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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
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: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jarod on 12-05-2002)
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut color with a thin tan head. The aroma on this brew is something…roasted grain and malts, toasted caramel, biscuit, and generous hops. It’s not an overwhelmingly intense aroma, but it is complex and fitting. It has a solid malt taste, with a mouth-coating oil character. At times the oil seems overdone, and it gets just a little slick. The finish is hoppy and enjoyably bitter. This brew is very well balanced and well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 03:16:05 | More by Suds
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Puddleglum

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2005 14:45:26 | More by Puddleglum
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I would ever rate this one this high but it is a really good beer on draft.
Appears a reddish gold color with a 2 finger white head that lasts. Solid carbonation seems to compliment the color and nice head retention. Tons of lacing can be seen left on the glass.
Smell is pretty nice. Definite rye presence, in addition to the malts (2-row, munich, caramel, and vienna) and hops (Williamette & Fuggles).
Taste is good. The dry hopping is definitley present in this mellow hoppy brew.
Mouthfeel is well balanced, smooth and slightly sharp up front.
All in all, a very drinkable beer as there's nothing over the top but one of the great session beers on draft.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 18:03:10 | More by weeare138
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper colour with a decent white two fingered head. Smell is rich and grainy. Some spice from the hops. Definitly a lot going on from the rye and the wheat. Taste is interesting with a nice mix of maltiness and hoppiness. The rye tends to add a bit of spice and make it seem almost a bit more hoppy than it might be. Mouthfeel is a bit more full bodied than most Pale ales. Carbonation is nice and keeps the richness in check. Overall I would buy this again as it is an interesting twist on a pale ale. I enjoyed the additions of the other grains as they added a little depth to what could have been just an other ordinary pale ale

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 18:46:07 | More by TinusTime
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whartontallboy

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper colored pour with a medium-sized white head that disappeared somewhat quickly. Smell is bready malt, with a hint of rye, in nice balance with a hop presence. Flavor itself is similarly balanced, with the rye pulling a bit of spice through, but it's mostly toasted malth with a nice hop bite on the back end. I felt the mouthfeel was a bit full and thick for the flavor, but that was my only complaint with this one. A pretty tasting brew, and a pretty cool Amish-buggy bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 03:12:11 | More by whartontallboy
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BA "Junior" for setting me up with this one, which I consumed on 04.03.05...

A rather bright copperish brew poured from the bottle, leaving a white head that continued to leave remnants of its former self along the sides of the glass. The aroma was pleasant with hop resins in full bloom. There is certainly some complexities in the flavor of this one, and the grains take hold. I caught hints of rye, wheat [perhaps] and possibly even some toasted bread. But do not be fooled. The hops were there to stay... A very solid pale ale, and one in which I would partake in the future...

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 12:53:11 | More by goindownsouth
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color and a bit cloudy, this poured leaving a 1cm head that quickly dissipated to nothing but nice edge lacing on my tulip glass.

Floral in odor, the hops tend to be earthy in tones, in that i get a dirt smell from it like being in the mountains. I also get some grapefruit tones from it which are nice. However, not to potent smelling at all.

TAking the first sip, I get a sour grapefruit taste as well as a grainy, almost stale taste from it, which describes the bitterness overall. The hops are there but they are not overpowering. I get the sense that they meant to make this beer remind people where it came from; the fields of Amish country.

Mouthfeel is not too bad. The carbonation slaps the middle of your tongue very quickly, and it very sharp and "prickly". Pretty thin in body and easy to drink. However, a bit watery overall, and not much going on in the long run with this one. I'd recommend it if you are an ale fan, but not a "hop head"; the hops just aren't there like I thought they'd be. Hence, they have the "Hop Hog".

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 20:50:07 | More by Fish113d
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oelergud

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper body with what appears to be smoke curling around inside the beer, never seen this before and I'm not sure it should be there or not. Head if off-white and has some retention but could use improvement, lace is good though..
Very interesting and pleasant smell, sweet malts almost brown sugarish, dark spice.
Dark rye with brown sugar spread liquified and bottled, moderate toffee and caramel lingering aftertaste. Hops come through faintly in the aftertaste but are still overpowered by the malts.
Very full body for a pale ale that is not so pale after all.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 20:01:30 | More by oelergud
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a glowing copper with a decent amount of carbonation. A few little chunks of yeast quickly sink to the bottom. The mostly white, decent lacing head is entirley too big for me, took 4 pours (very gentle ones) to finally get it all in there. Boo for the head, yay for the body.

Smell: Smells very spicy and and hoppy witha pleasent malt background. This is, to me, just about perfect as to how an APA should smell. Well done.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes much like it smells. Quite spicy at first, with a nice malty middle, and then finshes even hoppier then it started. A surpisingly complex ale, one that has many flavors that keep your taste buds enthralled. The only thing that turns me off here is the lack of a creamy mouthfeel, and the lack of a hoppy aftertaste. There is an aftertaste, but it doesn't stay long enough.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice, pretty unique beer even with it's flaws. A good smell and taste keep you coming back for more. I definitly enjoyed this beer (my second try from Lancaster Brewing Co.), and I'm going to have another right now. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:59:00 | More by santoslhalper
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured ever so slightly hazy golden amber. The head was off white, frothy, large, and in charge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a restrained caramel fruitiness.

The flavor was slightly malty with more caramel and fruitiness. The bittering component of the flavor was restrained as well and hop flavor was low. The bittering was well balanced with the malt, but neither flavor attribute was very interesting.

The finish was dry with a lasting bitterness that was not harsh or detracting, but was pretty boring. The body was medium at best a bit too light.

12 ounce bottle. Yawn...

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 23:37:18 | More by GCBrewingCo
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I don't claim to be able to taste the rye in this beer, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying. It poured a light amber color with a thick head that dissipated slowly and left some thick lacing down the glass.

The smell of the hops hit me first, but it was balanced with a nice wheaty (or was it oaty?) aroma. There are some fruity undertones as well.

The beer is nicely hopped so the initial taste is of hops but the hops do not overpower the malty grains. There is a definite reminder of the wheat but as I said, I didn't catch the rye flavor. The beer never gets to bitter, which in this case is a good thing.

This is very smooth, almost creamy in the mouth. It is very refreshing, almost like a meal in a glass. It definitely begs for more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 21:41:45 | More by rdrummer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orange/ brown with an immensely thick head.
Smell- sweet hops.
Taste- very hoppy, yet sweet with an oats and malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- very dry and moderately bitter. becomes sweet after a few sips.

Overall- an above average Pale Ale with sweet malt that makes it hard to drink just 1. Worth purchasing a 6er!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 23:23:57 | More by NJpadreFan
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oats, rye, wheat and barley, is this a brew or breakfast?
Tried on cask at the Real Ale Festival at the Wharf Rat. My previous firkin experience with Lancaster, the milk stout, went pretty awful, so I held back before the taste test and almost kept away completely.
Smooth and creamy with a nice hop bite. This is a very tasty beer. The 5.6% makes it an easy session favorite.

Serving type: cask

11-09-2004 18:19:24 | More by Dithyramb
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

11-01-2004 21:00:23 | More by 99bottles
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date on it. This poured out a deep orange color with an inch high off white foamy head that left minimal to no lace through the session. A very different roasted grain aroma rose from this pale ale that was quite interesting. There was a good sweet malt presence as well as earth toned hops providing some familiarity to the scent. A bit of sweet and doughy malt is first tasted before the roasted grains kick in with a strong flavor. There are notes of earthy hops through out and an after tasted that is roasty and bitter to finish this one out. A very different overall take on the pale ale that is refreshing and welcome. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with about a medium body. Drinkability is pretty good overall but the grains do become tiring after a while. I will definitely have more of this in the future but really can’t down more than 2 or 3 in a sitting without the taste becoming old.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 16:36:26 | More by meathookjones
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Billolick

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Warning..the first bottle of this stuff I opened had gone to beer infection hell. The next bottle was alot better. Poured light orangy almond, sort of cloudy tinybubbles, respectable lacing. Malty, bready nose. Malty up front with a very mild hop appearance late. Smooth finish. Decent sessioner, but I need more hops then this in my pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 00:24:00 | More by Billolick
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2004 00:20:39 | More by farHillsBrewer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grainy pale. On the shadow side of a pale, astringent lemon peels, toasty. Thanks Mr_kimchee. Very mild citrus aroma.Calmed down bitterness. Three-and-a-half years later, noticed its a so-so pale, with her character on the grainy side. A beer to have and try, maybe a staple.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 02:00:53 | More by Sammy
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived in a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Lupe, and BIF 10. The beer seems way overcarbonated, and struggled to settle down into the pint glass as the four inch foamy head refused to die. The aroma was like a honey roasted breakfast cereal and begged me to take the first sip. The taste was mellow and sweet with grainy, bready overtones, and a floral hoppyness that was definitely playing second fiddle. The mouthfeel was quite a bit thicker than your average APA, and quite sticky and cloying as the beer was rather poorly attenuated. The rye and the oats overpower the wheat and barley in this beer and show up as liquid bread fit for breakfast consumption. A pleasant beer, but does not make me want to run out and raid the barn for a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 04:36:04 | More by rajendra82
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label touts "Brewed Naturally" and "Without preservatives." When opening this LANCASTER brew, the bottlecap practically popped off all by itself. Huge 50/50 mix of beer and sandy colored foam filled me DFH pint glass. After some cap settled, we could repour and get down to business. What an excellent pour! Clear coppery orange hues under a huge gargantuan head that resembled a Bells/Kalamazoo Brewing type style pour. Left tons of spider web lace.

Peachy nose with lemon meringue citrous tones.

First swigs: Spicy fruity blend. Further inspection reveals a grainy flavor crossed with peach cobbler and ginger snap notes. Some indiscernable spices of maybe nutmeg, and toasty bread. Somewhere some ginger ale is popping out too.

Tons of frothy carbonation for this light to medium bodied ale.

Last swigs: Mixed Ginger Snap and Spice Wafer flavors create a balanced ale edged out with lightly grassy hops over spiced cake like malts which are defined after warmed up a wee bit. Fuggles, Saaz, Willamette hops, as per the website. Had this at a beer tasting and didn't think it was impressive. Better from the mixed case. LANCASTER makes a killer Strawberry wheat that is also included in the mixed case with Milk Stout. The Strawberry and Stout 50/50 mix makes for a great blend called Chocolate covered Strawberry.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 04:03:16 | More by blitheringidiot
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

07-31-2004 14:33:19 | More by woodychandler
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scottum

Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WoodyChandler for bringing up a mixed sixpack to VT for sharing.

Pours a nice dark amber with an off-white head. Deep color for a pale ale, but how many pale ales are brewed with four grains? Malts are nice and complex for a pale ale. I totally dig that. Hops add some great balancing. This is a very well crafted beer which really hit the spot!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 22:31:24 | More by scottum
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $24.50 for the mixed case in Lancaster County...

The appearence is very pleasing to the eye, an amber meets golden color with a medium white head, nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma is a bold one to be modest... a bunch of grainy smell mixed with hops, quite unique.

No surprise here, this one remains steady as the smell gave away, the grain flavor is quite unique, a very one-of-a-kind taste that I've never deal with; the mix of the grained beer (malted barley, wheat, rye, oats). The mouthfeel remains on hold with the rest of the beer, good in the palette and not as strong as a 5.6% might give, however the drinkability is average in my opinion for one strong reason, it's very heavy and sweet, and I can't imagine doing this one in a session, it's good for a #2 out of 4+ beer session...

Final Thought: This one tasted better as I drank it, doesn't compare to the quality of Milk Stout, but this one has WAY more personality...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:58:51 | More by mobyfann
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Lupe

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a nice sized off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and leaves wispy rings of lace. Spicy and herbal hops in the nose along with toasted grains. Of the four grains, the rye comes out first adding some spiciness to the beer. The hops in this beer taste very fresh. Woody and spicy hop flavors add to the rye before the sweet malt and toasted grains show up to balance things out. Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Good drinkability, lots of flavors to keep you interested. A little different take on the APA. Soild brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 15:10:22 | More by Lupe
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claytri

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The four grain poured a clear golden brown with a thin tan head. It has a nice complex malt smell, with the rye predictably getting the best of the other three (wheat, barley, & ? (oates)). The taste is nice and sharp with a malty bite and a respectable hop overtone. The combination of grains gives it the same strong flavor that I find in Rye Beers, only muted by the other grains. The feel is dry with a brisk bitter aftertaste, but has a little oilieness around the edges and a metalic finish. I found this to be a nice beer to drink. I hated pouring the last of the six. The promise of a full grain flavor that Amish Four Grain makes was amply fulfilled.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 03:56:11 | More by claytri
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.