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

Pale yellow clear pour with a tight thin white head - bubbles continued to flow well into the drinking of this beer. The aroma is cereal and a bit hoppy. The taste is malty and cereal with spice notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is an easy drinking smooth beer. I'd recommend it for a light session brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I would say to me this fits the bill more of a Belgian style pale than an English...just my opinion.Poured a light to medium dull golden with thinner but well retained white head,Belgian yeasty phenolic aromas jumped out at me up front with a bit of tropical fruitiness and honey with a light herb smack.Flavors start out a bit yeasty with some clove-like spiciness a overripe melon quality comes thru with a decent smack of herbal hop in the finish.Solid and a nice different take than most brewers pale portfolio this is for sure a Belgian styled ale.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)
Batch #3
A- This beer has a thin snow-white head of big bubbles that fades quickly. The body is crystal clear and a light golden-brown hue. There is a slow carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of green sulfury hops has a light raw grain note to it. Pretty clean smell overall.

T- This beer has a dry bitter hops bite and a dry Munich malt flavor to go with it. The finish is a sweet sulfur note mixed with a dry bitter hops flavor. As the beer warms there are notes of wet malt in the drying room and honey malts.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer has all the qualities of a good Kolsch and that typical flavor which I can’t put into words. This IPA is bare enough to fit into any Brazilian beach, it is clean with little ale qualities. Nice twist on a N.A.P.A.

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Photo of sloejams
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying and enjoying Eisenbahn Vigorosa, I decided to give this one a try.

Seems to run the gamut in reviews here. I found it enjoyable. I gave a lil chuckle when I read "South American Pale Ale".

It pours an amber color with a pronounced head. The aroma is interesting - citrus and malt. The hops are there but there's something quite different from the American or English versions. There's a bit of Belgian yeast flavor in there and that certainly comes through in the taste. Interesting beer, certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.41/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical look to this beer, but it becomes super-good in other categories. Thin-ish head, not much lace, well-filtered, lots of bubbles, burnt yellow color. Sort of looks like your everyday lager.

Aroma brings biscuit, wildflowers, honey, even something reminding of a Belgian yeast strain. Definitely closer to a Belgian pale ale more than an English one, aroma-wise.

Taste: Thick bready malts tug at the more refined, lighter elements noted in the aroma, giving a well-rounded flavor with lots of depth. Earthy hop notes lay bitter on the tongue in the finish, and the mouthfeel is vibrant and active, with a good bit of weight.

Definitely one of the best pale ales ever, Brazilian, English, Belgian or otherwise. I hate that the ho-hum look of the beer will bring down my score, because otherwise this is fantastic. Where'd this crazy Brazilian brewery come from all of a sudden? The three beers I've had so far are winners, and I've got a couple more to go (all thanks to Portland madman msubulldog25...thanks Brian!).

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Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20.
Pours golden with a faint copper sheen. Rapid jets of CO2 feed a large and durable off-white head.
The nose is primarily doughy, with a lemony wheat impression. Hopping is distant, and begins peppery, then gains some glimmers of florals and metallics after it sits a while, it also sweetens a tad with a dilute notion of toffee and creamed corn even though it claims to be all malt.
Taste...um...is "wet" a taste? Okay, then, soggy white bread. Then a watered down apple juice (we're talking 80% water, 20% juice). A touch of grain (again, washed out) and caramel appears near the swallow, right before a wet cabbagey DMS creeps up. Hopping is peppery, grassy, and coppery, and ephemeral...if not an non-entity altogether.
It's light bodied, but given feel and texture by a uppity and perky CO2. The tiny gaseous bead almost gives this a nitrogen texture, and is definitely its strong suit.
And here it starts to suggest a Southern Hemisphere Boddingtons. Hardly high praise.
It's aspirations as a Pale Ale seem overly high-minded. This is a blonde ale, and still, it's flawed and boring even then.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clean and clear and rather light looking amber with a one inch creamy white head the bubbles down to a cap in a minute. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Bit off, the malt is there and that is okay but this smell more like an American Pale Wheat Ale than an English Pale Ale.

T/MF: A bit better than the nose, the hop bitterness and malt sweetness interact nicely and the malt bitterness tickles the roof of the mouth at the same intensity as the hops stick to the center of the tongue. There is a mild nutty and herbal spice taste like nutmeg and clove, it is pretty interesting and tastes pretty nice but how well does it fit within the style remains to be seen.

D: Not a bad drinker at all, good mouthfeel well balanced taste, a bit weak in the nose and appearance and not sure how well it fits within the style but still not bad.

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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 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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally tasted at an Eisenbahn beer tasting, and this one made enough of an impression that I brought a few home.

Pours a high-clarity amber yellow, with slow ascending carbonation. Not much lacing, but an even finger of sudsy foam remains for the entire glass.

Smell is bubblegum, pale malt, fairly light and airy.

Tastes dry with a residual mild hop bitterness on the palate. Upfront it's malty, "wet" mouthfeel, with mild bubblegum/spice, but that element seems very toned down. Carbonation is sort of lively but doesn't overpower.

It's a session ale to be sure, pair it with grilled meats in the summertime...

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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 livingregret
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle beer

Appearance: Light amber, w/ no real head. No real carbonation but very clear

Smell: Very malty, light fruit(pineapple? peach?), very crisp smell

Taste: Malty taste w/ a touch of apples/peach/pineapple. Crisp feeling. Toward the end of a taste you get a odd hickory/smoked taste that I don't recall from before.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, goes down easy

Drinkability: Very enjoyable on a hot day but when the weather cools down the odd taste at the end throws you off a touch.

Edit: Changing comments and points based upon having a few more of these

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a BIF, and to be honest had never even heard of it before. I was looking through the fridge for a good first timer tonight and stumbled upon this one...

A - Poured a very clear light amber, no real head nor was there any real lace to it. Some, but not much visible carbonation

S - Very malty, lots of grain and a touch of yeast, Almost a light belgianesque aroma, light fruit, peach perhaps, very intresting to say the least

T - Now this was odd, first sip started off as your normal run of the mill, grain fueled English ale, however as it kept going it started to morph into more of a Belgian Pale. Lots of fruit flavors, albeit light and not all that impressive were there. Very nice, but too muted to really get hight marks. Seems as if the intent was there.

M - A bit slick and syrupy for me. Not enough carboantion and this maybe hurting the flavor as well, nothing to give it that pop.

D - not bad, I wouldnt go out and purchase alot of it, however there is really nothing wrong with it.

Overall a rather intresting, though forgettable ale. It had the intent and wanted to go somewhere different, just never really made it there. Maybe next time

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Photo of rallison
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20. I love Eisenbahn, so I had to give this one a try.

The first thing I notice is the pour. There is just a slight, slight tint of green. This ultimately gives what should be a decent amber colored beer and odd overall hue. Bummer. Head is decent, but leaves no lacing.

The smell? This has definitely got some DMS going - cooked corn right here. Huge disappointment. On top of that, I think there may be some diacetyl as well.

The taste? I sure hope this is better than the look and aroma! Well....no, it is definitely not. A basic pale ale with some off flavors similar to the DMS smelled in the nose. This is one-dimensional and too flawed to drink much of. A slight odd astringency - possibly from the hops - also brings this beer down. Just a bad beer from start to finish. In fact, I think this may very well taste worse than it smells. Ugh. Thumbs down. Edit: Taste score lowered to 2.0 from 2.5.

I could go on about the mouthfeel and drinkability...but what's the point. This beer is not good, so I could care less about those two.

Not recommended. That smoked lager they do? Put your money there.

Edit: Oh, that note about exported only to the USA? I'm thinking they just couldn't stand to drink it themselves.

Edit 2: I notice a few other reviews of Batch 20 hit some pretty low scores. I'm guessing they really messed up this batch, as Batch 38 is getting higher scores. If I see a newer batch of this, I may give it another go. Until then, Batch 20 is a bad, heavily flawed beer. Pass on it if you see it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystalline gold color with the head small and white, fades in the blink of an eye, lacing a patchy sheet at best. Sweet malt at the start, with a floral tone also noticed, citrus like in its crispness, one of the better South of The border beers I have smelled in years. Front has a cordial malt sweetness, touch of spicy bitterness, top is moderate in feel. The finish carries the sweetness to the dry aftertaste that also has a touch of hop spiciness, not bad, not bad at all.

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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 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 neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting. This beer looks like a pretty typical Pale Ale (though maybe a bit more carbonated than usual), but it tastes more like a Belgian Wit to me. Has a crystal clear golden color with several never-ending streams of bubbles jetting to the top. There is a decent sized white head that falls to a film within a few minutes, surprisingly enough, after witnessing this carbonation. A very washy lacing attempts to stick, but barely manages to leave anything.

The smell is of pale malt, maybe wheat and other lighter specialty grains. A hint of different spices, namely coriander, fresh cracked pepper, and allspice. Just a small bit of floral and grapefruity hops accompanying.

The taste is good, but once again, it reminds me more of a witbier than anything else. It makes an alright pale, and I can see how they're trying to do something different to define their "South American Pale Ale," but it tastes so much like a run-of-the-mill, generic American attempt at yet another witbier, only managing to set itself apart by its crystal clear appearance. The flavors are on par with everything listed in the nose and a tiny caramel malt sweetness lingering in the finish along with a fading bubblegum and orange (coriander). Okay, I take back what I said earlier. It's better than a generic wit, but not by much.

The body is thin and the carbonation doesn't seem as tingly as I would expect given the sight of it.Very crisp, pleasant aftertaste, but it lingers like the dinner guest who forgot to leave. Definitely wouldn't be too hard to put a few of these down, but not worth the hefty price. It's great to see that the American craft brewing revolution is spreading its oats to other countries, of innovation and lending their own signature on the traditional styles. I will definitely try the rest of the beers from these guys, new to the Iowa.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 smcolw
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold in color, crystal clear. Decent head but little lace on the glass

Slightly skunky; light hop. There is an off smell beyond the skunk; I would describe it as

This is a sour beer with a taste that is similar to those with lots of adjuncts. It seems like there is raw wheat in the mix, too. There's a maple syrup flavor. The hop only shows up at the swallow. This beer is relatively thin with an above average carbonation.

Better than a macro, but not in the same league as the micros.

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Photo of Gavage
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/4" head falls apart immediately. Spotty lacing develops. Decent carbonation levels as bubbles rise nicely to the surface.

Smell: sickly sweet malt aroma is unpleasant.

Taste: grainy malt is weak and thin. Little caramel, barely any bitterness, and orange citrus is too sweet. Some metallic flavors arrive late in the taste.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. Smooth at the finish. Definite metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a poor pale ale. Little flavor, off balanced, and is unenjoyable. In my opinion this is the worst choice from this brewery.

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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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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 63 ratings