Peacemaker Pale Ale
Lonerider Brewing Company

Peacemaker Pale AlePeacemaker Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,186
Ranked #38,655
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Peacemaker Pale AlePeacemaker Pale Ale
Notes: Peacemaker is a west coast style American Pale Ale that uses several hop varieties to produce a unique and bountiful hop aroma with a balanced bitterness. A special blend of American and European malts make this a very well rounded, characterful beer.
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Photo of FriedSlug
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colored beer with a foamy off white head that leaves gobs of lacing. Smells like caramel, malt and some pine. The taste is caramel with bitter pine and a nice sweetness. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light amber in color and has some yeast particles floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of caramel and toffee malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops and fruity yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light flavors of caramel and toffee malts. No bitterness is present, but there are enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No bitterness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems to taste more like an English Pale Ale than an American Pale Ale because the hops aren't very prominent in the smell or taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of MinnBrewer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pale ale. Malty without being sweet. Perfect hop balance with excellent flavor. No overpowering aroma like some. Crystal malt is noticeable yet blends into hops on the tongue. I like this beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear light amber orange, little to no head. Very faint aroma, not much there. Sweet caramel malt taste mostly and some grassy hops. Light bodied. Overall ok if looking for malt forward light pale ale, but did not care for the hop character.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, Resin, Gummy, Level

Very palatable, both malt and hops play very well together. Citrus hoppy flavor has a soft bitterness throughout, pithy. Toasted bread, fruity, fresh grassy hop finish. A little vegtal with a faint kiss of alcohol. While not one attribute really stands outs it is a full on Pale Ale without getting bashed with hops. Job well done guys!!

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 5.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of handcrafty
2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The only appealing aspect of this beer was the lacing. Smells like butter toffee popcorn and the taste follows. No hops detectable, just malt, butter and sugar. No thanks.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Can shared by RussianDragon.

Copper body, slightly hazy with a thin off-white collar. Fruity malt, a bit buttery. Mild hop character with a light bitterness. The diacetyl aspect really detracts from the flavor. Mediocre.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade, maybe a hair off-white. Retention isn't amazing, and only a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Smells like a one-trick pony. The problem is, that one trick is caramel maltiness - urgh. Almost no citrus or tropical fruits, and very little pine, just toffee-laden, slightly nutty malts. While the maltiness is pulled off nicely enough, this just comes off like an amber instead of a pale. And that's not what I want.

T: Yep, the dominant flavor is caramel. Caramel, with lesser hints of toffee, marzipan, and a little nuttiness. Hops? Not here. No bitterness, no citrusy or piny flavors, no nothing. It's still within the best-by date, so it's fair game as far as I'm concerned. Frankly, this is a boring drink.

M: Well, it is relatively crisp - if nothing else, it makes the maltiness seem less imbalanced. That, and it's very well carbonated. In fact, the fizz bites the tongue firmly. I think I'll gladly take a slightly harsh fizz over an oppressively malty pale ale (which this would have been if not for the former).

O: Go into this expecting an amber and you might like it more. Since I expected - and wanted - a pale ale, I'm not really a fan. This is just a textbook pale ale that's completely 'safe' and 'mediocre', and it will not be a repeat purchase from yours truly.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Smells almost like a red ale the way the hops play off the malt. Sweet cereal grain malt with a dash of hop fume.

T- The flavor is also more toward a red ale profile as the malt weighs in with the bready characteristics but not so much that it gets in the way of the subtle yet solidly present hop bitterness. The only thing I don't like is the watery aftertaste but there's enough sweet/bitter duality here to keep my interest.

M- Quenching and somewhat slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not something I would drink all the time but certainly serviceable if it happened to be the only option.

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Photo of sommersb
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 03-16-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Pours a dark copper-colored beer with a nicely sized white head. Very good lacing and head retention. Quite a bit of floating sediment is seen in the glass -- I'm guessing hop particles?

S: Aromas are pretty light, with a hint of grassy and floral hops and not much else.

T: The taste is mainly of hop bitterness, with no malt character. The bitterness has an unpleasant astringency to it.

M: The carbonation gives this a crisp mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish has hoppy bitterness and an aftertaste of the astringency noted before.

O: Overall I wasn't too pleased with this, my first beer from Lonerider. It seemed like a one-trick pony with bitterness as the only noticeable trait and marred by an off-taste.

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Photo of Mojo
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - medium gold, fairly clear, initial one finger soapy head, pretty good retention and lacing.

S - pine, floral, citrus, bread, earthy notes

T - The taste follows the nose to a large degree. The finish has a nice little bite with an almost charcoal like flavor.

M - adequate carbonation with a slight aftertaste

O - pretty much a standard pale ale; a good one, but hardly world class.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled Brit pub pint glass.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out an attractive deep golden color. "Pale"? Not that I can see. Decent head (1/4") faded fast. OK lacing.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Lots of hops, but some notes of deep barley malt and caramel as well.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet with a subtle hop bite. Middle is smooth with a subdued barley sweetness. Finish features more of the very pleasant (but assertive) hop medley and more of a deep barley taste along with a certain floral character and a hint of biscuit malt. Aftertaste is surprisingly long and features more of the pleasant hop character.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Nice and smooth and certainly enhances the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 3.75: Surprising and not your everyday "micro making a macro" brew. Clean, crisp but assertive and hoppy, this beer is perfect for sessioning and would also go great with food. There is a depth to this beer that you will find appealing. Recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark golden body, delicately hazed, with a diminutive, white head. Very light lacing.

Smell: A mixture of melted caramel, fruity citrus, and leafy herbs with a backing of biscuit and resins.

Taste: Sweetish, caramel-brushed biscuit tops. Very lightly nutty. This combines for a taste of toffee. Hops are floral, fruity initially, then, a bit resiny as the bitterness begins to accumulate. Rebound of malty sweetness, though some bitterness remains, as the fruitiness combines into the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A flavorful, hop-forward pale ale without going downright bananas on the bitterness.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A - Deep honey color. Nice head and very good retention. Nice lacing.

S - The hops are there but are almost overpowered by the malts. I could deal with this alone but there is an underlying smell. There is a yeasty boozy undertone. When opening the bottle a drop or two came off the cap and onto my finger and I noticed it when I picked up the beer, made my finger smell like a cheap high gravity.

T - At first it is good, very balanced and pretty even on hops and malts. In my opinion could be heavier on the hops. I know we are going for and APA not an IPA but the malts in here are borderline dominate. Also, just like the smell there is an aftertaste, yeasty and bready and would be a better beer without that. I feel like the good and the bad kinda average here to give just an ok beer.

M - Good carbonation. Feels like a good full pale ale.

Being a local brew I really wanted to like this beer, I really do, but it just doesn't do it for me. It had been a couple years since I first tried it on draft downtown. I remember now that I wasn't impressed. Love the logos, love the promotion, love the local movement, but this just isn't what it could be. If I remember correctly though this one was better on draft,but like I said before it still wasn't what I had hoped.

Think I'm gonna have to keep sticking with foothills for my NC brewed hop cravings.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted 20 March 2013.

Pours a medium orange-amber. Clear, one finger of off-white head. Good retention, nice lacing. A nice wide, slow stream of bubbles rising up. Solid.

Smell is toasty, biscuity, with an herbal sense in the background. Smells a little of toasted coconut. It's balanced, and just fine.

Taste is, similarly, fine. Maybe a little less fine than the smell. Balanced in a way, but more two-humped. Starts with toasted malts, like bread almost done baking. On comes a moderately unpleasant bitterness, herby/medicinal. That taste persists, dragging my enjoyment of the beer down every second that it's still in my mouth. After a big gulp, it almost makes me shudder.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, with small-medium bubble carbonation stirring the pot. Lasting, more than I want it to be, given the flavors that the persist.

A decent pale ale with a mean streak. That bitter wave in the flavor really pulls everything else down for me, though some hop-heads might dig it it. A bit less hop acids, and I'd probably like this a whole lot better.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, earth hop, and dirt. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, perfume, dirt, mushroom, and subtle spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little off on this one with the flavor. The perfume aspect was quite overwhelming if I am honest. It overtook just about every aspect on this brew and really killed it for me overall. I wish this weren't the case, but you can't always get what you want.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber copper color with some caramel hints. unfiltered and slightly hazy

S: Aroma of deep roasted caramel with malt and over bittered

T: Rich caramel flavor with some crystal malt and tons of bittering hops. This is really just too bitter for a pale ale of my liking. There is a bit of citrus hop flavors somewhere in here, however not enough to my liking.

M: Medium body with a mild to high carbonation.

O: Overall the bittering is too much for my liking in an APA and the flavors are just kinda Meh. Bitter with a bit of bittered orange peel mixing with a ton of caramel. meh

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark copper to amber in color with some orange highlights, light amounts of visible carbonation, and a fair amount of visible sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, thicker towards the edges, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some toasted grains and a lighter amount of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of bready, toasty, and caramel malts with very light notes of sweetness. That is followed by a moderate dosage of hops - some spicy with a lighter amount of citrus/orange rind. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate to heavy amount of sharp carbonation. Lightly sticky.

O: This is a decent beer but nothing about it really stands out for me - it was right before the end of it's best by but feels like the hops had already started to degrade (maybe the best by dates need to be a touch shorter than they currently are). Not a bad beer and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In draft at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium brass hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft her all hop atop a round pale malt.

The taste was very well balanced with a subtle hop spice complimenting the drift doughy pale malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a user friendly session ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated best before 30 Nov. 2012 into a Unibroue snifter. Tasting/rating done back-to-back with another NC APA: Natty Greene's Southern Pale Ale

A: The beer is a dark orange-amber color and clear, with a short beige head that slowly fades to a ring and ultra-thin top coat, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Dark for style, shadowing the flavor profile.

S: The aroma is complex and moderately hoppy, but there's a solid malt component too. Over a base of caramel malts lies some citrus and herbal hop aromas with hints of baked bread.

T: The taste has a piney/herbal hop component along with a surprisingly strong sweet caramel and light roasted malt base. Overall, mild bitterness by the finish. More malt, and caramel, in the finish and aftertaste than expected. Complex flavor components integrate nicely.

M: Crisp; medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A complex and tasty APA, with a bit of a brown ale alias. More malty than average for style, and using some darker malts. Adequate hops for style. I found this less typical for style than the Natty Greene's, being "pale" in neither appearance nor flavor, but more enjoyable nonetheless. Recommended, especially if you like both brown and PA styles.

BA Review #841

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours orange in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and orange citrus are most notable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, a bit of earthy tones, and a moderate bitterness makes p a well balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent pale ale that is nicely refreshing and is easy to drink. Worthy of a try in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden amber color. The head was white and decent sized. The retention and lacing were decent also. The smell of the beer had a nice balance of malts and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer was also nicely balanced, malts up front with the clean bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, gently carbonated and drinkable. Overall it's a pretty standard Pale Ale, a little darker than I expected but it was a nice beer to have with a simple dinner.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a 1.5 finger head and some nice lacing.

Smells a little sweet with bit of citrus and pine.

An earthy, floral sweetness upfront followed by a touch of citrus that finishes with a slightly dry bitterness on the finish. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. A pretty full flavored pale ale, the malts are balanced well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is a little slick with good carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid Pale Ale. If I still lived in Raleigh, this would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How and why in the hell did I wait for a YEAR to try this local gem?

The appearance just looks like a pale. Nice light amber body. I want more head, but Ill forgive it. I get the hops like straight away. Serious Piney resinous hops give way to a strong sticky pineapple and mango thing that reminds of a light Lagunitas hop. Finishes with a sprucey/piney hop. Very nice. Malt smells powdery and sweet, yet light and approachable. Perfect Pale malt bill to showcase some resinous hops.

The taste is loaded with pine resin and spruce flavors, but its balanced. The sweet malt really accents what would be a fleeting mango and pineapple flavor. Alpha acid bittering hops try to really come in, but theyre kept in check for a bit, but eventually take over the metallic bite that normally is a turn off. Finishes seriously piney, but this time I really dont mind--actually I rather like it. I think it sets apart what would normally be a boring lightly hopped pale. I also get a light dank flavor that resonates, leaving it to linger until it fades away.

It feels bitter. Bitter from the light kettle hops, but the pine and spruce add to the bitterness.

I really like this beer. Its flavorful for a pale, yet drinkable. Another great NC beer.

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper, looks delicious for a warm spring day! One finger head that disappears almost immediatly. Smells of leafy greens and foliage, with some citrus notes, and a good balance of hop aromas. There's something else here too that I can't quite put my finger on.... Tastes how it smells, but there is a little more hop bitterness than I was expecting. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer in my opinion, very smooth and coats the entire mouth and throat! Not the best pale ale ever, but a good one that I will be having again!

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Peacemaker Pale Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 256 ratings