Appalachian Pale Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2004

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Photo of haddon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange body with a white head on top.

A scent of citrus hops backed by notes of earthy wood and malts.

Pale malts with touches of grains and sweet caramel. citrusy hops are present due to it being an APA... it shows up mostly in an overtone of lemons. Medium level of bitterness and a light aftertaste.

light-medium body. medium carbonation.

A light and refreshing APA. nothing extreme here. if you are wanting something with a punch, then this isn't the droid your looking for. drinkable and just about as good a pale ale you gonna get if you visiting the Gatlinburg area.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour on this one came across as very solid right from the start. Very nice light amber color, with a good amount of clarity here. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass. A good sized head maybe an inch in height came up over the top, but then fell down to a thin veil across the top after just a few seconds.

Very light aroma, some hints of floral hops, maybe a touch of lemon in there, but as it warmed it became more malt driven. Thin bread like malt profile was readily apparent. The flavor started out with this, and although it was light in bodied, was more then adequately carbonated and this helped to offset some of the lightness. So the malts wash over your tongue with a light grainy and bread like flavor that soon abandons in favor of a light orange headed hop that quickly becomes a crisp and clean taste. Slight drying on the finish, though nothing too terribly strong. An easy session beer that I would have no issue at all with having to throw down in multiples.

Overall not a bad offering. It was not a stand out for me, though I cannot really say it was bad in anyway. Quick, clean, palate cleansing taste, this was everything a pale ale should be. Not bad for my first taste from the Smokies!

Photo of wcudwight
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Previously reviewed on-tap at the brewery. Am reviewing the bottle for comparison reasons.
Pour is more of a golden color than I remember. Nice sticky head that doesn't last long.
Smell is of citrus fruits and a spring time garden. Very nice.
Taste starts rather mild and the hops kind of creep in. Full force hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Nothing exciting nor sticky like other pale ales I've had.
Overall this is my favorite of the Smokey Mtn Brews, and a fine pale ale over all.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my brew of choice at Smoky Mountain. I enjoyed it so much that I grabbed a growler to bring back into the (unfortunately for me) dry county that I was staying in while in North Carolina.

The appearance is a nice amber colour wit ha big sticky head on top.

The smell is oily, juicy, hoppy and sweet. A nice job overall here.

While the flavour pretty much matches the smell, it steps it up a notch in terms of hop flavour and the juiciness that comes from it, but also brings a malty earth flavour into the mix as well that isn't really present in the smell. The juicy flavour moves right through to the finish for a nice refreshing flavour. Mouthfeel is good as well here.

This was quite a tasty brew and one that I would hope would be on should I visit again. It's a shame that it's a brewer's special, or something like that, as it was far and away my favourite of the trip.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burned orange with a finger of white head. Laces very well. I smell a burst of hops, citrusy and rindy. Taste is a light brew but strong on bittering hops for a pale ale (which I loved)with a nice malty backbone. Great mouthfeel and carbonation and oustanding drinkability. Had 3 $3 liters of this beauty during monday night football, I slept very well that night.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely done pale ale. The hopping comes out of the gate like a lion - pungent Cascade hop aroma - with a sharp initial bite of hops. Then the beer throws on the brakes and mellows considerably, the hops abandoning the initial grapefruit notes and assuming a more fruity character. Plenty of malt to carry the show. Verdict: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale on Valium.

Photo of barleyroad
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark gold and clear. This beer smell very hoppy and clean. Mouthfeel, was smooth with a hoppy bight that sits nicely on the tongue. Taste, is very clean and wow this Pale Ale is nicly balance. Overall this is a well crafted brew one we recommend and it is fridge worthy. This went well with the ruben I had at the brew pub in Knoxville.

Photo of mullenite
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely clear light copper color with a small white head. Not a whole lot of lacing but there is some left on the glass.

Nice piney hop aroma , very light biscuit in the background but the aroma is dominated primarily with resinous, piney hops.

Taste mimics the smell with a lot of hops for a pale ale. Very resinous and maybe even slightly vegetal. I wouldn't be surprised if this beer had a lot of willamette.

Mouthfeel is nice light, very crisp carbonation even though the growler was a few days old when I got it.

Overall this is a decent pale ale and one I would drink again. Not the best I've had but not even close to the worst.

Photo of Misfit138
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ON tap in Gatlinburg

A- Medium orange with small amount of head

S- Floral hops

T- Smooth initial taste followed by some hop bitterness. Not overly bitter by any means

M- Light boddy with fair carbonation

D- Pretty high on drinkability scale. An easy drinking pale, not as bitter as some.

Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to Gatlinburg late on a Friday night ater hiking all day this past holiday weekend. After a few minutes in the crowded, smoky, bar at the SMB we decided against waiting for a table and took home a mixed sixer of their bottles too. At $8.50, I thought it very reasonable but after tasting the Helles, Czech pilsner, Cherokee Red, and mountain light, I wasn't as sure. Fortunately, this pale ale renewed my faith a bit.

It poured copper and headless but enemated a clean sturdy nose, laden with hops. The taste was basic but pleasant. A slightly chemical tinge and minor sweetness temper an otherwise tasty pale ale. Not too bitter but plenty of flavor. Mouthfeel is slighty thin but crisp enough. Not outstanding, but the pick of the litter as far as I was concerned.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shaded peach. Very minimal head...quite lifeless. Soapy, rainbow-colored bubbles observed. Thin, tiniest of lace-flecks.

Nose is somewhat dry and limpid. Malt comes forward first, vaguely biscuity, then an unfortunate fishy thing starts happening. Faintest kiss o' hops - when I look hard for them - are somewhat cinnamon-like.

Flavor is quite grain-forward, especially in a style that usually goes the other direction. Pedestrian. Boring, through and through. A nice sweetness that peaks through is the only redemption here.

Bitterness - without any real hop flavor - makes this too ragged for BMC-beginners and too uninteresting for geeks. Mouthfeel is sort of, 'meh', and this one just isn't that drinkable.

Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was part of a sampler at the Smokey Mtn brewery in Pigeon Forge.

A - A nice deep copper color with a little bit of off white head and little lacing

S - Had a good hop character up front..I think it was a Saaz hop they used..not sure

T/M - A nice malt front with a good hop bite to round out the taste. A little thin on the mouth feel but with good carbonation..

D - Overall a pretty good Pale..thought it was worth trying again next time I'm in the area

Photo of Swill5786
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber with minimal head. Piney hops dominate the nose; perhaps slight malty sweetness. Caramel malt starts but quickly leveled out by hop bitterness. Piney hops from the nose are clear in the finish. Crisp mouthfeel. Decent drinkability.

Photo of Enola
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoky Mountains best beer. And a damn fine Pale Ale to boot. This beer had a thick head as a result of an aggressive pour. The beer is a light amber color. The smell is hoppy and bitter. The taste is hoppy. I am not sure what kind of hops were used but they were the right kind. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of lasting bitterness. Could I drink this beer again? Oh yeah. A good Pale Ale that is near the top of it's style.

Photo of chaunur
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has this at the Gatlinburg location of the Smokey Mountain Brewery. Came in a pint glass with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapated to a thin covering. Nice light clear amber in color. Floral aroma with a hint of citrus. Not overly hoppy, just enough to make the beer crisp. The beer was served alittle too cold and it improved as it warmed up some.

Photo of veech
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice rendition of an APA. The hops are substantial with concurrent citrus and floral tones. It has an unusually sweet end feel which is both unexpected and quite tasty. Even if you're not a huge hop head(which I'm not), you should enjoy this beer. The brewer Ben does a great job with this and all the beers offered at the Pigeon Forge location. My growler staples vary between the Porter, Stout and APA.

Photo of mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Copper Cellar, Knoxville. Pours copper with a white head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is of citrus hops, ripe fruit and caramel malt. Medium-light, crisp body. Taste is a lot of citrus hops balanced by caramel malt and ripe fruit. Long, dry finish. Nice session brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma - nice citrusy hop nose. The most aromatic of the 4 in the sampler set. Holds it own even after sitting and waiting for me to finish the other three samples.

Taste - good portion of citrusy hops in this one. Great malt body with a light roastiness provides backing for the tasty hop profile.

Mouthfeel - a little oily, solid feel to it, active carbonation.

Drinkability - easily my favorite of the sampler set. Very tasty and most likely to get the full pint sample if I had more time.

Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appalachian Pale Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery pours a light amberish-gold with a small but firm head. Had this one at the Gatlinburg location as a sampler. This beer has all the typical APA characteristics. It's a refreshing beer with touches of hops, malts, and citrus. I found this APA very similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Could be a very nice session beer. I would recommend this beer and their IPA if you get the chance to visit the Smoky Mountain Brewery.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aah, the always classic, always crisp, always clean taste of American Pale Ale is in good hands with Smoky Mountain Brewery!

The ale opens with the expected copper-amber hue and backed with brilliant clarity. A mid-statured head caps the ale with a slightly off-white froth. Receding to a thin sheet to skim the glass, the head holds firm and laces the glass with broken rings and patterns of lace. This is a handsome but not obnoxious looking beer!

Lead with grapefruit, grass, stems, and pine needles- the aromas are hop-forward, yet ever so slightly. A supporting backbone of malt reveal caramel, crust and a hint of spicy ginger to nearly balance the scent.

Leading into taste, the early palate is crisp and clean with a straight-forward caramel taste but with little of the associated sweetness. The middle palate opens the hoppy complements of citrus peels (particularly grapefruit), fresh-cut grass, and soft sappy pine. Its finish of spicy hop bitterness is mildly stemmy, leafy, and filled with the resins of Pacific Northwest hops. Crisp and clean- this ale is as refreshing as it is characterful.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's malty body carries embedded carbonation for a creamy upstart. But the dissipation of carbonation and sweetness leaves a super clean, dry, and refreshingly crisp mouthfeel to finish. Mild alcohol warmth only adds to the spicy character and reinforces dryness in a short-lived linger.

Simply put- this is the quintessential taste of the classic American Pale Ale through and through.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of floral notes and citrusy hops. There were mild caramel aromas, too.

T - This is a nice citrusy APA, mostly orange flavors. Good roasted malt flavors with a caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is a decent APA. The best brew I've had from Smoky Mountain so far (I still have a porter to try).

Photo of tburkhart
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewpub in Gatlinburg.

A - Nice golden color with steady carbonation.

S - Floral Hops and that is about it.

T - Slight hops, nothing overwhelming.

M - Smooth, easy drinking beer.

One of my favorites so far from Smokey Mtn. Very well balanced APA.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer from this brewpub. Poured golden with a good head and great lacing. The smell had a light graininess and some floral hops. Not unpleaasant, but a little light. The taste was better. Very hoppy with more floral tasting hops balanced nicely with a light maltiness. There is a slight hit of banana in the finish. A little unusual for the style, but the package altogether tasted nice. Balanced, medium mouthfeel and drinkability make this a nice regional quaffer. Good job.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 06/07/12:
Poured in a tulip.

A - Pours one inch of off-white creamy head with moderate retention; Clear appearance and amber in color with a good bit of visible carbonation; Decent amount of lacing left behind

S - Pretty good balance here; Grassy and grapefruit hops - some smells have one stronger than the other; Caramel and biscuity malts with a light toasty presence

T - Get less grapefruit here and still some grassy hops, though the mild bitterness is the strongest showing of hops here; Biscuity malts with light caramel and a stronger showing of toasty malt flavors compared to the aroma

M - Not quite medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Fairly smooth going down

O - This APA was my first of several brews from Smoky Mountain Brewery while vacationing in Gatlinburg, and I think this one was probably the one I enjoyed most. It's just an all-around solid, easy-drinking brew that I could have had more of while relaxing on the cabin deck overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with aa nice white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves very little lacing.

S- Smell is pretty pleasant but nothing to write home about. Quite floral, tropical and grassy hops with a touch of bready malts.

T- Prett solid. A good amount of hops with a strong malt back bone.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was pretty nice.

O- Much better than I expected. Pretty solid overall and very easy to drink.

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Appalachian Pale Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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