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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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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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 jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

jwc215, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve years later and I am still alive, kicking and receiving a pension from Uncle Sugar, courtesy of 15.25 years of honorable service in his Canoe Club! Howzat skew your tables, you actuarians? Why do I mention my time in the U.S. Navy?, you ask. Because they radicalized me in ways I could never imagined as a 17 y/o kid, including putting more weapons in my hands than most people even know of.

From the CAN: "Hops with an Ameri[CAN] accent."; "Disarmingly drinkable." No beer will ever disarm this citizen! They will disarm me when they pry the weapon from my cold, dead fingers.

Wow, I love a beer that CANnot be CANtained! Following the Crack, I had beer foaming out, forcing a quicker Glug than I usually prefer. I got just a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head before it dissipated into the ether. Nice lacing, though. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a definite citrus-hop bite. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were there, but not disarmingly so. I was frankly a little disappointed. Maybe Capital should stick to their strength - lagers. Finish was powdery in terms of the hops and their bitterness, almost like it was saturated in being dry-hopped. I'd like to like this, but no soap.

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter, thank you Heath for the chance to try this. This brew appears a clear orange color with 2 fingers of stained head that looks a certain shade of orange about it as well. The head receeds leaving spotty lace about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is a little sweet with a mixed scent of caramel-like malt and fruity/floral smelling hops. The more whiffs I take the more the malt starts to come across a bit toasted and the hops give way to a more spiced and almost peppery character.

Taking a sip, the hops pour across the tongue with a mild herbal bitterness that is spicey in a peppery sort of way just like the aroma indicated. The malt backing is pretty solid with a flavor of toasted malt that compliments the herbal character of the hops. Quite a dry finishing pale despite the lingering toasty flavor of the malt. As it warms some of that 5% abv starts to become noticeable and mingles well with the malt/hop combo.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The toasty quality of the malt coupled with a spicey flavor of hops that I am not use to made for an interesting experience with this offering. Not bad.

stakem, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins. It's always nice to try new sessions ales and this doesn't disappoint. It's not terribly complex, but there's a tasty biscuit and bread note followed by clean grapefruit and lemon hops. This is a tasty and balanced beer, a fine session ale.

tempest, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

dmorgan310, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear apple juice appearance. Thin and bubbly off white head. Lacing comes in moderate quantities. Aroma dictates a sweet, biscuity center with some floral hoppiness surrounding it. The active carbonation is felt on the tongue with it's prickliness.The body is medium to medium-full. The base malt properties are of a toasted biscuit like character. The hoppiness surfaces with minty and floral characteristics. A little cedar plank like dryness. Decent enough pale, but not top of the line.

Bighuge, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm up late moving the sprinklers around.. Might as well have another brew.. This is another Capital Can picked up from Czoch75 in the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.. Thanks Clint for the beating... it was a good beating. :-)

Poured into my shaped SA glass.. Almost no real head atop a crystal clear orange brew.. a lite cap stick around for the entire glass.

Aroma is a lite mashup of spicy and even lighter citric hops.. some mild background caramel malts help..

Flavor mirrors the palate with a touch of toasty malt... but again it sorta seems limp... more malts than hops cover the mild American hops.. come on... I want more.. very drinkable.. but I want a bit more everything.

I would definitely pick this up if it was available.. but only for BBQ's and camping trips... I want more ...

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

Edit: Notes from back in July '07 show I had a flaccid APA back then too.. Capital is one of the Mecca's BA's should try and seek out.. but not for their ale's .. prove me wrong.. come on.. I dare you.. prove me wrong!!

JohnGalt1, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hop, pale malt, and pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a decent brew with a decent aroma, but slightly watery mouth feel.

Tone, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean copper-gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had OK retentionand lacing.

The aroma featured piney hops upfront, with some sweetness in the background, and all that was supported by a nice, even amount of balancing hops. The taste was good, pretty much the same as the aroma, piney hops upfront, some good malts in the middle, and a bit of citrus on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for a Pale, medium, clean and with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, if I had had another, I would would have had it right then. Overall, a nice, middle of the road take on the style. If this were local to me, it'd be a semi-regular for me. It's just the kind of nice, easy-drinking brew we all like to have around. Worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, a bit of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, a touch sweet, a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability.Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -10.2%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

enelson, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale copper in color with a sporty bleached tan dome.
Nose exudes bready malts, caramelized pears, and a hoppiness that sits amongst pine trees, grapefruit zest, and rusted tin.
It progresses through the mouth nearly identically. Enters with a sturdy bread-like maltiness, sweetens a little with fleeting notions of caramel and pears. Goes vacant just for a moment with a tic of hard water and bland yeastiness. The hops hit with dried flowers, a nod towards pine, then to citrus rind, and finally a more powerful sense of rusted metal, but not to an obnoxious or detrimental level.
Medium bodied with a stunted but active carbonation.
This comes across as nearly a clone of Sierra Nevada. Given the name, that's probably exactly what was aimed for. It's a bit out of place in a line-up that focuses on German styles, but decent regardless. How 'bout an altbier next time, huh?

cokes, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly rough pour results in two inches of tight, creamy tan head atop a clear, orange-amber body. Terrific, rocky retention and plenty of lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Standard, solid pale ale aroma: even mixture of caramel malt and floral, piney hops. Light fruitiness (grapefruit pith, apple). Enjoyable, but less than memorable.

T: Starts out with toasty, toffee-tinged malt and then turns bitter as the hops take over. Not too much in the way of real hop flavor (maybe a bit of pine), but plenty of straight bitterness. Fairly easy-drinking, but, like the nose, forgettable.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation that starts slightly prickly but ends up nice and creamy. Pretty good.

O: This is an enjoyable, bitter APA, but I won’t be going out of my way to get more of it. I wish there were more influence from late hop additions: it would be nice if there were some assertive hop aromas and flavors to go along with the balancing bitterness.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, watery gold color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has some grapefruit in it, but it is very faint. The taste is like the aroma, watery grapefruit. The mouthfeel is thin, and watery. Overall, this is one of the worst APA I have yet tasted. It is thin and watery in all dimensions. I will not drink this again.

KarlHungus, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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 morimech
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear, golden color with a one-fingered white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. A small amount of lacing is left on the glass surface during consumption.

There is some cascade hop smell that combines with the biscuit malt to give a pleasing aroma.

The hops are the dominate flavor in the beer but overall it is a bit of a disapointment because that alone is not enough to carry a pale ale. This needs more of a malt profile.

The Capital Brewery website describe this as being medium bodied. I definately would not agree with that. I call it light bodied with low carbonation. It drinks easy and has nice hop flavor, but at the cost I definately can find better alternatives.

morimech, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Florida9
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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
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U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.