Proto Gradus - Penrose Brewing

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Penrose Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PHBoiler on 02-25-2014

Belgian-inspired Single, subtle floral hop layered with fruity yeast aroma. Bready maltiness, slightly citric with a light body, but distinctly yeast forward. Crisp, clean, and quenching, as was intended.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Green Lady, quick review from notes.

Bright saturated orange gold color, with a long lasting head of parchment colored foam. Sudsy surface texture and lasting sticky lacing in the glass.

Mild aroma, light Belgian yeast, pepper and nondescript spice.

Taste is similarly mild, very simple with some yeast character driving it and basic 2-row or similar malt base. Single being the first rung on the Trappist ladder to Quad, I didn't expect a whole lot of complexity. Kind of light bodied, yeasty and somewhat crisp with a dry aftertaste. Simple beers have a time and place, this one seemed better suited with food, or to quench after a long bike ride. That said it's not something i'll seek out, liked P-2 a little better.

Photo of fastenoughforphish
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler from the brewery on 4/15/2014.

Appearance: Nice yellow, and a big head even after a day of drinking form the growler. A bit hazy.

Smell: Spicy yeast flavor. A bit of lemon or orange (not hop orange but citric orange). I smell raw dough as well.

Taste: Cracker dough or pasta dough right off the bat. Open withs the malty dough and ends with the malty dough. I love this flavor. Slightly acidic on the tongue, like a bit of tonic water, but not too much. Still a bit of spice but not as much as the nose. Clean clean clean and lifts off your pallet right away. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry. This is quaffable. So good. It's thin, but in a light think kind of way. Very good aspect of the beer.

Overall: Drinkable, cracker, spicy, and just delicious. Wonderful mouthfeel, wonderful taste, and well crafted. Good stuff. Plus the staff was awesome as I was the only person in the bar and they were just fine chatting for 20 minutes before I left.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - slightly hazy golden color
Smell - yeasty Belgium peppery smell
Taste - light Belgium yeast taste with a slight peppery taste.
Feel - light body lacking carbonation
Overall - ok beer. Looks and smells better then it taste.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a shaped pint glass at Firkin.

Finally getting around to trying my first Penrose beer, and it's a single. Right on, don't have many of those 'round here these days. It pours a partly cloudy pale brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild grass, light orange rind, mild biscuit, and a touch of soap. The taste brings in more of the same, the soap unfortunately coming to the fore, backed up by a bit of chalk, followed by the flowers, the biscuit, and a few soft kisses of Belgian yeast. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this beer just didn't do it for me. When the only flavors that immediately come to mind are soap and chalk, something's amiss. To me, there just wasn't enough of a yeast character for things to really work. Still, I look forward to trying more of what Penrose has to offer.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The Penrose flagship beer is almost exactly as described. Very light and bright golden body. Taste is crisp and clean. Definite toast or bread flavor with only the slightest kiss of hops. I would describe this as an ultra light golden ale. This beer will appeal to many for an everyday drinking beer or a beer to drink outdoors on a warm day given the low ABV and clean flavor. Would pair well with food without changing the flavor of the meal.

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - pale straw, cloudy, rocky white head, nice lacing
S - fruity, zesty, yeasty
T - fruity, zesty, yeasty, nutty, lemon, orange zest, grass, pepper
F - thin body, very refreshing, dry finish
O - I like this! Very simple, yet different. For $12 growler, I'll be bringing this home again.

Proto Gradus from Penrose Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.