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Signature Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company

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Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005

The term "Pale Ale" dates back to the 1800s when all beer was dark brown in colour. New malting techniques led to the development of pale malt, a barley malt kilned at low temperatures which contributed very little colour to the finished beer. Hence the birth of Pale Ale, an amber- to copper-coloured ale you could actually see through. Plenty of British Crystal malt in the grist lends this ale its rich colour, its caramel maltiness, and adds the occasional whiff of toffee to the nose. An addition of American and German hops to the kettle at the end of the boil is used to suffuse our Pale Ale with a gently spicy hop finish.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 18
Photo of Kenmac19
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the St Regis, Vancouver.
Burnished gold with crusting white film. 3.75
Floral nose with some toast. 3.75
Granola crunch up front then lots of Cascade sherbety orange zest. 4
Lightly piney finish and drying linger.
Slight cling, lt-med, round. 4

Judging it on its own merits, tough to fault: an old-school hopped, accessible, sessionable PA. A bit pale and fizzy, but does a simple job well. The Van go-to when Fat Tug is too much. 3.75

Photo of Exeter
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into an American shaker pint glass. A light bronze color with around two fingers of frothy white foam. Mellow, subdued aroma of mixed citrus hops (pink grapefruit, orange, lime) and bready, slightly grainy malts. Light floral perfume becomes more salient as one drinks, along with some dusty old white peppercorns, walnut, and toast. Overall, the flavors are subtle and take some patience and focus to appreciate. Watery body and fairly fizzy, with a semi-dry toasted nutty finish featuring echoes of tangerine. I've had spicier pale ales, with more assertive hopping and a more pronounced peppery bite. This nevertheless has its charms and would make a decent session option.

Photo of Freddy216b
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - biscuity and bready malts, earthy hops, hint of caramel, grains, and citrus.

Taste - Hit right away with the biscuity malts followed nicely by the earthy hops which provide a moderate bitterness. The hint of caramel, grains, and citrus finish this brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the earthy hops.

Overall - An APA with a pleasant malt and hop profile. A minor tweak in the hop bitterness will make this a standout amongst the best APA's out there. Otherwise, a good rendition of the style. Happy to see Steamworks offerings available here in Cowtown.

Photo of Chazz_Chetly
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Derf36
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of McBastard
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, with some nice steam-punk imagery on the silk-screened label - and the angel promoting the '10 cents, return for redemption' is amusing enough.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random protoplasm splatter lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready and mildly biscuity pale malt, crackery caramel, soft muddled citrus notes, ethereal white and black pepper dust, my mom's baking ingredients cupboard, and further subdued piney, leafy, and weedy noble hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, edgy, almost dry caramel, a persistent mixed table pepper spiciness, fading orange and grapefruit rind, and equally over the hill earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly moderate, just a meek frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly up for transgressive behavior, it would seem. It all finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness, strangely agreeable pepper, and muddled old-school hops playing nicely together.

An enjoyable rendition of the American version of that ol' standby, the pale ale, even if this manifests more on the English side of things, um, all over the place. Not surprising, I suppose, as Lotusland brewers have the bane of being on the forefront of that west coast hop thing, but at the same time exist in a place called British (can't underline here, boo) Columbia, and its attendant heritage and influence, in whatever it is that you're into. Yup, Canadian.

Photo of ghisty
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

this one im lazy. left it in the can. i know i know. worst way to review beer.
it had impressive foam even for not having been poured.
dissipated fast to an aluminum can with a drinking hole perforated in it.
very innovative,. but still refreshing.

smells awesome. resiny hops. grapefruit tones typical of hops. malts are rich and sweet..but..
as i went to reach for this check out the nose..a fly landed on my hand and i swatted .. knocked over this can of beer. spraying insane amounts of foam and wonderous fountains of quality ale everywhere. which in taste .. i explain further.

i had a few drinks on it before the fly related explosion..and its malty. and bitter.
but has a nice smokey aftertaste and isnt overpoweringly hoppy.. but still the right amount..the hops dont even shine until about 5 seconds after you swallow.. then you get this bitter aftertaste. ..i tried to catch as much of the spraying foam from the knocked over can into my face. it was quite funny.

malty. silky. has a good bitter. and a pretty short run on the palette..
the aftertaste of hops about 5 seconds later is what keeps me going back.

being that this review is slightly odd..straying from my usual pours and non spilling and overfoaming/ flattening a good beer with clumsy hands. this beer seems quite impressive , even after being so mistreated i find myself still drinking the almost flat part of the can after it was ejected into my nasal passages.. its really good.
and im wishing id have bought 2 now.. as the one i did buy is basically ruined.
i WILL buy this again. its a shame to have wasted such an intresting beer.
but..i got a very good impression from the bit i had.. try this one.

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SamKetchum
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, crispy, and golden. Reminds me a bit of singer beer- it'd go nice with spice and noodles. There is a lovely texture to this beer but it doesn't quite make itself felt. Leaving me feel wonderfully refreshed. Probably best for a summer day by the beach.

Photo of LoudRed
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of J_Dub
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
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