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Pale Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%

Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-25-2013)
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Photo of goldenbear


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong nose of hop aroma. Citrus pine off the start, just what I like in a California pale ale. Lower ABV and a drinkability with an almost IPA type flavor. Approachable and session able. Exactly how a cascade base pale should be. Subtle hints of Simcoe and Chinook add to the aroma, it must be late edition hop or dry hopped. Clean with nice lace on the glass. Could be a top pale ale offering from San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 05:43:15 | More by goldenbear
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and pine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop profile that makes for a crisp and tasty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:15:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of notchucknorris


3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Fades a bit quickly, but this has a good look.

S: A pretty light aroma, but has a nice floral and pine hop aroma with some cereal and biscuity malt. Nothing amazing, but it does smell good.

T: It's light on flavor as well, but it has some good notes of floral hops, honey, light cereal malt and some caramel. It's not the best pale ale out there, but it's both approachable and drinkable. A pale ale nearly everyone will like, though maybe not love.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 21:24:54 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Drewgthedog


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:Golden in color, see through, with small foam head, well carbonated.

S: Smells of hops and pine

T: Taste is well balanced with flavors of hops,malty, and pretty light. Easier to drink.

O: Overall Saint Archer makes a good pale ale. This was the first drink i have had from Saint Archer and it was good enough for me to want to try more from their brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 07:58:56 | More by Drewgthedog
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 14-oz. draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Burger Lounge in Kensington (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.95
Purchased: Aug. 2, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden orange clear color with one finger of off-white head when I got it. Good amount of foamy icy lacing along the sides on the way down. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled floral hops, lemon grass, orange, tangerine, yeast, bread and wheat.

Tasted grass, wheat, lemon, honey, orange zest and floral hops.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

A pretty good pale ale overall. Nice for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 06:45:31 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of hopsputin


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

drank 3/14/14 - no bottle date

a: hazy golden burnt caramel orange with a 2 finger solid cooked marshmallow head

s: hops right away, not really in the bitter sense. dank mango, pineapple, piney. PNW smelling. strawberry? then there is some thick dank caramel-y malt smell. hint of pepper. finishes with juicy tropical fruit and bready yeast

t: more bitter than the smell indicated. its a one sided piney/grapefruit bitterness with a HINT of that dank ripe mango in there. middle of the mouth grassy and earthy (think cold tea). finishes with just a hint of sweetness from tropical fruit and zesty citrus

m: pretty light actually. carbonation isn't that high either

o: this is the kind of beer i can see someone liking more as they drink. my first impression is that the flavor is a little to unbalanced and one dimensional. the disadvantage is that it misses out on a bunch of tropical fruit flavors i think would work well. the advantage is that it has a light mouthfeel and is easy to drink - though beware this is more bitter than you'd expect from the nose. in the end i'd like a little less bitter and more fruity. mouthfeel is good for session beer

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:50:02 | More by hopsputin
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with a nice foam in the glass with every pour. Very light mouthfeel with virtually no malty body. Nose of flowery hops. The thin, light, and crisp style of Pale Ale. Resiny and a little hot with a lingering piney taste. Flavors include some herbal notes with cilantro and alfalfa. Some warm notes of malt, finally, with a light cracker taste.

Quite drinkable with the moderate alcohol content and should appeal to the hop afficianado. Brewer rates this at 40 IBUs with Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe hops. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego for a surprisingly modest $4.15. Yet another brewery to show up out of nowhere in the San Diego region.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 06:16:20 | More by mactrail
Photo of Dowlers


3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at South Beach in Ocean Beach San Diego

Appearance) Darker yellow in appearance. Well carbonated but not great head retention, possibly as we were drinking pitchers

Smell) Nothing overpowering but smelt slightly grassy to me

Taste) Decent hop flavor without much maltyness on the follow through. Tasted light and dry. Very refreshing and very drinkable. Grassy and slightly citrus.

Mouth feel) Pretty light for this style. Didn't pick up much malt flavors and plenty of carbonation made it fresh.

Overall) Very tasty summer afternoon beer. Feels like a slightly hoppier version of Ballast Points Yellowtail Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 00:54:31 | More by Dowlers
Photo of DoubleJ


3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine. Into a pint glass it goes. On to the beer:

Going into the light orange shade with a semi-creamy head on top. Visible carbonation bubbles run through the beer. Good quantities of lace leaves itself around the glass. The aroma brings sweet grapefruit, pine, some resin, and a kiss of diacetyl. Smells like an "old school" APA.

Taste has some grapefruit juice. There's a tint of caramelizationn of the malt and some lemon and resin. A little astringent is the overall flavor too. It's a little lighter per style, and has an agreeable crispness which cleans the palate.

Solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 05:28:01 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of ehammond1

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden and light amber with a moderately-sized off-white head. Some sticky lacing. Pretty enough pale.

Floral hop elements and a bit of a pine aroma as well. Some definitely grain and pale malt for balance. Decent, and the best aspect of this beer.

Moderately bitter, faint floral hop elements, and bready, cereal, pale malts combine for a somewhat simple, drinkable, pale ale.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but an exciting offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 16:06:47 | More by ehammond1
Photo of FlyingBull


3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on tap at McGhee's Tavern in town. 22 oz glass -

This beer was a clear pale yellow, with a 1/2" white foam head, and lively carbonation. The aroma was dominated by pale malt, backed by light citrus hops. The taste was also dominated by malt and backed by a nice light citrus hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium body, with nice carbonation. There was some lacing down the glass sides.

This beer was very tasty and pleasant to drink. It was dominated by malt but backed with a nice bitterness. Great beer for someone that doesn't think they like craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 00:10:22 | More by FlyingBull
Photo of theteleman


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in Poway CA at Distellers Market. Pours A orangey yellow with a thin head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. Smell is very nice with plenty of hops and fruit in the nose. Thin mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Very hoppy in the taste but the thing that jumped out to me was the citrus on the palate. Hoppy and citrus. Almost to the point of an ipa as far as hop flavors go. A nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 04:54:30 | More by theteleman
Pale Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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