(512) Pale
(512) Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,815
Ranked #33,488
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: With Organic 2-row malted barley, (512) Pale is a copper colored American Pale Ale that balances earthy hop bitterness and hop flavor with a rich malty body.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 78
Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On-draught @ 512.

A lacklustre pale ale with an uninspired hop profile. Tastes like an English pale that was meant for cask serving.

Generic floral flavour. 2-row malt base. As forgettable as they come.

Drinkable but wanting. I'd definitely never buy a sixer.


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Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 32 oz. half growler into tulip (half growler filled Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Harvey Washbangers in Hurricane Harvey-induced downpour)

L: murky gold, about as dark as gold can get without adding amber, like a dull light bronze; pushes up late-percolating creamy head of foam about 3/4 to a full inch tall; keeps thick collar and most of a skin; light sticking, no lacing

S: hoppy ... green hops, grassy, a little lime ... citrus note is strong, grapefruit ... yes, as it warms, more and more grapefruit; biscuit malt under the thick layer of hops, very subtle

T: mix of grapefruit, generic citrus hop flavor with a more pronounced biscuit malt flavor, almost bready malt; hops are juicy and only lightly bitter and are really smoothed out by that malt sweetness; bitterness shows up in aftertaste, lingering grapefruit peel, almost earthy

F: ale soft, almost slick, feels a bit light but there's enough carbonation to add a piece of heft to it; not sure if it lost a lot of carbonation overnight in the half growler, but ... well ... how shall we say? it's definitely an ale, not a lager (as it should be, no?)

O: lovely little hoppy beer, slightly soft mouthfeel but I could see some finding its velvety smoothness perfect; the grapefruit notes are spot on, and the light malt backbone is just enough to add a little sweetness

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark gold (6+) draft pour with no cap and no lace; good clarity. Pineapples aroma. Pineapples and light hop flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall, a light, juicy, tropical fruit linger That is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tapped into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy light brown body. Small offwhite head.

Smell - Mild, balanced.

Taste - Astringent body and finish and aftertaste. Front end has just enough hop to offset it, but not to balance it.

Mouthfeel - Light to mid bodied. Plenty of hoppy and effervescent bite. Nothing impressive though.

Overall Drinkability - Decent at best, lackluster at worst. Too much astringency is this beers downfall.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Full orange color almost borders on red. Solid lacing from a solid head

S- Very fresh hop aromas with no distinct flavor but leaning towards grapefruit more than pine

T- Full flavor that lasts for as long as you could want it. Not too sweet, certainly not too bitter for a hophead

M- Pretty heavy feeling for a 5.5%ABV pale ale but remains refreshing with a silky carbonation

O- Solid beer with some of the freshest hop flavor I've had in a long time

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Photo of jamescain
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the last (512) open house.

Appearance: Orange-yellow with a fluffy white head that lingers before fading to a nice lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: A nice amount of hops here, citrus, grapefruit, and a small amount of pine. Straight forward and to the point but enjoyable.

Taste: There is a nice lingering bitterness, more like an IPA than a pale ale. Grapefruit is the predominate flavor with a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish and a lingering bitterness. It has medium carbonation and a medium body. Nice easy to drink, especially on hot days.

Overall: I generally am not that big of a fan of IPAs, because if I want hops I head for IPAs, but this one I enjoyed, it was like a baby IPA.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep translucent honey color, creamy off white head that leaves great lacing.

A - the aroma is fresh grass, light pine and some big citrus (orange pretty much) with a caramel malt backbone

T - ok I have never consumed the orange influenced cleaning products whatever they are called but I can imagine it could taste similar if it were diluted & chilled... Maybe not but you get the point. I think the heavy orange citrus and combo of pine create this. It's got a good malt presence for balance and although my first thought was cleaning product it's not bad. Dry finish, no alcohol present.

M - meh.... Medium body minimal carbonation, slight crisp feel. Refreshing and easy to drink.

O - I find it strange that the aroma is so much bigger than the flavor, this beer is not bad maybe more complexity among fruitiness and different hop profiles would help or less of the current. I'd get it again, I think. Possibly tastes like my first unborn pale ale homebrew

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Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark red color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute. The foam recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big citrus aromas up front. Grassy and floral hops that is lightly herbal and tea like. Very green up front. A great caramel, bread, and biscuit balance lingers on.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of citrus hop flavors. Grassy, floral, and herbal. A nice sweetness of caramel balances everything out. A substantial, but not overpowering bitterness lingers. Just every so slightly astringent though.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Smooth at the same time. Very textured. Really easy and refreshing to drink. I can quaff several of these with ease.

A very nice APA. Ranks up there with Pecan Porter and the Wit as their best go to year round beers. Really enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at (512) second anniversary party, 28 Aug 2010.

Served in a ~12 oz. TWO glass. Small light tan head. Minimal carbonation. Dark copper color, somewhat cloudy. Aroma is light, caramel and a little resin. Moderate caramel and citrus throughout. Sligh bit of resin too. Light to medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Refreshing light lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Plano Gingerman. The beer pours an orange-yellow color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong on the orange hops with some caramel malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange with some piney hops mixed in. The strong caramel backbone keeps the bitterness level low, but still allows all of the hop flavors to come through. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange/mahogany hue, with fluffy white head, decent head and lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, mango, citrus hops.

Taste: roasted malts, maybe too much it has that inadvertant mango flavor that I am not a huge fan of in Pale Ales, citrusy hops, apricot.

Mouthfeel: tingly, full, lingering flavor.

Drinkability: a decent brew, not great, I would get again, not in a rush though. Not my favorite 512.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/6/2009 (draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a turbid orange colored body, creamy white head, lasting. Cirusy hoppy aroma. Some pine, and some dryness. Creamy taste. Some hoppiness but balanced pretty good. Some dryness, and nutty fruitiness too. Hoppy and tasty.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Crown & Anchor Pub. Pitcher into a standard pint glass.

(512)'s Pale pours a deceptively hazy amber-orange body with a big, fluffy head that doesn't budge for quite some time. Minimal lacing, but that's likely a result of the glassware. Enticing aroma, with fresh fruit and piny hops dominating. A modest backbone of biscuit & caramel malt makes an appearance, but the sweet, lighter yeast & hop notes are the showcase here.

Flavor falls a bit outside of the Pale Ale style, as a lengthy hop bitterness pushes the IBU's into the IPA range. Malts taste a bit roasted and slightly burnt, but a floral hop kick and sweet fruit notes of mango and apple make for a tasty flavor profile overall. However, the body is a bit on the thick side, and although it's well carbonated, the bitter finish wears at the drinkability. Overall, a decent Pale Ale by an up-and-coming Austin brewery. Made for some easy drinking on a hot May afternoon.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me start at the end and work backwards.

I could drink this stuff until I fall of the chair. This is exactly the sort of beer that I like to sit down with and drink all night long. It's got plenty of character and bags of flavour. There's a vague hint of citrus but not too overpowering, and the hops don't hit you in the face. I like a hoppy beer but not purely for the sake of it - there's got to be a reason and a malt balance. If I was given this in a blind tasting I might almost call it Belgian, although I'd know that it wasn't.

(512) is one of the best reasons I can think of for living in Austin.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This brew pours a transparent golden orange color, and produces a 1 1/2 finger head. As the head dissipates it leaves behind moderate lacing.

Smell - The smell shows off the malt build - malty, bready, caramel, and crackers. There is a note of distant bittering hops. Strap yourselves in - get ready for a malty pale ale!

Taste - I really like how this pale ale stands apart from the other pale ales here in Texas. It has malty front end leads nicely to a pleasant bitter finish. More English style in it's approach I would say. Very striking, there aren't too many pales out there like this. Notes of toffee and caramel in the front. Almost pinelike in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty good here. There is a bitterness lingers after the brew washes over the tongue. Prickly carbonation. This brews is neither oily nor sticky.

Drinkability - The drinkability on this pale is pretty good. There are a lot of choices when it comes to pale ales in Texas, but this is a very unique Texas pale. Nice malt build with a bitter finish - 'nuff said.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin.

The body of this brew is right on par with one would expect for an American Style Pale Ale. Somewhat pale, dark amber color, with a good amount of head and some decent lacing.

This somewhat full looking body carries over into the nose, with a good dose of hops, but a very potent sweet, citrus flavor actually dominates the nose of this brew.

First sip is a hint of caramel and a very potent sweet, melon-like bubble-gum flavor. Hops are there, but for as sweet as this beer is, could stand to be stronger to help balance out the flavor. The sweet, bubble-gum like taste rides through until the end, but the hop bitterness does a decent job of cleaning things up at the tail-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, although a little more body wouldn't hurt.

The first time I tried this beer, I thought it wasn't too bad, but the sweet flavors of this pale are rather odd and just aren't doing it for me. This is a decent shot at the style, but the estery notes and hops just don't seem to meld well with the odd sweetness of this brew. There are much better pale ales to be had, as I couldn't see myself having more than one pint of this.

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Photo of JDV
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy orange amber color with white head and some nice lacing. Smell is fruity malt and very lightly hoppy. Smell of dried apricot, and some yeasty musty funk to it. Taste is moderately hoppy with solid bitterness and a fruity apricot flavor. Perhaps some vanilla or some unexpected musty flavor. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Solid pale, but a bit odd tasting.

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