Trademark Pale Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

Trademark Pale AleTrademark Pale Ale
194 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ZAP on 12-22-2001

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Photo of Stoutsman
2/5  rDev -42%

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 Erdinger2003
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is average, the head falls thin, but doesn't break. The lacing is apparent, but nothing special. Color is a brownish-gold that's slightly cloudy.

Smell is full of cascade hops, not overpowering, but apparent. It has slightly fruity smells underneath the hops thaa are very hard to pick up.

Taste is watery at first, then I had a huge bite of overpowering bitter hops that turned me off. A bit of an aftertaste that reminds me of cough medicine.

Mouthfeel is like hard water, not very enjoyable.

I don't think I will ever drink this again, very dissapointing.

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Photo of xav33
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Breckenridge Trademark Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Encapsulated 11/05, guzzled 07/06

Poured a golden hay, with 1/4 inch head that barely lasted.

Smelt of well balanced yet subtle soft hops and malt.

Taste mellows into its peak with meek citrusy hops and finishes abruptly with an overbearing sweet bready taste to a sour resiny goodbye. Mouthfeel is an elegant balance, but effervescence hides too much.

Overall, an average pale ale with just enough to merely please the average beer drinker.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, I thought this was very average at best. The smell reminded me of wet dog and while there were indeed bitter hops in the taste, the flavour, to me, was neither resinous, citrusy, floral, or anything else. Mouthfeel I felt was a bit heavy given the style; again, simply an opinion. Looks as though plenty of folks enjoy this beer, but it just isn't for me. This is the first bottle from a mixed up 12pk I purchased this afternoon. Let's hope I enjoy the other styles a little better..

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Photo of JDV
2.47/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange, honey colored with a medium thickness and lasting head. Smell is slightly stale cardboard malty, with a light hop presence. A touch of skunk at first, but probably just that this one is quite old. Taste is extremely bland, boring, and like hop tea more than anything. Not good or flavorful really, with a light bitter bite to it. Would not recommend at all.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a small head of large bubbles that falls to a sparse coating over top. Nose is a bit weak. Caramel and butter notes are most prevalent. Definate diacetyl in here. Very light spicey hop, but not a lot. Flavor is very buttery, with a small burst of bitterness on the finish, but nothing lingering. Definately leaves a lot to be desired. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, way too much diacetyl here and not enough hop anywhere in this one. Not going to recommend it.

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Photo of sevineyes
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a cool retro cyan and orange label featuring hops.

A: Light copper in color with a quickly-disappearing head.

S: Bready and malty sweetness. Grassiness and a metallic element.

T: Really sweet giving way to really floral hops. Almost gets to a metallic point almost like having a dime in your mouth.

M: Thin and watery.

D: I really think this beer is much better paired with food than it is by itself. Something that is even as bare as just being salty makes this go down a lot easier.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Though I poured it pretty easy, the beer is still pretty cloudy with a few floaties in it. There was over a ¼” head at first pour that was off white. The beer itself is a slightly caramel colored gold. The head was a thin layer on top of the beer after a minute or so.

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrus hops greet you in the beginning along with some bready notes from the yeast. No real alcohol evident in the cold beer. Though the bottle says that it is an English pale ale, I get more American varieties of hops.

Taste: There is a whole bunch of hops to start out the flavor profile, and it is a little weird that it comes across as bitter right away. There is a noticeable chalky flavor that is out of place. I suspect that the water wasn’t treated correctly for this beer as the bittering is the key player. There seems to be a bit of oxidation present in this beer also…It has a “bottled on” place on the side of the label, but there is no indication of how old the beer really is.

Opinion: Well, I don’t really care for this beer. I feel like it has some age on it, which doesn’t help by any means. In addition to the age, the malt bill is really weak for the amount of hops and the water profile. I may try this beer again if it is on tap somewhere, but I am not too impressed with the bottle version…and I would be surprised if an example at the brewery would taste any better. The recipe is lacking.

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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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Photo of dmamiano
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boers a medium straw color with virtually no head after a very hard pour. Lacing noted on the sides of the glass.
Smell of fruity hops, with a slight metalic twinge in the nose.
Taste is very carbonated, citrus hoppiness noted with a bitter finish.
Vrey slight malty notes detected.
Just average overall.

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Photo of LaurensDeJong
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of znarf
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is just an OK beer. I would not turn it down if someone offered me one at a party, but also would not purchase it again. Pours MGD golden. Smell has a nearly that of a good lager instead of an ale. Hops are apparent if you swish the brew in your mouth, otherwise they may go almost unnoticed by a true Hop-Head. The finish is clean with a hint of tangerine at the back of my throat. Likely better if you could get it on tap.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad APA, but has a few minor flaws that keep it from receiving a better score. The aroma shows good hop and malt balance, but picks up on heavy caramel tones and perhaps a stale hop aroma. The colors and head retention are what I expect--good. The flavors show a buttery or caramel character that does not go well with the style. Gets a bit grainy toward the finish. Good spiciness and maltiness. Textrue is slick and butter-like. Combined with the grain flavor, weakens a bit. Finish is mildly bitter and malty. Slightly less than clean.

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Photo of deepsouth
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with little head. a ring did form around the top a minute later.

very little to smell here. faint hops and not much else.

the taste is just ok. again, faint hops and no malt character. it could have used a bit better balance imo. it's not unpleasant to drink, just short on taste.

the mouthfeel is light to medium. again, nothing stunning.

this isn't a bad beer, but isn't one i'd seek out. a bit to bitter for me to session it.

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Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Trademark, the pale ale – but no bottled date. Another substandard offering from Breckenridge. Poor pour (pun!), amber orange with minimal tan head. Sniff hard and you may pick up some malt, maybe. Taste has some hints of floral and grains – an almost pilsner lager bite.

A medium bodied brew, nothing to write home about or seek out. However, I would not turn one down, if offered as a freebie.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear lighter amber with a small white head that leaves slight lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops over light malt body.
Tastes exactly the same with some grapelike fruitiness in the taste. Decent carbonation with a lighter body. Easy drinking but not a great pale ale, another average american pale ale. I wouldn't seek this out, but would try it given the opportunity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper body with a wispy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Pretty light aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness with a caustic, soapy citrus taste. Hints of fruit. Mildly sour, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Sorta watery.

Drinkability: This one just didn't it for me. At all.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a conical pint glass at Breckenridge Barbecue in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a clear textbook gold.

Sm: Caramel, toasted malt, and light hops. A light aroma.

T: Light hops, full clean expressive barley, and some boring malts. Nicely balanced and built, but with a problematic slightly metalic finish. It's kind of bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thin and a bit undercarbonated. Pretty complementary of the flavours for what it is.

Dr: Very drinkable, but understated - like most Breckenridge beers I've had.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Moderate hard pour produces almost 2 inches of off-white head with fine to large bubbles that eventually settles to a thin skim. Even sheeting lace falls very slowly. Beer is a very clear gold

Aroma is slight, Some floral hop and bread. I expect more from a dry hopped beer. The date isn't marked so I guess it could be old.

Taste begins with bread and caramel. Just a hint of citrus. Caramel flows to the back and meets the bitter which hangs on the back of the tongue just long enough to keep the malt from clinging. Actually very well balanced, just a little to the malt side.

Mouthfeel is moderately full, lots of dextrins. My guess is quite a bit of cara-pils malt. It seems a little too full to be justified by what malt flavor is present. Almost oily, it still goes down pretty easy.

If they would ease up on the body a little, this would be a pretty nice, easy drinking, refreshing pale. As is, it's not bad, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of StrangeBrew1
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in the sampler and think it is just alright. Some Breckenridge beers are like this and some are fantastic.Worth giving a try yourself some afternoon,especially for the price.It sort of drinks like a lager for some reason? Can't complain?

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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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Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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