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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by philipt:
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4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of cbradio
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of cjgator3
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at the brewery, not a huge fan thought it was pretty bland.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Murph
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
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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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 stortore
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 drtth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 emillner
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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 lewwjr
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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 tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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 seanchai
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 kaszeta
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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 sholland119
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Toddv29424
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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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JP Ale from South Street Brewery
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