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Pale Ale - Minocqua Brewing Company

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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 23.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Minocqua Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ZAP on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by sweemzander:
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4 oz tap pour into a mini pint at the Minocqua Brewpub in Minocqua, WI. Served as "Minocqua Pale Ale"

A - Hazy golden yellow with no head on the beer. It's both a little darker than a typical pale ale and also sup-par in delivery.

S - Lightly floral and fruity citrusy hops have the most hop level of any of their beers so far. I wonder if they stay away from the hops... Low pale malts come through in the background.

T - Low pale malts have a twangy citrus dusty pollen-like floral flavor that needs a lot more malt balance and a more polished hop flavor.

M - Crisp and light with a dry finish and mild bitterness. Medium-light bodied.

D - It's an easy-drinking pale ale but it needs more body and more care with the hops used. The dusty pollen-like texture and flavor wasn't that good.

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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Work keeps taking me back to Minocqua and I'm beginning to like this brewpub.

Appearance is typical for style, i.e. golden translucent. Was not served with much head.

The wait-staff at the brewpub refers to it as their most bitter beer, but, Hopheads, don't get your hopes up. The "MPA" is a nicely bittered ale, with cascade hops aroma and a light malt flavor. Really well-balanced, but not a huge hoppy bite.

Perfect complement to the fish and chips.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of uwmgdman
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was fairly clear dark golden/light copper color with a thin white head. The nose is moderate-high citrus and floral hops with just a bit of sweet malt. The flavor is moderately hoppy -- much like the nose with a solid, moderate hop bitterness and just a bit of sweet malt in the background. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a well brewed APA, nothing overwhelmingly impressive, but solid.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really one of the better Pale Ale's I've had...a tremendous grapefruit/citrus nose and taste...regal gold in color...this also features a very strong malt backbone to balance the heavy hop load....the malt backbone has a bit of a caramel tone to it which I'd prefer to not see in my APA's but it isn't unpleasant. The hops are definitely this beers calling card, and I love the grapefruit rind flavor and nose...I had this on tap, and also bought a six-pack of bottles...I am rating it out of the bottle and thought it was better on tap..If you like great hoppping in your pale ale's seek this one out...

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4.79/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows off a nice copper hue with carbonation evident in the form of surfacing gas bubbles. A thin light chocolate colored head tops the brew and reduces to an edging within a minute. What a beautiful blend of sweet caramel malt, toffee and citrus hops on the nose. Splendid. What a splendid taste as well. The citrus hop notes are melded together perfectly with a nice caramel malt taste and toffee. I really get a nice toffee presence in this brew. Some grassy hop notes surface halfway through the brew. Body is about medium. A nice bitterness lingers after swallowing. Highly tasty and highly drinkable. One of the best pale ales I've had.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish my work sent me to Minocqua (previous review)!

This beer looked like a very serious IPA...a hazy dark straw color with a minimal soapy head that appeared as if it could be skimmed off and used to blow bubles in the yard. IMO, this appearance often foretells a pretty serious blast of hops, and I was a bit disappointed by the actual flavor of this beer. This pale ale is noticeably hoppy but not decidely so, and has some malt balance to it. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, flat, and watery.

I would say this beer is just OK...not sure how it stacks up to Minocqua's other offerings, but I was neither impressed nor offended by this beer.

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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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a-a dark straw, almost brown in color, moderate clarity. a finger of off white foam leaves moderate lacing.
s-citrus, nutty?, and pine
t-light citrus, but i had a lot of malty not flavor, strange. reminded me of Kenebunkport Pale Ale from Trader Joe's in this respect.
m-feels like a pale ale, but still strange with the nutty taste.
d-of the 7, this was probably my 5th or 6th. pass on this and get something else.

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Pale Ale from Minocqua Brewing Company
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