Cardinal Pale Ale | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Cardinal Pale AleCardinal Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pale Ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness. Cardinal Pale Ale, the heart of Nebraska Brewing Company, is where it all began so many years ago.

42 IBU

Added by beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by irrevjim:
Photo of irrevjim
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a burnt golden orange, lots of visible slow rising bubbles. 1/4 inch head, moderate lacing,
smells, pine medium roasted malt, grapefruit, very sierra nevada.maybe a hint of butterscotch.
tastes piney, hoppy, again very similar to sierra nevada (i'm not side by side comparing, just very familiar with sierra nevada)
feels full bodied, a little sticky, a little bubbly, a little sharp/crisp
overall a pretty solid apa, but there are some outstanding ones out there, and i would take a sierra nevada over this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Nebraska Brewing's Cardinal Pale Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had any beer from this brewery before and I thought I would start off with this from them them since it seems to be their flagship, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design that goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy amber orange color that took on more of darker orange color when held to the light and it had almost three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some citrus rind, fruity, and lightly floral hops with the citrus rind hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart some pale malt, caramel malt, lightly toasted, biscuit, bread crust and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's got nice balance and it's what I would expect from a Pale Ale.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's also a little green hops coming through in the background. Up next comes the doughy yeas which isn't as noticeable as it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart all those same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspects seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a somewhat lighter amount of medium bitterness with a 50/50 mix of malty and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Pale Ale, it's true to style and it's got good balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little clean, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, nothing seemed out of place and it had all the aspects that I was looking for in a Pale Ale. This beer has good drinkability, I think I could drink a few of these without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, the mouthfeel, the balance and how true to style it is, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything I disliked about this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for balanced and true to style Pale Ale. All in all I enjoyed this beer and it turned out to be just what I was hoping it would be for a Pale Ale. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to see what they can do with other styles and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Pale Ale, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger creamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, and earthy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel upfront with a light malt sweetness. Piney hops come through midpalate leaving a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This is a nicely balanced Pale Ale. Enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, pours a deep golden color, fresh flowery smell of hops, slightly bitter but citrusy taste, clean aftertaste, and -unfortunately- gone before you know it. All and all great beer.

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Photo of BuckyBadger02
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer!

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Photo of Tiernan
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmheinz57
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly hazy copper-gold with a lasting, creamy white head.
The scent of citrus is strong in this one. Very nice hits of orange and grapefruit and a little breadiness.
Taste is juicy and pithy citrus right up front with a nice balancing sweetness and a refreshingly clean and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, really enjoyed this beer. I think it's a wee above average pale ale.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dbrulet
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Nicky's BBQ and bar da the Bronx, NY, a ways back and reviewed from notes.

Pours clear, on the lighter side of almond amber.

Minor off white head, leaves nice looking fine and high lacing.

Grainy hop nose

Pleasantly hopped up and tasty pale. Hops are fresh, resiny and well represented in the mix.

Worth giving this on a try if you see it available in your area.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, brownish-gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: piney hops

Taste: big time citrus with orange and lemon taking center stage, some pale malt.

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness and dryness towards the end, dryness at the end, medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

Overall: An excellent good citrusy pale ale. The nose gives no indication of how juicy this pale ale is. One of the better tasting domestic pale ales. Would certainly get a six pack.

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Photo of donunrue
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Albert's Tavern in Lincoln. Wonderful representation of the style! Not overwhelming floral, just enough to set it apart. A must - have - on - tap APA. The canned version was no comparison but still worthy.

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Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear gold with decent off-white head that then mostly dissipates.

Smell: Caramel and citrus.

Taste: Sweet caramel core with some toastiness. There are some citrus and spicy notes as well, especially on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Textbook Pale Ale. Nothing fancy but can sometimes hit the spot.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colour. Mineral aroma, light floral and spicy hops and pale malt. Sweet pale malt, buttery smooth body, spicy and floral hops, bit of orange peel, a slight mineral finish, and grainy.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnished gold with a slight haze under a 1” white foam collar that quickly dissipates but hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big lemony citrus nose with some light grains underneath.
T: Big juicy citrus flavors ride over light malts with a pleasant citrus rind bitter on the finish. Really nice work on the orange citrus with a dose of lemon – like orange lemon marmalade on a light biscuit.
F: Medium carbonation and flavor, creamy,
O: Very pleasurable and drinkable. The brewer has done nice work on the malts and the hop derived fruit flavors, packing a lot into a medium abv beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and caramel. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Earthy hop hints of grass and some pine resin. Solid malt balance with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid balanced APA aroma.

Taste: Like the smells hints at, a nicely earthy and juicy balanced blend of hops and malt with notes of citrus, grass, and caramel. Earthy hop presence with notes of wet grass and some pine. Citrus hops with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and some melon. Good presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, cracker, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a American Pale Ale. A well balanced mix of hops and malt.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 349 ratings