Ace Hole Pale Ale | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Ace Hole Pale AleAce Hole Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our newest regular member of the pale ale lineup. Hopped with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops.

Added by sprucetip on 04-02-2010

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 144
Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always head down to Novare Res when I see they have an offering from Marshall Wharf on tap, particularly the Ace Hole. Huhuh, he said 'hole'...
Ok obligatory Beavis and Butthead joke aside, on to the beer...
A nice robust orange rust colored ale with a dense white head, slightly cloudy. Smell is a lot of juicy hop, fruity, and caramel malt. The night before, I had Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace which was also excellent (review coming) and I have decided that the Sorachi Ace hop is the mango hop. I get full on blatant mango in the nose and as well in the taste, super juicy and wet hop flavor. Nice and bitter kick, but nothing drastic. Just flavorful, juicy, flowery mango hoppyness. Excellent backing of malt as well, nice balance, although clearly featuring the hop here. Smooth and soft on the palate. The guys up at Marshall Wharf are great at showcasing a particular flavor in beer, yet keeping it super drinkable and nicely balanced. One of my favs, something I would drink everyday if I could.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my Uprising chalice at Novare Res. The menu states this is a hoppy pale ale brewed with Sorachi Ace hops. It weighs in at 5.9% ABV. It appears as a translucent orange liquid with a white soap bubble head. The head settled down to just a skim, but it left behind some great lacing. The aroma is full of hops. It smells like pine and citrus. There is also some malt present, both biscuity and graham crackery. I can see why someone would think this is an IPA, it both looks and smells like one. What struck me most about the flavor was the great hop finish. It was bitter and pine-like. There was some sweetness present throughout, but nothing too much. The written description on the menu also says I should taste some tropical fruit. It's taste is present, but it certainly isn't strong. You would never confuse this for a fruit beer. The malt base might use crystal malts, but I can't be sure. It has a medium body with lots of coating. It's not thick, but you certainly know it is there. The carbonation is at a good level; it provides a bit of a tingle when I swallow. This is yet another very drinkable Marshall Wharf ale. It would ideally be enjoyed fresh, but I see nothing that would prevent one or more beer nerds from going through a growler of this in one afternoon. It's an excellent, local hoppy pale.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though listed on the menu as an IPA, the owner stated correctly that is actually an APA.

Poured clear, extremely active, light golden with modest white head that leaves a thin film after it falls. Leaves thick lacing as well.

Citrusy hops balanced well by the malty body. Using some reportedly new hybrid hops called "sorachi" and "citra". Nice smelling if not amazingly complex.

Tastes alot like the nose. Well hopped, modest bitterness, and a sweet malty body backing and balancing quite well.

Good carbonation, medium body, slightly viscous, some dryness and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Solid, easy drinking APA. Crisp, clean, tasty and hoppy. Well done.

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Ace Hole Pale Ale from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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