Trademark Pale Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Trademark Pale AleTrademark Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ZAP on 12-22-2001

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 149
Reviews by AndoBrew:
Photo of AndoBrew
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*did not mind, would never buy*

app: nice muddled copper color. not much head.

smell: hop spice, some sort of cooked chicken smell with herbs.

taste: mild light sweetness then some pepper. mostly mild easy going medium malts with some trash in the after taste. not really bad, nothing exciting. some pine leaning spicy hops, like christmas herb spiced chicken

mf: fine. could use more bubbles but only a bit.

drinkable?: sure, it is not a best friend, but no enemy either

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a thin white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is caramel malts and dirty hops with a bit of fruit.

The flavor is sweet malts with some citric grassy hops with a decent bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, a pedestrian pale ale.

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Photo of Duster72
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey amber with a nice off white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is mild citrus and sweet malts. Taste is nice hoppy citrus with more orange than grapefruit. Little pine. Nice balance of malts keep it refreshing and not too sweet. Very drinkable beer, very nice APA.

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Photo of merlin48
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a hazy yellow, with no head even with a hard pour. Weak wisps of ring lacing and that's it. Unimpressive appearance. Subdued aroma of pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light bodied and low in carbonation. Some mild hop bite. Taste mirrors the nose, with pine and grapefruit notes. There is some malt balance to even things out, but nothing impresses. Finishes dry, bitter, and sprucy pine. Maybe I got a flat bottle here, as this one just is plain dull.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer name/Brewer: Trademark Pale Ale Breckenridge Brewery

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle

Pours: Cloudy tangerine amber

Nose: Light hops and bread basket malts

Lacing: respectable strands

Head: Light tan head, leaving a middle of the road collar

Flavor notes: In a sea of Pale ales, this one is somewhere in the middle of the waves and froth...soft drying hops, malty underbelly, adds up to a respectable Brit style pale..nothing earth shattering, just a nice easy drinking, quite sessionable ale. Worth trying, but not worth driving across the state for

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Photo of badbeer
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a cloudy red-orange color with a quickly dissipating head leaving little lacing. Aroma was a little bread like with a different mix of hops that I didn't care for, just didn't seem right. Same with the taste, tasted a bit like old grass. Medium bodied with a little above average carbonation, seemed alright in this aspect. I just didn't really care for this, I didn't even finish the entire 12oz bottle, so I can't give it a high number on drinkability. I was hoping to like this more, I enjoyed their Oatmeal Stout, but I will pass on this one.

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Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearish amber appearance, off white head of about 1/4 of an inch and average lasting power. Simple incomplete laces, strings mostly. Aroma showcases some hops, a bit of cheesiness. Mouthfeel is fairly lively, carbonation is on the high side of medium here. Hoppiness is immediately apparent, seems to wander into the grapefruit citrus range mostly, Centennial-like in impression but maybe more woody. The maltiness is more fleeting and somewhat glue-like in flavor. Slight off-like adhesive flavor that reminds me of the aroma of Scotch Tape. Not offensive, fairly easy going, not one of the elite Pale Ales in my opinion.

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Photo of LaurensDeJong
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of sloejams
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampler at Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

Now we're moving toward my styles. This is a wonderfully balance American Pale. It has enough hops to keep me interested, but not too much to scare away John Q Public. The malt shines through cutting the citrus hop profile and keeping things in check.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite places to visit when hitting the Rockies. Not many people remember the Breckenridge Brewery and Pub in Omaha. I enjoyed many a pint there in it's short life. They had a great prime rib sandwich and only $5.99 at lunchtime.

Oh, the beer, first time I've had it in the bottle. The poured darker than most pale ales, copper almost amber. Lacks something that I like about pale ales, dryness maybe? Not the best pale ale not the worst. Much better on tap.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy copper with a big ole' three finger head of crisp white foam. Head retention is very respectable, and lots of really crusty dry lace is left all round the glass.

S - Big time grapefruit, with sugar on top. This is very citrus oriented, but has a hint of the pine too. Some sweetness gives a hint as to the density of the malts used here.

T - Oh yeah, that's good! This is actually not as hoppy as it smells, but its still a very much hop-oriented brew. This is extremely well balanced and very tasty, however, it doesn't present any off the wall or outstanding notes. Just a good solid and very well flavored pale ale.

M - Medium bodied, wet, and foamy. This one is ridiculously creamy and mellow. This starts hoppy and finished malty and sweet. It's almost full bodied really, and I think that's due in large part to the creamy feel

D - This is a KILLER session brew! Tasty as hell, and matched a deep dish pizza perfectly!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on the huge hop drawn dead-center on the label of the bottle I was expecting a hoppy and resinous beast, but what I got was a soft, malty and judiciously hopped English-style ale! A smile crossed my face... standard English-style pale ale is one of my favorite styles, and it's surprisingly hard to find in the U.S., but Breckenridge has done it, and done it right!

The golden body was hazy, but the frothy white head helds just fine - and even left some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose was leafy, grassy, floral, and a bit mineralish (Fuggles?) over a delicately sweet and bready malt base with a delicate touch of caramel and nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and superbly smooth with a moderate, very-fine bubbled, seemingly-natural carbonation.

In the flavor, all that the nose suggested came to life with a supple, sweetish malt accented by leafy and grassy hops. The bitterness was beyond firm, even solid, but not biting at all. It simply snuggled in amidst the sweetness of the malt, and only appeared towards the swallow and into the lingering, leafy and nutty finish.

Superbly done! An excellent (slightly strong) session ale!

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper-gold in color with a bubbly white head. Laced beautifully but simmered down to a layer after a couple minutes.

S: Lively and crisp nose dominated by floral hop varieties. Some pale malt and yeast aromas come through as the brew warms.

T: Definitely leaning towards the hop characteristics in the taste. Hops blend nicely with a modest malt backbone. Solid pale ale flavors overall.

M: Light bodied and very well carbonated. The finish is somewhat muddy, but the aftertaste is bitter, yet satisfying.

D: This could easily be a fixture as a good pub ale, especially in areas of the Midwest!

My first go at a Breckenridge brew was a solid offering all around. Well-constructed and very drinkable. Would be especially nice during warmer months, when having a cookout with friends and/or relatives!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy deep orangey/amber liquid topped by a cream colored head featuring great lacing. Fruity and malty nose with a spicy hoppy character in the background. The taste is a nice citrusy hop bite with sweet fruity maltiness. The hop twang dominates through the long finish. Well made and easy to drink in quantity.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was in a summer mixer 12-pack, so I know it's fresh

Poured a deep honey color with a 3 fingers fluffy white head. Good head retention & excellent lacing

Smell: Big malt & a hint of hops

Taste: slight bitterness up front gives way to fruittiness followed by citric hop bitterness as it warms. Finishes with a piney bitterness

MF: good balance, medium body & good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, this would work as a session ale. Based on previous reviews, I'd say it doesn't travel or age very well. Carpe diem!

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Photo of bditty187
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Largely clear golden hue, surprisingly light in color, it is akin to an industrial Pilsner. The white head scarcely reached a 1/16th of an inch; it faded to a soapy cap. To say the appearance is lackluster would be an understatement. The subsequent lacing was spotty and webby. The nose is uneventful, dully flowery hops and a trace of caramel malts. The invitation must have gotten lost in the mail; it is not compelling at all. The palate has its charm, dull maltiness upfront with a note of fruity puree in the middle, flowery too, the finish is clean, mildly bitter hoppiness with notes of pine and citrus. As a whole the taste is somewhere between Pale Ale and ESB, ordinary at both ends. Medium-light in body, the carbonation is low, a little too much so but the mouthfeel is adequate. It is plenty easy to drink, tasty enough to quaff again under the right circumstances. The aftertaste is awfully muddled and a little undesirable. It is available in six-packs in Omaha but I have passed on it many times. I did purchase a single 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.40. One is enough of me, thanks.

-The freshness indicator on the side of the bottle was not marked, how annoying is that!

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Photo of BeerZack
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark honey/applejuice color with smallish head that laces the glass well (or maybe my glassware is dirty)...

Smells great! Sweetish bready malt with light citrus and almost tropical fruitiness; grapefruit and pineapplely, like a white wine.

Sweet, sour, acidic, again hinting at tropical fruit, but more dirty. Reminds me of a sauvingon blanc wine, stiff mouthfeel and all.

Overall a nice pale ale, but not as drinkable as it should be in my opinion.

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Photo of zillo043068
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ewright
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a pint glass a golden color with a hint of orange. A finger of head forms and rapidly dissipates to a persistent thin layer.

S: Aroma of tangerine is most noticeable. Faint floral notes are also present.

T: Good hop presence up front, but not much of a malt backbone to support it. A bit too much harshness is present in the aftertaste.

M: The astringency in the aftertaste distracts from an otherwise pleasant mouthfeel. The beer is light across the tongue and leaves no stickiness on the tongue.

D: I'd have a hard time drinking more than one of these at a time. If the bittering hops were balanced with a bit more pronounced malt flavor, the drinkability would improve.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head. True to the specs on the label, a sweet, floral aroma which is quite pleasant, some hops also detected on the nose. Initial taste is hoppy, to be expected, some citrus and fruity notes, grapefruit in the background. A nice body and rather easy drinking, but kind of overpowering on the hops for an APA, was hoping to enjoy more of the fruity flavors. Hop heads only on this one, but not a bad beverage.

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Photo of dungaree
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall, decent but not outstanding. Pours a deep amber color. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. Tastes slick and a bit thin. The hops are pretty good but get a little harsh as the beer warms. You can tell it's from Breckenridge: there's a note in it, probably the hops they use, that must be common to the stout and the Christmas ale.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, light golden ale that pours with a white head of foam that leaves some nice lacework. Light herbal aroma. The first sip is lightly spiced with hops. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and full. Toasted malt and fruity flavors emerge towards the middle with the finish being lightly bitter and rather quick. A bit of a delicate pale ale that needs to be served just slightly chilled to bring out its flavors. Not bad, but I'd like more hops.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange copper color. After a hard pour I ended up with a little 1/2 finger white head that dies almost as quick as it shows up. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a light bitterness in the hops they use for the aroma. Mild sweet bready malts in the back end of the aroma. A light almost rotting fruit smell comes into play as well lingering around. The alcohol is noticable in this as well. Nothing too impressive but nothing that screams don't drink it.

T- This bottle has some oxidation to it. Hops come through in a nice light punch in the front end of this beer. Malts play more of a dominate role...didn't expect that. The fruity smell I picked up isn't really anywhere in the beer which was a nice sigh of relief. Nothing to impressive at all in the taste.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Rust and light sweet hops are what is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Feels like I am sucking on a coin while this is in the mouth.

D- This is a alright beer. I would pick most things before getting this one again. The oxidation I know has a lot to do with it but I still have to think that many other beers would be better replacement for this pale ale.

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