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Hopsmith Pale Lager | Old Forge Brewing Company

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Hopsmith Pale LagerHopsmith Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Old Forge Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 03-27-2013

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Old Forge

An IPL being the IPA's lagery counterpart, if you couldn't figure it out. Poured a clearish yellow-gold color with a thin white head that retained as a ringlet; some lacing. Crisp citrusy hops in the nose, toasted grains. Taste was crisp and light, fresh citrusy hops, not too bitter, with a solid pale malts base. Put this beside an APA or IPA, and I'm sure a decent percentage of people won't be able to tell that it's actually a lager. Body was light-medium, and overall this was quite a nice brew.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of whatname
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a surprising bit of hops, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine session beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- consumed in a speigelau glass.

A: Very pale orange orange with a good clarity and heavy concentration of macro-bubbles. Bready, cream tinted head, short retention leaving a soapy ring lace calling card.

S: Fresh wet citrus and oranges, decent level at first, but quickly tampers off, leaving with a light bready toasted scent.

T: The flavor had a faint bit of soapy citrus, perhaps an isolated batch incident. Dry toastedness, bittering lime on the finish with an average rate of hopping per style. Leaves with a strange citrus and lemony twang.

M: Alkaline like feel for the mouthful, a bit of toasted starchiness, the body is light-medium with a low rate of carbonation.

O: Fairly unexciting lacks crispness. Overall a textbook 3.0 average beer, with average looks, average flavor and average drinkability that hardly entices more.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I first discovered this one at Garage in South Philly, but they will not sell CANs to go, so I had to wait until it surfaced at The Friendly Greek before I could add it to The CANQuest (TM). I am elated to be its first CAN reviewer, BTW!

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 CANned by Old Forge Brewing Company, Danville, PA."; "Forging Better Beer"; "Hopsmith Pale Lager is forged as a crisp, clean lager with the assertive hop profile of an IPA."

I was so excited upon hearing the the Crack! that I initiated an inverted Glug, but I quickly realized that was wrong-headed, since it came in a pint-sized CAN and I even had a tiny amount of overflow as the result. It settled into two fingers of dense, thick, eggshell-white head with good retention on yet another humid day on the approach to summer 2014. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future with this one, but I was distracted by the unholy trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus, who suddenly appeared, all wanting a taste. Nose had a grassy, grapefruit quality and my mouth was watering like a spigot had just been energized. Mouthfeel was thin and light, as a lager should be, and the taste was absolutely grapefruit, but softer than what I am used to experiencing in an AIPA. This was a very pleasant beer, drinking down quickly, with a semi-dry finish that left the hops lingering in my mouth. CAN-tastic! I would definitely put some in your cooler this summer, if I were you.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wonothesane42
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themanilow
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a calm clear light amber color.

Smells of toasty and slightly burnt citrus-hops.

As with a lot of pale lagers, I feel like there is a sour undertone that I don't fully appreciate in this. There is also a distinct soapiness in the aftertaste which makes this quite unique.

I'm not a huge fan, but I think that's more due to me being unattractive by the style.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, not too heavy and has a nice hop bite to it. Comes in a big ass can, says 6% ABV on the can (rated lower on here). The pour was a nice golden color with a nice fizz to it. The head was little to none and dissipated very quickly. It does have a lot of the characteristics of a lager, but it is way hoppy and taste more like an IPA. Not a bad beer at all.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Stone Grille Tap House in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is golden clear with thick white head and good retention with fine bead as lace sticks. The smell is semi-citrus type smell of hops with light sweet malt with a subtle but pleasant quality with nice fruity aroma. The feel is tangy with mildly bitter texture up front with a slight sweetness and moderate carbonation with semi-dry finish.

The taste has a semi-bitter hop flavor with slight citrus zest and mild herbal quality with subtle lemony flavor with a hint of spice and mild malt sweetness with light alcohol accent as it finishes with slight lingering bitterness. This is an easy to drink pale lager -very tasty hops with smooth lager qualities a light IPL type bitter quality not bitter for bitterness sake but I would be interested in comparing the non-tap version.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MacMalt
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can not dated. Poured into pint glass. It pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin, milk-white head and extensive lacing with nice retention. Not much of a smell; mostly cracker malt with a faint whiff of citrus. It has a nice, lite, crisp taste of cracker, lemon peel, and crisp dry hops. It's lite and seriously drinkable at 5.6% ABV. It's only the first week of March but I feel like cutting the lawn and pounding a few cans of this really nice APL.

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Hopsmith Pale Lager from Old Forge Brewing Company
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