Max Pale | Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

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Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by tigerpaws:
Photo of tigerpaws
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark golden color with a generous head. When I first got a scent of this brew I thought OH BOY, because it had the hoppy smell of an IPA. But the taste left something to be desired. I drank several of these and enjoyed them. It's a good beer but nothing to write home about...CHEERS

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, bright orange and held a full head that pitted as it went down and left some cool lacing.

Smell – The hops here were subtle citrus and pine. It was very delicate yet sharp and carried a nice malt backbone. There may even have been some fuggles in there.

Taste – The sharp pine resin rose to the occasion, offering a nice, surprising bite of PacNW hops. The hop profile is very complex here. In a controlled/smoke-free setting I’m sure I could have picked up a little more.

The malt backbone though was easily identifiable. There was some terrific caramel and sugar sweetness to the malty base that mixed perfectly with the complex hops.

Mouthfeel – This was fun in the cheeks, playful even, with a nice dry finish. It was medium-bodied and kept the saliva glands working.

Drinkability – This was the real deal and a pleasure to drink. It was very entertaining, and I will certainly be coming back for more.

Comments – This “”Pale Ale” is listed as a “West Coast IPA” on the drink menu and claims to use “authentic PacNW hops”. Being a true Seattle hophead, I was ready to jump all over that claim. But, lo’ and behold, it delivered. Great job!

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best beer in their lineup, I think the only one to have. Aroma has hop in ity. Nicely hopped and fruity. Hoppy carbonation, tast e the spruce and leaf in the finish. Not too malted down, but also not an IPA either. Easy drink, middle mouthfeel. Possibly bottle-able.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More golden than copper. Light head and little lacing. Nice hoppiness in the smell, but no particulars stood out. Taste was hop-heavy, with enough malt coming through to make a nice balance w/o seeming sweet or oversweet. Good for the hot summer day. Mouthfeel was medium to light with a nice creaminess, which was a good accompaniment to the pizza. Not a great beer, but far from tragic. Drinkable, you bet. It was okay enough to make me want to see what the other Max Lager beers are all about.

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Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MAX PALE is an IPA acording to thier menu and this was confirmed in conversation with the brewer. It is called Max Pale but says it a an India Pale Ale brewed in the style of West coast IPA's ... Well, this is one of those fine lines because APA is not far off either. It is not as big as most of the West coast IPA's I have had but if the want to call it such I will respect that.

Appearance: Served a hazy orange color with a short white head and plenty of lace.

Smell: It has a somewhat perfumey floral mix of sweet fruits and hops and a solid biscuity malt with caramel drizzle creating sweet base.

Taste: I am not sure I would quite go as far as to agree that this is a East Coast style IPA but I can see that is what they are shooting for and tasty it is even if the hops aren't quite that huge. It is citrusy and fruity with a solid malt base and that is enough to call it good, in my book. Don't get me wrong it is solid with hop bitterness just not shoulders above the rest.

Mouthfeel: The citrus and the tart and the sweet and the bitter and the dry mouthfeel keep the palate at attention. The beer itself seem to have a light feel as it passes over the tongue but it is medium in body and dry in the finish. good.

Drinkability: This was actually my favorite of the three pints I had at Max. I would definitely drink much more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of aracauna
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber on the yellow end of the amber spectrum. The head is a little more than the other beers I tried there, but not as big or lasting as on the porter. The aroma is resiny over some citrus and the slightest bit sour. The flavor is nicely malty, hops are present but reserved for a west coast Pale Ale. The sourness is not as present as in the aroma. The mouthfeel is soft and almost creamy. This is a solid beer but not really spectacular.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft...Very strong citrus-hop aroma, mostly grapefruit. Disappointed in the appearance, light orange, with absolutely no head or lacing, but had a . good taste and finish. Drank this outside in 80 degree weather, a perfect fit for a warm July evening.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper pale color and a hoppy nose sit below a airy head of bubbles. With it's Munich and American pale malt it lends itself to a highly drinkable product. Its good and bitter with a slight malt overtone. The northern brewer hops for bittering are nicely balanced/ The cascades for dry hopping make for a great pale ale.

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Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my favorite of the beers I tried at Max's. It is a nice orangeish bronze with a decent head and delicate lacing.

Nice nose of floral hops, citrus and pine. More of a west coast smell.

The taste was pleasantly bitter. I was hoping for a bit more citrus/pine flavor (especially given the smell), but it was tasty./ Nice use of malt to add some balance and sweetness.

A creamy mouthfeel and bracing carbonation make this an easy drinking session beer. Very easy to pair with Max’s tasty grub.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I expected little from this beer, and so was VERY plesantly surprised: the Max Pale was shockingly citrus-y and good for a standard APA style: it was of the "west coast", hop-strong APA style.

They claim it's a West Coast IPA, which I think it going too far: if it's an IPA by style, it's merely very good. If it's a hoppy, zesty, strong West Coast APA, then it's excellent.

Appearance is a little cloudly, might be semi-filtered? Deep yellow, but sub-copper. It was served too cold, and benefitted from sitting for ~five minutes to get closer to cellar temp.

Nose is bright, citrus, and hoppy, indicating what's to come. Again, it benefitted from warming up a tiny bit.

Taste: wonderful. Citrus, floral, hop, pine-resin, just excellent. A big surprise for a house beer in the south, the Max Pale could hold its own against MANY West Coast APAs that are actually actually brewed on the West Coast.

Finish: tangy and hoppy, with a long lasting hop/sour tang, almost a tiny burn. Delightful!

I'll order this again, and again when I return. This being a standard, year-round beer is easily enough to make this place worth coming to, even without the good food and service.

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Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have terrible luck getting beer on cask in the South. Always a nice surprise when a place actually has a beer available on the beer engine.

Medium orange gold color with 1-finger pillowy head. Great retention and lace, all the way through the glass.

Muted citrus nose, mainly grapefruit.

What is muted in the nose is not muted in the flavor. Lots of grapefruit, joined with earthy herbal hops. Big flavor for a pale.

Smooth body, fitting for the cask version. A little grainy.

Very nicely done. Definitely would get this again.

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Max Pale from Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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