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Signature Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company

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Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005)
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SamKetchum

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2014 22:15:01 | More by SamKetchum
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LoudRed

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-20-2014 18:06:03 | More by LoudRed
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J_Dub

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

06-20-2014 23:32:50 | More by J_Dub
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-15-2014 10:03:27 | More by smekermann
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-13-2014 22:58:25 | More by kjyost
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CGPeltier

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-11-2014 01:38:00 | More by CGPeltier
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CWVegas

Nevada

3/5  rDev -15.7%

05-20-2014 03:12:40 | More by CWVegas
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KidsDoc

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-05-2014 23:00:34 | More by KidsDoc
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-27-2014 01:48:11 | More by cfalovo97
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-14-2014 04:07:46 | More by DamageCase76
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-03-2014 14:29:37 | More by CRObighit2
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-27-2014 01:39:55 | More by KStark
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-26-2014 02:27:27 | More by Griffith
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-09-2013 05:12:16 | More by FinnHawk
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2013 22:09:55 | More by GoHabsGo
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-27-2013 01:43:49 | More by bigox420
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-26-2013 23:11:39 | More by MJ63
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Cidius

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-16-2013 01:49:02 | More by Cidius
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-07-2013 03:37:39 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler now available at various LCBOs. One thing I'll say right off the bat is that I love the bottle art & design - and in a style like APA where the alternatives are a dime-a-dozen, that can be an important advantage when attracting new customers. Served well-chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head that recedes fairly quickly over the next few minutes. Left in its wake is a foamy, uneven cap/collar and a few smatterings of lace - a solid-looking pale ale. Mild aroma, with a good mixture of brown sugar, light lemon/grapefruit citrus, leafy hops and a surprising twinge of vanilla. There's even a slight hint of yeasty mustiness. An interesting bouquet, if a bit unusual for the style.

The flavour comes off as considerably more orthodox, with a combination of biscuity malts and caramel sweetness opening the profile up. This blends seamlessly into some fleeting grassy hops, followed by a few hints of lemon zest and grapefruit pith, and some metallicity/mineral notes in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth that I am a big fan of. The carbonation levels are fairly placid. The bitter finish leaves the palate feeling dry, encouraging quick sips, and the balanced flavours make this an easy task.

Final Grade: 3.76, a B+ grade. Steamworks' Pale Ale is a solid American-style pale ale, and (so far) one of the better inclusions in this sampler pack. Hopheads looking for something that they can session - without stripping their taste buds off and causing undue stress to their liver - should consider this one well worth a try, as it maintains a perfect balance between West Coast hoppiness and the tasty malt bill. Great stuff - I'd consider this up there with Crazy Canuck, Naughty Neighbour, Tankhouse, and a few other OCB staples.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 13:33:38 | More by thehyperduck
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-17-2013 02:46:17 | More by irishkyle21
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-16-2013 20:02:45 | More by yancot
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-16-2013 12:53:35 | More by kelvarnsen
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, poured a generous frothy white head. Colour is a bright clear copper. Looks good with some visible carbonation, nice sticky lacing and film. 4

S – an interesting and intense citrusy note, crisp caramel malts, grapefruit, lemon, light florals and farmhouse textures, bright grainy malt. 3.75

T – full bodied mix of preserved lemon citrus and malts, a salty sort of citrus feel, some pine as well develops. Caramel and butterscotch notes, really dry grapefruit. Bready, with a smooth lemon curd, creamy texture, some nutty dryness and mineral touches on the end. The Cascade hops contribute some nice flavours alongside a smooth caramelly malt body. Finish is crisp maltiness and a rounded mineral character. 4

M – moderate bodied, with a malty and caramel forward body, plenty of soft coating carbonation. Refreshing and tasty. Works really well to bring out the citrus and caramel character and dryness comes nicely on finish. 3.5

A balanced rounded profile and some atypical light estery character make this a quite interesting PA. The hops are nicely balanced and provide a bitter citrus, and thoroughly dry character. Really solid beer and glad I had the opportunity to try it, enjoyable. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:57:40 | More by mick303
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-13-2013 04:06:16 | More by ZachT
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Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
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