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Alphorn Pale Ale - Pecatonica Beer Company

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Alphorn Pale AleAlphorn Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

10 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pecatonica Beer Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: richkrull on 02-19-2014)
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Phocion:
Photo of Phocion
3.94/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy orangey-straw body with a fizzy nearly-white head. Decent retention with light lacing.

First smell suggests this is definitely more of an English than American style pale, unlike the description on here. Flavor is subtle but fairly complex; some caramel malts, moderate bright fruitiness (green apple mostly). Slight citrus hops, but mostly an earthy/floral hoppiness. Earthy yeasty finish.

Flavor is surprisingly well balanced. It is definitely hop-forward, but not the type of big Northwestern hops most American pale ales are full of. Caramel malts and a little breadiness combine well with an earthy and fruity hops bouquet.

Like their Nightfall Lager, this is heavily carbonated. Medium-bodied and fairly slick mouthfeel. Nice, crisp finish. However, the carbonation gives it somewhat of a bloaty feeling.

Overall, this is a rather good beer, even if it's nothing mind-blowing. Very sessionable -- which is dangerous considering that it weights in at 5.9%. The only downside is the carbonation.

Phocion, Mar 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

richkrull, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -4.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of emerge077
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not sure of the age of this single, but the bottle is lazered "15 094 16" on the neck.
Can't be more than 6 months old judging from the first review.

Pours a saturated sunset orange with a slight haze, and rapidly rising carbonation. Thin layer of foam with a broken halo of lacing around the edges, and a patchy broken skim in the center.

Aroma is a little sweet, caramel malt and yeast, a little overly sweet i'd say, like caramel candy.

Taste is similarly sweet with an odd note of cooked vegetable or sweet corn. Sort of bland with a cloying sweetness and vague hop bitterness in the end. Flaccid feel. Not very good. If I see this on tap i'll taste it to compare, but won't buy a bottle again.

emerge077, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of scaliasux
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium yellow. Hazy. Tall, foamy white head with good retention.

Smell - Light pale malt. Bready. A little light lemon.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. Bread and sugar. Moderate dose of citrusy hops. Lemon and orange peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Well carbonated.

Overall - Flavor isn't terrible, but this is a little too cloying for an APA.

scaliasux, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of kalebharris
3/5  rDev -4.2%

kalebharris, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of MarshMan71
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

MarshMan71, May 19, 2014
Photo of cardinals22
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -4.2%

jzlyo, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Sunn
3/5  rDev -4.2%

I have no idea how old the bottle is, but this isn't a bad beer at all.

This definitely isn't a West Coast hop flavored beer whatsoever so stay away if that's what you're looking for. The malt seems to overpower the hops, but the earthy & slighty fruity hop flavor gives it a decent balance. There's one thing I thought of when I first took a drink of this beer: New Glarus.

Alphorn reminds me of a heavier, less flavorful version of Spotted Cow. It's decent, but not nearly as refreshing as a nice pale ale should be. If you're a fan of Spotted Cow or NG Staghorn, then I'd recommend giving it a shot. It's decent, but there's nothing that makes it stand out.

Sunn, Aug 29, 2014
Alphorn Pale Ale from Pecatonica Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.