American Pale Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, bready malt, light floral, little orange

T-fresh bread, grapefruit, orange, light floral, light pineapple, hint of caramel, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-really good pale ale, like this better than the IPA, easy drinking

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a hint of gold. There is a layer of off white head that fades quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a nice bready malt flavor with enough hops to balance it out. The hops seem quite fresh and full of citrus peel bitterness.

Taste: The hops are definitely the star here. I'm getting a fresh hop citrus peel bitterness. This reminds me of a west coast style IPA, kind of like a Daisy Cutter. Some bready malt to balance things out. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingles of carbonation. The finish isn't as dry as I thought it should be.

Overall: I would have liked some more carbonation, but the flavor is fantastic. The west coast hop profile was a win. I'd definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Happy belated birthday visit to my favorite nearby brewpub, Friday Sept 28th

Had a glass of the American Pale Ale from the tap.

Pale amber coloring. excellent white head, which retained all the way down (Admittedly this was downed somewhat faster than usual) leaving decent lacing.

Nice hoppy aroma.

Taste was excellent, probably the best of the 5 I tried that night. (Grabbed a growler to go)

Mouth was comfortable. (Still haven't got the hang of reviewing mouthful)

Overall, a very good offering. The growler didn't last the weekend.

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Photo of orangesol
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, pine, mildly toasted grain and some dulled citric fruit and hops. Not as hoppy as in the past, I think this might have been the bottom of the keg.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel quickly giving way to dulled citric fruit, grassy hops and the bready grains. The hops and fruit have really fallen off from what I have experienced in the past. Finish is a little sweet with some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Malty, bitter feel from start to finish.

O - I really liked this one when I had is on cask and while this version was still good it lacked the bright hops I have come to expect from it. I will have to try it again next time I am up there.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: cask at the brewpub

I sampled the Priestly Pale and found this cask ale to be much better. I'm not sure if they're made using the same base or what.

Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a small but dense white head that retained as a ringlet. Nice hit of citrusy hops in the aroma, with a distant biscuitiness in the background. More pleasant citrus notes in the taste, some tropical fruits, caramel malt sweetness coming in to take the edge off, followed by an encore of citrusy hops for a balanced and dry finish. Medium body, and quite drinkable. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with no head or lacing at all.

Smells of extreme citrus and tropical fruit. Really great nose on this one.

Tons of flavors and ones I associate more with an IPA than APA. A little bit of a citrus bite along with some tropical fruit up front. A touch of caramel malt and finishes juicy with a fantastic blend of pine and grapefruit.

Nailed it on the mouthfeel. Juicy hop combos and adequate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one. More like an IPA than APA, but that's ok with me. Great flavor profile and the finish is splendid leaving me wanting more. My first Selin's Grove brew and if they are all this good, I'll be seeking out more.

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Photo of thain709
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a cloudy, burnt orange body and a creamy, two finger, white head...the head retained nicely and left some patchy lacing

S - Holy citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon all coming through...there is a minimal grain presence...I actually thought I was poured an IPA

T - Again, the citrus really stands out...lots of citrus fruits playing around in this one...those flavors are adding a sweetness to the beer that is enjoyable...the malt bill actually creeps in towards the middle...but it's just briefly because the beer finishes with a soft, creamy bitterness

M - Medium bodied...super smooth and creamy...soft on the palate...lingering bitterness that isn't harsh

O - As I said earlier, I thought I was served the IPA upon taking the first whiff and sip...a solid APA that took well to the nitro

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Photo of JohannBock
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to have one more this night and chose a winner.

A: 1.5 fingers of white head that left a wall of lacing (white wall?). Color is a light amber leaning towards orange.

S: Very complex and hoppy. Grapefruit rind and pine smells are dominant. Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had.

T: Really nice flavors here. Juicy grapefruit followed by some prickly pine flavors. Hops are dominant all the way through. You might get a little bit of malt balance in the middle but it is quickly replaced by hops again.

M: Different on the nitro, not bad by any mean but different. The hop presence is very prickly though so you don't lose that feel which I found pleasantly surprising.

O: Another winner. I could throw back a few of these in a night. I'm very interested as to what their IPA is like if this is their APA. Great beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro at the brewpub

A- pours orange with a one finger white head. About standard

S- not getting a ton of aroma out of this beer, but what I'm getting is a little bit of citrus

T- lots of citrus, and there is a minimal amount of bitterness from the hops. Solid

M- medium bodied, actually a little thicker than I'd expect from a pale ale

O- good pale ale, but nothing to really write home about.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro tap at the bar into a tulip pint glass.

Just to note it is very hard to get accurate descriptions of color since it is so dark at the bar. A creamy off white head is presented typical of nitro sitting on a pale golden amber body almost bronze and fairly clear. While drinking sheets of lacing just coat the glass. One sick looking beer.

Nose is a mild pine and cream. Soft lingering sensations very nice with soft graham cracker like malt.

Taste brings an incredible whipped texture. Orange whipped hop and a great lingering pine finish. Texture is pure cream with a soft malt backbone.

There is a lot of debate about the pro and con about what nitro does to beer. For this one it seems the effects are great for the appearance and texture but may have killed the nose a bit hard to tell. Regardless it is still a very solid beer.

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Photo of philbe311
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger's worth of rich slightly rocky slightly off white colored head... Decent enough retention...The color is a medium gold... Fairly still with very limited carbonation throughout...

S - Light citrus... Orange zest... Assorted other citrus notes... Light bready malts... A touch of caramel... A faint earthiness... Quite appealing...

T - The hops presence is a mix of pine and citrus... Some orange... Some mango... Well balanced with plenty of bready malts... Some earthiness... Very nicely done... A definite "little brother" of their signature IPA...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... A bit lush... A bit creamy... Definitively smooth...

D - Very light bodied with loads upon loads of flavor which is a very good combination... Delicate but very interesting... I would have no problem having several of these in a sitting...

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brew pub in a stubby sort of pub glass/pilsner hybrid glass. Dispensed via nitro, it appears a clear amber color with a finger of silky tan fluff. This brew ha a beautiful appearance and a wall of lacing coats the glass with every sip. The cap retains perfectly throughout the duration of the experience.

The smell of this brew is fruity hops, juicy citrus notes somewhat rindy like grapefruit, orange and some tropical notes reminiscent of mango mixed with pineapple. Wow, this smells pretty darn good and more complex than I was expecting.

The taste of the brew is mildly rindy with orange rind, fruity character mixed with herbs and some floral notes. The rindy flavors evolve into something somewhat like mango and other tropical fruits. There is a light toasted grain quality in th aftertaste mixed with the fruity hop flavors. There is a faint yet enjoyable alcohol inclusion.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. Silky smooth in the feel and excessively drinkable. It's almost not fair that this is put on nitro, it's already an awesome beer and having the feel in the mouth that only nitro can deliver makes this almost pound able. Another glass please, and another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On nitro-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a nice moderate copper color with a nice head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward an abundance of citrus--especially for the style. A bit of light caramel and bread in the background, but this is definitely a hop-forward APA. The taste is quite a bit of citrus as well as some pine and light malt. Feel is nice with good bitterness. Drinks quite well; another really solid hoppy offering from Selin's. Love this place.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nitro pint served at the brewpub. My third straight nitro pint, possibly a record.

A: The APA is a golden orange color, hazy throughout. In the dark din of the brewpub, it takes on a bit of a glow. The nitro head is, predictably, rich and dense. It leaves thick layers as the ale disappears.

S: The nose is typical Selin's Grove pale ale-style, robust and richer than it should be. Citrus is abundant, leafy with a grapefruit finish. The pale ale has a bit more of the pale malts to balance things out.

T: The APA is bready, plenty of malts to go around. They are aided by the nitrogen, cutting off the scrubbing effect of the bubbles. The malts are topped by the citrus hops, a citrus burst that seems to come out of nowhere. Much like the IPA, once it appears though, it doesn't go anywhere. The citrus bite, added with a bit of pepper, dominates the last half of each sip, seeing the ale away with a pleasant zing. It's no SGBC IPA but it sure comes close.

M: Nitrogen seems to settle the ale down, rounding out the bubbles and the hops. The result is a calm ale that doesn't skimp on hoppy bite, even though it doesn't wallop the palate.

D: An enjoyable pint. Take it off of nitro and I'd linger all day long.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at SGB on 1/29/10.

A - Appeared a hazy pale golden/orange body with half an inch of creamy off-white head that retained quite well and deposited a wall of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is somewhat restrained with only hints of citrus and pine and a caramel malt base. Overall, I found this to be not nearly as aromatic as the nitro version.

T - Leafy hops with slight citrus and pine accents hover above a sweet caramel malt base. Hops are pretty sharp for the style, which I definitely don't mind. This drinks more like an IPA due to the aggressive hopping.

M - Medium bodied with a slight oily texture and a dry, lingering bitter finish.

D - The dry, bitter character of this APA makes it drink more like an IPA. I will say that I enjoyed this more on nitro, perhaps because the smoothness of the body cleaned up the hop profile a bit.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap @ the SGB on 1/30/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper, with about a finger of tight bright-white head. Fantastic looking retention here, with a thinner yet still frothy look, that really coats the side of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is very fresh and floral, with a lot of dry spiciness going on with it. A bit of fruit and bread helps add some needed sweetness to this but it's mostly VERY bitter and dry in the nose.

The taste reflects the aroma, with a lot of spice and bitter rinds. A splash of citrus and and lightly toasted malts comes across the back but that intense dryness pretty much controls the profile the rest of the way and completely parches the mouth out, well past the finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very mellow and creamy feel to the carbonation (I would expect nothing less from a APA or IPA here), with a bit of sharpness spice and hops. I'm maybe getting just a touch of warmth from the body but this mostly very easy.

I like an aggressively hopped APA like the next guy but man, did those Amarillo hops do a number on this. Just a bit too much spice and dryness for me to make this thoroughly enjoyable. Worth a pint but I don't see myself putting down glass after glass of this.

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Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Hazy golden copper with a thick, creamy off white head that reduced to a thin cap and left attractive ringing lace.

S-Spicy citrus with some more aggressive rind notes. Some malt sweetness sneaks through but this one is quite hop forward.

T-Orange rind bitterness with some lighter pine notes. Sweet biscuit malt backs this impressive hop bill up and balances things out nicely...APA or IPA light...touch call.

M-Medium-light bodied, super smooth and creamy with long lingering hop bitterness.

D-Delicious and simply outstanding really. Another fine addition to the SGB line up. So easy to put down this one is a multi pinter!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 1/10/10.

A-Pours a hazy golden amber with a lovely, creamy off white head.

S-Grassy hops, some light citrus and some peppery notes with a mild earthiness.

T-A bit grassy and bitter in the front, leading to a nicely sweet biscuity malt finish.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious. A great addition to the SGB lineup, especially if you are there on Sunday and the IPA is, as usual, about to kick or already has kicked.


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American Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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