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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Polifemo
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of this beer is very intense, with an emphasis on resiny hops alongside the usual grapefruit. That resiny aroma borders on harsh. The carbonation is gentle. There is a surprise at tasting: the mouthfeel is more rich than a usual APA and bitterness does not match the intense aroma. The emphasis must be on late hop additions in order to produce a beer that makes more of an aroma impact than a bitterness impact. The bitterness does not fully cut through the fairly candyish crystal malt thickness, making for a beer that many would consider unbalanced for the style. It is an unusual and interesting experience nonetheless.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice amber colored pale ale, with a small but pretty off-white head that leaves a touch of lace as it fades.

Piney and grassy hop notes in the aroma. Not the flowery APA aroma I was expecting but more of an earthy character. The background malt notes earthy as well. The taste also has some pine hop notes up front, a bit of a nice sweet middle with a surprise of alcohol and then a bitter hop bite that is even more of a surprise. Not what I expect at all for an APA, drinks more like an English Bitter or similar. Still a nice beer.

Medium bodied and smooth, just a bit of a tickle from carbonation. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a deep, clear amber color with a one finger of off white creamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace, leaving thin lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is relatively faint. Piney hops with a hearty dose of caramel malts.

T: Taste is an overload of sweet caramel malts up front. Middle has a touch of breadiness and grain. Finish has a hop bite of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat of a syrupy feel to the body with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D: Nice to try from this brewery, but I have had better of the style.

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Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased by my brother in Erie, PA and traded for by me for something else. "Bottled on" listing on label but no "month" was checked or marked. Oh well... Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale goblet.

A Nice, generous off white (slightly brown) head that leaves modest lacing over a nice looking caramel opaque body. 3.5

S Light sweet malt to the nose, maybe some hops. Smells better and more inviting than other APA's that are more highly rated. 4.0

T/M/D Very nice in that there is some sweet light caramel malt and only muted hops, it is very smooth and drinks very easily. It is a very drinkable APA that is very on target with the style. Nothing more needs to be said, really. T/M4.0 but drinkability 5.0

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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 plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of AltBock
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a crude drawing of the ABC Brewhouse. Above the crude drawing is the brewery's symbol of a long bridge in Appalachia. To the right is a bottled on month. I have no idea when it was bottled because nothing was notched. The neck label has a mountain scene with a brown bear.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, this Pale Ale was a lightly hazy golden orange with streaks of lemon yellow along the sides. Sitting on top of this beer was a less than 1/4 of an inch skim of white foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a string of white rings and a few spots of lace.

The aroma was bready with a ton of bready malts. Hiding behind the bready malts was the scent of citrus hops, a subtle splash of lemon peel, a hint of coriander, and a drop of pine. Simple, but very good Pale Ale aroma.

The taste was a mix of malts and hops. It had one of those tastes where each flavor didn't come out one at a time, but they were all wrapped around each other pretty much like a ball. The ball of taste consisted of bready malts, a splash of caramel, a touch of grapefruit, a pinch of citrus hops, a hint of lemon peel, and a few pine needles. I liked this above average Pale Ale taste. There were enough flavors in the taste ball to keep my taste buds entertained.

This was a light bodied beer with loads of carbonation and a nice full flavored aftertaste of bready malts, tart grapefruit, citrus hops, and a splash of pine. This aftertaste lingered on in the back of my throat for quite a few minutes.

What a nice little Pale Ale! It was a light beer that wasn't light in flavor. It was crispy with malts and hoppy flavors like the lemon and grapefruit. "Purist Pale Ale" would make for a great summer time session beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light ruby-gold with a moderate white head that quickly faded leaving no lacing behind.

S: a decent wiff of citrus and floral notes.

T: The initial flavor was caramel sweetness, nice british dry bread and biscuit notes before finishing with a light hoppy floral fade.

M: a light carbonation, with a light fullness. A little rough in texture with a light hop fade.

D: A moderately drinking pale, nothing spectacular, a good picnic beer at best.

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Photo of bbothen
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/amber like color with a small skim of head across the top.

Smells of dry hopped citric hops, orange, grapefruit, tropical aromas, sweet bisquity maltiness.

Sweet caramel maltiness, sugar, citrus spectrum hops, bready maltiness.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, kinda syrupy, lingering bitterness.

A nice sessionable pale ale. Gimme some more. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from Miamifan1354, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy gold/amber color with a thin off-white head that left some lacing.

S - faint floral hop and somewhat earthy aroma.

T - a touch of bitterness upfront balanced out with malt sweetness finishing with light bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy to drink with tame abv.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a variety pack the a friend of mine got from the brewery.
Appearance: The body was a transparent amber with a light tan large head which had thin lacing and good lacing.
Smell: The aroma was piney and earthy and spicy hops.
Taste: The taste was piney and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 1st notes on this (on tap) where a bit lacking; Poured a cloudy, medium amber color. Nothing to prominent in the tastes or smells.

I then had this on Cask and tasted on 5/19/06. Much better than my last sample. Aromas of pine, citurs and caramel. Tastes of caramel with very light citrus.

My numbers will reflect the Cask version!

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a variety pack.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with a one-finger, white head with nice retention and decent lacing until the finish.

S: A nice, hoppy smell that was quite floral. There was some malty, citrus undertones.

T: A faint, cascade hop taste with a slight citrus and sweet malt undertones. There was a slight, grapefruit aftertaste. I felt that there could have been a bit more of a malty balance to the hopm taste (which is ironic, because I felt that the draft version could hae used some more hops to balance).

M: A pretty light bodied beer with ok retention that was ok for the style.

D: A pretty decent mouthfeel and taste combination. The relatively light mouthfeel makes this beer more drinkable.

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Photo of Buggies
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber/copper color. Nice big head initially which quickly shrinks. This beer has a very nice fruity hops smell. Taste is the same hoppy goodness but with a hint of caramel coming through for me. Just the right amount of hops that keeps me drinking these. All around nice drinking beer that isn't too filling or overwhelming for the taste buds.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is light but has a nice juicy hop scent. The brew has a honey bready malt base that plays well with the light juicy/citrus hop. Not WOW in the flavor but rock solid, good flavor balance. The feel is moderate with softer carbonation finishes slightly bitter. Right on target for an APA. No amazing flavors but a good appropriate balance. No need to be shy about picking this one up.

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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a grapefruity hop sweetness. In the taste, small grapefruity hops and a small maltiness. A bitter medium mouthfeel, with a sweet hoppiness in the aftertaste. A nice hop presence and a great balance, nice and simple.

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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 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 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 Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a variety pack at the ABC brewery in Harrisburg, PA.

Bottle reminds me of West Virginia for some reason. Anyhow, a nice finger and half foam head lays on top of my beer. Dissipats fairly quick and leaves behind minimal trace of lace. Beer is a combination of copper with golden highlites.

A nice hope smell hits me in the face with some traces of fruity esters. i wanna say orange or some combination thereof.

Taste is that of malts and hops. There isnt much malt but just enough to know its there. The hops are there but once again not too much, just enough to cleanse my palate. I can also taste a hint of the fruity esters and it taste more like grapefruit now that i have it in my mouth.

The beer goes down smooth and leaves nothing as a hint of aftertaste which i like. It has a sort of watery feeling as it goes down and leaves my mouth. I think there might be a tad too much of watery feeling in the mouth. It is a good beer and i would definitely have this at a bar and as a six pack or variety pack again.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well brewed beer, kind of reminded me of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

A-Copper in color with a decent head that disapeared halfway down to good lacing
S-Nothing too prevalant here some hopps and grains poking through.
T,M-True to the Pale Ale style they do a good job captureing the piney taste and roasted grains with the bitterness coming at the end.
D-Pretty good drinkable beer, i wouldent see a problem having a few of these back to back

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Purist Pale Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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