U.S. Pale Ale - Capital Brewery
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2.95/5 rDev -11.9%
Thanks for mnwags for hookin' a brutha up!
Big bountiful head, bone-white and holding steady while lots of bubbles rush to it. Lace clings like sea foam to the sides. Color is sunny copper. It's nice and looks the part.
Aroma features hops that lean very much on the fruity side, some citrus zest but also apple and a distinct peach smell. Almost like Magic Hat's #9 in the nose. Not a lot of malt backup detected on the sniff, just a mild doughy scent, like shortbread.
Flavor is simplicity incarnate: fruity hops; kiss of doughy malt; light mineral flash. Adequate hop bitterness in the finish, nothing blaring or over-the-top. There's nothing at all wrong with simplicity of course--this just doesn't impress and I can't find much more to say about the flavor.
Mouthfeel is about as ho-hum as the flavor. Remarkably thin, bordering on watery. Not even the ample carbonation can save it.
I had Capital's Autumnal Fire on tap at Chicago's Map Room a couple years back and it was exceptional. This is not. It's not even "disarmingly drinkable," as the label claims, as it falls short where it matters most (taste/flavor). Here's another label claim: "Hops with an American accent." That would be a neutral midwest accent (I can say that, I'm from the midwest and have a neutral accent). Yet another label claim: "America's #1 Rated Brewery," which begs the question "Rated by Whom?" Of course, I would jump at any chance to have their Autumnal Fire again.
02-02-2010 23:49:07 | More by Metalmonk
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
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
pours a clear bright golden orange with a 2 finger white head that leaves no lacing
smell is of very spicy hops and some sweet malts
taste is much of the same peppery spicy hops and sweet carmel malts on the end - a very different apa then most - reminds me of some anderson valley beers
mouthfeel is light with good carbonation with a very dry finish
drinkability is good and it breaks from normal APA flavors which makes me wish i had more then just this single bottle
06-28-2009 02:53:48 | More by jsh420
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.
Smell: A fairly sweet aroma with some fruity citrus esters and malts. Hops upfront with some good hints of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and a slight hint of papaya. Also some herbal and piney hops. Mixed in is a quite noticeable malt balance with hints of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and crackers. A solid balance of hops and malts in the nose.
Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a balanced mix of citrus and earthy hops with sweet bready malts. Starts out with some herbal, earthy hops and citrus esters with notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, and a little bit of apricot and papaya. A strong malt balance comes in with notes of bready biscuit, yeast, caramel, toffee, and cracker. A nicely balanced and solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Pale Ale. Nice hop kick up front with a solid malt backbone. Its what you expect from the style.
09-19-2012 05:33:48 | More by MattyG85
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
08-20-2009 02:23:50 | More by david131
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
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
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
07-05-2010 21:26:08 | More by beerwolf77
3.03/5 rDev -9.6%
From: Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL
Date: "021112A12124" stamped on bottle
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.
08-16-2012 01:54:30 | More by falloutsnow
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.
02-19-2008 15:05:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
06-25-2014 00:57:17 | More by mfnmbvp
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
U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.