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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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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 lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 xgoodyx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of sponberg
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 dantsbeats
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
The appearance was a burnt pale orange color stifling a bit of transparency but yielding just a touch of carbonation that was seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some crisp semi-sweet orange to lemon rind developing a little bit of dried grass and then following into a light biscuit malt background.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas to meld together on into the aftertaste fairly nice.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt somewhat low but nice. ABV felt appropriate. Semi-smooth floral to bitter grinding citrus rind sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nice APA that I could come back to. Second glass I had of this went well with their bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 ProfessorHomer
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eluvah
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mskiddo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of VonZipper
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mitch3114
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jumski
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ems_backpack
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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