Paradise Pale Ale | Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC

Paradise Pale AleParadise Pale Ale
37 Ratings
Paradise Pale AleParadise Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Intercourse Brewing Company, LLC
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by garcia2a on 07-11-2008

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Reviews by BeerSquid:
Photo of BeerSquid
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not the best Pale Ale I've ever had, but still a tasty beer. Expensive. Would I get it again? Probably not. This could be a good beer to get a beer drinker acclimated to appreciating the wonderful world of Pale Ales, as its relatively light flavour makes it very unoffensive and clean
Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A- Pours a nice copper colour with an orange tint. Good clarity. Very small amounts of bubbles of carbonation rising slowly throughout the drink. Head is thin, settles into a sort of island, that later forms a ring around the glasses edge. not lace though.

S- When first poured has a delicious, pungent aroma of citrus, particularly that of grapefruit. Its disappointing that his great smell is short lived and is quickly replaced by a much less potent citrus and light hoppy sent.

T- Its good. Clean. Refreshing. Traces of hops, really lacks that Pale Ale kick to it, that I've become to grow fond of more recently.

M- Very nice carbonation, light enough to not mask any of the flavour, but still noticeable. I actually have trouble describing it, but its very nice.

D- Once again, very nice drink. It simply lacks in that big, bold Pale Ale flavour kick of hops. As I said previously, I wouldnt go out of my way to get it again, but that shouldnt imply that I wont enjoy the ones I have left.


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Bright golden color with a stunning clarity. Sticky lacing all around. Faint spicy, minty and orangey hop aroma with some light biscuity malt in the back. Refreshing crispness comes from the perfect level of carbonation. Modest hop bitterness digs in deep with broad but mild citric and herbal flavors. Maltiness comes in with a grounding and balancing biscuity graininess. Finishes semidry with some remnants of citric hop and bready malt.

While some brewers are overhopping their Pale Ales to the point of blurring the lines between Pale Ale and IPA, this one stands tall within its style. A simple, yet very drinkable, American Pale Ale.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of cynical1027
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of dohastmich
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up simply for the price and spending the weekend at my buddy's. My low expectations (BMC-esque swill) were pleasantly surprised. The drinkability on this one is good. There's is nothing special with this beer, however, I didn't expected to be. I was just happy that it went down in now time.

Crisp, low carbonation, dry finish

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intercourse- Paradise Pale Ale

A- Light golden copper with a huge frothy head. Decent ringed lacing.
S- Decent caramel malt with a good touch of citrus hops.
T- Nice blance of caramel malt and orange/ grapefruit citrus rind hops. Sweet buttery malt finish.
M- Light but good solid malt/ hop balance. Sweet malt and sweet, slightly dry, hop body and finish.

Overall- A tad lighter than your usual Pale Ale's but quite tasty and refreshing. Very easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intercourse Paradise Pale Ale
12 oz., $1.83 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

These beers are contracted at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA and the Lion makes pretty good beers but I think what sells them is the marketing. Intercourse is the name of a rural Amish town in PA. It also happens to be a "dry" town which is a bit ironic for the name of a brewing company. So, "intercourse" is the joke, and oddly enough that area of southeastern PA is kind of quirky. Intercourse offers other interestingly named beers based on towns in the area: Blue Ball Porter, Bareville Pilsner, and Mount Joy Light. They've also got the town of Bird In Hand right nearby so they could always add to their portfolio. The odd thing about bird in hand though, is that it's closer to Intercourse than Blue Ball. Or, on the other hand, in hindsight, that might really make the most sense of all!

Appearance: Clear golden body with an orange cast. The frothy off-white head holds well. Average lacing.

Smell: Floral and gently malty. Clean and bright. Some yeasty fruitiness bolsters the floral hoppiness; and the malt is grainy with just a touch of light caramel and breadiness to it.

Taste: As might be expected, the taste follows the aroma. Most of what we perceive we're tasting is actually olfactory anyway. The floral/fruity character comes on pretty strong at the outset, but fades quickly going into the finish. It's firmly bitter, and stiff enough to balance the malt while not going overboard, yet still solid enough to leave a nice showing in the finish. Some more grassy and leafy hops emerge as well, and some residual malt lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium towards medium-light in body. Soft across the palate with a moderate carbonation level.

Overall: The fruit and floral component is fairly unique, especially of late; and it's surprisingly compelling. I think of it as a kind of 'introduction' beer, but at the same time I see it really is - a great English style session ale. It could be a bit more rounded and polished, but it's got enough depth and complexity to it. Nicely done.

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Photo of Travcofarms
1.75/5  rDev -43%

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light hops are present. Taste is well balanced, hops up front, light bitterness, quickly fading into the strong malt backbone. Easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a brilliantly clear golden sunset orange with a cushy, light cream colored head that was moderately lasting at best leaving a patchy foam covering. The lacing was slight with only a thin skim covering while the visible effervesce was light.

S: Some good display of citrus shows up early but is short lived and soon dissipates to a soft aroma of lemon meringue pie and sweet cereal grains. Overall was very light, sweet and disappointing.

T: slightly tart with citrus and a soft floral and lemony hopping. Theres a little bit of a citrus bite, was lightly bitter by off set by a semi-sweet oranges and sweetened cereal grains (sugar smacks).

M: light, really smooth in texture with a light to medium feel of carbonation. A light lemony and floral hop fades almost certainly saves this from a less then impressive rating.

D: Drinkability was only so-so and hardly raises an eyebrow during any point of the drink. A mindless downer, middle of the road drink in most respect. I certainly wouldn't invest in a six pack.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with an orange tint and a fizzy off-white head. A great deal of aggressive carbonation pushes away the head to a vanishing island. More "legs" than "lacing" sticks.

The smell is of some sweet grain, musty hay and a hint of citrus.

The taste is of sweet grain, with a nod of caramel. The sweetness is balanced by subtle hay and touch of citric tartness and slight bitter dryness. Remains semi-sweet throughout.

Light-bodied with carbonation that borders fizzy. Still, it has a "smoothness" that makes it easy enough to drink, I suppose. But, there is something "funny" (plastic-ish?) in the short-lived aftertaste.

A mediocre APA, at best. More hops (and malt) please...less carbonation. A generally "inoffensive" but indistinct APA

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Photo of JohnK17
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of seanbren
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "Want More Intercourse? Please Visit ..." Yeah, well, having grown up in Lancaster (City), we know all of the jokes about some of the small towns in the countryside. NeroFiddled really sums it up nicely in his review, so I am not going to gild the lily. It just strikes me as more of a joke-y novelty than a serious attempt at brewing.

My pour created two fingers of dense, french vanilla-colored head with good retention. In fact, it looked like the rounded top of an ice cream cone until it slowly began to drop. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a caramel malt presence that made me wonder if perhaps NeroFiddled is spot on with his supposition that this should be an English, rather than American, Pale Ale. What hops I could discern on the nose had a grassy quality. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was honey-like in terms of its sweetness with a grassy hop presence. Finish was semi-dry and the grassy-honey flavor lingered well after the swallow. It was drinkable, sure, but it was not much of an APA. As an EPA, I might be inclined to give it higher marks.

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Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper and clear golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, some spicy hops, and a little soapy. Tastes of stronger caramel, and lighter spiciness. Some lacing was left on the glass.

Notes from: 1/6/2006

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/23/11

Clear, pale amber color. Just shy of one finger of white foam. Filmy retention. Not much for lace.

Smells decent; bready, caramel malt base with a touch of biscuit and ambitious citrus hop notes - orange pith and, to a lesser degree, pepperings of lemon. A bit earthy, too. My only complaint here is that the hops smell artificially sharp. Tastes less pleasant. Hops are mostly earthy and toned down with some nondescript citrus peel hidden on the finish. The back half is too sweet; caramel with a bit of a buttery character. At times it's almost candy-like. Medium body with some sugary slickness. Appropriately average carbonation. Finishes a hair grassy with low bitterness.

An unremarkable and forgettable take on the style. Not worth finishing the bottle, in my opinion.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rxthree
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of thecarster1
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, clear golden brown color, almost two finger head that faded pretty quick, great lace retention, leaves head residue on glass, moderate carbonation.

s- caramel malt notes, good amount of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, minimal spicy hop smell.

t- caramel malt creaminess upfront, moderate hops, grapefruit rind-ish bitterness on the back.

m- pretty thin on the mouth, good amount of carbonation.

d- pretty drinkable, not the greatest apa i've ever had, wouldn't necessarily buy a case, but i'd drink again.

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Photo of daveGsus
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a case for $20. not bad. nothing special here. this beer screams average. average is better than poor. gold in color. no overwhelming smell. I think it tastes better than I thought it was going to. very acidic. I think I can finish this whole case...very slowly unless I share.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just gotta bottle from Mr. Capone today. This beer pours a medium amber, clear with little carbonation. The head is white, fine and lacey. OK retention.

The bouquet is actually flowery. There was a nice flowey hops thing mixed with apricots. Very light carmel malt on the back nose.

The taste reminded me of a lighter sierra. There were hops and sweet malts on the fore tongue. The finish had that apricot and a bit of bitter on the back end.

All and all, this is easy drinking and the best to date on the label. Not a beer guy brew, but something for the folks coming over for the BBQ or 3-man.

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Photo of stakem
2.27/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz twist-off cap bottle poured into a pint glass. There is a date code of sorts stamped on the neck but it is scratched off. This appears to be a filtered brew due to zero sediment in the bottle and perfect clarity. The brew appears a perfectly clear copper color with a finger of slightly stained yellowish white head. The cap maintains fairly decent from a constant stream of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of lace stick along the glass.

The aroma of this brew is full of caramel sweetness. Lots of notes of toffee mixed with a bit of butter to bready grain. This isn't the aroma I was expected for a pale. There is little to no hop inclusion. About the only scent coming off of this that might be hops is a bit of fruity twang but that is so scarce that the major aroma from this brew is butter and caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based off of the aroma. Butter if the first thing I pick up on along with plenty of caramel to toffee sweetness that is a bit like toasty grain to biscuits. There is a light fruity alcohol flavor and the back of the taste includes more butter. There is a very faint herbal bitterness included that does a decent job of contrasting the butter and caramel which are the leading flavors to this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. Visually, this brew plays the part of a pale ale quite well. In the aroma and flavor department this is a huge buttery let down. If it wasn't for the label stating this was a pale ale, I never would have imagined this being a pale. Not only did they forget the hops, the diacetyl is out of control and this is way too malt to be a pale ale. I would not recommend trying this brew.

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Photo of m1ked
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CA-PA BIF from Leftmindedrighty, thanks for the opportunity.

A- Pours a clear orange gold with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades down to a thin white layer. Multiple mini streamers.

S- Mild malt with a unique caramael corn and vanilla.

T- A little metallic in the beginning. Some corn/grain blandness. Some malt sweetness. Ends with a bitter finish.

M- Thin watery with a crisp carbonation.

D- Meh. Not bad, not memorable.

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