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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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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

12-01-2008 02:46:43 | More by tempest
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

09-18-2008 15:51:25 | More by pmcadamis
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%

It poured yellow and clear with some nice activity. It had thick two inch white head that slowly retreated back down to the beer into a light lacing.

A well balanced scent of malt and hops. Light yet detectible.

Very hoppy taste. The hop flavor is leaning more towards the IPA/D IPA range in flavor. A slight taste of malt in the backend. It is smooth and lite bodied.

It's very drinkable. I like it. I could drink two or three in a sitting if I wanted.

09-07-2008 01:21:57 | More by Rennpferd
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

09-05-2008 21:01:00 | More by KarlHungus
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slyke

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

U.S. Pale Ale pours a golden orange color with an inch of slightly off-white head. The head falls to a cap after about five minutes, some lacing.

The smell is faint, slightly floral with a little alcohol.

Taste begins floral, slightly sweet. There is a bit of malt in there as well, particularly in the center of the taste. The end of the taste has a nice hop bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly coating.

Drinkability is pretty good. I may not seek out this beer, but I wouldn't turn it away either.

08-30-2008 16:42:56 | More by slyke
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a light amber with a small off white head. Aroma is lightly sweet candy, citrus and light floral. Flavor is light citrus hops and faint caramel malt. Light bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes abruptly and bitter. Capital is really known more for its ales.

08-27-2008 18:38:44 | More by kmeves
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +6%

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.

08-03-2008 15:13:37 | More by supercolter
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Mdog

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

07-13-2008 16:33:38 | More by Mdog
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%

Pretty average run of the mill pale ale. Capital's website says they dryhop this one. I have tough time believeing that after tasting. Pretty skimpy on the hop flavor & aroma. I had high hopes but this beer is quite pedestrian.

Very smooth, drinkable, and refreshing which is typical of a good pale ale. Just not enough hop action to get excited about here.

06-30-2008 21:39:14 | More by Chugmonkey
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev 0%

I've been excited about finding good craft beers in cans since I've been drinking Surly. I saw a 12 pack of Capital Brewery's Pale Ale and had to try it.

Pours a light, orangish-yellow color w/ a crisp, lively head. The head dwindles down almost immediately. This brew has quite lively carbonation. The aroma is ok. There is some nice, citrusy hoppiness followed by a slight malty sweetness. It smells as light as it looks. The taste is good, but not great. A good solid hoppy presence initially, but it dies down fast. There are hops here, but just not that much. It is quite non-abrasive in its flavors. There are hops, there are malts, just not enough of em. Its kind of boring. The mouthfeel is good w/ a nice crispness. There is a bit more carbonation than I'd like though.

Overall this is a pretty average beer. It fails to take a chance and stand out from the crowd. Perhaps this is why it is so drinkable. It is kind of like a "Pale Ale Light." Its non-abrasive attitude makes it quite drinkable. Quite possibly one of my new favorite "Lawnmower" beers. If you want something for a hot day to quench your thirst, this is it. If you want a knock your socks off, craft brew, this isn't.

06-11-2008 00:50:22 | More by brewdoc75
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

04-22-2008 13:14:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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morimech

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +3%

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.

04-07-2008 23:40:40 | More by morimech
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shlub

Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -26.9%

Poured from a 12oz screw cap bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Poured aggressively, resulting in a 1 finger head of foam. Clear and yellow/amber in color, it had several streams of bubbles rising to the surface. Initial smell had a slight fruitiness to it with not much flavor at 1st. Becomes more bitter at the end with little hop to it. It was a little thin and could some more malt. Ok overall, I wouldn't seek it out or turn it down.

02-23-2008 21:39:36 | More by shlub
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks to JJ21 for the trade!

Appearance: Clear golden beer with a finger and a half of white head. Thin layer of foam lasts for most of the beer.

Smell: Light scent of mild hops and a faint malt aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean. The taste is light hops along with a bit of malt, just like the nose. The hops have a nice earthy quality to them and leave a nice taste behind.

Mouthfeel: Light qualities all around. The taste does not overwhelm and leaves a bit of hoppiness after the swallow.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable due to the light qualities of the beer. This is the kind of beer that you could drink plenty of over an evening. While this beer does not stand out much, there is nothing wrong with it. Decent beer.

02-23-2008 03:17:25 | More by hellcatsjg
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patrick16o

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

02-22-2008 00:46:42 | More by patrick16o
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

02-19-2008 15:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

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
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botham

New York

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
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%

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...

01-10-2008 06:11:17 | More by ZAP
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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
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mjryan

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured a very clear, light golden colour with a nice white head. Lacing was minimal but present. The aroma was moderatly hoppy with a decent citrus/mint character. The flavour is biscuity with a moderate but nice Cascade like hop taste. The body is borderline thin and the carbonation is very lively. Overall I found this beer to be highly drinkable if a bit on the mild side. I seems like it would be a great warm weather thirst quencher.

01-02-2008 21:35:53 | More by mjryan
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indy169

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

The U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery of Wisconsin is a clear, clean, if slightly bitter pale ale. This beer is light copper colored and has ok lacing. The smell is light, floral and mildly spicy. Taste is somewhat bright and as I mentioned earlier, bitter. The hops here seems scaled back and I wish they would have gone one way or the other on them. I was hoping for more of the hops, but if they are trying to appeal to non-hops fans, then why not scale back on them even further. I would have preferred a bit more malt to compensate. Good, not great.

12-13-2007 21:47:56 | More by indy169
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-11-2007 03:25:13 | More by Bighuge
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-07-2007 02:58:31 | More by uwmgdman
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.