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Peacemaker Pale Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Peacemaker Pale AlePeacemaker Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Kegatron on 12-20-2009

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Photo of Mrawesomebg
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exceptionally smooth for being a pale ale. I actually drank a Peacemaker and chased it with a Bass. The Peacemaker was so tasty and smooth that it made the Bass taste like medicine, and I am a Bass fan. With its tempting aroma and falvorful mouthfeel, it was hard not to drink an entire 6-pack. With a ABV of only 5.7, you still get a decent hop note without the overpowering alcohol content, which makes it more drinkable.

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Photo of dataskatt
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Looks more like an amber ale. Generous head with lots of sticky white lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is grapefruit and grassy, with fresh floral notes. Tastes more like an IPA...hoppy, pleasantly bitter, with grapefruit and floral notes. Has a nice "bite" to it. Feels a little heavy on the mouth for a pale ale, but still really nice. Very drinkable and refreshing....had to stop myself after 3 of these. Nice change of pace. Highly recommended!

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Photo of beerdown77
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this beer is fantastic for a Pale Ale. It pours a nice hazy copper color and has a decent head. The smell is fairly strong floral hops with some malt. The flavor has a pleasant tip-of-the-tongue bit. The whole bitter hops thing lingers and it never really moves to sugary malt, which I welcome. You get a lot of earthy, floral malt up front without the heavy malt back end. The lack of sweetness makes the body seem pretty manageable; I’d definitely have a couple. Great local find.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
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 atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was Lonerider's first ever cask! Served in a British pint glass a hazy orange with a nice frothy diminishing off white head. Aroma was loads of fresh citrus hops with some sweet malts. The taste was more wonderful fresh citrus hops with enough sweet malts to provide a nice backbone, but the lingering finish was a wonderful mouthful of flavorful bitter hops. The beer was quite light, crisp and refreshing. Cheers to Lonerider for their first cask, and here's to many more great ones to come!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright copper-amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Thin, inconsistent lacing.

S: Floral hops, grapefruit and citrus; clear influence of cascade and amarillo hops. Tease of biscuity malts in the background.

T: Very consistent with smell; especcially floral hops. Malt character clearer with slightly sweet crystal malt and vienna malt character. This beer is on the aggressive side of APA's.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and coating with a bit of lingering hop reisn on the toungue. Sharp magnum hop bitter evident in the finish.

D: This is a very good APA; aggressive, but balanced.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

One great looking beer here. Perfect amber textbook middle of the road color, with simple rising carbonation from the bottom. Off white small one finger creamy head that looks a little soupy. Love this textbook body color.

Unique bouquet for a pale ale. A big blast of what seems hop like citrus, but with a real creamy bent to it. It smells like some kind of citrus creamy fruit (grapefruit?) with this incredible soft malt sense. Haven't smelled a pale ale like this one.

The first thing on taste is the feel. That creamyness brings a wonderful chewy slightly sweet taffy feeling of cream and malt sweetness. Dense. The beer almost feels like it's whipped up in a mixing bowl. With this airy thickness is a good spicy hop bent but easily drinkable.

Overall a very unique and enjoyable Pale Ale. It's uniqueness might throw some people I think and they may not like it, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze colored with a lasting frothy white head. Lot's of citrus in the aroma. Grapefruit. The smell reminds me of a soda I drink in the Carribian called Ting. Biscuity malt backbone with plenty of citrus hops for the style. Grapefruit and pineapple. This beer does an excellent job of presenting lot's of hop character without it being too overwhelming. Lot's of hop flavor but still true to style. Crisp oily mouthfeel. Great beer. Possibly the best pale ale in NC.

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold with a small off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is earthy, herbal hops, a hint of resin, caramel sweetness developing as it warms.

Taste is surprisingly robust, bit hops and fruity esters, some caramel malt, and a herbal hop finish with moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, and medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a very tasty, full-flavored pale ale, I dig it.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a thick two-finger head. Excellent retention, leaving strings of lace on the glass. Looks bottled-conditioned, as I poured out some sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Floral and citrus hop aroma with a solid underlying buttery biscuit and caramel malt base. More Simcoe-ish pine flavors as it warms up. Border-line IPA flavor...oily citrus and pine, slight edgy grain in the middle, finishing with a hefty bitterness, dark pine resin, and a handful of fresh, sweet malt. Aggressive for a pale ale, and in fact, on the darker side of the style. Solid, snappy, bitter mouthfeel...medium-bodied and just lively enough.

This is a rather kick-ass local beer that I somehow missed out on until now. Assertive, but nicely balanced. Very satisfying!

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Photo of krausenman
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer is a crystal clear copper color with a light tan/pale white foam head.

S-Initially, there is a pungent citrus smell mixed with some tropical fruit. As the foam subsides, the tropical fruit/mango like aroma becomes more prominent. There are some faint herbal and pine like aromas.

T-There is a sweet malt taste to start but this is halted with a distinct bitterness. While the bitterness can't be considered "smooth" it dosen't linger long after you swallow the beer. There is a definate herbal hop flavor that could be characterized as somewhat astrigent. In my opinion this adds to overall complexity of the flavor of the beer balancing the initial sweetness.

M-The mouthfeel is medium bodied that is accented by a low level of carbonation.

D-Peacemaker Pale Ale is a good example of an American Pale Ale. The aroma and flavor can both be appreciated as accenting the beer, making it a tasty example of the style. My only fault would be the body being heavier than what I would like for this beer (in my humble opinion). This fault dosen't detract from the overall quality of this beer though. I will probably buy this beer again sometime.

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Photo of sagefool
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, I almost grabbed a Sierra Nevada Torpedo, at the same price, but then I spotted this beer. I believe in buying local, when you can, so I took a chance on this beer.

It's surprisingly good.

On popping the top, there wasn't much of an initial smell, which surprised me. I was expecting overwhelming hoppiness.

The taste surprised me: Really strong, but not overpowering flavor of hops smacks you mid-tongue. Piney, citrusy, and downright refreshing.

It hits a whole lot harder than the 5.7% ABV that it sports. The drinkability makes it that much worse.

It's a great beer, that proves you don't have to be big, to be great.


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Photo of JimKal
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale amber, pours with a one inch head that dissipates to about 1/2 inch in short order
S: citrus notes
T:Very hop forward but not over the top. In my pinion, it approaches the taste of an IPA
M: Smooth and balanced
O: I really enjoy this Pale Ale. Yes, there are other Pale Ales that are as good but if you live in NC and want to drink a local, I think you can't go wrong with this one. It is now a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Gilly1980
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Guinness pint glass.

A- Nice copper/amber color. Slightly hazy with about half an inch of off-white head that didn't stick around but left moderate lacing on the glass.

S- Bright and spicy with hints of grass. Very IPA-like.

T- Caramel notes with a hint of pretzel and a hoppiness I didn't expect.

M- Slightly sticky with a pretty strong hop tingle.

O- I'm a big IPA fan and this beer pleasantly surprised me. I didn't really what to expect from this beer but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Could almost pass for an IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Lonerider at the Brew It Forward event.

This beer looks great with a rich copper color and outstanding clarity. It's got a nice aroma or citrusy hops with a nice touch of toasted malt. It packs a nice citrusy bitterness with plenty of flavor coming from the malts including bread, toast and biscuits.

This is a very good east coast west coast pale ale. I can't wait for it to be in bottles.

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Photo of burnstar
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a big persistent head. Smell is nice citrusy hops. Taste again is dominated by hops. Some malt in the background. Pretty strong hop bitterness especially for an APA. In fact I would say this is an basically an IPA even though the bottle claims otherwise. So probably a little off for the claimed style but I'm not complaining. Medium to full bodied and very drinkable. Very good overall.

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Photo of dogchasecats
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first taste screwed up my mouth. The barmaid here poured the beer with too much care. It had a very thin head on it. The beer had a biting taste that I did not care for.

I read the reviews on this site and noticed that those that reported that the beer was served with a nice head on it had much better reviews than the one with a thin head.

I took a chance and asked the barmaid for a clean straw and stirred up a nice head on the beer. It worked! It took away the biting taste and left a much more balanced pale ale taste. The taste was much warmer and my tongue wasn't shocked at the first taste. The hops shined through without the bite. I also taste a bit of fruitiness that is very pleasant.

I tasted a double IPA in San Ramon, CA that had a similar problem, if not worse. I may try it again with a stir, next time I'm out there.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, fairly cold but allowed to warm during tasting.
A - Surprisingly dark for an APA; dark orange with some amber/caramel as well. A skim of head holds all the way down the glass after getting a good two fingers-worth off the pour. Completely clear without and sediment.
S - Not too much off the aroma; more malt than anything, but not all that pronounced.
T - Very impressive; good balance of malt and hops off the bat, then some earty-type undertones before the hops really come in with a strong finish. Right off the top I get a bit of an "English Bitter"-type flavor (Goldings hops maybe) before the hop "wallop" finishes things off. Never goes unbalanced as the malt backbone holds steady throughout. What distinguishes this one for me is the hint of chocolate/roasted malts just before hop finish, which adds a unique flavor. Delicious hop flavor hangs around for quite a while at the end - this is a serious, mouth-drying APA....
M - Medium level of carbonation, appropo for style.
D - Am drinking this on a hot, humid night (it's NC in July!) - this would probably go down better on a fall night, but it's still going down pretty good.

Really wanted to like this, as these guys are local and am happy to report this is a solid, solid APA. Best thing is I can swing by the brewery and pick up growlers of this stuff. Would like to see what these guys would do with an IPA. Highly recommended, in any case.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Coppor colored with good inch of fizzy white foam. Dark amber. Hoppy malty smell with some notes of pine. Pleasant. Full bodied malt taste with a full circle of bittering. Several hop flavors blending throughout. Flavorful.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try some of Lone Rider's brews since I learned of their existence a few months back. Picked up a single of this and the Shotgun Betty to try before getting some growlers when my brother comes to visit next week.

Peacemaker pours a classic copper with creamy, melty head and no visible carbonation. The nose is tasty but not overpowering with pine and citrus that definitely does a good impression of west coast hops.

This has the makings of a very tasty, sessionable APA. The flavors are dominated by piney hops, soaking through to the finish but the flavors are strong enough to enjoy but not too much to blow your head off. Crisp yet refreshing in texture and a very satisfying aftertaste. This one could pass for an IPA seven days a week.

I realize that 5.7 on the booze o' meter is going to have repercussions down the road but I would definitely be agreeable to drinking this in quantity.

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Photo of callisbeers
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap during the brewery tour. Beautiful copper color, nice head and lace that lasted throughout drink. Really nice flavor, not overly hoppy but enough to give this pale ale some taste. Very nice representation of a West Coast pale ale. Mouthfeel is just right and drinkablity is great. Can't wait to have this as one of my summer tap beers.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber, clear. Pours a light, airy head.

Aroma: Caramel! I wasn't expecting the sweet malt from a pale ale. Pretty interesting and tasty aroma, which makes me interested about the taste...

Taste: Well, there's less hops here than I'd expect from a pale ale, but the malty sweetness of the aroma is more subtle in the taste, and you get a well balanced mixtured of hops on top of it. It's a delicate beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and soft, medium bodied, light carbonation; pleasant to drink!

Overall: I was positively surprised, it's a good beer.

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

On tap at Center City in Greensboro.Poured a deeper than expected amber/bronze with a well sustained white head atop,a nice mix piney hop and caramel malt in the nose,good balance.Flavors start out quite malty with the sweetish caramel and biscuit,a nice smack resiny hop really stands out in the finish,as I had more the hops really stood out even more.A well crafted hopped up pale ale,I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh

The beer arrived a copper brown with a thin lacing of head; small carbonation bubbles visible. Nose is floral and citrus hops; smells a little sweet. Taste is also floral and citrus hops. I detect hints of grapefruit with a mild hop bite in the finish. Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Easily sessionable.

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

Served in pint glass on tap at the saloon at the music factory in Charlotte. Moderate head and retention. Soapy, not sticky lacing. Aroma is pleasant, mildly grassy. Taste is mildly bitter in the way of grass, nice mild sweetness for balance. Really a tasty and very fresh and easy to drink pale ale with a soft, bitter and caramel aftertaste.

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