Pale Rider Ale | Capitol City Brewing Company

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3.59 w/ 21 ratings

Brewed by:
Capitol City Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by thekanna:
Photo of thekanna
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Union Station location of Capitol City Brewing Co.

A: Rusty copper color, with fairly no head by the time it arrived at the table.

S: Slightly sweet malts, citrus fruits and hops.

T/M: Floral hops and sweet malts with some citrus fruits. Deliciously refreshing, medium body with right amount of carbonation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Downtown location.

Pours a clear light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of light citrus and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined shortly by solid amounts of citrus hop flavors that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this didn't blow my socks off but I thought it was a well-crafted APA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tumbler served on-draught at the Capitol City restaurant on Capitol Hill. The ale is served cold.

Appearance: A very nice auburn color, this ale is crystal clear. There is a bit of head that doesn't last very long.

Smell: The ale smells like a citrusy bouquet. The pleasant hop aroma is a surprisingly more than I expected.

Taste: While not a complete hop explosion, this ale packs a nice wallop. The hops are refreshing and sweet and really dominate the beer. The hops give the ale a nice grapefruit aroma.

Mouthfeel: The hops are bitter but not overly so. It feels pretty nice in the mouth.

Drinkability: This ale is very drinkable. It exceeded all my expectations for an APA from Cap City.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Bright amber hue with a thin off white head that slowly settles to almost nothing. The aroma is very sharp and piney hops, being repeated in the flavor, with a little bit of added citrus. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some of the lingering hops.

Very aromatic and full of hop flavor. There isn't much malt flavor to speak of, except for a bittle bit of breadiness in the background. Recommended for any time when at one of the brewpubs.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/10/15 (Draft Capitol City Brew Pub) - Dark copper pour, minimal head. Light aroma, nice malt and citrus taste. Mild carbonation, light feel and texture. Overall OK beer.

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Photo of Drifter1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark honey topped by a frothy and rocky whitish head. Bubbles are evident. Head dissipates to a small, but healthy, layer of foam after a few minutes and leaves all kinds of mad crazy lacing.

Smell: Refreshing snap of citric hops, but not overpowering. Mildly grassy and herby hops are evident as well, but in a more subtle manner.

Taste: Orange marmalade and bitter hops over some nice biscuity malt goodness. British style with the hop profile, but American in proportion.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bracing, quite the palate cleanser.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Nice session beer, yet hearty enough to hold its own against blackened chicken.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery with a delicious steak. The beer came in a a pint glass and had a orangish golden color, darker than I would have anticipated for a pale ale. The thin white head quickly faded to a thin lace, and the smell was of bright hops. The malt was good enough to support the hop blend, which I really wish more brewpubs would list. It was really bitter also. I wish they had the ESB to compare it to, because that's what kept creeping into my thoughts. I couldn't really say anything about this except that it was typical. In a good way. It was another brewpub's pale ale. Worth having, and satisfying, but indistinguishable from the hordes of others out there.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beernut7
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden copper in color with a good lace on the glass and a light floral aroma. The body is very light for the style. The malt presence is quite insufficient, poor even with about half the hops required to do the job. An aggressive bitterness overrides what might be floral hops. Not good at all.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Capitol City Brewing Company (Washington, DC).

A: Typical golden-amber with 1/2 finger of off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a line of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Fresh citrus grapefruit and pine hops aroma with a medium caramel maltiness, a little too much for the style

T: The flavor follows from the aroma directly with moderately intense grapefruit and pine hoppiness met with an overly sweet caramel maltiness. The heft of the maltiness is on target, but the caramel note is too much.

M: Even carbonation with light-medium body and fairly dry finish.

O: A slightly better than average APA, a safe but unspectacular choice.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unexpected side-trip to DC allowed me to try Pale Rider. I was not let-down! Clear copper colored, it had a fine, thin head, and good lace. A restrained hop aroma was present, and the mouthfeel was superb! Good body, and quite smooth. Some nice, biscuity malt flavors lead-off, with a hint of caramel. From then to the finish, it's a nice, floral hop flavor, with some fruitiness there too. Real pleasant, long aftertaste. Quite enjoyable!

l: 4 | s: 3.5 | t: 4.5 | f: 4.5 | d: 4.5


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Photo of AGB
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Capitol City Brewing Co. in Virginia.

Th beer is transparent and light orange hued with a quarter inch of head. As the head recedes, it coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is a balance of malt and hops, with subtle notes of candied fruit. A bit sweet, with a light bitterness in the back. Light bodied but not thin with appropriate carbonation. Simple, drinkable. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of kshankar
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber color with a nice little amount of foam. Retention was good, lacing not impressive, but not horrible either

Aroma: Hops, but on the milder side

Taste: Hops presence is okay, but a bit weak for my liking. Malt taste is there in good form, though.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side..had a good feel to it though. Not spectacular though

Drinkability: Not strong enough with the hops to keep me interested, so I'm going to go with a lower score on this one. I liked the one I had, but wouldn't come crawling back for more.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tgatort
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Pale Rider Ale from Capitol City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 42.9% out of 100 with 21 ratings
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