Pale Ale | Southern Oregon Brewing Company

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, nice balance, with some citrus. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty, hoppy, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

 334 characters

Photo of flexabull
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty faint white head.

Aromas are flowery, with a hard candy like sweetness, and some faint mineral hop nose.

Taste has faint creamy and hard candy like hop sweetness. Beer then settles into some light brewed malty tea flavors, and a finish that is crisp with some bitter mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. All in all, a pretty average pale ale. Needs something to make it more memorable and interesting, but it's not bad, and fairly refreshing.

 545 characters

Photo of mjl21
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Comes in at 5%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber with a small off white head. Lots of active bubbles are visible.

S-Not much going on here. I get lots of yeast, which reminds me of lager yeast, biscuit malt, and some earthy hops that are quite muted.

T-It tastes a lot like a lager. There is some sweetness from the biscuit malt and light caramel malt mid-sip. There is some bitterness left from the hops, but there is no hop flavor. It is almost like they added the bittering hops but left out the aroma hops. The aftertaste is sweet from the malt.

M-Medium bodied but it is on the lower end of the spectrum. Has good carbonation and smooth.

D-It just doesn't come together. It is too lagerish and the hops need to be more present.

This was my first experience with SOB and this one just didn't do it. The pieces of this beer just didn't come together for me.

 937 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a one inch white head a fair lacings. Aroma is fruity floral hops. Taste is bitter sweet with lots of leather. Some white grapefruit on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good as is the carbonation. Overall a pale with none of the fruity sweet bitterness I like. If you prefer white grapefruit to ruby red give this a try. At 5.0% abv. it would be a good session pale.

 388 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright Sunkist orange with goldenrod edges. This is undoubtedly a filtered ale since there are no yeast visible in the pint glass or the bottle. The tidy crown of toasted marshmallow colored foam looks pretty good. It isn't too shabby in the lace department either.

The aroma is both more toasted-earthy and less hoppy than I like my APAs to be. The hop bill is pretty extensive (Amarillo, Cascade, Challenger, Newport, Sterling, Styrian Goldings and Glacier). On the other hand, a lineup like that ought to produce something more special than this.

Southern Oregon Pale Ale is a decent APA, no better than that. Actually, it tastes more like a well-hopped amber ale thanks to the toasted bread and light caramel quality of the malt. Unfortunately, there's more bitterness (35 IBUs) than good hop flavor. I wonder if adding them later in the boil would help?

One thing that helps is that this bottle tastes fresh. With a few more months on it, Pale Ale probably wouldn't be anywhere close to good beer. In the end, the lack of off-flavors and the sneaky hoppiness earns the taste score a well-deserved bump. Some of the Cascade grapefruitiness and Amarillo oranginess is beginning to poke through as it warms.

The body/mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. The beer entered the pint glass in a smooth, creamy fashion and it feels the same in the mouth. The carbonation is fine and dandy as well.

In the end, Southern Oregon Pale Ale gets it done because it doesn't skimp on ingredients. Even though I'd like to see less toasted-earthy maltiness and a more simple, well-defined hoppiness (keep the Amarillo, Cascade and Styrian Goldings and dump the rest), this isn't bad beer at all. In fact, I'm rather enjoying it.

 1,735 characters

Photo of bitterthebetter
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden orange with a pure white head

citrus, lagerish malty notes

light biscuity malt upfront followed by slight grapefruit and pine hops, lager like yeasty notes and breadiness on the finish

light bodied, tastes like a hoppy lager, a decent finish, but its not very balanced

tastes like it has a major identity crisis, its a really nice lager that seemingly had a run in with some cascade hops. not a very hoppy or interesting pale

 450 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As with other SOB beers, this pale ale is burdened by a peculiar choice of yeast that intrudes like a clumsy dancer on the rest of the beer's recipe. No fruity esters emerge, just a funky sourdough taste and a punky marshmallow aroma.

Predominantly sweet with admirable bittering, the fermentation has made this something of a filtered yeast beer. It is warm golden, clear, with scattered lace and a light head.

Though its only flaw is an aberrant yeast strain, a beer that can't highlight malts or hops needs a yeast of broader appeal or lesser presence. Pass.

 570 characters

Pale Ale from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.