Priestley Pale Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SierraGS on 06-08-2008

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TedStrosser
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of squack
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeerCon5
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StarryNight74
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

I sampled this APA and found the cask ale to be much better, though I'm not sure if they're the same base ale or what.

Poured a clearish golden yellow with a small foamy white head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Mix of citrusy and floral hops in the aroma, with some biscuity malts. More of the same in the taste, floral, citrus pith, cardboard, decent balance of caramel malts. Medium body, a tad thin, pretty easily drinkable. Middle of the road for the style, I'd say.

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Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the brewpub.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of floral hops, sweet caramel malts and a touch of citric fruits. A bit dull really but I wasn't really expecting anything earth shattering anyway.

T - Starts off with a light hop bitterness quickly giving way to hints of sweet caramel malt, some doughy malts and a bit of citric fruit toward the end of each sip. The creamy feel really helps this one out. Finish is kinda chewy with some light sweetness, not lingering for very long on the pallet.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice and creamy initially growing a little watery toward the end of the glass. This is definitely the best way to have this one.

O - I had this one on-tap before and it was ok but the creamy feel from the cask really helps this one out. I won't be running up to the pub the second this one goes on, but I wouldn't turn another down if offered.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for swinging by my house with a growler of this that was filled only an hour ago. Poured into a matching SGB celebratory 15 year anniversary thistle. The brew appears a hazed orange to copper with a finger and a half of frothy off-white head. The cap slowly fades leaving a solid webbing of bubbly composition sticking all over the glass. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and revives less than a finger of strength to the cap.

The aroma of this brew has some striking familiarity about it but I can't quite put my finger on it. It contains a very solid balance of malt sweetness that is minorly reminiscent of caramel mixed with some bright hop inclusion that while fresh and enjoyable is mild and not bursting out of the glass. The scent waves back and forth between a sweetness that is almost orange-like and zesty to more grainy with a biscuit bready character. Some hints of something along the lines of mild candy give way to more of a grassy hoppiness and hay quality.

The first sense of taste that hits the pale is a modest bitterness from the hops. It invokes a flavor of orange rind to mild grapefruit bitterness. It transforms into more of a pulp to juicy flavoring that has a touch of mild candy sweetness. Grain has a solid presence across the back that has a biscuit appeal to it. The finish is lightly grassy and bitter again with a lingering flavor of mild toasty caramel.

This is a light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It displays a very low alcohol impact and has just a bit more bitterness than I was expecting for an english take on the style. It's light body and depth of mild flavoring makes this brew very easy drinking. I could see myself taking down a lot of this during a meal.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty copper and brown with little to no head from the aggressive growler pour. Scent brings musty caramel, lightly roasted nuts and grassy hops. Taste follows scent, nothing to exciting in the malt or hop front, but it works for the style. Lighter side of medium bodied, lack of carbonation (lighter than cask), somewhat dry on the finnish. Overall, a nice English style, nothing to fancy but slightly undone by lack of carbonation.

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Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very little head and nothing more than a couple bubbles materialize off the pour... Very lightly carbonated... A light copper color... A very slight bit of haziness...

S - Toffee... Light caramel... A faint euro hoppiness... Not much more...

T - Loaded with toasted malts... Toffee... Caramel... A subtle noble hop presence adds a good bit of depth and character... A slight metallic tinge...

M - Medium bodied... Cask-like with little or no carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent...

D - A solid drinker that I'd be interested in trying off tap again in the future... A solid representation of the English Pale Ale style... Lots a good things going on that unfortunately a couple of hours in a growler didn't do much justice for...

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Photo of bosco7
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange with some head on it.

Smells of biscuit, caramel, apple, and various other bready notes.

Starts with that bready apple flavor present in the nose. Then moves into the sugary caramel malt flavors. Hops are spicy and floral and definitely secondary to the malt and yeast. The finish is unmistakeably English in character, with full buttery diacetyl flavors. Balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich and buttery and carbonation low. Nice session beer for sure. The only thing I am getting a little tired of is the diacetyl. Overall a nice drinker and recommended.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at SGB on 2/6/09.

A - Hazy golden amber-kissed orange color with one finger of smooth, creamy white head that retained very well and left attractive lace around the glass.

S - Floral and perfumy hops with a splash of citrus fruitiness and plenty of caramel malt sweetness.

T - Flavor profile matches the aroma, with floral and fruity hops paired with sweet malts. Finishes with a distinct bready malt character and a toasted grainy aspect. Overall, this is a very sweet beer, even less hoppy than the draught version.

M - Smooth body with a light syrupy texture. Very sticky, sweet mouthfeel overall. Finishes with mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Very sweet and malty, reminiscent of Hop Nouveau on cask. This was perhaps just a little too sweet, but still tasty and fine on cask.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time on cask...which is what I thought this beer needed when I had it for the first time, on-tap.

A-Clear golden amber with a medium off-white head reducing to a thin film leaving spotty lace.

S-Nice popping hop aroma with sweet bready malts. This has a nice aroma compared to the rather dull CO2 draft version.

T-A malt/bitter hop combo-neither dominates at the onset. Hops come forward and stay there throughout when on cask. Afterwards a nice crisp hop bitterness lingers on.

M- Medium body with a good lingering hop bitterness. The easy drinking pleasant smoothness inherent to cask present throughout.

D-This cask presentation of a traditional English Pale Ale was much nicer than the draft version. Still nothing crazy, or over the top but a nice, easy drinking brew. I still hold by my statement about the ABV though...considering this is 5.7% I would have preferred it to have been in the 4-4.5% make it much more sessionable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 6/7/08.

Pours a clear copper with a thin head of brite-white foam. Retains nicely around the edges and leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma is a bit subdued but I pick up some light notes of hops, citrus, and bready malt sweetness.

The taste isn't too far off with a mellow mix of a gentle hop bitterness, citrus character, and a silky sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel and creamy carbonation.

This wasn't too bad for an English Pale Ale but when your dealing with the SGB, you just expect a little something more. This definitley opened up a little more as it warmed and the average ABV kept it fairly drinkable, although at almost 6%, it isn't the most sessionable beer on their roster.

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Photo of SierraGS
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was golden-amber with very little head, and had very little aroma when first served; a faint waft of bread dough and a sweet scent of warming alcohol could be detected as the liquid came closer to room temperature.

Yeast was the first taste that came to mind, then a tinge of sourness and a hint of bitter chocolate came at the end. The hops and the alcohol both poked through in this beer as it warms.

It had a tiny biting of carbonation, and I could feel the alcohol evaporating off my tongue, but sourness made the sides of my tongue curl.

I found this beer difficult to enjoy. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the English-style pale ale I was expecting. It was served too cold, which initially took away from the aroma and the flavor. As it warmed in the glass, it did get better. There is a nice hop bitterness to it, which I enjoyed long after the liquid was all consumed, but I hesitated each time I lifted my glass, knowing that the tartness would fill my mouth first.

I would love to try this beer on cask - I have a feeling it would be much better.

This ale was made in honor of Joseph Priestley, an 18th century scientist and theologian who escape religious persecution in his homeland of England and settled in Northumberland - a town just a few miles from Selinsgrove.

I "know" him fairly personally because my father has been reenacting Priestley and his work for over 20 years in his original lab. Unfortunately, someone at Selin's Grove spelled his name incorrectly when naming the beer and in the description of the beer - I've corrected it here. I'm thrilled they made him a beer (my dad loves this place!), and I hope they will honor his memory once more by making that correction.

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Priestley Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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