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Extra Pale Ale - Dillon Dam Brewery

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dillon Dam Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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Reviews by EPICAC:
Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra Pale Ale pours a clear copper, and is topped by a sudsy, beige head that fades to film, leaving good lace. The aroma is dominated by piney, and citric hops, but has a base of mild, toasty malts.

This is a pretty standard APA flavor-wise. Toasty malts upfront move through to a slightly sweeter, bready finish, where leafy and grassy hops provide a firm bitterness for balance. This beer was light-bodied, crisp, and had a nice, prickly carbonation to it.

I thought that this beer was very refreshing, and was a great after ski beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. "Dillon Dam Brewery" or "Dam Brewery" ... they make multiple references on the label.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orange amber. It was clear at first, but then I shitload of dregs poured out into my glass -- they don't state that this is a very unfiltered brew. Head is pillowy white with a creamy stickiness.

Smell: Wonderful hop nose of pungent citrus, with a backdrop of biscuit grain.

Taste: Upfront the flavour is rather bland. There's a decent amount of malt body, but no distinct sweetness or flavour. Carbonation is fizzy on the palate. Yeast flavours show themselves, followed by a piney hop character that is backed by a rindy bitterness. Medicinal flavours are also detected. Finish is semi-astringent and dry.

Notes: A very unusual ale, but not in the good sense. Unbalanced and unexciting. The label states "you'll taste the Dam Difference". Well I have, but it isn't this beer.

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The Extra Pale pours a cloudy golden amber with lots of small floaties. It has a smallish head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

Its aroma is strong piney, citrusy hops.

The flavor is biscuity malt with a good piney hop bite and bitter aftertaste. It is a little on the thin and watery side.

Overall, a nice APA. It's kind of similar to Hazed and Infused. I wonder if this is dry hopped as well.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost two years since someone reviewed this.
Looks like it was shaky or didn't travel well in the past.
A friend brought me 6 straight from the brewery.

Good carbonation gave me a nice whiff of hops and poured a bubbly dark gold head. Medium bodied with decent ale character.
I found this refreshing, with hints of evergreen and citrus.

The finish got me ready for more.Definitely worth a repeat visit.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this a great session beer.

Appearance: Light copper color, great clarity with a white foamy head that reained well all the way down.

Nose was hoppy but not as much as I would've hoped for the style. Maybe it was the bready maltiness that distracted me?

Bitterness on the tip and middle of tounge gives way to a sublte maltiness tastes of bread and fruitiness.

I found the body and blance of this beer ideal for session drinking. Carbination is perfect. This will be one of the regulars in the stable.

Photo of Basoos1
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber copper color with good clarity and an inch of fluffy foam

S - Very pleasing aroma. Hoppy citrus and earthy hops dominates.

T - Mild dry citrusy flavor. A bit thin on the malt for an APA. More like a session IPA. Very drinkable.

M - Light mouthfeel.

O - Overall a very good beer that could use a bit of backbone to nail the style, but very worthwhile in its own right, and I'm sure it's spot on with regards to the intent of the brewer.

Photo of board45
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber with some small particals that are floating around. Very little carbonation, little tiny bubbles. The head is thin and leaves some laceing. The smell of pine and citrus is present. This beer tastes more citrus than piney with nice malt under-tones. Not hard to drink, a very refreshing brew. Has a very loose body to it. Nothing that sticks around. Though the finish brings the beer back with a good snap of the sticky stuff.

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head disappears quicker than I thought it would, down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is a little cooked veggie over the pale malts, but the floral hops do make a valiant effort to dominate. Taste is pretty pedestrian, yet nothing detracts, which is always a good thing. Just a relatively balanced brew, tending towards hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not too bad either. Seems like this one just stays the course, offending no one, but not really going for the gusto either. There is a place for these beers.

Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of abcramer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of nathi
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lite pale ale, very drinkable. Very pale color, with high carb and good head. Excellent hop character. A lite refreshing beer. Not a lot of malt or body, but balanced. Pretty light for an APA, almost edging on a hopy golden.

Photo of andreasmwatt
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - YELLOW ORANGE COLOR WITH A NICE 1 FINGER HEAD.

S - NICE FRESH CUT GRASS HOPPY SMELL TOO IT. SEEMS A LITTLE ON THE OVERPOWERING SIDE.

T - VERY BITTER. STRONG THROUGHOUT THE EXPERIENCE.

M - CONSISTANT BITTERNESS FROM WHEN IT HITS YOUR LIPS TO WHEN YOU SWALLOW!

D - NAH!! AFTERTASTE IS FLAT OUT TERRIBLE. VERY MUSKY.

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber/burgandy color with a one finger head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Strong floral/grassy smells.

T - This is a pretty hoppy PA. The floral tastes come through with a subtle malt taste.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.

D - A fairly hoppy APA. I usually grab one with I'm in Colorado.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale and carapils malt scent along with loads of hops that produce a wonderful floral aroma. The taste is great also. It has a good malt base that is comprised mainly of pale and light crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry with good hop character. This is a good pale ale; very hoppy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent American pale ale. It has good aroma and taste; a good drinker and by far their best offering.

Photo of stogirelli
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of RevDru
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium yellow-gold with a thin head and excellent carbonation.

S - Bitter orange flower, with hints of vanilla and cardamom.

T - Bitter-sweet citrus and light herbal tones. Just a hint of vanilla.

M - Crisp and lightly bubbly. Doesn't cloy the palate.

D - Nice and hoppy without being too bitter. A good hoppy beer for people who prefer malty brews.

Photo of JEdmund
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mentor for this bottle.

Pours a solid brown-copper in color. Almost clear but for a slight haze. Thick white head that dissolves to a thin film. Stringy lace. Nose is tarnished wood malts and a bit of sprucey hops.

Flavor is straight forward APA. Loads of malts up front. Biscuits and dough too. All quickly followed by mellow piney and spruce hops. Medium body but the hops really stretch this beer to its limits. Extremely drinkable... I lost myself while I was drinking it and finished it before I realized it.

Photo of benito
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though I've visited the DAM Brewery more times than I can count in the last few years, this is the first time I've tried (and taken note of) their pale ale.

It's a copper beer with a nice creamy head and classic citrus aromas. The hop flavors are pronounced, particularly at the beginning of each sip and blend well into a bready, clean finish. It's relatively light bodied and nicley drinkable. All-around a sturdy and enjoyable APA.

The DAM puts out solid beers across the board, and a few exceptional ones on occasion. Their EPA is no different and makes for a fine brew at the end of a hard day of skiing.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer on tap as well as from a bottle and there is a difference in favor of on tap. From the tap, the pour is a darker shade of yellow that is close to amber. A nice soft white head with good retention and limited lacing.

The nose has more of a hop balance. Some citrus and piney undertones blends well and gives it a almost herbal quality. The malt is noticeable with lighter bready and English malt feel. Some spicy qualities as well. A hint of white pepper and some feint bubblegum.

The taste is more balanced but limited. The malt comes out with more of a sweet caramel flavor with a more generic 2 row malt taste. The hops are toned down with more finishing hops and not much bittering hops. More citrus then piney and some grassy undertones as well. Some fruity flavors, figs and strawberries but light overall. The bottle is a bit harsher in my opinion.

The body was mid to light with a soft texture. This really varies from bottle. Overall it's kind of interesting see the difference between bottle and tap but an ok APA either way.

Photo of StLThrash
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap on 3/11 in their brewery.

A - Hazy, yellowish-orange with a nice one finger head. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Lots of hops with this one. Lots of floral, citrus notes. Almost IPA-ish, but not quite. Some bready / biscuity malts there as well.

T & M - Nice & hoppy up front, with some citrus and floral character. Finishes spicy and almost peppery.

D - Could pound these all night.

This was my favorite beer they had on tap from the 5 or 6 I tried. Bartender said it was just put on tap 3 days ago, so it was pretty fresh.

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Extra Pale Ale from Dillon Dam Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.