a palate of lightly spicy floral hops, tempered with a bit of sweet roasted malt and a touch of honey. The hops take control of the flavor and really linger on the finish, becoming a tad bitter on the aftertaste. A perfectly serviceable pale ale, made much more attractive by the $3.79/6pk price tag.

ElGordo, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this the same brewery that puts out JW dundee's Honeybrown??

Pours a medium Amber with a decent white 2 finger head that died off quick.. Aroma is of pinesol and caramel. It is the Taste that is surprising. It is a very well paced pale ale.. Nicely hopped very balanced.. The hops are actually there. Mouthfeel is good well carbonated, Drinkability is Tip Top This is one sessionable brew..

Wow this is going on top of my list of cheap Pale Ales with Saranac.
While I have long had hatred for the Dundee Honey Brown-- This beer redeems it and has taken a spot in my surprise beer of 2004

TinusTime, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a white head. Has a faint hop and sweet malt smell. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Taste is caramel sweet malt with a nicely bitter hop bite to finish. A most tasty pale ale and only $4.00 a six pack.

beerceller99, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Im quite surprised with this offering from High Falls. A sixer of these was only like $6 which is really cheap for Michigan standards. Smell is faint but somewhat sweet, the further I go though I notice an earthiness, kind of bitter in a way, in the aroma. Flavor begins with a toasted caramel/toffee malt sweetness, drier pale malt flavors fall in line next. Hops are noticeable and work well with the malts. I can't really distinguish the dominant hop flavor. They're a little muddled sometimes tasting fruity then earthy then just bitter. I like it but there's not dominant hoppiness to this beer. Finish is a lingering toasted flavor, reminds me a little of an english muffin (weird huh?). Body's a bit weak but there is good carbonation here. Even with the muddled hops this is smooth and easy drinking. Considering the price this is really a good beer. Very sessionable.

granger10, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High Falls is often joked about. Most people consider their beers lackluster if not worse, but Dundee's Pale Ale proves that a bigger brewery, let alone High Falls can put out a quality ale.
Though it's not the superior quality of most of the micro pale ales, you shouldn't expect this kind of quality from a macro. The pour is not half bad. Light orange in colour with a moderate head. The aroma is lightly hopped as is the taste. I find thgis to be one of the most non offensive pale ales on the market and great for the rookie beer drinker.

CBFanWish, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a nice light beige head, good carbonation. and decent lace. Nice light hoppy aroma and flavor; a bit citrusy but malt certainly domionates in the end. Light-medium bodied with a light bitterness.

A nice intro to style fro macro drinkers and by far one of the best macro Pale Ales I've had.

Per HF website: Cascade, Tomahawk and Amarillo hops. 2 Row Pale Malt with a 60º Lovibond Caramel malt.
ABV: 5.3%
CARBS: 13.5
COLOR: 12º Lovibond

'2304' lasered on neck
Tasted: 12/27/04

RBorsato, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber hue; has a decent pine hoppy aroma that is indeed inviting. Caramel notes up front combined with a blast of hops, some orange peel and lemon notes in the body; a decent amount of carbonation. Medium bodied, yet full of flavors; citrus hops come to life with warming; a bit bitter and at the same time a bit creamy. A dry and hopped-up finish; a solid pale ale that is highly drinkable. Very well done.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a nice bronze with a 2 inch head. Spotty lacing.

The beer has an aroma of fresh citrus and pine. No off smells at all, just hop goodness.

The taste is piney and biting with more than a bit of grapefruit taste. Nice APA here. There is some slightly sweet malt to balance. Nice dry finish. Well made beer here!

The mouthfeel is fine with a good carbonation level. The drinkablity is very good. A nice session beer.

Glad to see this brewery step-up to the plate and deliver. This is nice beer at a nice price and may also be a good conversion beer.

Redrover, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They have a nice looking package for this brew. Label looks as if it is screened on but is printed on clear plastic. The six pack carrier promotes their other brews with photos.
Lots of CO2 charged out of this brew. A one inch plus head with some staying power but no evident lacing. Body is honey colored.

I stuck my nose deep into the pint glass searching for aroma. Alas, no floral or hop notes and just a bit of malty or metallic aroma here.

Like the aroma, the taste was elusive. Nothing offensive, just not Pale Ale style. Better than Genny's macro offerings. On par with the Honey Brown.

I'd say they hit their target on drinkability.

IMO, Dundee is a novelty west of Ohio and a step above Genny east of there. Too bad they couldn't take a chance on a seasonal or specialty beer.

brewQ, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A "freebie" if you will. 1 of two extra bottles in a Honey Brown sampler 8 pack.

Appearance: Amber/copper, with an impressive thick, 3/4 inch head (in a pint glass). Head lasted to the finish (and I took my time savoring this as well). Lacing down the glass.

Smell: I am definitely impressed. Big burst of "fresh" hoppy aroma right at the forefront.

Taste: Definitely pale ale, hoppy. There is a tiny hint of malt in the middle, bfore the hop "bite" catches me as I swallow the beer down.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A definite surprise and an easy drinker. Out of the Honey Brown, Amber Lager, and this, I will probably purchase this one again first.

BigRedN, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. No freshness date. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a great thick creamy off-white head. Head retention was pretty good, and there was a great amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Grainy smell, slight earthy or herbal hops. Slight toasty maly, followed by some husky flavors. Not very clean tasting. Slight hop bitterness, helps balance out. Seems almost more like an English style pale ale. Light body, maybe a bit thin, highly carbonated. Overall, still a nice surprise. Not a great APA, but decent session beer.

Bierguy5, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Curiosity killed the cat, I saw this and had to grab a single. I get a pleasant surprise pouring this out, beaten copper body, big resilent sticky off-white head nearly perfect for style. In the aroma, I can actually smell hops, not violently aggressive hops, but they are definitely assertive in their stance lightly piney, and citrusy. The background of the aroma is a small swelling of sweet malt, and a faint, yet slightly unpleasant minerally/metallic tinge. As a swallow I think the first thing I notice is that this is a tad light, but still serviceable in mouthfeel. Honey sweet malt tickles the front of my palate, flat bitterness develops into subtle pine and citrus flavors…followed by a resurgence of sweet malt and a spicy dry finish. This beer is quenching but the dryness makes you want to take another drink. A nicely balanced APA if not a little thin. I’m still pleasantly surprised! Might I add, for just over $5 a sixer, this one ranks pretty high on the "bang for you buck list"


FormatKid, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of palma
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking brew - orange amber color body with a thick tan head. Leaves a very nice lace all the way to the last drop. Smell is surprisingly very malty. Taste is initially malt followed by a strong hop character. Impressive. You'd think High Falls might cheap out on the hops on this one, but no way - they deliver. Begins tasting a little sour as the beer warms. I was surprised by this new brew by HF. Nicely done.

palma, Nov 07, 2004
Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.