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Pure Malt Cave Ale | Potosi Brewing Company

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Pure Malt Cave AlePure Malt Cave Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
potosibrewery.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by KeefD on 01-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 120
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Clear and copper with a head that suffices. Ripe fruit, mild alcoholic esters and a hint of light caramel in the nose. Leans hard toward being a malt bomb--the name must have something to do with it, though the body is not heavy, just has a broad malt palate. Buttery? Modest hopping brings some leafy flavor to the table, though the slowly warming alcohol seems to gain ground for balancing. Toasted maltiness comes off a bit stodgy, but again, this is not a heavy brew. A big Pale Ale, and a decent ale all around.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of richkrull
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber color, not a whole lot of head. Smells like caramel with a bit of citrus. Tastes of caramel as well. Definitely some bitterness in the finish but not too bad. Relatively smooth drinking beer. Not a lot of drinkability in this beer as far as quantity, but it's a decent beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Bingja18
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joeseppy
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with scant lacing throughout.

Clean sweet malt aroma with very earthy scant hop. Moderate grainy sweetness. Smells like beer.

Sweet onrush of malty goodness. Mild fruityness like Cocoa Pebbles. Hop leaf bite with a pine finish.

Creamy and maybe buttery slickness. Finishes dry enough though. Carbonation is spectacular throughout.

I agree overall a nice BBQ drinking brew to be shared among many. Not something I would search out but would accept willingly.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nicnut45
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Very little carbo. Hazy reddish tan color. Faint wispy head. Noticeable ring on the side of glass as yopu drink.

S-Faint fruitiness, some bread aromas. There seems to be some type of berry aroma I cant pu my finger on. I think there may be some wheat in here.

T-Its ok for an amber I wish the malt and hops would show their flavors more as they seem to be just meddled together in there. A bit of sour maltiness as you drink. Which gives away to just plain hoip bitterness.

M.F.-Has a full hearty feel to it. Carbo is light on the tounge. A bit like liquid bread.

D-My parents picked this up for me when they toured the brewery. While it is not bad I wouldnt go for it again. But in all honesty this was just a run of the mill craft brew. It says it was aged in a cave but it doesnt go to any lenghts to describe the aging process. Did they just throw a glass bottle in a cave? Big deal this needs more character.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golder hued glinting at amber. An ecru head sprouts up, then fades to a collar at a moderate pace.
Soft nose of caramel-glazed nuts, toasted apple muffins, grain bread, and low grassy hop notes.
It enters the mouth teetering between the grainy, hay-like, biscuit dryness, and caramel/toffee/honey-nut sweetness. The hops kick in, just a little, and swing it back dryish with their late grassiness.
Medium bodied, with a moderate CO2 level that makes it drink and seem smaller than it is.
Easily quaffed, but without any real frills. Mellow and neutral. In the right mood, a person could guzzle this all night. Other days, it might cause the mind to wander in boredom to something else.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Things get very average after the pour. Unremarkable aroma of pale malt. Sort of bready and doughy. Hops are non existant. The flavor is also just pale malt. No bitterness or flavor from the hops which is not all that surprising considering the modest 10 IBUs. This beer reminds me more of an all-malt pale lager than anything with English Ale in its descriptor. Has a substantial body and is nicely carbonated. The high ABV hurts drinkability in a forgettable beer. This beer needs its hop bill doubled, or even tripled.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dhannes
4.21/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is 6+ months aged; poured right from refrigerator into a Sam Adams' Perfect pint.

A=Nice brownish gold with 1" head that subsided but still lasted over a minute.

S=More citrus than floral but more hops' presence than I anticipated. Not sweet--more like grapefruit than lemon.

T=First taste: A tad more robust than I anticipated; somewhat like a bock--reminds me of what micros used to taste like in the 70's? Still a bit sweet, but not nearly as much as an adjunct. All I can think of to describe the taste is "woodsy." Further down, the malt presence takes over. After letting the beer warm up a bit, the flavor seemed to diminish and the alcohol became apparent. Now it is reminding me of a salted soft pretzel, which would be an excellent compliment with this beer. My experiencing in tasting is minimal, but this would be a good beer to serve at parties, as it is what people used to expect of a beer.

M=Nice body, a bit heavier than most. Carbonation is moderate, but not overpowering. If there is one thing that I'd change, it would be to cut back a bit on carbonation, if possible.

O=I have no idea if a bottle fresh from the brewery tastes any different as this is my first bottle, but I am definitely considering this again. Refreshing, but not light...not one that you would drink on a hot summer day, but, perhaps, on a warm summer evening.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, apparently contract brewed.

Saturated reddish orange, tequila sunrise. Cap of offwhite foam, after several minutes it dissipates into a ring. Swirling it rekindles the head quickly.

Aroma of chow mein noodles, sweet potato, sweet buttered bread.

Slight bitterness in the end, dull malts with some dimension as they fade. The carbonation ebbs a bit too quickly. Fragile body that seems to fade. Papery, malty flavor, nothing stands out, but it's not bad. Lingering bitterness indicates hops. Fleeting butterscotch. Worth a try, be certain of freshness though.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 0z bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Serve at less than 45 degrees F. No date.

A - A little hazy copper-amber in color with a short cream head with poor retention but a bit of lace left over.

S - A hint of straw and pale malts with a low caramel nose and virtually no hops. A bit creamy in aroma but rather plain and boring smelling.

T - Creamy, light vanilla with a caramel backing that lasts throughout and a grainy hint. The hops are minimal at best, providing a small kiss of floral flavor on the finish.

M - Really creamy and smooth with low carbonation interaction. A bit slick on the palate.

D - Easy drinking but kind of plain overall. Like a Spotted Cow as a generalization. A fine sessioner that won't get too cloying but don't expect too much from this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SF_Posse
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Potosi beer made IMO. NICE MALT BALANCE.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of matjack85
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I found this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. Bought it as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slight;y hazed golden/orange color and made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in less than 30 seconds. I also did not get any lacing on my glass.

The taste is all malt and delicious. Bready and caramel flavors dominate along with a touch of butter. At just 10 IBU's, the hops are not noticeable to me and there wasn't a trace of hop botterness. Still it was pretty tasty.

Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Sweet without being cloying. I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company
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