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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jarod on 12-05-2002)
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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Clean ruby-amber color with a fluffy, full head of just off-white bubbles. Good retention on the head. Whispy lacing.
Slight citrus nose, not overly hoppy but more grassy than piney. Grainy nose. Smells subtle, but clean.
Initial bitterness on the tongue. Not too hoppy, even for an APA. Some malty grainyness comes through later in the beer. Some rather subdued citrus comes through, albiet weakly. Not sure of the 4 grains that this is made with, but I'm pretty sure rye is one of them.
Light/medium body with the expected amount of carbonation for an APA.
I was hoping for something with a little more hoppyness, but with a name like Amish Pale Ale, I guess you can't expect something big and over the top. Quite drinkable.

Thanks to my friend a NJ State Trooper for sharing this great beer I will most assuredly try this beer again

BeerLover48Fan, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +39.3%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Puddleglum
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%

This is quite an Ale! The aroma of this one is rivaled only by Franconia Notch. Wow. The floral notes provided by the hops and esters rising off this freshly poured ale were dizzying. I was afraid to drink it for fear of being let down. I did anyway and I'm glad I did. The taste was complex and perfectly balanced with nice malt and a slight grassy note trumped by the fruity and floral blended with the sweet barley. I love it. It went by too fast.

Puddleglum, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of 6demonbag
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

6demonbag, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of HossMcGraw
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%

Best Pale Ale in existence to this very day. It's easily the most interesting and complex example of the style I've tried.

Color: Golden brown with large white head and exceptional lacing.
Smell: Very hoppy with some very complex grains
Taste: Initially very hoppy with some raw grain flavors, much like a well made German bread.
Mouthfeel: Perfect
Drink: Only loses points here because it is so robust, it's not really that great for a sesh.

Overall: Keep in mind, I'm truly not being biased because I only live 2 blocks away from this very underrated brewery. Visit it and see for yourself. You'll be happy you did as this will most likely be the best Pale Ale you've ever had. Cherish and respect it.

HossMcGraw, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

A2GoBlue, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

jwat, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

NSLPublishing, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

JeffTheJuice, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of tjd112
4.45/5  rDev +24%

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass

Appearance - Amber body with half-finger white head and good lace

Smell - Very bready, but not much more

Taste - Bready with a lot of caramel and some tea-like hoppiness

Mouthfeel - Medium with a hint of dryness

Drinkability - It's going down quickly

tjd112, May 12, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +24%

What a rarity! For those not in the know - LNC BC puts a cask-conditioned beer on every F at 5:00 pm and they run it until it is kicked. There is never any advance notice as to what style it will be as many times, the brewer does not decide until about 15 mins prior.
This had a nice head of foam as it arrived freshly tapped and hand-pulled by the brewer. It had a much more pronounced hops smell than the usual on-tap A4G, plus the color seemed to be a slightly deeper amber than usual. Finally, I felt as though I could taste the malt in this serving style much more acutely.

woodychandler, Jul 31, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

I was surprised to see this on draft at Newportville Inn in Bucks County. They usually have good beer but not a diverse micro selection. I figured I better order a pint.

I was sitting in a reasonably well lit spot at the bar so I could gauge a dark golden hue. There was almost no head but that could be due to the pour. The nose was like cereal. If I closed my eyes I might have imagined Cheerios or something similar.

What I had was better. The rye comes through well in the flavor. It had a robust character that made it an interesting drink. But it all balanced out well. It makes for a good drinking beer although I doubt you'll be quaffing it. I didn't notice much hop character but this is still a beer I enjoy more and more each time I try it.

fuchebu, Nov 04, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

This beer pours a slightly hazy, copper color with 1/8 inch tan head. No lasting lace. The aroma has hints of toasted malt, hay, and caramel. It's flavor is complex due to the four grains in the recipe. There are notes of toasted malt, grass, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Very well balanced. It has a medium mouthfeel which along with the smoothness and balance makes it easy to drink a few. Very highly recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Dec 09, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

This beer poured out a bright and clear orange amber color and had a nice foamy head. Very appealing aromas – sweet malt and a floral hop presence. The taste was light and fruity with a touch of hop bitterness. Also some sour malt and yeasty flavors there with the grassy/floral hops coming through in the finish. A light to medium bodied beer, this one is very easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer that easily became a favorite of mine.

pezoids, May 16, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance: On cask, this babe comes in a pint with an immensely creamy head of an inch and a smooth, ultra low carnbonation body of tan-orange. So pretty and so nice to see hand pumped just inches from you.

Smell: Mmm! Some real nice grain notes really show at cask temp. Light hop bitterness, but really a nice grain showing.

Taste: This is excellent on the hand pump; it exhibits a real raw malt bill. You can really taste the rye and the barley malt. This is all counterbalanced with a nice usage of noble hops, just enough to compliment but not dominate the grains. Finishes slightly bitter, slightly lactic and sour, though I figure that is the cask imparting those flavors. I like this well enough on tap, but on cask it really shines.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: So smooth and creamy. This slides so easy that I could have it all night long. Really nice. If it were 5 degrees colder, it would rule drinkability. T.G.F.Cask.

99bottles, Nov 01, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

Haven't had this in several years, and it is now back in the stores. Pours an exceptional copper color with a huge 2+ inch fluffy head. Great looking beer. Plenty of lacing with this one. The aroma is of malt, bread, and hops. The flavor is great, as the four grains create a different sensation for the tastebuds. Bread and nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight crisp finish. Reminds me of an english style pale ale. The head lasted for the entire drink. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Gavage, Mar 04, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

shockrocker65, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Our SPBW chapter got a rare treat at our annual picnic. The monthly firkin was filled with the tasty standard bearer of the LBC.
The color was a slightly clouded amber-brown that poured nearly flat but livened up nicely with a swirl of the glass. The head was not much to talk about but it did leave a lacey trace.
The nose was an inviting mix of hops and grassy malt.
The malt profile was a nice blend of barley for strength, wheat for a bit of fresh bread, a careful touch of rye to add some spice and oats for body. It combined sweet, tangy, toasty and nutty.
The mouthfeel was excellent as it had enough natural carbonation for a gentle fizz, well supported with some backbone in the body.
The hopping was mild but complemented the nuttiness of the malt.
The length was moderate, but this beer is all about the malt.
I've also had it bottled and on draft, which taste about the same without the softness from the cask.

farHillsBrewer, Sep 14, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Pouring this, a two-finger head that left not a ton of lace.
The nose wasn't anything spectacular.
The hops were very subtle, even in the taste.
Really great flavor regardless of the slight scent.
Rye was the unique flavor about this beer. Great substitute for hop nose.
I love the combination the grains provide. Hard to characterize, but a great session beer.

mj71, Nov 20, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

mmmmbeer, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.