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 RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden with a nice creamy beige head and good carbonation with slow bubbles. Nice citrusy and earthy hop and dry-hopped aroma. Nice balanced hop-malt flavor with a complex earthy & citrusy hop character and grainy husk malt to balance. Medium bodied and smooth.

A decent balanced every day American-English hybrid Pale Ale.

Label States: "Dry Hopped" & "Classic English Pale Ale"

Per Breckenridge website:
Beer Style: American Pale Ale
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Perle, Wilamette, Bramling, Fuggle, Czech Saaz
Bitterness Units: 40
Alcohol ByVolume: 5.7%
Alcohol By Weight: 4.56%

'03252' Lasered on Bottom
Tasted: 07/12/04

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, out of a bottle with one of the coolest labels around. Good foamy head tops a beer that smells of malts with a touch of the hops. Starts pleasantly malty, drifts into a mild citrusy hops flavor, and ends with the good old piney tang. Nondescript and smooth, with a mild mouth drying hop tartness. Overall a good beer, one that would probably get a better review if I had drank it colder-it seems this one would be excellent icy.

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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 kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a small, white, bubbly, foamy head on this clear, orangey-amber/gold beer. A nutty nose with some fruity hops. Bitter hoppy front. Somewhat grainsy. A thin, somewhat fruity middle leads to a bitter, almost sour, grassy finish. It's not bad. Kind of bland. Decent hoppiness, but not much else.

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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 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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured pale golden with a small white head which lingered. The aroma is very slight caramel, crisp mineral aroma and English hops. The flavor is slight caramel, crisp and well bittered but also well balanced. The hop bitterness is most definitely English hops. The body is medium and the finish is crisp and slightly bitter.

12 ounce bottle with bland coloring on the label. The label says "Trademark Pale Ale", and English Pale Ale. When I checked the website, their just plain "Pale Ale" is listed as an American Pale Ale while this beer is actually an ESB.

Purchased at Total Wine in Richmond, VA, bottled in November.

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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 Tballz420
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out looking alright. Golden in color, not much of a white head. Smells like some floral jazz is going on in there. It tastes pretty good. A bit of hops mixed in with some sort of flowery type taste. Not the best pale ale on the market, not the worst either. If you run into it could be worth your time to try her out.

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Photo of TXHops
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Perle, Wilamette, Bramling, Fuggle, Czech Saaz
IBU’s: 40
ABV: 5.7%
ABW: 4.56%

Having had a couple of unimpressed experiences with Breckenridge’s Avalanche, I’ve been a bit wary about buying the Pale Ale much lately. However a good sale at Central Market convinced me to give the beer another whirl. Unlike last time I drank any Breckenridge beers, the website is up now and actually has some useful info about the beer. Look at that mélange of hops!!!

The beer is a bright, brilliant, deep gold in color, looking more like a well-boiled Pils or Helles than an APA. The glass smells of pale malt and non-distinct hops, though the Saaz come through a little, lending a slight tartness to the nose. A crisp, crisp body and a fruity-juicy, then hoppy middle lead to a Saazy, firm bitterness in the finish. The Saaz bitterness, really, really lingers, reminding me of Czech Pils, though with a touch of fruity diacetyl.

It’s interesting, because when I set out to review this beer, I really had a mind set that I wouldn’t like it. Instead, I found the odd hopping and the resulting flavors, which lingered between Pils and Best Bitter, to be intriguing. Not great, but definitely worth a second look. I’m glad I decided to try this one again.

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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 Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy and sticky white head that dissipates into lots of nice lace. Very floral aroma with notes of cedar and pine. Hop oils express themselves in the initial taste and then give way to a mild maltiness. Medium-bodied and crisp in the mouth. All in all, a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden/orange with a modest white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. The smell of evergreen, hops, and slight caramel are present. A very crisp hoppy brew with a citrusy twang with plenty of hops and a trace of pine. This simple brew has a light to medium body that finishes slightly dry and is plenty drinkable. Nothing to "Wow" about, but not bad. Cheers!

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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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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 Dogbrick
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This had a nice spicy aroma and had a consistently good aftertaste, although somewhat "white-bread" overall impression. There are more distinctive pale ales out there.

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Photo of marc77
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow hue w/ a bit of haze. The thin head never quits and does leave a lace down the glass. Looks like an everyday pale ale w/ a persistant head. The aroma, however, is quite enjoyable. The very pungent, assertive, grassy and floral Kent Goldings nose indicates dry hopping. As the volatile hop oils dissipate, mild bready and biscuit malt flavors emerge. Yeast esters are virtually nonexistant. Medium bodied for a pale. There's a nice balance of hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. Hop flavor is quite floral, but unexpectedly mild considering the pungent hop nose. Finishes with a clean hop bitterness and perhaps just a touch of butterscotch. Not a particularly complex pale, just an all around drinkable brew. The pungent Kent Goldings hop nose is the most memorable aspect of this beer.

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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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