Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
World Brews

Tap Room No. 21 Pale AleTap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,861
Ranked #46,627
3.19 | pDev: 17.24%
World Brews
California, United States
Tap Room No. 21 Pale AleTap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 113
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This session-able pale pours a medium pale amber with a nice head of
white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features some nice light
lacing. Nose of grassy hops and subtle sweet malts. Flavors lightly exceed the
nose with grassy and herbal hop notes rounded out by lightly sweet honey malts
and light grain notes. Nice mouth feel for a macro pale---smooth, medium on the
mouth feel, crisp, medium carbonation, and a clean lightly hopped finish.

Overall, nothing to hate here. It's balanced and refreshing. A solid pale for
consumption at a BBQ or after mowing the lawn (which this would work wonders for).


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Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a glass bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Beautiful amber/caramel color. Little head, but a nice, lace-like halo around the edge. Surprising amount of small rising bubbles. I would rate the Look higher, but it appears a little thin and watery.

S: Gorgeous on the nose--somewhat hoppy and musty with a little spice. This is the best part of the beer.

T: I think the taste is a bit better than others have noted--probably just personal preference.

F: Thin, watery, as the Look suggests. We have come to expect just a little more body is a pale ale. It's almost like someone took a standard ale and mixed in a couple of tablespoons of tap water.

O: Not a bad beer--certainly not as bad as some other reviews would suggest--but not stellar, either. It almost seems closer to a summer ale or something of that nature.

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Photo of Squire
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light yellow, white cap with good lace.

Aroma: Not much to speak of, hoppier than your usual AAL.

Taste: Not bad. Not really good either but there's little to recommend it other than it's beer and not a bad one. I get bready malt with some hops peaking out but are too timid to actually introduce themselves.

Texture: Light bordering on medium.

Overall: If someone handed me this saying it was Miller High Life I'd say no, Miller has a brighter hop profile. This is an inoffensive beer designed for broad appeal which means minimum complaints but no real complements either. I cheerfully drank it but I'm rather easy in such matters.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Crystal clear watery golden body with a thin, soapy white head. Aroma is slightly citrusy, slightly piney, lots of toast. Flavor is slightly sweet, a dash of bitterness. Feel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. A plain pale ale that is light on flavor.

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Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal-clear, dark gold colored body; thick, foamy, white head; strings and clumps of lacing on the glass. Caramel and bread crust aroma; slight sweetness noted. Flavor follows the aroma; some diacetyl notes (on par with the style); slightly metallic hop bitterness. Medium bodied; smooth and glassy; mostly dry finish.

Not a bad little beer all together. It is far from being a standout example of the style yet delivers the basic goods. The flavor and feel do seem a bit weak overall yet the beer remains easily drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a relatively clear copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a faint amount of amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall frothy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and grassy hops with a hint of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with a light amount of bready malts. That is followed by a light flavor of grassy and citrus/orange rind hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Nothing exciting here and not really great hop aromas + flavors for this one... Probably won't grab this one again though it is easy to drink.

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Photo of ordybill
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another sub-par beer from World Brews. This is not as bad as the copper lager but it doesn't even compare to Bud or Natural Light for flavor. Maybe I picked up a mixed six pack that was really old, but these aren't very good.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4/5
A deep orange color, moderately clear, but I can see many particles floating around in the beer. Their is a small amount of head retention. The carbonation bubbles float up at an average speed. Overall, a decent look.

Smell - 3/5
Standard beer smell, with more breadiness to the smell than usual

Taste - 3.5/5
An orangey-citrusy beer taste, with some breadiness and alcohol taste. Perhaps some floral hops taste, not very bitter.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Creamy rather than crisp. The carbonation is very light. Seems heavier in body than most beers.

Overall - 3/5
The beer was not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

This one pours a very clear bright golden color and has a barely off-white head that is thick, long lived and settles very slowly. The lacing is adequate and thin and also settles down the glass as well.

The nose is tinged with peppery/pine hops that hint at a spicy note with some sweet malt, biscuits, grass and lemon.

The taste is a moderate bittering on top of sweet malt with some black pepper and earthy notes. Not very complex or interesting

The moutfeel is a little on the watery side.

Overall a drinkable but not particularly interesting or compelling beer. Think of a slight more bitter and interesting version of a Heineken crossed with Little Kings.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%

A: 3.5 - Pale gold beer, clear, with a large airy head that fades fairly quickly, leaving little lacing.
S: 3.5 - Faint floral hops.
T: 2.75 - Sweet, grainy malt, with very little bitterness. Tastes like a generic macro:
M: 3.25
O: 2.75 - Fortunately, got as part as a pick-your-6, so I don't have any more to drink. Very poor.

Weightings (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.07

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours golden color with a slight orange hue, one finger head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin broken layer that lasted throughout, medium carbonation, moderate lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread, subtle and understated.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet caramel malt, bread and a mild hop profile with a very slight metallic aftertaste. This is a very mild hop version of the pale ale style.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: this beer is unremarkable, I will not seek it out again, hop profile is too mild for my liking and had a slightly unappealing metallic taste.

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Photo of mactrail
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is fizzy yellow with an average head and plenty of spritz in the mouth. Light body. A hint of hoppy fragrance along with cereal cooking. Some light flavors of malt and a modest hoppy edge. A little bit of resiny flavor. English muffin breadiness. Bitter metallic twang.

Bitterish bathwater taste at the finish. This seems to be a step up from the industrial lagers, but it's a small step. Still, however uninspired it's an almost drinkable light lager. Unpleasant bitter note makes me want to quit drinking it, though. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Von's supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Marigold color with a very white head. This beer actually has some of the best lacing I have seen in a while. Champagne style bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Copper aromas with the faint sweet hop smell we all look for in a pale ale. Not as big a nose as you would expect. It's rather bland.

T- It's a pale pale ale. Not bursting with flavor like a traditional PA, but it does have a very drinkable flavor to it. Not quite up to Pale Ale status, this is more like a lager with more flavor than any other lager on earth. It could benefit from just a few more hops.

M- Thin and a bit watery. Doesn't have the body of a pale ale either.

O- I can't say that I would blind taste this and think pale ale. However at the same time if you put it up against other lighter varieties of beers (pilsners, lagers) I would say this one would come out near the top. It has a basic general drink-ability to it that makes it a good choice for an everyday thirst quencher.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep medium to dark orange color. The head is an off-white shade. It reaches about half a finger and has pretty good retention. Patching is dropped in reasonably good quantity.
Unlike the other two I've tried in this lineup, this beer seems like a pretty good representative of the style. Hops and malts are well-balanced, caramel and a little crust offsetting floral and grassy bitterness with a slightly sharp note to it. It's got a grainy undertone with a very mild astringency, but otherwise nothing off-putting and decently strong.
The hops are surprisingly strong given my expectations, coming to the forefront with the malts balancing but keeping it on the hoppier side. It's more herbal on the tongue with a not-quite-acidic sharpness and some lemon zest countered by a firm note of caramel and bread that leans toasty.
The body is medium, well-sustained and generally pretty fluffy off a consistent carbonation. It's got lots of crisp bite and some smoothness, too. A slight, very slight astringency is hinted at here and there but never quite cuts through.

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Photo of timn
2.69/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours clear gold with plenty of carbonation visible. Very little head.

S: A little citrus and hops, and that's about it. Rather boring.

T: Tastes mostly like it smells - Citrus and some hops. Boring and unremarkable. Tastes cheap.

M: Thin with a lot of carbonation.

O: Not much of a pale ale. This just tastes like maybe a tiny step above a cheap beer. Slightly below average to average at best.

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Photo of GandalfTheGrey
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 12 ounce snifter

A- pours a nice amber color. Little to no head.
S- slight oaky aroma
T- bitter with a smooth aftertaste
M- a little thin for a pale ale. Very drinkable but leaves something desired
O- a decent pale ale. very easy to drink, but if you are a fan of a heavier pale ale, you may be disappointed.

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Photo of hackmann
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: misty amber body with maybe a one finger white head that left some lacing on the glass on the first two sips.

Aroma: wow, a little pale ale like; did the Tap Room make a mistake and get this one close. A weak citrus note, a little fruity like, and not much else.

Flavors: a light citrus note, faint fruit, little bready, grassy hops, maybe herbal water

Mouthfeel: light on the delivery (thin), little citrus mid and finish, grassy on the finish, fine carbonation, light on the palate, weak aftertaste – no linger notes

To the Point: average at best; thin and weak come to mind; maybe a good introductory beer. I reviewed four beers from the Tap Room and this was their best. I would pass on any of their beers.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: two finger bright white foamy head, light golden straw color, no visible carbonation
S: light herbal aroma, grass, tea, lemon
M: on the lighter side, some carbonation feel
T: the hop character is slightly off, some burnt flavor, lemon, fresh grass
O: easy drinking, along the lines of a lawnmower beer, enjoyed on a hot day

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Well, it looks like a pale ale. It has a very bubbly head with some surprising lacing. Lots of carbonation. Probably this beer's highlight.

Smell: Musky. As another reviewer said, I kind of get a kitchen soap aroma in there as well, now that I think about it. Maybe some grassiness. Something about it smells sort of cheap.

Taste/feel: Well... I don't know. Initially it tastes pretty decent, but then the feel/aftertaste really comes in. There's about a medium carbonation here, but the aftertaste has a -- get this -- watery taste. How? It just does. It's quite odd. I can see how this could be a good beer when you're thirsty after a hot day outside, but this really didn't even deserve to be poured into a pint glass. It's definitely much better than typical macros out there, but as far as pale ales, this one misses the mark a little bit.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
World Brews
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.30 %

LOOK: Pale orange colored brew, white soapy head forms with some lacework as well.

SMELL: Earthy, grassy, cat pee like scent from the hops. A good helping of herbal and tea like aromas eventually develop as well.

TASTE: Pale malt flavor with light toasted notes, caramel, and fresh bread. Hops are highlighted pretty well, with more herbal, grassy, faint lemon notes. Somewhat crisp and generally good tasting and drinks fairly easily. Mellow notes of malt and herbal, citrusy hop.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, but comes off a bit watery. A few of these would be good on a hot day, however.

OVERALL: Easy going pale here with no frills but also nothing out of place. Pretty standard, and there is nothing wrong with that. Give it a try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent copper with a dense, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - citrusy and a bit soapy

T - very faint bready malt, sweet, citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather simple, one-dimensional offering. It's drinkable and smooth, but boring. It's cheap so I don't disappoint the six pack to hang out with friends, but I'll definitely avoid in the future.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid but not critical perfumy, tart apple APA.

A: Mostly clear faded goldenrod body with a frothy, persistent, two finger off white head.

S: Buttery malt, some fruit (apricot?) a bit of dusty, zesty hops, and a small hint of an off scent, like adjunct or metal.

T: Very floral and fruity with perfumy oils, tart green apple, white grape. Hops are light and follow the nose. Malt is solid, on butter like the nose, but not completely robust.

M: Finely textured and a bit light on the carbonation. Slightly drying.

O: Very close to Anchor Humming Ale. Perhaps Anchor brews it?

EDIT: That's my picture!

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Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one finger soapy, white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled malty and grassy. Not much else.

T - It tasted of some bitter grassy hops. A nice burnt toast maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a nice APA. At $6.59 for a six pack it is a nice value.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber with little that did not stick around very long. Aroma is more on the floral side, orange blossom and honey notes and a bit of fruity malt. A bit sweet for me on the palate, it almost tastes like they use candi sugar, although I am sure that is probably not the case. Not enough hops to back up the sweetness and a watery finish to boot.

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Photo of G2Brew
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap Room Brewery is a division of World Brews of Novato, CA. According to their website, Tap Room No. 21 is "an ode to the repeal of Prohibition."

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at 45F. No "best by" date.

A - It pours a beautiful deep amber, with ample rising bubbles. A full finger of very creamy off-white head hung around a little while, waking up with every movement of the glass, and left good lacing.

S - A quick blast of citrus on the first whiff, followed up with deeper grapefruit clarification, some herbal and woody notes, and very faint malt. You have to work for this, it doesn't jump out at you.

T - The first surprise in the flavor was the lack of the things I smelled. That big, bright citrus blast was non-existent in the taste - not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising. Big caramel is followed by sweet malt. Grapefruit-led hops provide a nicely balanced bitterness, with a little spiciness, and herbal, floral notes in the back of the mouth. Not much aftertaste. Pretty clean, despite the surprisingly intense flavors.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, with sufficient but slightly understated carbonation. A little on the watery side, but not bad for an APA.

O - This beer was a nice surprise. I'd never heard of it, and picked it up in a "mix your own 6-pack" deal at a grocery store. It is a very easy drinking brew, smooth, and flavorful. Not a big nosegay of hops like you often get in any American Pale Ale, investing instead in flavor. Malt forward, but with a complex blend of hops. A great session beer.

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Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale from World Brews
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 113 ratings