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U.S. Pale Ale - Capital Brewery

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U.S. Pale AleU.S. Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sweethome on 06-22-2007)
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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bruachan
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my first capital brew (well...had the rest of the six pack the other night). i realize that i haven't consumed an APA in awhile, so i am fearful that my standards thereof might have been skewed by heartier drink

very light in color--amber-hued gold--with HUGE bubbles (never seen 'em like this) that reinforce a strong head

cascade aromas with a touch of sweetness

really not all that flavorful. water and hop, with a touch of malt. bitterness is shortlived. mouthfeel is ok

a somewhat average APA

bruachan, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Yellow...big white head....good clarity

S-Fresh and floral with some mild citrus and pine

T-Light floral and citrus aspects....some bready malt notes but everything is subtle and not very assertive

M-Feels a little watery...clean but thin...

D-Average to slightly above average...can't hold a candle to Summit's EPA...seems slightly dumbed down and basic...

ZAP, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of falloutsnow
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL
Date: "021112A12124" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Capital's Pale Ale seems to harken back to earlier days in the microbrew industry, when pale ales were fairly well-balanced affairs between malt and hops, each expressing themselves without dominating the other. While a return to this style is refreshing, it's not as deep, complex, or expressive as the style has become.

Pours a 2cm, off-white head of very small bubbles that are dense and compact atop the beer. Retention is very good, lasting several minutes before the head reduces to a thin cap atop the body, leaving substantial streaks and blotches of lacing while doing so. Body is a deep caramel brown color with modest orange highlights, light brightening up the tones significantly and revealing quite a bit of burnt orange-yellow color. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, both in the center and along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is primarily of pale, toasted, and toffee-like malts, with some fruity esters reminiscent of pear or fruit cocktail syrup; very little hop character is noticeable, which is almost shocking these days for a "US pale ale."

Very modest fruit esters alongside some pale, toasted, and toffee-like malts, a bit of mineral character, and mild, fairly indistinct hop bitterness. Aftertaste is pleasant, a mix of mild hop bitterness, fruity esters, and pale malts.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with mid-level carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, resulting in a slightly creamy, but still smooth overall mouthfeel. Finish is mostly dry.

falloutsnow, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottle date. And a twist-off, like going back in time...

A - Pours a semi-hazy light copper with a lot of fine suspended material and one finger of off-white head. Head dissipated quickly, but leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Smell is slightly floral and quite bitter. Decent biscuit malt presence. Quite subtle overall.

T - More malt in the taste than the smell, again quite biscuity. Mild hop bitterness and a floral aftertaste. Decent.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a pleasantly bitter finish. A bit watery.

O - Not sure if this was an old bottle, but it seemed a bit dead. Not offensive in any way, just not much going on. Considering the numerous very good APAs available, I can't see coming back to this one.

warnerry, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light amber. Just a little haze. Short ivory head with some persistence.

Smell - Pretty balanced for an APA. Pale malt and light grassy hops.

Taste - Light sweet malt followed by noticeable, but hardly overwhelming grassy hops. Lingering aftertaste. Pretty light and refreshing for an APA. Quite a bit less hoppy than most in this category.

Mouthfeel - A little watery, but smooth.

Overall - It's probably because so many IPAs and APAs overdo the hops, that this beer seems a little indistinguishable. But there it is - I probably won't think twice about this one. Generic name doesn't help.

scaliasux, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden straw color. about a 1/2 inch of foamy head with a little bit of lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Some malts and some hops, but very nondescript.

T: Seltzer water, biscuity malts on the front with a respectable amount of bittering hops on the rear end.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Off-dry. Cleansing.

D: The bottle indicates this beer is "Disarmingly Drinkable" and I would have to agree. This is a session beer all the way. Really just doesn't have all that much character, but there is enough flavor to prevent the beer from being boring.

Florida9, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber in color, minor spotting along the interior of the glass, medium head with decent retention - 3.50, S: Soft bubble gum nose - similar to Hubba Bubba with a mild citrus perhaps a tangerine aroma, malts provide a light toastiness to the smell - 3.75, T: Mild but noticeable hop bite, very slight grapefruit flavors, some clean malt flavors, pretty standard APA - 3.00, M: Light bodied and kind of thin mouth feel - 2.75, D: A basic APA that would benefit from an additional dose of hops, quite drinkable but doesn't really stand out - 3.00

deereless, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy eggshell-white head. A thin creamy layer of froth skims the surface, leaving back a good bit of light spotty lacing. The aroma is grassy and spicy, with some sweet citric fruit pushing through. The back portion of the nose is filled out by some stiff smelling toasted grains.

The taste is bitter with some light grapefruit and sharper feeling citrus peel flavors. Resins and pine stretch out in the finish. The pale malts give this a tight bready sweetness on the edges and do a just OK job of balancing things. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with some sharpness on top but then a bit more flatter feeling underneath. His could probably use some more crispness to it.

I wanted to like this more but too much graininess, a harsh bitter finish, and the aforementioned need for more of a crisp feel were too glaring to overlook. I guess this would do in a pinch on a hot summer day but there are much better Pale Ales alternatives out there.

Kegatron, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to find a new pale ale to try.. and from Wisconsin to boot..
I poured the 12 oz can into a pint glass..
it smelled fairly promising maybe a little light.. slightly citrus, indicating that hops were indeed present.. the first sip was reassuring.. not bad very good feel and not bad taste.. but as I continued to drink it it just tasted more and more flat to me.. it tasted kind of unbalanced.. with some caramel syrup like flavors against a not so robust hop background. Something just tastes a little bit off with this beer- i wish it was a little more crisp.. its like a watered down hop taste to me.. I find it good but dissapointing.. I would drink it if I had no other option.. but I am not excited by it.

mcdevster, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of patrick16o
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little bit different label than the rest of the Capital beers. Kinda generic looking. 'Hops with an American accent' and 'Disarmingly drinkable." printed at the top corners. Twist off.

Pours a crystal clear light golden hue, almost resembles a pilsner. Solid two finger off-white crown. Quarter inch crown stays throughout the beer, though not a whole lot of lacing occurs.

Fresh earthy hoppyness and bit of bready malt in the aroma. However it fades rather quickly and by the time I finish noting the appearance, the aroma is hard to detect.

The flavor is by no means bold. There's a bit of really light hoppyness mixed in with some basic pale malt flavors. Some lingering bitterness down the tongue but a pretty straightforward balanced beer. Would like to get more flavor from an american pale ale than I'm getting from this. Fairly light body. They weren't kidding when they claimed 'Disarmingly drinkable'. Would be a decent session or lawnmower beer.

Just not a memorable beer.

patrick16o, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than amber with a glassiness that can only be achieved by filtering. The beer is crowned by two fingers of cream colored foam that looks decent enough. While the glass isn't exactly slathered, enough sea foam lace sticks to earn the whole package an above average score.

The aroma is fresh and clean and straightforwardly Cascade-like. As long as an APA smells like American hops, then it's doing its job. Only a lack of power and pungency keeps the score from the next highest rung.

It's obvious that Capital didn't set out to rival the in-your-face hop swagger of such Badger State standouts as Tyranena Bitter Woman and Ale Asylum Ambergeddon, but they could have added more hops than this. More pale malt would have been nice too. Being stingy with ingredients isn't like these guys.

It tastes like there's something slightly toasted in the less than sturdy pale malt backbone. Top notes include white grapefruit pith and bitter orange, although there's more alpha acid raspiness than good hop flavor. My suggestions would be to add more pale malt, add more hops later in the boil, and expand the hop bill to at least three different varieties.

The mouthfeel is predictable given the flavor. In other words, it barely reaches the lighter end of acceptability for the style. It's also fine-bubbled and slightly buzzy. In other words, slightly annoying over the course of the bottle.

Note to Capital's brewer: I've read that you don't like to brew ales. If that's the case, and if U.S. Pale Ale is the best APA that you can come up, why bother? My advice is to either take this beer seriously or concentrate on brewing the styles you have a passion for.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 22, 2008
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U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.