Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)

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Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported only to USA. Eisenbahn's South American Pale Ale is well-balanced, with sweet wholesome malt, and earthy complexity, and a uniquely spicy aroma that results from a special, and secret, blend of Old and New World hops.

Added by Todd on 11-24-2006

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Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says this is batch #20.

Appearance: golden, medium-brown hue with a fair amount of suspended solids and practically no head. Nice color, if not exactly "pale", but otherwise not great.

Smell: mild aroma of malt, grain and noble hops. Minimal effervescence limits the volume of smell to be obtained. Not terrible but not great either.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with plenty of graininess. There's a light tanginess at the end which I might associate with a Belgian pale. Bitterness is low, but balanced. I find myself liking it more than I anticipated, though it is a bit on the grainy side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent creaminess despite a lack of apparent effervescence. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer doesn't appeal to me strongly. The flavor isn't bad, but as a whole package it's underwhelming.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.83/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served in a tumbler.

The label on this thing is stamped Batch 20. Whatever that means. It pours a clear topaz topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight flaky biscuit, with a touch of caramel, honey, light grass, and mild flowers. Something peanut-brittle-y comes to mind. The taste doesn't do anybody any favors, either: Buttery caramel, buttery biscuits, something akin to buttery popcorn (did I mention I got a tad bit of butter in this beer?), and a stiff yet understated (yeah, wrap your minds around that one...my tongue did...) backbone of menthol, which bolts through the sea of malt every now and again. Nothing about this is right. The body is a light moderate, with a very light moderate carbonation and a somehow skinnily syrupy feel. Overall, this was an absolute mess of a beer. I almost hope it was old or a bad bottle or something, 'cause the grimace that crossed my face after sipping it lasted for several grueling minutes to follow. Bad times.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pretty interesting scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a nice hop spiciness and minimal yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a damn smooth pale malt flavor. It goes down smooth and creamy with a spicy yeast/hop finish. The hop character is oustanding. The mouthfeel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale that's balancd and quite sessionable.

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Photo of Tone
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells pale malt, sweet malt, slight grain, citrus (lemon), and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grain, hint of citrus, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak bodied, overly grainy, but good mouth feel.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, my efforts thus far to enjoy a S. American beer (or any beer south of the Rio Grande) have been fruitless. I haven't tried that many, so here we go...

Nice pour. Light golden and clean. Actually color to it and a nice head. Nothing spectacular, but decent.

This is listed on BA as a BPA, and I see why, or smell why. While not a strong aroma, it's not bad, and full of clove, spice and soft fruit. Some florals.

Soft spice on first sip. A solid, but not overbearing malt backbone comes into play. Biscuit..wet. Floral and clove and/or coriander. No flavor is really all that strong. The lack of a yeasty middle and finish, for me, defies the Belgian-i-ness. Although, it does not have a huge hop profile either. If this were a bit more carbonated it would be quite the summer quencher. Overall, I"m impressed with this one. If I go to Brasil (Olympics/World Cup) I'll look for this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some notes of malts. Taste is of malts and hops, slightly bitter, not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never saw this one before so I thought I'd give it a try.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. With just a wisp of stark white head. A bit of soapy lace is left behind.

The aroma is light hops with sweet grainy malt. Wheaty with hints of corn.

The flavor is mostly malt and tortilla chips. It tastes more like a pilsner then a IPA. Not bad but nothing special.

The body is light with a ton of carbonation.

Overall a average pilsner trying to be an IPA. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of matjack85
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.19. I though that was a bit pricey for a Brazilian beer as that would make these run over $12 a six pack, so I hope it's good. The label says this bottle is from batch #20, but that doesn't help me much in the way of knowing its freshness date. The S.A.P.A. stands for South American Pale Ale.

The beer poured a really nice crystal clear shade of golden/orange amber and made a creamy white 3-finger head, but it only lasted about 30 seconds and left only a few drops of lacing or I would have given it a higher appearance score.

There is not too much smell to this - just a bit of earthiness and a trace of spicy hops.

The taste was both interesting and enjoyable. It had a nice balance of sweet malt and spicy hops with the spicy hops perhaps winning the battle for dominance. This is a very mild beer - sweet, but not too sweet, spicy, but not too spicy, with just a touch of fruit and bitterness thrown in for good measure.

It has a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel to it with mild carbonation. The low 5.1% abv makes it an easy drinker, and unlike a lot of South and Central American beers, this one doesn't need to be ice cold to drink. This one actually holds up well and even improves as it warms a bit. I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised that this stuff turned out to be as good as it was.

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Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that fizzes away with out much stickage

Smell: Bubblegum, banana, powdered sugar and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the sweet bubblegum and banana flavors arriving quickly; by mid-palate, there is a bitter undercurrent that is rather herbal and medicinal; after the swallow, the sweet flavors return but are stymied by the medicinal aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is batch 38, and may be a little bit old, which could account for the medicinal flavors; if the sweetness and a more effective counterpoint, this would be a much better beer

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Photo of armock
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes part of one of my Beer of the Month club beers.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head with no lacing

S - Not that good malty and vegi smelling

T - Is of malt at first then some hops and finishes with a bad after taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - I don't know if this beer survived the voyage to the US from Brazil too well or if this is just a bad tasting beer but theres something going on in its distribution chain somewhere

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Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly light and simple but tasty, clean, enjoyable beer with some character.

Pale amber (dark golden), it has a medium large, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking and leaving only a weak trace of lace.

The aroma is bread, dry bread crust, grain, lemon, butteriness and light yeast.

The taste is light but clean, clear bread, light toast, earthy leaves, hints of lemon, a light hint of caramel. It has slight sweetness morphing to a dryish finish with light bitterness. There is a metalic mineral hint. It is a little thin but not too much and is similar to a really good pale lager with a light ale quality. It is easy to drink and the character holds up well.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear ruddy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of nondescript fruits with hints of earthy malts and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Earthy malt flavors up front are joined shortly by fruit sweetness and small amounts of hops that lead to a crisp, slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass but am not terribly excited about another.

Overall this was a decent beer but one that I won't be seeking out anytime soon.

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Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of April shipment in my Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Flat Earth pint glass.

Appearance: Murky light brown with minimal head.

Smell: Mild...something. Slight Belgian funk, fruit, and mild hops. Not really sure I like the smell, but I keep smelling it, so that counts for something.

Taste: The confusion continues here. Definitely Belgian, almost like a mild fruity Wit, but with a slight hop bite at the end. Some spiciness as well.

Feel: Strong carbonation, but relatively light body. Strange finish.

Drinkability: Very different beer, but I mostly like it. Strangely alluring.

Definitely a Belgian Pale Ale (or at least Belgian something), not an English Pale Ale. I am trying to have the style changed, as this time the site is really off.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. This was reviewed as a Belgian-style pale ale, as was introduced to me as.

A - very light amber color with a thick head that settles into a lacing

S - sweet malt and lots of yeast phenols and esters

T - pale malt like flavor with pepper-like yeast phenols; 'farmhousy'

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very interesting beer with a lot of complexity. In all honesty, I'm not sure what I think of it after one - fairly strange. I'm not sure if even fits the Belgian pale ale style - more like a saison.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of caramel. Almost as if it had adjuncts or corn.

T - Taste was a little thin. Some caramel and grasses. A little yeast.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This really tasted pilsener-esque. It wasn't awful, but it didn't taste like a pale ale.

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Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on 01-29-08 under the wrong beer (the brewery's "Pale") - Thanks to jcwattsrugger for pointing out the error.

12 oz. golden yellow with a creamy white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain. Some hay and floral notes in the back.

The taste is of sweet grain with some huskiness. A touch of floral hops. Sweetness turns to a leafy bitterness in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, with some tannic astringency.

This one is muted in aroma and taste, with an overly sweet character. Drinkable to a point, but I didn't find it very pleasant.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Nikki's Liquors in RI. Poured into my shaker glass a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of off-white foam. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted malts and grassy hops. Mild fruitiness in the taste reminiscent of apple or pear. Just about the right amount of bitterness for me with a clean, crisp finish. Medium in body with somewhere between medium to moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty, I could work my way through a sixer of this with ease.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear medium copper hue with sunshine highlights and awesome bubbling. Good look bright white head and foam that clings a bit after each sip. A litle hop spice to this aroma balanced with mild toasted crystal malts. A little bready from the malt and a little piney from the hops. Effervescent palate fro the first sip taht adds more cleansnig quality to the soft spice of the hops. The pine flavor comes more in the middle of the palate whilethe finish a slow dispesing caramel and biscuit. Nice linger that maks you want to take another drink. Overall, a bit watery. You can taste these flavors, but you have to look pretty hard for them. But this is still flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of jkopeny
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into a Sam Adams special glass. Large head that dissipated quickly, lots of carbonation.

Taste is slightly sweet, not very hoppy for a pale ale. Goes down easily enough but no real enjoyment in it. Glad I tried it, but would not buy again.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: small head with little retention; beer is a deep see through gold

S: smells of sweet malt and lager aroma

T: very malty taste that makes it quite unbalanced; tastes a more like a mixed drink than a beer to me, but there is nothing repulsive in the taste

M: carbonation is perfect, and the alcohol is not apparent

D: I could drink a few of these in a sitting, but I'd be wanting another beer the whole time

Good for the $0.99 price, though I wouldn't pay any more for this beer

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Photo of nick76
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The aroma is sweet with cereal malt and hops. The appearance is light amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma and has a grain husk like element as well as some mixed vegetables. The palate is smooth. Overall I can drink it but I dont love it. Pass.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 38. Pours a clear, dark gold with a one-finger white head. Fairly resilient with decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt and apple pie. Quite bready. Taste is similar, with a full, spicy malt quality reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Earthy flavors toward the end, along with light fading bitterness. An interesting, unconventional take on a pale ale.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet malt with a touch of floral hop.

The taste was rather subdued and consisted of lightly sweet malts and an uneventful hop. There was an adjunct flavor despite the label claiming to be all malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style, with some creaminess and little carbonation.

Overall a boring and dull ale.

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Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense liquid with good carbonation. Deep gold color with minimal head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of hops. Yeast evident.

Taste: Clean, with apple and pear flavors. Crisp malt flavors below a minor hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. The carbonation adds fullness to the brew.

Drinkablity: Good brew. Well crafted and delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.04/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This makes a few of the beers that I've had from this brewery and they all have the same malt profile and same problems. The beer opens with a diry, earthy nose with some moderate, pungent pine, grassy, tree-bark scent. Malts give off a lightly scorched, noticible vegital qulity that is off-putting. Looks nice enough- a medium copper / amber hue with firm head formation and retention and some lacing. Flavors however pick up where the nose left off. The beer has a malt-dominant front with strong scorched / cabbage and corn flavors that prove distracting. The hops have a light metalic taste along with earthy, pungent, leaf-y flavors that do struggle to balance the beer. The body is firm, and thinning towards the end. Overall, this is not a good beer and I'll likely not try again- a rarity for me.

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