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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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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.

zeff80, Nov 25, 2006
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.

russpowell, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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

StonedTrippin, Jan 21, 2012
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.

WesWes, Jan 17, 2006
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.

ppoitras, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Mebuzzard, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

LXIXME, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

crobinso, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, with a small head of foam. Nice doughy malt in the nose with a huge dose of earthy, piney, lemony aromatic hops. Coating, rich and earthy hop flavor, fresh and piney. Pretty suprisingly good and perhaps one I might actually purchase someday.

Crosling, Mar 30, 2006
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.

Todd, Mar 04, 2002
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.

Beaver13, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of mentor
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I just enjoyed a bottle of Dam Straight Lager from these guys. Let's have a go at their Extra Pale. Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed a short while later. Pours a one-finger light orange-tan head over a cloudy apricot blah liquid. Looks just like the Dam Straight. Smells citrus hoppy without malt. Mild grapefruit pith knives thinly through sweet orange oily. Tastes creamy with a sublte underlying sweet that hasn't a defined flavor. The main flavor on top are the hops. Grapefruity pith with some oranges and clementines. These hang throughout the beer, persisting into the aftertaste. The aftertaste gets a small change toward grassy rough hop character. Yeah, this is a classic APA. The malt remains free from defining characteristics, the hops are floral on the tongue without the bitter, and the beer is silky and wonderful to pull into the mouth. Well done, this is a great session beer. Super high scores from being super complex? No, but definitely a beer I'll pick up to share when guests come to visit. Cheers!

mentor, Oct 21, 2005
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.

Oxymoron, Mar 03, 2008
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.

MuddyFeet, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

htomsirveaux, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +15.6%

SFC21, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +15.6%

OKCNittany, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Basoos1
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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.

EPICAC, May 17, 2010
Photo of abcramer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

abcramer, May 22, 2012
Photo of stogirelli
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

stogirelli, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of JEdmund
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

JEdmund, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Gerred
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Gerred, Feb 16, 2014
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.

benito, Jan 09, 2007
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.

brewQ, Jun 28, 2004
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Extra Pale Ale from Dillon Dam Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.