Peacemaker Pale Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Peacemaker Pale AlePeacemaker Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
25.2%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, head of egg shell white foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral with some sweet caramel notes.

T - Good malty flavor with sweet caramel. There is a mild citric bite of hop bitterness with a touch of pine.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a good sessionable APA from Lonerider. I enjoyed their porter, too. Thanks to drfabulous for sending this one to CoMo.

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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 Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Pit (Raleigh, NC) on 12/12/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of frothy brite-white head. This stays fairly sturdy, leaving some rich froth down the sides of the glass. Floral and spicy hops gives this a feel of airiness in the nostrils, while notes of citrus, bread, and a touch of sweeter caramel giving this a fruity tang in the back of the nostrils. Good hoppy nose here.

The taste possesses a spicy bitterness that prickles the tongue up front, then giving way to a splash of citrus and sweet toasty malts. This may actually be just a touch too sweet and tangy in the in the back but the hops return in the finish with a lingering drying spiciness and some residual fruity accents. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a pleasant amount of crispness that tingles the palate. Pretty easy drinking and refreshing overall.

Quite the flavorful and quaffable APA, with a good bit of assertive hop character and an equally aggressive crispness in the body that matches it. Another fine beer here from Lonerider. I'm looking forward to more stuff from these guys.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had this one a few times in the past, most notably a few months ago when i drank most of a six pack, but was able to try it on tap again as it is always a solid choice. dark amber pour with a two finger head of white that seems to stay on top for a good few minutes before sliding back down to earth.

aroma is light grains, hints of light hops, orange and touches of pineapple the most notable of all. this easily works its way into the flavor which is light, clean, crisp and well done i have to say. really nicely put together with a smooth clean finish that has just the right touch of bitter to it.

overall a solid pale with a kick of hops that do not over power but allow an incredibly deep profile to develop.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this today as an extra from Chrisheartsbeer; thanks man! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent medium-orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus hops, grains, oranges, toasted malts, light caramel malts. Pretty nice, and pretty malt forward.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, grains, floral hops, oranges, burnt and toasted malts, and light caramel malts. More hops here than the nose, and a very light bitterness to it. A step up from the nose to me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice pale ale. Nose is malt forward while the taste brings out some more hops, something I would have again.

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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 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 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 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 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 HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5/6/2012

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 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 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 Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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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