Dicks Pale Ale | Dick's Brewing Company

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Dicks Pale AleDicks Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of gandres
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
deep amber color, slightly hazy, medium foam off white foam
not a lot of aroma, some grains, slightly fruity
low bitterness, a bit sweet
lively carbonation, lively finish, sweet aftertaste
very good beer, ok to repeat
drank: 11/5/2016 7:59 PM

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SitkaSteve
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly hazy golden yellow color. A fair amount of carbonation was seen rising at a rapid pace. A two finger white foamy head accompanied the beer and lead into the lacing that occurred after the head dissipated.
The smell had some sweet and somewhat English-like malts rolling over some light citrus tones. A fair amount of that typical "soapiness" comes about.
The taste was sweet through the English malts bringing about that soapiness again.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with decent sessionability. It comes across nice in carbonation.
Overall, it seems more of an English Pale ale than an American one. I don't see enough hops for it to be an American one.

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Photo of bombventure
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of drinkAK
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Telestic
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a very high amount of carbonation, the amount of bubbles that one would expect in a hefeweizen. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently covered the surface..
S: The smell isn't very strong but is quite sweet and has some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite sweet and has some citrusy flavors. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A slight amount of dryness is present in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light copper with a thin head and spotty meager lace. Smell is light in malt, hop and citrus. Taste has a good malty citrusy sweetness balanced with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A really tasty easy drinking pale ale thats not too heavy.

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Photo of boss302
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dick's Pale Ale, draft

A Gold to amber color, nice head, unfiltered.

S floral hop aroma, some malt.

T Hops. This is one of the most hop flavored beers I have had. Not in smell or bitterness, but in flavor. It is not typical of pale ales. I am unsure if it is the variety of hops used, or just a huge amount of hops used in flavoring, or perhaps no aroma hops used. Pretty good and one that could be used to illustrate the use of flavoring hops. There is a little sweetness that could be balanced with a little mote bitterness.

M Med, good carbonation.

D A very drinkable beer. I wish this was available in my area.

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Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was not my favorite pale ale but I was glad to try something new. I think it may have suffered the long travel and then perhaps bad location on the shelf. In general an unremarkable pale ale. Typical golden color with little hop aroma. Flavor is good but, again, nothing to write home about. I have a couple of other beers from this brewer and hope to do better with them.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's slightly opaque with a good foamy head and lacy. Bubbly...lots of sediment. Outstanding sweet malt scent.

It's quite crisp and has a kind of generic cereal taste. Malty. Not sure what the taste is, but it's kind of milky, yet the beer is not thick.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/29/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malts, sweet fruit, crackery malt. Flavor of nice biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness. I also got some lactose-like notes (more of a reflection of the mouthfeel rather than flavor). Great pale, superbly drinkable.

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Photo of olmatty
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light golden amber with a fluffy, snow-white head with little lacing.

Smell-Biscuity malts and light citrus of hops

Taste- Biscuity amber malts and citrusy hops in equal measure. Hops are all citrus of lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel- Mouthcleansing zinger with crisp carbonation

Drinkability- Very easy drinking and refreshing. Totally sessionable suitable for any weather.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My bottle said the beer is 4.8% as opposed to the above-listed 5%.

Appearance: light-golden color, very slightly cloudy, with a thin head.

Smell: light and sweet with a light floral hops aroma and a hint of diacetyl.

Taste: a bright metallic taste hits me right away. There is some light malt flavor and a slight buttery flavor at the finish, and it is nicely bitter apart from the smack of metallic hops at the beginning.

Mouthfeel: body is medium with a reasonable level of carbonation.

Drinkability: this beer just seems kind of harsh to me, so I'll have to give it a below-average drinkability.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a beany, sweet malty and just a little metallic smell. It has a beige head over a bronze red body. There is a little bit of sediment in there but it is a mainly cloudy beer. It has a beany, sweet, smokey and roasted flavor all at the same time. There is a hint of bitterness but not much for hops. That bitterness seems to be more from roasted malt than anything. I am not sure why but it sort of reminds me of a hefe maybe it is the yeast. There is a lot of carbonation and a good head and lace.

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Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber with a sizabe off-white head. Lots of lacings.
Very nice APA, hops leading the malts, slightly bitter finish.
Middle of the road as far as hop level but a perfect APA for my palate.
Mouthfeel is right on for the style.
Drinlability is much better than average with an abv of 5.0%

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Photo of SickBrew
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard 12oz'r into a pilz glass. Pours somewhat hazy and is pale amber in color. Poured with about a finger head with big bubbles that didn't stick around. Nose is relatively fair, slightly malty with a touch of hops and almost a bit of smoke in the distant background, or is that from my hands after just throwing a log on the fire? Taste is a bit light and mostly malty and somewhat earthly and not the good earthy. Hop flavor and bitterness is about right. Mouthfeel is way to watery and the co2 is a bit high. Finishes sweet with a bit of a bitter finish. Overall this is an OK beer but certainly not my favorite from Dicks.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Pale Ale from Dicks poured a clear copper color with a 1 finger foam head and some sudsy lacing.

The aroma was malty and fruity. The flavor was buttery and semi crisp on the finish. It had mild bitterness. It was pretty balanced and left a tingling in the back of the throat. It was thin in the mouth. Overall a pretty middle of the road APA.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...

Copper in color. Very active carbonation. Thick, burly cream colored head with good retention and lacing. Smell is of grassy hops and is somewhat subdued. Taste is okay. Slightly herbal hop notes backed with biscuity malt. Drinkability is good. This brew is fairly well balanced. Not complex, but fundamentally sound. Worth a try but not much beyond that.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brassy orange with brilliant orange highlights created by the fiery rays of the rising sun. Unfortunately, the beer is too carbonated. The colossal head is the color and consistency of lightly toasted meringue, but is considerably less sticky. Chunks of foam still manage to adhere to the glass. In the end, this is a better than average looking APA.

Dick claims that his pale is an 'English style ale'. I don't know whether or not that means English hops are in use instead of American ones, but it sure smells like it to me. The nose is herbal and spicy... sort of a 'beer potpourri'. I don't detect any citrusiness whatsoever.

I know that it takes all kinds and that pale-malted, Cascade-hopped APAs are a dime a dozen, but I don't care for the choices that were made here. Don't get me wrong, it's still decent. This is my 13th Dick's beer and I haven't had a bad one yet. Of course, with the exception of Double Diamond Winter, I haven't had a great one either.

I always wonder why chocolate malt is used in an APA. Shouldn't pale ales be pale? More importantly, I don't want to taste heavily toasted malt (no actual cocoa notes are present) and an Oktoberfest-like nuttiness in a beer of this style. A ton of C-hops might have been able to overcome the malt bill, but a ton of C-hops have not been provided. Having said that, there's quite a bit of bitterness in each mouthful.

The flavor profile is amber malty and nutty and (mildly) buttery and herbal and floral and more than a little spicy (Hallertau?)... pretty much everything that was noted in the nose. It doesn't work for me, though, not even as an English pale ale. The bubbles are still running wild, decreasing my enjoyment of the mouthfeel.

Although I've never had a bad Dick's beer, Pale Ale is probably my least favorite of the baker's dozen. That's partly a result of the recipe and partly a result of the execution of that recipe. Thankfully, the good folks of the Pacific Northwest have a few gazillion delicious pale ales to choose from.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A yellow-brunette beer, headless and clear with virtually no CO2. Dick's Pale has a modest malty aroma of cherry and ripe fruits that carries forward to the taste. I imagine this in peak form to be a nice drinkable ale though my schooner at Dick's Northwest Deli in Centralia was woefully tired. A fresh pour would no doubt rate higher but I can only review what the brewery serves me.

So a few years later I went back and tried Dick's Pale again, this time a full pint at the Deli. Results were similar in that my beer couldn't toss up any head or lace. The headless element didn't bother me, but the lacelessness suggested fatigue. I paid more attention to the yeast factor this time and noted a very English character with flat bittering and a boomerang aftertaste that vanishes then momentarily returns with a bit of alt nuttiness.

Though the English styling is not my preference, it did grow on me. Still, Dick's other beers are generally more inspiring.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale ales can be a good baseline for judging a brewery, simply because it is such a common beer style. Based on this pale ale, Dick's would appear to brew good, enjoyable, if a bit emasculated, session beers. This is misleading; Dick's brews a ton of styles, most of which have loads of character, and are, on the whole, aggressively strange. Not the case with the pale. It pours a copper-orange with smallish head, a pleasing aroma of pale malt, and a laid-back flavor that brings the malt to the forefront. Hops provide citric flavors, a juiciness, and a delicate crispness, and Dick's often distracting yeast is present in suitably small doses to provide some earthy British complexity. The beer doesn't scream out high quality, but I found the package to be enjoyable on the whole, and worthy of a higher rating than most of Dick's other, weirder beers.

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