Basement Batch - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
Thanks to a generous trader for sending this my way. Served in a tulip.
Pours copper with a good deal of transparency. The head that forms is pretty short and doesn't last for very long, eventually fading into a thin bit of a collar with a speck or two of lace on the side of the glass. The nose brings some very light citrus hops along with a mild floral character. Some bread dough there as well. Mild caramel presence after that. The taste brings mostly light caramel and bread crust with a mild hop character. Very slight bitterness in the finish after a medium body. Drinks fine without flaws, but quite bland and uninspiring.
03-04-2011 00:17:31 | More by Thorpe429
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.
A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a finger of so of white head.
S: The nose is a bit disappointing (not that I had incredible expectations to begin with). Very mild aromas of citrus and floral hops with a slightly stronger malt presence.
T: The flavor is a bit more impressive than the nose is. The same floral and citrus hop components are more pronounced here, with a mild bitterness. The caramel malt gives the beer some needed body.
M: Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of body or aroma, both being in the middle of the scale.
D: A decent enough pale ale. I would have liked a little more hop character, but there was a fair amount to make it a palatable APA.
01-13-2010 19:51:08 | More by womencantsail
2.55/5 rDev -29%
Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.
Smell: Light earthy, citrusy hop nose with an even lighter sniff of pale malts behind.
Taste: Standard pale maltiness with only a very slight sweetness. Earthy, citric hop character with a medium amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, and a tad watery.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Unfortunately, one of the few Pete's Place brews free of a noxious infection, but all I really got was a limp, lackluster APA.
03-20-2009 19:23:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. Not much in terms of lacing.
S - It smelled very citrusy, a lot of orange arome. Some caramel and toffee notes, too.
T - It tasted of sweet citrus hops. Some earthy/grassy hops. It had a nice warm presence.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a nice APA. Easy-drinking and tasty, too.
09-07-2008 02:44:23 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramelized malt with a good background of hops.
T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, nuts and citrus. Then a good hops presence comes in and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for the duration of an evening.
02-04-2008 02:49:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Caramel, piney hops & biscuitty malt & citrus hops
T: Biscuitty malt & orangey hops & a slight astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & astringency fight it out to dominate taste, about a draw, plus some dryness as this warms. grapefruit hops & biscuitty malt in the finish, which bails this one out
MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, plus fair balance
Drinks pretty good, a few more tweaks (lose the astringency) & this is a winner. I would get this again hoping maybe my taste buds would respond a little more favorably, not shabby though
06-18-2008 02:41:56 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to coldmeat23 for this throw-in - got to try something from the great state of Oklahoma. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.
A - Huge creamy head with a slight orange tinge to it. Great retention, but not much lacing. The brew is a murky dark orange color, with a few blackish particles suspended in there - unsurprisingly the bottle says it's bottle-conditioned.
S - Alpha King this is not - this is an actual pale ale. Some spicy lemony hop bitterness, but also a good amount of yeast and a little bit of malt as well. Combines to come out very bready. Not a huge nose on this one.
T - Much more sweetness in the taste. The lemon flavor also comes out a bit more and the bread/yeast gets pushed to the back.
M - Lots of carbonation, probably too much even though some of the tingly sensations are nice. Good viscosity, and a persistent coating of the mouth.
D - Too bloaty for me to have more than one. Not overly boozy and the taste is solid. If this was my local in Oklahoma I'd drink it, but compared to the embarrassment of riches (Alpha King, Founder's Harvest, SN Harvest line, etc.) in Chicago for session beers this comes up short.
01-27-2009 00:57:20 | More by MasterSki
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into a DFH snifter, picked up in a recent trade, it is a little sweet but an OK pale ale.
Beer is amber and hazy with a off white head of small bubbles, lacing on the glass, decent retention.
Aroma is mildly hoppy, mildly sweet.
Beer is a little like grapefruit candy sweet up front, at frist at least. It opens up a little the more I drink and finishes decently bitter but not overly dry. It is an averagish pale ale I don't think I'll go out of my way to get more of it.
11-04-2011 17:17:45 | More by drabmuh
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a murky golden color with very little head. Little carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bready malts and grain. Little bit of citrus.
t - Taste is a bit bland. Some bread, malts, grain, with hints of pine and citrus. Ok.
m - Moderate carbonation and medium body.
d - Not a bad pale ale. Thought the taste was a little bland, but a decent smell and taste. Wuoldn't really look for again.
03-17-2010 03:59:26 | More by mdfb79
2.8/5 rDev -22%
Pours murky amber with a thin, lasting creamy head. Some lacing sticks to glass.
The smell is mild. Deep inhaling and quite a bit of swirling reveal caramel sweetness with a touch of citric fruitiness. Not a bad smell, if you can find it.
The taste is of caramel and restrained citric fruitiness. There is an unfortunate aspirin taste in the chalky finish that throws it off. Light-to-medium bodied.
This has potential for being a mild APA, but the aspirin/chalkiness does it in.
Thanks to beertracker for including it in our trade - Glad I got a chance to try it.
06-12-2007 04:54:46 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks to Beertracker for this brew.
Pours a hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some spices and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.
11-08-2007 02:04:36 | More by Wasatch
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Thanks Mom and Dad for picking up this unobtainable brew from OK on your trip to AR.
Slightly cloudy copper and ochre color. Nice head and strong film of foam after the pour Middle of the road bubbling.
A little dirt, plant matter, and soft citrus make up the hop aroma. Light toasted biscuits make up the malt. Simple and OK... get it...
Spongey palate from the start and finishes bubbly and gypsumy. Toasted white bread crust and earthy citric hop bitterness. This beer makes me think of a homebrewers first APA, and I've had few of those.
Not a bad session APA and I like the idea behind this brew.
09-02-2011 20:54:53 | More by scruffwhor
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a crystal clear dark golden color, bordering on light amber. Frothy off-white foam is nice looking and eventually recedes to a thick coating that leaves plentiful lacing behind.
Smells pretty tasty...piney hops and toasty caramel malts are both abundant. I get none of the over-fruitiness I did in the other 2 Choc beers I have tried, which is a good thing.
Taste is fairly similar as pine resin hoppyness is the dominant flavor. Not sure what varietal these are, but they seem a little dull and earthy for an APA. There is plenty of caramely malts there that create a pretty nice balance. This is a decent beer for sure, but needs a few tweaks here and there to have that bright, mouth-watering pale ale appeal.
03-19-2009 01:09:14 | More by twiggamortis420
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
This is a pale ale that leans to the malty side with a good dose of caramel aroma and flavor...the aroma has some fresh floral notes as well....the taste has some nuttiness to it and also a lighter hit of the floral notes...It finishes with a flash of grapefruit peel style bitterness...where did that come from?
Perhaps a little overcarbonated..
I like this. Not big on the hops but a real interesting take on the malt load. Enjoyable.
01-23-2010 06:07:56 | More by ZAP
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Orange amber color. Poured a huge 3 finger off-white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky ladce.
S: Citrussy hops and sweet malt.
T: Bready caramel malts. Resiny floral hops. Even bitter in the finish to balance.
M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and bitter.
D: Malty an hoppy; maybe not the best blended or balanced, but easy enough to drink.
01-18-2010 00:02:23 | More by Haybeerman
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms. Some nice sticky lace is left in patches.
S: Citrus hops that are oily and soapy. Sweet grainy malt for some balance.
T: Floral and citrus hops up front that leaves a light bitterness. Some sweet caramel malt for balance.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Like the amber, this is very smooth and easy to drink.
Another good Choc Beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but tasty. Another one from Choc I would recommend.
06-06-2009 00:18:06 | More by champ103
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
Just arrived from mugglesandhops. Time to cross OK off the state list.
A: Pours a hazy color of orange with a big tall foamy two finger head. Lots of carbonation exhibited along with great retention and thick chunky lace.
S: Nice notes of citrus and sweet malt. A hint of earth and pine hide beneath.
T: Kind of muddy nothing crisp or clean about this one. Very earth up front with hints of soap. The middle is where the citrus hops kick in but they are quickly muddied up by english malt. Pretty hopped up for a pale though.
M: Medium in body with lots of carbonation.
D: Just okay. The flavors are kind of all over the place and I could have done without the soap.
03-30-2009 19:07:00 | More by tpd975
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Drinks a bit bigger than an American Pale Ale - pushing toward the upper end of the scale where the brisk hopping and slightly syrupy mouthfeel begin to take on attributes of a double IPA. Citrus hops with a pronounced grapefruit peel bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue. Moderate level of sweetness, not quite balanced on the bittering.
12-05-2011 14:50:17 | More by Brent
Basement Batch from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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