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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale - James Page Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
James Page Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002)
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Reviews by Gump:
Photo of Gump
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great, clean and clear, good carbonation and head.
Semi sweet, straw like aroma. A good dose of hops here dominates the flavor.
An easy to drink ale, but there is a harsh graininess that can't be ignored.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Gump, Dec 04, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Golden with a nice layer head retention.

Earthy hops on the nose, a bit of pine, and fairy average pale malt.

Taste is mildly bitter and a grainy maltiness.

Overall, lacks character and body. Not much really going on to comment about. I guess if it were this or a coors, well you know.

brownbeer, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Voyageur Extra Pale Ale pours from the 12oz longneck a clear copper amber color with a small quarter inch of bubbly white head. Bubbly active carbonation rises up. Aromas of sweet pale malt with caramel swirls alongside a herbal, citrusy Cascade hop. Rather mellow, a bit biscuity. I'd like to see a bit of a bolder aroma.

First sip brings a sweet crystalline maltiness upfront with notes of caramel and toasted grains. Segways into a light citrusy, herbal hoppiness that brings a just a drop of bitterness on the way down. Finishes clean with a bit of biscuit dough and ultimately falls short, leaving me looking for more flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation that creates a bit of creaminess. Flows across the mouth nicely. Drinkability is hindered by the fact that the flavor is lacking..making me lose the desire to have another. Overall, an average pale ale nothing more.

orbitalr0x, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color, 1/4 inch head sustained by upcharging bubbles, froth tends to a yellowish color. Vaguely sweet smell. Bitter initial flavor, not wonderful, maybe to much hop aggression (liberty hops according to the label). After the first bite the malts are pleasant enough to the finish. OK back taste and pretty good swallow (a little gassy). Seems like a typical American Pale Ale but thinner than some and skewed toward a not very tasty hop flavor. Needs adjustments. Fairly drinkable, mid pack.

ADR, May 07, 2002
Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium sized off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

Citrus hops with pine notes blended with a light caramel aroma.

A little bitter citrus hops bite with just a very slight caramel malt presence in the taste.

A slightly dryish aftertaste with a bit of hops tagging along with this medium bodied pale.

LXIXME, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly amber under a modest dome of bleached ecru.
Wafting the familiar pine-resin glazed grassiness of hundreds of other APAs, laid atop a brown-sugared pear and grape skin fruitiness. The nose is not large by any means, but shows intriguing depth.
In the beginning, it is all hard biscuits, with stray grain or two popping out. It sweetens with caramel, and wavering, indistinct fruit punch vapors. The hops hit with all the Cascade typicality. Equal parts floral, grassy, grapefruit, and piney, with just a smear of resin stick.
Light-to-medium bodied with a persistent carbonation.
By no means is this a jaw-dropper- a Sierra Nevada clone with a more defined malt base- but it is a solid multiple quaffer. Seems better than the bottles I used to get from MN, so I'd guess absolute freshness is crucial.

cokes, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single taken from the fridge of a friend while i housesit/dogsit

appearance: pours into capital brewery pint glass (i think picked up when we did the tour with some other friends)...classic medium amber body, light beige head with average lacing

smell: very mild aromas...light green hop coming through, light caramel

taste: there really just isnt a whole lot going on here...light green hop flavor base, even lighter caramel-malt...nothing bad, but nothing really at all

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

James Page Pale Ale; While this was certainly a good looking beer (amber with a thick off-white head with nice lacing) and it smelled OK (hops and flowers), and the initial taste was OK( hop aroma built into a hoppy taste, with an undercurrent of sweet malts) the over all beer was not satisfying, The reason, I think (and its hard to describe) was that the hops flavor seemed to be flat and musty. Decent enough, but there lots better out there.

jackndan, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peach fuzz in color, capped with a huge white head, decent lacing. A citrus and hops mixture on the nose. Sweetness and hops noted on the top; somewhat carbonated, perhaps a bit too much. Somewhat clean and delicate flavoring, a bit off the beaten path with some biscuity/bread notes in the middle. Seems to lack a full flavored, hop craving APA, just average right across the line.

GeoffRizzo, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with two fingers of white head that had decent retention. The head eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma consists mostly of caramel malt. Just slight citrus and spice notes are detected. The flavor as well is on the tame side of APAs on hop flavor and bitterness. Nice malt flavor and there is enough hops to add a nice refreshing nature to the beer. A nice body for the style and good carbonation. Has a good mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA. By no means the best but is servicable.

morimech, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first thing a notice about this beer is how dark it is (for an extra pale ale) the next thing I notice is the very pleasant, pungent citric/pine hop aroma. The carbonation is good, but doesn't add much to the appearance, as the head quickly falls leaving a collar of foam.

The taste is of Cascade hops coupled with a bit of fruitiness, with a hoppy citrus finish that has just enough bitterness. The body seems a bit full, but I guess that's the Upper Midwestern style for pale ales. Overall, this is a decent pale ale that I definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for to get it.

marcobrau, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of aswaller
3/5  rDev -13%

aswaller, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Ragingbull
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a reddish brown tint. LIght head on the surface that is reminiscent of the "oily" look on some IPA's. Hoppy nose, but very faint. A light malty attack that gives way to a mildly hoppy flavor. The attack does a good job refreshing the palate. Some very faint bitterness in the finish and in the aftertaste. Very straightforward beer with decent structure and a mouthfeel that feels light in the mouth. Pretty mild and clean.

Ragingbull, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks the stonequarrywest for the bottle.
A: Pours a nice orange/amber transparent color that produces a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates into a little thin patch. Lacing is very nice along the pint glass.

S: Wheaty notes...sweet malts up front, floral hops in the background

T: Nice bready malty backbone on which the floral hops sit. They hops are not bitter, but they are floral and nice, perfect for a pale ale!

MF/D: Finishes very clean, semi-dry, light in body, very easy to drink on a hot day during the summer!

scottyshades, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Illtryit
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a 1 inch white head which lingers a bit then leaves decent lacing on my mug. Clear and clean looking.

Smell is good...mostly malty, but nothing spectacular.

Taste follows the smell. I like this beer though, nice blend of light malt and light hoppiness. East to drink. Very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but for a Extra PA, i think it shouldn't be too hearty, so I'm fine with this.

Overall, pretty good beer. This is an ideal gateway beer as it isn't overwhelming, but still has some flavor and character.

Illtryit, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of supercolter
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If there is one thing that Wisconsin can do, its brew. I was quite fond of this beer. Appearnce was a bit too straw yellow, but some nice head and lacing. Smell was crisp and clean, no skunking, but lacking some malt. Taste is the strong point here. Nice hoppy flavor with a decent malt backbone. very easy to drink.

supercolter, May 12, 2007
Photo of marc77
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper hue, w/ brilliant, lager like clarity. Billowy, thick, porcelain white persistent head leaves loose, muddled lace. Mild citrus tinged floral hops and mellow light caramel malt upfront in aroma. Hint of doughy, lightly buttery malt adds a creamy undertone. Soft, pleasant aromawise. Moderate, edgey hop bitterness bathes and lingers on the palate initially, then fades allowing bready pale base malt and pseudosweet dextrins to surface. Light caramel malt presence adds minor sweetness, and is perceived mostly indirectly in its contribution to residual, unfermentable dextrins. Mild hints of toast, but overall quite clean,
and perhaps a touch one dimensional. Lightly bodied and crisp, with an agreeably smooth mouthfeel a hair shy of creamy. Understated floral hop flavor with a trace herbal lace integrates well into the mellow malt profile. Finishes dry, with a continuation of hop bitterness fading slowly. Quite a quaffable, balanced pale. A bit underwhelming and perhaps over filtered, but enjoyable nonetheless. Soft. Eerily similar to Siletz Cream Ale. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for delivering the bottle.

marc77, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of happygnome
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice amber color with about a half inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving little to no lacing
s: caramel malts dominate the aroma in addition there is a spicy and citrusy hop presence that i find enjoyable in the nose
t: caramel malts and spicy cutrsy hops
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this, it is a solid brew but i didnt like it as much as other APAs that are available around here

happygnome, May 23, 2008
Photo of tconboy
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly golden amber with a lively dyanamic head that fades to an alive half cm. pretty significant retention, just sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is malty hoppy goodness. Taste is a bit more faint, but still a nice blend of malt and hops. Certainly not overbearing. Many might consider this too "run of the mill" as the taste doesn't pack as much of a punch as many BA's would prefer. Light, crisp, mouthfeel and good drinkability. I could take down a few of these in a sitting.

tconboy, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of discharmingly
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

discharmingly, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
A full 1" of sticky white head, leaves intricate lace atop a hazy copper body. Definitely smells of bitter hops, lightly floral i nature. The hops are not as prominant in the flavor, jockeying for position with a carmel malt flavor. A different kind of pale ale, I think I like the more hop-heavy variety.

TastyTaste, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The brew pours a clear, bright amber with ruby highlights. A minimal eggshell head foams up and fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is mild but some grainy malt and caramel mix with very faint floral hops. The bottle says cascade hops but I get no citrus, of course Ive had the bottle for about 10 months in my basement.
First sip reveals a light to average body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel and some toffee with a faint hop bite on the finish. Not overly complex but no flaws on flavor either. The beer is extremely easy to drink and I find myself finishing the 12 oz much quicker than expected. A nice drinking beer that wont force you to think about your beer too much but still enjoy it.

sulldaddy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice goldish copper, head and lacing are skimpy. Aroma is ncie at first, then a little odd later on. Initial light floral hop and sweetish malt, then gets something like bready. Taste is relatively simple, minimal hop presence and vague malt presence, but both equally weighted, and ultimately not too shabby. Mouth is fine, and its a rather drinkable beer, just not memorable.

objectivemonkey, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

James Page brewing Company's Voyageur Extra Pale Ale pours out
a rocky head over a clear amber brew. Carbonation is moderate, and
the nose is malt and herb. The flavor is malt with a lemon and grassy
hop finish. The aftertaste is more of that grassy hop. Another good, basic
brew. My personal favorite Extra Pale Ale is Summit's- but there is a hint
of strawberry in the hops they use that I prefer to the grass and lemon
flavors present in this one- but that is, of course, a subjective judgement.
The fact is that Voyageur is also a fine, well made Extra Pale Ale- I would
not turn it down and if I could not score a Summit, Voyageur would be at
the top of my list. Good stuff.

shadow1961, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of JackieTH
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At a restaurant arrived already poured into a pint glass, was an attractive amber orange with a creamy white head of 1-2 fingers that leaves lacing as it slowly diminishes.

Citrus hop on the nose with a background of malt. Overall is lightly applied.

Palate is a background of mild roasted malt with bready/biscuit flavors balanced fairly well by the citrus hop that isn't at all overpowering in a medium bodied moderately high carbonation beer. Drinkability is there but I only ordered the one.

JackieTH, Aug 02, 2010
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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale from James Page Brewing Company
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