Detroit Pale Ale | Atwater Brewery

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Detroit Pale AleDetroit Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States
atwaterbeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of martinmontano50
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of bluHatter
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color, big frothy head. Nice lacing.

S: Orange, citrus, sweet, tart - lemon meringue. Smells like dessert.

T: bitter, lemon, orange, grapefruit.

M: Lots of bubbly carbonation that really helps to bring the flavors out.

O: This is really an exceptional pale ale. I'm especially a fan of the subtle, delicious nose, which really adds a lot to the complexity of the flavor.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and pale/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, herbal, floral. grass, light pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops and pale/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. It felt like a blend of American and English styles. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and pale/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qua17
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a nice yellow with about two inches of head which slowly dissipated. A tad of lacing remains.

Smell: Some grassy notes

Taste: Your typical English Pale ale. The malts are upfront and there isn't a ton of hops on the finish.

Feel: There is a bot of carbonation in this beer. It's not subtle like a Bass but it makes the beer more drinkable.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of English Pales - but this is a pretty drinkable beer.

PS - This beer is listed as an altbier - if I'm wrong (I thought it was an English Pale) would some one school me in the ways of altbier. Thx!

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Photo of nukem5
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour with a deep straw color and foamy cap that sticks heavily to walls of the glass.The smell which is most prominent is the citrus aroma with a slightly grassy note or two. Taste is a bit above average with a slightly malty taste and some grape-fruity citrus bite to it. Mouthfeel is a medium feel with a good carbonation level to it. Nice lacing down sides of glass. Like it alot but not top of the style very decent beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jovian00
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of matsha13
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mountdew1
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a rich golden amber with a plain 1 finger white head. head lasted ~five minutes before leaving a few lacings on the glass. Aroma was slighty sweet and fruity, but also had notes of acid and yeast. Taste started out fruity with a hint of citrus, before shifting to a yeasty hop flavor. A slightly sour and yeasty flavor lingered in the mouth after sipping. Felt ok, maybe a bit overly bubbly. Overall not bad, but came across a bit strange towards the end of each sip.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated June 2011 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a slightly opaque golden yellow with a one-finger head that fades quickly. The remnants stick around though and provide adequate lacing.

S: Smells of floral hops, a sense of grassiness, and a malty sweetness that isn't present in some of my favorite hop-forward APAs such as Alpha King or Moon Man. Smells more like SNPA, which isn't a bad thing at all. Perhaps the faintest hint of honey as well.

T: Initially the malt backbone hits your tongues, but then you get the bitterness and floral qualities of the hops. Not as floral-y or citrusy as I might like. This is a solid pale that does nothing to stand out of the pack.

M: Has a medium-light to a medium mouthfeel that feels just a touch fizzy on the tongue, suggesting perhaps just a bit more carbonation than for the style.

O: I'm really confused why BA has this listed as an altbier rather than a pale ale, especially considering that's what the brewer calls it. That out of the way, I'm just a touch disappointed that the taste doesn't live up to the inviting aroma. An all around solid offering from Atwater, but all things being equal I'm going to hunt out SNPA the next time I'm in SE Michigan rather than Detroit Pale Ale.

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3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrBIP
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Botulizard
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobbyr5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1636th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

Thanks to my co-worker Kathleen for this one

App- A fairly sparkly looking orange with some good bubble activity. I used a friends pint glass, so not sure if right glass or not, but best I had. Small 1/2" head that fell to nothing. A couple dots of cling.

Smell- A light bit of an small malty orange. A little bit of a spice note and maybe just a touch of bitter. A light IPA or a small pale ale really.

Taste- This was pretty tasty. I liked it better than the Detroit brewing one. Had more pop and flavor vs just a small malt backbone with a little citrus. Nice balance and a good fast drinker. An easy thirst quencher.

Mouth- A little bit of a lighter medium body with a fairly light medium carbonation. A good amount of malt on the back with a touch of citrus and a bit grainular.

Drink- Better than the 1st Altbier of the night, but wasnt anything wowing. Solid offering and quaffable.

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Detroit Pale Ale from Atwater Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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