Pale Ale | Water Street Brewery

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Water Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 06-15-2004

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best beer on tap at this brewery by far. Fresh it has a nice light hoppy aroma that is piney. Smelling this beer got my attention after I had tried a few other Water Street beers.

Taste is sweet and hoppy. Actually a very nice American Pale Ale. Nice hoppy burps.

Color was gold with some lacing in the glass. I would drink this again no problem. A very solid beer. Water street needs more beers with some flavor like this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewpub. Pours brilliant gold. Faint aromas, not very hoppy on either the palate or the nose. Slight fruit on both. Easy to drink but not a lot of character, pedestrian.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was my favorite of their beers. A standard looking dark yellow, light amber appearance. Below average head, retention, lace. Aroma was a little sweet, mildly citrus. Very mild.

The taste was restrained and mild as to its hop profile, doesn't seem to involve any dry hopping, minimal bitterness, but still enjoyable. Not challenging, not pretentious, just a standard Midwest pale.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz tap-pour into an American Tumbler pint at the Water Street brewery.

A - It pours a strongly carbonated partially hazy orangeish amber color. Good solid cream head with good retention. Lots of lacing all the way down the pint!

S - The aroma is instantly hoppy and pleasuring with a good citric nose and a touch of pine. Good malt backbone, it's one of their better beers so far.

T - The flavor is disappointing after the aroma. Light and crisp with half the hoppiness the nose promises. The malt backbone is solid at the start but the whole beer seems to trail off at the end as it gets thin.

M - The feel is thin and watery but somehow close to medium in body. The finish is dry with a staying light bitterness.

D - It's one of their better beers but could still use some work. It begins falling apart towards the end. Decent for an all-night session beer but only when you're preoccupied with a game or conversation.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from 7/28/11. On tap at the brewpub.

A - Medium orange/amber in colour; hazy. Appears unfiltered.

S - Pine, some citrus, some bitterness and a light sweetness.

T - Some pine and floral notes come through from the hops with some very subdued citrus. A very good bitterness with a slight caramel sweetness in background. Somewhat plain.

Light to medium body; medium carbonation.

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Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber bronze in color with a nice foamy white head. Lots of lacing. Smells floral and hoppy. Good grapefruit acidity as well. Taste is rich in malt dept. Very rich flavor upfront. Middle lowers out to a nice honey sweetness. Quality hop amounts throughout. Floral, fruity, good mix. Finish is spicy with a twang of acidity. Great drinkability. A really high quality Pale Ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in between the yellow and orange spectrum, leans yellow. 1/3" white head. Aroma leaned honey toasted pale malt more than it did hops.

Taste was equal parts english mild and pale ale. Smooth, not too bitter, not much if any hop flavors. A step up from Miller Lite, but on Water Street, taste is not a quality many are going after.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish amber, clear, with a nice lacey head. The aroma is quite mild, but is surprisingly malty.

Very "round" ale. Nice balance, but very dry. The hop is lighter than many, but still within expectations. Full bodied with low carbonation. This is close to the most traditionally tasting American pale I've had in a while.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big mug (16-18oz) at The Historic Turner restaurant.

A - Poured a clear, fairly dark amber color with a thick, one-finger head of foam. Good retention and some decent lace.

S - It smelled of bready malts with a grassy/citrus hop aroma.

T - Good malty APA with a mild hop bite. Some citrus flavors and a touch of grass.

M - It was crisp and sharp, but at times seemed a little thin for a pale ale. Otherwise, it is a light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pale ale. It is one of the better brews I've had from Water Street.

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Photo of TheDantMan
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark amber color; small head (less than a pinky-finger). Good retention and thin but decent lace.

S - Somewhat slight aroma; It didn't really hit me.

T - Good hop bite for an APA yet still mild.

M - Sharp, yet seemed a little thin too.

O - This is a goodpale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of pathead
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.12/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz. pour off the tap at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. Fairly dark body and no head anywhere to be found. It looked like a big barleywine and not a Pale Ale. The aroma was very dull and lacking the fresh hop oil that I was expecting since I knew this was a fairly fresh keg. The taste was very grainy and lacking any character. I am not sure what hop bill they use in this, but it seemed to have more of an English Pale Ale taste. I was hoping for some NW coast hops, but they may have used noble Euro hops instead. Body was very thin and uneventful with the coarse feeling never giving way to let other flavors come through. Another reason why I stand to my opinion that many WI Brewpubs are putting out watered down crap!

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into bud American ale glass.

Color is a clear golden copper. Half finger of white head, ok retention. Decent splattered lace.

Aroma: caramel and biscuit malts. Some slight faint hop aroma. Very basic.

Taste: pretty much the same as the aroma, but it has a much more biscuit flavor to it. Very bready.

Mouthfeel: somewhat smooth. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with an english biscuit aftertaste.

Overall, it is a decent pale, nothing to go crazy about, but I am glad I got to try it. Thanks to schells - Jared, for sharing this one.

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Photo of ZAP
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow orangish...on the nose it's orange runds/lemon peel--citrus. Pretty unbalanced taste...very bitter and not in a good way...thin body and watery....not enough malt backing..puckers your mouth..too unbalanced for a pale ale...not as good as their o-fest I also tried.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.54/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hot damn. If you try one beer while at this establishment, this is the one to drink. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow color with a nice ring of head over top. The nose was bright and full of grapefruit, pine and woody spicey hop. Damn. The flavor was really nice in the hop profile, sweet, piney and spicey balanced with a great caramel malt. The beer was wonderfully thick, exactly where I wanted it to be. A very refreshing beer that was smooth and just very well built. What a fine christmas present to me!

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Photo of scones
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tab at the Water Street Brewpub on my way back from a brewers game. Decent appearance, kinda underwhelming taste and smell, nothing offensive about the mouthfeel. Passable, but in no way noteworthy. Would not recommend, except over the other choices offered at the restaurant.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was slightly floral and had a medium amount of hop bitterness. Rather refreshing, and definitely better than most APAs I've had.

The beer had a very attractive appearance in a dimpled pint mug, with dark amber color and abundant head. Aroma was somewhat floral. Taste was slighly floral with a medium amount of dry hop bitterness (neither piney nor citrusy). Mouthfeel was dry and crisp, and not at all sticky. Pretty good.

On-tap at the Water Street brewpub.

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Photo of jroberts8811
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Pale Ale from Water Street Brewery
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