Falls Pale Ale | Falls Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Falls Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 11-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by jj21:
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2.43/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a step up from any Macro. Still, not very good. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with light head that disappears quickley. Not a very strong aroma. Flavor needs a kick in the ass. Another very unimpressive offering. Come on guys, impress the beer drinking cheeseheads.

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Photo of cokes
2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Murky honey hued stacked with a lasting whipped cream dome.
Wetly bready on the nose, with faint suggestions of lemon poppyseed muffins.
It enters the mouth and raises the eyebrows. Lime juice and apple cider. It's not puckeringly tart, but it's much closer than it should be. Earthy, rock dust yeasty hues turn this slightly dimmer, but the tart fruits still reign....though they do subside slightly with warmth (or is that acclimation?)
And that's basically it. Underneath, a doughiness bobs around along with some mimickery of black tea.
Light bodied with rapid carbonation.
I'd guess..errr, hope... that Oconto Falls is still working out the bugs. This is wholly unimpressive.

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Photo of terrabyte
1.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear dark copper color with a white head.

A slightly citrus or lemon sweetness aroma, followed by pine. After letting it sit a little while, I could only smell a slight musky citrus.

Flavor is lacking. So much so, that I don't know exactly how to describe it. There isn't much citrus sweetness the opening aroma hinted at. Only a musky sourness. It has a little bit of watery bread feel or taste to it, but not too much. There's a bit of apple cider impression, maybe even some vinegar. My mouth has a bit of banana peel coating to it.

Mouth is a little watery. Carbonation isn't as bad as the others in this batch from this brewery, but still too high. Can't help but feel like the aftertaste is tonic water.

Of the three I had from this brewery, this was the one I could drink the easiest. However at the same time, it allowed me to taste (or not taste) it, giving it a low drinkability anyway.

Update: Website shows this Pale Ale might be renamed to Hot Tail Ale.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This may be the worst beer I've ever had. Appearance was not too bad...a dark amber with a soapy head, but with a disturbing amount of sediment. Aroma was of sour milk, and flavor was totally unbearable. No one who has tried this beer could possibly keep it in their mouth long enough to contemplate mouthfeel. All except a tiny sip went down the drain. I feel that a rating of "1" is too good for this beer.

I bought this bottle at Flanagan's in Appleton. It wasn't at all dusty and with absolutely no date coding on the bottle, I'm forced to assume that it arrived at the store from the brewery the day I bought it (3 days ago) and is as fresh as it can be. IF it had a date code, I could draw a different conclusion.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bronzed orange, clear as a bell. The firmly creamy cap, that is closer to pale orange than to ecru, is kept alive by a handful of steady bubble streams. The crown sinks first in the center since the edges do a pretty good job of sticking to the glass and adorning it with small, sudsy hunks of lace.

The nose is a major disappointment because there are almost no hops to be had; inexcusable for an APA. In fact, the beer doesn't smell like much of anything except faintly metallic grain. I know that there's often a disconnect between aroma and flavor, but I don't see any way that Falls Pale Ale is going to deliver the goods on the palate.

Not good. Not good at all. It's obvious that the brewers were trying to create an English pale ale; they say as much on their website. It such a piss poor attempt, however, that it's hard to assign a style at all. The caramel (and pale and biscuit) malt backbone is way too flimsy and there's very little good malt flavor to be had.

Not only that, but the beer has an earthy sourness that is made worse by a hint of rancid butter. As far as hops, I couldn't even begin to guess what's in here. I'll take the brewery's word for it and believe 'English hops', but they too are corrupted by the off-flavors. Unless they're the corruptors rather than the corruptees.

The mouthfeel is too light and too fizzily carbonated. I keep waiting for it to firm up a tad and for the bubbles to exhaust themselves, but so far, no such luck.

This beer has been renamed. It's now Hot Tail Ale, complete with the back view of the bottom half of a tight-jeaned woman on the label. It looks like Falls Brewing Company has taken the motto 'sex sells' to heart. I guess they have to do something to move crappy beer like Pale Ale.

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Falls Pale Ale from Falls Brewing Company
Beer rating: 1.91 out of 5 with 5 ratings