U.S. Pale Ale - Capital Brewery
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3.05/5 rDev -9%
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.
04-27-2012 00:11:53 | More by warnerry
3.45/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-23-2012 22:22:56 | More by beagle75
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-27-2012 20:52:57 | More by WastingFreetime
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1 finger head, leaves small amount of lacing on glass. Malt forward aroma which fades to reveal dankish hop flavors, lemon, pine are prevalent. Nice hop bite to the start, grassy, herbal, floral, good amount of caramel, floral, lager like come through in the finish. After drinking the lager like characteristics come through in the aroma as well. Nice body, resinous but a bit cloying, but still balanced fairly well, very drinkable.
10-04-2011 03:33:28 | More by manitouman84
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
A bit BMC looking. Pale gold, but a nice sustainable frothy head with plenty of lacing.
A lovely pine, citrus and floral nose. Some pale malt sweetness in the background.
Not nearly as hoppy as the nose would suggest. Still a more than average hop presence with some noticeable alcohol and lightly sweet malt. A nice little pine presence.
The feel is lighter with lower, but soft carbonation.
Not the most interesting pale ale, but very sessionable. Wouldn't pick this one up again, but a worthy lawnmower beer.
09-23-2011 21:33:19 | More by jera1350
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-29-2011 23:30:25 | More by woosterbill
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-21-2011 03:45:52 | More by Tballz420
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-22-2011 03:48:43 | More by AleWatcher
3.35/5 rDev 0%
I havent had much luck with Capital, this being the nearest favorite style they brew im hoping for a big turn around as most are lagers and this pale ale may be the breakthrough.
A: Medium lacing with an off-white head of foam and generally good carbonation. A very light orange color.
S: Smells much of sweet malts and slightly floral hoppiness.
T: Very light. Nothing bitter about it. Very subtly sweet, almost caramel or toffee notes.
M: Its quite smooth. Nothing lingers but feels soft on the palate and really doest throw you for any loops, i kinda like that.
D: This is a very smooth beer that could go well with anything because it doesnt really have the quality of overpowering.
05-08-2011 22:21:14 | More by BasementBer
3.08/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
04-21-2011 04:12:04 | More by scaliasux
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
3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
12-29-2010 17:09:39 | More by Kegatron
2.9/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
10-31-2010 16:58:46 | More by woodychandler
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
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