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JP Ale | South Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
South Street Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 42
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up form the brewery over the weekend. It poured bright amber in color with a thin, sticky white head clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it.

The aroma shows a nice hoppiness to it. I get some bright citrus, grapefruit and pine along with a little pale malts peeking through. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste has a resiny hoppiness to it with some notes of grapefruit and pine coming out. In the finish a little more of the sweeter, bready malt comes out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer and my favorite that I tried at South Street. It was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer overall.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale amber body with a medium foamy off-white head along with decent lacing that lasts throughout. Sweet light caramel and earthy hop aroma. Sweet light caramel and a light floral and earthy flavor with a bitter kick in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent pale ale in the country.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

JP Ale - draft - A: Pours a reddish- amber, head is pale tan and leaves a medium lace. S: hoppy, not over powering , slight alcohol T:pretty dry, solid ale flavor, dry hopped cascade no obvious malt but the hops aren't overpowering so it must be there (perhaps some bread or baked flavor) There's a nice bite at the end
M: very smooth, goes down easy, great session beer!  D: I should probably go back and get a growled of this delicious beer !

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer with the same name as my best friend from law school the night of the bar exam--certainly hard to forget. On tap in late July 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a nice off white head and some rings of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some fairly-strong citrus notes with a bit of pale malt in the background. The taste is slightly bitter with some nice hop flavors and a bit of malt. Good body and carbonation with a nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well overall and was part of a nice intro to this brewery.

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

on tap poured into a pint glass at the brew-pub.

I tried ordering the cask version but this particular one emptied a few hours previous so I had to settle on regular tap.

nice amber color with a 1" cream head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

APA is amongst my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. not too bitter yet a lovely hop aroma.

had to grab a growler to take home as they dont bottle.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty. Pours clear golden with a slight, fluffy head. The aroma is all hops - flowery and citrus. The flavor is clean and strongly hoppy - a clean, crisp Cascade-like taste. The mouthfeel is clean and a bit carbonated. My favorite of the South Street lineup.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper. Half-finger head, little visible carbonation, and nice lacing.

Nose is faint with a barely-there citrus hint.

Hits the tongue nice and smooth. Finishes bitter but sweet. Some pine notes present. Nice and hoppy, but with a faint malt sweetness as well. Decently balanced.

Easy to drink two of these.

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

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer was a clear light gold/amber color with a nice long lasting white head. Sipping left nice traces of lacing patterns on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma was fresh and contained both caramel malt and grassy, citrus (grapefruit?) hops.

Taste: The major flavor components were the citrus hop bitterness with a moderate pale caramel malt backbone to balance the mix. Overall a crisp clean beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some softness owing to the carbonation which persists for most of the beer. The finish is moderately long and features the bitter dryness of the hops.

Drinkability: This was a nice drinkable pale ale which I'd be happy to have again and to which I'll return during a future visit to C-ville.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber copper hue with ½ finger cask-ish tight head - almost as smooth as dulce de leche. Body cleans out to be pure bourbon color. Nice.

This rolls like a small brewpub IPA - the raw grains are prominent and stewy...the hops are boiled and floral. Not a whole lot wrong with this...

Now the grains get to be a bit much and move towards the feed zone. Hops are a little stewed in the background and while oily are a little too grassy. Still, a solid effort

It keeps the warm cask feel but the grains are way in the forefront. Hops on deep background because of the warmth but this is still a decent effort.

Doesn't drink too badly at all. Something I would welcome in my pint.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

South Street's JP Ale, one that I've had many, many, MANY times, but have yet to review.

Appearance: Pours an attractive filtered copper amber, containing sparse and slow carbonation, and topped with a relatively fast fading, dirty white head that leaves no sheen and a thin collar. Pour largely determines how good a JP Ale looks, and this one didn't look that good, though I know they're capable of looking better, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Aroma: Very bready, surprisingly so for the amount of hops here. It's actually the first time I've really noticed how biscuity it is, odd. Anyways, yeah, the balance is tons of florally Cascade notes, lightly leafy, lightly citrusy, lightly piney, as all good Cascade brews are. It's a solid aroma, though not mindblowing.

Taste: A relatively bitter brew, the bitterness of which is accentuated by tons of piney and slightly leafy notes, though it's also heavily citrusy. More on the light side of the ledger, though, mostly lemon and orange, and all backed up by a relatively well-attenuated (though perhaps that's just the bitterness talking), slightly roasted backbone. A little too bitter for the flavor profile, and if you don't like Cascades, this one's definitely not for you.

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy, largely even, fluffy, medium bodied. It's JP.

Drinkability: Strange for me to give a beer a drinkability score that's higher than the average of the preceding three categories, but something about this beer is just plain drinkable. Maybe it's that I'm always here and always, well, drinking it, but when I really sit down and "review" it properly, it doesn't stack up to how much I enjoy drinking it. Just a hypothesis. Either way, I enjoy this beer, even if the score doesn't reflect it. Just a solid, straightforward, single-hop heavy brew that goes well with any of South Street's food offerings.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a very nice ruby orange very hazy. Lots of lace that does stay around the whole time.

S - Wow. Extreme hop. Upfront cascade, then maybe fuggle. A little sweetness then another powerful punch of hops.

T - Again very high btu. I love IPAs and this was way to bitter. It was a very nice and pleasant pack of hops at first. That stayed there for a little but then got extremely bitter. 30 secs later still bitter.

M - Very nice and creamy. A little heavier than most. Great carbonation. Hung out for a while.

D - I just couldn't do this one again. The overpowering bitterness at the end required me to obtain water to almost chase this beer. If they could fix that it would be a great beer. Just can't get over that.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky, deeper golden. A shorter creamy head, but a great retention on it.

S: a sweeter aroma than I may have expected. Suggests a decent balance of malts. Some citrus aromas, but not the heavy citrus rind / piney nose I might have expected.

T: As the scent suggested, a little sweeter, with the hops coming through later in the body, just before the finish. Citrus peel, bitter herb hops. A decent ale, perhaps not incredible.

M: A bit on the flatter side, but that could have just been how it was served that evening. Has a bit of a semi-dry finish. Not bad, not great.

D: Easy enough to drink, and not a bad brew overall, but maybe not so intriguing that I'd make it a regular indulgence.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear 16oz pint glass

A: Light amber color with thin-to-medium head with some lace retention

S: Grassy hops, citrus, and caramel malts are the predominant smells

T: Quite malty up front, which is a little surprising, but not at all offputting because of the crisp, delicious hops finish with enough bitterness to get your attention without being over the tops. Full pale malt and Cascade hops flavors.

M: Light-to-medium carbonation, which improves the drinkability. Body is medium and the aftertaste is lasting and pleasant.

D: The reserved carbonation combined with the strong but balanced flavor and pleasing aftertaste make this a great beer to enjoy. This beer is the backbone of their lineup.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by the brewery on a quick trip to Charlottesville, and the bartender said that there were two "must tries": this beer and the Satan's Ale. This beer pours a remarkably translucent amber color with little to no head. There is little carbonation, although this could attributed to the fact it came from a poor-quality one-liter growler they provided. Seems to be a good mixture of malts and hops, but the lack of carbonation makes this beer more like juice, and prohibits it from really developing a HUGE body. A decent aftertaste, which probably means that I could have a few and sill be happy.

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Photo of emillner
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Pale Ale. It has a nice bite and the hops are wonderfully complemented and balanced by malt. Neither flavor is overwhelming or overwhelms the other, yet both flavors are substantial; just what a Pale Ale should do. One disappointment is the smell. It was much blander that than the taste and failed to suggest the wonderful taste to follow.

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Photo of ikats
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nice light amber color. I wasn't expecting the head from a growler to be as good as the one you get from a fresh pint at the brewery. No complaints in the appearance department.

Aroma is absolutely wonderful. Reminds me of why I have IPA as my favorite style. Classic fresh, hoppy aroma. The taste is mostly hops. This beer leaves the tongue tingling with bitterness. Dry finish. Light to medium body. Very easy to drink.

Out of four pints I had at South Street, two were JP Ale (the second one was supposed to be a cask-conditioned imperial porter, but they ran out of it by the time I was ready). Between this beer, Absolution Ale and Satan's Pony (supposed to be the most popular) I definitely prefer JP Ale. Next time I am in the area, I'll at the very least stop by to get another growler.

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

part of sampler tray at the brewpub.Served as a moderate amber color with slight white head. Smell was nice and hoppy. Taste brought out the hoppiness and with it a nice dry bitterness. Mouthfell was a hoppy dryness that made me want more. Good solid beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a light amber color. The head was white and quite long lasting.

The aroma was sweet caramel. Also present in the aroma was a fruity and citrusy hop aroma. None of the aromas were overdone.

The flavor has slight diacetyl and decent hop bitterness. There is a slight malt flavor, but not very much.

The finish is dry and bitter. The body is medium.

The aroma is well done, and the drinkability is good.

On tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of philipt
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The top rated and most acclaimed beer from South Street Brewery. Yes it is good, but not (in my humble opinion) their best beer.

Pours a typical dark gold-red in colour (I'm not English, but I thought it might be fun to spell color with the "ou"). The beer was served with a respectable khaki color head. The aroma is primarily hoppy. It has a very fresh smell. Again, the taste is quite fresh and hops are the dominate flavor, but there is a good malt balance. There is a slight caramel flavor that battles its way to teh flavor receptors.

A very drinkable beer that has definitely earned its awards, but not as good as the Absolution ale.

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Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper gold color and formed an off white bubbly head that left some trace lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of hops and more hops. The flavor was of hops with a touch of caramel to offset the bitterness in the finish. A very good beer and probably my friend's and I favorite when we were there.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bitter pale ale, almost an IPA, chock full of hops. Pours with a thin head over a nice amber liquid. Aroma is very hopsy, almost menthol, with some slight fruitiness. The taste is crisp, with a lot of hops bitterness, with just enough malt to give it some decent body and a bit of finish. The mouthfeel is very dry, with a bit of tang. It doesn't have a whole lot of body, it's rather light.

A solid pale ale for those that like them on the hopsy side.

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Photo of lewwjr
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 2000 Gold Medalist holds up true to its reputation of a classic APA, very hoppy and full of cacades. The aroma was hoppy with slightly fruity overtones. Appearance was clear and copper looking not to mention the thick creamy head. FLavor was great. Good balnce of bitterness however the finish was a little weak ( not unlike other APA'a). Mouthfeel was nice and crisp. Overall, a great brew!! The creamy head was a little unusual. They have nitro in a tap nearby and it could have made its way over. Still a great product and a great atmosphere!!

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Photo of Murph
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber/copper color to this brew with a slightly thinner head than desired but a great clinging lace. Great floral, hoppy nose to it with just the slightest hint of malt in the background. Starts off with some barely perceptible malt that hold for a nice background to this very hoppy APA. Grapefruity citric hop character carries this beer through but again there is a light malt finish that is just enough to balance the brew out very well. Very tangy with a surprisingly dry and clean finish that makes this beer go down with astonishing ease. This is one hoppy brew but the malt balances it out enough to make it an exceptional APA. I can see why it won the Gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup.

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JP Ale from South Street Brewery
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