Pathfinder Pale Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

Pathfinder Pale AlePathfinder Pale Ale
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Pathfinder Pale AlePathfinder Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRPunk on 01-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. 4.9% ABV, 30 IBU's, OG=11.2P, Hopped with all Cascade.

Pours out to a clear orange golden, forming a tall whipped light yellow head with excellent retention and solid lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.2 carbs or so. The nose is quite nice...I get a clean ferment, some nice grainy malty notes, plenty of Cascade hops with grapefruit, pith, peach and some subtle pine notes. No doughy yeast, thank god. The mouthfeel is crisp and very clean with a medium body, pleasantly more than expected for a 4.9% brew. The taste is really good as well...a recap of the aroma with a wonderfully balanced medium-firm bitterness that pulls everything together. Very easy to drink with no off-flavors. Dry finish.

Pleasantly surprised after having had a few gushers from Saugatuck. This is a pretty much by the books pale ale, exemplifying the style quite well. I've had a lot of pale ales that don't strike a balance as good as this. Tastes way better and drinks much easier than Sierra Nevada, IMO. Worth seeking out if you want to try a new pale ale and want something at a good price point.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- a normal pour created a 1-finger off-white head. Slightly hazed, golden body. Light carbonation. Great sticky rings left on the glass. Head retained at a nice film throughout.

S- Floral and sweet. Hawaiian bread. Fresh and delicate. Nicely balanced.

T- More balance. Floral, spicy, minty hops. Cereal-like malts. It all comes together nicely. Bone dry finish.

M- Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lightest hop bite.

O- The bottle said, "sessionable pale ale," and had me a little skeptical, hoping I didn't just by some hoppy water. 4.9% ABV? 30 IBUs? Nice! They've packed a lot of flavor into a small package. I could put a few back. Brewers take notice. Low ABV can be flavorful. I would love to see it in cans, as name implies it might be a good beer for camping, backpacking, etc.

Before .25 increment scoring, it would have bumped up to a "4" on taste as well. I'm tempted to round up for their ability to do so much at a lower alcohol level.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a hazy, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, resin, slight sweet malt, hint of biscuit, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, resin, slight sweet malt, hint of biscuit, and a hint of floral. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, blend, and body.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a solo from Little Sack in Rockford, MI.

A - Golden yellow / orange cloudy hue. Three fingers of foamy white head. Rings around the glass for every sip.

S- floral, fruity, extremely citrusy - grapfruit, lemon zest, pineapple.

T - This brew packs a big punch of hops and drinks more like a more potent beer. It is a nice crisp and refreshing brew. A small amount of sweetness tries to come through, but it is aggressively hopped and that remains the dominant flavor.

M -Dry, sticky, medium bodied.

O - Not a bad try for a session APA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded date 130624 printed on the label. Not sure if that's a best by date or a born on date, so whatever. Acquired at the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. I just recently tried the Saugatuck + Binny's Hopfinder collaboration, and I liked it a lot, so I'm excited to see what we have here.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Hmm, strange. Pours about five parts of fluffy rocky cavernous off-white head to about one parts lemony orange colored beer body. Becomes a darker cloudier orange when I pour the rest of the bottle. Epically frothy head with good staying power. Fat fluffy lacing.

S - Smell is light and bready. Lemon zest. Grassy. Earthy. Some yeasty pineapple fruit presence.

T - Taste is very light, crisp, and bready / malty. Not a lot of the lemon zest or other fruit presence comes through much in the taste. Minimal fruit or hops detectable in the taste.

M - Feel is extremely dry and bready. High carbonation could probably be toned down a bit.

Overall, I definitely prefer the Saugatuck + Binny's Hopfinder collaboration over this one. It started out strong, but failed to deliver. Easy drinking with a moderate 4.90% abv, I would have no trouble sessioning this beer, but the flavor could stand to be amped up some.

Saugatuck Pathfinder Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

it pours amber pale, with a slight haze, and a finger width tan head. It has fruity aroma, with a strong taste of light grains/herbs, with a diminish or muted fruit taste. It has little or no bite, no metallic edge, and has a bitter after taste. not really filling and leaves the mouth dry.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with some pretty dank feeling hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance of dank citrus and floral/pine hop flavors; with a light amount of malt balance and some moderate astringent bitterness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming after the finish. Overall this was a good session pale ale. Good balance of hop flavors, and very smooth to drink. The astringent bitterness knocked this down a bit, but otherwise it was an enjoyable pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Pathfinder Pale Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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