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Dusty Trail Pale - Amnesia Brewing

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Dusty Trail PaleDusty Trail Pale

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amnesia Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 01-10-2005)
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Amnesia brewery on Mississippi.

Okay, this isn't the best beer at Amnesia. But I find it a very good, yet understated Pale Ale. The style falls somewhere between American and English with a lot of the nose and flavor coming from yeast but with some mild hop presence. I think they are getting on track with this one.

Overall a light and imminently drinkable Pale Ale that is not trying to masquerade as a baby IPA. Good job guys!


cbarrett4, Aug 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

LXIXME, May 12, 2013
Photo of jellikit
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: golden-orange. Medium, foamy head. Hop particles floating throughout glass. May be a few grain particles mixed in. Mostly hops.

S: light lemon. Honey.

T: citrus followed by a horrible grassy bitter flavor. I love pale ale and IPA. This is not good.

M: medium-low carbonation. Medium body.

O: I hate being negative. But, this is not a good beer. Tons of hops floating in beer, and a real strong grassy-irony bittering that doesn't fade. I dumped it 4 oz. in.

jellikit, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a silver 12 ounce can. First time available in a container.
Appearance is better than average due to three fingers of white head and plentiful lacings.. Gold in color with a white head.
Smell is floral hops with some grainy malt character.
Taste is modest hop bitterness some stone fruit and fresh baked french bread. The hop bitterness is there but somewhat restrained though they dominate the malt slightly. There is a good yeasty flavor toward the end.
Mouthfeel is full for the style and carbonation is spot on. Very slightly dry finish.
Overall a fine APA that won't win the big hop competition and that makes it a contender for repeat visits. Slightly funky in a good way.
May edit or revise my review after finishing the sixer.
Revised for appearance.

Spikester, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with atwo finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and cream corn, faint grassy hops. Flavor is quite malty, dry biscuit and pale and hints of toasted malt, hay, light citrus, tea. Nice medium creamy body. A good malty pale ale with a slight vegetal aroma and note in the flavor. Hopping is very subdued. More a very malty English bitter than an American pale ale. The low key hopping is compensated by the very nice creamy mouth feel; unusual for a pale ale. Pleasant, but slightly flawed by the vegetal flavor.

LiquidAmber, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dipso123, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

warpedrevolution, May 17, 2014
Photo of Jameswoody
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Jameswoody, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from "lifesource" in Salem OR. $1.79. NOTE: says "Brewed by Amnesia Brewing Inc.,Washougal WA. Not sure were as there are no big canners up there. Anyway looks a typical golden coloured beer with a large thick and frothy white head. Creamy corn and toffee aromas..some hay too..no hop. Taste is similar cream of corn, biscuit and hay..its pleasing but the hops are non-existent. The mouth feel is the best thing..silky smooth like drinking creamy milk. a strange one and maybe more a blonde ale?

Reidrover, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of blurredline
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

blurredline, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of amnesia85
5/5  rDev +41.6%

amnesia85, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Ohm-brewer
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

I called brewery to confirm, floaters (yeast not hops) are NOT intentional. They told me they would be happy to replace my 6 pack and that the canner made mistake with a small amount of cans. I'm hoping my replacement 6er will be > or = to 4.0

Ohm-brewer, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

Cloudy unfiltered golden body with a hint of orange. Even in the sunlight, looks a little dull (mentioning because their Copacetic IPA- similary hazy- practically glows in the sunlight). Smallish white head, a bit of lacing.

Smells of sweet grains, a little straw, a little fresh cut grass with light floral hops. Hint of citrus.

Hops are a little more lively than the nose would indicate. There's a bit of an earthy bitterness underneath the grassy, grainy malt. Kiss of citrus.

Pretty lightly carbonated. I wonder if this beer would seem a little more lively with a touch more.

Overall impression: Love the brewery, but this is my least favorite of their offerings. Drinkability is fine, but there are much better APAs in town, and much better beers at Amnesia.

PDXHops, May 10, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of neckbeered
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours the classic golden color in the Pilsener glass with a white head. Flowery aroma like a Pilsener. Handsome appearance and pleasingly spritzy on the tongue.

Some honey-tinged malt flavors with a little sweetness. Grainy flavor with some crackery notes. A thickish mouthfeel. Less crisp and more malty than a lot of Pale Ales. Not very bitter. The hops are more floral with a resiny undertone.

Thoroughly drinkable, sudsy light brew. From the 12 oz can bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of damascusduck
4/5  rDev +13.3%

damascusduck, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a standard pint glass

A - A hazed amber peach-hued ale w/ a small white head that holds the lace all the way down.

S - Deep pale malt scents w/ big green herbal hop scents.

M - Full malty feel that is lightly bitter w/ medium spice and a nice dry finish.

T - Initially it is all malty sweetness with a true crisp herbal hop flavor that borders on mint-like. A big dose of cascade falls into place in the middle then fades until the dry spiced finish.

D - A nice balanced pale w/ focus on cascades in taste and aroma. Very drinkable pale ale. I would not shy away from another taste.

Slatetank, Jul 22, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

jekter, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in nonic. Poured a lightly hazy honey-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a fairly neutral mix of lightly sweet malts and some very soft hops. Mostly the same across the palate, sweet malts dominating, very light floral hops, but with the addition of a bit of bitterness at the very back of the tongue.

The body was a bit heavier than typical, and was just a wee bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, would have been better with less stickiness and had the bitterness faded quicker. Overall, a decent enough brew, not worth seeking out, but (depending on what else is on the tap list) probably worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I’ve stated elsewhere that outside of Belgium I see no reason to create a pale ale that is dominated and defined by yeasts. It’s certainly not consistent with the English or American styles most of us are accustomed to and the variations that stray into this territory hold little appeal. Sadly, Dusty Trail falls into this latter category with a harsh, biting bitterness and sequestered malt profile. Even the brewer has confided that this beer, “isn’t there yet.” I concur, but please call me when it is.

RedDiamond, Jan 10, 2005
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3/5  rDev -15%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jdense
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Yuppie Central, Henry's 12th St. Tavern PDX, $5.75 shaker pint 7.26.11.

1/4 finger white small bubble head due to full pour, medium dissipation, clear gold body with multiple trails on small carbonation, good lacing. Nose features bready malts, pushed any hops into background. Taste features floral hops, bready malts, nicely balanced but a bit too sweet as beer fully warmed. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Not bad, but could have used a good dose of PNW hops, leans towards an English Pale Ale. I'll pass on this next time.

jdense, Jul 28, 2011
Dusty Trail Pale from Amnesia Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.