CB's English Pale Ale - CB Craft Brewers

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CB's English Pale AleCB's English Pale Ale

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by grs8313:
Photo of grs8313
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken while on a visit to Rochester NY.

Appearance: 12oz bottle, no best by or bottling date. Pours brown with very minimal head. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, apricots, and cherries.

Taste: Malts and coffee hints. The aftertaste is heavy with malt.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, and thin mouthfeel. The mouth is left very clean, but there is a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability:A very drinkable beer, and I would love this beer as a session beer. A good tasting beer that is well balanced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Buffalo Brewpub,poured a clear light copper with a well sustained 1/2 finger white head.True to style the aromas seem more malt driven quite fruity with a little sugar cookie dough faint geranium-like hops,pretty fruity on the palate must use an English yeast a firm lightly sweet biscuity malt backbone a hardly noticable leafy hop presence brings up the rear.A sociable pint no doubt,quite subtle flavors I think pretty true to form.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear. Dark amber. Sizeable tan head with good retention and OK lacing. The aroma is not overpowering (it's very English in nature), but there is a touch of crystal malt and pungent, leafy and tea-like hops. The aroma carries over into the flavor with the addition of some yeasty fruit and nuttiness. Well balanced by a very firm bitterness. Finishes hoppy and dry. Enjoyable!

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Wegman's in Syracuse. Overall the character was fairly mellow, but I can see this making a great cask ale. The beer opened with a dry mix of dark bread and toffee, and finished with earthy citrus hops. This hops and barley are well balanced and make for a fine beer, but the character is just a too mild for a 5.1% beer.

Photo of beveritt
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple; large letters EPA with small graphics of barley and a heraldic flag. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of light tan head. This settles quickly to a thin, complete layer of foam leaving some lacing behind. The beer itself is a bright mahogany and perfectly clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Very sweet butterscotch malt with hints of toffee and caramel and a distinct husky graininess.

Taste: Decent carbonation bite upfront followed by a more mellow version of those aromas which appeared in the smell. Sweet, bready malt upfront with a a subtle layer of mild hops in the finish. Finishes rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel: higher than average carbonation level. Body is very good, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: A good example of the style with maybe a hint too much sweetness and carbonation. Enjoyable overall and easy to drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of my ongoing quest to try beers from all over the place that I just never get a chance to try. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 09/29/2009.

The pour was the best part by far. Rich amber in color and very clear with a big towering head of white foam on the top that settled down very nicely into a thin pillow with nice side lacing. Went in for a whiff and thats when it seemed to go wrong for me. Wet cardboard, light fruit, but off. Lots of grain and a hint of corn coming through on the smell, not sure what is going on here but I push on to take a taste of what may lie underneath. I find a mess again. Light grassy hops, loads of grain and a musky bread like malt flavor that really just goes nowhere. Light feel and very carbonated, but it just wasnt doing it for me. Could be refreshing but the taste just misses its target,

Overall I would skip over this one if it came my way again. Just seems to need a good bit more work before it is a finished product.

Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, one finger foam head, dissipates quickly, some lacing.

S-Floral and Citrus notes

T-Ends with some bitterness, the floral and citrus notes start off.

M-Light and some carbonation

D-Drinkable but could either be lighter or hoppier, seems like it is in the middle of the two extremes that the style can be.

Photo of fx20736
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic, served cool.

Hazy Amber with a tall, sandy, khaki head. nice lacing.

quite malty on the nose, like fresh bread.

nice mouthfeel; soft but nicely carbonated.

Sultanas, wheat bread, this is a malty beer with the hops maybe a tad underpowered, Slight bitterness at the end.

Thick and bready, nice looking, good tasting. Not bad but needs a little less malt and a little bit more hops..

Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It has a dark brownish amber body with a little bit of an orange hue. The head and lace were a nice cream color and both were thick.

Smell- Nice malt smell. It is subtle herbal hops and sweet malt blend well together.

Taste- Once again this beer is very subtle. A little bit fruity, nutty and hoppy and biscuit like.

Mouthfeel- Medium.

Drinkability- Nice evening time beer.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from my brand new CB growler.

A- Deep amber color with a thick, dense, micro-bubble foam head.

S- Smell is nice caramel maltyness with a pinch of soft hops. The hops smell like banana, cranberry, and pine.

T- Well balanced between the hops and barley. Creamy and soft start with the hops coming through towards the end. Slightly buttery aftertaste.

M- Soft, smooth, then a very mild dry ending.

D- Goes good with a burger, I know that.

Photo of piakiev
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass
Edit:After giving this beer a few more tries I am changing the ratings, goes great with any meal that I have tried it with, one of the only beers that I have found that I like to eat while I drink it. However I still do not care for the beer on it's own, but do like it better than I originally did.
If you don't like this beer on the first try, give it a couple of extra chances, try it with a meal.

A: Crystal clear copper brown. Bright white head about 2 fingers high that disappeared almost immediately.

S: Smelled like freshly milled caramel malt, no hop aroma that I noticed.

T: Tasted like I was chewing on a handful of caramel malt, then ended with bitterness that complimented the malt. However I didn't much care for this flavor.

M: Creamy, absolutely no astringency, bitterness lingers for a while after drinking.

O: Didn't really care for this beer, flavory was completely dominated by specialty grains.

Photo of williamherbert
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy auburn color, almost a dark orange. Not much head but that may be due to the aging in the growler.

Very pleasant and sweet smell. Smells like a lightly malty English Pale. Not much to distinguish it, but nice.

Burnt malty flavor. Has the nutty, toasted quality of a brown, but not as dark or thick. Sweet aftertaste.

Light-bodied, with almost no thickness whatsoever. It's watery, but I suppose that's appropriate.

Very light and easy to drink. It's a standard ale. Nothing to set it apart from any other ale, but solid and pleasant enough.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts as well as a moderate hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a mild bitterness. It's a fine session beer. It's low in alcohol, yet flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking EPA. The person who listed it have it wrong. It's an EPA, not an APA; big difference.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who I got this from, but it was definitely part of a BIF. 12oz bottle into a Fullers nonic.

A: Slightly hazy copper color, no real head to speak of forms, just a few bubbles. A few bubbles lazily move through the glass. A nice color though.

S: Big time malts, lots of caramel and honey, smells quite bready and even a bit biscuity. No real hops to speak of, lots and lots of grainy, caramel malts. A slightly fruity yeast ester as well.

T: Not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated, grainy and fairly malty with a few hints of caramel, earthy/woody hop profile with a fair amount of hop resins that linger on the tongue with a fair amount of bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff really.

M: A lot lighter than I had anticipated from the nose, light carbonation, and a dry finish with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

O: Not a bad beer at all, a little more of a hoppy presence in the nose would really make this shine, regardless this is a nice little pale ale that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An English pale in the classic sense. Easy drinking, but plenty flavorful. Perfect balance of malt and hops. Classic full, slick mouthfeel. Good session brew and even better on cask.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; very good retention from the head and a nice pattern of lace is left behind

Smell: Toasted bread with a hint of butterscotch and earthy hops

Taste: Bready, up front, with a layer of butterscotch arriving in the middle, along with the tea-like, herbaceous hops; after the swallow, the butterscotch lingers on the palate, though the overall effect is somewhat bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent EPA and while diacetyl is not inappropriate for the style, there is just a bit too much butterscotch for my preference

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

Photo of CBFanWish
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy pale ale with an easy bitter taste. It goes down easy at a colder temprature. crisp and refreshing.This is a true working mans beer. heavy, yet light at the same time. I had it on tap at Cosmo's in Honeoye Falls. It was poured into a pint glass an orangish amber color. good stuff.

Photo of lovindahops
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another CB brew... they are my one of my top local brews.

A- darkened orange with a heightened shroom foam on the sides of the brew

S- dry and musty malt. It's not really inviting as you would want but there are nutty themes there.

T- a bold and rusty taste that lingers. Makes you think of the old country. Not bad

M- creamy and not bad

D- a good beer that focuses on a dry and bland flavor for the brew. Aged fruit is the key and it's not bad

Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a thin white head. Not much retention,but a nice lace. Aroma is bready with some hop notes. On the weak side. Body is thin and a bit watery. Taste is nothing to write home about. Bread and butter up front with a hoppy finish. Average.

Photo of JDH2000
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a branded pint glass at Lloyds Limited in Penn Yan, NY.

Pours amber with two fingers of slightly off-white head that fades to a thin ring at the edge of the glass. The aroma is nice and malty, sweet with hints of stone fruits (apricot, maybe a little peach). Again the taste is smooth, sweet malts up front, followed by subtle hints of coffee, and finishing with a slight bitterness. I was surprised by how smooth this beer was, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. All in all, I enjoyed this beer and will definitely have it again when.

Photo of DoctorDog
2.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Deep amber and essentially clear. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Light biscuit and caramel malt notes; moderately sweet.

T- Touch of acidic tartness, some bready malts, and a bitter wet cardboard finish...

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium full feel.

D- Not great. The cardboard flavor gets old in a hurry....I don't much want to finish this one, let alone crack open another.

Future outlook: A one off scooped up for me out of state, so the prospect of repeat purchases is fairly moot...though I can't see why I'd really want to.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at Colter Bay, Buffalo. Light amber with a small head of off-white. Aromas are very simply, and bass-like. Basic English pale ale aromas abound here. Heavy on the malt, with some buttery diacetyl flavors, and not much hoppiness. The taste is slightly hoppier, but still English all the way, and also bass-like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is good. A decent English pale ale, that was based on Bass, methinks ;-)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has replaced bass in the area in a few bars, restaurants and deservedly so. I had this in a growler straight from the tap at custom brewcrafters. This pours a medium brownish amber. Awesome malty aromas. The taste contained a little caramel flavors, little hop, some toastiness and of course malt. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Drinkability is great with this. Very enjoyable EPA.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Beers of the World in the ROC.

Not really sure why this is classified as an APA when the name clearly states the style of this beer, oh well.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark amber with a one finger light tan head that quickly falls to a thin layer of bubbles. Slightly sticky on the sides of the glass, but not much. Aroma consists of toasted grains, caramel malt, and some nuttiness. Some leather and earth in the nose as well, nothing too crazy. Sweet malts to begin with on the tongue with a big bready body that follows. Brown sugar, nuts, and grains midway with a slighty woody aftertaste. The taste just doesn't do it for me, definitely lacking hops. And I know this is an English Pale Ale so it's supposed to be less hoppy, but I'm getting close to none in the flavor department. Light to medium body with a creamy feel and a mild carbonation. Not a horrible beer, but I know CB's have much better offerings. Hopefully they expand their bottled beers. I currently have the Double Cream Porter in the fridge and I know I enjoy that more than this EPA.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber body with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Torched, dry biscuits, a touch of caramel and a lingering, worrisome tart fruit character.

Taste: Gah! There's a hit of tart-tasting fruit right off the bat. Some abused biscuity malts, a light hop bitterness, then all you're left with is tart tart tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty poor beer. Not just brewcrafters, they're Custom Boocrafter. Booo!

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CB's English Pale Ale from CB Craft Brewers
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