Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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1.25/5 rDev -65.1%
bottle by way of machfive55...
pours a surprisingly hazy brown color capped by a small whitish head. strange aroma... sour apples, tart cherries, aluminum sheeting, minerals, caramel malt and rotten sour grain... strange and definitely off.
apparently not off putting enough for me to try to drink... the flavor is very sour... it reminds me of really tart granny smith apples but without any of the natural sugar. there's also notes of a cinnamon-y spiciness, minerals and lots of bad yeasty action. the body is medium but the acidity and sharp carbonation make it quite harsh on the palate.
interesting... i wanted to keep trying it as a sour beer since at that point it was no longer a pale but it started to make my tummy ache. down the drain... needs a rerate... 2/4/2/1/2/1.1
02-14-2009 18:40:35 | More by hellbilly
1.93/5 rDev -46.1%
treat via woodychandler. previously enjoyed the straw-wheat, milk stout and hop hog. let's round it out with a winner!
murky orange with red highlights, not much head to speak of. sits statuesque in an allagash tulip. smells pumpkiny, stringy vegetal fruits mixed with rotten silo-aged grains. something is very sour, very off here. aroma like wet cereal brings out the worst of locals like mcneills and rock art. microbrew at its aromatic peak of sloppiness.
and it tastes pretty awful too, but not as bad as it smells. aroma permeates flavor, obviously.. initially, i am presented with a sour maltiness that fails to distinguish itself with any other flavors than banana peels and earwax. some notes of penicillin and some nutty spiced bread in the finish. something here indicates that this is a microbrew.. inconsistency of bizarre flavor, perhaps.. and i am completely unimpressed.
barely drinkable, glad i don't have a second bottle that will be wasted on my delicate palate. lancaster makes some quality brews but this is the runt of the litter, for sure. avoid at all costs BUT make sure to seek out their other offerings. you will not be disappointed.
06-23-2006 03:30:49 | More by goodbyeohio
2.15/5 rDev -39.9%
Copper colored with a decent light tan head, very active carbonation -- a bit too much -- possibly aged (?). Oxidation characteristics noticed in aroma and flavor to the point of masking the true beer. :-( Medium-light bodied ... A bit too airy due to carbonation.
Find a fresh version and re-review; I remember this one being fairly nice @ a few ODBC festivals...
Per LBC website: OG 13.8. 28 IBU's.
Malts: 2-row Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat, and Caramel 40.
Hops: Willamette, Fuggles, and Saaz.
'5362' lasered on bottom
($1.49 / 12 oz.)
08-04-2006 18:15:58 | More by RBorsato
2.25/5 rDev -37.2%
I sure love me an american pale ale but wow.... the rye totally killed this one. It was completely overpowering and terribly sour. It could very well be that i havent had many beers with rye and this may need to be an aquired taste. So if you enjoy rye in your beer, dive in. First timers like myself, beware.
07-31-2007 04:05:58 | More by Jettanbass9
2.25/5 rDev -37.2%
Served in a nonic at fridge temperature. No freshness date.
Appearance- A beautiful fiery translucent amber, adorned by a supple two finger crown with a soapy presence. Moderate lacing follows, a thin mat is left atop. Looks good.
Smell- Bright lemon and sour grains right off the bat, almost making the nose pucker. Smells like something may have gone wrong...
Taste- Aagh!! What the hell? An ungodly display at the sides of the tongue, with a sour milk, rancid malt aftertaste. Overwhelming use of rye, to the point where it is all you get. Hops are trying to come forward, but the tongue-curdling mess this beer is dominates. I don't know... maybe this is a bad bottle, but this is awful.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alright in the mouth, small bubbles, rolling consistency. But the taste... ughh...
I will update this post after another go at this... so far every bottle from this present sixer has tasted worse than the one before... until then.... be careful!!!
09-17-2005 16:40:14 | More by yelterdow
2.48/5 rDev -30.7%
Last review of the Lancaster mixed 12 pack. Pours a reddish brown, smallish white head to it. Not much of a nose to this one. Taste is light to medium bodied... awkward mouthfeel. Tastes a bit soapy and has sort of an acidic taste to it. Not very appealing, and this is the 3rd time I'm trying this beer from the mixed pack. Drinkable and not terribly bad, but off-putting for sure and certainly not a good, well balanced beer. Maybe I got a bad batch? Not recommended.
03-26-2011 23:25:31 | More by oriolesfan4
2.5/5 rDev -30.2%
Pours a clear lighter brown amber. Flavor seems off. Way too tangy and almost a plastic type of edge on it? Regardless, it just tastes weird. Overly malty with caramel edges. At this point, who cares about the rest. Just not going to finish it and save the ol' liver for the next beer that hopefully will be a pleasure to drink.
P.S. Should a beer with the word "Amish" in it ever be named as such??
08-18-2009 00:27:17 | More by RblWthACoz
2.53/5 rDev -29.3%
A: Translucent brown. Head is thin and white. No lacing.
S: Sweet and tangy, fresh citrus.
T: It lives up to its name-- lots of hearty grain. A little bit of hops, but not very much.
M: Light, doesn't stick.
D: Very plain, I wouldn't have another.
11-14-2008 16:49:22 | More by dananabanana
2.53/5 rDev -29.3%
Poured into a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance: Copper color, faint white head faded fast. No lacing.
Smell: Tart banana, smells like a beginners home brew.
Taste: Tastes like a beer. Nothing remarkable. Slight bite on the finish, more carbonic than bitter from hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied, too much carbonation for the style. The level of carbonation should contribute to better head retention but it didn't.
Overall: Blah. Not bad, but not remarkable. It seemed like the fermentation temperature wasn't controlled. If someone poured this for me and I didn't know better, I'd think it was a mediocre home brew.
06-13-2012 21:16:43 | More by KellyL
2.58/5 rDev -27.9%
Very deep brown color and slightly cloudy, with a light brown/off white 1-finger head, that doesn't hold for very long before diminishing into a light film on top. Just a bit of lacing going on. Barely smells like anything, but after trying real hard, was able to pick up the slight hint of piney hops dominated by the malt. Sadly, the taste of hops does not show and all I really get is some of the malt, slight caramel notes and some sweetness. It's pleasant, just not expected for the style, in my opinion. It's medium bodied and definitely drinkable, but seems to me almost like a "light" porter rather than a pale ale. I like the beer, I just don't it as a pale ale.
08-30-2010 02:11:20 | More by Blanco
2.58/5 rDev -27.9%
This beer marks a watershed moment in beer drinking for me. Rarely do I give a beer a "do-over" if it is thoroughly unimpressive. Through a series of circumstances I ended up trying this again and it was a pleasant enough surprise that I made a phone call to share my findings and encourage some others to give it a second shot as well. It was still not spectacular, but not awful.
Dark amber to brown in color. Some lacing on the surface with some prickle and some bubbles on the rim. Sour grain on the nose, but muted to a point. I have had this before, so the expectation plays a part up to this point.
Fruity strawberry-like presence upon initial attack. Grainy flavor with little hops and a background taste like pencil lead or pencil shavings. The finish is sweet at first with a sour aftertaste.
Let this beer serve as a lesson that its possible to get a bad batch of beer even with all the QC that goes into brewing today. My last experience was so bad with this beer that the only reason it made it out of the fridge is because I didn't stock up on new "sampling beers" for reviews before my wife left the country. While I won't stock up on it, I am humbled and have a new opinion.
07-26-2009 03:38:59 | More by Ragingbull
2.65/5 rDev -26%
Pours a semi-clear darkish amber with a head that just won't quit. I'm docking points on appearance because every one of the six of these in my variety case took forever to pour. Huge chunky off-white head that has to settle every time before I can finish the bottle. Just downright annoying.
Anyway, on to the rest...smell is really odd for a pale ale. I don't get much in the way of hops at all. Some odd fruitiness - kinda like strawberry - and some malt sweetness on the back end along with what must be some of the "four grains," but I can't really distinguish.
Taste is very mild - mild sweetness, feint hops - and some interesting flavors that must also be coming from those previously undetermined four grains. It's interesting and different but somewhat bland.
Overall this beer is medium bodied, (too) heavily carbonated, somewhat crisp and refreshing. Definitely not my favorite beer.
*EDIT* I gave this beer a second chance as part of NEPA BC split #3 and liked it even less. Flavor was tart almost like sour cherries or something. Not at all what I want out of a pale ale. I can't think of a great way to describe it, but I just plain don't like this beer...I guess the best I can come up with is YUCK. Honestly this might be my least favorite US craft beer I've ever had.
01-31-2007 19:59:15 | More by number1bum
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.