Totem Pale | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
blackravenbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beertunes on 09-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 16
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy Golden amber color with an inch of light tan head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aromas were the usual blend of malt and hop found in the style. The taste was a little sharper than typical with a nice dry finish. Body and drinkability were as expected. Overall, a solid example of the style, it won't replace Manny's or Mirror Pond as my go-to Pales, but certainly worth trying if you see it and a beer I'll have again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Collins Pub, Totem Pale is a copper tinged orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty nice lace.

Smell is mostly bready malt, some bright citrus hops.

Taste is similar, plenty of malt, but the lime notes from the hops add some depth. Not bad by any stretch, just pretty generic. The definition of average.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, a decent pale ale, but forgettable.

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Photo of mbmiche
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evilkorova
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of rab53
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ninaturner
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RJLarse
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a bronze color and clear. There is a modest creamy off-white head.

Smell is typical of a pale I guess. A little sweet biscuit flavor, with a mild citrus hop aroma.

Taste is a caramel bread flavor up front, which dominates. Mild citrus fruit flavors on the finish. But the malt and candy notes are the most notable characteristics..

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and slightly cloying.

Drinkability is just OK. It's a little thick for the style. Not much of a thirst quencher.

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3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beer Authority on 6.18.13

A - Served a surprisingly dark, hazy orange with a small tan head that mostly was just clinging to the glass.

S - Bitter hopes, sweet bready malts, a touch of grass and citrus.

T - Bitter grass, orange peel, caramel, sweet malts.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Not really impressed, Pretty malty and dark for a pale.

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Photo of BMESSER88
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bifrost17
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Erik-P
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had almost every beer at Black Raven. I had this one back in the late Spring. I also had a variation called Low Man On The Totem Pole/Pale.

The regular pale is not my style of beer but I found it a solid brew. I think the recipe could use some tweaking (maybe Beaux already has) to push up the hop profile a bit.

I'd recommend the variation if you can get it. Added flavors that slip my mind right now add to a more complex and flavorful brew.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sensuous tawny color with refined clarity, vigorous carbonation, and a soft, soapy head plastering lace across the glass. The hop aroma is herbaceous and green with a slight nod of something swampy. Summit hops contribute a similarly green, leafy hop flavor that leans towards IPA territory. The body is quaffable with a marginal tannic strain.

A good drinker, but grassy and brusque.

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Photo of BCborn
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackc5
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich amber in color with a short offwhite head. Short retention but moderate lacing. Darker than most pales.

S - Lightly toasted bread and floral and herbal hops. Fairly hoppy overall.

T - Despite the color, fairly standard in flavor for a pale. Biscuity malts and a good amount of hops make for a nice overall balance.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Just a bit of resin on the tongue from the hops.

D - Despite its flaws, it is still very pleasant and drinkable.

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Totem Pale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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