T-Rail Pale Ale | Old Forge Brewing Company

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T-Rail Pale AleT-Rail Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Forge Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SierraGS on 12-09-2008

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on cask.

Poured Amber with a white head that left a nice trail of lace.

Nice malty sweetness in the nose backed by floral and citrus notes, some pine.

It taste malty sweet with a touch of toffee, followed by citrus and pine hops. Very tasty.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass.

L: Pours a dark golden amber color. Two fingers of white head.. generous lacing.

S: Baking bread, earth and pine... resinous... almost floral.

T/F: Moderate malt body up front. Not as big in body as a full-on IPA and the ABV reflects that. They till get some good biscuity flavor though and the hop presence is quite nice. Piney and floral... not much in the way of citrus but a pleasant herbal tone. Dry and bitter at the finish... nice carbonation... overall well balanced.

O: A nice representation of a pale ale... and it's got everything I look for in the style. Not one that will knock your socks off, but a good easy drinker. One I would quaff with a burger or pizza.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-08-19 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.

A - Clear orange-amber with a 1.5-finger white head and little lace.

S - Orange candy, lightly toasted bread, light floral. Very sweet smelling.

T - Toasted white bread with orange marmalade; then a nice blast of pine resin flavor and bitterness. Finishes with some earthy spice and lingering bitterness that is on the harsh side. Nowhere as sweet as indicated by the aroma, which is good.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Prickly, a bit resinous but finishes effervescent and dry.

O - This is a decent pale ale. Not as balanced as a Sierra Nevada Pale but enjoyable.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served on tap at The Tavern of the Pine Barn Inn in Danville, Pennsylvania. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a solid golden amber coloring. A one finger head of tan, soapy bubbles crowned the liquid, leaving patterned lacing around the glass after a moderate retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave simple pale malts, mildly wet wheatiness, tinny metallics, dusty corny adjunct, citric and soapy hoppiness, sweet honey and caramel sugariness, bitter oregano bite, green grassy resins, strawberry and grapefruit fruity freshness, lemon cleaner wipes, white rice, and rubber cement. Flavors included chalky pale malts, twiggy bark, caramel malts, grassy, herbal, and sweet nectary hop varietals, molded straw in musty basements, crisp red apples fruitiness, celery salt, biting phenolic plastics, lemon cleaner chemicals, and white flour adjuncts. Through the aftertaste came distinct perfumed floral hoppiness and hot ethanol. The body was decidedly light, and the carbonation was medium, crisp, and refreshing. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all muted, with the mouth left mildly dried, but little else. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back cleanly and easily enough.

Overall, although this wasn’t the most flavorful and complexly aromatic pale ale we’ve had in recent years, its crisp and refreshing nature made for an enjoyable experience. One big thing about it is that we weren’t quite expecting such a hop-forward beer, and we were surprised to find that that was the resounding ingredient to permeate each aspect of the beer. It had a nice hoppy core to it, at the very least. Part of what made the beer so refreshing was the fact that we drank it after an exhausting winter’s drive. We arrived in this little town in central Pennsylvania, in a quaint, quiet tavern in the middle of winter, and were able to sip in relative solitude after the day’s more strenuous parts. As with the other brews enjoyed this evening, it hit the spot quite well, and helped us relax into restful slumber.

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Photo of RhettM1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good hoppy American pale ale. Had a deep copper color with a clean finish. Smell was average....very light. I liked it. Interestingly, I have had it out of the can and on draft.....I thought the can was better. If your at the brew pub and like pale ale you should give it a shot...and if it is available retail in your area it is not a bad way to spend a buck.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear amber color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a nice floral hoppiness to it.

First sip is a nice refreshing rush of hoppy flavor, with a moderately bitter bite on the back end. Balanced, but not sweet. A touch thin-bodied, maybe a little more malt body would have helped cut back on the bitter bite on the back end, but this is a minor complaint. Overall, a very solid APA.

This beer was absolutely perfect for tailgating prior to last weeks Eagles game. Flavorful, refreshing, and canned.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a bulbed pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice amber color with absolutely PERFECT clarity. Slightly darker than off white colored head with all small to medium sized bubbles, sticks around quite awhile and has great lacing and glass retention. Head erupts on a hard pour. Good looking beer.

Smell is good. Biscuit bready with hints of toasted over caramel malts, good malt backbone. Not overly powerful, but some nice citrus hop presence and crisp.

Taste is on par with the smell. Caramel malts and toffee, with hints of biscuit breadiness and a dab of honey butter. Hop presence slightly stronger here some mild citrus and pine resin hops. All flavors mesh well together, quite balanced.

A hard medium mouthfeel, the flavor lingers longer than expected. Clean and crisp with a good carbonation level, very mild bite from the hops at the end. As indicated before, it's very well balanced. Drinkability is crazy good, this one goes pretty quickly, but also one you can savor the flavors if you want. Really good representation of the American Pale Ale style.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this after hard kayak on hot summer day, with dinner of pasta served over romaine, tomatos, pine nuts, green olives, tossed with lemon olive oil. Love the can, love the good food complement and modest alcohol. This could be a regular basic ale, great with food.

A: Can into pint glass. Very nice looking, very carbonated, white head, not lasting long or leaving lacing. Classic APA, brown copper penny.

S: Aroma is floral with a caramel. Mildly grainy with a bit of citrus hop. Balanced. Welcoming.

T: Clean citrus and grassiness, match the welcoming aroma. Herbal, zesty, citrus, very refreshing, more carbonated than most, which I didnt mind at all. Low bitterness and plenty of hops. Earthy.

F: Nicely medium bodied with alot of carbonation that works. Crisp finish and refreshing. I will drink this again. Nice work, Old Forge!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent pale ale. Nothing real showy or out there with things. Lots of malt base with hops giving a decent accent on a real earthy aspect. Minimal spice from hops. Smooth feel and easy to drink. It's an easy drinker, sure. Not really blowing me away or anything though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Explosive macro-bubbly carbonation rages within a tangerine orange colored body that had a translucent nature to it. The head was small, bready textured, with a sandstone tint and a decent retention.

S: Bright fresh hops, tangerine oranges, sweetened grapefruit, and some fresh fruity notes of tropical juices.

T: Tart tangerine, the heavy handed carbonation really turns this into a fizzy mess in the mouth. Pine hops, a bit one dimensional when compared to the nose, very linear flavor, the malting is light bodied offering little support.

M: Seltzer like carbonation, fizzles and distracts in the mouthful turning to a frothy and washy mess on the hold. Light bodied, washy foam feels and tastes a little coarse, way overly carbonated.

O: Overall the overcarbonated aspect really kills this beer, not sure if this is a common thing or a bad batch run amok, judging from other reviewers it may have been just an anormality. The flavor is still one dimenionsal, the body is light making for an otherwise ordinary beer. Difuse the carbonation and its an average beer. It showed flashes of potential from the nose but fizzled out in the end.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first from Old Forge.
First impression from the can is wow!
Brilliant clarity, pure amber and gently carb'd. The head sitting on top make for a nice color contrast with it'swhite fluffy dense body and lacing as it fades.
Taste is quite hoppy fresh and lively tasting with bready malts balancing out.
I could not really pull out any one hop flavor just a melding of various hops.
Drinks smooth but a bit flat and has good weight on the palette. The aftertaste is smooth and clean with no real bitterness.
This is a good beer. I try to compare it to other beers I like but they are all IPA's.
Folks I think we have a winning brewery here and I'm already a big fan.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a lightly hazed copper-amber color with a frothy crop of beige head resting on top. Retains nicely, leaving rings of patchy lacing on the glass.

Some zesty hoppiness with orange peel followed by hints of pine. Grainy and bready with a touch of caramel. Light sweetness from the malts.

Slightly bitter and dry up front with a combo of citrus/pine hops. Grain and bread crust from the malts with a soft caramel sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with a smack of pine bitterness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, drinkable and refreshing on the senses. A solid, well-priced, balanced pale ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. Poured into nonic. Poured a slightly hazy orange amber color with over an inch of off-white head that had OK retention and no lacing.

The aroma was a nicely balanced blend of malt and hops. Neither aspect dominated, and both complemented the other. The flavors were the same, good earthy and lightly sweet malts playing off gently tart hops.

The body was the expected medium and had a dry, crisp finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer was gone way too quickly. Overall, a very nice take on the style. This beer would be among my "everyday" drinkers if it were local to me. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at old forge. The brew appears a clear copper with a white cap. As the froth fades, a light swirl revives bubbles back to the surface and produces some strings of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and floral with a caramel foundation at the base. It is mildly grainy and toasty but does not smell sweet. A pinch of citrus hop character emerges as the brew warms up.

The flavor of citrus and grassy hops are the first things noted. A bit herbal and pulpy with almost a hint of orange zest through the middle. A seemingly low-key amount of bitterness but plenty of hop flavor. The aftertaste gets somewhat vegetative as it warms up and some yeast elements become more noticeable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, snappy and refreshing. I could drink this again. It isnt the best take on the style but it seemed like it was the freshest of the hoppy offerings I had from Old Forge.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$11.50 six pack of pint cans from Abe's.

Hazy slightly dull copper body, topped by two fingers of snow white wavy foam. Good stretchy lacing.

Crisp, clean citrus aroma, grapefruits out front, is very inviting.

Sweet malty foundation rolls out quick. Plenty of juicy fruits burst all over. Nip of bitterness at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel flows easy and aids drinkability.

Good balance, but definitely leans to its fruity/hoppy side, in the style of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A promising beginning.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer provided by the legend of canned beers, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the hoppy side. Taste is piney hops, some malts, a good bit of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly good foam on pouring, and a pale amber in color. Foam is a little coarse but well carbonated in the mouth starting out. Scent of flowers and some resiny hops.

The lighter style of Pale Ale. Fairly bitter, however, as you sip. A touch of butter and the bready flavor. A little tart with hops. Nice resiny hop flavor, compared to the overdose of grapefruit of lots of Pale Ales.

Maybe a little anemic overall, but a perfectly acceptable quaff for the less intense style. Long bitter aftertaste. In the tall can purchased at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a mis-start with The CANQuest (TM) as I wanted to jump back into it in earnest and then mid-marking period grades came due and I had to figure out who was going on the Potential Senior Failure List, which trumped all, sadly.

It is a long weekend, I have no plans and I am emptying the CAN backlog, so if such news is of interest to you, please stand by.

From the CAN: "We strive to honor personal craftsmanship. Our handcrafted beer is made in small batches to ensure quality and peak freshness. Brewed and [CAN]ned by old Forge Brewing Company, Danville, PA."; "T-Rail Pale Ale is an amber Ameri[CAN] Pale Ale with well-balanced malt and hop flavor and a crisp finish."; "Forging better beer".

The Crack & Glug has rarely revealed a prettier beer! I had just over a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention. The best part was the deep-coppery color of the beer with its NE-quality clarity. It reminded me of my former girlfriend's hair and while Lou might be in my rearview at this point, her memory lingers. Nose reminded me of the first time I had SNPA - hoppy, but balanced nicely with biscuity malt. Back then, it was brand-new, now it is something of another day at the office. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but the taste was wonderful. It started out hoppy, then segued into a biscuity maltiness. Finish was semi-dry and I was ready to Crack another before I realized I have many more beers to go today.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a clear copper color with a small cap of white head; minimal retention and lacing. Fresh hoppy aroma, caramel malts detectable in the background. Light taste, crisp, citrusy hops, caramel malts, well-balanced (a good quality for this style in particular), clean finish. Light-medium body, pretty standard stuff, but very nice in the end.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a simple orange amber that is slightly cloudy with a thin dirty white head that quickly fades away.

Smells of sharp, fruity hops with nips of pineapple acidity and an understated toasted white bread.

The flavor follows suit with a nice array of zesty, fruity hops backed by soft grains. The finish leans towards red grapefruit rind, which kinda throws this one off track from being a star. This reminds me quite a bit of Sly Fox’s Pils and Pale Ale.

Feel soft and smooth with a light rasp of carbonation.

The grapefruit rind aftertaste is this beer’s undoing. Overall, not too shabby. And $9.99 for a six-pack of pounders makes this easy to overlook.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this after running the River Towns Marathon in Danville, PA. Pours a amber copper color with a nice amount of head from the 16 oz can. Smell is malty and has a hint of caramel. Little bit of hops as well.

Taste is somewhat bitter for a pale ale, but it's pretty good. Some citrus from the hops give way to the malt base.

Overall, not bad not great. Decent beer and worth the try if you come across.

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Photo of JohannBock
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this for the first time.

A: 1 pint can poured into a pilsner glass. Amber color with a 1.5 finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Some sweet malt up front on the nose followed by some sticky hops. The hops really shine the rest of the way.

T: Follows the nose for the most part. Amber malt up front with some sweetness coming through. The hops kick in with with some earthyness and then finish nice and crisp.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Not a ton of carbonation, which makes it a big smooth. Not a bad thing, just a little different.

O: Good beer overall. For the price you really can't beat it. Nothing super special but something I would love to have on a regular basis, especially on a budget.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericdixon for throwing this one in as an extra.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous bright amber with one finger of off white head. The aroma is classic APA. Lots of sweet caramel malts, accented with a touch of alcohol. Then a nice balanced hop profile, a little bit of citrus, pine and tropical fruit but nothing overpowering. Taste is more of the same with a good strong bitterness that cleanses the palate and leaves you ready for more. Mouthfeel is good, a little bit of body, but not so much that it overwhelms you. Overall this is a really solid APA, it is not going to blow your mind like some crazy double IPA, but it has all the right elements and is really nice to sip on this afternoon after doing some work out in the yard.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber golden orange with little head or lacing

S - Muted citrus and pine and some metallic and spicy aromas (The smell from the empty can is much better than the beer...very prominent pine!...smells like my ideal apa or ipa)

T - Like nothing I've experienced...definitely some major off flavors/aromas...definitely apparent astringency, phenolic, solvent, metallic, diacetyl, acetilyhyde, steamed veggies...definitely not right for an APA...very weird and not at all tasty...back to the drawing board Old Forge! Like leather dipped in windex soaked in steamed asparagus...nasty!

M - Mouthfeel is average - medium light bodied - medium low carbonation - relatively smooth...

Overall - Not at all a great pale ale...I'm hesatent to finish it as I'm afraid I'll end up with a nasty headache later or worse...

Give this one a try on draft first if you can find it...I don't think they have this one quite right yet in the can...definite quality control issues!

I love and have faith in PA beers but some just miss the mark!


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Photo of Finn
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

T-Rail pours a crystal clear copper-orange color, holding a wisp of froth on top. It has a fresh, inviting aroma of orange candy, a touch of earthy/piney, and some caramel malts. This is a tasty pale ale. The hops are firmly bitter, but not bracingly so, and are well balanced by the caramel malt flavors. The hops are very nice on this one. Not your run of the mill pale ale. It's got a modest body and carbonation to help keep it somewhat refeshing and drinkable. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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