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Pigskin Pale Ale | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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85
very good
34 Reviews
Pigskin Pale AlePigskin Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 07-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
54
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 54
Photo of harrymel
2.02/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Dusky amber with a persistent finger of light toasted cream foam. Smells faintly of amber malts and english hops. Tea character. Flavor is cardboard oxidation and some sweet malt. Some muted bitterness. Pretty severer oxidation. Medium bodied with moderate carb and off dry finish. I feel like this one is old, but it's hard to tell sans date system....

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Late October is the heart of football season (sorry, MLB playoffs...) and what better way to 'celebrate' than with a Pigskin Pale. Have had this a time or two before; today it's a 22 oz. bottle from Hot Lips, with salad and a pizza slice. Poured to an imperial pint.

A: Mild amber color, or a deep golden-orange, depending on your perspective. Lightly hazed, plenty of streaming carbonation. Mounding head, a robust 2-fingers of rigid ivory froth. Sticking lace top to bottom.

S: Dusty, dull aroma - an indistinct grain that's not particularly sweet, toasty nor enticing. Vaguely sweet lemon, a scone or custard. Also present: an unappealing metallic sting.

T: Despite a languid smell, flavor is good: a strong malt tempered by spicy and lemony/pithy hop bittering. Toasted bread, a rye/caraway flair, bitter green leafiness. Long-lasting bitterness, a little chalky/mineral.

M: Crisp feel, medium body. Coating grain fills the mouth, stronger bitter flourish at the end sets squarely in the middle of the tongue, draws the cheeks. Salivating with a dry finish.

D: Have had better and worse APAs; this falls in the middle of the pack. Besides the off-putting metal aftertaste and a bland aroma, there are some positives (bold flavor, good look). Probably not enough here to bring me back often, if it all.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of head. Fairly clear, medium straw colored body.
Aroma is a pleasant pine, citrus and floral smell.
A strong bitter taste, pine mostly. A dry effect.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
A solid APA, strong on the bitterness.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a lasting short white head. Earthy caramel malt, nuts, and toffee in the nose with grassy hops. Smooth, robust taste with apricot and grapefruit hops, light resin, butterscotch malt, and a slight vegetable taste, whcih seems to be present in all of Beer Valley's brews. Nice APA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine and earthy hop nose and flavor is caramel with a hop backbone. Light lingering bitter finish. $2.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear, orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, earthy, and some caramel.

taste is of caramel, a little nutty, and malt, ends just a touch of bitter.

overall one of the better pale ales that i have had in a while.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a amber-copper color that shows a somewhat hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit up front, but a deeper inspection of the aroma yields cracker-like malt notes and a touch of orange zest.

Citrus hop notes up front meld into pine flavors and an herbal bitterness that is pretty substantial. Cracker-like grain notes, some grassy grain, a light malt sweetness (though this is on the dry side) and perhaps even a touch of stale malt notes sum up the malt contribution here. This beer does have a big hop bitterness to it, it is perhaps the most noticeable part of the flavor. This is nice and light bodied, though not watery, like a good Pale Ale should be.

A pretty simplistic Pale Ale, this is not necessarily a bad thing in a Pale Ale, but this particular example seems a bit unbalanced (even for what is generally a hoppy style). Not bad, but could be much better; the best thing about this beer is the fluffy, long lasting head.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

Overall a decent pale ale. Pours with classic hue, good head but lacking lace and retention. Lots of malts and hops on the nose, pretty straightforward.

On the palate more hops and malts, though well integrated with some good richness. The beer is nicely balanced. Overall everything works, but there is really nothing to make it stand out from the dozens of other pale ales more readily available. Worth a shot if you want to try it for yourself.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pigskin Pale poured a hazy copper color with a nice 2 finger foam head with some encompassing lacing. The smell had that familiar pale ale smell with a good malt aroma.

The taste was bitter up front but left with a strong malt presence and some bitterness to finish it off. In the mouth it was crisp, bitter and thin. Very well carbonated. Not a bad pale ale from Eastern Oregon.

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Photo of JDV
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as a bonus in trade with hopdog. Thanks man! Pours orange with a fluffy lasting white head. Smell is mild fruity orange and tea like earthiness. Taste is very balanced with a nice malt presence with slightly strong orange fruity bitter hoppiness. Moderate hoppiness and spot on for a pale ale. Medium to full body with crisp carbonation. Solid, enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a tulip.

A puffy 2-finger off-white head tops a slightly hazy light amber body. Leaves nice sheets of lace.

Nose is clean floral, mild citrus, light malt, some husky grain.

The mouth fills with citrus and malts that are at once husky, gritty, grainy and lightly sweet. It's a very crisp beer in general with a rather dry finish. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Toasted malt and citrus linger for a moment.

Overall impression: Solid APA- recommended.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Football season is over, but beer drinking season is year round. 22 ounce bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

White, creamy, and dense is the head. hazy body, the color being a blend of yellow and orange. Big hop aroma, though a little one-dimensional. Pine is the most dominant scent. Lemongrass and vague malt play around in the background. ... the head is still up, that's very good head retention. Taste...allspice, wintergreen, hops. Not the pale ale I was expecting to taste...this tastes more like it was spiced on the way, but those hops can create some crazy flavors. Flowers start to prevail. So does grapefruit peel. In comes a dry biscuit taste. I think a touch more malt could really make this beer shine. Nonetheless, one could quaff this easy if you like an aftertaste of bitter citrus (I do, but it smaller doses). Recommended for those who prefer a more floral/plant-like taste (does plant taste make any sense?).

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Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth ale, dark golden in color with medium creamy head. Hoppy aroma, more hops (pine, grapefruit in the taste. Overall Mouthfeel is good, good weight, light lingering palate. Easy drinker.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Pigskin Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Poured a copper color and is slightly hazy. Creamy white head, has a lot of resiliency and leaves white rings on the glass.

Smell is a dry musty aroma of grain.

Taste is good, dominated by a sweet caramel bread flavor, with an acerbic bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Very drinkable. A nice pale ale. I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of alarusse
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a large, slightly frothy head, which gives way to a hazy, amber-orange gradient with olive-colored edges as it settles in my glass. A very pretty beer to look at, actually, as the head is a nice firm, off-white.

The aroma is nothing special, and does not overpower (or maybe thats just my semi-stuffy nose). Mostly hops mingle in the air above the glass.

Interestingly, there is almost no lacing (a few tiny, scattered spots only) on this pint, in contrast to some other reviewers. Perhaps different batches produce these variances?

I enjoy the taste of this beer. While the hops certainly dominate, there is a substantial sweetness and citrus flavor which lend complexity. To be honest, it is a little bitter for my palette.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are nice. The taste does linger slightly, but certainly not too much. A mildly bitter aftertaste.
In my opinion, the beer really shines in its drinkability. Despite its hoppiness, the beer drinks like water.

I would recommend this one. Nice name/label, too. I can't wait to take this to a couple of college football tailgates this year!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz from the Coop.. for the very reasonable $2.75 .. shared with a buddy while talking about work and listing to King Britt's "When the Funk Hits the Fan".

Very big head on this one.. huge lacing for a APA.. slightly hazy lite golden brew... suprising... lacing dries to a crusty bubble mess. :)

American C's hops are front of the aroma... citrus and piney.. pretty warm at this point.. only a trace of malt aroma.

Good bitterness is braced by a balanced caramel sweetness... pine and citrus rind are known very well mid palate.. Lingering toasted malts and a touch of gun metal. Lower than expected body that does not diminish the overall quality.... a Flintstone vitamin quality (Amarillos?)

Reminds me alot of the Owyhee Amber but with a bumper crop of hop flavors .. Could use a touch more body... Had I not had the Amber exactly prior to this one, I would probably have scored it higher... not alot of negative other than the big carbonation. An overall bonus is how fresh this brew tastes.. I've had it quite a few times from bottle and have been fairly impressed everytime.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden alomost burnt orange beer, with a very large off white head, thats very thick. Aroma pretty strong citus style hopping, malts weakly behind. Very hoppy even for a West Coast Pale. Citric hops, all through, weak malt backing, hops wear out a bit in the middle of the mouthful, then re-emerge in all their glory in the back of the throat and linger ever after. Nice enough on the palate, nothing extraordinary for style. Over all a nice hoppy Pale. on the verge of IPA territory

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Valley's hoppier beers would seem to emphasize the sweeter more piney hop varieties, as with their Pigskin Pale with its fat, oozing pinesap aroma. Pigskin pours hazed gold at first. But it is bottle conditioned and will release a fury of small flocs as you pour towards the end of the bottle, so pour slowly to avoid a mad floc storm. On the other hand, the flocs seem to enhance the mouthfeel, which grows more relaxed and full as the beer warms.

This big-bodied ale balances towards the malt with an initial caramel sweetness. I enjoyed its graceful informality and imagine it would be well suited to the arduous task of sports viewing. Just be sure to let it warm up properly.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden yellow/orange hue, delightful lacing

S: clean grain, earthy

T: sweet grain, earthy middle, mild bitter dry finish

M: med. body, prickly tongue, hint of sticky feel, semi-dry

O: Another fine Oregon beer. Nice grassy/earthy big pale ale.
Dare I say, sipper or BIG session beer.

NICE BEER, CHECK IT OUT!

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/16/09.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a finger of soft beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving slight lacing and good retention. Aroma is subtle with malt and herbal hop.

Taste starts with a slight bready malt sweetness which quickly gives way to a stronger hop bitterness. Nice herbal and piny hop presence. Almost tea-like in flavor. Feel is light-medium bodied and well-carbonated. Very crisp and slightly astringent finish. Drinkability is good aside from the astringency.

Overall, a pretty good and hoppy pale ale. And very affordable too ($3 per 22 oz).

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Photo of cjgator3
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I am enjoying this in honor of the start of the first week of college football. Nothing goes better with good football than good beer.

A-The appearance of this beer is excellent. Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy off-white head that has excellent stick and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and citrusy hops. Very nice west coast pale ale aroma, but a little pn the faint side.

T- The taste is much more flavorful than your typical Pale Ale. Decent malt backbone, but the focus of the taste clearly is the sharp citrusy hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice almost creamy texture and good amount of carbonation. Very nice, nearly perfect for the beer..

D- This is an outstanding APA. I would love to take a few bombers with me to tailgate at a football game.

Overall, Beer Valley Pigskin Pale Ale is solid Pale Ale that really surprised me. If this beer was available where I live, I would definitely purchase again. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

At the time of reviewing this beer the New England Patriots had just finished a perfect season of zero losses and perhaps by the time you read this the dynasty will still be alive. Or not. Damn themed beer, enough of the sports, let's get to the guts of it.

No fear of frothing as it rises to the occasion and comes right to the brim with a dense, rocky head that seems to cling everywhere. Orange blossom in the nose with a sweet biscuity malt in tow. Solid malt backbone of lightly toasted malt, some sweetness and a lingering graininess. Hops are American all the way with a tight kernel of herbal bitterness and citric coating. Hint of nutty yeast, a little wet citric zest and a kiss of tobacco. The balance happens middle to end with a fusion of intertwining malt and hops to a bittersweet finish.

The American Pale Ale is solid through and through, 6.0 percent is a bit more than expected to qualify as a session ale, but sip at it, and it will make due. Either way, it's on the money when it comes to style.

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Photo of imagese
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass

A- a very nice hazy golden, almost bock-like color. Very small head and not much lacing

S- a very clean sweet malt with the slightest hint of an earthy/floral hop

T- matches the smell, but with a very nice and super subtle earthy hop bitterness.

M- along with the nose and taste, it is a very clean mouthfeel. Very crisp, but full, and leaves very little lingering taste

D- great sessionable beer for those looking for a crisp golden ale. I'm a huge hophead, and I could down several of these, especially on a hot summer day, if I'm not in the mood for a bitter beer.

This would be a great beer for someone who is trying to get into craft beer, and usually drinks beers along the lines of MGD, Bud, etc... It's not going to wreck their palates, but it is going to show them how much better a well crafted beer tastes!

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Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

S-Nice smell of hopps hits you at first then a swetter scent.

T-Very nice taste very easy on the palate

A- A orange/yellow color with a nice white head

M-Very crisp taste that has a little bite on the end .
D-This is a great beer I will be asking for another

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice hop notes, some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, bitter, slightly sweet, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty APA, recommended.

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Pigskin Pale Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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