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Blue Hills Xtra Pale Ale | Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills Xtra Pale AleBlue Hills Xtra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Duhast500 on 02-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Bounty628:
Photo of Bounty628
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blue Hills Xtra Pale Ale maintains a 5.25% ABV that serves the offering quite well. The beer has a session sort of style to it since it maintains a nice and regulated ABV and has an overall quality that will not disappoint.

The Xtra poured a light, golden yellow to straw color that seemed to be a bit on the light side for an American Pale Ale style offering. There was quite a bit of a translucent nature to the pour and the beer gave way to a very minimal amount of bright white head upon pour. Not much of the head was retained along the pint glass during the tasting as it dissipated quite quickly.

The smell was probably the weakest part of this offering as it was quite muted and was virtually non-existent. One really had to struggle to detect anything notable in the nose and for a pale ale I would have hoped for a bit more of a hop presence to jump out of the pint glass.

What was lacking in the nose was made up for a bit in the taste. I must say that I was quite surprised that there was a much better taste to the beer than I would have expected given the very bland hints that were offered by the beer once poured. There was an average malt taste within the beer and the hops were more impressive at finish than upon initial taste. There was a bit of a "bready" nature to the Xtra Pale Ale that had hints of citrus intertwined thanks to the hops that could in fact be located in the taste. I give credit to Blue Hills for creating a good base offering with the Xtra Pale Ale but would like to see them continue to tweak the taste a bit to see if they can accentuate the hop complexity a bit more.

The drinkability of the Blue Hills Xtra Pale Ale is moderate and it would be a good offering to perhaps bring to your next party and see what others might think of it. It seems to maintain a good craft beer characteristic that sets it apart from the mainstream brews but is not a top of the line microbrew by any stretch of the imagination. Though certainly not the best pale ale I have ever had, Blue Hills Xtra Pale Ale is a drinkable offering that is worthy of giving a shot.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*- Blue Hills Brewery doesn't actually use growlers, but an oversized 1 litter bottle with a rubber stopper.

A- The color of the beer was a straw color, with some green hew as well. Pretty light in color, but not as light as a light beer. The head lasts for a minute or so before it reseeds.

S- Not much to the smell. The beer has a grainy, wheat smell. There are noticeable malt scents as well, and a slight skunk as well.

T- Malt, grain, with a background flavor of florally hops, which is a small (not bitter) flavor.

M- Not heavy or harsh. Pretty light.

D- Very drinkable. Goes down as easy as smooth and refreshing as any light beer claims to be, but is of much better quality. The abv of the beer also helps keep this beer highly drinkable.

*-Overall, this beer isn't the best I've ever had, but would never hesitate to get this brew again.

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Photo of jeff2486
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a little too weak for what I was expecting from something called an "Xtra Pale Ale."

Pretty good appearance but nothing special. Decent sized head with not much retention.

Smell was lacking quite a bit in this beer, I could hardly get anything from smelling it.

It really lacks much flavor at all. That being said it does go down quite easily and nothing about it is offensive to me. Very refreshing, just not what I was expecting as there was little bite from the hops or hop flavor at all.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the tap

The color is a light gold, a bit light for an a, with a white foamy head.

The smell was a bit fruity, citrus hops, and sweet malt.

The taste is a bit biscuity, with a clean bitterness complementing it. Finished with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

A nice lighter ale that is well balanced. This is a good beer to have after a harder beer. It will refresh your pallete.

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Photo of Jayli
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at The Midway in Jamaica Plain 6/13/09
This beer poured a light golden color, boardering on straw color. Thin film of a white head that left no lacing to it. Nose is very much on the muted side, muted malts, couldn't detect any hops, and had a graininess to it. Taste is average, there isn't anything that pops and stand out. Malts dominate the taste of this more than hops, though there is a bit of a hop bitterness in the finish. This is lighter bodied, medium carbonation, goes down relatively easy and has decent drinkability.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a small neighborhood italian restaurant yesterday. I think I need to give it another try to give a full report, but I remembered being dissapointed with the carbonation - there was almost none. I wondered if it was the resataurant's settings on the tap and not the beer's fault. Hard to tell. More people drink wine in this restaurant, not beer, so maybe they're inexperienced with their taps. The restaurant has only been around for a few years.

Otherwise, the beer didn't have a lively taste or mouthfeel. Couldn't get a good sense of the aroma because of the (delicious) smell from the kitchen. There was no head, no lacing. I'll change my review if when I try it again I have a different experience.

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Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On tap at Deep Ellum. The beer pours a clear pale yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of pale sweet malt and floral hops. Flavor of sweet pale malts and light fruits with a bready/wheaty finish. Pretty tasty and easy drinking too.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have not seen this brewery's offering anywhere until Saturday night. When I saw the tap handle at Brendan Behan in JP, I felt compelled to try one. Served in a pint glass, and it looked almost like an average macro lager. Smell was pretty much absent. Taste was a major mistake. Unimpressive is the best way to describe it. No flavor whatsoever. No hops, no balance, no nothing. Just tasted like a weak lager. Very watery body. Not a pleasure to drink. This is not a great example of an APA. Highly unlikely to try another beer from this brewer.

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Blue Hills Xtra Pale Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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