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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

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.

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Photo of handcrafty
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
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 sommersb
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
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 zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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 farrago
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

About a finger's worth of creamy tan foam, pools of larger bubbles spread throughout, the lacing sticks well at first and then peels off the glass sides, retention could be a touch stronger. Gently hazy orange copper color, seems to want to get to a redder hue but instead veers off into lighter yellow, few bubbles visible. Considerable cocoa and chocolate dust in the nose, supports the sweetness in the orange, tangerine citrus as well as peach, nectarine fruit, otherwise dominated by keen herbaceousness, pine cone, peat, forest underbrush, drives into your nostrils like it's trying to kick down a door or something. Medium-bodied, somewhat calmer here but still flexing its muscles and trying to put its "six-pack" on display for all to see. This impedes a more fluid flow, enters the mouth and then gets stuck during the mid-palate. The mixed white to pink grapefruit, orange citrus clearly the major force, have to credit its inherent sweetness for its ability to stand up to the archly bitter and herbaceous hops, hard to believe this falls under the "APA" category. Pine, white pepper, black tea, twigs and tree bark support the general direction. The carbonation is strong and adds prickle without diminishing the overall density. On that score, weight outlasts most of the flavors, perhaps due to the paucity of apricot, peach fruit. In any event, tiresome halfway through the first bottle, not something I'd want to "session."

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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 cottonkoozie
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Bendurgin
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one from Brent. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with a thin cap of white head.

Lots of malts in the aroma. Grainy and toasty with a light citrus hop background. Slightly bitter to round this one out. Kind of a malt heavy pale ale if you ask me. Caramel malts with a grainy flavor and just a hint of bitter hops in the background.

The body is a bit on the heavier side (for a pale ale that is). Good carbonation also. Overall nothing offensive here. It doesn't taste bad but I think it misses the mark of a west coast style pale ale as it is described on the bottle.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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 HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A: Dark orange with great clarity and half an inch of soapy beige froth that quickly dissipates.

S: Malt lends grainy, biscuity, and bready characteristics to the aroma. Floral and herbal notes overshadow soft orange aromatics.

T: Firm caramel and bready malt base with a lower moderate sweetness. Bitterness is smooth and at the lower end of medium in intensity. Light citrus notes bring to mind orange and tangerine flesh. The finish is well balanced with an increased level of bitterness and a mild astringency.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: A less than impressive Pale Ale. Not much going on in the hop category. Definitely not "west coast style", as the label asserts.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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 Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of mandarin orange and both sweet and sour notes. It pours a coppery amber with a thick, fluffy ivory-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some decent lacing. Malty flavor has a fruity overtone, mainly orange with hints of grapefruit and apple, and just a touch of woody hops. Smooth texture has slightly above average body and a decent amount of fizz.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a light amber color with a one finger off-white head. Very clear, with only a small amount of tiny particulates.

Nose is sweet and malty with a crisp citrusy hop presence.

Taste is slightly watery but present malt backbone to the quite bitter and not very fruity hop character.

Moderate carbonation with a light and slightly watery body. High amount of bitterness in finish.

Overall an okay pale ale but a bit too heavy on the bittering hops and not enough on aromatics. Won't probably drink again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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 jpro
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

A: golden copper; light beige head; lots of yeast / hop sediment floaties following a rough pour (oops)... Looks like my homebrew

S: grapefruit pith; bready malts; some sweet hop aroma; a thick pat of butter (ruh roh)

T: grapefruit hoppiness with some Amarillo esque notes in there, too; kind of a spicy hop finish, as well; bitter but not too insane

M: medium bodied - medium carbonation; creamy; nice

D: not too crazy... pretty standard APA; good, though

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH signiture glass.

Appearance is nice deep amber, nice thick head, very nice lacing.

smell- a slight hoppy smell that also hints towards caramel malts.

taste is good for the style, I keep having to remind myself that this is not an Imperial or even an IPA, it is an APA. Nice hop start with a malt finish with a little tobacco? that is muted and subtle.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style.

Overall a controlled, play-by-the-rules APA. I would order if out at a bar or restaurant and wanted to have a few cool ones. Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of KajII
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) off-white fluffy head that reduced to a few puddles and a medium collar of residue, producing some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was kind of light with a grain malt, floral hops and a mild earthy yeast and had notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was lightly bittersweet with a mild caramel note at first, then became intensely hoppy and quite bitter with a nice hint of citrus towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with the nice bitter hoppy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a dry oily texture and a almost prickly carbonation.

Overall an impressive Pale Ale that had more of a hoppy flavor than I expected...

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 DustinPowers74
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The ale poured a hazy copperish color with nice head and some lacing. Many flavors attack your senses. Some caramel and toffee. This is a medium body ale with some mild bitterness. Smooth finish with some unidentified chemicals in the aftertaste. Just an average pale ale.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 6/28/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to escargobier for hookin' a white boy up with this one. Cheers, Mike!

A: A dark, almost rubyish hint to it. This is dark for an APA. A two finger head and moderate lacing are the product of a standard pour.

S: Honey wheat bread. It's slightly oaty with a touch of hearty granola. A kiss of English style hops is detectable from a distance.

T: Heavy amounts of barley and wheat germ. Bittering hop oil makes its way onto the middle of my palate too, though this comes across quite earthy from top to bottom.

M: For a 5% ABV brew, I'm not complaining. It's got a really solid texture and weight, giving this one a bit more oomph then your standard APA. Well done here.

O: Lonerider's Peacemaker Pale Ale is another good quality brew from an up and comer. I can't say this beer wow'ed me, but it'd be a smart choice for everyday drinking.

I'm excited to see where Lonerider goes from here.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Came out a dark orange with a thin bone white head. Some light sticky lace stuck to the glass. Scents of pine, grapefruit, flowers, and honey.

The mouth was crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation backing it up. This is a bitter, bitter APA. Some white pepper at the onset, some faint caramel sweetness present, but the finish is a bit harsh and scalding. This is more bitter than some DIPAs I've had. Drinkability is lower as the bitterness is a bit tiring. Needs some sweet balance a bit more.

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Photo of vande
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a new pale introduced to me by McNuts! Thanks-

a nice, musty-orangish tint with a thin filmy layer of head... immediate notes of hops, grapefruit, citrusy presence on the nose... in which the palate agrees with the initial aromatic impressions... slightly dryer finish, with a bit of a "rustic" feel to it.. fairly sessionable as I could see sitting and watching a game while drinking a couple of these.. Overall, a pretty decent pale and a nice new brewery to tic.. Thanks again-

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it looks the part. I've been seeing these handles pop up lately and thought I would give it a try. Amber appearance with a good head and decent lacing. Okay, in the hoppy arena with a malty backbone. Has a decent taste to it. A little heavier than I would like. Pretty good mouthfeel. I would say that this is a pretty good pale. It's drinkable. Not the best I've ever had, but not something I would recommend you avoid. It would be good in a pinch.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: curvy tyranena pint, copper colored, well retained off-white head

s: caramel and biscuit, papery citrus, brushes of tropical fruit, pretty big aroma for the style, nice

m: carbonation prickly but a touch on the light side in relation to the slightly slick medium body

t: biscuity body with a mild caramel sweetness, harsh citric bitterness, some tropical fruits, not a much to write about - just a solid pale ale

d: enjoyable on a hot night

leftovers carried back from the 'Ville

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