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 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 RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

South American Pale Ale? Is this a new style sweeping the continent below?

Pours a clear amber gold. Really interesting nose that makes me feel like it is a cross between an IPA, a hefe, and some Belgian yeast mixed in there for good measure. Flavor is meaty with woody character to it. Firm tones of sap and syrup. This one is all about the trees and earthy qualities. Feel is smooth on liquid and there is a real strong carbonation that attacks the tongue. I am going to say this is very drinkable. The sweet tone is a touch too much, but overall this is a very good craft brew, and from Brazil of all places. Oh the times they are a-changingÂ’.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Batch #38. Information I found on this beer is: 5.1% ABV & 35 IBU.

A: Crystal clear golden ale topped with 1/2-finger of white frothiness. Short-lived head, fades to a trace of gauzy film. Some visible carbonation rising randomly to the top, minimal lace. Superb clarity, but otherwise a fairly mundane pint.

S: Lovely sweet/malty aroma. Excellent spiciness, clove, ripe banana, bubblegum, herbal tea. Using what I assume to be German malts and hops, the result is a fantastic smelling sweet & spicy brew - almost 'Belgian'.

T: Some of the same spicy and fruity flavors meld with a harder dose of hops. Not really that bitter, as the flavors are balanced and complement one another. Tastes of many a yeasty a sweet/zesty Bavarian hefeweizen mixed with a dry/ malty pilsner.

M: Crisp, mostly clean & refreshing. Good carbonation in the mouth, despite a lack of it visually. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

D: Excellent beer that's easy to drink and quite sessionable. By itself or paired with food (grilled meat and veggies), I have a feeling this will be present in our fridge throughout the summer. A really nice beer I'm glad to have found and one I definitely recommend.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool, the first time I've gotten to see "Unreviewed - Be the First!"

Label depicts a locomotive barreling through the jungle, displacing parrots and palm fronds, while listing water, malt, and hops as ingredients. Batch number (38) is etched into the side of the label. Acquired at Beertopia in Omaha, along with a few other Eisenbahn brews.

Dark side of golden, some chill haze but high clarity overall. Bubbles scamper from top to bottom a majority of the drinking period. It's an attractive beer with quick to fall head but a cap of good thickness, which also sticks to the glass while in the act of drinking.

The aroma is similarly inviting; I've been reviewing a fair amount of English and American pale ales of late and this has as powerful a nose as any. Dried apple or pear yeast aroma is very potent, good amount of herbal and floral hops. Light malt is in the back.

Flavor is similarly bold and tasty. Very enjoyable, creamy mouthfeel, excellent yeast presence that doesn't fade or get cloying, hops are a lovely very light dab of pepper at the top of the floral flavor. Malt is not very pronounced, some sweet light grain in the mouthfeel. Not great balance but full of flavor, especially the light fruit acidity that brings apple and ripe pear, a little grapefruit even. Slight phenolic character develops as it cools, not a big problem as the sweet malt also gets fuller.

Great call for a day at the beach or a wide range of cuisine. The taste is not all upfront as in many light beers, reducing the development of off flavors as it warms. Good complexity and good ingredients leads to a very drinkable brew.

Could I be far off with 6% abv? It would be interesting to note; it reminds me of pale Belgians ales that sometimes sneak up on you by being so flavorful. Another nice bit of knowledge would be the hop blend, commence debate.

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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 acrawf6
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 38

Pours out a clear rich orange amber with a quarter inch head that fizzles out.

Smell. Smells light and refreshing with fruit esters. I get lots of freshly cut red apples, and just a tiny bit of bubble gum. Not all too complex, but still very nice.

Taste. The fruity apples come through in the flavor. Has a nice dryness, but not much of a bitterness. There are a few spices, cinnoman is faint, but there. Aftertaste is fruity as well and yeasty.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but fills my mouth nicely with ample carbonation.

Overall, like others say, reminds me a lot of a belgian ale. A very nice and flavorful beer that is still quite easy to drink. I was quite surprised with this beer, very nice.

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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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, shimmering gold with a splash of orange juice. Backlighting reveals a sparse cloud of fine particles in suspended animation. The pale ecru cap is a looker. It displays an impressive amount of character as it melts, and is sticky enough to grace the pint glass with more than a token amount of lace.

For some reason, I thought S.A.P.A. was a Belgian pale ale rather than an English pale ale prior to popping the top. Given the warm cloviness that greets my nose, I might have been right. Almost nothing else contributes to the aroma, however. Certainly not hops.

And the taste buds say... Belgian pale all the way. I've never had an American or an English ale that had this amount of clove and pepper-like spiciness, nor this amount of banana flavor. Come to think of it, this offering tastes as much like a hefe weizen as it does a BPA. There's something else too... a mild phenolic vibe just beneath the surface that should be subtle enough to be dealt with by anyone who likes what else is happening on the palate.

The malt backbone is as sturdy as it needs to be. It provides a golden grain-like flavor with just a touch of sweetness. Spicy-herbal hops make me think of Deutschland. Their bitterness matches the malt sugars step for step, leading to a supremely balanced, nicely drinkable pale ale.

Although the mouthfeel isn't a standout, it gets the job done. It's closer to light than to medium and is on the active (read: slightly prickly) side in terms of carbonation. A hint of expansive creaminess would have easily earned it the next highest score.

I like Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda beer. Escura (Dunkel) was pretty good, while Durada (Kolsch), Defumada (Rauchbier) and this offering are the cat's pajamas. I'm sure the U.S. only receives a miniscule fraction of all South America beer, but I can't believe there are many breweries that are more consistently excellent than this one.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear gold with a moderate white head.

S - Smell is belgian spiciness/yeast and some chalkiness.

T - Sweet, decent hopping, and a deep malt body. Again a very belgian flavour mixed with some sharp hops. Reminds me of a cross between a belgian blond and a pils.

M - Solid body, slick, rich and a bit of carbonated zing.

D - Very drinkable, and more than a notch above the latin american imports we're used to getting.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "S.A.P.A" pours an off amber color with thin head.

Aroma is somewhat faint but still has a fresh citrusy component.

On the palate there is a fairly ordinary pale ale quality mixed with a unique gum-like flavor (but no, not bubble gum as in a bad bottle of beer).

Finish is medium long. Easy drinking. Good with spicy food.

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

this beer poured a yellow color with a small white head that receeded very quickly but left hella lacing. i also noticed a high amount of carbonation in this beer. the taste is of malt and cereal and slight slight hops. there is a slight aftertaste that i can't get my head around. it's not bad, it's just different. this is a real easy drinking beer that i could drink a few of, but wouldn't seek out.

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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 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 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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