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

Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
Beer rating: 30.2% out of 100 with 63 ratings
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