Pale Ale | Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
California, United States
santacruzmountainbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 01-23-2006

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Ratings:
29
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
18.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of SimcoeKid
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_B
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of baybassboy
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of bvermilion
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of charlzm
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed June 30th, 2012 at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Medium golden hue, slightly hazy with no head.

Fruity with a touch of caramel in the nose.

Flavor is odd; as the nose, but with a pronounced mustard note. No real bitterness.

Well carbonated, at least.

Could have fooled me that this was supposed to be a Belgian style pale ale.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

67 IBU's in a pale ale? That's only 10 less than the IPA, which is 150 basis points higher in alcohol. I would bet this is the hoppier of the two, but I only drank of those two. On-tap at the brewery itself, on to the beer:

A yellowish orange colored beer with little head and a few traces of lace that cling to the glass. The nose offers caramel and flowers. A very floral hoppiness.

Caramel and earthy notes jumpstart the flavor. But the dominant flavor are the hops, which are in the raw and bust out with tea-like and hemp flavors. Perhaps too raw for me, as I like my hops to be a little more mellow and fruity. Its body is a lighter medium, is fairly drinkable, and a solid representation of the American pale ale.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A nice finger of foamy head. Hazy amber. Great lacing.

S: Gentle malts and slight citrus hops.

T: Tasty enough. Light, carbonated, but surprisingly robust/malty for such a light beer. Touch of bitterness leads to a pleasantly dry finish. Cloudy lemon in the maintaste, with only a touch of barley sweetness. Generally good.

O: An average beer, but unremarkable, save inasmuch as it's a goodish beer at relatively low ABV. Very drinkable, goes well with spicy food.

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Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.62/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Nov 2007.

Medium white head. Medium carbonation. Slightly cloudy straw yellow color. Aroma is metallic, lemony. Fairly vegetal, like celery. Slight hint of citrus. Puckery dirty aftertaste. Light body.

Belgian pale ale? Really?

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Photo of SShelly
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definetly not a belgian anything, and my experience with this on draft at blue palms was way different then alot of the reviews.

Light golden yellow color with small white head and a little bit of retention.

Aroma is of a subtle citrusy variety, pretty subdued but nice, clean and a little hoppy.

Nice and crisp in the mouth slightly dry with a well balanced bitterness, subtle hop flavor, a little bit of balancing sweetness, leaves a nice crisp hop flavor in the mouth.

Probably not something I would actively seek out but kinda nice on a day when im not trying to crush my liver...probably better on a hot day.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Cruz, the first place I ever bought the silly shrooms, nice little place in my heart but why did all those mountains keep rolling. But about the beer. Pours a light amber, little head. Smell, not much, but where this beer shines is the mouthfeel, big bready yeasty mouthfeel, actually compared to there other beers, very good. Mouthfeel for a light pale lager is big and welcoming. This is a very drinkable beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky honey with small white head leaves fast.

S - Very light malt smell. That is it.

T - Malty, some hops, but very watery in general.

M - Light bodied, fair balance, not much coating.

D - Although this is not anywhere near a favorit, it is easy to drink and I could all night!

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and light gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are of caramel malts, brewed tea, and pine like hops.

Taste is much like the aromas. Brewed tea flavor, creamy caramel malts, and some sweet cereal grains. Finish is crisp with an earthy pine hop note.

Mouthfeel is full, well rounded, and nicely carbonated. Beer feels smooth.

Drinkability is quite good. This isn't going to wow you, but it's a solid sessionable pale that falls more toward the British style.

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Photo of RichardWalter
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light golden, a little hazy with all the foam. Way too much white foam that breaks into chunks, with a lot still left on the side of the glass.

Light citrus grapey aroma , nothing overpowering, reminds me of a wine cellar.

Light and refreshing small amount of aftertaste.

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Photo of illidurit
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Typical golden straw color, crystal clear, with a wet and wispy white head. Aroma is very grainy with some wet hay and lemony citrus. Also some phenolic character that doesn't meld in that well. Flavor is yeast, spices, wet mushy grains, and a tinge of citrus. Some slight hop astringency. Mouthfeel is very very light, carbonation is high. Drinkable but extremely boring.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle of this at Draeger's in San Mateo.

I'm not sure I'd agree with the style categorization. It doesn't describe itself as a Belgian Pale Ale anywhere on the bottle. On the other hand, it isn't quite hoppy enough to be a typical West Coast pale ale. But it's not yeasty enough to be really described as a Belgian ale, either.

Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not bad. A bit light on the palate and in the mouth, but this does increase the drinkability. It would be a decent beer on a hot day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a big, foamy, white head.

Smell: Simple aroma that's a combination of grainy malts and lemon-scented handsoap.

Taste: Tired maltiness that's briefly sweet and delivers a kick of grain husks. More cheap lemon soap along with a medium hop bitterness. Slight citric hint on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Drinkability: Seriously, what the hell is this nonsense.

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Photo of theopholis
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body pours a hazy, bright, pale yellow. Head is a frothy, aggresive, white 3-finger affair with some head retention, and a nice lacing.

Aroma- Smells pretty much like a Belgian. A very interesting blend of soft, malt sweetness and a pungent, underlieing sourness with with hints of floral hops, coriander and bitter orange peel.

Taste- At the front, a pronounced sourness with a strong, astringent mouthfeel. A grapefruit bitterness is in there to. I can imagine this is what a fermented grapefruit tastes like. Not bad, but I was hoping for a little malt sweetness in there somewhere, and a little more complexity.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body. The CO2 level is good for the style ( a little lower than most Belgians). Has a very pronounced astringency, which drys out the palate ad gives a good aftertaste. Not very refreshing tho.

Drinkability- Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian Pale Ale? My bottle says nothing like that. It simply says "A light style Pale Ale crafted in a traditional style with imported whole organic hop flowers." To me that means it could be any style Pale Ale an probably West Coast Pale just because of where it is made.

Chill hazed sunny yellow colored beer with an average type Belgian Pale Ale.

A quick sniff confirms that this does smell like a Belgian style ale so it IS listed correctly. Sweet smelling with the scent of flowers and coriander and a faint bergamot scent AKA bitter orange.

The taste begins sweet with a slightly sharp sourness that lasts for a second, then a bitter after taste dries it out. Rather basic Belgian Pale flavors and a little light.

Mouthfeel is light.

Boring really, buy the Duvel instead.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow-reminds me of a Hefe or a Kolsch-thin head with medium carbonation with a mild hops aroma. Taste is good for a low alchohol beer with minimum malt and pleasant hop cripness.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkablity is high-nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber with neck label expressing hand crafted and dry hopped. Body label states light Belgian style with Belgian Kent Goldings, whole organic hop flowers. ORGANIC. 4% ABV.

Pours with a vicious peach hued hazy glass containing suspended light particles floating around, topped off with a pillowy lemon meringue coating. Rock solid pour.

Brisk orange peel and tangerine delicate nose. A touch of peppery zest. Belgian yeast aspects brighten up a doughy middle. Impressive really.

First swigs: Dry fluffy light tangering soda. Tight dense carbonation. Dry Belgian doughy yeast middle. (Wow! This is good!) A Jell-O like gelatin sweet. Unwinding flavors roll out here. Some spicy lemon and a base of oatmeal grain.

Foamy frothy feel that foams up, plenty. Light bodied with a clean fragile finish.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Houblon Chouffe's little brother. Amazing flavor for a 4% beer. Here is a great beer at 4% ABV. This is going on the list as a favorite of the year.

Beer is good. Happy flavorful beering.

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Pale Ale from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
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