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Extra Pale Ale - Dillon Dam Brewery

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.64%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-11-2006 00:16:37 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Crosling


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

03-30-2006 02:43:20 | More by Crosling
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

01-17-2006 14:17:10 | More by WesWes
Photo of mentor


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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!

10-21-2005 05:15:45 | More by mentor
Photo of russpowell


4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

09-14-2005 03:54:06 | More by russpowell
Photo of ryantupy


2.4/5  rDev -31%

I have to say that this is the only beer from the DAM brewery that I do not like. It poured a cloudy amber yellow color with a thin head with almost no retention. The smell was almost not there and it tasted overly bitter and I found this one completely unenjoyable. But dont worry the other beers from Dam brewery make up for it.

08-14-2005 07:01:56 | More by ryantupy
Photo of board45

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-30-2005 02:12:20 | More by board45
Photo of Beaver13


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

10-16-2004 06:30:37 | More by Beaver13
Photo of brewQ


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

06-28-2004 05:09:01 | More by brewQ
Photo of nathi


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-15-2002 18:45:46 | More by nathi
Photo of Todd


2.78/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

03-04-2002 21:39:01 | More by Todd
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Extra Pale Ale from Dillon Dam Brewery
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