Piston Pale Ale
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Piston Pale AlePiston Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,635
Ranked #30,343
3.74 | pDev: 11.23%
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States
Piston Pale AlePiston Pale Ale
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good pale ale in my opinion. Golden amber in color, clear, with a creamy head. A fair amount of lacing. There is a light floral note in the aroma, as well as some citrus and malt. The flavor is well balanced between the malt and hops. A bit of bread like malt and some citrus and floral hops. Very smooth and drinkable. Crisp finish and juicy mouthfeel. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ricke49
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

laurelwood does well with this nice sorta-session pale ale. Loads of malty flavor and good hop backing. Absolutely gorgeous fluffy head. Just a damn good summer quaff.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome golden amber brew with an enthusiasm of foam. Lively, sudsy mouthfeel. Resiny and flowery aromatics.

Malty and surprisingly rich. A touch of that musty hop taste with a hint of tannins. Some malty sweetness, but more on the tangy side. Not very bitter, but a lingering fruity hop taste. All very refined-- neither acidic nor overly bitter.

This makes an excellent quaff with all the right beery notes. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bought at "Lifesource" in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a lighter amber colour with a large thick and frothy off white head. Good aromas of cascade hops and caramel type malts. Straightforward ! Taste is similar to aroma..balanced well but a good showing of malts. Mouth feel is OK average for style. Not a lot to say about this one..just a good old fashioned APA

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Photo of peacebone116
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

World Traveler

This beer was my companion on a long journey. From PDX (Portland Airport) it went in a suit bag on a plane to Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan. It rested well in the refrigerator at APA Hotel in Mita, Tokyo, Japan for nearly 2 weeks. It then took a ride in the cargo hold back to San José, CA by way of LAX. It sat in my kegerator for another week or two before joining me for a delightful, Spanish inspired dinner, prior to parting ways. It's heavy citrus notes and light body made good company as I reflected on the globe trotting moments we had recently shared.

Cheers, Piston PA! You were a great travel companion!

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Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like many of the reviews, I agree that this is not their finest... I do like too endulge in their fine red, or boss IPA... but when it comes to drinking... this is my favorite to just plain drink. I don't fill my growlers with it, I just drink it when i'm eating there... goes great with the food.

Great color.. looks like a beer. Smells light.

Not too thick either... or too bubbly.

Would prefer more hop notes, but its even steven.

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Photo of lostinyonkers
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You really can't go wrong with Laurelwood, at least not within the Portland evirons where you can get it fresh from the tap. I was impressed with their high quality brews, and the drinkability of their various offerings. They tend to land on the hoppier side of the spectrum, in general.

That being said, this was not my favorite of their offerings- however I certainly wouldn't refuse a pint as it was well crafted, fine in appearance, and clean on the taste (although a wee bit grassy, a wee bit tinny).

The quality and general quaffability of this brew earns it an average mark from me...

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Photo of ccrida
2.43/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Listed as 35 IBUs at the NW Public House, where I had it served in an imperial pint. It was a slightly hazy light bronzish blonde, with a small white collar.

The aroma was mild, only faint tangerine.

The taste was not as sweet as I expected, grainy and mildly peachy, a bit boozy, with a bitter, dry finish, hops and hard water, maybe to much burton salts? Not too good.

Medium bodied.

I won't be bothering with this again, the taste was a bit to harsh and not what I look for in a pale at all.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw filtered bubbleless hue with a thin ivory head cap that develops lace.

Modest cascade hops aroma with a floral bouquet.

First swigs: Some rye bread creeps out. Crisp citrus hops & a brisk malt balance that sems 50/50 even and agrassy middle. Medium feel well attenuated.

Last swigs: A fresh lively pale.

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Photo of freed
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My urge is to suggest this beer fits the style to a T, but the high gravity is somewhat overpowering for the style. Another pint, Midas touched golden hue, crowned with a tuft of aromatic foam. Fragrant citrus hop aroma. Complimentary and interesting malt profile that suggests 2-row and maybe something like a munich for body. Quick quench of fresh hop aftertaste. Very good representation of the style.

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Piston Pale Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 33 ratings