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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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 53
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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Photo of vurt
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint tumbler. The label tells me this is from "Batch 20."

This perfectly clear brew has a deep gold color which has a brassy hint of green. Seems a bit yellow for a pale ale to me. The white head of foam looks creamy and rich, and shrinks down to a thin film. A gentle swirl of the glass restores a half-finger layer of foam.

Not much to hang onto here. I get some grainy malt; saltine crackers; a lager-ish, earthy mustiness; and a light fruit smell that reminds me of canned pears. There is also some faint hop spiciness.

Starts off bready and mildly sweet, like a few drops of honey on wheat toast. I'm also getting a light peat flavor (unexpected and tasty!), along with some apple juice and pear notes. There's also a spicy phenolic character which seems rather out of place, both for the style and for the overall character of this beer. Finishes with a lingering spicy sweetness.

Light body with rather prickly carbonation. A beer in the style of an English pale ale ought to have softer carbonation.

Moderately drinkable, with surprises which are both good (peat flavor) and not so good (phenolic notes).

Not a bad beer by any stretch, but easily the lowest scoring of the 3 I've sampled from this brewery so far. Also, it does not seem terribly close to an English pale ale in style. The malty sweetness is there, but the fruit and hop characters are uncharacteristic, and the phenolic spiciness is way off. I would not avoid this beer, but there are dozens of other pale ales I would reach for first.

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Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent auburn-gold body with a steady layer of head that just keeps going.

Loads of softly sweet, biscuity malt with a healthy dose of earthy hops on the back end. Sweetness builds to the point of mirroring a Munich Helles instead of a PA.

Once again, a bit too sweet on the malt end. However, an English PA (which this is supposed to be) should be maltier with only a touch of hops for bittering purposes. That would seem to be the case here although there's a vaguely Belgian, phenolic characteristic that seems out of place.

Appropriate mouthfeel in terms of thickness(perhaps a tad thin) and carbonation with little to no oiliness or astringency. It's also cool to see a non-English brewer making a very authentic stab at the style. However, I think I'd still buy a PA from the UK before getting this again.

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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 albern
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a bit disappointing. It's rare to have anything except really bland pilsners and American style macros coming from South America, so the expectation of something better was there. You will find a copper color beer with little carbonation, not much head, zero lacing. The smell is caramelly malts, some dextrin sweetness, some Belgianesque aromas as well. Just okay. The taste is a poor imitation of Belgian style, if that is what they were aiming for. You'll get lots of dextrin malty sweetness, some odd fruity notes, maybe some pineapple but mostly bubblegum, and a touch of crispness in the finish. This beer just isn't all that good. It's a one and done for me.

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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 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 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 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 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 DogFood11
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. First time I've seen this on the shelves and was surprised that a pale ale from brazil made it to my local haunt. Its got a lively appearance with racing carbonation supporting a pillowy white head. Bright golden body.

Very spritzy and punchy on the palate. A good layer of hops and malt collide in a rough way. Slightly metallic and clashes with with the already troubled meat of this beer. Tastes a bit hot and lagerish. Some cooked vegetables and raw grain lingers.

Notes: A unique beer that stands out. I will not forget this flavor and I'm pretty sure I could pick this one out of a blind tasting. Pass on this one.

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Batch No. 20)

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Surprising aroma of pale malts, bubblegum and banana esters, and coriander.

Taste: Faint pale maltiness with a subdued sweetness. Tastes like they added a splash or two of herbal tea. Notes of coriander, bubblegum, and banana throughout. A displeasing solventy taste creeps in the finish. Mineral water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good gracious, me. This is just one of those beers that I didn't care for one bit.

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