Horseshoe Pale Ale | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Vancer on 05-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. One and a half finger cream colored head shows medium retention. Medium streaked lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Faint caramel malts bring forth a bready aroma. Light citrus notes hint through the ending of the nose. Biscuit notes toward the end with peppercorn hints. Alcohol in really not there at all.

T- Light grassy hops in the front of the beer with a light biscuit ending in the front. Toasted malts shine with hints of peppercorn in the middle. Ending has some caramel malts shine through. Light metallic flavor in the ending. Hints of citrus hops in the ending of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style of the beer. Toasted biscuit and light citrus hops on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, citrus hops, and caramel malts. Flavors were well put together for the style. Light hints of metallic off flavoring toward the ending. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a good drinking lighter ABV pale ale. Nothing really off about it. Flavor was well balanced and crisp. A nice summer drinker like the rest of the line from Crown Valley.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of plfahey
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep golden orange in color with light haze. Moderate off white haze with fair retention.

Aroma-Decent malt profile with large caramel notes, toffee, and bread. Light toast perceptible. Low fruity esters add a nice note of complexity. Some floral/spicy hops. Light papery oxidiation.

Flavor-High caramel, bread, some toffee, and toasty malt in the finish. Moderately low hop bitterness emerges in the finish with low floral hop flavor and a hint of fruity esters in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body, with medium low carbonation. Somewhat weak here.

Some nice malt flavors save this beer from being totally blah, but on the whole, there’s nothing really to recommend it. Not that special, and not that good.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Golden-orange color and fairly transparent. Nice inch and half of off-white head.

S - There is the normal citrus scent, but it also has a sweet note; like honeysuckle. Unexpected, but pleasant.

T - The foam is soft, like a cappuccino, which is nice. Lightly bitter and a honey flavor. The aftertaste is a nice bitterness, but not long lasting.

M - Soft, almost a creamy, medium body with light carbonation.

D - I see myself grabbing a couple 6ers of this for a party night. Good, solid flavor for a session beer. The soft mouthfeel surprised me but I like it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes, reviewed about 6 weeks ago...

Pours an effervescent apricot with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & just a little bit of lacing

S: Breadyness & grassyness, but not much else

T: Metallic hops, slight grassyness up front along with caramel. Grainy along with more caramel presence as this warms. Finishes grainy & dry

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & fair balance. Becomes creamy when warm

Drinks easy, but pretty run of the mill for the style, had potential but didn't pull itself together

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Photo of GRG1313
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice white head.

Nose is a simple light sweet pear.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and simple.

Flavors are an almost non-descript heavy sour bitter that's not very attractive - light bitter pine and light bitter coffee blend.

The finish is an off putting pine bitter. Not impressed.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of eclaycamp
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Picked up a mix six of all of the Crown Valley. This one pours a light amber color with a nice fizzy head showing carbonation. Faint aroma of caramel and grass. The caramel carries over to the taste, along with some hop notes of grass and pineapple. Somewhat acidic in the finish. Light body that's a little too watery for my tastes. Strictly standard pale ale stuff, and somewhat forgettable.

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Photo of biggred1
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, orange amber with a big creamy tan head that lasts a while. Lightly toasted malt and mild strawberry and citrus fruity hops in the faint nose. Light and refreshing with a nice balance between sweet malt and mild cascade hop flavors. This is not a big beer but it's tasty and easy drinking. On the leaner side of medium bodied with a seltzery carbonation that adds to the drinkability. I dig this beer and would drink a lot of it if it was a little less pricey but I can get Founders Centennial or Bell's Pale for at least two bucks cheaper a sixer in Indy where the prices are already sky high.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a mild brass-orange color with a yellow hue. Thin head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: There is a mild aroma of hops but in mainly smells of bread.

Mouthfeel: Is thin and a bit watery.

Taste: The flavors are very faint, sweet butter on bread and a weak hop finish. I am not saying that is a bad taste it is just very mild.
Overall: Pretty decent beer. Everything is good but all of its traits are in moderation.

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Photo of climax
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first from this brewery pours a slightly murky burnt orange. Head and retention are fair, lace is minimal.

The nose certainly doesn't implement the dose of Cascade hops I was hoping for. Therefor, it isn't very balanced. The malt heavy aroma is full of diacetyls, caramel, and sweet toffee.

Caramel and buttery tones dominate the flavor. The hops are subtle, but I do pick up a fairly earthy hop finish. It is balanced better in the mouth as the bitterness combats the sweetness well.

The body does have a medium thickness as the bottle suggests and that is nice. The carbonation is a bit heavy but has a pleasantly sharp bite without being fizzy.

Ultimately the beer seems more of an English style than a Cascade hopped APA. There is a bitterness, but with no real bright flavor cues.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color with a lighter golden color along the bottom of the glass. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is perfectly balanced with malt sweetness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of roasted malt, and citrus. Overall, a good body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, garnet colored ale with a small, eggshell white head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and some roasty malt aroma.

T - Flavor comes across citrusy with a floral hop presence. It had a rich malty backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. It was a light bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a an okay APA. It is easy drinking and flavorful, although it is not the hop variety I'd prefer in an APA.

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Photo of doowhat
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Vancer
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall and slender Vancouver glass, this clear amber brew produced good Brussels lace with its' ivory head.

Aroma was subtle notes of a spicy malt and caramel. Quaff went a bit astray with a grass and grain backbone which was more on the harsh and gritty side than hoppy. It did mellow down by mid-glass to make it drinkable - although this was certainly not my favorite on this Mother's day outing.

Decent, not outstanding, American Pale Ale. It just needed more hops.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this on my way home from Dark Lord Day.

Pours a nice copper color with a two finger head tha retains to a nice film throughout all twelve ounces. Pretty good bubbling too.

The aroma has a few hay notes mixed wth some light peppercorns, biscuits, and toasted orange peel.

Tree leaves, then sweet toasted malts upfront. Then the toasted orange peel bitterness of the hops . Grassy and leafy hops with citric bitterness linger through the finish.

Refreshing with a nice bitterness throughout the whole flavor profile. Pretty good session ale.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for this extra. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of creamy off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Transparent golden orange color.

S - Toffee malt, soapy Cascade hops that also provide some light citrus, some fresh cut grass. Pleasant, but nothing special. No obvious alcohol or off-smells.

T - The taste has a nice bitter kick to it and a touch of zesty citrus rind and pine. Otherwise its your standard pale malt backbone that contributes multi-grain bread and toffee notes. Nice bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Fairly viscous medium body, that drinks quite smoothly and has the appropriate level of carbonation zing to it. Quite pleasant, actually.

D - It's a pretty decent, albeit somewhat generic, session beer. No idea how fresh this is, as there is no date printed on it, but it's not far off from older bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'd drink it again, but I probably wouldn't buy a sixer any time soon.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: golden orange with a 2 finger head of big foamy bubbles. clear. has good head retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: grassy, honey biscuit, and a slight pine and citrus aroma. pretty light in the aroma department

T: sweet citrus and honey flavors up front followed by piney, grapefruit peel and toast. up to par for the style, nothing extraordinary.

M: medium body with alot of carbonation and a bitter and dry finish.

Overall, a good american pale ale. The hop flavors are subtle in the nose but come out in the finish. Nothing over the top, which most likely makes this beer more approachable for those who aren't hopheads or may be just getting into craft brews.

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Photo of scratch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden orange with a fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread and hops.

Taste- Buttery bread with some grass notes. Mild hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Crisp and slightly dry.

Overall- Not bad, easy to drink. But also somewhat forgettable.

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Horseshoe Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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