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Prescription Pale - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bboven
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kdoc8
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Tucquan
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of AaronOp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 3ricks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tschiess
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of 1759Girl
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark, clear, average liveliness for a cask. Looks great for it's stylye and serving type.

Smell>wet dog, hops. Good!

Taste> Complex. Smoothes out perfectly. Wonderfully ashy and resiny.Sweet hang. Nice.

Mouf> perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability> It pleases me very much

Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Prescription Pale from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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