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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.13%
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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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-28-2013 04:19:16 | More by dmorgan310
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-16-2012 05:45:50 | More by TX-Badger
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JCF3

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

04-12-2012 19:55:54 | More by JCF3
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2011 03:48:43 | More by AleWatcher
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 03:25:13 | More by Bighuge
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:13:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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morimech

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:40:40 | More by morimech
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beagle75

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:22:56 | More by beagle75
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danielharper

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 04:39:45 | More by danielharper
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:33:28 | More by manitouman84
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slyke

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass stein, with a wide mouth to enjoy the aroma.
A: The head erupted and remained for an extended period of time. The beer was a light amber color, but the lacing was minimal.

S: There was an malt and fruit smell, with a definite grainy presence that I was not expecting. It was almost spicy too.

T: The sharp bite of the hops was the most noticeable feature, leaving behind a dry sensation that left very little aftertaste. After the smell of the fruit I was expecting a sweetness that never showed itself.

M: Smooth at first but the dryness was unmistakeable, plus I don't think there was enough carbonation by the end of the tasting.

D: The bitterness surprised me when I was looking for a balance of sweetness that never occurred.
The description on the bottle says "Disarmingly Drinkable" but I would have to disagree. The dryness whould be reserved for a beverage more suited for sipping instead of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 04:21:17 | More by chetripley
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 22:21:14 | More by BasementBer
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:37:18 | More by kimcgolf
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 02:58:31 | More by uwmgdman
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beertunes

Washington

3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 00:25:49 | More by beertunes
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2008 00:50:22 | More by brewdoc75
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 04:16:52 | More by TheQuietMan22
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. can, with code on the bottom of the can reading 0234 SP. My second beer from Capital Brewery, and the first of their canned offerings that I'm trying.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery orange colored body with some very decent clarity to it. Three fingers of frothy khaki head, that leaves behind some nice fluffy lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell is fairly bland and one dimensional - grainy caramel malt, and a lightly herbal / grassy hop presence. Some dusty tea leaf aroma in there also, but the caramel malt is dominant.

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel / toffee malt, bread, tea leafs, and an indistinct herbal hop presence.

M - The feel is crisp and clean. Light-bodied with good carbonation, but somewhat on the thin side for the style. Semi-dry and bready finish.

Overall, a very average pale ale offering from Capital Brewery. Light in flavor and body, but it goes down nice and easy at 5.00% abv, and the price was right at $7.99 for a six pack.

Capital Brewery U.S. Pale Ale ---3/5.

Serving type: can

06-25-2014 00:57:17 | More by mfnmbvp
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-14-2011 17:04:01 | More by bpfrush
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-22-2013 12:39:49 | More by williamjbauer
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3%

06-22-2014 01:27:24 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

02-10-2014 02:58:08 | More by Canada_Dan
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

12-28-2012 01:24:13 | More by ssimpson89
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.