Purgatory Ale | Durango Brewing

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Purgatory AlePurgatory Ale

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by meeekyh on 02-14-2012

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First of all, this can of Purgatory Pale Ale from Durango was canned at 6.0% ABV.

Look - very little lacing, a nice butery-white head that goes down to a centimeter or so. It's cloudy amber-orange, like a pill bottle color.

Smell - it is subtle, but I get sweet corn, a little toasty-ness. Some sweet flowers, a little honey.

Taste - very drinkable, smooth, with some mellow honeysuckle, and nice metallic twang on the finish. definitely take the time to pour this into a glass, as it opens up much of the flavor. The taste from the can is more bitter, but less complex.

Feel - has a nice full mouthfeel. Feels like I'm drinking a biscuit.

Overall- I would drink again. I think I would prefer this Founder's All Day IPA as a session beer (it is too bad they do not sell this where I live). In conclusion, it's mellow. It's nice, but it won't rock your world. May be a good one to introduce noobs to pale ales.

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Photo of Lost_Medic
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of taospowder
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color in the tall Witbier glass. Attractive foam and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Not much aroma.

Medium body with a sensation of heavier malts. Quite earthy, with a touch of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Not very bitter. I couldn't guess at the style until I looked it up. Less hoppy and more malty than you'd expect for a Pale Ale, but rather pleasant and smooth.

If this really is 7.7% it seems a little too strong for the style, and for this particular beer. There is a malt liquor finish, but that kiss of hops makes is drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very gentile two-finger bubbly white foam head rises from a sea of orange-yellow. Lacing is strong too.

Lots of "heavenly" centennial hops! Crystal malt dominates subsided by caramel. Very bready.

Liquid, wet, like a full bodied lager. Great light carbonation along with zero bitterness. Refreshing for a hot summer day. Bready indeed. No heat picked up from the ABV.

Recommended brew. Very refreshing for a hot day, a light easy drinker that has a serious kick.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of meeekyh
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pat at the brewery told me that they use pilsner malts and the beer is then ‘triple hopped’ (I should have asked what that means) with Sazz hops and then fermented with an ale yeast to create this unique style. ABV is around 7.7% and the price was super reasonable at $4.29 for the bomber.

The beer is a rich golden color, with a thin, single-finger of white head. It is very clear and the lacing is minimal but present as the foam quickly vanishes to a thin layer of bubbles. Speaking of bubbles, carbonation is light enough to mention that it is so.

A tiny hint of raspberry in the nose along with the wafting alcohol are the better parts of the nose and there is a earthy, potato smell that is not entirely pleasant.

The taste is predominated by that earthy taste, though I had to almost warm the beer to get much of anything pronounced. This beer is light in flavor with a moderate bitterness and little hop character in the nose or the taste. The pilsner malt is another note in the flavor that stands out, though it is in rare company.

This is a good beer yearning to be better. I’d bet that on-tap this is full of subtle joys. Here it is decent but devoid of any real joy. For the price it is worth a whirl but there are many beers I would rather enjoy.


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Purgatory Ale from Durango Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 8 ratings