American Pale Ale | Bluegrass Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.79%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American standard, BBC APA is a full bodied and heavily hopped American Ale. It is copper in color and brewed with a blend of pale and crystal malts, balancing the citrus and pine flavors from large doses of American and English hops to create a very drinkable, hoppy ale. BBC APA is a hophead’s dream!

55.2 IBU

Added by woodychandler on 10-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown hue with a small amount of head, some lacing
S- I sense a malty/hop aroma
T- Up front hops that does not allow for many other tastes
M- good amount of carbonation, does not linger all that much.
O- Nice APA that was worth the price of 9 dollars.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of plinythethirsty
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a big green hop in the center of the label of this beer. It's not false advertising. This is a very hoppy APA. Maybe that's why its is my favorite, year-round, BBC beer. I like hops. Also recommended for those who relish bitter brews or malty beers with a bitter finish.

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Photo of zimm421
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a point glass. Appears a dark amber color with a small of white had. The grass sticks around fit a while, and leaves good lacing.

The nose is very sweet with lots of caramel. Not a lot of good going on here, but it doesn't smell bad. The taste is more balanced, with the malts playing up front, and the hops coming through, bringing some pine and bitterness. The finish is a little sweet, but still has balance.

The mouthfeel is on par for a pale ale, but maybe a little sticky for me. Overall, it's a pretty average brew, and nothing that blew me away.

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Photo of epicus
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of jaredtp
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper colour with a mid sized head that leaves a lot of residue all over the glass.

The aroma is initially of floral hops and then blends with some caramel sweetness and also a bit of a buttery scent as well. Interesting. Basic, but interesting.

The taste is "harsher" overall. Not meant in a bad way, but it just seems like there is more going on here than one would imagine from the aroma. Sweetness and floral notes are overtaken by a general bitterness throughout and caramel comes out only toward the end of each sip. There are some basic hop notes in the mix here as well, but less floral than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is bitingly crisp and fairly light bodied.

This is your overall, basic APA, but done pretty well overall. Again, nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either.

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Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly coppery, amberish color, slightly hazy but not overly so, with big fluffy head with great retention, and nice lacing. A fine lookin' brew.

Nose is citrusy- orange peel, specifically. Some nice grassy hops, and a hint of sweetness. Tastes more bitter than I thought it would; reminds me of a less in your face Great Divide Titan. Some of that... herbalness... taste to it. Could use some more malts, or more citrus to round out the palate.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick; not too bubbly, not too wussy. Definitely a drying factor near the end of the sip. Very little aftertaste, too.

Overall- not a bad brew at all. I did have this on tap when I was in the area, but alas- was too foolish or distracted to scribble a review. I do recall it being tastier that way- but then, they always are. Still- a good brew.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange tinted amber body with a fluffy light tan head that leaves some decent looking lace behind on the glass. Caramel malt, toasted grain and piney hops make up the nose on this one. The flavor has a more subdued caramel maltiness than the nose led me to believe there would be. The flavors lean towards the hoppy end of the spectrum with a nice pine sap bitterness that lasts in the finish. Medium light bodied with a slick mouthfeel. A nice APA.

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Photo of williamapike
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hop aroma. Copper/amber color with a good off white head. Head retention and lacing is good. Moderate, citrus, hop flavor is well balanced. Malt is present, but does not dominate; very mild biscuit malt flavor is present. Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Overall, well made beer with good hop aroma and flavor. This is my favorite BBC - Clay & Main beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle cloudy copper-red with a huge meringue of light tan head. Left sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma is quite pronounced with citrus and grassy hops along with a nice malty backbone.

A big bitter bite upfront that was unexpected. Plenty of caramel malts and hints of citrus from the aroma.

Medium bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated.

Not the most balanced pale ale out there. Still, all in all, a pretty decent pale ale from BBC.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This came with a huge, fluffy, bone-white head. The color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. The nose was quite hoppy, especially for an APA. I got a good burst of hops on the tongue, followed by a hoppy spiciness on the finish. Top to bottom, this was a very good beer that I would not hesitate to drink again.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of donmonkey1
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful medium brown color, good carbonation, nice white/tan head that's thick and has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Pine/floral hops

Taste: Very pine and floral with sweetness but not overpowering, not much else.

Mouthfeel: lacks carbonation

This is a good quality beer. The pine needle taste is a little too much for me, but the beer is much better than average.

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Photo of kels
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a run to the party source with my friend Rich, he noticed there was room for two more in my carrier and stuffed in one of these and a Dogfishead Chicory. Thanks, buddy:) I'm trying this one first. Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a light and fluffy 1 finger head at the pour. No retention - the head faded to a skim within moments. Liquid is cloudy with some sediment floating around amidst the little carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The first sniff is filled with very forward citrusy hops. As the head fades, so does the hop smell, giving way to grainy maltiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is grassier than the smell, and the bitterness is more pine sap-like. The grains taste crunchy, as if they were lightly toasted. There carbonation adds brightness, but it still has a watery feel on the tongue. The carbonation is more noticed in the aftertaste, strangely.

Drinkability: High - definitely could be a session beer.

Overall not a bad beer. I enjoyed it more as an accompaniment to my dinner than just as a beer.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottled poured into Pilsner Glass

A: Amber in color with a cloudyness to it. About 2 fingers head with very nice lacing that lasted throughout.

S: Strong Floral hops maybe a little grass, a little citrus and some malts mixed in.

T: Very hoppy right off the bat, kind of explode over the back of the tongue... there is a very light touch of citrus but not much.... There is a littlely bitter aftertaste,

M: Pretty highly carbonated but with a smooth finish. Medium-to-Light bodied.

D: I'm working my way through IPAs and APAs right now... While they are still not my cup ot tea this one as not to bad.... The bitter aftertaste sticks around a little long than I would like, but over all not a bad brew....

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, dark citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, and slight grain. Overall, a good body and drinkability.

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Photo of UA8
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy copper color with nice thick head with decent retention.

S- Scents of citrus hops and lightly sweet malts.

T- Leads with a nice moderate malt note that heads towards sweetness but doesn't quite make it there quite pleasant. mid palate tells of hops to come by hinting of citrus. The finish is of nice an bitter piney hops and resins.

M- Very adequate for this style of beer medium body with medium to light carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- I could drink this beer all the time as a back up for my single beer tastings. Its just a very solid pleasant tasting beer with not too much of anything but not too little either. My only complaint is I wish it came in 12 packs.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Floral hops, citrus and some mild malts in the smell.

T: The hops go together well with the malt and grapefruit. Not a typical APA flavor, but very tasty.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While closer in character to an IPA, this is a drinkable, easy to like beer.

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Photo of huguey
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured vigourously.

A: Medium pure white head. Pale Yellow in color.

S: The first smell that comes through is unripened green apple, with hints of more sourness. Sour upon sour is the prevalent smell.

T: Along with the smell. The sourness is very powerful. It balances with the plentiful hops used.

M: The carbonation is very good, but it and the acidity only slightly burns the taste buds. Not very pleasant but not overly unpleasant.

D: Good on a hot afternoon, however, it's best paired with food and does not offer a beautiful stand alone experience.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2011. Fantastic.
12oz->Young's Pint

A ~ Pours a nice burnt amber color with a perfectly carbonated
ivory head. GREAT lacing and SOLID retention. Settles into nice cap with little rings embedded within.

S ~ Pale malt and resin...bit of caramel & earth. Smells like a perfect pale with a good amount of hops.

T ~ Wow! American hops first off. Lots of clean grassy hop flavor. Pale malt mid-palette providing a nice fresh bread quality with a touch of caramel & honey. There's a bit of hop oil on the back of the throat. It's almost like 2 phases of hops. Grass->Sweet Malt->Resin/Citric.
There's a grapefruit juice quality of bitter on the finish.

M ~ A medium-light body with nice unobtrusive carbonation. Hoppy enough without killing the Pale Malt that literally makes a pale ale. Lots of hop oils going on.

D ~ I just really enjoyed this beer. At less than 6%, it is the perfect session pale for a hophead. Got a good kick to it. I would love to try it on tap.
My first great beer from Kentucky. Thanks Cresant


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Photo of bamadog
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured nice - a solid one finger head that was a little pillowy that faded pretty quickly to a thin layer that left a sticky lacing down the glass. A nice coppery color with solid and consistent carbonation.

Smell: A little citrus, some fair hops, but nothing too overpowering. I've definitely smelled some more powerful bouquets, but there was some nice flavors coming out of it.

Taste: Fairly bitter with the citrus mentioned in the smell -- I would say grapefruit. It has a bit of a metallic aftertaste -- kind of like a penny in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery really -- not much "stick" to it like many other pale ales.

Drinkability: Meh. It's not awful, but it's nothing to write home about. For the price, it's not a bad buy (I paid less than 7 bucks for the six pack), but I'd rather fork out a few extra bucks next time for a more quality ale.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange/yellow color with a modest head that hangs in there rather nicely, but no lace.
S - Pine and citrus fruit.
T/M - Moderate hops that reveal that trademark pine resin and citrus. Soft, somewhat dense mouthfeel - even a tad creamy. Some grapefruit bitterness along with decent carbonation.
D - Drinkable in warm weather out on the deck, but I'm not all that jazzed about this offering.

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American Pale Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co.
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