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Palmetto Pale Ale - Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%

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 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
Photo of wesbrownyeah


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
Photo of Ragingbull


3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a Christmas present from a friend of mine whom I have converted to craft beer (or what he refers to as dark, tasty beers) over the past couple of years.

Light amber and/or copper in color. Small but pretty active prickle. Light wispy head with a nice dot of lacing in the center of the surface. Fresh and light nose is nicely balance with touches of the malts and the hops coming through. There are some mild dough notes in the nose as well. Fresh and smooth attack with a light burst of hops. Smooth and sweet maltiness is the backdrop to the flavor. Some caramel notes and hops pop out at the finish and in the aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 17:31:31 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Clear rust with off-white 1-1.5 finger head and scant lacing

S: Light caramel tones with mild herbal and floral hops

T: Sweet caramel and pale malt flavor blends smoothly with leafy, herbal hops bitterness. Malts win but the balance is pretty close.

M: A bit light-bodied for an APA which is surprising given the malty flavor. Relatively low carbonation and caramel/toffee aftertaste.

D: Drinkable and respectable APA but nothing too special. Made for folks in the South who like their APAs on the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 05:00:31 | More by argock
Photo of francisweizen


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

Bottle. Magic Mushroom on King St. Orangey gold amber with a nice fluffy head of white foam. Aromas of nice American hops and biscuity malty goodness. Taste is a bit hoppy with a nice biscuity toasty malt profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is good. solid for sure, and good in the SC summer heat when teamed up with a nice slice.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 00:49:34 | More by francisweizen
Photo of watkins

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange-amber brown with one finger head. Lacing is ok.
S: Very mild. Citrus, slight malt, with a little hoppiness
T: Sort of malty, yet quite hoppy, with an almost sour-bitter finish, though not bad. Somewhat empty.
M: A little too much carbonation, and yes, could be a little thicker.
D: Pretty good, but definitely some better pales out there. I can find this stuff everywhere, living in Charleston. However, I would definitely take any Coast over a any Palmetto in general.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 19:29:53 | More by watkins
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a fluffy two inch head. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and a soft biting hop bitterness are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange slices, bits of grapefruits, and some softer fruit sweetness are paired with a decent bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and caramel tones.

Drinkability: a nice session pale ale to quaff while at the beach. Pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:38:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of dnichols


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed a bottle poured into a pint glass while eating seafood in Charleston, SC.

A: It poured a creamy reddish blond body with a slight off-white head that receded quickly.

S: It had a light malty sweet front with hints of grassy hops.

T: It began with sweet malty flavors with hints of grassy adn citrusy hops. It finished with a light bitterness.

M: It had a light body with moderate carbonation and a clean dry finish.
D: There is nothing remarkable about this beer...it muddles from start to finish...nothing wrong...nothing right...just a very average brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 17:33:22 | More by dnichols
Photo of Reagan1984


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle with a very thin foamy head that stayed for a short while. The color was orange/amber that was also slightly hazy but certainly not cloudy.

There was no visible carbonation and a scant amount of lacing remained in the glass.

Aroma has very subtle spicy notes and also caramel notes.

There is a real nice balance to the flavor which begins with a rush of roasted malt flavor balanced by nice hop bitterness. Then you move to a spicy, peppery moment and some slight sweetness. Finally, there is a nice hop finish that lingers for a few moments, but doesn't take over.

I would say this is medium in mouth feel and you detect a slight amount of carbonation as you drink.

Nicely drinkable.

I nice little beer that I do enjoy when vacationing in South Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 12:11:01 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Greg!

The Palmetto pale ale pours a nice amber brown color with a 1 inch white head that leaves some sticking. A steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. A nose of musty malts, fresh floral hops, brown sugar and some smoke. The beer tastes much the same, semi-sweet caramel malt first caresses the tongue, a citrus blast and bitter hops round everything out. This pale ale is balanced, smooth and extremely drinkable. Its definitely worth a shot if spotted.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:00:50 | More by ATPete
Photo of champ103


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer that I had when vacationing just outside of Charleston. The aroma is of a typical grassy, citrus, and piney hops. Lots of malt in the nose as well. The taste is well balanced with citrus hops up front and lots of caramel and candy like malt. This reminds me a little of some English Pale Ales that I have had with a good creamy mouthfeel that is well carbonated. A great session beer as well. I drank a lot of this on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 15:02:42 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


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

a: pours a weak off-white head with low retention, the beer is a medium amber in color

s: grassy hop aroma, lightly tropical-citrus but very much muddied and disguised by the high caramel malt aroma

m: low-med carbonation, medium body, could use a little more life and balance, especially in terms of carbonation

t: caramel malts on the sweet side dominate the palate over a grassy citrus hop flavor, light-moderate bitterness in the finish

d: good for just a couple, enjoyable, reminds me a lot of a "less clean" Carolina Pale

bottle at Blossom and one single from Whole Foods

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 05:02:20 | More by blackie
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light amber color with very little head or lacing.

There's a malt aroma with some sweetness mixed in.

The taste is okay, with malt, a little hops and some sweets. Could've used a bit more complexity.

Not a whole lot of carbonation, but a decently smooth finish.

Overall, this is fair beer. It's not as good or complex as Palmetto's other brews, but it's not a bad beer either.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:53:15 | More by avalon07
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 15:59:54 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed the other beers I had from Palmetto before this one but I think this is an embarassment to the APA style. The color isn't too bad. Light orange hue to it. Very thin head that disappears not long after setting the glass down. Virtually no lacing at all. The smell is where the letdown really begins. All malt... very little hops to speak of. Granted it is an appealing caramel malt smell... that doesn't make me think pale ale. The taste falls along the same lines with malt dominating the experience and our bitter friend not coming along until the swig has been swallowed. A bit thick for a pale ale with a small hop taste to the palate but mostly malt flava. I could probably drink this beer all night if someone peeled all of the labels off and I didn't know it's supposed to be a pale ale. That really threw me off while I was trying to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:51:05 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 04:33:41 | More by cjgator3
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came out a nice clear gold color with a decent white head. The head died rather quick but left some lace on the glass.

This is an interesting take on the APA style. Not the big citrusy hop burst that I am used to but more of a subtle earthy aroma to it. Seems to be a fair amount of caramel malt aroma as well.

The taste has the same effect. I can taste the hops but they are subtle and in the background, mostly coming out in a slightly bitter finish. Definitely not the typical hop profile as many other APA's I've sampled.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. I could drink several of these while playing horseshoes, or bocce or some other summer activity.

May qualify as a daily drinker if I could get it in my lame state.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:08:25 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one several times and it actually tasted better from the bottle than tap. Anyways....
The pale ale was a nice, medium gold that actually brought a good head, around two finger, and nice lacing left on the glass was evident.
The nose was very floral, with pine standing out, along with some biscuit malt and sweetness in the medium malty backbone.
Mouthfeel was very good, and the taste was one of fairly heavy hops with a nice malty balance.
My opinion, a very good beer. I was all over it as a spent a week on Hilton Head Island, drinking beer on the beach.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2007 12:42:40 | More by dmamiano
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear reddish amber with a large white head.
S - Fresh citrus hops with a light malty undertones
T - similar to the aroma with a nice caramel / biscuit undertone.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated and crisp
D - Nicely balanced and great with dinner. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 14:20:03 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of veech


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a nice middle of the road APA that served to be very thirst quenching during yard work in the bottle and after on tap. I am reviewing the draft version which was a little more flavorful. A: Deep golden amber with medium head that retained fairly well.
S: Hoppy aroma with a touch pine and grass hints with malt undertones T: Hoppier than the nose hints at with a bitterness that wasn't overdone or unpleasant. I'm becoming more of a hop head the more pale ales I consume. M: Mouthfeel was style appropriate but nothing to write home about. D: This beer was very drinkable and suited it purposes nicely on this particular day. If in the Charleston area Palmetto beers are a good to way to drink locally and not be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 18:54:16 | More by veech
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent-ish semi-crisp copper colour with a medium to small sized head that dissolves fairly quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is nice: a good blend of sweet caramel balances nicely with hops that are a touch floral, but more so juicy and piney. Good stuff.

The flavour is less balanced than the aroma but still fairly good overall. Each sip starts with a bit of sweetness but quickly moves into a biting bitterness that lasts throughout with a mix of a floral hop taste at the finish as well. I would have preferred the flavour to lean more toward what was presented in the aroma, but that's just me. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly typical for the style.

This is a decent brew, but nothing to write home about. No real flaws and everything is better than average, but, aside from a very nice aroma, that's not really saying much. A decent one to try if in South Carolina, but nothing to really seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 03:26:04 | More by guinness33
Photo of hunteraw


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way in a trade...

Appearance: Orange/amber in color, white one-finger head with good retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a little weak. Caramel malt with some citrusy hops, and ale fruitiness in the background. Balance is not where I expect it to be for an APA, I'd expect more hops.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit different from the aroma - fairly bitter. Lots of bittering hops in this one, I'm guessing, but less flavor and aroma hops - perhaps there were cost considerations at play? Caramel malt, slightly acid. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, well-carbonated. A bit lacking in this category...

Drinkability: Not a great APA, but fairly drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 03:45:39 | More by hunteraw
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