Crosstown Pale Ale | Hopworks Urban Brewery

Crosstown Pale AleCrosstown Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.88/5
37 Ratings
Crosstown Pale AleCrosstown Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mnapier on 06-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,289
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
37
pDev:
10.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of MichaelinFishers
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of mnapier
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 4oz Sampler Shot.

Appearance, is pale and clear with a medium white foamy head and a drift of lace.
The nose has sharp pine hops along with some mild biscuit and some caramel.
The sip is hopped with pine in the backend along with some caramel, with the malt forward.
Overall mouthfeel is medium

Cheers

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The initially bright hop aroma suggested to me that I was in for an Americanized pale with enough hops to pass for a scaled down IPA. But the flavor of this resplendently clear amber ale is clearly of English lineage. The malts are toasted biscuit and provide balance and inspiration alongside earthy, garden-herb bittering.

Though the aroma soon vacated, the bright foamy head left a labyrinth of lace for the full length of the glass. Carbonation was low and moved with deliberate sluggishness as though it were an effort to get through the beer's full body. I ordered a cask-conditioned pint of this ale and wasn't convinced that's what they actually served me. The graceful fatigue of a cask pour was not in evidence, but I won't complain about the agreeable freshness and inviting drinkability.

A simple beer, but expertly composed and delivered.

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Photo of Spikester
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a good two finger white head. Copious lacings. Aroma is of dark earthy hops. Taste is pine, leather, some initial fruitiness and a good malt backing. Altogether somewhat too bitter for the style. This was not a problem for just a tasting note. I believe this was a very fresh bomber as it was the first HUB product I have seen at the place of purchase. Very fine organic Pale Ale that will really deliver on the full bitter end of the spectrum.

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Photo of XRAIG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at HUB, Crosstown pale is gold with a small white collar leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy, skunks and cat piss, heavy centennials I assume. Flutters into that dirty dish water territory I get from certain hops, especially in some of their beers, which I could do without.

Taste is pretty darn good, a true pale ale with the bready malt showcase, while the hops provide the classic NW punch with out overwhelming. Fairly bitter, the hops linger on the aftertaste without bruising the palate.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty NW version of the style, with the hops cranked up, but still showcasing a the malt base. Good balance for a high volume pale.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft from my home system. Body is a bright golden hue, crowned by a couple of fingers' worth of bright white head that has some staying power. Aroma of bready malt is accompanied by a mild, fruity hop character. Palate is lightly sweet malt up front, a good dose of biscuit character and a hint of astringency. A good dose of fruity hops comes through on the finish, providing a nice balance to the sweetness of the malt. This beer is lively in the mouth, well-carbonated yet light on the tongue. A great session beer, you can drink a good number of these without filling up or tiring of the flavor.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep golden with an orange hint, moderate head, leaves little off-white lacing.

Aroma: some citrus and earthy hops, a little grain. Not distinct in any category.

Taste: beautiful citrus and pungent hoppiness, with a hint of, well, bud. Really nice, and far more assertive than your average APA. Lingers long with grassy hop tartness.

Mouth: moderate body for style, good moderate carbonation.

Overall: very, very drinkable, and outstanding for the style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass; HUB just started to bottle in May 2009. Have had this on-tap several times, most recently at a beer/bourbon pairing at Victory Bar (Sazerac Rye chaser = excellent).

Bottle label fragment: "Cheers to narrow knobbies, kazoos, and more cowbell!"

A: Palest of pales, pours a golden-honey. Almost clear, a finger+ of fluffy white head atop. Subsides to a dense covering of cream, few carbonation bubbles. Healthy lace, patchy coating.

S: Aroma of bready malt, laced with lemon-citrus hops. Caramel grain, pleasant sweet-spice. Not as bold as expected, still pretty good.

T: Damn, among the most flavor-forward APAs I recall. Burst of caramel malt, juicy citrus. Lots of fruit, lots of malty sweetness and plenty of herbal/spicy bittering to balance.

M: Barely a medium body, crisp and clean. Refreshing, but for a lasting grainy-malt flavor.

D: So easy to drink, smooth. A 'session' beer with an abundant flavor, good aroma and feel, too. If you appreciate the APA style, you definitely want to find this beer - nice job, HUB!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at HUB into a pint glass. This review is from tasting notes.

appearance - pours an opaque gold with a nice white foamy head, some lacing

smell - caramel malts, citrus hops

taste - sweet malts, dominant hops

mouthfeel - light/medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - flavorful, refreshing, sessionable

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Precisely midway between bright lemon and bright tangerine. There are supposed to be three types of caramel malt in CPA. Going by color alone, there can't be much of it. The vanilla ice cream colored head is firm and sticky, gains character as it melts, and does a good job with respect to lace. Note: and an even better job in the end.

No caramel is appreciated in the aroma, so I'm not sure if the H.U.B. website is correct. Or maybe my eyes and nose are mistaken. What I do appreciate is a mini-blast of citrusiness that says C-hops. An underlying ganja-like vibe, along with white grapefruit zest, usually means Cascade.

Crosstown Pale Ale is delicious beer, no boubt adout it. The 5.3% ABV and 45 IBUs mean impressively drinkability for any hopheads who don't need to have their tongues abused each and every time out. As always in an APA, bold, fresh hop leaf flavor and clean bitterness is the key.

There's just a hint of something darker (and earthier) beneath the sugar cookie-like pale malt. Some of the top notes have already been mentioned... grapefruit peel, maybe a smidgen of apricot, pine needles, and a bit of illegal herb. Not only is simplicity not a negative in an APA, it's almost a strength.

I'll almost always take bigger where mouthfeel is concerned, though this one has no real faults. The low-end carbonation makes drinking a summer breeze. Fewer hop burps is an unfortunate side effect, however.

The numbers are still miniscule, but any brewery that has this many beers scoring A+, A and A- has to be doing something right. Depending on the town in question, I'd definitely walk across it for a bomber of Crosstown Pale Ale. I'm now officially excited about drinking the other Hopworks Urban Brewery offerings in my cellar.

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Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth white head. Decent head retention.

Crisp citrus hop aroma with a lot of punch. Mild caramel malts.

Light tasty malt with a big dose of American hops. Grapefruit and a hint of grain. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really solid APA. Great flavour and very refreshing.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Very pale translucent orange with a nice 2 finger white crown. Some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Grass, peppercorn, floral hops, light caramel malt.

Taste: A touch of hop bitterness couples a slightly grapefruit slightly tangerine flavor profile. Label says 3 kinds of caramel malt but they are not very present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thin and a bit boring.

Drinkability: Low abv, thin mouthfeel, enough flavor to keep it from seeming typical.

This one is a a slight miss for me. It's interesting and will appeal to lots of people though.

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Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Poserdisposer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another fine brew from this brewery.

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Photo of jekane04
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kylemif
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkened gold body topped with a medium-large, white, reasonably long-lasting head.

Smell: Nicely pungent, aromatic hop nose smelling of fine floral, citrus fruit peelings, and dank herbaceousness with a minimal malt backing in the, er... back.

Taste: Fairly soft pale malt base with only a snippet of ill-defined sweetness, then it's hop time: fresh floral tones, fresh-picked herbs, citrus pith, and, of course, the medium-high bitterness. If the malts started mild, you can't expect them to crash through the window like a SWAT team this late in the game. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Thankfully, this isn't one of those mealy-mouthed, cinnamon-chapped ass pale ales you occasionally run it. While it is true I'd normally prefer just a skosh more maltiness, it's only because many brewers, in the name of perceived haute brewing, skip the whole aroma and flavoring hop thing in lieu of focusing entirely on the bittering hops, leaving up with a caustic pint of bitterness, bile, and vengeance. Not so with Crosstown! While the malts are mild, at least the hops and subsequent bitterness aren't ghastly and gack-inducing and you get a nice range of hop flavors.

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Photo of elephantrider
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at HUB in Portland, OR. Poured a yellow/orange color that was very clear. Nice white head that receded fairly quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles and spotty lacing towards the top of the glass. Had an aroma of malts, grains and a touch of earthy/floral hops. Taste followed the nose though the hops were more apparent in the taste. Well-balanced and actually fairly complex for the style. Enjoyable.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually overall a smooth beer, but there is a bit of a dry finish from the hop bite. Would have again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roths Sunnyside store, Salem. Clear golden ale in appearance..large frothy off white head. Semi spicy hoppy aromas,quite strong, some yeast and dough in the back Quite a hoppy pale indeed..well hopped bitter, citric zestiness..smooths out a bit near the end. Not too thick on the palate..well carbonated and goes down well..a good summer pale. Overall i liked this one not too complex but very drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Crosstown Pale Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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