Pocono Pale Ale | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Pocono Pale AlePocono Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-27-1998

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After paying only $5.49/six, I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. Poured slightly hazy dark gold with a nice looking big head that left nice lacework. Grapefruit hop aroma(but not overwhelmingly cascades) balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. Taste is crisp, dry and nicely balanced. There's a lot of hop flavor, but it's not that bitter. It's actually a quite nice "lighter" pale ale that serves as a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – What a beauty! The body is just dark enough orange to suggest a promise of some balanced malt. However, it's the head that takes the cake here. It roared up and over my Walking Man glass, even on a careful pour, and seemed to last forever. It never did completely go away but inched down slowly in pitted chunks of foam leaving lots of lacing to adore.

Smell – So East Coast. The big, fuggle hops (I think they’re fuggle), as prominent as they are in the nose, are rightfully balanced by some smooth, lightly-toasted biscuity malts. The aroma is big and oh so good.

Taste – Wow, this is fuggles gone wild. It is a very simple ale. Lots of East Coast hops, good biscuit malt balance, and a dryness that will leave you sucking wind.

Mouthfeel – I would have liked to have seen a little heavier body to this one, but this one shortcoming was more than offset by the very serious bitter bite in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I just saw a post asking what BAs drink after a long, hard day. I just put in two 15-hour ones and I can tell you that this Pale Ale hits the spot.

Comments – Big thanks to The Prostman who really delivered on my request for a “typical East Coast-style” ale. Cheers, mate!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a mixed label style, as interesting as the beer within.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a semi-sticky white lace head.

Smell: Nice blend of hop aromas; citrus and spice.

Taste: Not the bitterness you would expect from the typical mainstream style of a Pale Ale. Up-front dryness that is crisp and a bit spicy (pepper like). A touch of grapefruit rind continues from start to finish with traces in the linger. Malt is present yet it merely adds to this brews smoothness -- aiding to round off the unusually pleasant flavours.

Notes: An exciting spin on the Pale Ale. Perhaps it is their combination of Mt. Hood, Cascade and English Kent Goldings hops that gives this brew its unique character? Very refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Todd
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An interesting cloudy orange amber with a big bubbled patchy white laced head. Unfiltered I hope, or there's some nasties in my beer! Average for an unfiltered offering.

Smells kind of like dishwashing liquid, very soapy, but distinct of certain hop combos ... or so I've discovered over the years. Touch of faint medicinal, grass, raw honey ...

Smooth and ... very bland. There's an even malty / big dextrin sweetness and medium-mouthfeel, but the depth of flavour is one dimensional. Hops come in as a gentle bitter citric tingle on the palate, then turns into a faint tea-like character as it fades into the malty blandness. Hops are a bit oily. Earth flavours run through the middle. Some bready / toasty malt flavours pull-thru as the beer warms, but it's hardly redeeming. Finish has some residual hop and soap-like flavours.

I'm really not impressed by this lackluster beer. Something is missing? Or perhaps the way the hops played out, combined with the dull malty flavours, rubbed me the wrong way? I'll have to try it again ... one day.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date. Hazed amber golden color, lovely frothy lace.

Sweet honey malt aroma, some grassy and hop oil in the nose also.

Moderate body with a grainy crispness. Big toasted biscuity malt flavour, hops are not too bitter and balance very well. Some soft hop oil makes it into the flavour with a floral taste. Finishes slightly astringent with toasted husk and hints of yeast.

A mild of the road Pale Ale, went well with my bbq glazed meatloaf.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a light straw golden color. Clear. White head which leaves respectable lacing. Nose is of light toast and a hint of hops. Medium bodied. Balanced PA. Malt backbone, complimented by a decent hop grainyness. Finishes smooth and fairly light in body. Complimented my salad with a chipotle vinagarette nicely. Worth trying.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A cloudy dull orange in color with a long-lasting white head. I suspect the pint glass wasn't 100% clean as there was *no* lacing to be seen. All I could think of when smelling this beer was "applesauce". Funny, but true. Flavor is where it began to go sour...literally. A nasty sourness really dominated this beer's flavor profile. Small dose of bitterness at the end. Just the slightest malty sweetness is able to peek through the sourness. Mouth-puckering mouthfeel from the sourness. Finished very crisp and dry. Definitely not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of jakester
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is from the Pocono Party Pack. Expiration date is clearly stamped on the bottle (Yay!). This is very fresh. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a beautiful clear copper with a tight beige colored head of foam. The head sticks around, with good lacing on the glass. You can count every sip.

Aroma is light biscuit malt followed by a nice spicy hop nose; fruity and maybe a slight diacetyl. Pleasant.

The first flavor is light toasted caramel malt, followed by a decent hit from hop bitterness, then some spicy hop flavor. Quite fruity with some diacetyl in the back. Aftertaste is biscuity and slightly metallic, or is that hops?

Mouthfeel is smooth and semi-sweet, with a decent carbonation bite. There is some lip-smacking sweetness in the finish, but this isn't sweet.

This isn't a bad little pale ale. You can't compare it to SNPA or Alpha King. It is what it is; a pretty good beer for the money.

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Photo of gabeerman
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle given to me by my buddy Paul.

A:pours a nice 11/2"-2" head that takes about 30-45 seconds to fade. Its about a shade away from being a yellow piss beer & 100% transparent.
S:it actually smells quite nice compared to the appearance but nowhere along the lines of an APA. It has soft aromas of vanilla & banana with a tiny bit of citrusy hop nose to it.
T:large amounts of banana & spices cascade across the tongue. Almost no real hoppiness. The slightest bitterness comes in as I finish the sip.
MF:it has a somewhat pleasant mouthfeel as the carbonation mixed with the spice almost teases your brain into thinking a nice flavor follows only to be let down.
D:the ability to down these is phenomenal as it is extremely light. The only thing that would stop me is the not so pleasant taste.

Overall not a bad brew but I'm so stuck on big extreme beers right now this one almost seems like a lager.

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Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these the other night (before the La Trappe)...hard to find paper and pen at a party full of kids but found a pizza delivery menu and a colored pencil. Very nice American Pale, well balanced with retentive flavors, vague citrusy hop flavor though I like Ales a little more "grapefruity"...if I see any more Lion's products, I'll pick them up.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy golden copper with a nice massive cream tinted orange head, leaves a great lining of lace with each sip here. Aroma: Nice billowing layers of citrus and pine cone scented hops with a syrupy sweet malt content to balance aromatics. Taste: A great flavor of slightly mellowed hops for the sake of this beer being a pale ale finishes very clean with ample bitterness and suprisingly fruity malt tones not bad a really drinkable ale from teh people who currently brew Stagmeier Porter. Always nice to feel body in a brew that you weren't expecting much from this one is medium to light bodied with a great sticky texture remaining clean and uncloying at the same time. Drinkability: Wow if I was buying some beer watching football right now this might just be it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft, fruity (almost perfumed) scents that curb in the nostrils... pleasant but not pretentious... slightly effervescent... transparent orange body with a pencil-thin white head... light, slightly hoppy (sudsy?)--subdued and smooth taste... soft, slightly bubbly like champagne on the back of the mouth--generally nondescript but highly drinkable... a nice, sensible pale ale--and this review is tempered by the pricetag at Bottle King--$3.98 with a club card presented... quite a liquid asset in these economically heightened times...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pocono Pale Ale pours a bright, golden-amber body beneath a 3/4" head of frothy white that holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar and leaves some thin lacing throughout most of the glass. The aroma displays a distinctly caramel-tinged malt accented by fresh, floral & citrusy hops. The body is medium-light with a fine, crisp carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of lightly tangy and fruity, citrusy hops amidsts a caramel-drizzled and biscuity malt. It's very well balanced by a bold bitterness; and it finishes dry with a short lingering bitterness and bready/biscuity maltiness that receed to leave some longer lasting citrusy hops on the palate. It's not quite as refined as some of the best in its class; nor is it as bold as many others... but it's certainly flavorful, crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -12%

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

A decent American pale ale. Pours to a hazy golden color and white head that falls to a thin layer and leaves a bit of foam on the side of the glass. Smells of very sweet malt and floral hops. Flavorwise, it is mostly sweet malt and grassy hops. Finishes sweet with floral hops on the tongue. Honey and biscuits in the aftertaste. Feels nice in the mouth. Veers to the sweet side but tastes fine. This beer lacks the alpha acid "bite" of a Sierra Nevada or a Full Sail, but that's ok w/ me. Diversity is a good thing. A great "crossover" beer for those new to pale ales.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale gold-straw color with a slight micro-bubbly white head.

S: The nose was very light with trace hints of citrus, pine, and malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was light fresh grains, and some grassiness for hopping. Flavor was moderate at best and pretty bland overall.

M: crisp with moderate carbonation but thin and watery.

D: average drinkability, overall a bland tasting pale with very little hop appeal. Why bother with so many other better examples out there.

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Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a clear pale golden yellow. Traces of amber run throughout. Not too much head but a nice white lace rims around.

S- Citrus and sweet malts. hints of hops and alcohol.

T- defining lemon/citrus flavor. Malts catch the tail end of the flavor. I cant taste the malts as strong as i would have figured from the smell. Also an earthy type of flavor. Grass/wheaty.

M- moist and dry at the same time. Cleanses the mouth and palate though. Smooth and easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing.

D- easy to put one of these down. Not a bad flavor and it is crisp.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear pale amber with a white head that cleared quickly leaving just a tad of lace. Smell was slight earthy, grass malts, with a hop hint. The taste was light and highly carbonated, but this is to be expected from an Extra Pale. This would make a good summer beer as it essentially goes down like water. No realy over bearing flavor profile anywhere, overall will give it another shot

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Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average example of the American Pale Ale style. The appearance was a nice copper hue, but the head retention was rather short lived. The aroma and flavor were certainly had a hop and citrus characteristic, although a bit muted.

Overall this is an inexpensive ($4.99 six pack) and drinkable ale - an alternative to the pricier, although superior versions.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of h00dak
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this pale ale via my beer of the month subscription. Wasn't real excited about it because I'm not that crazy about pale ales.

When I twisted off the top, I immediately smelled bananas. Faint hoppy aroma. Good smelling, sweet. The smell began to perk my interest to say the least.

I poured it into a chilled pint glass and observed a one finger, white foamy head which dissipated rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The brew has a nice yellow with hint of amber color to it. Very clear.

The taste is very well balanced and hits you right away. Bananas in the front, hops and wheat in the back. Buttery smoothness in the middle. Half way through the pint the flavor gained a little bit of a coppery character but the pint finished strong with a return of sweet banana flavor. All of these flavors are nicely nuanced. Not overpowering. This would make a wonderfully tasty session beer.

Mouth feel was smooth. Almost as drinkable as water. Mid to low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. It far surpassed my expectations especially when I saw that the bros gave it a B-. To each his own I suppose. I think this is a much better brew than some have given it credit for.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red colored ale with a tan head that doesn't last too long.

Smell is herbal hops and some citrus hops too. Faint scent of chocolate and vanilla and roasted malt. Detectable scent of alcohol.

Taste is mildly sweet and a fairly strong herbal hop flavor. Fair amount of fruitiness from yeast. Malt is a lesser player in this brew mostly caramelized sugars.

Mouthfeel is good.

Fairly drinkable this is a competent pale ale that is more British in its flavor. I can see buying this again when it is on sale and SNPA is not.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel & citrus that are quickly followed by the breadiness of a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this may not be the best beer in the style but it's solid enough to drink for a while.

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Photo of jwc215
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours slightly hazed orange/amber with a thin. creamy head that becomes a very thin, lasting cover.

At first, I thought I caught citric/floral notes, but caramelish malty sweetness soon overran it.

The taste is of sweet caramelish malt. With the first sip or two, there were some hoppy - floral - notes coming through, but they faded to an annoying metallic taste, and eventually became lost in the bland malt. Sweetness and metal became the predominant tastes. (Thankfully in this case), the finish was short. Sorry, not liking this after mid-way through.

It tries to have something of a body, but just about falls apart with the thinness of it.

Not a pleasant aftertaste, and this is a good example why it takes more than a tasting to rate a beer. This one becomes progressively worse. Trying to think of a way to improve it, all that comes to mind is - start from scratch.

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Pocono Pale Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 72 ratings