Palmetto Pale Ale - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Palmetto Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-03-2001

The hop flavor and aroma of the truly American Cascade hop distinguishes this beer.
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Reviews by MightyCow9:
Photo of MightyCow9
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good pale ale. It is an interesting departure from the pale ales of colorado and California, seeming to focus more on the pine style hops. The balance seemed to lean a more towards the hops than the malt. Good beer, Strong drinkability, hoping to get a glass on tap before I depart the area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Palmetto brew from "Garagekegger",this one poured a clear copper with a nice one finger head that settles pretty quickly,aroma was dominated by sweet caramel malt also I picked up just a little biscuit dough but it was faint.Most definently a malt dominated pale ale,caramle is dominant upfront with a small dose of pine in the finish.A session-style ale in my opinion a little unbalanced but pretty darn good.

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the airport in Charleston. Poured a "roasted orange" color with a rocky, sticky off-white head that coats the glass nicely. Aromas are somewhat muted, with a good dose of earthy, grassy hops dominating. Flavor initially was nice on the ol' palate, but the finish is something else entirely. Good balance gives way to a strange aftertaste...very metallic and unpleasant. Bitter finish, combined with the metallic taste made this one rather difficult to finish. Mouthfeel is above average and well on the creamy side. Drinkability takes a hit as a result of the not-very-nice finishing taste. Pretty average in my book.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Palmetto Pale Ale. Had with lunch at Hymans Seafood. Basic red label with palmetto tree backgrond.

A- Pours a crisp and clear pale orange color with light carbonated head that falls to a light froth.

S- Caramel malts upfront followed with sweeter malt in the back of the nose... Light hints of hops are there but in a bitter sweet tangy scent.

T-M- Upfront flavors consist of sweet caramel malts and lightly bitter hops dominate the mouth with a lasting twang on the tongue. Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation.

D- Drinkable but nothing special in my opinion.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange with hints of red and a nice foamy 1" head on top. A nice cirtusy/grapefruit hop nose along with some bready notes and sweet caramel.

The oven opens to reveal fresh baked bread and biscuits, each loaf baked with sticky citrusy hop cones. Grapefruit wafts through the air along with caramel maltiness. A tasty treat. Nice balance.

Chewy and full....a nice treat to drink. A good APA that I could definetly session. I hope I'll have the opportunity to sample this again in the future. Thanks are due to kmpitz2.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an impressive "roasted orange" color with a rocky, sticky off-white head that coats the glass nicely. Aromas are somewhat muted, with a good dose of earthy, grassy hops dominating. Flavor initially was nice on the ol' palate, but the finish is something else entirely. Good balance gives way to a strange aftertaste...very metallic and unpleasant. Bitter finish, combined with the metallic taste made this one rather difficult to finish. Mouthfeel is above average and well on the creamy side. Drinkability takes a hit as a result of the not-very-nice finishing taste. Pretty average in my book.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I see a half inch of white foam on the top of this beer and a nice golden hue. Brussels lacing. I get a nose of amber malt, barley, and pine like aroma hops. The body is fairly carbonated and somewhat salty and dry. I get an instant bit of gentle pine like hop bitterness very closely followed by a light and clean malt backbone.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Palmetto PA on tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).

slightly hazy light amber with a very good hea that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Feel: Crisp, lively carbonation with a near medium body.

Aroma: near balanced mix of hops and malts.

Flavor: lightly sweet up front; mildly bitter by the finish. Some grapefruit peel in the lingering aftertaste.

O: this APA is slightly aggressive but otherwise undistinguished.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Wild Wings in Hilton Head, SC.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of faint citrus hops with good amounts of caramel malt. As the beer warms it turns a bit buttery.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with citrus hop flavors that are slightly more intense than they are in the aroma. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is a decent pale ale that could be improved if it was a little lighter on diacetyl. Worth a shot.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to oldirtysurfer for sending these out to me.
Pours a pretty chill hazed orange amber with a glass sticking white head that melts to a full top covering layer of sticky bubbles.
Aroma is very lightly toasted pale malt and light citrus hops.
Taste is again lightly toasted pale malt followed by very distinctively fresh grapefruit peel hops.
Aftertaste nicely drying...nice tingle from the carbonation.
This is great.
SNPA has NOTHING on Palmetto.
Wish it was here.

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden coppery yellow with an even head. Aroma is citrusy orange coming through. Taste is smooth and nice, somewhat chewy and sticky malt with a light balance of hop, quite mellow and very easy, and has a tanginess that is very pleasing. Your mouth will thank you for this one.

Overall this is one that you should check out especially if you're vacationing in Charleston, it is definitely and easy drinkin APA.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto is a malty yet slightly bitter pale. It is copper in color with foam off-white head that is lacing. The smell is weak....hints of citrus. The taste is pushed by a malty start with a bitter (grapefruit) finish. The body is medium to light with good carbonation. Overall it is ok....

Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet toasted malt and a touch of caramel and citrusy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma with some malt and citrusy hops in the long biter finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid pale ale. It certainly is not my favorite pale ale out there but it is a pretty solid offering that is recommended.

Photo of Jon
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with minimal head and hardly any lace. There is a faint hop aroma in the nose, but it wasn't incredibly evident. The taste is more malty than hoppy, which doesn't quite fit this particular style of an APA. Tastes more like an English pale, but still not a great one. This pale's body is rather light, too. I suppose this is an easy drinker, but it's just not one I'd want to drink very often.

Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle poured into a point glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop aroma with a citrus finish.
Appearance- A murky golden color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice hop flavor with a nice bitter dry finish
Palate- A light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Dry but refreshing.
Overall- a pretty good brew, there are better but there are also far worse.

Photo of bditty187
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery-bronze in hue with a glint of amber; it’s a lovely color. Off-white foam, sadly the head never topped a half finger tall. Head retention was poor as well, a dainty soapy cap quickly formed. There was minimal subsequent spotty lace. Overall, this is a good looking (but average) beer.

The nose is VERY sweet. The maltiness is like a barleywine. I kid you not. Is my nose broken? Rich caramel notes with some dark fruit hints. The hops are in the background which is a bummer for an APA. However, the citrus notes play wonderfully with the malt. Fairly potent; I like the malt complexities. While the malt bill smells like a barleywine it lacks richness and that nearly tangible sugary quality. Still, I find this quite inviting!

Of course the palate does come close to matching the malt depth that the nose promised. Still, this beer tastes like a shadow of a barleywine. It is hard to explain. It has barleywine taste but “baby strength.” Of course this could all be in my head. If it is, so what… I like it! Caramel malts, dark fruit, with a citrus backbone. The malt is the driving force even though this isn’t terribly malty. How odd. The finish is a bit empty. As much positive I have to say about this beer it is all kind of silly. For an APA this beer is very average but I am reviewing this based on taste alone. I DO like how it tastes and that is all that matters.

Medium/medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, with a fairly watery mouthfeel. IMO, the mouthfeel needs much improvement.

As much as this smells and tastes like a baby barleywine, its not. If I want a barleywine, I’ll drink one. If I want an APA, I’ll drink one. This is neither. It is not very hoppy or rich in malt. Sure, it has flavor but it lacks body. I am happy I tried this, it was interesting but one is enough for me. Thanks timtheenchanta it was enjoyable in the moment.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish copper color with an off-white head that left lace.
Aroma is quite strange for a pale ale. Smells more like a brown ale, dunkel, or maybe an English bitter. Doughy, toffee malt. Earthy hops. Woody.

Taste is more along the lines of an English pale ale or bitter than an APA. Biscuity toffee malt. Nice level of bitterness throughout. Earthy and woody. Smooth.

Good mouthfeel. Nice body and somewhat creamy.
Good drinkability.

This was from the same six pack as AKSmokedPorter's and he saw this one differently than I did. I've got one more bottle so we'll have to see if I come up with any different notes on this one with the second bottle. It's a solid beer, but strange for a pale ale. The aroma would have scored a notch higher if this were a different style of beer, but it seemed quite strange and unappealing in a pale ale.

Huge thank you to AKSmokedPorter for making the drive down to SC solely to snag some Palmetto beers and then later all the way up to Ohio to deliver this one!

Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a ... stout glass... I guess? Yeah.

A - dull copper color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Very clear.

N - the glass gathers the aroma very well. Nice hoppy thing with kind of a sticky light citrus deal going on.

T - dry hoppy citrus flavor. Kind of sweet.

M - sticky. But highly drinkable.

O - I liked this. Cheers.

Photo of drcarver
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this while on vacation in SC. Not a bad beer, decidedly average though in every way.

A - light amber color with a small white head that fades quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S - Not as hoppy to the nose as I expect an APA to be. Mainly in the pine genre.

T/M - full bodied feel with an average hop aftertaste that does not hang around for long. Malt in the front with pine toward the back.

D - the lower level of hoppiness help it go down easier then overly hopped APAs.

Photo of harpo111
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored with medium head. From initial smell I could tell this one would a bit more bittern than some other Pale Ales I have tried. Some citris notes. Not that bad a Pale Ale, but I have had better. Has a bitter after taste...definate hops whang. Overall not that bad. Would order again if no stouts avaliable...still beats macros.

Photo of PaleAleWalt
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Basic, nothing special. Okay if it's on special.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a small head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is somewhat weak. Taste is dominated by some light caramel malt with no discernable hops presence. Full body with some medium to low carbonation. I guess this one is OK but nothing truly extraordinary.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delivered to my refrigerator from SC (thanks J!). What a pleasant surprise. I hadn't read anything about it, but loved the amber color and nice foam head. Mostly malt in the nose, with a hint of hops that hits you a bit more as you begin to sip through the foam.

Mouthful is rich with just a tickle/hint of carbonation. Taste is malt and hops and carmel and a touch of citrus-like hops flavor that adds an incredibly delicate tartness. Amazing balance--and yet each taste comes in and out in turn. And yet there is nothing about it that is "in your face" (e.g., highly hopped). And they list ingredients on the bottle as nothing but water, yeast, hops and malted barley. No tricks (adjuncts, additives, etc.). Just pure quality taste. I loved it.

The slightly bitter aftertaste is phenomenal. Makes you want to pick up the glass again and again. Easily one of my absolutely favorite APAs. Long after you're through the glass, the taste lingers on your tongue and your mouth waters. Could easily be a "usual" for me, if I could find it up here.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber with a big white head that laced up nicely. Smell was deep citrus hops with a bit of a malty sweetness underneath. The taste followed suit, bit of a caramel back to it. This was a very balance pale ale to say the least. Extremely complex and very very good. This is highly drinkable and I could see myself having this stocked in the fridge constantly, in fact, its local so I will be!!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, slightly orange hue. Thin white head disappears quickly. Biscuity malt aroma, earthy and citrusy hop aroma. Good balance of biscuity malt and citrusy hop flavor. Fair amount of bitterness. Medium body. Pretty drinkable brew here. Not a bad find here in South Carolina.

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Palmetto Pale Ale from Palmetto Brewing Company
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