Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by MikeB20:
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.
A: A slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger off white head. There is a touch of head retention and lacing is sparse.
S: Malty graininess with some hay/grass aromas. Some earthy hops but no dry hopping here. Somewhat disappointing to my nose.
T: Lots of cereal like grain up front. A touch of spice from the rye in the finish as well as a pleasant sweetness. A very nice balance of grains. Hops once again aren't at the forefront but they do a nice job to balance everything out and stick with the earthy character of the beer.
M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation, fitting for the style on both accounts.
O: While I expected more up front hoppiness, this beer is super balanced and very drinkable. It's quite refreshing and smooth, I'll certainly be seeking this one out during the hotter months next year. With a bit more distinct hop character this could be my go-to pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2011 16:49:20 | More by MikeB20
More User Reviews:
2.71/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This is my second Lancaster Brewing beer I've had off the premises, and so far, I'm not a fan of their bottled product. The other was their Hop Hog IPA and between that one and this, I'm convinced that someone hid the hops over in Lancaster.
This pours an almost reddish amber with a substantial head that dissipates quickly. Both the aroma and the taste are far maltier than I'd expect in a pale ale, without so much as a hint of hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness. If this had been presented as a classic British ESB, I'd probably rate it much higher, but it's far too malt-forward to qualify as a Pale Ale in my book.
As for the rather unique 4-grain grain bill, it didn't seem to make much of an impact that I could detect. I generally expect rye to bring a bit of a rough edge, yet this was smooth as could be. And the wheat did nothing to crisp it up. I'd be really interested in knowing what the proportions of the various grains were.
Like I said, had I been in the mood for something sweeter, I might have enjoyed this much more than I did. But the utter absence of hop character made this a disappointment as a pale ale. I'm not surprised they decided to retire this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 20:06:29 | More by LCB_Hostage
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.