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:
55
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Old Chicago in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a clear pale golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves some streaky lace as it duly wisps away. It smells of faint grainy malt, and floral, leafy hops. The taste doesn't waver much, with some edgy cereal grain, and bitter grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, but not thin, and fairly smooth. It finishes crisp, and fairly clean, a somewhat metallic hoppiness lingering.

Nothing fancy, just an adequate accompaniment to pseudo-deepdish pizza and Detroit Lions eyeballin'.

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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 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 Gagnonsux
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dope
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden straw pour with a huge fluffy white head that lasts forever. Great lacing too.

S: Very floral hops with some herbal quality as well.

T: Grapefruit and herbal hops, bready malt backing it up.

M: Medium, high carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing amazing.

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of HardyA
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodlavers
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Raime
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gusher. Quality control issue. Should be labeled altbier. Taste like pennies and soap. No long review. Ten years ago this would have been a welcomed change up from a typical AAL I guess.

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Photo of BlissJunkie
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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

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Detroit Pale Ale from Atwater Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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