Purist Pale Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.49/5
185 Ratings
Purist Pale AlePurist Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
abcbrew.com

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

Added by psugrad98 on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,990
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
185
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Its clear, deep amber body has an orange-ish cast and its short but creamy ivory lid holds fairly well and leaves tiny spots of lace in its wake. Pacific Northwest hops are obvious in the nose, with the emphasis more on pine than citrus; and a touch of yeasty fruitiness rounds things out. It's not an overly bold aroma, but it's certainly welcoming. The body is medium but leaning towards the lighter side. That works, however, as it's very fine and moderate carbonation just gently caresses the palate and leaves it quite smooth. The flavor delivers the same piney hop flavors up front before it's lightly toasted biscuit malt appears. A firm bitterness delicately balances it, and it finishes dry with some lingering pine and bitterness. An interesting and very quaffable, lighter and softer, restrained version of an American pale ale. Sometimes the open hand holds more power than the fist. Sometimes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big "Thank You" to Jayli for getting this beer to me. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and helps provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is a pretty solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a light but pretty creamy head,aroma is grassy with some biscuit malt tinge but the grass/hop is most dominent.Taste has a zesty grapefuit flavor up front with a biscuit malt flavor that comes thru near the finish, a resiny hint lingers as well.A pretty hoppy pale but there is a firm maltiness to it that makes it pretty appetizing on the palate.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.04/5  rDev -41.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.44/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of imbibehour
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color with a lighter gold along the bottom of the edge. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight pine, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a rather average pale ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts, some notes of hops. Taste is good, a bit on the hoppy side, pretty refreshing. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / orange in color with a 1/4" head that sports no lacing.

Smell: light floral hops and bits of orange zest.

Taste: decent maltiness, light orange, mild floral bitterness, and a touch of honey and walnuts.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp at the start and finish. The finish is short with citrus and bitter tones.

Drinkability: good. This beer is basic and a clear session beer, even though it needs a kick in the flavor department.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing. Some chill haze detected as well.

The smell featured soft malts and a light hop.

The taste consisted of soft round malts and a weak grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Overall a decent APA, that lacks real flavor depth.

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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 185 ratings
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