Purist Pale Ale
Appalachian Brewing Company

Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #280
Ranked #45,927
3.5 | pDev: 10.86%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale
Notes: Our pale ale is inspired by the classic English style pale ale with a blend of noble hops and a delicate malt attribute. This beer is well balanced by design and is for the enjoyment of the purist beer drinker
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a light amber colored body that leaves no head, minimal lacing is left. The smell had malts up front with a bit of floral/earthiness going on. The taste was basically the same adding a bit of graininess. The palate sat about a light to medium leaving a dry feel on the tongue yet nothing harsh there either, sessionable. Overall, this was decent but nothing to go out of my way for again.

Jun 29, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/13...pours bright copper, light foam. Nutty bready nose, light fruit hint. Soft subtle malty taste, light bitter balances the sweetness. Fast finish. Smooth but unremarkable.

Feb 28, 2016
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a short, bright white foam with good retention. Medium light malt, resinous and light floral hops, and estery apple aromas. Medium bodied with a light creamy feel and medium light carbination. Medium bready malt flavor, with medium light floral and resinous hop flavors through the middle. Medium hop bitterness. Finished semi-dryly with a light, fresh, earthy hop bitterness with estery apple notes. Flavor and aroma character greatly improved as this warmed. Aromas and flavors are well balanced, but a little subdued.

Aug 09, 2015
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jrob21 from Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly cloudy orange color. Decent white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor is a little faint but there is some caramel malt and citrus fruit in there. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Not incredibly extraordinary, however.

Feb 06, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I live not too far from the Appalachian Brewing Company. I thought I'd give this one a try. I like the idea of drinking English pale ales. Here we go. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A dusky reddish color, almost honey, with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Toasty malts. Some light hoppiness, but not much.

Taste: A bit richer than I imagined, but not awfully bad. Not really good, either. It's a passable brew, with some maltiness and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel: A heavier body. It coats the tongue well, and the taste lingers at the back of the throat. The aftertaste is a little too grainy for my taste, but it's not awful.

Overall: I could drink it, but I am not going to run out and buy this again anytime soon. It met my expectations in the most basic way, no more and no less.

Nov 09, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +9.1%


Pours a light amber gold with a white lacing for a head.

Light honey aroma with some fresh citrusy hops.

Citrus hop flavor up front followed by fresh and floral hop character over a light biscuit malt.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice above average pale ale with some decent hop depth. Easy to session and enjoyable, goes down very light. Not any kind of award winner, but more than adequate for the style.

Sep 04, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The great bottle purge continues here in the kitchen of Chez Woody as I try to reduce the backlog of these confounded bottles that are getting in the way of The CANQuest (TM)! I have levied a self-imposed moratorium on buying too much more beer until I get caught up. Yes, there are some that I am not going to pass up, but beer merchants locally are mostly weeping.

From the bottle: "Notably fresh"; "Our fine lagers & ales are handcrafted in small batches & carefully nurtured to perfection. Please visit our really cool brewery!"; "Brewed with Barley, Hops, Yeast & Water".

Another mother-loving screw-cap! 8={} I keep getting fooled by them and I am not a fan, which only inspires me to conduct a really aggro pour. There wasn't much in the way of a cascade, but two fingers of dense ecru head quickly formed and evinced good retention. Color was a deep, rich amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. I am NOT a Purist because that suggests a rigidity and an unwillingness to embrace innovation, but this simply looked like beer! Nose was full of hops, especially a grapefruit-citrus quality which once again begs the question of where does an APA end and an AIPA begin? They are calling this an APA, so be it! Mouthfeel was medium and I have to admit, the taste was not as intense as the nose, so aroma hops were definitely in play while bittering hops were toned down. I will buy that in an APA, so things are good for the purists out there. I was also getting a biscuit maltiness, which further muted the intensity of the hops and not in a bad way. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering citrus flavor. It was not as intense as an AIPA, but it would be sustaining for a self-avowed hophead, such as myself.

My original, on-tap review dtd 26 July 2005 with scores of 4.0; 4.0; 4.0; 3.5 and 4.0 follows:

This arrived with a medium head which was egg-shell white in color with lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. It had a good malty nose underlain with hops. I experienced a medium mouthfeel witha mildly hoppy taste on the palate. The finish was a blend of malt sweet and hop bitter with the hops getting the upper hand at the extreme finish. This is a good APA and a good acndidate for a session beer.

Jul 03, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Color is a slightly orange tinted gold with one finger of soapy white head, no lacing.
S - Very bready, mild floral notes, herbal ester hints. Slightly grassy
T - Just kinda basic, malt takes the form of toasted bread, light herbal and grassy hop bitterness, and thats about it. Very singular, though true to form.
M - Average, medium feel, a little chew to it.
O - A true English Pale, but nothing about this stands out. Though if I would recommend it to someone who has never tried the style.

May 20, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking brew here. Crystal clear text book amber with maybe a little bit of copper red color to the body. A little bit of small rising carbonation, and a fluffy light looking off white head that makes barely three fingers but settles to a thing pinhead bubbly looking puck.

The bouquet is decent. Small biscuity malts, a little bit of toasty grains, and a nice light brown sugar sweetness are the most dominant flavors on the nose. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, but still fairly solid.

A real interesting palate. Hop angle meets somewhere between herbal and pine with a good strength that isn't off putting. Palate fills with a good amount of toasty grains, and a mild almost caramel like sweetness.

Overall pretty tasty, but not really gravitating towards it highly, but it's a memorable decent pale ale for sure.

Jun 21, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Clear amber with an off-white cap and lacing. Grassy biscuit with bland citrus zest in the nose. Taste adds some buttery malt, but otherwise pretty nondescript, grassy hops on the finish is the only noteworthy aspect. Feel is thin, watery, grassy, and bland. Pass on this one

May 05, 2013
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mgironta from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head, with no lacing left on the glass. There was significant visible carbonation on the brew. The body is a golden color and clear. The nose is muted. I can get citrus, but I almost have to stick my nose in the brew. This is not a good sign. When I taste the brew, I get some limited bitterness and a lot of malt. I’m confused. Really, really, confused. I thought this was a pale ale? I was apparently wrong. This tastes almost like a lager. The finish was quick. But, all in all, if I was home, this would be a drain pour. Instead, I just left half of it. Not a good brew.

Sep 17, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.04/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Slightly hazy, amber-orange color, with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of tiny bubbles. Aroma was essentially non-existent. Sad for a pale ale, in which I like to get a nice scent of fresh American hops. Taste was bland and muted, grainy, stale citrusy hops, cardboard. Not even much in the aftertaste other than a trace of bitterness. Light and watery, which if anything made this easily going down, but lacking in freshness and flavor as it was, I wouldn't ever order this one again or recommend it to anyone other than macro drinkers.

Aug 26, 2012
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at ABC in a ceramic mug. From what I can tell it has a nice golden brown color and the head is limited but often can be from the cask. Piney hop aroma. Flavor is consistent with the nose and the cask significantly improves the level of hop flavoring from the regular tap/bottle of Purist.

Aug 09, 2012
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DmanGTR from New York

3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a busy day that led to a lazy evening. A decent end to the day.

Poured brilliantly clear blonde/light maple with a frothy, white head that retained nicely, adorning my mini Duvel tulip with trails and webs of lace. The aroma is light and biscuity, with hints of herbs and lemon zest. The best way to describe it here is balanced. The flavor is somewhat more forward than the aroma, with a delicate malt profile of graininess and light toast, followed by a delicate bitterness that actually lets a lot of the sweet malt shine through. Again, balanced is probably the best way to describe it, as there really isn't too much else to describe. A thinnish body leaves me hanging, but carbonation is smooth. Not great, not bad.

Jun 03, 2012
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is poured into an imperial pint glass. The liquid is clear and amber, with a 1 1/2" white head.

The aromas include biscuity malt but with not much in the way of hops.

The flavors include the malt and a bit of sweetness but only hints of any citric or piney hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light carbonation.

Overall this is a beer made for drinking without thinking about the beer. The aromas and flavors are on the light side and you could have several of an evening. Don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

May 01, 2012
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber/golden orange in color, one finger white head that dies down very quickly, no lacing to speak of.

Nose is very mild. A little grassy with a hint of bread crust/biscuit.

Taste is better than the nose. The grassiness is there, but I also get some lemon zest, just a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Fairly low carbonation, just a little linger to the bitterness.

Overall not a bad beer. Sometimes it's nice to have something like this to drink with a meal. Not in your face or overly complex at all, just a decent brew.

Jan 05, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at ABC.

A: The pale ale is amber, golden brown with a pleasant clarity. The pint comes with a thin, barely noticeable head.

S: The nose is more bready that not, the lighter malts having biscuit and caramel. Hops are restrained, not much of a factor.

T: Bready, the biscuit stands out with a light sweetness. Hoppiness is a luxury, mild citrus but nothing more. The ale works nicely as a light biscuity one, not so much as a hoppy one.

M: Lighter, the ale presents a few momemts of APA brightness. Otherwise, this one struggles to stand out.

Nov 10, 2011
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tkepx182 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The light amber color has a nice clearity to it. It was a nice looking Pale Ale

S: The predominate smell is that of the hops

M: A little rough on the tongue but had a nice finish to the beer

T: The hops flavoring is a little over powering. This is not surprising but is a good lager none the less

O: While ABC has some better beers this one is not bad, rather enjoyed it when compared to some of the other Pale Ales that I had haved

Sep 08, 2011
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with moderate cap of dense white head, leaves little lacing. Scent has grassy and lightly spicy hop notes with a kiss of pine and citrus, backed by a clean grainy malt note. Taste is light but hoppy, earthy with resin and rind notes. Malts a grainy and earthy. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry. A decent pale ale with decent hop profile.

Aug 28, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a smooth cap of white that graced the top for a few moments before settling back down. light aroma, citrus hops, lemon, orange, nice hints of tangerine peel and a wonerfully well balanced profile. smooth, clean and very light delivery lets the flavor explore the palate and really gives a cool and resfreshing taste. clean an concise

Aug 20, 2011
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jifigz from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing pint glass.

A: Very cloudy hazy orange color. The head appeared quickly and vanished just as fast leaving no lacing at all. No tiny head retention stayed on the beer either.

S: Smells mildly fruity and slightly hopped like a pale ale should. The hops pretty much dominate the aroma and not much grain is there to detect.

T: Mild hoppy/fruity tones like the aroma suggests. Leaves a very mild bitter flavor in mouth. There are also apricot and peach like flavors present in the forefront of the taste complex. There is something slightly stale and off about the flavor too.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate and non offensive carbonation levels. No ethanol warming since its a lower ABV brew.

O: Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorite pale ales either. It is okay, but I would prefer Troeg's or Victory products. This is pretty average, but much better than a macro lager.

Aug 08, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian : Purist Pale Ale

Pours a orangish copper color, off white head. Aroma is lightly floral and some caramel malts come out. In the flavor, mildly bitter, herbal, and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied for a pale, easy to drink and went down quickly. Plain and pure, like the Amish.

Jul 24, 2011
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deeper amber colored ale more akin to an amber ale color wise. It has a smallish white head that fades rather quickly leaving minimal lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is light or weak or faint. Hops have a slightly citrus aroma with a basic malt aroma.

A desent hop taste, not much though, of grapefruit and honey. Malt are sweet and toasted.

This ale has a medium mouthfeel crisp with some bitter aftertaste.

A desent beer no doubt but, has more of an amber
feel to it.

May 30, 2011
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Frothy, off-white head, lingers for a bit, moderate lacing, not too oily or resiny. Aroma is a nice grassy/citrusy flavor, slight malt sweetness. Taste is mildly bitter, mildly sweet, not the most exciting of pale ale flavors, but certainly not the most boring. Very sessionable and much to style.

Jan 10, 2011
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Beerbluesbiology from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/ light brownish slightly translucent body with minimal head and some lacing. Smell: Slightly metallic with yeast light hops. Taste: First: Dry with a twang of hops, full yeast character and slight bitterness at the end. Overall, a nice pale ale, definately stands up to Sierra Nevada or other major Pale Ale producers. "Purely" an enjoyable beer!

Nov 15, 2010
Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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