Pump Station Pale Ale | C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
C.H. Evans Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2002

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 43
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Pump Station, the beer was served in a shaker pint. The beer is a hazy, orange-yellow coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head that sits a solid inch on top. Bright beer all over. Nose of lemon and orange citrus blend, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of toast, with a citrus sweet blend and bitter hops overtone. Great lacing along the glass as you drink. Smooth and light in mouth. Slightly bitter, roasty aftertaste with a filmy, slightly linger finish. Decent brew.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Some citrus hops and malts.

T-Starts with a decent malt profile along with some citrus hops. Finish is not as bitter as I would have thought.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-A decent APA could have use a fuller hop profile and a better nose.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, wonderful American Pale Ale. Among the very best ever consumed and certainly the best in the greater Albany area. Wonderful, balanced production of this type.

A: reddish gold. Thin head, average lacing.

S: Wonderful, wonderful - smells like an IPA - floral, hops, some reserved malt notes.

T: Fantastic smooth hops, fading into a sublime understated prolonged malt note. Beautifully balanced alcohol backdrop. One of The Best Pale Ales I have ever had, right alongside the John Durgin Pale Ale by Harpoon.

M: Creamy smooth, full, nice carbonation.

O: One of the best American Pale Ales available on tap. Fresh, balanced, thirst quenching. This is one mighty fine American Pale Ale. Their IPA is also outstanding. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head faded down to a thin ring leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - The aroma is full of citrus hop and sweet malt. There is lots of grapefruit and lemon aromas coming off the beer,

T - Starts off with some nice sweet caramel malt and some citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Through the middle stronger bitterness as well as some spices and lemon flavors come through. The finish is a mix of caramel flavor and grapefruit hops and bitterness that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth and crisp. The finish is a nice mix of some slightly sweet flavors and some bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. The hop and malt balance is really nice with a good level of bitterness. The hop profile is really nice.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the brewpub. It was darker than your standard American pale ale, amber colored with a decent off-white foam. Light citrus character and noticeable caramel malt in the nose. It tastes milder than it smells, and less hoppy than the fantastic Quackenbush Blond from the same brewpub. Medium carbonation, easy pounding but not flavorful enough to choose over the others from CH Evans.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at the brewpub. Amarillo hop used, and there is orange in the aroma and in the taste. Some grapefruit colour with a lacey head, sides of lace. Creamy above average mouthfeel, though the carbonation is right there. Hoppy bitter. A popular beer here, tasty but not overwhelmed by it.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy amber colored brew with a fair off-white frothy head and great lacing. My nose picks up pleasant but decided citrus hops and light caramel biscuit. The flavor brings very good citrus-grass hop, pretty sharp for a pale ale. Fairly thin bodied with a very fine and lively carbonation. But this seems pretty one dimensional. Being a hop lover this is alright to me, but the malt struggles to fight through. It's there and develops as it warms a bit. It takes on a mild apple pie like sweetness as it continues to warm so it does ultimately become a fair pale ale with plenty of hop intrigue. Definitely a drinkable and refreshing brew but not highly memorable overall. A little more body and balance would have helped elevate this.

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Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an oily citrus hop with a distinct peppery spice.

The taste consisted of a sweet orange and peppery hop with a solid doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall an excellent APA with a superb hop profile.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a cloudy amber color with a medium-sized, sticky head. It had a pleasant floral aroma, and was also a little woodsy. I thought it was kind of mid-range in terms of hoppiness, with a nice malty background. Maybe a little thin in the mouth, but still a good start to my Evans experience.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light sunny golden brew with a small head of off-white foam that leaves nice white lacing. The aromas are very hoppy and fresh (Amarillo/Simcoe?) and this one is reminiscent of the "new" Philly Pale Ale from the folks at Yards. The taste is all fresh citrusy/piney hops with some sugar coated acids and resins. Their is a nice french bread malt base keeping it all tied together as well. Their is also a nice hop burp finish. Nice. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but nice, and drinkability is good. Another good session drinker from C.H. Evans in Albany.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a slightly cloudy orange\amber beer with a small tan head. The aroma is a marvelously fruity hop aroma. The taste starts with a hops sharpness. Followed in the middle by a mouthwatering grapefruit sweetness. The finish was mild and almost dry. Quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of sponberg
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-gold with a thin but very persistent white head - still there at the final sip. Great, great aroma - fruity malt under citrusy, spicy hops.

the flavor does NOT let the aroma down at all. The hops (Ahtanum, Crystal) definitely are the feature attraction with this brew, with all kinds of spiciness and flavor from start to finish, but they're nicely balanced with the malt. Very firm hop bitterness that complements a round, somewhat fruity (apple) and toasty maltiness. Could drink this all afternoon, and if I didn't have to be back to work I would have. Great session brew.

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Pump Station Pale Ale from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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