Pale Ale | Mobjack Bay Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Mobjack Bay Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours very clear, deep amber color with a fair head, but nothing exciting. Decent lacing, but quick fading head.

Smell: Some nice floral and hop tones. Some what citrusy and piney, with hints of wild flowers. Followed by mild yeast and light malt.

Taste: Mild hop, citrusy bitterness with some fruity esters leads to a caramel malty backbone with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Very solid beer all around. More typical of an English Pale ale, than it's hoppier American Cousin. Great some or seafood beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Roanoke today,pours a lighter golden with a thin wispy white head that leaves only a spots of lace behind,aroma is more on the malty side some toasted grain fruit with a hint of herbal/leafy hop in there as well.Very well balanced pale here some toasted grain and light caramel sweetness up front with a herbal dry lingering finish.Quaffable and balanced not an over the top brew by any means but great for what it is.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellowish-orange in color with a really nice head that left a bit of lacing and some cool-looking foam puddles on top of the liquid.

Smell – Very well-balanced aroma of caramel and biscuit malts and some nice East Coast hops. The sharp citrus in particular stands out.

Taste – I like this one a lot. The hop and malt profile mix expertly here. This is my idea of a good East Coast Pale Ale.

The fuggle hops are very sharp and distinctive yet mate just right with the complex malt profile. I’m no pro, but the bready, biscuity, and caramel/toffee blend seamlessly at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Almost medium-bodied with just the barest hint of dryness.

Drinkability – I had no trouble taking this one down. Again, the expert blending of the flavors here was the high point for me.

Comments – I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of Loki in this BIF 8.0 shipment. I’m so glad I joined that one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with bottling date. Blue claw crab on the label. pours light amber, white head, medium bubble moderate head, with decent retention. Leaves some lacing. Hoppy nose. Moderatly malty body, bready center. Mild hoppyness, grainy and floral. Drinkable and pleasant Ale, though nothing special.

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Photo of Sammy
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Both sweet and bitter. Clear colour and crisp. Hops and malts didn't quite do it here. Acidic not pleasant. Floralness in smell. Strong carbonation. Like a tang soft drink. Altogether, Not a great pale, disapointing for #600. Perhaps when I am really thirsty. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a contract brewed bottle out of Clipper City in Maryland. Its clear deep amber body rests beneath a short head of ivory foam that drops shortly and leaves little lace about the glass. The nose offers floral and lightly citrusy/piney hops alongside some yeasty fruitiness over a biscuity malt. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth as expected for the style. The flavor melds its yeasty fruitiness and floral/citrusy/pine-like hops with a biscuity malt that's drizzled with caramel and balanced by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with some residual bitterness, citrusy/piney hops, and biscuity malts. Clean and nicely balanced.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a ok head. The head fades fast and leaves no lace. Not much on the nose like most Pale Ale. A good hint of hops but nothing too overpowering. The taste was good. A fair amount of hops with hints of malt. Easy to drink. Recommend if you are new to the Pale Ale type beer.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the beer with the most interesting throat taste outside of a witbier. A nice rusty gold in color with a wonderful goldish cream head of about 1/2" of loose foam that clung very loosely with lace. Nose is definitely citrusy, crisp, fresh, reminds me of spring.

Nice hops on the tongue with orange running right behind. The swallow is amazing - very strong, noticable orange with the hops slowly rearing their head afterward. This would make an excellent summer pale ale, or go well with some well spiced/Asian influenced food.

This would be a great beer to revisit every now and then to really enjoy its unique orange pale ale flavor.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I first drank this beer in May of 2002, the only reason I mention this, is it is now July 2003. I went over to my friends house and he served me his last one. Here it had been in the fridge for more than a year. I was pleasently surprised that it had not lost any of its flavor or lack of flavor.
It is not a hoppy pale, it does have a flowery hops nose to it though.It was a pleasent taste neither offending nor enticing.

Don't shoot me, but I drank straight from the bottle as we were standing around a campfire. The whole point to this reveiw is, always give a beer a fair chance, even if it is a year old.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange in color with a 1" off-white head. Light lacing develops through the drink. Carbonation levels were where they should be. The aroma was a decent combo of orange citrus and caramel candy. The flavor tones consisted of caramel, orange, nice floral bitterness, with a mild malty backbone. This tasted like it was a very fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start. The finish was basically smooth with a bit of crispness, and the orange and caramel tones last briefly on the tongue. Nicely drinkable, and overall a respectable pale ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head; no retention. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that is lightly bitter and breadlike. It has a toastey feel. The taste is good. It has a sweet, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes earthy and breadlike with a hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It has good flavor and decent aroma. It could use a little head retention and some more aromatic malts. All in all, a good drinker.

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Photo of stirgy
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a golden and bright golden yellow color. Perfect clarity and topped off with a lively white head of foam. Has something like Amarillo hops in the nose. They give off a distinct citrus fruit like character along with some mustiness. The taste is very pleasant with the slight musty tinge of grapefruit rinds. At the core of this beer is a solid malt body with an overlay of pungent and citrusy hops. Leaves the tongue coated with just a small pat of butter in the finish. Very fine and tasty. I enjoyed this pale ale.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium copper color with large white head that fell to a long-lasting ring. Smell is of hops, caramel, and slight citrus. Taste is moderately dry with hops and a nice touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly bitter and dry. An excellent all around beer.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey yellow with a foamy white head. Head dissipates to a thin covering and leaves some lace. Plenty of carbonation. Nose is the butter smell from movie popcorn and some malt notes. Taste has decent hops, not overpowering, with some sweetness toward the end, finish is not quite crisp which is fine. Mouthfeel was medium and pleasant. This beer is easy to drink. If found reasonably priced, it would make an excellent alternative for adventurous macro drinkers.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew has one of the coolest labels that I've seen in a long while. It has a large blue crab in the forefront and a picture of a fishing boat on the ocean during sunset in the background. That's mostly what tempted me to buy it. Poured with an average sized head that didn't dissipate too quickly. Has a nice light amber color with a slight red tint. This beer was a little lighter than most p.a.’s but was still rather enjoyable. It matched great with a grilled porterhouse steak and baked sweet potato. I'll definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intersting, becuase ut is somehwt, mundane. Good, solid brew, but, it nothing to jizz over. Nice deep citrus scent tied to it. Colors is a solod ornage, with a slight head and a nice amount of lacing. Dry, sweet taste permeate's this brew. Not a bad PA, but not the best, All in all a solid fall back brew to have, but nothing to hunt down if you must.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a package delivered by Loki to me for some Alesmith. Woo.. Bottle marked as being from Baltimore, MD. Guess it must be contracted.

Beer pourse the perfect amber orange into the glass, but with no head into my pint glass.

The aroma full of small old oranges with a dry leathery aspect to the orange that pervads the brew. The peel itself is sweetened even more by a floral honey touch to the nose.

Flavor is at first sharp citrus with a bittering herbal touch throw that comes in on top of a traditional crystal malt structure. A deep chewy orange peel flavor holds onto the tongue through the whole final palate.

As the beer finally fase completely away a bitterness holds to side of the tongue.

Overall.. not the fresh example I hope, otherwise a passable pale ale, but not very smooth.

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Pale Ale from Mobjack Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 17 ratings