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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

35 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
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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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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DrJones

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-17-2014 20:42:55 | More by DrJones
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SFC21

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.6%

03-15-2014 02:38:27 | More by SFC21
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Gerred

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2014 02:56:41 | More by Gerred
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stogirelli

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-20-2014 01:37:04 | More by stogirelli
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45nDown

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-11-2014 04:19:05 | More by 45nDown
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +14.6%

10-09-2013 00:39:51 | More by OKCNittany
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-23-2013 02:03:15 | More by LXIXME
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WickedSluggy

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 00:53:43 | More by WickedSluggy
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mds1101

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-04-2013 16:30:05 | More by mds1101
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tsco7

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-21-2013 05:39:01 | More by tsco7
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crobinso

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

07-22-2012 20:11:44 | More by crobinso
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14%

05-22-2012 04:30:28 | More by abcramer
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-12-2012 02:03:19 | More by JEdmund
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

like a homebrew by someone just learning. pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head and some nasty looking floasting yeast bits. this is a pale ale right? smells very very average, a malt based beer for sure, but nothing outstanding here. flavor is the same, rather boring, plenty of pale malt, slight bitterness. mouthfeel is fine, medium bodied and well carbonated. overall just a pretty amateur brew through and through, which surprised me because the brown ale they make is so good. skip this one

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:08:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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kevinconroy

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-looks good nice color, no complaints here

S-decent smell very citrusy...

T-taste good not very balanced, too much bitter not enough maltiness, hop (citrus) flavour dominance

M- not enogh body for the hop

O-would order it again in a bar dependent upon the selection but would never buy it...I did have a del Norte before I drank this beer due to being at a mexican restaurant and anyone who knows anything about beer knows del Norte is a joke, so I could be giving this beer a better rating than deserved...dependent upon the selection at the bar (for me this vs breck avalanche) this beer is worth a shot

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 23:14:58 | More by kevinconroy
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StLThrash

Missouri

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 14:59:25 | More by StLThrash
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 23:28:47 | More by EPICAC
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Mar 2009.

Poured in Sierra Nevada pint glass. Large yellowish head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark almond colored. Aroma is light resin and caramel. Begins with a fair amount of resiny bitterness and mmoderate malt. Becomes earthy through the middle. Finish is lightly citrus and bittersweet. Light body, dry mouthfeel.

This was a little better from the bottle than on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:34:48 | More by htomsirveaux
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andreasmwatt

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 14:14:28 | More by andreasmwatt
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 21:54:19 | More by Oxymoron
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RevDru

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 19:56:32 | More by RevDru
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benito

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 00:34:16 | More by benito
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2006 15:46:04 | More by zeff80
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 16:20:30 | More by ppoitras
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 00:16:37 | More by MuddyFeet
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Extra Pale Ale from Dillon Dam Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.