Pale Rider Ale | Capitol City Brewing

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30 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capitol City Brewing
Virginia, United States
capcitybrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 03-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
9.94%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by dexterk1:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in VA.
A good pale ale that has a bit more, or a bit darker, malt base than the average APA.
Plenty of earthy and citrusy hops.

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Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/12...served on tap in DC. Light copper color and little foam. Active bubbles. Bready nose. Malty toffee bready taste. Some hop in there gives a little bite. Small pale taste.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of czillmer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy amber ale, an off-white head with good lacing, some curtains.

Fruity smell, apples and grape-fruit. Some toffee.

Tasting of brown bread, some honey, citric acidity and some alkaloid bitterness.

Medium carbonation, soft, small body, a dry finish.

Good hop composition, a bit to acid tough.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Shirlington location. I don't drink pale ales all tha often, and so was a bit disdainful when I read the description of this beer at the brewpub (hophead's dream, or something to that effec). While this beer won't make me forget sculpin any time soon, I thought this pretty tasty for a pale ale.

The beer pours an amber orange color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is certainly attractive, showcasing quite a bit of the simcoe hops I read about in the beer description. Yes, there's some sweet malt on the nose, but I also pick up some dry citrus and an impressive amount of dank earth as well (at least for a pale ale). The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well balanced, easy drinking pale ale. The beer has a bit more hoppy bitterness than what I normally encounter in a pale ale, though not overly so. Still, this medium bodied beer finishes fairly well, with a nice wash of hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I have to say this is a very easy to drink pale ale.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this a very easy to enjoy and appreciate pale ale.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into pint glass from the downtown and Arlington locations. Pours a dark yellow pour with a foamy tan head, potent nose of floral hoppiness and a bit of sweet candi sugar, complex flavors of chocolate, rosy hops and peace compete with a nice and strong tart finish, an excellent APA. One of my favorite offerings from CCB.

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Photo of nmann08
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tomkob11
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olafphysics
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Seneca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from Thursday night's happy hour:

Came off the tap with a clear, reddish orange body with a medium white head that laced the glass quite nicely. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Tastes good: sweet malts up front before a bright blooming of hops make for a nice, dry finish. Good body, very drinkable. A terrific pale ale.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mintfish
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I just poured this into my DuClaw Colssus snifter. Perhaps it's because I'm a badass?

A: Golden in color, crystal clear, and with a frothy white head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: Nice balanced hop character, with a tinge of candy sugar mixed in.

T: Much more bitter than sweet (which I appreciated), and the citrus was more on the grapefruity (piney) side as opposed to the orange one. Nice.

M: I wish the carbonation was a bit more spritzy overall, but that's just a minor complaint. I welcomed the bitterness...

O: I've had this one many times and have always enjoyed my session.

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Pale Rider Ale from Capitol City Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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