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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale - James Page Brewing Company

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Voyageur Extra Pale AleVoyageur Extra Pale Ale

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002)
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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 KarlHungus
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is small, and quickly recedes into thin lacing. The aroma is of juicy grapefruit with an undertone of caramel. The taste has only a hint of the grapefruit found in the aroma, and is very all around watery. The mouthfeel is very thin for a pale ale. Overall, this would be a very nice beer if it had some more body to it, and if it tasted more like it smells. I will not be drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of WOLFGANG
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of shivtim
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A red/copper beer with a slight white head and decent lacing. The nose is very smoky, and even plastic-ey. Like you accidentally put a plastic spork on top of a toaster oven so it melted a little bit, and then you put some olive oil in the toaster oven and left it on too long. So, kind of a smoldering oily melting plastic smell. Not too pleasant. Note: others in the group trying this beer did not agree with me that it smelled this way, but I tried smelling it from a different pint glass and it still had the same smoky/oil/plastic smell.
Luckily the taste has no connection to the smell. It's decently hopped, with a hint of sweetness, and a bitter finish. Decent balance. Mouthfeel is not bad; it's a bit foamy. Drinkability is right in the middle.

shivtim, Sep 06, 2006
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 aswaller
3/5  rDev -13%

aswaller, Sep 27, 2013
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 Knecht
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light, single-finger head that disappears pretty quickly, but leaves a nice lace on the glass. The ale is a light golden color, surprisingly light for a pale ale. The aroma is a bit hoppy and spicy, but nothing all that exciting.

The beer's taste is not a whole lot more interesting than the aroma. It's pretty standard issue... the hops are only present in the form of some spiciness up front, and otherwise it's a relatively malt-oriented pale ale. It has a medium-light body, and seems a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability-wise, I'm sure I could drink this all night, but I just don't think that I would want to. This is really mediocre at best; there's just not anything interesting going on here.

Knecht, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of TheBierBand
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear light amber with a large foamy, bubbly off-white head, some lace.

Smell: Light, faint aromas of floral with a subtle lemon citrus, and toasted grains. Nothing "EXTRA" here.

Taste: Thin sweet malty with toasted grains, watery caramel, soft hops, sour citrus with a sour, grainy finish.

Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, thin medium-light bodied mouthfeel, the fizzy carbonation gave this a more watery than creamy feel.

Drinkability: Nothing EXTRA about this.... just an average APA.

TheBierBand, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden amber, with a decent white head. The head dissipates into a thick ring of lacework about 1/4 of the way through the beer.
Aroma is malty, with a grassiness and fairly agressive hop presence. Slight pear aroma.
Flavor starts out malty and effervescent, to a bready and grassy flavor, and tapering off into a sharp hop bitterness. Strange grainy malt aftertaste. Esters are very light, almost nonexistent. The beer is sharp and crisp, with a semi dry finish. The aftertaste is sort of unpleasant, but the beer initially tastes quite good. I like the hoppiness, but i think the malt needs a little work.

UnionMade, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of hylton44
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid brownish-orange hue and pungent, fruity & flowery odor a par for the course amidst a crowd of solid representatives in what is a solidly consistant style. Not bad tasting, but the dry standard IPA biterness is offset somewhat by an overly oily, resiney mouthfeel and a watery sort of quality.

hylton44, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this was a decent pale ale, and a good value ($0.99 a bottle at Murray's). Still, in a world crowded with APAs, I can think of others I'd prefer.

Color is a copper red amber (darker than I expected) with lots of white head. Appearance is the highlight of this beer. Smell was fairly pleasant and lightly hoppy. Taste was a bit thin, but had some good hop bite to it. Mouthfeel a bit watery, but not bad.

BeerBelcher, Feb 25, 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
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dr. K for the sampler pack. Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) The color is golden fleece. There was about an inch of white foam.

S) Mostly malt, maybe a little hint of grass.

T) Again, I'd say malted barley. There was some bitterness. I didn't pick up on any pine or citrus.

M) Clean and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation. There was nothing to distinct about it.

O) This is pretty drinkable, although I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Stay thirsty my friends...

RoamingGnome, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery orange beneath a good-sized cap of light putty beige whose most impressive feature is its creaminess. The foam is on the persistent side and takes a few minutes to halve itself. Too bad the glass coverage is spotty at best (note: it's better later). For some reason the beer and head look autumnal... Oktoberfestish.

The nose is passable and might be better than that if I could smell more of it. I love the aroma of Cascade single-hopped pale ales and am disappointed that this one isn't more forthcoming. There's also a whiff of toasted malt in the background.

VEPA isn't a whole lot better on the palate. This is anything but bold beer and is rather simple to boot. Simple isn't necessarily a negative when it comes to APAs, since toasted pale malt and citrusy Cascade hops can be a killer combination when done right. A lack of verve and panache is a little harder to forgive.

My suggested improvements are as follows: boast the overall malt load, add more pale and less caramel malt, and double the hop load (at least). As the beer warms, the toasted grain and nutty caramel flavors become more prominent and the grapefruity hoppiness becomes less prominent. Wrong direction! Let's get this voyage headed downstream, shall we?

The mouthfeel is on the light side for a pale ale. As a result, it emphasizes the wimpiness of the flavor. A fraction more heft and a few more bubbles would perk up the mouthfeel and would add a little excitement to a beer that is lacking in that department.

So is Voyageur a voyage worth taking? That depends on one's expectations I guess. Keep them on the low side and you'll likely be satisfied with its balanced, easy drinking nature. Expect a tasty, hoppy treat (as I did) and you'll be left wanting.

BuckeyeNation, May 29, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vividly clear, light-brown/orange color with a small white head. Lacing sticks to the sides but slowly sank away.

As with all the beers I tried from the James Page Sampler Box, the aroma is the most lacking aspect of their beers. This one is no different. You can tell that this has some hops, but that is about it.

Flavor has a nice bitter hop bite with even more in the aftertaste. Finally! Something my tongue can feel! It gets me excited because the other 3 beers from this sampler box almost put me to sleep. Despite this, I'm afraid compared to the rest of the world, this is still a simple-tasting beer. Not much more goes with this cascade hops.

Mouthful is decent, a touch of foam and a little tart & bitterness.

Drinkability is nice. My favorite beer from this brewery.

terrabyte, Apr 25, 2007
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 budgood1
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deep copper colour, nice head and decent lace left on the glass. aroma of understated caramel malts and and a quite strong punch of cirusy hops. tastes of toasted malts, and a bitter citrus hop kick. the bitterness of the citrusy liberty hops really is the main player in the flavor profile, outdueling the meager malts. in fact it seems out of balance. i'm thinking that this might not be a bad summer quencher, but not really a good any time pale ale. an adequate body makes the mouthfeel seem full and satisfying. i agree with the notion that here in the northland, if you have access to summit EPA, why would you want to drink this?

budgood1, May 11, 2003
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 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 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 discharmingly
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

discharmingly, Oct 07, 2013
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 1fastz28
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a really red color with out a lot of foam, even with a strong pour. the smell isn't half bad some mild malt character with some citrusy notes. the taste is average very smooth with a mild body, its completely drinkable. the more i drink the more flavors come through. give it a shot if you get the chance

1fastz28, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a clear amber, head is small and white. Aroma is sweet and soft and fruity, full of peaches and melons, among more.
Texture is airy and light. Hops are actually quite quiet and make little presence upon the palate. Balance is bright and fine, nicely rounded, malt is sweet, but, sorry, when you put it all together, it's rather run of the mill. Swwet, but short finish.
Tasty and nice and pleasant, but lacking the hoppiness that would have made it thoroughly appealing. The fruitiness is bright and sunny, but this pale ale is really lacking in body and texture.
I do like it okay, but see no reason to pick it up again, when Summit EPA is everywhere you look around here.

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2003
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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale from James Page Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.