Paul's Pale Ale | Springfield Brewing Company

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Paul's Pale AlePaul's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Springfield Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Paul’s Pale Ale is an old school, west-coast style pale ale that starts off with nutty and caramel notes from a blend of crystal malts and finishes with a satisfying hoppiness, making this an easy-drinking pale ale. Paul’s Pale Ale has been the hands-down favorite of the SBC regulars and staffers since 1998!

Added by DrunkMcDermott on 12-12-2003

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of dozier77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to a cloudy orange/amber color with nose of citrus and toasted malt, this beer is well- carbonated and produces a nice amount of foam that maintains a thin layer as you drink. The body of the beer is cloudy and its small bubbles cling to the side of your glass, making for an interesting appearance.

Tasting this beer reveals an American pale ale through and through- specifically, one brewed in the west coast tradition. There is an abundance of cascade hops that add that familiar citrus character to the beer. There are other flavors present, too, such as a touch of caramel malt, toasted malt, and biscuits. The flavor keeps returning to the citrusy hops and it keeps you thinking about American pale ales and the great products that have made the American west coast so famous.

This pale ale is like others from this brewery in that it makes a good session beer for its style. It isn’t overly complex or amazing, but it still has enough going for it to recommend and it is priced right in its native Missouri.

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Photo of psmith161
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jbak
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this APA on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured an hazy, amber orange color, produced a nice off white head, decent retention and good lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet pale malt, grapefruit and fruity yeast. Medium in body, a base of sweet malted grain and some citric hop flavor. Overall, its a decent session beer, nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewhouse.

A: Served a copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Has a mellow citrus aroma with a mild malt sweetness, bit of fruit and herbs.

T: Starts with a mild tart nip that becomes a nice malt sweetness. there is a bit of fruit and spice in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Very well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of jwmarcum
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with off a great off white head and lace.

Smell: It has a very melon and herbal presence.

Taste: It is not overly bitter at all. A bit floral with some of those melon tones.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced and refreshing.

Overall: I have had this one on tap and in the bottle as well and enjoyed them both.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BuddyLoveFosho
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JEdmund
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber color that holds a modest head momentarily though does leave a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is full on Cascade hops and malts that smell a bit biscuity and toasty. All American pale ale aroma nicely done.

T&M: Thankfully the taste follows through on that aromatic promise and delivers a really well balanced and flavorful ale. Hops are in abundance and yet the malts are too. Body is really enjoyably full and smooth, though not heavy or off style...just right. The brewers certainly didn't skimp on ingredients. Hops seem a little one dimensional but I like them.

Overall: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this. I drank this quite a bit in college about 10 years ago, and my palate has certainly developed since then, so I was expecting less for some reason. Mueller's pale ale is a great example of the style.

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Photo of Msundt
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sharpness, but not quite as sharp as an ipa. Nice carmel notes on the after taste. They say that this is the staff favorite, I could see making this my every day beer. Definataly my favorite beer tasted during my trip to Springfield Missouri....

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off- white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, spicy hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, slight grass, and a hint of lemongrass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops,hint of lemongrass, slight sweet malt, slight tea, hint of caramel malt, hint of wheat, and slightly spicy hops. Overall, the lemongrass stand out, but otherwise an average pale ale.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a six pack of this back down to Austin from Springfield, Missouri. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass, no visible freshness date.

A: Beautiful deep amber color. Not quite as much head as I would have expected, but keeps a nice bit of head as it's being consumed and leaves some excellent lacing on the glass.

S: Spicy citrus pine notes hit the nose up front from the cascade hops, which are balanced nearly to perfection from the caramel malt sweetness and ester flavors. Hints of apple and red grapes blend very nicely with other citrus notes typically detected in a N.W. style pale. Earthy like ester flavors are also quite present.

T&M: Unlike many APAs, this one is bit more balanced up front, as the deep malt character hits the tongue up front with some caramel sweetness and provides an excellent backbone once the spiciness of the cascade hops hit. Nearly perfect balance of all the things one would expect for the style, as the hops never dominate, but rather give a nice dose of spicy, grassy citrus and pine notes, blending nicely with apple and grape like earthy ester flavors in a semi-dry finish with just a touch of alcohol and lingering caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, as it's a bit creamy, medium-bodied, with low to medium carbonation.

D&Notes: I have been drinking at the Springfield Brewing Company for 10 years, and their beers rarely disappoint, and this one is without a doubt one of their best. Funny as it may sound, I have never really taken the time to drink this beer that much. The Springfield Brewing Company is actually owned by a company that manufacturers brewing equipment (Paul Mueller Company), and consequently offers some outstanding lagers year-round, that are rarely found in brew-pubs of it's size. At least for me, that almost makes it a bit more difficult to drink their pale ale as much, as it seems every brew-pub and microbrewery under the sun offers a pale ale.

All of that being said, this is an outstanding pale ale this balanced to perfection. According to their website, it clocks in at 25 bitterness units, which is just over 10 less than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This is one brew not to be missed, as this pale ale could hold its own to almost any other out there.

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Photo of naterock
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with minimal head and a patchy lacing. a pale orangish-copper kinda light but still good.

a suprisingly strong malt quality with a bit of earthy hops and a kiss of citrus. a lot of similarities to an english pale ale.

Subtle qualities all around, with a moderate malt sweetness and just a graceful kiss of hops.

Moderate in carbonation and a bit cloying but overall very drinkable. Damn I love that this is brewed here in town and is so cheap and available.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at brew co

A-Pale golden iwht a good head pretty typical looking APA

S-Good hoppy charecter with some grassy notes to it as well

T&M-Very straightforward APA good hop quality nice and earhty with a good amount of citrus in the middle and back. Nice medium body good cabonation feels good going down

D-Easy Easy Easy to kick back a few of these at the brewery or out of the bottle I really enjoy having this so close to me

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very typical across the board. Pretty much a standard pale ale. The same APA being made across the country. Definitely a good beer to have but nothing memorable. Ranking as an PA I'd say its not even as good as Boulevard's PA.

I'd drink it again but only when I'm in the brewery and have to have some hops. Unfortunately I've never been in the brewco when they had an IPA or a double IPA.

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Photo of gpogo
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear copper with moderate sized cream colored head. The head dissipated to a small covering and left a sparse lacing.

A- Bready sweet malt with moderate citrusy hop smells.

T- Sweet malt, slightly bready with very faint caramel hints. Nice citrusy backbone which is far from overpowering, I would have liked it to have a bit more hop flavor/aroma. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky-sweet feeling left in mouth.

D- Not a bad APA, I have others that I prefer over this. Though after trying this I feel I need to take a trip to the Springfield Brewery.

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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (same label as above), brought back from the brewpub in Springfield. Thanks Mike for sharing.
Pours a clear golden-orange color, with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves thin but nice lacing on the glass. Not really the 'copper' color that they describe on the label.
Aroma is slightly malty, but has lots of fresh grass hops. Good flavor, with solid mix of maltiness and citrus hops. Crisp, bitter hop finish, but not overpowering. Medium body, appropriate carbonation.
A drinkable, session brew, clean and well balanced taste.

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Photo of Fuller
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear golden to amber color with a 1/2" white head that leaves nice sticky lacing all around the glass. Has a clean aroma of piney hops and some malt. Taste starts sweet and then turns slight bitter with grassy hops. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a nice bitter hop bite. Very drinkable, could be a nice session beer.

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Paul's Pale Ale from Springfield Brewing Company
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