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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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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 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 gopens44
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

gopens44, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

scootercrabb, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

enelson, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of EGolfer4
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

EGolfer4, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of engberg88
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

engberg88, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

PeterOrlando92, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of twbeecher
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

twbeecher, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

TheQuietMan22, May 26, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Kunstman, May 01, 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 JCF3
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

JCF3, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of chuck_vindaloo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

chuck_vindaloo, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

beagle75, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of theholdsteady
3.25/5  rDev -3%

theholdsteady, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -10.4%

seeswo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Kevin79
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Kevin79, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

WastingFreetime, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of DakotaJim
4/5  rDev +19.4%

DakotaJim, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +19.4%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -10.4%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -3%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.