St. James Pale Ale | Half Pints Brewing Company

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St. James Pale AleSt. James Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like the Kölsch beer that makes Cologne famous, our St. James Pale Ale is a medium bodied blonde brew that’s soft on the palette with a malty finish. Restraint is shown by our hop loving brewers as they add four additions to achieve low bitterness and a floral finish. Slow fermentation gives this beer its smooth fruity flavour that makes us say “yes, we’d gladly have another!”

11 IBU

Added by Phyl21ca on 09-11-2009

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This IS a Kölsch....Thanks for the clarification Dave! Not a style I prefer or have the option of buying, little to compare it to for that reason. But after having it three nights in a row i feel qualified. For the record I prefer $ellout $tout to this boon of beer.

A: Light, crisp color. Little head, with little to no lacing. Lots of carbonation.

S: Grainy smell with floral undertones.

T: A light refreshing. Relatively full for the pale ale style.

M: Doesn't linger, but provides a full coat for the tongue and mouth.

D: Could go end to end with this beer but no surprises await.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tarks
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Rempeba
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very pale golden yellow, 2 fingers of soapy white head retained very well leaving intermittent lacing
S - bready malt with a buttery smell, light leafy green hops, very mild citrus note, a little peppery
T - grainy bready malt seems to be the feature reminding me of fresh buttered bread, leafy and floral hops are light but tart, just a slight orange hint
M - relatively thin like the colour, decent carbonation kick, with a mix of slight dry and bready feel
D - i found the buttered bread flavour to be the stand out characteristic, it goes down very easy but is almost too unassuming in flavours and feel, could be very sessionable

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Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of eat
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pale straw-yellow in colour with a great frothy, bright-white head. Great retention and lacing. This is an impressive head on such a pale beer. I can't knock points for being's a pale ale!

Pale ale with a pale smell. Grain, cracker...that's about all I can pull off this. Doesn't smell like much.

Light grain and...light grain. Clean, uncomplicated taste. A slight touch of hops seems responsible for a bit of dryness on the finish but it doesn't stay for long. An equally slight touch of sweetness balances it out. The label only says pale ale but here it's listed as kolsh. I'm not sure if that's true, but if it is would make sense. This ale tastes very much like a lager.

Awesome feel. For the style, I'm not sure that I've had better. Most light tasting pale ales are as runny as piss but this one has a surprising creamy, medium body. Half Pints consistently nails mouthfeel and this is no exception.

This is obviously meant to be extremely drinkable and it is. I wouldn't buy this for myself as I like a beer with more flavour but if you're a Canadian or Blue drinker, this should be an easy conversion. I've never been a fan of light pale ales, but for the style this one has just about all it could have going for it. By definition it's just not going to be full of flavour. Looks great, great feel and the taste isn't offensive in any way.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light dirty yellow color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt with not much other characteristic distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with some very subtle floral notes and some cereal notes are also distinguishable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting but nothing extraordinary - not the best this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall Carlsberg tall pint glass. From notes.

Golden eighteen and crystal clear body, stupidly slow and little rising carbonation. Head is rocky white and clumps slightly with little lacing. A verly large three finger head off the pour.

Nose is a bit small and slightly non existent. Slightly grassy/floral hop, some dry grain sense mixing in but pretty closed.

Taste is a big wow. Giant bakery white bread and wonderful dense crisp body. Chewy bakery bread body, with wonderful mellow floral hop action on the finish. Mouthwatering. Crackling palate with a mellow honey big density. Wonderfully balanced.

What a great go to beer for Half pints, sure reminds me of a Kolsch and a dam good one too!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Grahamdbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adhallick
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of papat444
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow body with wisps of sediment floating around and a solid 3 finger head that goes down to one.

Smell: Not much except some corn maybe (not in an offensive way) plus some very mild earthy tones.

Taste: A bit of fruit suggests a light sweetness with some low bitterness and a bit of a mineral edge. All very low-key.

Mouthfeel: Least enjoyable of the beer. Carbonation is very low, the body is light which is good but it feels lifeless in the palate. Not very alive at all and no zest or snap to it.

Drinkability: Not bad but i'm not sure i would have this again.

Overall: There's nothing inherently offensive with this beer but it lacks life. The flavor is ok but this beer just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to tdadiuk for sending this beer out west.

A: Pours a clear lit straw colour with 1 finger of white head that dissipates leaving a slight rim.

S: Light grassy, straw scents - quite faint.

T: Similar to the scent with the inclusion of lemon rind and wheat. Refreshing and clean.

M: Clean and refreshing with light carbonation.

O: A decent light beer that pairs well with summer and patios.

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Photo of BellsFan
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of grub
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 25/2010.

pours clear golden yellow with a thin cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. light alcohol. caramel. light fruity kolsh character. fresh light herbal component.

taste is ok. a diluted and watered down version of the aroma. bit of white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. faint herbal character. bit of dms. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. nice balance, but entirely underwhelming overall. a rare miss from the half pints crew.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SimonHamm
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of nmann08
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Noxious26
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist-off bottle poured in a pint glass. Part of a taster 12-pack.

Pale gold and a little hazy. Thin white head on the pour recedes to a tiny ring around the edges. Mild carbonation.

Nose is malty and sweet. Hints of floral in the background.

Biscuity malt up front. Followed by sweet, caramel/honey malt in the middle. Finshes with mild floral hops in a flash.

Surprising amount of carbonation given the little amount of bubbles in the glass. There's a bit of a rush of bubbles kind of like a soda. Light bodied.

This is a good summertime beer. Light and refreshing with subdued tones and character. I can picture myself on a deck right now...

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Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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