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Hale's Pale Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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58 Reviews

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 102
Photo of bsonk
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hale’s Ales Pale Ale

A: Classic liquid bread. Pours red-amber with a little stripe of white bubbles on top.

S: yeasty and bready with a floral honeysuckle-like hop bouquet

T: delightful but simple. Well balanced bready malt, a little sweet, complemented by some slightly herbal lupulin hops. Would go well with olive oil and bruschetta.

M: really nice. Bubbly and a little bitterness lingering, a refreshing feel.

O: I’m glad I picked this up. A great example of a (non IPA) pale ale done right. Could be more complex but its simplicity is good right now. Has a lot of “ale"s in the name. 4.55/5.

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Photo of baile208
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a nice dark amber color and the smell was kind of indistinctive but did have some citrus. Tastewise, has a malty hint to it laced with cirtus and lemon. Smooth. Hint of caramels.

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Photo of ArnieB
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Solid beer. A little sediment out of bottle but nothing disturbing. Nice taste with a little citrus. Overall, a beer I would order again but would not seek out.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Mac & Jack's pint glass on 05.09.14.

A: Orange/red. No head or lacing. Chunks were floating in it.

S: Biscuit, citrus.

T: Burnt flavor, citrus, metal.

M: Flat.

O: I thought that this was a bad bottle because of the sediment, but it is bottle fermented according to the label. This is the second go around with this beer. The first one that I had was the same with chunks and all so maybe they have QC problems. Like the first time, this was also a drain pour.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada was my old standard by which I rated all Pale Ales, This one just knocked Sierra Nevada off the pedestal. A good solid Pale Ale. I drank this one with two friends, one from Seattle and one from California, both do not like IPA's and other hoppy Ales but they both enjoyed this brew. We had a good time enjoying this one together.

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Photo of draheim
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery honey color w/ a fluffy off-white head, leaves behind a good coat of lace.

Aroma is mostly floral NW hops.

Taste is bready pale malt and spicy, floral NW hops. A nice mellow balance, easy drinking. A good citrusy twang in there too.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth w/ a gentle bitter kick on the finish.

Overall a simple, understated session NW pale ale that takes me back a few years.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention with sporadic lacing.

S: Light citrus, some orange peel and lemon with some caramel and faint pine.

T: Similar to the aroma, a bit of citrus upfront - some orange and grapefruit, with a hefty amount of grainy and caramel malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A decent pale ale, easy drinking and smooth. A little on the malty side.

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Photo of hopwave
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass... pours cloudy orange, one finger head lots of lace/retention. quite heavy in the mouthfeel for the style... very nice. taste is hoopy/grain a little strange at the end..lemon ting going on. overall a nice little brew I was glad to try.

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Photo of Chyren
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours up a delicious-looking cloudy burnt honey color with a nice creamy 1 finger head.

S: Scents of citrus and herbal hops come through, a solid biscuity character, lemongrass, grains. Very nice.

T: The citrus character is immediately dominant and there's an acidic bite to it, the astringency and bitterness of lemon peel, yeast and bread. Herbal bitterness lingers through the end. Although the flavor doesn't seem to quite live up to the nose.

M: Full and satisfying body. Carbo is just right.

O: I like this beer overall. It has a personality, it seems like a very genuine ale, for what it's worth.

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Photo of aaron12
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sadly hale's is very often hit or miss when it comes to their bottles. love this beer on tap, like most their beers. but also like most their beers you have a 50/50 chance of getting a metallic tasting, no head beer, with a tinny citrus aftertaste lingering in your mouth. this six pack was one of those...

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Photo of Offa
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is an example of a pretty standard grapefruity west coast APA that I just don't like much and find boring and at best two-dimensional.

Slightly hazy pale orange, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is grapefruit - very perfumy, some light resin and dust, all a bit caramelised. It's similar to the more offensive-smelling Red Menace, but more restrained and balanced, so better.

Taste is a light of grapefruit, a bit caramelised, some pine resin hint, a hint of bitter orange marmalade, hint of faintly caramelised grain. Bitter and sweet balanced at first, but soon bitter takes over too much by finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy orange into a Chimay chalice with a thin film of off-white head. Fresh aroma of slightly sour lemon and a bit of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Very full favor caught me off guard -- much more intense than the aroma indicated. Quite a bit of sour lemon up front followed by some creamy/biscuity malts and more tartness on the finish. Just a bit of caramel sweetness helped to even things out as the beer warmed. Drinkable and pleasantly hoppy, if not particularly balanced.

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Photo of scout19d3
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a standard pint glass. A light-colored amber with the water-fall effect standard with nitrogen-carbonated ales. The creamy thick white head (half the pint glass) made beer in less then 2 mins. Remaining was a solid 1/3" of cream white head - beautiful. I was no impressed with the aroma. Not to say, at all, that it was dissatisfying only that it did not impress. However, the first taste made up for that! The creamy head introduced a similarly creamy taste and feel - an understated caramel with a very very slight tang. I could drink this ale all night long!

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite beer to drink while I'm sitting smoking ribs. It's a nice refreshing session beer on a hot day.

While I like the copper color, this beer pours with little to no head and no lacing. It's pretty thin, in fact.

It smells like most APAs I've had - sweet caramel malt with a hint of hoppy orange citrus. The citrus is not overpowering and is different than an IPA. No one would confuse this beer with an IPA.

The taste follows the smell, though there's more biscuit flavor than caramel in the taste than you would expect from the smell.

This pale ale goes down easily and I've had many in a session. I've often moved on to big IPAs once I get the ribs off the smoker, so I've never copped a huge buzz from several of these pale ales. This brew definitely fits the definition of a session beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy and had a bourbon color to it. The beer poured no head at all. The beer was sightly hoppy with a bit od a caramel taste to it. The beer was not terrible and might be good on tap so I might would try this again.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nothing special here Light amber color with very little head that leaves a nice short lacing

Smell - Probably the best part of this brew. Very fresh smelling hops unlike some other APA's that are overpowering this one has many different scents to it

Taste - Disappointed. After the nice scent the taste leaves me unimpressed. Bitter hops with malt. Literally all I can say about it.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth easy on the palate, which is also a downside

Drinkability - Could have a few of these if I liked them but just not enough going on. Not even one of my preferred styles and it still leaves me desiring more

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Photo of peck95
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out to be a dull dirty rust colored with little lacing and head retention.
a nice malty smell with a faint hop presence
theres an odd caramel taste to it and i like it, there also nice hop bitterness very slight though
very nice body and goes down smoothly. I would like to try this again maybe on tap or possible a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light orange amber with thin head. Smell of bready malt, hops and citrus. Taste has a good up front hoppiness, sweet citrus leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. Maybe a little hoppy for my taste in a pale, but not bad.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a tan, bubbly, foamy, one-finger head that left some rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, pine, citrus and floral notes.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness. Some caramel flavors blend with a grassy/earthy hop taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good pale ale. There are better out there but this would make a very sessionable choice.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a full off-white head and good lacings. Floral hop aroma.
Taste is citrus hop flavor with a good amount of malts. Easy drinker. No A sessionable pale with a smooth character.
Mouthfeel isbetter than average.
Drinkability is good. Wish I had more.

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Photo of Goliath
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin slightly yellowed head. Retention is poor and there is no lacing.

Not much going on in the nose. A very light hoppiness and a bit of bready malt. I'm getting virtually nothing from this thing.

Taste is not good. A slight hop presence leaving a bit of bitterness. Malt dominates, but is not very distinct.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation leaving a nice tingle. It's probably the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability is moderate. It would be sessionable, except there's nothing to the taste. Consider me extremely let down.

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Photo of bosco7
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a decent looking head.

Caramel, floral, and citrus. Prototypical pale nose, not a bad thing.

Starts with some caramel and a bit of diacetyl. Then the Cascade hops come to the front rather quickly. I taste a lot of orange, flowers, and mint. The finish is balanced with the bitterness being a tad more prevalent.

Mouthfeel is aqueous and is relatively easy to put down. I like this beer but I think I like it for its rough edges. Good beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours out with a half decent head but then it drops quickly to a thin ring of lace. Good clarity with a copper color, the sediment stayed to the bottom of the bottle. Slight hop, marshmallow yeast tone and biscuity malt in the nose. Slick and smooth with a medium body. Slightly fruity with pear and apple skin flavors. Maltiness has a hint of caramel but is mostly biscuity through and through. Hops lean toward a citric twang and sharp bitterness. Ends semi-sweet with lingering hop and grain.

Balanced and flavorful, a good example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stuck my nose to the rim of a fresh poured pint of Hale's Pale American Ale - and I mean wet mustache, suds on the schnoz and everything - and I drew a deep breath and found nothing. No smell.

Okay, no smell. That's neither good nor bad. I suppose I wasn't expecting much from Hale's first ever beer, a simple pale ale whose recipe dates to 1983. Back then any beer that wasn't a fizzy yellow adjunct-laden lager was considered a living miracle. But today there are many 1980's beer models on the road that should have been scrapped prior to the new century. Perhaps the absent smell was telling me this was one of them.

With that in mind I took a sip and got more than I expected. Hale's Pale is a modest beer of pronounced sweetness and simple corresponding bitterness. But it attends to the basic beer imperative of clean drinkability. Its design is otherwise skeletal, but respectably so. Hop flavor factors minimally, though a slight tannic edge can be detected. It is comparable to a traditional special bitter with modest, golden clarity and stylishly indifferent carbonation and suds.

A no-frills beer to be certain, but very upright in its drinkability, with good pub styling, and perhaps one of Hale's best.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 1/4" of white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Fruitty with hints of dates, figs & apples, some breadyness as this warms

T: Fruitty with spicy/citrussy hoppyness up front. Leafy & piney hops, plus more breadyness as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with loads of snappy citrussy hops

MF Medium bodied & pretty smooth with low carbonation ( the
bottle conditioning shows) & great balance

This drinks very easy, a fairly tasty & complex APA that seems a bit better to me than prior ratings. To each their own. This does have a lot of EPA attributes as well. I'd happily session on this

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Hale's Pale Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.