U.S. Pale Ale - Capital Brewery

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U.S. Pale AleU.S. Pale Ale

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sweethome on 06-22-2007

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Photo of david131
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An extremely clear light orange liquid with a sad, loose white head that leaves excellent lacing.

S- Toasted malts and grassy hops. There is a touch of fruitiness in there as well.

T- Same as the aroma with an earthy aspect to it as well. More bitter and sweet than the aroma led me to believe.

M- A nice amount of carbonation gives this a nice, crisp appeal.

D- A decent beer, but there are better options out there. The can option is nice, but I think I would rather go for a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

US pale ale poured a bright golden color with a good size head. There wasn't much of an aroma, some floral notes but very weak. The taste also a bit weak, but had a nice floral taste come through. A bit watery, but the flavor has just a hop like flavor. Overall not a horrible beer, has a straight up hop flavor.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into tulip pint.

A rather dark burnt orange color. Off white head bubbled up a huge 4 fingers, but settled quickly to a fluffy collar. Really nice lacing!
Smells bitter. Like... Bittering hops were the predominant usage. Despite the dark color, the nose doesn't hold a lot of malts, though some sweet biscuit notes come up on the taste. The hops seem to be mostly floral, with a citrusy grapefruit hiding in there to. Some piney flavors come through at the finish as the bitterness kicks in.
Sadly, this beer doesn't deliver all of those flavors in the right proportions: the malt isn't bad. It's a decent malt bill upon which to build a pale ale... The beer is overly bitter, and tue flavors aren't strong enough.
The body is fine... Little light, but manageable.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. It isn't my favorite take on my go to style, but it isn't offensive.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear light bronze with no trace of haze or opacity. This stuff is like looking through a pair of BluBlockers. The head is about a finger and a half of thick white foam that drops quickly to a cap. Some soapy lace sloshes up on the glass but fails to stick around.

S - Thin pine cone hops have a bit of a Christmas tree aroma, and some salty cracker malts make up the other half of the nose. Nothing special here.

T - Bristling piny hops are the star of the show, but fail to do a good job of kicking any real ass. Salt and mineral notes in there are really not helping things along. This is tinny tasting and under-assertive.

M - Thin and under-carbonated. The neutral finish is far from hoppy or dry, and any memory of what this tasted like is gone from my memory as soon as I swallow.

D - This is sort of like a pale ale lite. Anemic, limp wristed hops flail over a thin base of saltine crackers. I would have guesses that this was a German pils in a blind taste test, and it might have garnered a slightly higher score if it was advertised as such. Boring, but might entice some BMC people to try something other than pale lagers.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Clear golden amber, one finger of retreating head without lacing. Has a nicely composed nose of orange peel and pine resin framing a nice biscuit / caramel malt aroma. Flavor follows the nose almost exactly, with the main difference being a stronger emphasis on the floral / noble spectrum of hopping with the pine resin coming up and saying hello on the crisp finish. Medium body, sparkling carbonation. Overall, a pleasant PA.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear golden yellow. About a finger of stark white head. A modest ring of lace is left behind.

The aroma is lifht citrus fruit and a heavy dose of pale malt. The malt is a bit stronger than the hops. A touch skunky.

The flavor is tame citrus hops and loads of malt. A wheat cracker finish ronds things out.

Medium to light body. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent pale ale that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Mdog
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, small head.

Smell: Light citrus and a little grass.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and some earthy tea-like bitterness. Seems more like an English pale than an American pale.

Drinkability: Since I've seen it in cans, seems to be a stepping stone beer for macro drinkers.

A thoroughly average pale ale, I think it is closer to an English pale ale due to non-citrus hops. Maybe a step above the macros, a little more taste but nothing too outrageous for tentative drinkers taking those first steps away from BMC.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise in the column.

S: Crackers and floral hops are balanced and fairly clean.

T: Begins dry, with restrained pale malt and herbaceous hop aromatics. Acidity is moderate for the style, mostly carbonic, into the middle where bitterness emerges alongside breadier malt and more floral hops. The finish is mild and clean, with earlier flavors generally diminishing.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, crisp and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a predictable pale ale that is proficiently executed but unremarkable when compared to other Cascade-hopped APAs. Considering that it is an ale produced by a producer known for lagers, it should not surprise with its clean and careful sensory profile.

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Photo of deereless
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden lager-type color with thin skim of a white head that lingered shortly and left little lacing. Aroma was faint lemony citrus with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel was a slight tingle-slight skunk mix, and the taste was a continuation of the citrus fruit found in the nose. Rounded off to a finish that was dry, a shade bitter and a little skunky.

Not much to this one.

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Photo of bruachan
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter copper/darker orange depending on your politics. Small white head doesnt last too long, but still provides lace. Sweet malt with a bit of bitter hops on the nose. Kinda interesting taste. You got your malt/hop that you would expect, but its pretty grassy or spicy or something i cant quite put my tongue on. Its certainly interesting, but im not really in love with it. Certainly isnt bad though.

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Photo of botham
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear pale golden color pour with a small white head that quickly fades, medium carbonation . Aroma is light floral hops and a hint of citrus . Flavor is much the same as the aroma , a little malt up front with a citrusy hop profile, lightly yeasty , well balanced for a APA but lite on the bittreness . Light body with a clean , but slightly oily mouthfeel . A slightly hoppy peppery finish . Quite sessionable and a pretty good try .

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Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden color with a pillowy, frothy, off-white head. The nose is a mixture of malty notes - light caramel and subtle toasted malt - as well as hints of citric hops. The taste is similar with the toasty caramel malt taking center stage and the citrus hops playing backup. Pretty well balanced, starts out slightly malty sweet and finishes with just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the light side and the carbonation while not aggressive, adds to the overall thickness of the brew. Overall a drinkable beer, sessionable for sure but not really memorable.

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Photo of supercolter
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent brew.
Appearance is rather lack luster, no real head or lacing.
Smell is pretty good with a bit of citrus and hops.
Taste is very similar to the smell, both seem a bit weak.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, some carbonation and light-medium in body.
Drinkability- this is a good summer relaxer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is a batch code printed on the neck but no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is half copper, half straw; it is light amber, basically. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A semi-sweet mixture of pale and lightly toasted malts. There is a lot of sweet caramel and a little cocoa. There may also be some adjunct grain in there, too, as well as a little grapefruit or tangerine citrus. It is definitely not a bombastic, hop bomb.

Taste: It is a weak and even balance between the sweet/pale malts and the hops I was expecting from the smell. Caramel and light grapefruit/tangerine citrus. It leaves a light, bitter aftertaste coating the mouth after each sip. As it continues to warm, though, the hops become much more prominent and drastically change my opinion of the beer.

Drinkability: It is a decent little brew. It is not big or bombastic, but adequate.

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Photo of danielharper
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow body (a tinge of orange) with a thin white bubbly head that sticks around for a bit. Not bad for an APA, but I usually expect a bit more red.

Smell: Pale maltiness, piney citrus hops.

Taste: Much like the aroma, a strong citrus flavor with a hint of dry piney hops on the finish and a dry aftertaste. This is better when it's a bit colder. Almost reminds me of a lager at times.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, heavy hops, moderate carbonation. Actually quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This is a bog-standard APA. Worth drinking, but nothing special.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Atron67
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliantly golden/light copper color with a thin, but persistent white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus hops and there is low grainy maltiness in the background. The flavor is moderately hoppy, again citrus with moderate hop bitterness. There is a hint of malty grain flavor in the background. The finish is very clean, a bit too clean with just a little hop lingering in the mouth. The carbonation is moderate-high and body medium-thin. Overall the beer was well made, but lacks malt character and/or complexity. I’d buy any other Capital before this one and if I wanted a Pale Ale, I’d by better ones out there.

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U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.