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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

probably the best everyday beer from breck, this pours a nice darker honey to amber color with a finger of lasting head. the nose is very fresh citrusy hops, fairly bitter, but balanced out by a sturdy English and American caramel malt backing. the flavor of this beer is welcomingly hop forward for the style, even more so than most, with a burst of fresh hops, less citrusy than they smell, but still pungent in that regard. mild acidity too, not sure where it comes from, but it gives the beer a real refreshing snappy vibe. bitter in the finish, really crisp, and to me this is the ideal session beer. full of flavor and character but not overwhelming. I will be going back to this one, not sure how it had fallen through the cracks before for me... upbeat carbonation and a body that's squarely medium, everything in beautiful balance. this is a great session beer for people who like their daily drink a little more hoppy than most. bravo to Breckenridge for this style defining American pale ale.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13%

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 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 emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a sudsy orange-yellow, with some spotty lacing. A stronger pour with the 2nd bottle leaves a hanging ring of lacing.

Aroma has an odd fruit juice quality that's hard to place, it reminded me of Hawaiian Punch for a second. Cereal graininess follows, not much hop presence unfortunately. A little overripe citrus and metallic notes in the flavor. Some residual bitterness, with a good pale malt backbone. The aftertaste hangs on for too long, I try to wash it out with another sip, but again wind up with the same dilemma. With a good quaff you get a better smack of hop bitterness, but it's got an unshakeable metallic note too.

I could put back a couple of these, but it's really not all that interesting.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a gold/orange color with a two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Smells of malt and hops. Also, some floral notes.

T - It is very malty with some significant hop taste. There is a sweet caramel-like flavor, too.

M - It is crisp and sharp on the tongue. Light to medium-bodied.

D - I really like this APA. It is pretty hoppy and has a nice sweet malty flavor.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for only $4.99 at HEB, however at HEB's Central Market this costs $6.99. Great job sticking it to the uninformed consumers. The color is a light shade of copper with plenty of tiny bubbles for carbonation. The head is a nice size and creamy. The aroma of a moderate strength and consists of lemony hop smell. The taste is also very citrusy, but is accompanied by a nice malt body. The label describes this has an English style pale ale, but the hops are too strong for that to be true. Strangley enough the bottom of the sixer describes Trademark more like an IPA. Overall this isn't a mindblowing APA, but solid all-around and well worth $4.99.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Breckenridge Brewery, Blake St., Denver, CO

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate white head that sank to a thin layer after a minute or so. Pretty mild, leafy aroma, with some sweetness, which forebode a rather simple yet well-balanced ale. And indeed it was. Nutty, caramel sweetness, very mild, and hopped just enough to give a leafy, organic sensation without blasting you away. Still, overall a bit bland for me. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable if you're not feeling too adventurous.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazed golden amber with a suggestion of orange. The head is one shade darker than pure white, is average in size and leaves a decent amount of lace in broken rings and small sheets. The nose is okay. A modest amount of hoppiness is present, as is the scent of slightly sweet grain.

The flavor is more blonde ale than pale ale. The hops are woefully underrepresented; a definite negative in any beer that fancies itself an APA. Biscuity malt it at least as prominent as hops, maybe more so. The finish is short-medium in length and lacks any real distinguishing characteristics. The body/mouthfeel is serviceable, but no more than that.

Breckenridge Pale Ale is a stunningly average version of the style. I can imagine it with a white label with 'pale ale' written across it in black letters. It's drinkable and inoffensive, but is that any reason to recommend a beer?

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Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cool brown 12oz into a half-pint.
A - A tangerine shade of amber w/ a thin cream colored head.

S - Potent juicy, sweet smells of hops and malt. Slightly piney w/ a hint of a metallic, briney odor.

M - Oily and sweet at first sip w/ a nice bitter jab that continues. Sappy pine hop textures combine w/ a mellow malt feel w/ plenty of carbonation.

T - Nice grapefruit and orange flavors from NW hops w/ a substantially full tast of crystal malt on first taste. This has the flavors you expect in a good American pale, it is just missing something? I get more of a metallic taste the deeper I get which is bearable, w/ plenty of great hop flavor and aroma. The malt is sweet w/ the carbonation giving it buoyancy. The flavor while acceptable, becomes one dimensional after 3/4 of a pint.

D - Not much of a winner, just average after completing the taste. I would consider cooking w/ this. One is plenty - it just left me kind of underwhelmed.

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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 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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a crème colored head. Nose is heavy with hops. Flavor is a touch bitter and definitely influenced by hops. Slight touch of sweetness. Feel is pretty standard. Almost seems a bit watered down. Drinkable, yes. This is easily sessionable for the ease in which it goes down, though not for any mass of personality or unique qualities.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale orange hue, big, fizziness above, delicate and diaphanous.
Citric aroma, notes of orange and lemon, nice hoppiness, but fairly mild.
Soapy hop taste starts it off, loads of citric hoppiness dancing on the tastebuds, but just for a bit. It fades and falters, drifting off the senses into nothingness. Tastiness returns with each sip, but fades just as assuredly each time.
Light bodied, with a faint finish...a drinkable, enjoyable enough, but ultimately forgettable pale ale. Pretty easy-going, with just enough taste to ...ah, who'm I foolin', I'd like it a lot hoppier, and fuller in flavor, but I keep trying to see the redeemable qualities in everything, and see all beers through the tastes of the masses. What a chump I am!
to think that the local distributor chose not to carry this in 6-packs (available only the the sampler), because they feared it would eat into sales of Summit Extra Pale Ale. You know those pale ale drinkers...they had nothing to worry about...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured chill hazed dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured light pale malts and a grassy hop.

The flavor featured both pale and darker German malts and a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent well balanced pale ale. Straddles the line between the English and American styles.

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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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Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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