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The Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale Ale - The Brewer's Art

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The Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale AleThe Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our pale ale is the sort of «session» beer found in
most bars in Belgium or Holland. Well balanced and mild, it is our most accessible beer. 5% alcohol by volume (abv)

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2003)
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

This is a Belgian Pale Ale? Really?

Pours a basically clear amber hue. Nose seems to hint, very mildly, at being Belgian. Tastes mildly fruity. Almost a roasted thing on there as well.

It's a decent beer, and it hints at Belgian characteristics. But it lacks a definitive punch that might make it interesting.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

sourd, Sep 11, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's clear, tawny body appears to be a deep amber when held to the light, but takes on a more copper-like appearance while sitting upon the bar. The thick white head holds well initially but drops quite readily once tasting has begun. It maintains a wide, creamy collar but leaves only spotty lace. The nose offers a touch of buttery diacetyl and some light fruit over a delicate maltiness. The body is firmly medium and its median carbonation leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth before warming to become more creamy. The flavor is balanced towards the malt, and it delivers what the nose promised with a nip of berry-like fruitiness and some buttery diacetyl that combines with it's lightly toasted and caramelish side to leave it somewhat nutty. Its firm bitterness becomes more apparent at the finish and dries things out nicely. Quite pleasant and highly drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Oct 17, 2003
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a Burley Oak snifter (the date is smeared on the can bottom, but this is newly canned, so I'm not worried)

A: Copper body that pours with a vigorous head that decreases rapidly. Nice bit of lacing with just a bit of froth on top and for a collar.

S: Smells a bit Belgian, with a mostly malt nose to it.

T: Easy drinking with only a slight bit of hops, but it is mostly the standard malt taste for a pale ale. One of the better pales for me.

M: Smooth, just a wisp of carbonation felt on the back-end.

O: Good stuff, and up there for MD pride beer (i.e. Orioles, Camden Yards, Baltimore, Old Bay), but for me it can't compete with Flying Dog's Dead Rise.

gillagorilla, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

sneth019, Feb 18, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper color with a small, bright white head that leaves no lace.
Aroma of carmelized grain dominates with some light citrus notes in the background.
Flavor of caramel and a few different grain notes to start. Pale malt then takes over and dominates until a slightly floral and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is full and round. Pale malt and grains blend well with the lighter fruity and herbal hop bitterness.
Drinkability is very solid. Well constructed beer. Nothing jumps out at you but the combination and smoothness make it a drinming pleasure.

CRJMellor, Nov 03, 2004
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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Copper to bronze red body, and quite clear with some ruby red highlights. Minimal carbonation with a two finger light head that settles to a soapy collar. Fairly decent looking appearance.

Small hints of sticky and sweet Belgian? yeast with a bit of toasty brown bread and faint caramel. Quite a decent balance and inviting.

Light palate provides some easy drinking and flavors. Slight caramel and crisp hop bitterness in the mid palate. Big roof top dryness with some almost saison pepper like quality. Small sweet caramel finish, with a light body, but full enough to let the flavors come out. Bit of an interesting take between toast, caramel, and Belgian dry quality.

Overall pretty decent and easy drinking pale ale from them.

smakawhat, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

sludgy, Nov 25, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brewer's Art, served in a pint glass. Pours a nice golden copper with a thin beige head, a little lacing. Smell was light caramel malt and spicey citric hops. Taste is a nice full malt with a slightly buttery note, a slight bit of spiciness, and a medium piney hop finish. Medium bodied with a good creamy mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable pale ale, easily sessionable.

cubedbee, Aug 21, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mendvicdog, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

MikeB_, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjmass, Sep 07, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown/orange ale with great 2-3 finger head with great lacing and nice retention. Smell is of fresh grains and hops. Not the citrus hop variety but very floral or piney. Still smell very nice and fresh and earthy. Once again the taste profile is about as solid as you can get for an Pale Ale. I think it tends to lean towards the English style with sweetness and malt balancing out the hop profile. Very fresh grain taste as well which I really like. It also is very full bodied ale, not like some of these watery and thin but citrus hopped session ales lately. This is a classic very well crafted pale ale and I highly recommend. I'll be finding this one frequently if possible.

bubseymour, Aug 10, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at JD's Smokehouse in Canton--it's tucked away at the back bar, most of the servers wouldn't know about it. I asked about the Birdhouse on the taphandle and the name of the beer, and was told, "I don't know already, it's a pale ale, it's tasty, more people here like it than the Resurrection." I ended up having a few...
It poured a clear, sandy color, with a thick white head.
Has a buttery and citrus aroma.
A very crisp and creamy, well-balanced beer. It does side towards the malt, which is very bready, but also has just a nip of citrus hops and diacetyl. Finishes very clean. I can see where this would work well with the macro-lovers, but the geeks should dig it too, it is very well done.
Very drinkable, why don't they have this in more places?

Dithyramb, Jan 07, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BeerBucks, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

JamieDuncan, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

kevintaraross, Mar 28, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I understand it, this is the only brew of their's that is contract brewed - by Old Dominion Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA. Tasted at the OD Brewpub in Ashburn, VA.

Golden with a low ivory head, decent carbonation, and light rings of lace. Light hoppy aroma and light Belgian yeasty aroma. Belgian yeasty flavor with a good malt profile. Light-medium body, a bit creamy and smooth.

A very nice session beer.

RBorsato, Sep 17, 2003
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

I was down in DC this past weekend to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.
From the CAN: “In Honor of Icterus Galbula”, which translates to the Baltimore Oriole! I love it! Please tell me that they vend this at Camden Yards.
I CRACK!ed the CAN and it was like the nursery rhyme in which four and twenty blackbirds were baked in a pie and when the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. Firstly, a Baltimore Oriole is a member of the blackbird species and secondly, when the CAN was opened, some of its CANtents flew out and onto my fingers. The inverted Glug was their singing, resulting in both a pseudo-cascade as well as three fingers of dense, rocky, orangish (not tawny in this instance) head with decent retention. It began to fly away slowly, leaving sticky lacing in its wake, or should I call it bird droppings? Color was Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = >9, < 13) with MD (not NE)-quality clarity. It is so great to have enough reviews under my belt to be able to allude to them as clichés. Nose was deeply grassy, like the lawn had just been mown or the dank had been harvested from the hydroponic garden in the basement. Good birdies! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as intense as the nose, instead giving a slightly spicy, bready malt flavor. I was reminded of spice cake. Finish was dry as one might expect any time that spices are either present or invoked. I MUST send a CAN to my brother, the lifelong O’s fan!

woodychandler, Aug 27, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brewers Art Brew Pub.

Poured a light amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some grassiness, grains, and lighter caramel. Tastes of the same graininess, caramel, and some citrus. I found the body to be on the thinner body.

Notes from: 9/25/04

hopdog, Dec 23, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

wisegreensoul, Jul 19, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at BAM Oktoberfest. Not your average Pale Ale. This fits the profile colorwise for sure and had some solid malt plus an even bitterness. Hopwise it was fragrant and a bit citrusy but quite moderate. The stopper for me was a definite breadiness that I've never tasted before in a PA. If their flagship brew is the Resurection, then this one was more like holy communiom.

farHillsBrewer, Oct 30, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AngusOg, Dec 21, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Pale Ale was orange in color with an extremely thin head. There was a slight floral and citrus aroma that was very pleasant. The hops were nicely balanced with the malt, and there was a slight citrus aftertaste. The mouthfeel was graded less than good as the pale ale seemed a little thin. Probably the best session beer at Brewers Art.

Gavage, Oct 05, 2003
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