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Palmetto Pale Ale - Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%

Brewed by:
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:
The hop flavor and aroma of the truly American Cascade hop distinguishes this beer.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of Franziskaner


3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 05:01:45 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a somewhat hazy, golden orange with 1 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film which remains throughout the drink and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus rind, pine, dish soap, sweet malts, lemon/lime.

T: Sweet malts upfront with piney bitterness on the finish. Citrus rind.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher side, somewhat drying, good drinkability.

O: Solid American Pale from top to bottom. Not outstanding but well above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:37:17 | More by zac16125
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto Pale Ale is a good beer for a BBQ, oyster roast, South Carolina late Spring evening, but I wouldn't seek it out. This brew did the trick complimenting some low country grub; very tasty and balanced for a pale. Pale's usually taste good enough to have another, but never standout. This is no different. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:39:05 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of MarkQ617


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in the Charleston airport. Great look, awesome copper-brown color with a fluffy white head. Good kick to it with a nice hoppy flavor with malt and an easy finish. The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected for a pale ale, nothing particular of note.. Definitely an above average pale ale, really liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 23:19:36 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, honey amber colored with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: light hops, slight citrus, caramel malt

T: bitter hops, slight metallic quality, grainy two row pale malt flavors, piney aftertaste

M: medium body with higher carbonation

O: not stellar, better on the beach in Charleston

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:03:08 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of bigaltemple


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, shiny copper brew. Two-finger off white head reduces to a solid cap. Some nice lacing does cling to the glass.

S - Not bad. Get a sense of sweet, bready malt backbone. Maybe even a hint of caramel. Floral hops with light citrus notes.

T/M - Light malts with just enough of a resinous hops bite. Finishes with a slight bitterness that makes it easy to take another drink. On the lighter side of medium bodied with solid amount of carbonation.

O - I enjoy APAs, but don't feel I do them justice in a review. I didn't find any major faults with this one, and wouldn't have any problem seeing it in an ice filled cooler next to some horseshoes.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:36:58 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of ExtraStout


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 22:01:59 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this APA on tap in a pint glass. This APA poured a clear light amber color, produced a nice white head, average retention and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this APA consisted of sweet malted grain and citric grapefruit. Medium in body, this brew had a foundation of sweet malted grain, and citric grapefruit. Nice session beer, nothing outstanding about this beer, but it is a good representative of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 20:39:35 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of AleWatcher


2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a few locals while on vacation in Hilton Head island...
Served in a half-pint taster glass.

The hops seem to be used all go bittering-- where's the aroma? Where's the flavor? Just bitter eh?! The malt profile is a little biscuity but with a caramel sweetness that ruins this beer a bit for me.

Feels a bit oily and undercarbonated. A bit light of medium bodied.

Weak head, poor retention, and no lacing. Clear golden body.

Overall. Meh. I love pale ales, but this is just not my take on the style. Pretty disappointed-- glad I only got 1 bottle as part of a mix-a-six!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:18:33 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit one dimensional, but still decent. There is a fair bit of spicy hop tone on it that carries somewhat of a burn with it. Citrus tones seem hijacked by all of the previously mentioned. Like I said, decent. If toned down and matured up, might be nicer. Cask conditioning might do it some good too.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 08:15:53 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WoodBrew


3.48/5  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....

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:44:03 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of FanofHefe


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Charleston, SC, airport. Slightly hazy yellow/amber body with a decent one-finger head. Very good lacing all down the glass.

The aroma is a nearly equal mix of citric hops and caramel mal. Not too exciting, but solid nonetheless.

The flavor impresses me more than the aroma. Good notes of pine and citrus hops combine with a fairly dense malt bill to produce a tasty blend. Not too far from being an IPA.

Medium to light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. I enjoyed this very much and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 17:35:51 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of nickfl


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Light toasted malt and some herbal hops.

T - Toasted malt and toffee up front with some herbal hops appearing in the middle. Pine and caramel malt in the finish with light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty average pale ale, some American hop character, though it is dulled a bit by the thickness of the malt character.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:35:12 | More by nickfl
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Closed for Business - in a shaker pint.

A: Light copper; minimal, light beige head.

S: Light resin; some citrus; wet sock.

T: Citrus rind and herby hops... not much malt.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation.

D/O: Drinkable... its got some zing; pretty good, yet a little off. Much better than their Pale Ale of years’ past - they recently changed the recipe, to include, I believe citra hops. Before that, this beer was mediocre at best. Its definitely much tastier now.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 03:44:17 | More by jpro
Photo of brewcore

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: One finger white head. Quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Deep copper color with litle to no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with citrus to slightly flowery hops.

T: Just like the nose. Sweet malts forward followed by citrus and slightly bittering hops. Very malt forward. Much like an amber ale with a defined hop character. Very mellow.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation.

O: This review is from the notes on a bottle. I have had it on tap multiple times and find it is better on tap. Either way, it is a solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 22:53:44 | More by brewcore
Photo of kylehay2004


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head, amber with more on the orange side.

S: Solid hop aroma, a little orange citrus

T: Caramel malt, with citrus mirroring the aroma and mild hops

M: Moderate carbonation. Refreshing and light to medium bodied.

Overall: I think they are approaching the right hoppiness for a Pale Ale of my liking but not quite there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 03:22:02 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A standard and pure pale ale that hits all the halmarks of the style, with a balance and boldness that's uniquely American pale ale.

Pouring a medium copper color, the beer carries a modest haze from the late addition hops. A firm white head forms with consistent froath, retains well, and laces equally.

Caramel and frutiy aromas rise from the glass with a reinforced scent of caramelized sugars, citrusy oranges and with a hint of floral and perfume character. The nose sides slightly on the malty side but not without a good showing of hoppy grapefruit and fresh cut grass.

Flavors also slightly favor the malts. Light caramel and toffee play on the tongue while the hops build from a soft candied grapefruit and orange taste and toward a slightly resiny, piney, grassy bitter taste in finish. With no frills in taste, the beer is pure, simple, and comfortable.

With early caramel sweetness, the beer seems more like an American amber ale, but the sweetness is soon engulfed by the hops and the beer turns decidedly toward an American pale ale with the increased bitternss, dryness, and citrusy bite. Still, the sweetness prevents the beer from complete dryness and drinkability.

Where caramel richness is exhibited, I'd prefer more depth in malt richess but without the caramel malts as great. This is a great choice for those who like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale but think it's too spicy or bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:19:37 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of drcarver


2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:21:59 | More by drcarver
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color with orangish tint. Decent head with good retention.

S: Nice bright hop aroma that tickles the nostrils

T: Very tart and bitter with sweet malt to balance and smooth the drinking.

DM: Very bright with a good carbonation. Very good on a nice hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 16:24:27 | More by pzrhsau
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Noisy Oyster in Charleston SC.
Amber/Orange in color with no head. This may be due to the bar tender and not the beer. A bit of pine in the nose but nothing jumps out at you. Caremel flavored with some pine hoppiness. The flavors seem to contradict each other rather than compliment. Not bad, but I love pale ales and this one doesn't really stand out for me.
Medium bodied and a decent beer to have with oysters if it's the only local on-tap but other wise they are better pale ales out there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 02:56:44 | More by wcudwight
Photo of jcm8756


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orangish color with the typical head for a pale ale. It didn't stick around too long though.

S: I feel this beer smells better than the majority of pale ales. It has a very malty and hoppy smell all at once.

T: Taste is about as average as it gets. Citrusy hop bite up front with a lingering bitterness.

M&D: Mouthfeel is a little bit light when you get to the end of the beer. I would have to say this is the only real weakness I see but it lends itself to a slightly better than average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 21:46:23 | More by jcm8756
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3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 17:24:27 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of smcolw


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color. Clear. Light head but good lace. Mostly malty aroma; lots of caramel malt flavor. The flavor has a modest hop spice that lasts through the swallow. Neutral body and carbonation.

This is very much a run-of-the-mill American Pale Ale. No flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:05:56 | More by smcolw
Photo of MightyCow9


3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 19:33:14 | More by MightyCow9
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 00:46:41 | More by glid02
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Palmetto Pale Ale from Palmetto Brewing Company
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