Pale Ale - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by wedgie9:
Photo of wedgie9
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on draft at Hinterland. Pours clear golden amber with an average white head that leaves solid lace. Nose is aromatic hops with an earthy and dusty yeast and caramel malt characteristic. The flavors are very similar with the hops coming on strongly in the beginning and giving way to the dusty and earthy flavors, and finishing with bitterness and caramel. The body is light with average carbonation and a long bitter finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours smooth and creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, some fruit, sweet with a good dose of American hops

Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strawberry bronze in color, generally cloudy with some chunky suspended yeast. The head is modest in both size and lacing, and beige.
Grainy notes mix with an almost syrupy strawberry-lime fruitiness, with additional notes of caramel copper, and pine resin.
Malt lays down caramel, toast, almonds, and sourdough. It morphs fruitier, stickier, yet indistinct in the middle, like a multi-colored sherbet, then a yeast-filled brown bag oxidized note. . Hops bring a metallic, grassy bitterness, with slightly brighter (yet still faded) pangs of lime rinds and pine pitch.
Fullish feel, with a CO2 that settles out quickly. It drinks fairly large. There is a lot of both malt and hops here, but they don't work well together...actually the hops don't work well with anything.
There's a quirkiness here that I'm at least a bit intrigued by. Bottom line is that the bottle I have in front of me doesn't really work. But I would try this again, if I was absolutely assured that it was fresh. I don't think this is old, but it seems like it is.

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's University

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...clear and pale amber, rather watery body...light beige creamy head with light lacing

smell: dry grain, toasted malts, light noble hop presence but clearly a more malt driven interpretation of the style

taste: as a young american, i typically like my apa's to border on hop bombs but i kind of like what hinterland has done here...big toasted grain and toasted malt flavours, light noble hop sweetness, light apple-fruitness, grainy aftertaste

mouthfeel: dry, medium-light body

drinkability: high

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on July 28, 2011. The pour is a deeper amber-golden color with a thin but long lasting head. The aroma is full of smooth malts, grains, and a vague floral hoppiness. The body rounds out at about medium. The taste tended to lean on the bitter side so it seemed a bit off balance from most English pales I have enjoyed. There was a definite dry finale. The US-brewed English style pales just don't taste the same as those from the UK. Must be the River Thames. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saturated sunset orange, a few inches of foam billow up on the first pour. Sticky, speckled webs of lace connect concentric rings of foam stuck to the glass. Retention is ok, a wispy skim hangs across the surface for the duration of the glass.

Slightly vegetal grassy noble hop aroma, vaguely sweet biscuity malt. Simple, straightforward, somewhat nondescript.

Light bodied, some light hop bitterness that comes off as grassy, similar to the nose. Body is slightly watery, though it's easily drinkable, with no flaws. Dry aftertaste with some lightly floral hop notes lingering. Pleasant enough in taste, quenching, though a bit pedestrian. The light hop character is nice, but it could use a little more oomph. Good warm weather brew for outdoor activities.

Photo of scottg
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Sweet aromas of caramel are dominant. Carmelized malt and toffee flavors blend nicely with light grapefruit hops. Light body, light carbonation this is a mouth coating, well balanced beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV

A - Clear golden wheat in color, the beer resembles the Hinterland H circle and features plenty of carbonation feeding the beer's billowing white head. Thick chunky lace cakes the glass with sticky webbing, putting the cap on the perfect appearance.

S - Delicate and restrained but deliberate in their use, the hops impart a citrus and floral fragrance of freshly zested lemon, lemongrass, and spring garden for a lovely overlap of subtle grainy pale malts and a kiss of pear skin.

T - Hoppiness appears cleanly in flavor, mirroring the aroma's subtle but deliberate delivery of lemony citrus and bright floral attributes before finishing with very light malt sweetness reminiscent of honey spread thinly over toast.

M - The flutter of bitterness that punctuates the finish of this light-bodied pale ale adds exceptional dryness, which lingers on the tongue with citrus notes for wonderful drinkability.

O - Hinterland Pale Ale's simple and restrained hop use isn't to be misconstrued as underhopping as the level is perfect to offset and rise above the grainy pale malt base, developing with easy drinking bitterness and citrus and floral flavor. This might not have slap-in-the-face hops but not every pale ale has to.

Photo of rhobeer100
4/5  rDev +20.8%

The first sip of this rather easy to drink Ale actually made me smile and after all is that not the best thing we can hope for with a beer? I've really never tasted anything like this before; the perfect mix of an bitter hops, sweet malts and a drinkable fluidness. A nice bite of hops tamed by watery and slightly carbonated sweetness. People are always talking about carmel in beer but I've never really experienced it like this beer.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: My bottle looks quite different than the one pictured here. The pour gives a lively 1.5" khaki head that gradually falls back. The beer is a clear medium amber in color.

smell: Pretty basic APA aroma. Toasted and pale malts with a generous backing of floral hop aromas. On the malty side, as APAs go.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Pale and toasted malts with a moderate grainy flavor. Slight metallic note. Moderate hop flavor, not to fresh and a little muddied. Light to moderate bitterness lingers with some grain in the finish.

drinkability: i'd like a pale to be a little more drinkable than this one

single from Woodman's, Madison

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to thefatkid13 for this sampling.

pours a coppery color with a nice little white head the fell into a nice ring around the rim.
the aroma is malty, with an undertone of biscuits and bread, there is a hint of herbal an aroma.
the flavor is very solid, nice and malty, biscuity, citrus zest, clean in the finish.
very good pale ale over all

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found a 1Pint bottle at my local liquor store, never seen this before. Copper color with no head. Only a couple of bubbles floating around. Nose is sweet. Caramel and grainy cereal malt with a touch of floral hops. Light body with some carbonation tingle. Malts are not as sweet as the nose made me think. Light sweetness at first but quickly a metallic flavor takes over. Hop bitterness is over bearing at the finish. Floral and orange rinds. It leaves a cloying bitterness at the back of my throat.

Photo of pweis909
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle. The beer has an orange=copper appearance with slight head and lacing. It smells slightly caramelly, without the hop presence once expects in an APA. I first notice soft malt and caramel on the palate, followed by a bitter and prickly finish. Although billed as an APA, this beer reminds me of something English because of its malty presence and the lack of catty/citrusy American hop aroma and flavor. Although not the APA I expected, I really love this beer for its balanced flavor and drinkability. The pint sized bottle I have seems the perfect volume for it.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a .4L glass, pours a clear golden copper with a half inch head of thick foam, not quite as good as Luna, but still sticks around and leaves lots of lacing, very nice. The aroma is just plain weak, but pleasant bits of grainy malt and maybe some hop, though that was when a smoker pulled up to me and wrecked my nose for the night. Taste was pretty decent, a solid malting and sweet backing, perfectly matched hop profile. Mouth is like the Luna, just a wonderful creamy smooth wave with just enough carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of Strix
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange, decent initial head, some lacing.

Very little smell, vague citrus scent.

Very buttery, fading into a watery finish. Earthy and sweet. Really not working for me.

Mouthfeel somewhat thin and watery.

Nothing special, I won't be back. The butter is a turnoff for me.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Edition to beer in NH, I brought a few bottles home today form a tasting at Bert's.
Pours a deep golden amber color with a good sized white head that dissipate to a ring on thew top. Smell is malty sweet with hints of earthy and citrus hops. Slightly bready and toasty with hint of vegetative aroma. Taste is mildly sweet with a chalky minerally taste mixed with the earthy vegetative hops. Medium to thin body moderate carbonation and an oily/chalky mouthfeel. Honestly this tasted a lot better at the store. I can't see myself buying this one again I can think of lots of Pale Ales more deserving of my cash, although the 16oz bottles are cool.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this offering in a glass stein.

Appearance- The foam builds to about a finger's width and is a bright white. The frothy cap has a nice smattering of bubbles and cratering. Head retention is all right, and leave a little bit of spackled lace on the glass.

A transparent amber with copper-orange highlights does not have much carbonation visible.

Smell- The earthy and herbal scent reminds me of a hops profile you would find in a German lager. There is maybe just a hint of citrus in there underneath the earthy hop notes.

Taste- The hop flavors have an herbal tea, earthy and only slightly bitter feel going on. There is a wheaty-cereal malt aspect to the beer as well. The finish has more of the herbal hop note, and does not stay that bitter.

Mouth feel- This has a medium body, but is too carbonated and a little caustic in the finish, sort of fizzy. If this had more balance and was creamier it would help immensely.

Overall- The flavor of the beer is not bad, but remains a little dull. The mouth feel really drags this one down, and a lack of an interesting palate makes this a pretty ho-hum pale ale. Would be fine to drink again if you weren't going into it expecting much.

Photo of Phelps
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks: pours a cool strawberry-orange color, moderately hazy, with a half-finger off-white head that appears late and dissolves lickety-split, leaving a tight, bubbly ring and a lot of film.

Smells: lavender, lime, orange juice, overripe oranges and fresh orange peel amidst a backbone of sweet caramel and honey.

Tastes: bitter. What sweetness there was in the nose is drowned out by a huge bitterness. My mouth is awash in orange pith, and the acridness clings to the back sides of my tongue between sips. The caramelized malts emerge a bit more as the beer warms, but never make more than a murmur amidst the tumult of bitter hops. The exact flavors of the hops are hard to pick out: there's a little grapefruit, a little lemon, but mostly just ... bitter. The finish erases basically all the flavor between sips. Hmm.

Feels: medium, buzzy carbonation amidst a medium-light body. A little watery, but appropriate for a pale ale.

Drinks: better than I expected. There were some nice, sweet flavors in there, they were just hidden behind major bitterness. A passable pale ale.

Photo of roadhouse
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a cloudy orange-amber with lots of tiny floaters hanging around. Regular pour only yields a half-inch off-white head that quickly sinks down to a thin cap.

Aroma is bready, but in a sour way. Hops are quite muted which is odd for a pale ale. Some sweet caramel and a bit of fruitiness as well.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Starts out with some sweetness and bready flavors. Gradually fades into some very weak hops.

Mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer. It's quite smooth with a medium body.

It's not great but not horrible. Where are the hops?

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Seasons in Appleton.

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a big off-white head that shows very good retention and lacing.

This one was served extremely cold so it started out very muted but opened up with some citrus hop up front and some toasted malts.

The taste follows the aroma but had a more distinctive hop profile with some lemon zest and oranges up front. The caramel malts are faint but present underneath and lead into a slightly dry and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, very crisp and clean.

This is not the most complex of pales and has a fairly subtle hop profile but it goes down very easy and I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 16 oz. bottle: very attractive reddish orange with a fluffy white head. There were suspended particles evident when held up to the light.

The aroma was very faint with hints of sweet caramel; no hop aroma detected.

As other reviewers have noted, this is a very mild ale, quite similar to many English imports. That is not to say it is not flavorful, just not what you expect in an "American pale ale". The flavor profile begins with a sweet, rounded malt flavor that never becomes cloying. Faint hints of sourness and fruit keep the ale refreshing and interesting.

Light-bodied with low carbonation, the ale has a thin and slick mouthfeel with a short-lived aftertaste.

This is a decent, quaffable ale, but not what I expected for the style. The Hinterland website refers to this as a "hybrid" pale ale. Perhaps they were going for both English and Amercan characteristics.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pale ale pours a light amber/copper color, on the darker end of the style with nice clarity. A thin white head quickly diminished to a spotty skim. The aroma of the beer has a moderate-high sweet, toffee aroma as well as a bit of raisin. The hop aroma is medium-low and is rather earthy. The flavor is a moderately malty, somewhat sweet, and sort of metallic. The hop bitterness is medium and smooth. The carbonation is moderate and body is medium. The beer finishes smoothly, but leaves a bit of an odd flavor on the tongue. Overall this beer was ok. I didn’t particularly care for the finish, the appearance was nice (for a darker pale ale) and aroma was interesting. If someone hands you one, drink it, but I wouldn’t buy a full 6 pack.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a medium honey with an average head that leaves a little stick.

Aroma is tannic malt. Biscuits and honey with a light floral hop aroma.

Flavor follows the aroma, opening with tannic tea like malt flavors. Hops follow in the middle, slightly bitter and floral but subdued by the malt. Finishes with a tea like tannic flavor. Hops linger with a tiny bitterness that is pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is well done. The flavor is above average for an APA but the mouthfeel is a bit watery for my taste, more body would be nice.

Overall, this is a decent APA in the age over insanely hopped pales, however that being said; with the amount of malt overpowering the hop, one would think there would be more body to the beer. At 9 bucks plus for a four pack of 16's, I'll pass in the future. There are way better American pales for a more modest price.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with a foamy white head. No lacing. Good clarity, some bubbles rising. I like the look of this beer alot.

Nose on this beer is a bit weak. Some toasted malt and floral hops.

Hop-forward, with some pine and citric notes, but you also ge the toasted malt, and some husk bitterness. If you are looking for frit or caramel, good luck. Grain and malt are obscured by the hops, ad the malt dries out a bit. Finishes with bitterness and some character.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated.

I liked this, but this presents itself somewhere between pale ale and IPA. Lacks a touch of sweetness that would give more balance. Likable beer, and worth getting again.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper with a thin white head and sticky splotches of lace.

S - Sweet malt that reminds me of boiling wort. Not sure if the smell is burned into my senses from brewing all day or if this beer just has an identical smell. Some resiny and floral hops are hidden behind the sweet malt.

T - Floral and resiny piney hops are followed by a biscuity sweet malt backbone. The resiny hops along with sweet malt again remind me of a sample of wort.

M - Medium mouthfeel with carbonation that seems to fade quite fast. lingering dry finish.

D - Decent but seems a little messy.

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Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
77 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.