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Propeller Brewery

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #178
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3.59 | pDev: 11.7%
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: Advances in malting techniques made possible paler coloured malts and heralded the arrival of Pale Ales onto the brewing scene in the 1800s in Britain. The most famous Pale Ale brewers came from Burton, where the hard water perfectly suited this new style of beer. Propeller “Burtonizes” its water to emulate this famous style. Crisp, hoppy and dry, Propeller Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic British brew.

30 IBU
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muirn from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is a thick, hazy gold, almost amber. Pours with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that quickly faeds off, although it leaves plenty of lacing on the glass on the way down.

Smell is caramel with grapefruit cutting through. Some rose notes as well. Not particularly adventurous or strong, but focused and definite.

Taste is predominately grafefruit and some lemon fading to a base of caramel and malt. Honeydew also comes through. Bitterness is evident throughout and becomes stronger into the finish. Totally middle-of-the-road for the style.

Feel is thick but not particularly crisp. Carbonation is low to moderate. Fairly mellow and traditional in that way.

Overall, this is a well executed pale ale that doesn't stand out too much from the pack. The smell of it earns it a second look for its clarity and focus.

Aug 24, 2017
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a gold than comes sort of close to copper. Aroma isn't too hoppy. Fairly sweet and grainy. A bit floral. Flavor is much of the same. Floral hops, caramel malt, graininess. Most of the Pale Ales I drink now are nothing like this classic interpretation. Not memorable.

Oct 11, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada

3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Light Gold (but darker than an Adjunct) pour with 1 1/2 finger white head. A little lacing on the glass. Fairly Poor Head retention.

S- Sweet toffee/caramel aromas backed by a nice deep, earthy citrus.

T- Toffee with a little more caramel. Sweet maltiness backed by citrusy hops.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O- A pretty good Pale Ale by an excellent East Coast brewery. Nice flavours and extremely drinkable. If Propeller makes a subpar beer, I haven't had it yet.

Mar 26, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the source.Pours a deep golden color with a smallish off white head that shows marginal retention. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of earthy citrus. The flavor follows the aroma and adds a bit more of that butterscotch that beer geeks up here seem to like. Medium body and level of carbonation. English inspired, okay brew.

Jul 18, 2014
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Dna_Infinity from Canada

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - clear, golden colour with a nice slightly off white head

Smell - Earthy, wood, a slight caramel smell with some malt

Taste - Some hop bitterness with a little caramel sweetness. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Maybe a touch of earth and floral tones as well

Overall - A great APA and widely available if you live in the Maritimes. Really pleasant to drink at anytime. Light enough to have more than one. I always have three or four of these in my fridge at anytime

May 05, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada

2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from my boss' trip to Halifax.

A - Pours with a very small head that disappears really fast. Bright. Very mild carbonation. Lightish golden colour. No lacing and the head is totally gone quite fast.

S - Honey, floral, grainy. A little citrus.

T - Grainy, floral, honey maybe. Mild and lacking any American style hop profile until it opens up and you can find a little bit of citrus to redeem it.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Lacking any sort of appropriate hop profile for the style and overly sweet/grainy. Third weak beer of the night. Easy to drink but doesn't appear to be a proper American style Pale Ale. Easy to drink but not worth seeking out or tasty in any way. Not offensive, just not a tasty beer...Once it opened up it came through with some citrus but still alot weaker than I was hoping. Needs work.

Aug 07, 2011
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joemcgrath27 from Canada

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Murky orange, tall white soapy head, slow dissipation
S - Earthy, woody, toasted grains, light orange zest, peppery
T - Earthy and citrus hops, peppercorns, buttered toast, and apple juice
M - light and refreshing, just a light dry bitter finish
O - very tasy and easy drinking pale, flavours rich and on point, great session beer

Jul 31, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from mmurphy525, 341ml into a pint glass. Thanks Matt.

Pours a golden orange, with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lace, mild retention. Nose has some orangey hops, bready, some pine. Moderate and subdued for the most part but nice. Taste has some significant breadiness, pale malt, grainy cracker, more orange hops and a bit of citrus/grapefruit. Light feel and medium light mouthfeel with a mild bitterness. Easy to put back, enjoyable and simple.

Jun 16, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, a single garnered from a recent trip to Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent array of coral reef lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, lightly biscuity and doughy pale malt, a bit of subdued caramel, earthy honey, and some floral, woodsy, and softly citrusy hops. The taste is understated caramel malt, gritty buttered biscuits, more earthy field honey, a mild drupe fruitiness, a touch of generic citrus rind, and some softly bitter weedy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, registering barely a blip on the froth-o-meter, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth in the face of some noble hop zippiness. It finishes on the sweet side, the plain biscuity malt prevailing, and the tame bitterness now kind of lame in its opposing effort.

I drank a few pints of Fuller's ESB whilst watching the Champions' League final earlier today - this particular beer seems to be attempting to emulate the subtly of that point in time, and failing, mostly. APA, ESB? I dunno, but drinkable enough, despite the wan bittering counterpoint, which would severely curtail my desire for more, after a couple, I'd say.

May 29, 2011
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poursed a hazy darker yellow colow, with decent size head. The aroma was a bit weak but hoppy. The flavor was full, and hopppy, but bit harsh. Decent amount of carbonation, and the flavor wasnt long lasting. Overall a decent average beer; but a bit to harsh with the flavor.

May 28, 2011
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andrenaline from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange colour, finger of light soapy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel and earthy hops, and more reminiscent of an ESB than an APA. Scent of wet cardboard is coming off and the bitterness is certainly noticeable.

T - Definitely more of an ESB on the tongue with the earthy and bitter hops coming through alongside the musty caramel and biscuit notes. Sweet corn and bready malt lingers on the palette.

M - A tad thin, comes across a little undercarbonated and watery.

O - Not a bad offering, but not the greatest either. I much prefer their IPA and ESB, though this one is certainly close to their ESB, but not the best sample of the APA style though

May 07, 2011
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Shadman from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on a bottom self in a local beer store. Nice to see this stuff in Medicine Hat.

Looks like a pale ale. Amber/peach color, slight hazy, with a slightly off-white head and tons of spiderweb lacing.

Big wiff of caramel/pale malts. Hint of honey with some citric undertones.

Clean front, not much too it although it is well balanced. Seemingly more flavorful at the back end where thegrapefruit bitterness of the hop is more pronounced.

Maybe a touvh thin in front, but overall it felt smooth enough to me.

IMO more akin to a Brit PA than a yank PA. Nice balance, well put together. The taste given such a good aroma was a bit of a let down for me. Easy to drink more than one, hence a good session beer.

Feb 07, 2011
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wordemupg from Canada

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct1 2010

A light copper with only a few bubbles feeding a thin film that left no lace

S smells like soggy cornflakes and not much else

T weird some purple candy and more wet cereals, not sure what to make of this

M feels rather thin and could use some more bubbles but still not watery or flat

D not what I was expecting and I doubt I'll be reaching for this again anytime soon.

perhaps a bad bottle because I like most of Propellers beers and this one was a little off their standards

Oct 11, 2010
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ZorPrime from Canada

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me this one during CanBIF6.

Pale yellow, almost golden, color beer. Clear. Nice soapy head. The aroma presents some citrus fruit notes and some malts (caramel). Medium intensity aroma. First sip is metallic... bummer. Thin bodied. Simple in the taste. I would say I miss some malts in the taste... I expected more from this one regarding the taste. Very refreshing.

May 31, 2010
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ajhod from Canada

4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery this afternoon. Poured into a 6 oz straight sided tasting glass.

Pours with a fine white head which lingers around the edges of the glass and clings to the sides. Bright golden colour, perhaps edging towards coppery.

Aroma is fresh, hoppy and clean. Nothing to complain about here! It isn't an overwhelming aroma, but it is enough to excite the taste buds.

Excellent bitterness, slightly heavier malt in the finish than I'd expect from the style Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, but not over the top. Bitterness lingers in the mouth, taste it on the sides of the tongue well after you finish the sip.

There is a cloying honey flavour to this beer, which is delightful and makes me want to go for one more sip. This flavour intensifies as it warms slightly.

It is a bit heavier than some APA's I've had, but nothing out of line with the style. It's also hoppier than some APAs. I'd recommend this beer if you can get it. It is a remarkably good everyday drinking beer-excellent with food and great all on it's own.

Apr 24, 2010
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Kooz from New York

3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is from my wife's trip overseas--I've been sitting on this one for a bit... Anticipation...

Poured into a standard pint glass--nice golden-straw color, almost cloudy, with a thickish creamy looking head. Looks like it'll be a good one. Drinking left a nice lacing on the glass.

Tasted good--not overly malty, with mild hints of something--citrus maybe? Not sure, it's really only a hint. There's some mild sourness that enhances the overall taste.

Surprised by the mouthfeel--expected a bit more bite, and certainly thought the head would be creamier. Not a great mouthfeel--the one thing lacking from this brew.

Overall, I'd drink this again. I don't think it's a good beer for a heavy drinking night, but I wouldn't rule it out to get an evening started, or to have with dinner.

Oct 18, 2009
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Buebie from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up appx 2 weeks ago, with a bottling date of July.

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pub glass. The head forms just under an inch of white froth. Receding to leave generous thin lace drapes. Retention is decent with a thin cap and many bubble islands.
Color is spot on for the style, a bit of a darker copper with golden hues. I like the deeper copper color on this, a bit darker then most pales.

Aroma is predominately malt with a touch of honey and caramel. Some mild grapefruit and orange peel. As it warmed the aromas really blossomed. Alot of grassy and fruitier hops, plenty of malt and a super fresh, mash like cereal grain aroma. The grain aromas and flavors were never husky. This is so fresh tasting and smelling it really adds to the desire to consume it.

Taste is super, makes up for that aroma. Up front its bitter with lemon, orange peel and plenty of grapefruit. Through the middle cereal grains dominate and really help balance the score. Its like eating grapenuts flakes, with that super cereal grain sweet flavors, more honey and caramel. Then hops pick back up and dry it out. Lingering with grapefruit and pine. Finishing dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is filled with carbonation and a bit of slickness. Its not thin, but spot on for the style.

I would have liked a bit more from the aroma. This is a good beer with great color and many flavors. This beer is very drinkable, only mild quirks would be the lemon flavors that are not too productive for this beer. Making it a little to bitter with a sour aftertaste.

Aug 18, 2009
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bobsy from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a soapy white head that lasts well and leaves some sticky globs of lace on the glass. Attractive fruity and floral aroma. This tastes crazy fresh. Floral and citrus hops mingle with a light earthiness, while fruity nerry-esque malts underpin everything. Dry and bitter finish. Crisp refreshing body makes this a good summer drinker. I'm actually highly impressed - its far hoppier than most pales, particularly a Canadian one. Damn straight I'd get this again.

Cheers to moniker for the bottle.

Jul 30, 2009
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berley31 from Canada

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished to about 1 cm and stayed that way all the way to the last drop. Pretty good lacing, with the odd smudge on the side of the glass. Dark golden color, with a clear body. Nice aroma of average hops, with pine coming through, as well as some citrus. Quite a good flavor - bitter, but not anything too strong, with an average duration. I think I can taste the pine here, as well... but nothing offensive. Light and thin-bodied on the palate,, with average carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable pale that I would gladly have again... a good entry from Propeller.

Jul 25, 2009
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MeisterBurger from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a nice, thick billowy head that dissipates a little, but fights to stick around.

The aroma is fruity, it's almost like a buttery marmalade, but mostly it's grassy, slightly floral hops that are apparent here.

Taste is mellow, but really well balanced with the malt and hops working in harmony without either one taking center stage. The hops are oddly fruity yet earthy, maybe slightly herbal. There's a bit of a wheaty, bready taste to the malt with maybe a hint of lemon zest. There is some chalkiness as well that seems to accentuate the bitterness of the hops. That said, it seems to sweeten up as it warms.

It's dry, crisp and refreshing. Really, this beer is extremely drinkable and if I had easy access to this I would happily make this the beer I pick up to make people stick around all day to help me move on a hot and humid Ontario summer's day.

It's more of an English pale ale than an American pale ale as it's listed as here in my opinion.

Apr 22, 2009
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Seanstoppable from Canada

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowy-orange with two fingers of bubbly head. Slight smell of grains and hops. Not a lot of carbonation. Taste is somewhat hoppy, with a lighter taste, not quite citrus, but somewhat reminiscent. Leaves the mouth somewhat dry, but is overall very drinkable. Good for patio season, methinks.

Apr 22, 2009
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ludachris from Canada

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lets see how this one fairs up to the garrison I tried a few hours ago. Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. Zero lacing. Has a sour floral like smell. The taste is as the label says; crisp, dry and hoppy. To me, this beer would be hard to knock back a couple. I would much prefer the other apa i had recently, anchor liberty ale. Although, I would recommend this to people down in the scotia anxious to try a "true tasting" beer.

Dec 21, 2008
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nighthawk from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Colour is golden straw, clear, nice carbonation with large head bubbly head that drops down to a half-finger's worth. Scant lacing left on glass.
Smells grainy, light florals, a touch of honey.
Tastes like sweet grains, light hop bitterness balances it nicely with a bitter and only slightly drying finish. Creamy texture with a bit of carbonated bite. Nice medium body.
I think this is a great pale ale with a nice balance between malt and hops, goes down clean and creamy.

Jun 10, 2008
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trevorwideman from Canada

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle sent to me by mmansfield. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour produces 1/2 inch of head, and reveals a very pale brew, straw colour with a bit of chill haze. Very little lacing and nearly no carbonation evident in the glass. Aroma is simple, some graininess, some sweeter, honey and apple-like notes, and a light hop profile that comes off as a little soapy. I can even smell a little alcohol...Not terribly impressive.

Taste isn't so bad, but again, very light. Decent hop bitterness here, a bit resiny, piney. Grainy taste, not much sweetness, but what there is is apple juice like. There's a bit of nuttiness in the finish, but all in all a very simple flavour profile here. Nothing to blow your mind, and I'm tasting alcohol, which is weird for a 5% beer. Mouthfeel is nice and dry, not too carbonated, very sticky in the finish. This is drinkable, just average, and nothing to get excited about at all.

May 22, 2007
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grub from Canada

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this and some other propeller goodies direct from the brewery. thanks deniz!

650ml bottle with a production date of the second week of january.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin very fine head that drops quickly with no lace.

aroma is ok. bit of dms. grainy malt. hint of toffee. almost no hops.

taste is nice. still a bit of dms. grainy malt. moderate bitterness that sticks to your tongue and won't go away. touch of honey sweetness. hint of floral hops, but other than the bitterness there's nearly no trace of them.

mouthfeel is ok. touch of sting from the carbonation, which is moderate otherwise. medium body. annoying lingering mouthfeel from the hops.

drinkability on this one isn't great. was quite fond of the esb and the porter, so sad to see this one is a bit of a disappointment. hopefully the ipa i have in the fridge for the weekend will be better!

Mar 01, 2007
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