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Pale Ale - Cumberland Brews

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

levi_shanks, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dmorgan310, Apr 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of thingummajiggy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

thingummajiggy, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of loukydave
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tastey, I had the pale ale with a veggie pizza. The combo was good together. Also had a pitcher after we finished off the pizza. The pale ale washed the pallet very well. Who needs dessert when you have a great beer. I'm not good at reviewing a beer, but I know what tastes good to me. I perfer an ale over a stout. Being diabectic, I don't suppose to drink beer, but I will have a good pale beer to take care of my beer erges. I would love to drink beer more, my body won't let me and have good glucose readings. But I do love beer. Can't drink beer like I use to. Cumberland's pale ale is smooth, and crisp in taste. I usaully pair the beer with food like pizza, fish or a juicey burger.

loukydave, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cwd, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown color with copper highlights and a solid, one inch, dense cream head that lingers. When it does dissipate it leaves significant lacing.

Pine and grapefruit are dominant in the aroma, with lemon, mint, and bready caramel malt offering support. There's an underlying cardboard and somewhat rubbery note. Subsequent sniffs reveal a wine-like, almost lactic tartness that seems out of place.

Flavor is fairly malt dominated, with lightly roasted caramel malt carrying fleeting hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon into a fairly resiny, slightly bitter finish. Rubbery phenol is subdued, but present...almost soapy.

Body is a touch watery, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency at the finish.

Overall, a fairly malt forward pale ale. Bitterness level is appropriate, but hop flavor is fairly simple. The malt is probably a bit too roasty, and I'm not sure about the funky tartness in the aroma.

barczar, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well balanced and properly proportioned, Cumberland Brews' Pale Ale carries a fuller body and richer taste than is common to American pale ales and begins to resemble those from Great Britain

Stolidly copper in color with the exception of orange highlights toward the edges, the ale slowly releases a creamy egg shell white foam with firm creaminess, moderate retention, and light lace.

Malty aromatics of caramel and bread blend with fruity esters for a rich scent that's equaled by citrusy and grassy hop character. Somewhat earthy and sharply of grapefruit, the hop display seems both English and American. Even the marmalade-like sweet fruitiness points toward English pale ales as well.

The richer than usual flavors seem to favor malt sweetness with counterparts of jammy esters, lightly stale bread and dough with medium intensity. The hop balance of grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grass, and earthy tea balance the sweetness early through mid palate but develops into a mild piney bitterness to finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's low-lying carbonation allows the full weight of the beer to be felt on the tongue. Where it may give up a bit of refreshment, it translates to fuller flavor. Finishing semi-dry with zesty alcohol warmth and light hop derived astringency that weaves in and out of the hop bitterness; the beer resembles cask conditioned versions at times.

With the strength of nearly six percent, the beer flirts ever so slightly with IPAs, especially when the high hopping rates have to match the stern malty sweetness. Its proportions and scale deviate from the pale ale path slightly. The mild stale character and weedy hop bitterness allow for mild distractions to interfere with a crisp clean taste of the style.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cumberland Brews in Louisville, KY.

A: Pours a crustal clear amber to copper in color with some light orange hints. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the surface of the beer and a ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malts with a little bit of sweetness as well as moderate notes of pine/resin and citrus hops.

T: The taste follows the smell, starting with a caramel malt body with some light amounts of sweetness. Then the hop flavors kick in - pine/resin and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonations. Slightly sticky/oily.

O: This is a very enjoyable pale ale that I found pretty easy to drink. A little too strong to be sessionable but definitely a beer I could have more than one of... just not more than two or three.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy amber with subtle orange highlights and a creamy white head that sticks around far longer than expected.

S: Huge aromas of pine, spruce, and citrus bludgeon the nose. Once the ale settles down a bit, subtle scents of caramel, cream, crackers, and biscuits become just barely noticeable.

T: Opens in a bitter, sticky manner with notes of grass, peppermint, bitter orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, and spruce attacking the palate. Notes of caramel, cream, minerals, crackers, and biscuits briefly make their presence known around mid-palate before they are drowned out by strong flavors of pine, spruce, orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, gently carbonated, and very resinous. It's not really a quaffing pale ale, but it isn't exactly a sipper either.

O: This is a good hop-driven American pale ale that goes particularly well with most of the entrees available at the pub. It may not be the most complex example of the style that one will run across, but it gets the job done. Definitely worth seeking out if you fancy yourself a hop head.

mrfrancis, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of auroracrisis
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the source.

Reddish brown, with a half inch head that sticks around for a bit but getting smaller and smaller as the pint is drank down. A little bit of lacing too.

Opens with a piney and resin hop aroma, with some biscuit and cracker like quality. A touch of breadyness and possibly some rye in this one as well.

Nothing but pine and that biscuity some what cracker like malt flavor on your tongue. A hint of spicy rye or something in there as well, hard to put your finger on and I don't believe there is any rye in this beer but it is showing characteristics of it. A pretty bold tasting pale ale.

A little sticky and medium body, with low carbonation.

A real pine and resin driven pale ale with some bready and biscuit like qualities in it. A good beer, but not my favorite at this brewery. Definitely not bad, but not exactly what I look for in a pale ale.

auroracrisis, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of beveritt
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap at Irish Rover Too in LaGrange, KY. I so often travel through here for work and cant' have a beer; it is nice to finally sample some of the offerings. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Thin cap of light tan head; sticks around for most of the beer and leaves a ring of foam and lacing. The beer itself is deep reddish amber and hazy to the point you can't see through it.

Smell: Semi sweet malt on the nose with strong notes of caramel and hints of piney hops.

Taste: Taste is strong resiny hops against a solid backbone of semi sweet malt. Long, lingering hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation and good body.

Drinkability: A solid well crafted beer that I could certainly have more often if it were available in my area.

beveritt, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 4 Nice clear copper color. Minimal white head but very sticky, lingering lacing.

S- 3.5 Light hops and citrus (grapefruit). A very mild malty scent. Overall, it's inviting but not very strong.

T- 4 Malty dry hop taste. Less citrus, if any, than expected from the scent. This is much milder, maltier, and sweeter than I'd expect from a pale ale, but it's a good taste nonetheless.

M- 4 Great level of carbonation in this medium bodied brew. Slightly syrupy and dry finish. Goes down pretty smoothly.

D- 4 Overall a pretty easy-to-drink beer. Its dryness makes me want to keep sipping it. It isn't heavy and has a good enough flavor that I could enjoy several at a time. Nothing knocks your socks off, but another good offering from Cumberland of the 'Ville.

KYBrewgrass, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange/amber color. Poured a coarse off-white 1 finger head with fair retention. Inconsistent lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Citryw and grapefruit hops.

T: Citrus peel and grapefruit hops up front. Pale malts and slightly sweet crystal malt. A little resiny, but sharply bitter finishes balances nicely.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Fairly smooth, balanced and clean.

D: Very drinkable. Flavor and balance along with moderate ABVmake it sessionable.

Haybeerman, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Ragingbull
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red or light brown in color. The head is a bit wispy with only a little lacing, but when getting a beer on tap to your table its always possible it settled. Cumberland Brews isn't a big place, but I didn't pay attention to whether the beer sat on a tray for a bit. In any event, there isn't much head. The nose is a bit hoppy and pleasant. The attack is smooth with the presence of the hops that the nose signalled revealing itself towards the end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is very full with the texture and presence provided by the hops, but its pretty mild flavor wise. Its been a while since I had a beer act this way in my mouth. The beer finishes dry with a mild aftertaste.

Ragingbull, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a growler of this at our nearby Party Town in Florence, KY. I was luck enough to try this beer as soon after I got my growler, the beer was taken off rotation. Nice copper color to this beer. Definately had a grapefruit presence as well as some potential nut flavoring (can't definitively speak on this as I'm recovering from a cold so my palate may have been off). Nice lacing in the glassw. Starts out sweet and then has a nice bitterneess that follows. Drinkability is high which is nice since i went with a growler.

beerman207, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of belgaridub
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came to the table a dark red-brown color. Much darker than I expected a pale ale to be. It was cloudy and had a thin head that did not last very long at all. I could definitely smell the hop and citrus aroma once I got the beer in front of me. Upon putting my nose up to the beer the most notable characteristic was grapefruit backed by hops. The taste was also dominated by grapefruit, but there were hops definitely present, just not as powerful as the grapefruit. There was some sweetness to it that kept it from being only tart grapefruit and bitter hops and did a great job to somewhat counterbalance the sharpness of the grapefruit and hops.

I was quite surprised at the dominance of the grapefruit in this beer, thinking that perhaps it was more of a fruit beer style. I don't know if this really fits in perfectly as an APA because what seemed to be the most important part of the beer was grapefruit taste, but with that being said... I loved this beer. They really nailed what I'm looking for in a good hop bitterness and grapefruit tartness dominating but not overwhelming the malty sweetness. The grapefruit dominates, but definitely in a good way. I don't know how many of these I could have in a row since one left my mouth with a strong grapefruit flavor, but I will definitely have another when I go back.

belgaridub, May 17, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer arrived at my table with little/no head. It was a cloudy amber and surprisingly dark (but lighter than my friends nut brown ale). The aroma was mild, fresh, and pleasant.

The taste was hoppy, not complex. Citrus with mild bitterness, malts in the background. Mild carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

Good drinkability. A refreshing meal beer. I'll order it again.

Cresant, May 13, 2006
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Pale Ale from Cumberland Brews
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