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Arctica Pale Ale (Endurance Pale Ale / Tom Crean's Ale) - Endurance Brewing Company

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Arctica Pale Ale (Endurance Pale Ale / Tom Crean's Ale)Arctica Pale Ale (Endurance Pale Ale / Tom Crean's Ale)

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BA SCORE
80
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80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Endurance Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Endurance Pale Ale (Tom Crean's Ale)

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-09-2004)
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Reviews by tonytuffnuts:
Photo of tonytuffnuts
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now there's a microbrewer's label if I've ever seen one. Tom Crean looks so hard core. Translucent amber to orange with an off-white, foamy head. Sticky lace left behind.

Faint hops, if any. Pale malt and grain. I seem to smell a little rice, like what you get from a Bud or Coors. Not the most tremendous nose-play.

Toasty and a bit bready. Slight citrus and eventually fruity hops. It's smooth and crisp, nothing too dominating or offensive. Is that butterscotch? Eventually, the yeasty, toasty, bready aspect is off-putting.

Very gentle, almost creamy. Shy carbonation. Nothing wrong here. A little grainy, with a dry finish.

It's too expensive, and not good enough. Prolly the last time I'll buy it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull light golden with a thin but well sustained white head,very light aromas I picked a little toastiness and faint fruit but I really had to try other than that nothing.Light and toasty with a touch of metallic wich was a little odd pretty crisp and clean a bit to clean really.A touch of citrus fruit shows up after a bit but not nearly enough to alter the beer in any way,nothing offensive just very ho hum I guess it would be ok to throw back on a hot summer day.

Photo of Todd
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Company, for the Endurance Brewing Company.

The first beer from the new kids on the block, Tom Crean's Ale is brewed in honor Tom Crean and the Endurance, a 1914 expedition to the South Pole, which was crushed and trapped in ice, forcing its crew to be stranded on ice floes for seven months, surviving on sea life. Amazingly, all 28 men survived.

This ale pours a bright, clean, amber colored beer. A low level carbonation gives way to a sticky, white, creamy foam head that settles to a respectable lasting lace that clings along the way. Appealing.

Aroma is very light, nearly non-existent. Faint pale malts, with hints of metallic, but not much else going on which might entice the palate.

Smooth, round bodied feel on the palate. Initial creaminess from the head leads to a light gritty malt character. Malt flavors are a bit one-dimensional. Slight yeasty/doughiness, crisp malt tannins, metallic notes, light malt sweetness with a splash of fruitiness that segues into a gentle hop bitterness, peaking with a watery citrus rind character that's backed with herbal notes. Malt flavor turns somewhat toasty as the beer warms, and the citric qualities of the hop get amplified. Finish dries with lingering malt tannins and yeast characters.

So what do we have here? A basic, no-frills, balanced and drinkable ale. It's not at all unique, as it tastes too much like a Mercury Brewing Co. beer, or more specifically a weakened, filtered version of Ipswich Ale. As such, this is not a standout beer, both in flavor and in image. The marketing suffers from being too wordy and the concept will be too unfamiliar to many. And, as it's contract brewed, there's no real brewery behind it, no soul. Just marketing. This shows in the end product, as the beer simply doesn't live up to the heroics shown under the incredible conditions that were endured by its namesake.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, this one comes with no freshness indication. Opens with a hearty "Pffft" sound and pours with a fairly lively level of carbonation, also a tad prickly on the tongue and lips...White head is well reatained and alot of bubble continue to stream to the surface. Caramel notes in the nose as well as a hint of citric hops. On the tongue, more caramel and biscuit notes, with lime/grapefruit hop shadings just slightly in the rear. I feel this one is over carbonated by a slight measure, would probably benefit from 20 mins sitting in the glass, "calming down." reasonable ale, problems with mouthfeel due to overcarbonation.

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Endurance- Arctica

A- Golden caramel brown with a thick frothy head. Good lacing and head retention.
S- Caramel malt, citrus grapefruit hops.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a slight grainy malt feel. Bitter grapefruit rind hops kick in. Smooth.
M- Smooth buttery malt with a good citric hop feel.

Overall- Nice drinking beer. I could drink a few of these no problem.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

AP: Looks a bit like apple cider with some copper. Thin white head 1/8" thick.

Smell: Slight citrus, malt sweetness, tad bit of spices.

Taste: Hoppy citrus that lingers, slightly bitter on back of palate. Very clean and crisp.

MF: Very light on the palate.

DA: Pale ale's go down really easy and as an o.k example, it's fairly drinkable.

Photo of jmz62565
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden orange with a large white head.not bad looking at all. The smell is slight with only a hint of hop citrus aromas,nothing special here. The taste has a bitter citrus hop flavor to it,but once again,nothing all that great. The m/f is light and the aftertaste is a bit on the watery side. All in all, this is an OK beer,nothing special. I won't go out of my way to buy this again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Penguin Pizza in Boston, MA on June 10th, 2008. Notes: Golden amber in color. Average head. Average retention. Receeds to craggy lace. Nice. Mild aroma. Grainy, subtly toasty, mildly yeasty, grassy, apple. Medium bodied. Standard carbonation +/- 2.5 volumes. Flavor is as the nose suggests. Fairly limited. (2nd beer of day... taste buds off?). Decent bitter backbone. Firm. A basic pale ale. Drinkable, but not particularly inspiring. Could certainly stand some yeast character, hop flavor, or more distinct maltiness. Average.

Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy golden color. Head is white and a foamy two fingers deep. It was quick to disappear and left light lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: It's very grainy and earthy. It has a decent amount of caramel malts which appear to give it a solid base. Hops are extremely light and earthy in character. It's void of any pine or citric hop aromas. That's a bit of a disappointment. It's very light in this department and that wraps it up.

Taste: Caramel malts are sweet and are more prevalent than I prefer for an APA. There are very faint citrus lemon and orange flavors. There is a strong grainy aspect to this beer that really lingers throughout the taste. It's far from a negative, but is very much a primary characteristic of this beer. Hops are mostly floral and earthy, but do have a very slight bitter bite. It finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and is relatively smooth. Carbonation is good. Mouthfeel is above average. It's easy enough to drink. Drinkability would be higher if I liked the flavor more, but it's a little ho-hum and doesn't require further sampling.

Endurance has come up with a decent APA here, but it really doesn't distinguish itself in any way. There are far better beers of this style on the market. It could be improved a great deal by adding more hops. But, as it is, it's just an okay beer.

Photo of ams0286
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew on a whim while at my local Beers of the World store. One of the random picks among my pale ales this week.

A - Pours a nice dark straw color, unfiltered. The head was not much to talk about, slight lacing.

S - I was expecting more of a hoppy aroma off of this beer however it was extremely light. It smells very well balanced between malt and hops. I get an earthy malt that becomes more toasty as the beer sits. I also get the citric hops.

T - I get metallic notes, with light hop flavor. The malt gives it a very grainy flavor but it balances the hops very well. This pale ale is nothing to write home about but is still a tastey beverage.

M - Good mouthfeel on this beer, just the right body for a pale ale.

D - This is a very good beer to have a few of. The hops are not pungent enough to the point where you top out at two and the malt balances it extremely well. Good beer, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of Imbiber
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Highly carbonated, hazy, yeasty, copper-coloured beer. Big aroma of wet grass and hops. Taste is predominately hoppy, not that bold but pleasant enough. The mild finish disappoints slightly after the hugely enticing aroma. Unusual in characteristics but not bad.

Photo of jamesclark
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a crisp, pale cream-orange color, with a small head which reduces quickly to a thin layer of tiny bubbles.

It has a hoppy aroma, clean and light, with a little orange mixed in, and a small amount of sweetness.

Mildly bitter, the flavor is of pale malts with a moderate hop kick. Citrus flavors are noticeable. The finish is puckering - dry and spicy, with more hop flavor. This time the hops are earthy and herbal. It is a good finish.

The body is light, and the carbonation builds tiny bubbles in the mouth which make this beer feel both dry and creamy.

This beer is easy-going and easy-drinking, with enough character to make it enjoyable. It keeps a good flavor balance, but favors mildness a little too much - though there is a certain uniqueness to the flavor, on which I cannot put my finger.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I first saw this beer I was very intrigued. The presentation (marketing) certainly gives the impression that this is a serious beer. Right down to the brewers name....the only thing fast about this brew is -cough, cough, cough Ipswich's desire to make a quick buck by some watered down version of a decent product. Sound familiar?!??!?!?!?

To be honest this tastes like some bunk-ass keg beer you had in college. A little better than Natty Light, kinda like when your boy "sprung" for a keg of some flat Canadian lager. Flat taste-dry hops, soapy follow thorough, no head but some fizz

Very, very disappointed. $8.99 a six pack. Their logo, "Explore, Challenge, Drink Great Beer". No here.

Photo of edchicma
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this and said...great a new brewery... I was dissapointed when I saw it was contract brewed through Mercury Brewing. The appearance was a typical mid-range yellow gold...very little head..ok lacing. Smell was a bit light with some citrus hops notes. Slight malt presence in the beginning led to a sharp citrus hop twnag on the finish. Dry on the finish and not bad on the drinkability scale. I would have another, but wouldn't put it in my favorites category.

Photo of Goldorak
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden translucent blonde with a diminutive head.

Smell: Grainy sweet, citrus hops not very powerful but this isn't a I2PA either.

Taste: Good carbonation for the style, balance of light malt and bitter finish, not the greatest ale in the world but a decent one that I would enjoy again if I had the chance, but would pass on if anthing better is available.

Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of cooter
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-straw color with confident carbonation and a thick, frothy, rich head that smells deeply of cream, honey, hay, and crisp-beer-ness.

Very flavorful, with something I can't quite discern that's quite unusual and very good. Creamy and thick yet refreshing and drinkable, with no cloying. Strawberry, peach, apple and apple juice, and moderate hops that are exceptionally fruity. Some lemon zest at the back.

Moderate lacing. Very pretty, smells amazing, tastes well above average. A standout for its class. Not perfect in taste, but that may be my American big-beer sensibilities...or my Belgian standards for smoothness. Either way, I highly recommend it.

Photo of LPorter33
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle purchased from Liquor World in Milford, MA.

A typical, average pale ale. Can't really say much about it except that it was normal and boring. Not offensive but not one I'd ever seek out again. I did love the bottle and give it a very high rating in appearance since I love the story of Pinkerton and Co. I don't know what that has to do with the beer but it's a good selling point.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grizzled old sailor (Tom Crean) on the label.

The clarity and head retention leave a little to be desired here. Not that I normally care about such aspects, but it is what it is. The nose is initially hoppy -- of the floral and minty variety -- but quickly shows some depth of malt character. Nothing outrageous, mind you; just a little biscuit and some toast. Overall I could go for a more developed aroma profile.

On the palate, an intermediate bitterness again finds a mostly developed malt profile -- developed, that is, for an APA, a style that usually sees malt almost totally neglected in favor of all those hops. A light sweetness fades into the finish before drying out into a slightly toasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel becomes moderately bitter again in the aftertaste, enhancing the dry sensation of the finish -- really makes you thirsty for more. Wow. Quite thirsty... so... thirsty... must... drink...

Endurance Pale Ale seems to gain complexity as I make my way through this glass. While it's not anything off the deep end, it's not exactly your prototypical APA, and in this day and age that can be a good thing.

Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper hue with a one finger foamyhead. Average retention and lacing.

The smell was a strong mix of grapefruit and marijuana.

The taste was also strong with grapefruit and marijuana elements. A nice biscuity aftertaste and a good sharp and dry finish.

The mouthfeel was average. There could have been better carbonation though.

Overall a nice APA. A good complex smell and flavor. A good example of the style.

Photo of geexploitation
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent American pale ale. It's not about to unseat the captains of the genre, but it's worth a try if it's available. Endurance pours with a nice head that sticks around, and a body that shows off a creamy, golden amber. The nose is aromatic with flowery hop smells and some earthy esters as well. It's a bit wet-smelling, like mulch on a rainy day. The taste is rather interesting, if not elegant. The initial burst of flavor is actually a tad sour, then quickly becomes quite bitter. The mouthfeel is average for a pale ale, and the beer is pretty drinkable. I could imagine this being a nice session beer... although it seems to me that the ABV is a bit high (but that could just be because it's the last in line for tasting tonight). Overall, a decent pale ale and a safe bet if you're in a bar with an otherwise limited selection.

Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a new find for me, although a bit overpriced ($9.99/ six pack), like most of the selection at the new specialty supermarket, Uncle Guiseppes. I like the label and the theme in this beer and was looking forward to a quality offering.
I see a fairly flat, headless ale that does feature a radiant orange ochre and a reserved and balanced nose with a delightful hint of mild hops backed by fruitiness. Somewhat cloudy in appearance as well.
The taste is bold and brassy with hops predominating. Also, some metallic flavors are clear as well. I love hoppy APAs and Pales but this one could probably havve afforded a little more malt balance as the power of the hops serves to make this beer somewhat one dimensional.
For what this is it's very good but I'd like to see something more inclined towards the masses with their next offering. Still, worth a shot if you like hoppy, aggressive pales.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/27/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, pale hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of pale hops and then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. There’s a decent malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style. This one wouldn’t be my first choice but it’s not too bad.

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Arctica Pale Ale (Endurance Pale Ale / Tom Crean's Ale) from Endurance Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.