Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HardTarget on 10-25-2012

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 13
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has some wheat notes, as well as some grass, lemon and a bit of orange. The flavor is similar. There is a lot of wheat, caramel and biscuit malt notes, as well as some white pepper and orange peel. I get only a slight amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy off-white head. Decent retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace.

Nose is zesty, herbal and floral hoppy goodness. The Herkules hop is an interesting varietal indeed. The base beer is crisp and grainy smelling with a little bit of earthy biscuit.

Taste is crisp and delightful with a zing of floral hop flavor...this hop is almost spicy. More hop flavor than hop bitterness and the malts stay light and neutral. This is one of the better 'showcase-hop' beers I have had and some nice lemongrass comes out as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and breezy, just an easy drinking APA. This is one of those beers I will be happy to pick up another sixer.

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours with a perfect and very attractive orange/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention and rings of lave all the way down the glass.
S: A really good hoppy aroma. Herbal, white pepper, citrus, fresh cut grass. A lot of descriptors. Though it is all there in balance. Great balance with some toasted caramel malt.
T: Follows the nose with a great hop character. Herbal, peppery, grassy, floral again. Perfectly balanced with sweet malt. Toasted bread and light toffee.
M/D: A medium body. Soft and fine carbonation. Very clean and perfectly smooth. So easy to drink. All day with this.

Real Ale indeed. This is awesome on cask. I have not had a bottle, so I don't know how they compare. Though given my experience with cask versus bottle, I am pretty sure this is superior. Highly recommended on cask.

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1616th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store tulip
12oz

Best by 01.01.13
Thanks to Shoky01 for this

App- A very clear and bright orange color with a really great amount of translucency. The head on the top was a good 2 fingers and feel to a very nice amount of lace and cling. The lines fell as you took each sip. Very nice looking beer.

Smell- Well I was all excited about this new hop, but it was just kinda there for me. Was looking more for the big tropical citrus burst but instead get more rind with some peach juice and a bit of what I would call some pine needles mixed with dry crackers.

Taste- I was suprised again at this one from the flavor stand point. It had a lot of fruit behind it, but seemed to be like a small unmixed lemonade flavor when you had too much water without enough mix. Zesty, pine and some deep citrus. Just didnt all flow, but was still pretty good.

Mouth- It was fairly light bodied and transitioned into a semi light carbonation level. A bit weak on both aspects. The residual light lemonade and grainy feel was okay. Wouldve prefered more of a punch from it.

Drink- It was good, just didnt blow me away. Fairly solid with a new hop. Good extra.

Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 01.01.13. Whoops.

A: Clear amber pour. Good sized frothy, fluffy white head. Head fades at a moderate pace

S: Herbal hops with a bready malt. Get some onions in the aroma. Like onion rings. Hmph.

T: Again, herbal hops up front. Kinda spicy, interestingly enough. A little bit of pine and black pepper it seems? Dry, toasty bread for the malt. A little bit of that onion ring flavor on the back end.

M: Medium bodied and a touch dry.

O: A pretty interesting APA. This is way past its prime according to the bottle but honestly I didn't find it to be too bad. I imagine it was hoppier before but it doesn't have that signature "old hops" flavor that I was expecting. Just a mildly hoppy and drinkable APA instead. Not bad.

Photo of allengarvin
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.0 - Bright clear amber-gold with a large, frothy head, fading but leaving nice lacing.
S: 3.75 - Nice amount of piney, resinous hops in the nose, with very light malt.
T: 4.0 - Flavor certainly emphasizes the hops, with a load of piney, barky hop flavor. Bitterness isn't extreme, but this is a very dry beer, very well-attenuated. Yeast flavor is pretty neutral. It's about the hops, with just a tad bit of biscuity malt underneath.
M: 4.0 - Light bodied, easy drinking, refreshing in its way.
O: 3.75 - Very good beer, though good hoppy beers are a dime a dozen. Would like more adventureness from RA.

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

From the bottle. Brewed with Ultra hops.
This pours a straw tan with creamy foam that’s tightly packed and long lasting.
The aroma has characters of a dry grassy hop with a hint of tropical fruit.
It's an intriguing blend which comes across on the palate as well, with a sharp hop bite and a slightly honeyed finish.

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the trade!

Photo of HardTarget
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: While it holds a solid white head that lasts and laces, the beer is full of flakes of particulate matter I'm hoping are hops.

Smell: Kinda funky. A sour apple, smokey, earthy...something. A unique aroma that isn't unpleasant, just very different.

Taste: Same as the smell. An earthiness combined with a citric lemon peel gives a complex profile that again is quite unique. Light catty taste that is hop driven.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation gives a slightly cask feel with a dry finish.

Overall: Lightly bitter with a good supporting base. Crazy hop flavor, definitely worth a try. The chunky nature hurt the overall score.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review with the old review left in place. The old one was when I had just gotten to this place and was new to the brewery. Now I'm a regular customer of theirs, RABC being not only great beer, but local, and frequently cheeper, tho every bit as good as any other craft brewery in America. Not changing any ratings, just refreshing the review.

original review:

Good looking brew, tannish orange and mostly clear with rising bubbles and a great 1.5 finger white fluffy head and good lacing.

Aroma is great! Crisp and spicy hops are very up front. Pepper and citrus, some earthy malts, and a little fruit.

Flavor is also quite good. Very hoppy for a pale ale, this could easily be an IPA from all the hops flavor, but it's not quite as bitter. Earthiness and peppery spices again make a showing, along with some citrus and a little biscuit malt.

Body is pretty rich and full for a pale ale, yet drinkability is maintained. An earthy hop bitterness finishes it off.

Overall this is a very likeable beer and I'm glad I took the chance and bought a whole sixer of it. I will now have to try more beers from this brewery!

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Best-by date 1.1.13.

Look- Pale amber-orange with plenty of suspended chunks of what appear to be pelleted hops. I wouldn't call it sediment- there is a LOT of stuff floating in this beer. Dense, craggy head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell- Musky, spicy, subdued lime and sweet citrus. Perhaps some peach, apricot, pear. Fairly sweet, musky biscuit backbone. Nice.

Taste- Much, much drier and earthier than expected. Not much of the sweet citrus present in the nose makes it through, although what's there is an interesting subdued passionfruit-lemon-herbal flavor; overall a very clean, tealike bitterness with a strong toasted cracker malt showing. I don't know that I've tasted this hop before, but in this beer it comes off as a much less aggressive Simcoe. Fairly nuanced, tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, light carbonation, juicy, crisp feel. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall- Very nice showcase of a hop variety that I've not seen before, if all pale ales were this well done, I'd be a very happy man. Intriguing, certainly worth trying if you can get it and I think I'll snag another sixer.

Photo of obrike
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack at HEB in Round Rock for about 8 bucks.

Very odd look on this one. Yellow/orange hue, decent head and more than adequate lacing, but just a ton of sediment floating around in the pint glass. Looked a bit unappealing.

An odd scent as well...some sour funk, earthy hops, maybe a ripe apple too? Not bad, just not sure how to categorize.

Taste is similar to the smell. An almost sour, earthy hoppiness and some very biscuity malt. Getting a fairly heavy bit of lemon rind as well. This one is just hard to categorize. A very dry, slightly bitter mouthfeel makes you want to take another sip.

It almost seems like this beer is in the final stage...just not quite ready for prime time. I may be judging too harshly based on the amount of sediment.

Not one of my Real Ale favorites.

Photo of GMB
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The first offering in Real Ale's Brewers' Cut series, the Signature Hop Pale Ale features the Hercules hop. I love the idea: Produce beers that feature a single hop variety so that hop-heads like yours truly can appreciate the flavor that each variety offers.

This beer pours a hazy golden amber body with very little head. There is a lot of sediment in the glass, which looks like the residue left by hop pellets. I don't mind hop deposits in my beer. But where are the small flower petals that fresh, whole-cone hops leave behind? Have hop pellets been used here? Is this beer going to display this hop variety in the best light?

The nose suggests that Hercules is not an especially citral or floral variety. Aromas of earthy spices, dried grass, moist soil, and mild herbs are at the fore, but are all somewhat dull; is this because pellets were used to impart aroma and flavor too? Lurking somewhere in the background is the aroma of sweet, lightly toasted grain.

The flavor is earthier than the nose. Lightly toasted grain pairs nicely with the earthy hop flavors. Here too, flavors are dull and somewhat timid. The beer is less bitter than I assumed it would be (Hercules is generally used as a bittering hop).

The sediment doesn't interfere with the beer's feel in the mouth. The malt is sweet and substantial enough to sustain the most pleasing aspect of the beer's earthy flavor.

Real Ale is one of my favorite breweries, and the idea to produce a series of Signature Hop beers is a great one. The trick, I suppose, will be for Real Ale to select the most interesting and distinctive hop varieties and produce beers whose other flavoring elements (i.e, yeast and malt) highlight what makes the hop's flavor unique and delicious. To this end, it seems to me that using the freshest, most flavorful hop is a must. I'm not convinced that this has been done here. The brewers at Real Ale are onto something, but the first release leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Photo of utfiero
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Color- light gold.

Aroma- pineapple, pine cones, and new latex gloves.

Taste- Starts with a refreshing citrus then finishing with a dull dry bitterness as if the hops were stale. A disappointment from Real Ale in Blanco, Texas.

Tasted on 12/31/2012. Bottle had a "best by" date of 1/27/2013.

Brewers' Cut Signature Hop Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.