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

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 08-16-2004

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of BigRedN
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.49/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of FormatKid
3.81/5  rDev +18%
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"


Photo of palma
3.78/5  rDev +17%
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.

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

Sampled at Yankee Spirits Octoberfest Sturbridge MA.
This beer pours a golden/copper color with a two finger head that remains throughout the beer leaving moderate lacing. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy with a scent of malt underneath. It has a thin malty body but is overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Drinkability - great, before I knew it my beer was gone and I was reaching for another!

Reflection: I can't believe that this is the same company that makes Golden Anniversary! If they keep the great price point(a couple dollars less than your average micro pale ale) you might see alot of people switching over from their usual brand.

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

This JW Dundee's Pale Ale by Falls Brewing Co. pours a clean clear copper colour with a respectable white head that leaves a fine lace till the end.

The aroma has a slight sweet and floral nose with malt detected in the background.

Clean, crisp, smooth roasted grain flavor, well balanced by the three different hops used. Taste and balance improves as this brew warms in the glass.

No funky or strange aftertaste detected in the finish.

IMHO this is a very good Pale Ale with that great hops bite without being overly bitter and without taking a huge bite out of your wallet.


Photo of mgdeth
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A thick foamy head formed on the pour, and some head remained until the last drop. Nice dark coppery-orange color.

Smell - Hop aroma is present, as is a touch of malt.

Taste - Hmmm. Better than expected, given my past experience with Dundee's Honey Brown. As a matter of fact, this beer tastes pretty good - bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Hop aftertate lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Appropriate for an American pale ale. Those of you who may have expected a more watery beer are in for a pleasant surprise.

Drinkability - Easy drinkin'. Nice hop profile, reasonable maltiness. This beer might be a good one to share with craft beer neophytes. Experienced craft beer drinkers will probably look at this as a "session" beer.

Comments - In a craft beer world where everyone seems to be looking for the next "extreme" thing, this beer will not stand out. However, getting back to basics, I think Dundee's has put forth a respectable effort with this beer.

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

This is the first time I've paid five dollars for a six pack of something that actually had "Ale" on the label instead of lager. Well, there was that Lawson's Creek dreck that called itself a stout but turned out to be red kool-aid, but back to topic. I've been reluctant to try this beer since it's made by the same people that make Honey Effing Lager, but my curiosity got the best of me.

Appearance - Nice Amber Color and decent head retention.

Smell - Holy crap! Is that hops I smell? Nice light hoppy, biscuity aroma. I've never smelt hops in anything this cheap.

Taste - Well I'll be damned. Nice crisp cascade hoppy, spicy bite. Do I wish there were more hops? Of course I do. But I'll forgive them since this only set me back five bucks. Slightly sweet malt finish there as well. This is a decent American Pale.

Drinkability - High. Fairly simple beer that requires little brainwork. For anyone who has been introduced to hops, this should be easy to drink.

This is slightly more expensive than your average sub-premium MacroSwill. Obviously, this is not macroswill by any means. Of course I'm not calling this a great beer, it's just an exceptional value. Most of the time when I spend this much on a six pack of beer, I'm satisfied when it lacks bad characteristcs. This goes as far as to have pleasing, although not earth-shattering, flavor and aroma. I enjoyed this beer. I highly reccomend this as a fallback to other BA's who are poor college students.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, without any freshnesss dating to be had. Pours amber/almond, raising a medium bubble head with good retention, leaves moderate lacing. Lively carbonation, with streams of bubbles continuing to rise up. Faint bready nose. Medium bodied, notes of minerals, soft malty center and slight grainy hops in the background. Brit tasting ale. Middle of the road in most aspects, but a decent sessioner. Respectable, if not very exciting brew.

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

Photo of ADR
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.

Photo of jimdkc
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of BillyBrew
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!


Photo of shirfan
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of texashammer
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Maestro
4.27/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of rugbycritic
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
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?

Photo of Greenlabel
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of John
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
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.


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.

Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.