Barons Pale Ale | Barons Brewing Company

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Barons Pale AleBarons Pale Ale

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Barons Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 03-22-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.24/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Eek. This one should've been called "Oxidation Ale." I get almost nothing but cardboard baby. It's only a bit over 2 months old, so it's not an age issue. This would be a QA issue at the brewery. Big disappointment, as i fell in love with the ESB before sampling the Pale Ale.

I'll give it another go in 6 months or so to see if they've fixed the problem.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short Pilsner glass)
Excited about the Nelson Sauvin hops
A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a thin soapy snow white head and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a faint hint of shoe leather in the green hop hint with a slight sulfury finish that grows as the beer warms.

T- The soft tangy hop note had hints of green lemons and a slight tart soft pungent hop finish with just a bit of fruit. The malt bill was very soft and pretty non-distinct.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer is smooth and soft with a bite of hops at the finish and a bit of a sulfury nose. I was hoping there would be more of the new hops in the profile along with some malt to support it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light coppery-amber beer pours into my glass, forming a small head that fades very quickly, and is slightly redeemed from mediocrity by some decent patchy lacing.
I don't get much of a hops presence on the nose here. There are some, but they're underneath a stronger malt presence with a bit of a sweetness and a touch of fruits. It's not weak, but it does need a stronger hops nose on the whole.
The taste is what I expected from the nose. It's nice,and it's fairly heady and not at all lacking flavor. It's just that here, especially as opposed to other styles, any craft drinker is going to need more hops. The hops here do have a unique flavor profile, adding an interesting fleshy fruits note that verges on tangy. Ultimately, though, hops aren't as strong as malts and grains.
The feel really isn't lacking; medium body, a nice carbonation that isn't so little that it's flat or so much that it's too spritzy, and a smoothness make for good drinking.
Drinkable, certainly, and I'd have another, but not many looking for the classic Pale Ale profile will pick this if there's a variety of craft to choose from.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin, light orange body with a rapidly thinning head and a consistent string of effervescence....metallic pilsner malts settle atop ale hops--elusive, understated otherwise... sprtizy, thin mouthfeel that straddles both ale and lager styles... slick and swift through the teeth.... strangely crisp, clean watery taste with a hint of hops--safe, if not a bit thin.... straight-forward pale ale with a finishing flourish of mellow malts, sensible but not spectacular

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Photo of Daniell
2.52/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: ~2 finger head. Malty brown apricot colour. 2.5

S: citric fruits- orange, orange rind. Yeast. 3

T: vegetal. Not sweet. Needs more sweetness imo. 2

M: kind of lacking in carbonation. 2.5

D: wouldn't be bad if I'd already had a few. 3

I'll be sticking to the Wattle Seed from Baron's in the future.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a small white head that leaves sporadic lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is pretty non-existent for the most part and disappointing, with just a hint of malt and hops. The taste is a little more flavorful than the aroma suggests, with some malt and citrusy hops in the finsih. Overall, this is a an average pale ale that doesn't really stand out in any way for me to purchase again.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a small white head. Grainy malt aromas with little else on the nose. Sweet tasting for the most part with a sweet finish and only the faintest bitterness. Not much there. Bland and characterless, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is of hops with a bit of fruit, pretty good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden pour, nice head but little persistence.
Aroma is delicate, some passionfruit and lemon from the nelson sauvin, with a fair bit of cereal malt. Definately lacking, was expecting more from the description of hops on the label.
Flavours are similarly boring, a hint of lemon and some sweet hops mixes with slightly metallic malt.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of scooter231
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper with a little bit of white head, very little lacing, very little froth or foam on top. Clear, no haze or floaties of any kind.

Smells hoppy and light, crisp. There's a lemony, citrusy, thing going on, and a light floral sweetness. Not heavy, not too light. Smells refreshing.

Taste is a bit earthier, a LOT toastier and bready. There's a little bit of a bitter, roasted flavor on the finish. Again, light, refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nice. A nutty buttery flavor pops up after a while.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and wet, very very slick, a little oily. Overall this is a very drinkable brew, tasty, light, crisp. A good session brew for sure.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with fine foamy head that sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thin layer that laces the glass all the way down. I don't really smell much with this beer, slight yeastiness, but that's about it. The taste is very clean, but there's some citrus/grassy notes there. There's also a slightly sweet maltiness to it. Not bad at all. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but bubbly on the tongue, not scraping or biting. Overall, it's another very drinkable from Barons, I'm starting to like this brewery.

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Photo of Amalak
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly dark gold color. A little bubbly. Very little head, but does leave a lace around the glass.

S: Stronger smelling aroma. A little bitter.

T: Good flavor. Tastes like your traditional pale ale.

M: Dry. Leaves a distinct flavor in the mouth.

D: Has decent flavor, goes down smoothly. The aftertaste is not amazing, but satisfactory.

This is a decent beer. Solid flavor and taste, but doesn't do anything great or bad.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.06/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Barons Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head, and a cloudy, orange appearance, with tiny suspended particles floating throughout. The aroma and taste are of overripe, and even, rotting citrus. There is also a flat, cracker taste in there, and the hop profile is negligible. Mouth-feel is medium, and Barons Pale Ale finishes wet and unpleasant. This is bad. I would not try it again.


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Photo of biggred1
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with a thin white head that quickly shrinks to a mere skim of foam. The nose is untoasted grain and something mildly herbal, kind of like roasted garlic and fennel. Not much hop aroma to speak of. Barley is the main flavor with mild floral hops in the finish. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation. An average beer that could benefit from more hop flavor.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale copper color with a small white head that fell quickly. Lots of carbonation. Slight head retention. Best by date on bottle was 10/30/08.

Light malty smell with some grassy/citrusy accents. Smelled some lemon at first.

Slightly sweet and bitter, but a little watery too.

Goes down easy. Crisp and refreshing. Bitter aftertaste.

Great beer for a hot afternoon. Could have a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of dmk139
4.15/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has fruity undertones to it, but it is not over powering and still has a nice beer flavor. I compare it to a less gay version of Magic hat no. 9. The flavor is there, the smell is nice and the drinkability is above average. I would certainly reccomend it to curious parties

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Photo of joecast
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

wow this is highly carbed. has no trouble keeping a nice white foamy head. light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. typical apa color.

certainly some hops in the nose, but a strong malt sweetness competes for attention. as it warms the malt presence becomes stronger and hops fade. not good for an apa.

relatively uneventful taste. similar light hop profile without the detrimental sweet malt overtones. balanced, but at the cost of having anything that stands out.

after this and the esb (both of which were i date), i would like to try barons on tap and see if that makes any difference. otherwise one and done is about enough.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color, with minimal head. Aromas include some sweet butterscotch notes and a touch of steely hops. It smells of hard water. On the palate, minerally Burton bite first off, then a touch of butterscotch and lots of fresh hop flavors come through. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and quite hard from the water and the hops (which have a metallic feel). Overall, this is a lackluster pale ale. It isn't bad, just undistinguished.

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Photo of BBM
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They had this beer on special at a local pub. I had the black wattle ale before, so why not give this one a try? It pours a golden yellow into a pint glass, perhaps a hint darker than your normal Euro lager. Small white head on top. Aroma was very sweet, bready, and a bit musty.

This is a well-balanced pale-ale, more in the English style than American. The hops are kept to a minimum, and the sweet malt is the star here. There's no hint of vegetables or corn, which is always a good thing. Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium-thin. To be honest this is an easy drinking pale, that isn't going to overly wow you. But heck, if it's on special by all means give it a go.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber beer, large creamy off white head. Aroma doesnt really amount to much, some vageu maltiness and roasted peanuts for some reason. Flavour really isnt that bad, semi-sweet maltiness and a underlying current of lemon-grass hoppiness. I actually liked the palate on this one, well carbonated and quite "thick" on the tongue. Like the lager this is a nice enough beer.
I am reviewing this as a Golden ale..which it seems to be in my opinion.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in colour with a little head and hardly any lacing. I got very little aroma but then I think I'm handicapped in this department. Really nice flavour with dominant malt over some grapefruit. I thought the carbonation was pretty right and makes for a very drinkable beer. I'm not sure how it compares to the best APAs but I thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A nice golden color with a nice white head which dissapates quickly. Lacing is present but minimal.

Smell- Musty and bready

Taste- A nice refreshing, crisp clean taste. A slight off putting tin taste. Maybe the slightest hint of hops and malt sweetness is minimal.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean carbonated medium body.

Overall- Not a bad beer but not a great one either. Pretty average for a pale ale. I compare all Pale Ales to Sierra Nevada so it will fall short.

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Photo of Macca
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark golden colour with a centimetre or two of head and a light retention. Clear.

Some nice florals and tropical fruit notes in the aroma.

Fruitiness continues on the palate. A bit of bitterness at the back. A little sweetness.

Medium bodied.

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Photo of WHROO
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent head that receded to a thin layer quite briskly, although some lacing on the glass.

Not as pale in appearance as other pale ales

Smell was a hint of citrus, not much to get the mouth watering in anticipation

Taste: a little too carbonated for me, did dance around the mouth too much for my liking (felt too much like a light beer).
Definately not too fruity, & then again not too hoppy bitter...sorta in between. That's where I struggle with this, not sure where it fits.

If you are new to Barons, try the ESB or Lager - way more complex than this.

Drinkability: an easy lighter more carbonated beer, not heavy at all & could go as a session beer. Shouldn't offend any pallette...that's the prob - just a little too boring!

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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