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: 194 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of khunter311
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of JEdmund
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive orange, clear, smallish head

Orange rind and some lemon....bright, light and fresh; I'm enjoying it and finding it a new take on the typical pale ale aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Taste follow nose closely, with orange being the predominant flavor...somewhat surprisingly to pick up on these flavors as I don't recall encountering a pale ale or IPA with such an orange zestiness...flavor is in line with a pale ale, making it not excessive in any way and very drinkable...light-to-medium body with a moderate carbonation

Extremely drinkable and unique. I look forward to coming back to this one again soon.

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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 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 1fastz28
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy orangeish color with a decent head that laces well. smell is strong, with a pungent hop aroma, not much malt gets through but the piney hops are strong. taste is good, has a strong hop flavor, more piney than anything else. a good beer overall

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this pale ale pours a golden honey yellow, with very thin light carbonation, atop sits a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around my glass rather quickly

S - a rich, quality hoppy aroma, with subtle and evocative floral notes, a mono-faceted aroma, but a very good one

T - mildly bitter, however a permeating subtle sweetness balances it outnicely, and some floral notes make it through to the flavor, a very nice taste

M&D - extremely smooth and palatable, with a uniquely balanced flavor for a hoppy beer, even the girlfriend liked it, and for a hoppy ale speaks volumes

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, Munich and Caramel malts. Hopped with Perle, Willamette, Bramling, Fuggle, and Czech Saaz.

5.7% ABV, 40 IBU.

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep golden, forming a large and meringue-like off-beige head with excellent retention and sticky clumps of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is wet, brisk, with a very nice plethora of fruity esters, mild toast and caramel malt...full of fruity and floral hops, rivaling the aroma of many competing IPA's. Swirling brings out this wonderful complexity of funky MJ hops and aphrodisiacal esters. Wonderful aroma! The mouthfeel is sharp and dry with a medium body. Taste begins with lots of fruity and floral hops...I'm surprised there isn't Centennial in here, as it has a subtle Cent. trademark nose. Malt body is in the background. An interesting pepper note arises towards the finish, but it's definitely hops and not alcohol that contributes to this. Piney in the middle. Cleanly fermented.

The hops are tainted by the English ruddiness of Fuggles, a hop variety that I'm not very partial too. The yeast component also tastes like an English-American hybrid. The mouthfeel is a tad dull in the finish and is the only lackluster component of this otherwise very hoppy APA. Still, it's a very decent beer and I could see it growing on me.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citric hoppy nose, bright and fragrant. Mild amber malt biscuit .

Pours a golden hue, great clarity, moderate head with mild retention.

Tart floral hop, very citric and bright. Mild amber biscuit malt true to aroma. Moderate hop bitterness. Finishes mildly dry, mostly clean.

Good bit of bitterness and moderately dry.

A crisp, clean hoppy IPA, very tasty.

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Photo of becktone
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Lemon yellow with a bit of haziness. Head formation and retention are almost as bad as the Avalanche. This one at least got something though, even if it does resemble a dry rotted threadbare blanket. If the head were better it would be much more appealing.

Nose: Hops are very flowery, this is not cascade, and this has been dry hopped. Very grassy and floral. Maybe a noble type hop, or an english varity. Nice aroma altogether. Sweet malt background supports the hops.

Tongue: Nice malt here, not sweet and not grainy but a perfect mix of both. Kinda bready but not so much so. Even after the first sip I can tell that this is a very nice beer that although might not be all that complex is very good and will be one to come back to. This is a nicely balanced beer, hops aren't too forward and they nicely balance the malt, I mean this thing is balanced. Neither character overtakes the other. Just a good beer. Even though its an EPA it don't have the diacetyl that is (or that I've come to associate with the style...whether it be true or not... its a mental thing). Overall I'm liking this beer.

Feel and Drinkabilty: Lower carbonation levels are right for this beer, gives it a feel that is lower medium...almost makes it feel like a real ale. The lower carbonation is appropriate for the style. Finish is clean, this is one that I'll be going for when I want a nice balanced beer. I've not had much Breckenridge, but I'll have to say that this one is impressive, it gives me the desire to want to try the whole line....which is a good thing.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice medium amber, with a very clear body. A decent sized head of about two fingers height rose up over the top and nestled down to a thin layer covering the entire surface after just a few moments. There was some very nice carbonation that could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass throughout the session, replenishing the lace on top.

S – The aroma was full of light hops from the very start. A nice well balanced aroma of light orange mixed with some cereal and earthy grains created a very balanced and light pale ale smell. There were hints of some apple or other yeast like fruit smells as well hidden way in the back with a caramel sugar topping.

T – The flavor was you classic English pale, but with a hint of west coast hops thrown in for good measure. Started out with a nice round of grainy like textures which morphed well with a caramel sweetness and a nice grassy and earthy type flavor. As this processed it was slowly replaced by a very nice touch of pine like hops, they were light with nothing really mind blowing, but still there drawing out the finish and giving it that little extra dry bitterness that it needed.

M – Very nice and smooth, this medium bodied pale ale was filled with a nice amount of carbonation, but still exhibited a bit of a thickness or slickness to it as it went down. There was a nice smooth delivery though and this slickness did not distract in anyway, just served to let you know what kind of ale it was.

D – Outstanding session ale this went down literally like water. The nice bright flavors, good carbonation and light enough body to be refreshing really helped out and let it be something you could easily out down three or four of over a night.

Overall this was excellent English session ale. I would love to have this one on tap as I am sure it would showcase the flavors wonderfully. Nothing drop down fantastic about this but it was still a very high quality ale that I would happily enjoy again.

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

The beer pours a nice gold color with a creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter hop flavor and finish laid over a solid malt base. It boasts of pale and carapils malts. The taste is good. It has a light, yet flavorful pale and carapils malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes bitter and hoppy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable pale ale. It is light, but full of flavor.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber tinted gold with a touch of haze. the head is thick and bubbly with a faint hint of tan as well. The head collapses slowly getting a shape similar to large hole Swiss cheese. Excellent aromatic hops float up from the head with a distinctive fruity malt undertone. Pavlovian affect is kicking in. Very hoppy taste as expected with an American craft/micro brew. Bitter aftertaste. The malt is definitely there as well with a nice fruity taste that is overwhelmed by the hops. So Hop heads rejoice. Almost reminds of a barley wine with out the body. Kind of like a light barley wine more than a pale ale of even more accurately an ESB with out the body. Still a very drinkable beer though I would recommend more time in the casks before bottling.

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Photo of CJN11
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Spec's since it was about the only Pale Ale I had not sampled that was cold and ready to go. I was plesantly surpised. The smell was average at best, but the taste was explosive. Very easy to drink, as I drank about 3 in no time. This would be the perfect Pale Ale for a sunny spring day. This was my first foray into the Breckenridge Brewery and I will certainly try some more.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dull copper. Carbonation rises slowly. Head is slight and bubbly and off-white colored. The nose has some decent pungency and resin like qualities for a pale ale. Cannabis-like. Cannabis good. Really nice hop qualities on the palate. Citric and a bit raw. Pungent and grapefruity. Rind-like. Good, clean bitterness. Some slight toasted malt quaities, but in reality, the malt backing is lacking just a tad. A little better appearance and a little bit more of a malt load, and this would be a kickass APA. As it is, it's quite nice.

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Photo of Kayla_Lauren11
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%

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 EdgarGerik
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

over the course of three years my knowledge of pales as improved and this really isn't bad at all..very light...easy drinking but tasty..good juicy hoppiness...balanced thoughNice citrus hop nose..I could kick back more than a few of these easily...light golden color...pretty clear...

12-21-01 My second experience with breckenridge. This is a decent pale ale..better than Sam Adams....More flavor...hops are touted as floral on the label but I get more of an oily husky hop bite...this tastes more like I thought pale ales were supposed to taste like. Not a spectacular beer by any means but an above average pale ale.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium amber color with moderate off-white creamy head.ome nice lacing.
Smell is of fruiy and bready malt with little evidence of hops.
Taste shows a profound hop profile at the front end, with enough malt slowly coming through to present with a nice balance.
More enjoyable dryness at the finish.
Nice flavorful beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, nice carbonation with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with a nice malt note. The taste is hoppy/malty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American pale ale has a nice clear golden color and deep floral aroma. The light, but definitely noticeable bitterness compliments a balanced malt profile and spicy/floral hop flavor. A nice medium body and light grassy finish create a soothing tasty brew.

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Photo of MDekker
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy honey color, with a little head that retained itself pretty well through consumption. The aroma consisted a slight bready note, but with stronger hints of fresh apple and hops. The taste started oily and sweet, and finished well. It had an overall satisfying malt-hop flavor to it. In the mouth it was refreshing and clearn on the palate. Overall, this was easy and pleasant to drink, with no lingering aftertaste. I was quite pleased with it.

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Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy Amber / Gold with a white foam. Settles to around 1/8 inch lace, and leaves rings around the glass as you drink it. Pine and floral hops aroma. Flavor begins with grainy taste, and becomes more hoppy. As with the nose, flavor becomes slightly piney. Carbonation is low to medium, and has a medium mouthfeel.

Not a terribly distincitve Pale Ale, but nothing to find fault with. A very easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 194 ratings