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

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BA SCORE
74
okay

440 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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bashiba

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with a very creamy white head that seems to linger for a while and leaves the sides of my glasses white. Nice

The smell is pretty good with some malt arouma but mostly you can just smell the nice hops.

The taste is clearly dominated by the hops, while still not being to strong. You can taste a little bit of the malts, and there is some nice citrus taste coming through, but mostly the hops, not to bad.

The mouthfeel is pretty good with nice carbonation and a creaminess to it that makes it pretty decent.

The drinkability is solid on this, not fantastic but rates a little higher if you are on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 03:20:44 | More by bashiba
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 02:56:52 | More by WesWes
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish-copper, attractive. Head rises to 1/2 an inch, moderate staying power but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is reserved, slightly hoppy but slightly detergent as well, to my nose. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is a little light, especially at the close. Malt backbone is just a touch weak, a bit of shortbread. The hops are distinct and felt early, grapefruit-orange amarillo-like that gets pithier and stronger toward the back. Better than I expected, could have used better body and malt balance but its a decent Pale Ale and along with the Amber Lager and six Honey Brown Lagers in an eight-pack for $5.25 -- a dang decent value.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 14:52:00 | More by ADR
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a coppery amber with a medium sized white head. Smell is fresh and mildly hoppy. Taste is dominated by the hops, but it's not an "in your face" hoppiness. Interesting hop flavor... I checked the High Falls website: it's Cascade, Tomahawk, and Amarillo. Nice. Citrus and a little herbal/floral. I initially sampled this too cold and it had an odd aftertaste, but that faded and it finished cleanly after it had warmed a bit. Light caramel malt flavor under the hops. This tasted surprisingly similar to a Pale Ale I recently homebrewed with pale and crystal malts and Cascade hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 03:15:46 | More by jimdkc
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BillyBrew

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to travel to Mount Desert Island for this one, as I could not find the Honey Brown mix-pack around Portland.

Coppery-amber color with a chunky, fine white head that sticks and lasts.

Sweet and slightly-floral hop nose. Thin, sweet malt.

Thin malt sweetness. Not really rich at all, just dry sweetness. The hops strart solidly floral, then fade to a light oiliness Taste slighty unbalanced with a thinnish, sweet malt and lingering and more complex hop profile.

A light-medium body that finishes with a ligering hoppy dryness.

Pretty good for big brewer. Not a particularily good pale, but a tastey beer nonetheless. Great taste for the cost!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 22:21:17 | More by BillyBrew
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shirfan

New York

3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper, with a decent off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer of lacing.

Smell of brown sugar, with lesser aromas of citrus and bready malt.

Taste: How did High Falls pull this off?? Not the greatest APA around by any stretch, but far better than I expected from the same folks that churn out Genny and Honey Brown. Starts with up front, slightly rough bitterness...and a decent amount of it. A touch of Cascades flavor pokes through before a bready, very dry finish. Malt body is fairly thin, I suppose it's permissible instead of throwing in mass adjuncts, as this was only 4.50 a sixer.

Not bad at all for the price and origin.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 16:49:50 | More by shirfan
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texashammer

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color. Very little head. Beautiful malty smells of brown sugar, molasses. Smell really excited me, but the taste became very hoppy and bitter in an unpleasant way. Not a floral, citrus, or veggie hop, but a bitter almost skunky hop. I don't mean to be that harsh though. Quite drinkable and smooth, a very decent american pale ale and plenty true to the style. Finishes sweet. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 21:07:19 | More by texashammer
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am truly impressed with this beer. I haven't had an american pale ale that was this good in quite a while. The nose is very hoppy, but the malts come through as well. The beer is amber colored with a foamy, tan one-finger head. The mouthfeel is excellent, with a very nice malt profile to pair with the hops. Very drinkable and smooth. Great job, High Falls.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 00:39:27 | More by Maestro
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of JW Dundees HB, while I am glad that a macrobrewer can put out some decent "other than golden beers" , thier HB was always sweet and not my thing. I had A-B's Michelob Hefe-Weizen and Amber Bock and thought they were OKAY. So, when I went into a different store today, and saw these, 4.99 for a 6, I thought I'd try it. Expecting average, I was in for a surprise.

Appearence: The dark amber I'd associate with Pale Ale with a good head (mostly from pouring it in the glass too quick and the quick-freeze I put on it to sample.)

Smell: A slight fruit smell, a little malty scent, I knew this was something different from a Macro brewer.

Mouthfeel: After the initial flavor subsides, it goes down like an average beer.

Taste: Good. Maybe a bit lower than Goose and Sierra and even other Pales I've tasted but still, damn good. Just a hint of the fruityness of the hops, a distinct malt taste, a notch less bitter and a little sweet. I cannot believe this comes from the people that brew Genny!

Drinkability: The price, even if it goes up a bit to match Goose or Sierra, is very good. That makes this very drinkable to me. Flavor beats any beer I get in a 6 for less than a five and beats a few that I pay more for. A tasty beer that may become a regular beer in my fridge.

Summary: Remember when the macros promoted thier "tiny brands" as being really good? (Planck Road Brewery anyone?) This REALLY DOES taste good! I'll try the amber next and hopefully these won't be the last craft brews from High Falls. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 05:00:47 | More by Ricochet
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rugbycritic

New York

4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of our hometown brewer. We have wanted to see them make a move for a better presence in the craft segment. This is the other one.

This also has a nice dark red color with copper hints. A bolder aroma hopping rate is evident, along with more bitterness. There is a firmer malt presence to stand up to the hops. Head is nice, not overly so. Sticks to the glass for a bit of that lovely lace.

I hope that this along with the Amber Lager is the beginning of something new from High Falls. I'd love to see more interesting brews coming out with presentation similar to Saranac; their Trail Mix and Twelve Beers of Christmas.

Let have some fun. Where do I buy this stuff?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 02:59:57 | More by rugbycritic
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

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

I was surprised to find this product in a small package store on Cape Cod. Finally, since the days of the older versions of 12 Horse Ale, the folks at Genesee have brewed an ale with some real body and taste to it. Nice copper color, decent smell and lasting head. This is by no means a high-powered ale but it has enough in the way of hops to create a definite ale taste. I've not been a fan of the Dundee's Honey Brown because of its excessive sweetness - this product does not suffer from that problem. It was priced at about $2 less per 6-pack than the regional micros at the store of origin - if it continues at that differential, it could be an excellent crossover and/or session ale. Enough taste for an existing micro fan but not too extreme for the potential micro fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 19:25:08 | More by Greenlabel
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice orange amber color, stiff creamy head recedes slowly, leaving think ribbons of lace at the top of the glass.

Aroma - clean grainy aroma. Just barely able to pick up a whiff of roastiness. Pleasant but not much here to smell.

Taste - a low-key malt base to start. A light roasted grain flavor provides the base for a smooth blend of 3 different hop varieties. Citric notes up front, a nice smooth bitterness to follow, ending with an orangey, mild flowery finish. As it warms and my mouth adjusts to the hops, the initial malt taste gets more noticeable, balancing the beer out well. The aftertaste is a lingering combo of pale and caramel malts and a grapefruit rind taste.

Mouthfeel - good play of bubbles and smoothness, adequate for the style.

Drinkability - of the now-three JW Dundee's varieties, the Honey Brown just got dropped to 3rd behind the new Amber and the this new one. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 21:03:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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John

New York

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. Brand new all malt brew (it's officially adjunct free), Dundee's pale pours crystal clear copper. The head is pillowy and steady and leaves a decorative lace. Impressive and usually the mark of a quality brew. Aroma is faint initially but is awakened by a gentle swirl. It consists of hops primarily, displaying the Tomahawk, Amarillo and Cascade varieties. The malt lends a biscuity light caramel sweetness to the nose. The flavor first shows off its hop bitterness. Malt stays hidden until it warms a bit. As the temperature rises the flavors blend ideally. I recommend consuming at or near cellar temperature. Malt base sweetens and is quickly balanced by a hop profile that combines spicy, pine and citrus elements. A solid brew that has the hop bitterness nailed down. IMHO, a bit more hop aroma and flavor would push this beer to the next level but I'm enjoying it more and more each time I drink it. Good quality brew priced at or near Honey Brown cost, this will be a good value for the buck. Looking forward to more of these type of offerings perhaps in seasonal beers. How's about an a$$ kickin IPA? Nice job overall by High Falls.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 01:55:07 | More by John
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Crosling

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What an honor it is to be the first reviewer of JW Dundee's Pale Ale. I wish instead of Dundee's this beer said Lees and instead of Pale I wish it said Harvest but oh well.

Copper.

Mildly aromatic, somewhat adjunct infested and macro-like but still pleasing in a few ways. Hints of orange, clean pale grains and "just a kiss of the hops" in the nose.

Obviously this is a pale ale trying to appeal to the masses, trying to gain acceptance from the usual "Honey Brown" crowd, but still, there is enough flavor to be appreciated, in fact, this is a pleasant surprise. The malt backround is fairly subtle but still creamy with a hint of biscuits and caramel. The hops are fruity and flavorful providing some excellent hop flavor of orange, citrus fruits and lemon while eliminating almost all bitterness.

I won't ever be having this again, but it is refreshing to see such a large brewer buck the trend and brew a semi flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 14:06:29 | More by Crosling
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample 12 oz bottle. from a rep. no label Pours a burnt orange sunset color, with a decent sized soapy head that vanished quickly. Aroma was slightly hoppy, with a little sweet maltiness. flavor was citrus hops (grapefruit) with a little caramel malt in there. crisp bitter finish. nice easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 06:02:35 | More by Padron4KM
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