Purist Pale Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Rifugium
2.04/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of mgironta
2.5/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of sampler tray in 3oz glasses.

A--eggshell head with a brown gem color.

S--Malty, grainy smell

T--citrus, full hop beginning and finish with some nice malt in the middle.

M--Medium body

D--Not a bad representation of this style. But there are certainly better ones out there. Pretty good if you are getting it in the brewpub.

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Photo of pbjclimber
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an with an orange hue with a 2+ inch head that quickly dissipated. The smell was not very hoppy and had an aroma of grain. The beer had a distinct taste of grain, yeast, and malt with a little hops at this end. I had about a third of the glass and desided that I could not finish this beer.

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Photo of maek228
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A sunburnt orange that poured with a thick head. The head quickly dissipated. No clingage.

Smell: Floral and grassy aroma.

Taste: Bland. Weak cereal grain and malt flavors are upfront. Mild and dull hop kick at the end. Snuh

Mouthfeel: Thin and unimpressive.

Drinkability: For all its negatives....it goes down easy

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Photo of garthwaite
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a simple orangish gold with a miniscule white bubbly head. Aroma of caramel malt with some pine & citrus. Wave of caramel up front with a bit of bitterness and some mildly citrusy hops. Continues with a solid base of biscuit & caramel malt, some fruity esters, & definitely evidence of dry hopping. Finishes moderately bitter & reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent amber with respectable head. Smells malty, slightly musty. Flavor is round, a bit woody, with a bit of spice. Lacking in hop essence. Nothing to be ashamed of, but hardly a beer to seek out considering the glut of excellent pale ales and IPAs available on the American market. This would have been a breakout beer in 1985, but now it is merely not embarrassing.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a sampler pack which included 5 of their year round brews. A very clear reddish appearance. The head was nice while it lasted, though that wasn't very long. It had a nice nutty almost rustic scent. The flavor was nutty with a nice hop flavor, hints of caramel, and even a slight citrus essence though you wouldn't notice it right away.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head. Nose is pretty bland. There is such a minimal amount of citrus and hop tones that it might as well not even be there. Flavor is kind of the same way. A bit rusty really on the flavor. And that's all I have to say.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice darker shade of pale ale. Looks like it may have some kick to it.

The hops are present, but not too up front or overwhelming.

The taste is okay. A small hop presence up front that fades quickly. Finishes off with a grassy type flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery and disappointing.

Very very average beer. Kind of uninspired and rather boring.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at the Gettysburg location.

A: Pours a copper color with a nice, pillowy head, leaving tons of lacing and decent retention.

S: Little hop profile. Very mild.

T: Creamy smooth, mildly hopped flavor. Some sort of fruitiness also. Very timid flavor.

M: Creamy but flatter than normal.

D: Decent beer on cask, but not amazing like other cask offerings at other places. This is a basic beer that gets bumped up a few notches when served on cask.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint pour that was wheaty golden with subdued sudsy appearance and a white head cover.

Aroma of creamy wheats, and not too much else.

Not sure what this lacks, but it is not too much off the mark of a good cask conditioned brew. As some warming hits, there is a low hop sense while the malts stand firm.

Overall an easy cask conditioed drinker. Difficult to pin down.

LAst swigs: Not the best csk conditioned that I have ever enjoyed, but a good cask offering nonwtheless. On tap at The Drafting Room.

Beer is good. Happy CC beering.

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Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. A very appetizing beer in appearance. Clear gold-amber, with a moderate off white head. Aroma was malt, of the caramel-molasses variety and very little hop. Taste brought the hops, which were still well balanced by the malt. Beer was light to medium in body (seemed "heavy" for a pale ale), with medium carbonation. Overall, it was a well made beer, and easy to drink, but the taste was just a bit too bland for my liking.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear drk orangish-brown in color. Thin light brown head with short retention. Excellent lacing.

S - Dull somewhat funky earthy aroma. A little hint of a caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Funky orange taste with some caramel sweetness mixed in. Somewhat astringet aftertaste.

M - Thin, harsh feel. Good carbonation.

D - A very average pale ale. Wouldnt turn one down, but would not seek it out either.

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Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Orange reddish gold with a nice pillowy white head, the head simmers down for a little but stays put in a nice pillow of foam. Exceptional clarity on the color.

Smell-citrus hops come through along with some fruity malt, the stuff is there although not as pronounced as some other pale ales I've had. It's still there though.

Taste-crisp, very hoppy at the start with breaded malts coming through as well, a dry hoppy bite appears at the end, not bad but more hop flavor would have made this ten times better.

Mouthfeel-actually rather watery thin for the style although what is there is fairly flavorful, the dry aftertaste may bother some, to me it was alright.

Drinkability-A drinkable pale ale, light for the style, so you can have many as you need, as long as you don't mind the dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall-a nice Pale Ale in every respect yet mostly adequete in all areas, which for a style with many nice versions, makes this one seem lackluster. It's a nice beer and certaintly passable yet there are many breweries in my opinion that do a much better job on the style (Troeg's, which is right nearby, comes to mind) but at any rate this is a nice Pale Ale that I would still accept in a pinch.

Note: It says on the website that this is an adaptation of the English style Pale Ale as opposed to the American (which is what it is listed as on this website)

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Photo of jifigz
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly cloudy light amber color, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very grainy smell, a little bit of citrus.

T: Citrusy hop taste and grains.

M: Fairly smooth feel, medium-bodied, not a lot of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, half an inch of head that leaves some lacing behind, some bubbling, light amber color.

s- very mild nose, not any real major scents jumping out at me.

t- for having such a mild nose i'm glad the flavor is better, nice hop kick off the bat, some biscuit, slight grapefruit that leaves a bit of lingering bitterness.

m- light bodied.

d- nice drinkability, this goes down almost too easily, i could session this easily, i've had better apas but this was enjoyable and unoffensive.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer struck me as what I'd call a "throwback pale ale." It's balanced with a thin-medium body and generally tastes good. The flavor of sweet malts and citrus hops, however isn't terribly complex. Simply put, it's a pleasant combination of flavors that shouldn't offend anyone. Having people over for a BBQ? This is a good beer to stock.

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