American Pale Ale - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.79% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-30-2001

An American standard, BBC APA is a full bodied and heavily hopped American Ale. It is copper in color and brewed with a blend of pale and crystal malts, balancing the citrus and pine flavors from large doses of American and English hops to create a very drinkable, hoppy ale. BBC APA is a hophead’s dream!

55.2 IBU
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Reviews by giblet:
Photo of giblet
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this draft while visiting KY. drew with about a half inch of head that settled to a light film. smells a mix of malt and hop. the taste was a bit disappointing. stronger malt than i expected. did not seem to match well with the hops. finished ok. good lacing down the glass.

ok for something different.

suckem up and movem out.


More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber with a frothy 1" white head on top. Hints of red as well. Fresh cut pink grapefruit, lemon and citrus fruits abound. A nice sweet honey aroma wafts up too. Nice.

First sip is upfront with a well rounded citrus hoppiness that leaves a trail of yummy biterness down the back of my palate. A smooth, dry caramel malt sweetness pulls this together nicely. Yummy....damn good APA!

Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and nice creaminess in my mouth. This is a brew that I could easily session and would gladly have another if I could. Thanks to merlin48 for the trade!

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7 to refill a growler at the BBC brewpub on Shelbyville Road. Pours a cloudy, copper apricot body with a lasting offwhite to beige head. Good patchy lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma is even hoppier than from the bottled version, with lots of pine cone notes. The citrusy grapefruit and orange notes lurk underneath. Lemonzest and caramel emerge as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, and a silky creaminess. Taste has a biscuity malt backbone of caramel, but the hops dominate. Pine cone bitterness is all over the palate, from start to finish, but grapefruit and orange citrusy notes are also prominent. Caramel maltiness seems restrained in the face of the pronounced hops bitterness. Slightly hoppier than the bottled version of this fine APA. Very solid, and well constructed. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bright copper color with less than a half finger of off-white head...very thin lacing as the head disappears almost instantly.
Clean aroma with floral hops and a mild sweetness in the nose.
Taste is good...a nice dose of bittering hops grab the pallet. The malt is a bit light and makes this a bit off balanced with a little bit of carbonation in the lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel average and the carbonation, again...a bit high.
Fairly easy drinking here, but I would want to reach for something else after a couple of these.
Thanks Kev for the bottle.

Photo of nem2006
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a bottle in a nonic glass. Pours a cloudy gold amber with a substantial slightly off white head. The head lasted a little while, but did not stick around the whole time.

The smell is strong of hops. I immediately smelled them. There was not much malt to the nose since it was so strong with hops.

The body is medium bodied even though the bottle claims to be a full-bodied beer. Surprisingly bland at the front end. The malts help balance the hops, but isn't strong enough to shine through on the palate. The finish is clearly hoppy since the nose testifies so strongly to it. The hop finish is a little strong on the tongue afterwards, but not too bad.

I write this review as someone who is not a huge fan of hops. So I am actually pretty impressed by it.

Photo of uconnalum2
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep amber with a short white head. The smell is a very nice citrus and hoppy aroma. The taste is a delicious combination of citrus, malt, perhaps a touch of honey and a lot of hops. Slight but lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and refreshing. This is a very drinkable beer. Overall, a very good beer that could probably pass as an IPA. It reminds me very much of one of my favorites, Victory Hop Devil.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a rich, vibrant copper color with an immense, billowing, rocky head that slathers itself all over the glass.

Smell: Oh joy! Hops galore in this one. A beautiful aroma of citrus and floral percolate in the nasal passages.

Taste: I was in for a big surprise with this one. The flavor was very. very good. Hops all the way with just a whisper of malty sweetness to let you know it's there. The hop-lover in me is loving life.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very flavorful. Smooth finish.

Drinkability: One word....VERY! A really nice puckering effect along with a crisp and dry finish. So sad that I only had one in the fridge.

Notes: Perhaps a little over-the-top with the hops (can there be such a thing) for the non hop-heads out there. But for me, this was almost a home run (an inside the park homer, perhaps?).

Photo of far333
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light copper color with a beige head of small white bubbles and a stream of frothy big bubbles down the middle. Head sticks around a long time and leaves rings around the glass. Aroma is fruity and hoppy at the same time. Fruity like pear, and sweet like butterscotch and cotton candy. Flavor is sweet and malty upfront, followed directly by a hop sensation that rolls all around the mouth, and kicks in some pine and citrus notes in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is pungent pine hops. I could drink this all night. Many thanks to Brent for sharing this gem.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really turbid looking amber with the nicest two finger eggshell colored head. Head won't leave and there's great foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells hoppy with a little ester mixed in.

Tastes like a great PA/IPA should. Slightly malty up front with a big wallop of hop waiting to get you in the back. Slight diacetyl and caramel in the malt but the hops truly dminate this one.

Mouthfeel is quite full and pleasing. Actually having some foam with each sip is a good thing.

It's a keeper.

Photo of monkeybeer
2.19/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy golden red with a cream head

S- strong Hop scent with a very sweet undertone

T/M - Very light APA, Crisp and Hoppy some what sweet. goes down very smooth

D- Not my favorite style of beer. but this is drinkable I would not run out to buy it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Impressive caramel amber tone with a cream colored off white head leaves nice amounts of lacing, great looking pale ale. Aroma: Awesome pine cone scented hop profile with a balancing biscuit and butterscotch malt tone good stuff. Taste: Is structured to let the sharp piney hops collide with a buttery malt backbone, the hops win the fight and linger on the palate in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a nice fluffy texture is created by the reserved carbonation here. Drinkability: Solid all around well hopped American style pale ale, this is how the style was meant to be in my eyes.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Copper color. White head with a little lacing.

Smell - Mild grapefruit and hops.

Taste - Only mild citrus flavor. Good balance of hops and malt. Not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Medium / heavy bodied. Crisp. Lasting hop taste.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. This would be easy for a non-hophead to appreciate.

Photo of sloejams
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came as part of my beer of the month club, several months ago.

Pour a golden almost amber color with a decent 2 finger head. The aroma is exactly what I want in a APA: nice hop presence, some citrus and a pleasant grassiness. The hop flavors finish with a nice malt character. Very smooth, very enjoyable. At times it seems more IPA than APA. I guess that's how I like 'em

Sadly, there were only 3 and this not available anywhere near me.

Photo of SMark
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by a friend who purchased while working in Louisville

Slight head which retained for 1 minute. Clean/clear pour. Lace lasted all the way through the drinking time of 30 minutes.

Bitter and hoppy smell came through.

Definite bitter taste outdid the aroma. Pleasant hoppiness throughout.

Good feeling and taste in mouth. Seems to fade rather quickly but was consumed with food. Leaves you wanting more.

Good sipping beer. Would drink more of these as it got better by the end of the glass.

Photo of jmz62565
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber honey color with a giant tan foamy head. The head leaves great lacing making this an impressive looking beer. The smell is strong with sweet malt and a "bisquity' aroma. Very nice.
The taste is much hardier than an American Pale Ale. This is very hoppy with sweet malt and brown sugar and I really feel this beer is mislabled,but it sure is good.
The m/f is light,but heavy for an APA and all the flavors mix well.
This is a great beer and I could see having this as a session brew.Cheers.

Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Strangely, the notches for freshness haven't been notched. Maybe the machine was messed up in the factory.

Appearance: A hazy and slightly cloud dark red amber. Head stays at about 1/4" after a few minutes, with sprawly bubbly lacing all around the top of the glass.

Smell: Slightly toasted malt with some fruit aromas in there also. Some woodiness, slight sour cherries, orange and lemon peel, grapefruit rind, and dark bread crust.

Taste: Starts fruity and then cascades into bitter and hoppy territory. Lots of woodiness, slight smoke, and some roasted and toasted malt qualities start to appear more as it warms, backed by some fruit, cherries and citrus, with the hops turning near the finish to grapefruit, with a pretty high and welcoming bitterness. Finishes dry with a balanced hop assault on the tongue, along with some roasted notes also.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy with nice carbonation levels to cater to the medium body of the brew.

Drinkability: A very solid APA, well crafted, hoppy and tasty. I could see myself grabbing a six pack of this if the day was screaming for the style. May be too bitter for some, but if you like yours pretty bitter, this is surely one to try.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy rust/mango with a head of sea-foam that's big, but thins quickly. What's left of the head retains a long time, leaving a fair bit of lace.

Aroma is obvious citric hops, which are nice but invaded by something that recalls boiled greens and rotting fruit. Crazy Kentuckians.

Still getting that weird streak in the flavor. Hops are front and center, a bit spicy and citric. Even a little tart as in citrus rind, and no real trace of pine. Malt imparts something just a little less easy to define--or perhaps it's the yeast. Spicy, and a kind of spice I can't put my finger on. A relatively exotic pale ale flavor--thankfully not run-of-the-mill. Texture does what it should, bordering on the rough side. Not much more to say there.

For a pale ale, the flavor is coarse and raw, but any hop lover who usually shies away from mere pale ales for being too tame, this will surprise and delight. I liked it for its total embrace of hops and its more unusual elements. Because of its big hop attitude, probably not the most drinkable pale ale out there, but enjoyable? Definitely.

Photo of Retroman40
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a rich copper color with a lively but lasting head. The aroma is pure citrus hops with just a hint of malt in the background. The taste is initially a citrus hop flavor and finishes with a good bit of malty sweetness. The carbonation level is just right making the mouthfeel excellent. Overall this is a very good APA and I would recommend it to anyone to give it a try.

Photo of secondtooth
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel-amber in color, with a thick, frothy white-tan head. Too thick, in fact, as this one is massively overcarbonated. Lace spotty and erratic.

A sweet and hoppy aroma, with citrus freshness. Solid.

Taste is hoppy, with bitter grapefruit initially. Kick of bitterness at finish. Not bad at all, but overall pretty average and forgettable. Well-placed hoppy presence, but the balance seems a tad off.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, hauled by kmpitz2 from kentucky

appearance: pours a cloudy and quite murky amber/pale orange color, some creamy off-white head forms and laces nicely

smell: floral hoppiness matched with a toasty malt aroma...citrusy, somewhat spicy

taste: nice juicy/fruity floral hops with a very strong sweet and bready malt backbone...I think most of the APA's i buy are usually more of a hop monster than this. i like the balance though. lots of different fruit flavors in there...mostly grapefruit, tad of orange, some pear, pineapple, etc. malts are dry and spicy

mouthfeel: starts juicy, finishes try...medium body, decent carbonation

drinkability: could be a session

Photo of Jon
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American-style pale ale pours a clear copper color with a thick, off-white head. Excellent lacing is present in the glass. Smell is somewhat one-dimensional with big notes of spicy, floral hops. Taste is almost a bit too one-dimensional, as well, although it's almost fitting for the style. While this beer does have an upfront bitterness that I certainly enjoyed, its lack of a solid malt backbone keeps it from really standing out in the taste department. The mouthfeel is very mildly carbonated, while rather smooth and mildly oily for the most part. This is a very nice session ale for hopheads and a quality brew overall.

Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I brought this back from BBC in Louisville in October 2007. I tasted a bottle there and I thought it was something that was probably better on tap. However the two months resting in my fridge seem to have agreed with this beer.

Pours a medium amber, clear, foamy head is raised and recedes, lots of fine lace sticks to the glass. Nice aroma of fresh malty aromas and fragrant, grassy hops. The taste is a really good balanced APA, warm malt and floral hoppy bitterness playing off each other really well. Dry and very drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 1/2" white head. Good head retention & some lacing

S: Slight fruittyness

T: Fruitty with some floral hops up front. Finishes fruitty with a respectable twang of floral hops

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & okay balance

Drinks more like an English PA to me, but not a bad quaffer

Photo of bditty187
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy coppery-bronze in hue with tawny-amber highlights, it is an ideally color for an APA, a sticky off-white head of two fingers topped off the beer flawlessly. The head retention was excellent; it took a long movement before it noticeably faded to a foamy residue and then a tight cap. The cap lasted for the entire consumption, most impressive! Subsequent lacing was extensive and sticky like a spider’s web. This is a perfect looking Pale Ale. The nose smells plenty hoppy, which is exactly what I am looking for in the style; there is a good amount of citrus and pine notes. The malt stands tall as well and it proves good depth with its caramel, lightly toasty biscuit notes. This is all pulled together with ale fruitiness, a kiss of orange? The potency of the bouquet is a little small but I like the nose just fine. It is inviting. On the palate the hops shine brightly and rightfully so, the outright bitterness is just above modest but the flavors created by the hops are terrific. The pine needles are ample, a bit sprucey too. The citrus portion of the hops are tasty, some grapefruit flesh but more so rinds. It is ideally dry and very appetizing. This would make a great match with many grilled foods. The malt complexities don’t match the hops, in other words this beer is unbalanced. I am sure it was intended to be so. Secondary flavors from the malt consists of caramel and hints of toasty biscuits, grains, and nuts. This is quite pleasant but very inconsequential in comparison. Long, dry, hoppy aftertaste, this is a perfect conclusion. This is really an excellent APA; it is as good as many great examples. It lacks some true bitterness and it could use more malty flavors. Regardless this is very good and I would love to drink this on a regular basis. A shade fuller than medium body, modest carbonation, it is a little creamy, but as a whole the mouthfeel is very pleasant. Very drinkable, very likeable, and I wish I had more. I need to thank SheepNutz for this fine Kentucky beverage.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks awesome in the glass. Nice copper color with a good head. Smells hoppy and fruity. Well hopped for an American pale ale. Good hoppy flavor with balancing malts. Posesses a lot of qualities I like in a pale ale. I was impressed with this beer and wouldn't mind a road trip to BBC.

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