Chukkar English Pale Ale | Firehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firehouse Brewing Co.
South Dakota, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hallertauer hops from the Yakima Valley of Washington State give this English style pale ale its distinctive flavor and hoppiness. A large amount of malted barley is used in the brewing process which gives Chukkar Ale a full, rich body.

Added by beernut7 on 08-14-2002

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Futbolmanby
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a hazy light brown with some light orange tinges around the sides of the glass. A soft thin white head died within less than a minute. Mild stringy lacing slid into the body. The smell seemed to have had English malts up front with a light bitter grassy hoppiness running underneath. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, I say this was a decent English Pale ale to have again.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LambicLion
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JackieTH
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly copper with a sticky foam that disappeared into a thin skien. Good lace. Smell is malty. Light to medium bitterness is matched with citrus and a nice malt base. Some light pine. Good medium body lightly creamy. Clean dry lightly bitter finish. Nice local brew from Rapid City, SD

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Photo of jmkoscie
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of acslatersbtb
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Nohair989
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Mmenden
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery on tap. Nice head with good lace finish. Didn't like the warm tap approach but understand.

Light amber color

Balanced hop and light malt smell

Starts with the light malt flavors then a great hoppy finish

Overall best beer at the brewery

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my first trip to the Firehouse I picked this brew becasue I asked the server what they had for an IPA and he recommnded this. Not an IPA like I asked, but it was very good for a pale ale once I adjusted my perception of it.

A medium amber color with a fat finger of foam. The aroma was a bit more on the malt side. The taste was quite good, a bit of the hops showing through the maly base giving flavors of biscuit, floral, and citrus. The bosy was spot on and went down with little fuss.

Again, not what I ordered, but still a good pick. I'll pay more attention to the menu next time.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub, in a pint glass

A: Clear, orange-amber. Not a lot of head poured. Spotty lace.

S: A healthy dose of spicy, citrusy hops.

T: Ignoring the initial skunk I get, this Pale Ale is rather run of the mill. Bitterness is welcome but not backed up by a lot of character. Slight cardboard, vegetal, and bready flavors. Don't much like the grain bill here.

M: A little cloying. Nice bitter twinge.

D: This is their flagship brew. Not worth seeking out. Won't try again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on site. Pour is a very light amber color that was clear with golden hues when held at the edges. The head retention was lighter then normal and very limited lacing.

The smell has a slight hopy characteristic. More of a citrus quality then say a grapefruit. Some malty and ever so light earth quality is noticeable. Some basic malt notes are noticeable but mostly basic smells.

The taste has more of a malt taste then aroma would indicate. A decent malt bill with some caramel and butterscotch flavor mixing well with some lighter bready tastes. The hops are lighter then aroma would note but still a good citrus taste upfront. More noticeable is the earthy base bittering hop taste.

The body is medium to light but easy to drink. A hint of wated down taste as well. I feel this is more of an Engligh Pale or even ESB but still a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells more like an English pale ale than an American version. Rather flat and dull with more malt than hops.
Large full off-white head. Golden yellow in color. Clear.
Classic APA flavors. Cascade type hops with citrus aspects, but also grassy. Moderate bitterness that gives a drying quality at finish. MInimal malt character other than providing a base so that the hops aren't excessive.
Aduquately soft and smooth. Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium overall feel.
Solid example of style, especially in flavor.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light-caramel in color with a thin white head and poor retention and lacing. Aroma is predominantly butterscotch and caramel with a faint note of hops. Mouthfeel is bright with a medium-firm body. Taste is fruity with big malts, a hint of alcohol, toffee, mild flavor hops, a very English character, and a hint of toast towards the finish. Medium-strong Hallertauer bitterness (Hallertauer in an English Ale?!). Finish is lightly dry with butterscotch and oak. Strong for the style.

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Photo of palliko
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are ever in Rapid City, SD, try this beer - and also: try their Reuben Sandwich with the creamy thousand island sauce with garlic and cilantro. Ambrosia!!).

The aroma of this ale is delicious. The flavor profile is delicate. The mouthfeel due to the steady, well-balanced carbonation adds to its overall drinkability.

The beer pours a translucent light golden-red color. The head, purposeful in size, leaves a decent off-white residual lace as a fine cover upon the glass. The first thing you sense is a very mild and pleasant apricot-peach in the nose. (Some describe it as a grapefruit fragrance.)

Not a hint of astringency. Crisp and clean with the start just the right amount of sweet, lots of malt, the top well-balanced in feel. Finish is perfect: the hops are subtle in their spicy bite, with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Malt sweetness is mostly derived from residual sugars due to the meager hop bitterness. Finishes light, crisp and clean - perfect with food. A unique experience.

Your palate is graced with a number of complex flavors at first, and the joy is sorting them out and identifying: spicy yet sweet hops, with just a hint of clean tartness; a gentle undertow of soft malts to give it a full bodied English Pale Ale balance. Yeast adds a little to the body and beautifully tempers the experience. There is no alcohol taste (but it is there!) An initial simplicity upfront is ensued by subtle, sweet malt, then tapers quickly. Exquisitely crafted.

The only ale I have found that is comparable is Odell's 5 Barrel Ale - see my review. Without sounding tendentious, (I own no stock in Firehouse Brewery!) this is one of the finest beers I have tasted in 33 years of tasting. Period.

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Chukkar English Pale Ale from Firehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 26 ratings