Pale Ale
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
Pale Ale - American
3.32 | pDev: 12.95%
Jan 22, 2017
Feb 03, 2012
Notes: None
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Ratings by Cyberkedi:
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3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Cyberkedi from Georgia

Pours a hazy, almost opaque golden with a thick white head. Malty aroma has a hoppy underpinning and more than a hint of fruit. Flavor has a strong citrus component, more at an IPA but not as hoppy as that style. Sour and subtle bitter notes round out the taste. Firm, fizzy mouthfeel leaves malty and hoppy tones behind. Brewer’s select? Hop yeah!

Mar 17, 2014
More User Ratings:
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2017
3.36 by Brewsed from North Carolina on Jul 12, 2015
3.75 by redfox405 from California on Apr 16, 2015
3.5 by Eaglefan344 from Missouri on Nov 28, 2014
3 by Acubflem from Illinois on Nov 19, 2014
4.28 by lbb from Maryland on Nov 08, 2014
3.25 by macon337 from Alabama on Oct 08, 2014
3.25 by qcghost from North Carolina on Sep 27, 2014
3.25 by WoostaBia from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2014
3.25 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Mar 25, 2014
3 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2014
3 by Jordan444 from Ohio on Oct 04, 2013
3 by bmjivi221 from Virginia on Sep 21, 2013
3.25 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Aug 01, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Slackerville from California

If you are in Taichung for business or pleasure and looking for some real beers and a hearty burger Gordon Biersch is one of your only options. Even at a good western style restaurant it is difficult to find anything hoppier than Bass or Heineken in Taiwan. Gordon Biersch offers a wide range of beers and the beer/food quality is very similar to that found at many of the US locations.

This pale ale was part of a sampler and a refreshing change after trying all the local beer offerings. Nothing amazing but the burst of hops tasted great after a week of Taiwan Beer Co. cans. Light in color, the pale ale was an interesting complement to the traditional lagered beers that Gordon Beirsch usually focuses on. This beer has fermented out very clean using primarily pale malts resulting in a refreshing, drinkable beer with noticeable hops. Gan Bei.

Jun 02, 2013
3.75 by random846 from California on May 26, 2013
3.75 by Boone757 from Virginia on May 18, 2013
3.75 by bdoggboston from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2013
3.25 by jesus808 from California on Feb 14, 2013
3.5 by DeltaGolfSierra from Tennessee on Jun 14, 2012
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2.22/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by HopHead84 from California


Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.

A: Pale indeed. Light yellow. Looks like a Pilsner with an inch of soapy white froth. Lots of scattered lacing.

S: Grainy malt with a little lemon. Definitely not much aroma, where are the pleasant citrus notes I long for? At least give me some soft caramel malt to tide me over. Nothing.

T: High level of bitterness is very dry with little flavor of any kind backing it up. The bitterness is rough and astringent, bringing to mind aspirin. I get some lemon. 

M: Light body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, astringent, and sticky.

Overall: This is San Diego. How can a professional brewer not know how to brew a decent Pale Ale? Seriously, walk down the street and you're bound to run into someone that can help you.

May 04, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by mactrail from Washington

Hazy brownish blonde in color with a modest head. Light mouthfeel and body. Bitterness takes over rapidly. Practically no malt. Thoroughly harsh to my taste. Overall it's flat and one dimensional. Laquer thinner must figure somewhere in its parentage. Very dry

This one showed up on tap in Ocean Beach at the Pizza Port. Brewery says IBU of 50, but what hops they use to get such extreme results I can't guess. I can't say much good about this. It's not actually undrinkable, but I gave up after half of a half. I have been hoping to see more beers from GB besides the other pale ones. I'm still hoping.

Mar 07, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BucannonXC5 from California

Poured from a draft into my big mug at Gordon Biersch in San Diego, Calif. Color was golden orange. About one light white finger of head. Light lacing on the top that ran its course. Very slight film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops up front, a bit surprising for a pale ale. Really only also got sweet caramel.

Tasted citrus caramel hops up front, followed by a surprisingly bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish.

Definitely what I’d expect from a Gordon Biersch attempt at a pale ale. Mightily better than most of their regulars.

Feb 03, 2012
Pale Ale from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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