Utah Pale Ale | Desert Edge Brewery

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Desert Edge Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A very light amber colored, unfiltered ale, balanced bitterness and an extreme amount of hop flavor and aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by WoodBrew:
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3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the top beer at Desert Edge....very nice. The appearance is a cloudy amber with thin white head. The scent is fresh hop that has more pine than citrus. The taste is very good....a fresh hop flare, starts piney then settle a bit with a spice kick. The mouthfeel is good. Definitely a good session beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Laklimell
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Had this at the Trolley Square location. Received in a perfect pint look-alike.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Came without much of a head, but does leave some decent lacing.

3.5 S: Super toasty. Grainy next. Solid neutral maltiness. Light earthy and herbal hops.

3.5 T: Toasty and grainy like the nose. Drier than I was expecting. Moderate bitterness with light earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very light creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent pale ale. Perhaps a bit too dry to drink a lot of.

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Photo of marc77
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark yellow color. Big, bubbly head. Pungent grapefruity Cascade hop nose. The mouthfeel is unfortunately a bit weak like many of Utah microbrews. Hop flavor is assertively citrusy and quite enjoyable. Finishes w/ clean hop bitterness and lingering citrus. Definitely a quaffable brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This came with a big, rocky, off-white head with decent retention. The color was a hazy medium-amber. The nose was VERY floral with hops. Now, we're talkin'! The mouthfeel was a bit watery, but there was a pleasant hops bite on the tongue. The finish had a mild hops presence. I could drink this more often, especially in comparison to the draft version.

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

Photo of oregonskibum
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden/orange color, not much carbonation, huge foamy white head, tons of lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malt and plenty of hops.

T - The taste is sweet with a nice bitter/hoppy finish.

M - Medium Body, nicely rounded brew.

D - Very drinkable. This was my first cask-conditioned beer, different than the normal beers I've been having, but very tasty. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Durge
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at the Bayou in Salt Lake City this had a deep cloudy butterscotch color with a medium velvety blanket of off-white bubblage and very good lacing. The aroma is bright grassy hops and slightly lemony wheatena, mild but notable. The flavor is somewhat bland with much the same effect as the aroma. Swampy bitterness with a vague hint of cinnamon and watermelon thrown in for good measure. Kind of an almond overtone but the swampwater dominates too much for me. Disappointing but drinkable. The feel is along the lines of what you expect from a cask but a bit thin I thought. I wondered if the cask here was a little off for some reason.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Beer #1 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a real chewy pale ale. The body of it is so thick I can definitely feel it in my mouth. Hop character is thorough and consistent. Earthy, for sure. Very slightly salty in tone. Citrus as a very distant accent. Some might consider this muddled or murky. I think it's pretty decent. Nothing mind blowing. Just an ale you can sit with, sip, and be okay with.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The menu claimed this was a utah variation of an IPA, so I expected some hops, but was disappointed. This beer was decent and drinkable, but I would never choose it over any of our other local beers. Drink Desert Edge when AT desert edge, otherwise it's far from the pick of the litter. It was good, and it started that rise toward that hoppy pinnacle, that edge that puckers, but that rise just sort of tapered off. Decent aftertaste, it just missed the concentrated puckering that I was looking for. On the upside, it did have fantastic coloring and a big, sticky head that didn't go away and left a thick residue of lacing in the empty glass.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of shivtim
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average pale ale. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: nice hop smell and as strong as a good ipa

taste: strong hop flavor, like I said they made this a hoppy PA.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied.

drinkability: great session ale. Stronf hop beer with low alcohol. not bad.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wbillw
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer came off the tap a hazy golden color, just a touch lighter than I would like, with no head at all. The nost had a lot of citrus hop and a decent caramel background to balance things out. Not bad at all. There is a nice aggressive citus hop flavor and some notes of pine as well that give this the best hop character on a pale ale that I had tried to that point while in Utah. The feel was just a bit thin, but that is part of Utah brewing problem. The drinkability is pretty good as well on this beer. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good amber colored pale ale with a clear rust colored body and a foaming white head 2 inches high. great nose on this one, english pale malts and some caramel malts as well, bitter bitter hops too, and a very good balance. flavor is crisp and hoppy. pine and citrus hops combine for a rather rich flavor, and the malts come through later to leave a very well rounded flavor on the tongue. feel isnt bad. medium carbonation is appropriate and the body is maybe just a touch thin, which was a common theme in the 4% utah drafts. overall a good sessionable brew at a good price in a cool spot. i will have another on my next visit.

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Photo of boku56
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deanhead
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cask conditioned ale at the Bayou in a pint glass
Hazy golden color, unfiltered, cask conditioned, murky
Brilliant head, with nice tightly lace bubbles.
Slightly buttery taste.
Virtually no hop aroma
Thin to Light bodied with a crisp finish
Mostly underwhelming.

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Utah Pale Ale from Desert Edge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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