Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
The Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale AleThe Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

21 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 21
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-17-2003

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: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 21 | Hads: 92
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 870 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

 312 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

 1,517 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 775 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 340 characters

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of sweet, fruity. Taste is hops up front, surprisingly so since they were not detected in the smell. Some malts, well balanced, hints of fruit. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and quality beer.

 387 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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

 269 characters

Photo of bubseymour
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

 684 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 554 characters

Photo of gillagorilla
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

 675 characters

Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: October 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: World Series watching--the O's, so close--thanks for the souvenir beer, brother Jer... APPEARANCE: slightly hazy, pale orange body; subtle bubbles; creamy two-finger of-white head; lacing reaches to the sky ... AROMA: lemon, wheat grass and some dampened malts; a light-hearted pale ale that leaves some parting signature--late spruce, but the Belgian aspect is clear... PALATE: soft, bubbly and active--wonderfully creamy at the tongue and tickling at the teeth....TASTE: lemony citric; copper metallic malt; hops are balanced, active--not demonstrative, but sensibly tasty... OVERALL: fighting my natural Baltimore Oriole bias, I have to say this brew is a light, soft, slightly fruity can of fun that is not memorable, but one that I would love to try on tap in Baltimore soon...

 857 characters

Photo of qchic
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich gold/amber, some lacing. Interesting aroma that reminds me of my trips to Brewer's Art (though, when there my appreciation of each aspect takes a backseat to friends and people watching). Lots of cereal grain (corn tortillas, I swear!) balanced by tart orange. In the flavor, fruity esters are more apparent, while the grain and citrus continue to duke it out. Moderate bitterness finishes things off for this medium bodied brew. Plenty going on for 5%--well done!

 469 characters

Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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?

 773 characters

Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a can glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops, a little grassiness. Tastes of earthiness and slight citrus with a tad of Belgian grain and yeast flavor. Beer is light bodied and extremely drinkable. Overall an above average beer.

 273 characters

Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 394 characters

Photo of MUTINY
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quick review. This is a weird pale. Lots of malt, lowish carb & bizarrely high sweetness. It's not bad, just weird. The sweetness kind of doesn't work for me personally.

 173 characters

Photo of joedon
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color, small head, no lace
Mild aroma tending toward grassy, grainy
Flavor was not very assertive; slight grain and hops, no malty taste.
Very light mouthfeel; no texture
Not very interesting; doesn't make me feel like ordering another
Sort of a mass-market version of a pub beer.

 298 characters

Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

I think an outstanding pale. Pours a clear light amber, well-carbonated. Light citrusy hop aroma, taste is grapefruity, on the sweeter side. Light and refreshing. Would definitely have again.

 191 characters

Photo of scbeerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a tasty hybrid Belgian style pale ale with light fruity American hops but a definite Belgian yeast character.
Pours a crystal clear orange/Amber with a big fluffy white head. Smell is Belgian yeast with sweet caramel-like malt and some recognizable American hoppiness. Taste follows the nose but with great complexity. Notes of pepper, orange, bubblegum, plenty of sweetness balanced by spicy yeast and the hops. Good stuff! Mouthfeel is about average, somewhere short of medium but pleasant.
Overall, a really solid pale ale. Not sure why but I was expecting a light, underflavored pale ale since it's Baltimore Orioles themed (and thus marketing to a larger crowd would take importance over flavor) but I was entirely wrong in a good way. Would get again.

 767 characters

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

 376 characters

The Brewer's Art Presents Birdhouse Pale Ale from The Brewer's Art
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.