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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 CoalPorter
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle poured into a plastic pint cup at the brewery tasting room.

A - Deep amber color, with little to no head and tiny bubbles evident on sides of the cup

S - Very hop-forward, piny and pleasant with a touch of citrus underneath

T - initially a gentle malt flavor, progressing quickly to an aggressive hop bite with a definite bitterness, aftertaste is slightly floral

M - Medium mouth feel with not a lot of carbonation presence

D - Fairly easy drinking while I got the tour of the brewery, but not my favorite pale ever, needed more flavor overall

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Photo of mechamifune
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass with a nice copper color and off-white head. Decent lacing, nice to look at.

Smell is a bit of hops, not overwhelming, and a little bit of butterscotchy-sweetness lingering. Not bad, though nothing impressive.

Taste is hops upfront (though far from overwhelming), and ends with a little sweetness, though not in a particularly pleasant way. Has a sense of diactyl(sp) to it with a little butterscotch aftertaste along with a bit of a bitter finish. Taste still isn't bad per se, just not grabbing me.

Mouthfeel is a bit muddled. A little too watery and not crisp enough on the finish, has a little bit of a "hop water" kind of feel to it. I guess it is still relatively smooth and for that matter drinkable, since I still don't find myself having a whole lot of trouble drinking it. I guess none of the flavors are overwhelming enough to make it unpleasant. Not a bad beer, but can use a little fine tuning (or i had a bad bottle... the bottling date would maintain that it is indeed fresh). I've been trying to compare some of the realtively local PA's lately, and based on this sample I would put it behind Natty Greene's and Highland.

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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 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 domtronzero
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, ucusty!

A - Clear deep copper colored with a big whitish long lasting head. Little bit of lacing.

S - Citrusy/piny hops, sweet caramel malts. Otherwise quite clean and light.

F/M - Citrusy and piny hops dominate with a little bit of caramelly sweet bready malts. Clean and dry finish. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Good, clean, refreshing, easy drinking and flavorful, this is a pretty good beer. Could use a little more flavor and aroma presence.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thick beige head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is fairly hoppy, with notes of citrus and pine, a little resin, some caramel, toasted bread, bubblegum and some alcohol. The flavor also has a bright hoppiness upfront (pineapple and lemon, pine resin), along with some caramel, a little bubblegum which is odd, fruity esters, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick, and the drinkability is good but not great. Overall a pretty solid pale ale, not exceptional but not flawed.

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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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Peacemaker Pale Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
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