Voyageur Extra Pale Ale - James Page Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-29-2006 20:31:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep dark amber body with a small, white head.
Smell: Pale and caramel malts layered with a spicy hop component and a slight grainy note.
Taste: Pale malts with a light, brief caramel sweetness. Light spicy bitterness. Hint of grain. Finishes 3/5 sweet, 2/5 bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A fine, albeit average pale ale.
03-16-2008 21:11:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/amber color with a two-finger high, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of citrusy hops with hints of pine. There was a good bit of caramel in the nose, too.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a nice biter hop kick. The hops added a touch of citrus and pine flavor.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that is exceptionally easy drinking.
D - This is a solid APA. It is tasty and sessionable.
04-21-2010 01:20:51 | More by zeff80
3.4/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-30-2003 21:31:19 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a basic APA scent, pale malts, carapils, and some bisquit malts. It's clean and bitter with an excellent hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light and watery malt taste. The hops are well represented, but the malt content needs to be increased. There is too little body here. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It's a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is pretty good, but it really needs more body to it. I love the hops, but they should add more carapils and a light crystal malt, maybe a 20L variety. Anyway, not a bad drinker.
08-19-2007 01:59:38 | More by WesWes
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-14-2012 22:04:04 | More by LXIXME
3.6/5 rDev +4.3%
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
01-21-2007 00:08:56 | More by dirtylou
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Color is a lighter copper of amberness with a inch high head of fluffy white head that slowly dwindles, leaves some drippy lace. Smell is a mild downed cirtusy hopness with a sweet creamy sense from caramel malt and a bit breadish, but a wee bit light and softer then most bitter pales. Taste is a shadowy reflection from the smell in the hops character, citrusy bite and bitterness thats fairly strong but paled in a sense that lends itself uneven from the caramel malts playing in a sweetness and doughy likeness that seems to hamper the flow of taste. Clean and drying finish with a medium body feel, leaving traces of hop bitterness. Pretty soft and easy this beer is and seems to want to be. Perhaps like a lost voyaguer without a compass, knows how to get places without a problem but still needs a starting point and a destination.
06-10-2003 10:53:12 | More by tavernjef
4/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
11-08-2005 08:35:53 | More by cokes
2.7/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
01-13-2008 21:50:15 | More by KarlHungus
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
Found this funny lil brew sitting in the single box, took it home with me. And it turned into a nice brew.
Mahogany oak pour, with a pop up ivory head, good lacing too. Woody and earthy tones in the aroma. Then, Ill be, a surprising mix of caramel and chocolate in the quaff dance about with the resionous hops. Quite a deal.
Quirky lil brew, not half bad, perhaps just a bit raspy at the end of the bottle. No dating on the bottle, could be old, too.
09-26-2007 14:26:06 | More by Vancer
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
12-26-2008 22:32:36 | More by morimech
3.95/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
01-01-2009 01:54:21 | More by sulldaddy
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-07-2002 08:07:02 | More by ADR
3.23/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
08-26-2004 14:50:50 | More by TastyTaste
3.05/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
04-28-2006 02:51:41 | More by orbitalr0x
3.3/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
04-19-2003 03:34:54 | More by marc77
3.2/5 rDev -7.2%
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?
05-11-2003 14:40:22 | More by budgood1
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
07-30-2003 20:53:22 | More by UnionMade
3.1/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
02-25-2007 19:00:42 | More by BeerBelcher
3.78/5 rDev +9.6%
Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota
Pours a bright, very clean yellow/orange body with a white head.
Nose is a mix of citrus, caramel and biscuit.
Light to medium bodied. Clean and very smooth. Caramel malts with some mild touches of biscuit, even a little bready. Hop taste is big citrus but rather muted. Hop bitterness is nicely balanced and definitely not over the top like some APAs. Really just a nice well balanced APA.
A great session beer after a long day of fishing for Walleye. Not a hop monster by any means, just a classic micro APA.
07-05-2005 07:35:33 | More by taez555
3.6/5 rDev +4.3%
A large, off-white head sits atop this copper colored drink. There is a fair amount of lacing present. The main character of this drink is its spicy hop flavor, topped off with some caramel malt. Its not the best pale ale in the world, but its not the worst either. An ok drink.
07-29-2003 20:38:04 | More by Tballz420
3.23/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
12-14-2006 02:44:42 | More by objectivemonkey
Voyageur Extra Pale Ale from James Page Brewing Company
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