Jeff's Pale Ale | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Jeff's Pale AleJeff's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rowew on 05-20-2008

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of appetiteforparis
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of schoon
3.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold/copper color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight citrus hops, pine, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, almost nothing but hops in aroma and body. The hops aren't overly strong though, still not a hop-bomb. Great appearance, but I wish the body was more balanced.

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Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper hue with a huge foamy head; looks bubbly and slightly hazy; lacing is great

S: Lots of pleasant citrus hops: lemon, grapefruit, along with some pine as well as a touch of apples and tea leafs; some grainy undertones but fairly hop forward smelling beer

T: Nice hop forward start: citrus and grapefruit rack the tastebuds and though they fade too quickly, the slightly bready malts take over--it's not exactly balanced and it's a touch thin but it's still a nice hop-forward ale

F: A touch thin--even for a pale ale; there is a pleasant oily residue but I wish it had a bit more body

O: A nice hoppy ale; I was pleasantly surprised with this one because of the overall reviews

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a bronzed orange-yellow with a big white head that retained well and left some patchy lace. Toasty malts and citrusy hops in the aroma, nicely balanced. Sweet caramel malt base, lemon and orange zest, with some piney notes. Good balance of flavors and a nice, dry finish. Light-medium body, and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Forb
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with a 3 finger head. Plenty of sticky lacing and good retention.

Smell/Taste: Nose is not so pronounced but what is there presents a standard earthy hop aroma with a minor sweetness from the malts to balance. A decent balance is presented on the palate but with an almost soapy bitterness that even the malt can't balance out.

Mouthfeel: Standard. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and refreshing to some extent.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A faded gold color on the pour. A nice 2 finger head disappeared after a short bit.

Odd aroma, like wet, brown grass. A bit sharp with some unripe lemon in the back. Some light malt toastiness if I think about it.

Taste has that grassy flavor to it. Lemon or citrus is dampened with some malt that seems a bit stale. Still, it's the lemon that gets my attention.

Lower abv makes it a bit easier to drink. The malt and the hops don't seem to mix well. A bit thin in flavor and feel.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An increasingly high-altitude pour created barely one finger of toasted tan foam atop a pumpkin colored ale with somewhat generous carbonation. The lid became a thin disk in minutes and left very little lace in the process.

Not much power in the nose. Each sniff delivers hints of citrus peel and earthy caramel. Only a lack of offensiveness keeps the score where it is. Check that. Warming opens things up enough for the 3.0 to be granted.

Even though Jeff's Pale Ale isn't horrible, it isn't anything to get excited about. When assessing the nose, my first fear was advanced age, but that doesn't seem to be the case on the palate. 46 IBUS feels about right, epecially given the spindly malt support.

What tastes like primarily pale malt with a helping hand from caramel holds down the bottom end with less than a firm grasp. The hops are grapefruit citrusy and are most likely Cascade and friends. Simple, straightforward... and borderline boring.

More lace than expected allows the appearance score to be increased. A weaker body and more tongue stinging bubbles than hoped for causes the mouthfeel score to be lowered. Definite room for improvement here.

Jeff's Pale Ale is average to slightly below-average right down the line. On a positive note, it isn't as bad as this brewery's Dearfield Ale. Better APAs should be a cinch to locate, no matter where Crabtree distributes their beer.

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Photo of csiewert
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with little head. Smells of some hops and lots of malty sweetness. Tastes malty sweet initially with some hoppy bitterness following. Not as much hop flavor as I would like for a pale ale. The mouthfeel is ok and it finishes with a lingering malt flavor.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle tried 30 Apr 2010.

Served in an Avery shaker pint. A yellowish thick foamy head fils the entire glass. Well carbonated. Clear golden orange color. Smells medicinal, but not like betadine (guess that's a step up). Maybe some graininess too in the aroma (to be fair). Sweet and grainy to start, a touch of honey. Maybe like orange or lemon flavored medicine. Finishes with a bitter medicinal flavor, like chewing aspirin. Maybe it needs a gel coating?

Overall just not very good. What is this, 1994?!

Really glad we picked up almost the entire brewery line.... Damn you Liquor Mart! Wait, can I blame this on them? Yes I can, for not warning me....

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, can't find any best by or bottling date.

Part of a mixed 6 pack. it pours a hazy light golden colour with about an inch of foam. Lacing is there and good.

The smell is bitter, not easily classified as citrus pine or grass. Just bitter. One demensional and not all that appealing.

The taste is also bitter but at least I can tell's grassy. Pretty one dimensional as well as the grassy flavour wears on me after a while. I need a bit more complexity here and it isn't offering up any more than what it is. No nice malty balance, no increased complexity with the hoppiness. Pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel? Nothing wrong with it. Close to medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability? This suffers mostly from the lack of interesting flavours. The abv says it should be, under the right circumstances, be very drinkable but the taste says otherwise. This is not a beer I'd care to revisit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.03/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, orange-amber body with a shamefully large, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Jeff's PA has an earthy, tart-scented nose, an all-too ominous mingling of hops and forgotten fruits.

Taste: Faintly sweet bready malts yield to a jarring taste of turned apricot jam. Earthy, citric, sprucy hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Final flourish of bitterness on the fizz-ridden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Offensively over-carbonated.

Drinkability: As with their Ginger Bee Beer, it's a poorly executed, unpleasant brew. Let's get it together, Crabtree!

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one poured out mostly foam. It took several pours and minutes of waiting to pour out this beer. When the head finally receded it was a golden orange color. No surprise there was a good deal of lace left behind.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It had a nice sweet caramel with hints of pine and citrus (mostly orange).

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied pale ale.

D - This was pretty good. It was clearly over carbonated but still tasted good.

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Photo of humanawho
3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice orange color, fast dying head, lots of floaties

S - sweet and fruity a little aroma like a sugar cookie

T - very smooth a little high in meltyness really sweet with some grapefruit taste

M - nothing special with the mouthfeel

D - smooth and light, very drinkable

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Photo of Beaver13
2.69/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a large fizzy pillowey white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, butterscotch and some citrus.

The flavor is slightly sweet bready/biscuity malts and caramel/toffee followed by a grassy, slightly piney hop finish with decent bitterness. As it warms, some butterscotch/diacetyl comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK APA. I don't really care for the biscuit and butterscotch notes though, and the hop flavor isn't my favorite.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & lemony hops. Honey malt as this warms

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops & touch of grainyness up front. Some biscuitty malt & toffee as this warms, along with grapefruit, plus some grainyness & honey malt. Finishes crisp & grainy, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, could use a bit more malt depth to balance this out. Hop heads may not agree

Drank really easy, I thought this was pretty good APA, certainly a nice one to session on in the summer

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Photo of ChipperDave
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is somewhat cloudy at first but clears as the beer warmed up. Good decent 2 finger white head that quickly went down to a small bead. Aroma is at first hoppy but then gives off a slight buttery smell. The diacetyl in this beer becomes more apparent as you go along. The taste is ok. Somewhat sweet but bitterness is there fighting along. This is not their best beer - Boxcar Brown and Twisted Creek Wheat are their strong beers. While I could finish this beer I'd probably pass on this for a second.

Update: 8/14/2009 - Subsequent tastings of this brew has shown improvement. Gone is the buttery diacetyl. It's a more well balanced beer. Jeff Crabtree has made strides to improve his beer over the last year. Quite a nice brew now.

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Photo of Crosling
1.54/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Light golden color. Full forming foam that diminishes quickly into a thin layer. Nose completely dominated by diacetyl (major butterscotch.) A very light touch of toasted grain and some pine and lemon as well in the nose, but mostly nothing but diacetyl. Diacetyl continues on the palate. It even has the tell tale slickness on the tongue. Flavors of butterscotch and a tiny bit of hop character. Very hard to drink.

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Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An above average pale ale.

A: Orange amber color is quite hazy. Cream colored head is quite rocky with decent retention. Leaves nice spots of lace.

S: Lemon and grapefruit Citrus with a touch of grass.

T: Malt has toasted quality with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor, with grapefruit and lemon. Bitterness level; however, is moderate. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little grainy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Nice session brew.

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Photo of rowew
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - this is the first six pack I have seen from Crabtree that wasn't a generic design - this one is beer specific. Label has an old bomber, "brewed with hops in mind." No date info.

Appearance: Pours orange with an average head, just a bit of haze.

Smell: Floral hops and a bit of bready malt, a little bit of the esters that I usually associate more with a wheat beer.

Taste: More bitterness than I expected, and less hop flavor. The bitterness over powers most of the malt.

Overall impression: Not a fan - I like bitter beers, but this is all bitterness and little flavor.

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Jeff's Pale Ale from Crabtree Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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