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Pale Ale | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Balanced toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, this straight-forward, dry-hopped California pale is eminently sessionable. Crystal malt provides the backbone to showcase the bright, citrus and piney notes from Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Added by mactrail on 04-25-2013

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 167
Photo of jjh19
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A bright, light golden color with an average tight-bubble head.

Smell: I initially got an off smell. Sweaty sock. Hmmm. But then I got more citrus and specifically orange aromas.

Taste: It was tough for me to get past the initial off smell, but my palate adjusted and the taste evened out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Light body, on spec for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability: This one has some hop bite, but the off smell killed my enjoyment. Hopefully just an off bottle. I’ll give any local brewery a second chance so I still look forward to my next Saint Archer.

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Photo of theteleman
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange color, single finger or head that dissipated quickly.
S: Orange, citrus, catty, little bit of funk
T: Lot of orange, bit of bitterness.
M: Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Finishes up dry.
O: A bit one dimensional in taste, but definitely a good clean session pale.

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Photo of craftbeerdroog
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed the citrus notes and other blend of hops. This can jumps to 3.75 for the taste and price. Best can from Saint Archer. The ale has a light percentage of alcohol, and has an easy taste to those not use to hops. People who are new to hops and can't take heavy beers could definitely enjoy this.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Dowlers
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is loaded with citrus: lemon and grapefruit mostly, and a little pine.
The taste is balanced. Great malt profile with the bitterness taking over halfway through. Lots of citrus here too.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Consumed on August 15th, 2015.

Slightly hazy medium yellow. One finger white head fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit rinds and pine.

Flavor dominated by the same hop flavors as the aroma, plus some grassiness. Bitterness is out of balance: no malt character I can detect.

Mouth is medium-bodied with nominal carbonation.

Overall, not what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Drewgthedog
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes on 08/01/2014

A: Dull and brassy looking pale amber body with slight hop haze. Thick creamy whipped topping of stubborn khaki suds. Multiple runners of broken tracked lace swath the sides of the glass.

S: Smells floral and sappy with pine hops and orange zest. A light herbal suggestion as well with a mild bready pale malt undercurrent. A real juicy hopped nose that has me excited about diving into this one.

T: Resinous pines with orange-tangerine juice, florals, and some understated herbal concentrate. Upper levels of hop bitterness that pepper at the palate with alcohol kept incognito. Bready pale malt to balance with just a pinch of caramel sweetness throughout. Maintains a really solid balance making this a very nice American Pale. Plenty of juicy hop goodness in balance to those bready pale malts.

M: Moderate to lighter filling with a nice frothy texture. Spritzy amount of carb running through. Nice higher level of hop bitterness leading into a lingering dry finish.

D: This is a great APA and my favorite offering from St. Archer thus far. Classic mix of American C hops and such solid balance while tipping the scales towards being hop forward. Crushable now comes in cans.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Very fresh, hoppy aroma. Pine, grass and dank hops all the way. Taste starts slightly sweet and fruity and gets slightly bitter on the finish. Body is light and quite soft and the carbonation is just right. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry, making you take another gulp. Really easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of phishgator
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had to drink most of this out of the bottle on my way from Palm Springs to Las Vegas. Ended up pouring a small amount into a small glass. Good head with big piney and floral nose. The color is a nice pale amber with a slight golden hue. A nice pale ale with a good amount of hops to bitter it out. A true American PA IMO.

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Photo of Recliner
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass. A light golden color with a light frothy head. Aromas of orange peel and hops. Tastes of straw in the front with a citrus middle, finishes with a little bitterness. Lite and refreshing. It was enjoyable; I will drink it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can.

This pours a lighter tan orange with some foaming. I get a light tangerine orange aroma with some lemon zest. This turns into a pleasingly bitter beer with some orange peel and tangerine sweetness. Drying finish.

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Photo of Erbayd
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz from Whole Foods on sale! I'll take any excuse I can to try a new SD beer.

A - Pours a hazy blonde/yellow with a half inch of cream-colored foam. Lighter than you might expect, but it's a welcome difference.

S - Slight malty sweetness behind a strong pine aromas. Getting a bit of grapefruit as well. Not the strong point of this beer, normally I prefer APAs with more herbal, floral characteristics. Pleasant, but leaves me wanting more.

T - Dank, resiny hop flavor with a lingering bitterness. Lots of pine, and the grapefruit stands out considerably more in the flavor than the aroma. Slight malt backbone showcases the hops without overpowering them the slightest bit.

M - Perfect. It's crisp and refreshing, with a lighter malt backbone allowing you to focus more on the hop flavor and bitterness. Moderate to high carbonation

O - A perfect beer for the summer, not for those who are looking for a maltier kind of pale ale. If you're looking for a very hoppy beer on the lighter end, this one's for you!

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good, hoppy APA offering. Nice full body on this, doesn't come off as some type of hop water. Great in cans on a warm day. Piney, citrusy with nice bittering effect

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Photo of breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful pale ale replete with big, bright citrus notes atop a slightly sweet pale malt base. Put this in a mixer with their IPA and DIPA, and I'm not sure I'd bother drinking any other hoppy brews. Saint Archer - so terribly underrated. Also worth noting this sucker is only 5.2% -- helluva lotta flavor packed into that tidy little package.

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Photo of goldenbear
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Pale Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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