Pail Ale
Schmohz Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,883
Ranked #47,353
3.11 | pDev: 23.79%
Schmohz Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Pail AlePail Ale
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of citrus hops and dark/bread malt notes; with very poor strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a good pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Other than the basically non-existent aromas; the flavors were really good and well balanced for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Apr 08, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A caramel beer. Hardly a hop to be found, this was mostly malt. Taking beer styles back to the beginning of the current craft beer cycle 10 years ago. A bit of colour to the body. Drinkable. Average mouthfeel with a tad aggressive carbonation. I have had worse beers.

Feb 17, 2013
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Herbal hop note
Taste-Tangy floral hops,citrus zest, spicy malt.
Nothing to write home about here, just your basic middle-of-the-road pale. It'd be all right with a plate of tacos. Ho-Hum.

Jun 25, 2012
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jt31914 from Michigan

2.04/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle

not very much head - darker color than typical pales; almost like an ipa in color and smell. The smell is nice - a little sweet, but nice clove-esque aromas in the brew. NO HOPS TO SPEAK OF in the taste or smell. Honestly, the beer is quite thin in terms of body and flavor. This is the Ryan Reynolds of beer, it looks alright at a glance but has no actual substance. In conclusion, no hops + no malt body = kind of a lame, overly sweet beer.

Feb 21, 2012
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jkrich from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived at my table, a clear, deep golden hue with a slowly receding, foamy white-head. The aromas were of citrusy American hops with spicy malt odor. The flavor had a solid hop bitterness that was complimented by a nice touch of malt. The ale's marked bitterness calmed down as the ale warmed.
Crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice, bittersweet aftertaste.
This was a very good American style pale ale in a crowded market; not outstanding, but solidly drinkable and refreshing.

Jul 04, 2011
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pb9613 from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Apperamce - The Pail Ale is a nice gold amber color that begs a good malty flavor. The head was a little weak for a pale ale.

Smell - A nice citrusy smell with a little pine to top it off. Could use a little dry hopping to increase the aroma.

Taste - This ale has a decent malt flavor with a great balance of bitterness. The flavor hops impart the great citrus flavor with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel - This beer lacks a little carbonation. It was a little flat for a pale ale more reminiscent of a brown ale.

Drinkability - This ale went down nice which made room for another one. This is typical of a beer an MTU graduate would drink and love.

Jan 31, 2011
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DannyDan from Michigan

2.06/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A. Pours a dark brownish orange that has a thin white head with good lacing and retention. Looks like a decent beer even though it seems dark in color for a pale ale.
S. Get some hops, some grain husks, and some other things I can't decipher.
T. Get lots of floral hops, some grains, some alcohol in the back mixed with spoiled kiwi juice and apple juice and grapefruit juice. It also has a bad chemical aftertaste.
M. A dry chalky feel that leaves a burning alcohol feel that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
D. This is not a drinkable beer. This is a drain pour beer, but I won't be doing that since it cost $9.69 in a 6er variety pack. What a waste of money.

Jan 25, 2011
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beveritt from Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is a sticker which simply shows a pail. I think this is the first of their beers I have had without a barely clothed buxom lass on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to a very thing yet complete coating of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is orange amber and slightly cloudy with very fine suspended particulate matter. I was very careful to leave some beer in the bottle to prevent pouring the sediment, but no luck. Some well compacted sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel biscuity malt with hints of pine hops and an underlying yeastiness.

Taste: Weak and insipid upfront, with slight taste of bready malt. An overarching sourness ruins any other flavors that may be present.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Another bad beer from this brewer. I have one remaining in my refrigerator and and dreading trying it. I can guarantee it will be my last from them.

Dec 24, 2010
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$7.99 for a mixed 6'er. No specs on the mfgr web site. 5.2% ABV. Pours out to a cloudy dark red amber. Much darker than expected for a pale ale. Topped with a large meringue like off-yellow head with very good retention and solid sheets of clingy lace. The carbonation is brisk. The aroma opens with kiwi fruit, green apples, nondescript hops, suggestion of alcohol, and grain husk. The mouthfeel is spritzy and tart with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a moderate chemical-like bitterness and the sourness of kiwi fruit and copper pennies. Mildly astringent finish with grain husk lingering in the aftertaste.

Again, this kiwi fruit taste has me worried, this one more than the others, as this one is bordering on being a gusher. When combined with the acrid sour penny taste, it suggests infection amongst all three beers I've tried so far. Not recommended.

Jul 09, 2010
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WakeandBake from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear dark amber color body with a small frothy white head , a nice ring of lace left behind , lots of big carbonation bubbles . Aroma of light pine resin and a hint of cloves ? . Flavor of some fruit , maybe apple skins piny hops and a good but slightly dusty pale malt. clean , but slightly watery mouthfeel ,light body , light bitterness with a nice little hoppy finish . Quite sessionable and pretty good . I am finding that I seem to favor Schmohz bottled offerings more than from a growler , nice to see this stuff at my local beer store , a nice local option for drinking.

Jun 27, 2010
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Jpatrix from Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A nice 2 finger head that holds the glass and laces down the glass. Nice darkish amber hue.

Faint citrus smell layered in malt and hops base.

A very clean American Pale Ale taste with a nice blend of light fruity taste that does not overpower the hops. Hops are not overpowering. A great balance.

Mouthfeel gives a dry clean finish. This is a delightful APA that drinks clean and tasty.

May 28, 2010
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BierFan from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottlecap is stamped with the number 613. I'm guessing it's a batch number.

Appearance: Thin tan head on a dark copper/orange body. Nice lacing.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity. Faint grapefruit from the hops mixed with some cherry aroma. Interesting.

Taste: Flavors are similar to the smell. Really nice bitterness to finish things off.

Sep 12, 2009
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JordanEllwanger from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber transparency. A caramel creamy white head one finger thick that holds for a little while and puts up some lace.

Smells fruity, malty, and hoppy. A sharp tickle to my nose is there that can sometimes come from wine.

Taste is awesome! A beautiful blend of sensations. Fruity cherry citrus sweet tart with a tiny hint of hops.

Feels smooth and leaves a drying sensation to the pallet. Somewhat simular to the dry feel of a wine, yet slightly wetter.

I enjoyed this beer.


Jul 19, 2009
Pail Ale from Schmohz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 28 ratings