O'Brien Pale Ale | O'Brien Brewing

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O'Brien Pale AleO'Brien Pale Ale

Brewed by:
O'Brien Brewing

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gluten free.

Added by Kulrak on 03-25-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Simesta
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of djbx
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, fresh grain and bit of fruit in the background.

T: Mild flavor of malt sweetness grain and bit of fruit. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth but seems to be lacking something.

O: Beer is not that bad for what it is.

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Photo of hopnerd
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
2.52/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 2.0
Poured a thin white head that quickly disappeared over a clear, light amber body.

Smell - 2.5
Tropical fruit and diacetyl butterscotch provide most of the aroma, not much grain.

Taste - 2.5
I like the hoppy character of this well balanced beer, as well as its moderately bitter, dry finish. Unfortunately it is also swamped by diacetyl butterscotch, which while not completely ruining the beer, does seriously detract from enjoyment.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light bodied and lightly carbonated with fine bead.

Drinkability - 2.5
Were it not for the diacetyl, drinkability would be excellent. As it is, not good.

OVERALL - 2.45
It pains me to give this beer such a low score, but ultimately, it is flawed and deserves it. I will be interested to know if this is a regular O'Brien character, or just an aberration.

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Photo of Macca
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark golden colour without much of a head. Clear.

Quite a wack of hops on the nose. Lots of tropical fruit and some pine resin as well.

The hoppiness continues on the palate. Quite pleasant in an understated way. Just the way I like it. A little sweetness as well.

Medium bodied.

I've tried a few gluten free beers and this is the only one so far that I would drink again if given the choice.

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Photo of joecast
3.26/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok, my first gluten free beer. not sure what to expect. hope its a good one.

on the darker side for a plae ale. just short of amber with a murky/lightly turbid look. good sized white frothy head. high carbonation makes the beer look pretty heavy as the stream o bubbles make their way up slowly through the beer.

aroma seems to lean more towards malty sweet than hops. even waited a couple minutes and swirled it around, but hops are still a no show.

taste is also light on hops, but the malt sweetness has an interesting flavor to it. not unbalanced as its 4.5%abv is easily accounted for by the light bitterness.
i suppose the low hop presence allows you to focus more on the gluten free malt (if that makes any sense) to put a positive spin on it.

gotta give some credit for producing a drinkable gluten free beer for those that require that sort of diet.
as for the beer itself i would say its not your typical apa. and my score is judging the beer not entirely to style. it is more a toned down amber and i would say go with that. worth a try.

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Photo of Kulrak
1.71/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark golden color with white fluffy head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells strongly of caramel. Not much else to the aroma. Tastes like plastic with a caramel aftertaste. There really isn't much flavor here at all, and what is there isn't very beer-like. The mouthfeel is very watery, almost no carbonation or creaminess or anything that would distinguish it from water. Overall, it's not really very drinkable because it tastes like really watered down caramel, and not like beer at all.

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O'Brien Pale Ale from O'Brien Brewing
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 9 ratings