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Prescription Pale - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Reviews by lechroy:
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lechroy

California

4.65/5  rDev +24.3%

This is a balanced rich Pale with lots of flavor. Excruciatingly good to drink. Cancel all afternoon appointments before trying this baby on for size. Yum - a perfect Pale, maybe my favorite solid West-coast brew I've had from Magnolia. Get it while it's fresh, as I can imagine the older barrels lose some of their zest. Classic brew that should not be missed.

02-22-2011 07:54:16 | More by lechroy
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.68/5  rDev -28.3%

Dark gold, decent white head of about 1/3" on it. Aroma made me wonder where's the hops and what is that after'smell' if you will?

Taste, remarkably bland except for the off flavor of slick wood almost approaching a butterscotch exterior. Still left wondering how a brewery that makes such good hoppy stuff has left me hangin'? Kind of has a bitter ashy resin that people seem to make fun of Mikkeller for.

I dunno, this just seemed off for what Magnolia usually brings to the table. Even though this was underwhelming, I'd give it another try based on their solid track record.

01-02-2012 03:49:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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watermelonman

California

4.15/5  rDev +11%

This arrived as a nice red and amber color with a good amount of head. It faded after a bit and left some minor lace.

It's very snappy and hoppy for regular pale ale; grapefruit and citrus definitely make their presence known. Yet, the flavor remains delicate. The mouthfeel is full and this stuff stays easy to drink for all its flavor.

12-23-2004 00:42:26 | More by watermelonman
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

I had this on tap at Magnolia in San Francisco, CA. It was a dark amber/brown color, with a thick bubbly head and lots of carbonation and lacing. It had a smell of bitter hops. The taste up front was of alcohol but then blended with a strong bitter hops aftertaste.

03-13-2007 21:49:02 | More by kdoc8
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-14-2014 16:12:53 | More by spark3148857
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

On cask at Magnolia on Haight st, served in a 20oz imperial pint. Golden copper in colour, with a small soapy head. Very mild hop aroma, with some sweet malt. Some grapefruit, sweet toasty, bready malt and a bold bitterness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, good drinkability. Good session ale from Magnolia.

01-09-2006 05:18:48 | More by baiser
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Mark

California

4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

Deep amber bordering on copperish, Nice white head with good retention. I don't know whether it's the way this place washes their glassware or what, but the beers do not lace much if any at all. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Very hoppy taste profile with a decent malt backbone. Very hop orientated, could be mistaken for an IPA. Zingy grapefruit notes come to the fore. Smooth cask mouthfeel and of course drinkability is above average. The most hoppy pale I have had. Footnote: For those who recall my annoyance at Magnolia playing rap, today the music was nice. My enjoyment of the pub and lunch was ten fold. Scarfed a sausage pizza with this fine beer.

02-01-2004 02:52:06 | More by Mark
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Joel12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-21-2014 01:48:15 | More by Joel12
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tschiess

California

4/5  rDev +7%

07-13-2014 19:31:35 | More by tschiess
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

03-23-2012 14:05:05 | More by augie
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kdog630

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured a nice, darker copper with a decent head and lacing. Excellent hop aroma. Cascades!

The malts are not neglected here. They came through in the aroma and were present in the taste. Tastes like they used a good variety in the process.

A good balance of flavors with an excellent finish. The carbonation was just about perfect, making this a smooth and very drinkable beer. I would rank this up there with other, well regarded APAs. Definitely one that I will drink again and again.

02-09-2006 16:35:06 | More by kdog630
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-21-2013 21:52:34 | More by chugamugofsud
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GClarkage

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

08/04/05- On cask at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From cask into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-amber pour. Small and super creamy head with light lace.

Smell- Not much of a sniffer. Some muted hops, but not much of any roasted or any other malt scent.

Taste- Rather well hopped for a PA. There is some malt, just enough to hold it's own. But, the hops carry this beer. Fruity hops, but not super bitter ones. Very mild hops.

Mouthfeel- Can a cask beer have a bad mouthfeel? Smooth, low carbonation and light cream feeling.

Drinkability- Another winner from Magnolia. Super easy drinking Pale Ale.

08-05-2005 23:58:50 | More by GClarkage
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-16-2012 03:57:47 | More by mhaugo
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: Medium amber cloudy body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit and floral tones on the nose

Taste: What you smell is what you get - grapefruit hoppiness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Another refreshing hoppy beverage from Magnolia.

03-25-2005 14:31:16 | More by brentk56
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -15%

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep coppery amber colour, very dark for a pale ale. Head is just off-white, leaving a pattern across the top of the glass. Patchy. Lacing is good however. Looks good enough.

Butterscotchy on the nose with a sharp citrus bite to cut through it. Rather sweet overall, with caramel characters coming in as well. Throughout all of this, it's not particularly full or robust either. Doesn't win me over.

Taste is smooth, but again, very light. Some bitterness through the centre, but it's matched and over-matched with caramel sweetness. Feel is nice, but the toffee and caramel characters are too much and the cleansing hop character too little. Unbalanced.

Not the worst beer I've tried, but not particularly exciting either. Like Adelaide: it's alright.

05-16-2011 05:24:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GringoKid

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-21-2013 14:58:16 | More by GringoKid
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elNopalero

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

This pours a rich, warm amber-caramel glow with great foaming. There’s a sharp piney character at first but it mellows out into a rounded forest-y aroma. I get a smooth, piney flavor profile. Pine and lemon nuances come across, balanced by a caramel note on the finish. It’s an easy drinker and I enjoy what the cask brings out in this.

05-30-2013 09:17:21 | More by elNopalero
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-28-2011 03:29:29 | More by jenray
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-23-2013 16:09:28 | More by Tucquan
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bboven

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

Light copper color with a good head and great lacing. Spot-on for the style.

Smells like Amarillo hops. Good hop smell, but not enough malt to balance it out.

The taste is th same way. Not enough malt presence, but
beautiful hop flavor.

Feels a little on the thin side, but not enough to hurt it really.

Really drinkable. Would definitely order again and again. A few extra scoops of malt into the mash wouldn't hurt, though.

09-09-2007 18:43:55 | More by bboven
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-09-2014 21:32:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%

Poured a nice light gold. Cascade hops are there in abundance from nose to finish. There is enough malty sweetness to provide balance, but this is one for those who like their hops front and center. Excellent brew!! Wish I could have had more at Matgnolia.

02-17-2008 17:10:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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oggg

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

This beer comes just a shade lighter than ruby red. Nice soft white head. Mild aroma of citrus and maybe pine. Not full on generic west coast pale ale aroma. Flavor begins with nice firm hop bitterness. Less bitter than Stone Pale Ale. Bitterness fades quickly and gives way to a huge wave of maltiness. Medium bodied.

Overall: excellent balance of malt and hops.

11-15-2004 07:55:07 | More by oggg
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-06-2014 23:52:04 | More by od_sf
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Prescription Pale from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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