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 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 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 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 redcap45
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the store in bottles. Poured into a pint glass. Good appearance with an okay head. Not that much lacing. Smell was a nice hoppy pale. The taste was better than average. Good solid mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall, a fairly tasty beverage.

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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 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 Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a coppery amber color, light almost white head retains as a lacing.

Piney floral hop nose with some bready malts.

Piney bitter hopper flavor with some mild bready malt sweetness.

Medium body with a mild sting of carbonation.

A good ale, hits the spot. Might not go seeking this out, but would have one again if it was in front of me. Worth trying.

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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 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 TheRougeBastard
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lone Rider Brewery states this is their "west-coast" style American pale ale" and in my honest opinion, they hit the mark! Being a huge fan of Stone & Rouge brews, Lone Rider nails the west coast vibe with the their Peacemaker!
Not one to go to such extremes but it looked, smelled and tasted like an extremely well-made pale ale.

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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 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 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 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 Luigi
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed just a drive away from my house.

Pours out a hazy copper color and starts off with a nice white 1 finger head. Head retention is ok but does lace the glass.

The aroma is rich with citrus/pine notes. Reminds me of an IPA. Which, is nice. Some slight sweetness from the barley malt and alcohol.

The taste emulates the aroma.
Bitter hops dominate the flavor. Pine and citrus notes linger around for a bit. Bread like malts and alcohol work well to bring some balance but, this is a hoppy pale ale.

lightly carbonated with a medium/light body.

Pretty much everything you would want and expect from an American Pale Ale. Now I just have to try it on tap.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 devilben02
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich orange-amber color, with a big, fluffy, sticky sand-colored head on top. The aroma is very muted, with only a bit of floral, earthy hop bitterness and a light caramel sweetness coming through. The flavor is much more pronounced, with a highly-hopped combination of pine, earth, and herbs contrasting with a dry, toast-like malt base. The texture is quite resinous, which combined with only a light carbonation makes this one feel a bit heavy.

Overall, this beer isn't as easy-drinking as I would prefer in a pale ale due to the combination of the heavy mouthfeel and potency of the flavors. That said, it is bold and flavorful, making a satisfying occasional selection.

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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 BeerBeatnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of this last night. Poured into a pint glass. The appearance is a pale amber color. It had a shallow head but decent lacing down the glass. It had a citrusy malty smell. The taste was basically pretty ordinary. It was full and robust, but pretty standard. Now there is something to be said for executing a simple recipe. But, this lacked imagination. Could have been made by my friend down the street. The mouthfeel was full bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, while I found it lacking imagination and originality, I'll give it a good overall rating for the fact that it is well-executed standard pale recipe.

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Peacemaker Pale Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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