U.S. Pale Ale - Capital Brewery
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4/5 rDev +19.4%
Pours a copper amber with very little head leaving a spotty lacing.
Aroma gives me a caramel malt mixed with a floral hop and a bit of spice.
Light body medium carbonation.
Taste is a mix of spice and hops. Malts are well balanced and give it a bit of sweetness.
Overall a nice beer with some character. Very drinkable.
03-29-2011 23:41:22 | More by tikibeer
4/5 rDev +19.4%
A- gave a pretty good looking golden color with sticky white head that didnt build up much but was sticky and left marks on the glass.
S-a nice hoppy scent, pretty floral, not much malt scents to note
T- pretty solid pale ale, a light clean malt flavor turning into a solid hopiness that is pretty good, finishes with a solid clean crisp feel that fits great
M- medium light body with a clean crisp finish
D- a solid example of a pale ale.
01-04-2008 22:43:22 | More by Atron67
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.
Smell: A fairly sweet aroma with some fruity citrus esters and malts. Hops upfront with some good hints of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and a slight hint of papaya. Also some herbal and piney hops. Mixed in is a quite noticeable malt balance with hints of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and crackers. A solid balance of hops and malts in the nose.
Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a balanced mix of citrus and earthy hops with sweet bready malts. Starts out with some herbal, earthy hops and citrus esters with notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, and a little bit of apricot and papaya. A strong malt balance comes in with notes of bready biscuit, yeast, caramel, toffee, and cracker. A nicely balanced and solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Pale Ale. Nice hop kick up front with a solid malt backbone. Its what you expect from the style.
09-19-2012 05:33:48 | More by MattyG85
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
pours a clear bright golden orange with a 2 finger white head that leaves no lacing
smell is of very spicy hops and some sweet malts
taste is much of the same peppery spicy hops and sweet carmel malts on the end - a very different apa then most - reminds me of some anderson valley beers
mouthfeel is light with good carbonation with a very dry finish
drinkability is good and it breaks from normal APA flavors which makes me wish i had more then just this single bottle
06-28-2009 02:53:48 | More by jsh420
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, light orange color with a small, white, fizzy head. Not much in terms of lace.
S - It smelled very citrusy (lots of orange peel). Also, floral notes with hints of caramel.
T - It tasted of citrus and sweet caramel malts. It had a crisp, bitter hop kick.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty tasty APA. It didn't have a great look, but it certainly delivered with good aromas and flavor. The relatively low marks it receives here was a surprise to me.
01-23-2009 01:31:31 | More by zeff80
3.88/5 rDev +15.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams ultimate beer glass. pours a light amber color with a single finger of white head.
aroma is mildly hoppy, with notes of light citrus, with a coniferous character from the aromatic hops. a touch of caramel malt is also present, but still ancillary to the hops.
taste is mildly sweet up front, with a mildly fruity character, with notes of cirtus and grape. towards the back of the palate, the hops are moderate with a smooth finish and dry aftertaste.
mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a mild bite from CO2, and a smooth finish. aftertaste is dry and bitter, with lingering hops.
drinkability is good. though hoppy, this brew does not overpower the palate and remains refreshing. it walks that fine line between too hoppy and too weak, but does it gracefully. well done by Capital. cheers!
02-09-2008 02:21:52 | More by botham
3.85/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from a bottle to a standard pint.
Appearance is a dark straw, like honey. Two finger bubbly head leaving sticky lace.
Smell is grassy hops. Piney and citrusy at the same time.
Taste is sweet tea, nice hop bitterness on the finish. More sweet tea, herbal green flavor. Not much for malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp with nice carbonation. Slightly creamy with a smooth character.
Drinkability is good. This would make a nice session beer.
02-17-2008 03:24:00 | More by wheatyweiss
3.8/5 rDev +13.4%
On tap at the tasting room. Described as a midest pale ale - not really an APA because it is not as aggressive - more of an easy drinking pale ale. It fits that description very well.
Very light golden color - clean. Light head.
Fruity citrus nose - rather aggressive. Very light entry - crisp. Hop flavor builds - then holds steady. Nice bitter finish - cleans out the palate very well. A great summer beer - perfect for the beer garden in Middleton!!
06-22-2007 02:15:54 | More by sweethome
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
A - Golden orange color with a quarter inch of pale tan head. Nice lacing too.
S - The scent is hoppy and sweet.
T - Smooth hop flavor. Not too bitter but it is a little sweet. It has a citrus characteristic to it that makes it pretty unique.
M - The feel is smooth on the tongue and coarse on the roof of my mouth. The hop after-taste can actually be felt on the back of my throat.
~ Sitting at the bar in The Bar in Wausau/Schofield, Wisconsin's Cedar Creek District. I ordered a Capital Pale Ale and the tender informed me I was the first one to order it. I'm glad I did. I'll order a few more if I don't mind.
04-28-2008 01:37:39 | More by cdkrenz
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
On tap at Dexter's Pub on the North Side of Madison.
Appearance: Pale golden, almost yellowed copper with a bubbly off white head.
Aroma: bready malts and very fresh, though not overly powerful hops. Pine needles and light amounts of citrus - grapefruit I think. Flowers.
Taste: Biscuit and floral flavors. Mineral water notes.
Mouthfeel: Light, mildly bitter, dryish, easy going.
02-19-2008 15:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
The beer pours an amber tinged golden hue with a wispy head and decent retention. Fruit, apricot among others, in the nose along with a distinct citrus character from the hops.
A strong presence of the fruit in the flavor. There is nothing special about, it just happens to be there. The fruit pervades the entire experience, leaving an overall sweetness. Toward the end, citrus from the hops begins to mix in.
This beer is a bit rough around the edges. I would like to see less apricot in the malt, and a little boost to hops.
02-15-2010 00:52:47 | More by BeardedBoffin
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours deep golden with a lasting thin white head that leaves lacing.
The smell is of citrus, pine and a touch of pepper.
The taste is of citrus with a touch of pine and some lemongrass. It is balanced, though leaning towards the hoppy side of the pale ale spectrum, especially in the beginning and the finish. A kiss of honey-like, towards caramel, sweetness is in the middle. It does have a bit of a metallic tinge to it that weaves in and out. It's distracting, but not enough to pull it down (much).
Refreshingly smooth, it is very "sessionable" and leaves a clean, minty freshness in the mouth.
Glad it comes in a 12-pack of cans at a very reasonable price!
03-13-2014 18:42:08 | More by jwc215
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.