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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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 193
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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 surlyseth
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good enough beer. Nothing to make it distinguishable from any other Pale Ale. Very easy drinking. I usually drink Summit and this is very similar IMO. It's hoppy, but kind of watery.
I could drink this nightly and not get sick of it, but there is next to no adventure.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mildly luscious mouthfeel and ease of drinking stand out for me because the taste is just a notch above average in a very crowded and familiar style.

The hops are distinct but laid back, giving the beer a tinge of upfront bitterness trailed by a small pucker of citrus in the aftertaste. No surprises await you when you drink this one. The first sip is the same as the last, which is a blessing and a curse.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear, dark golden color. My pour produces a nice off white head, near;y an inch. Head fades to a small cloud on the liquid leaves some lacing.

Smell: Mostly just hops. Citrousy and grassy notes. Scent is on the light side.

Taste: Slightly malty, decent hop finish. While I was hoping for more of a hop bite, I am not totally let down.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, yet remains somewhat light, crisp, and lively, likely due to its good carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice easy drinker. I could also drink down the whole six pack if the mood struck me. A nice balcanced and slightly better than average APA.

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Photo of mentor
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two finger light tan head over a cloudy light orange liquid. Smells orange hops and apricot, peaches, and pear syrup. Beer in a big plastic cup. Tastes american hop flavor with some hop bitter. Peach hairy character is drying and a garlicy character from the hops. Malt is mild. Md body and modest carbonation. Decent, but not complex ro inspiring.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a translucent clover honey color with a very short-lived bone white head. Very few streamers of carbonation. Good honey-drizzled biscuit aroma with some hops and glimpses of freshly sliced red apple. Light mineral wafts and faint dusty yeast notes, as well. At first sip, the hops seem a touch harsh (not bitter, but melded with carbonic acid). Some pink grapefruit rind flavors blend nicely with a weaker pale malt sweetness and a fruity, lightly hoppy, dry finish. A little slick on the tongue as the carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but suits the ale nicely. A pretty nice pale ale; Breckenridge labels it a "Classic English Pale Ale", BA lists it as an APA. I'd have to agree with the Bros., it's too hoppy and not malty enough to be considered an English Pale.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 WaveRebel51
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance and smell weren't impressive. It's a really, really pale yellow, which seems unsual as most pales are copper to amber in color, I couldn't gather much from the aroma, but the first sip made me a fan. More of an English-style Pale as the malt is more prevalent than APA's. Hops are noticeable, but not overwhelming. Can't put my finger on the exact reason, but I enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6Pack at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$7.99

It pours a light gold with a good sized head of foam. After a few minutes, my glass still has almost a solid layer with some lacing.

The smell is hoppy. I get notes of grass and citrus with *some* malt, but it's on the light side.

The taste on first sip has an abundance of grassy hops with some earthy tones and, after taking a few more sips just to verify, a little spice that tastes like cinnamon. The finish is grassy bitter and it leaves a fairly long aftertaste.

I think this is a *pretty* good APA and would be better if it had more complexity. The grass is just too dominant for my liking and the spice I noted doesn't really do much to help. I have 5 more bottles and it will probably take me a while to finish them as I can't see myself drinking more than 1 of these at a sitting.

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Photo of malcontent
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an off-gold, orange tint with almost two fingers of head atop. Sticky lacing clings to the glass' sides.

Faint hop spice is swallowed up by an overwhelming malt nose. Some corn-like sweetness followed by a touch of wet cardboard.

Once again, very sweet almost to the point of an artificial honey flavoring. Bitterness is substantial but rather than balancing out the malt, it too seems off-kilter. As the beer warms the flavors mellow and thus become more palatable but this brew is still a tad underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is strong as the body deftly pairs thickness with lively carbonation. This beer suffers on the most important level: taste. Other than that, the components seem to work fairly well.

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Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is pretty good. need a bottle opener so save the bottle for your home freshness date although there is a place on the side of the bottle to notch it out.
a:a slight chill haze.not much of a head but that could be operator error.
s:faint smell of hops.
t:taste can tell this beer was made with some hops.
m:feel good on the diffinetly know your drinking beer.
d;carefull with thisyour not going to drink and drive with this one.overall not bad.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a tangerine body with quite a lot of carbonation at play which feeds a thick, dimpled head with plateaus and spotty lacing. Hops come to the forefront in the nose with lots of earthy and herbal tones. There is some caramel from the malts as well as toasty bread. Slight citrus hints in the background. Whereas the hops were mostly earthy and herbal in the nose, in the taste the citrus inches out a little more. There is a really sweet and estery base to this beer that could have been toned down more for the good mix of hop flavors. Mouthfeel is kind of weak in the mouth, both in weight and carbonation. A pretty solid pale ale here, but I expected more from the taste based on what I found in the aroma.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, although there was space on the label side for notching - similar to SA. Pours a medium light copper with a 1 finger quickly fading head and poor lacing. Lots of citrus aromas, but not a ton of hop aromas. Caramel malts do show some presence as well. Decent malt up front and some hop flavor and bitterness but nothing to make me say wow. A well made beer but just nothing special. A typical APA.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice golden amber with a full, sticky head. Above average. A slight hop aroma-- maybe some cascades up front with some malty sweetness at the end of the nose. A mellow and smooth taste, with a nice balance between malt and hops. However, it does have a bit abrasive end of the swallow. It has a lot going for it, but lacks the smoothness to make it a first class pale ale.

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Photo of Duster72
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 shivtim
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy orange/copper brew with a nice off-white head. Not too bad, but looks a little macroesque. Nose is a nice hop/malt balance. Taste is mostly floral hops, with little else, maybe some slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit above average. This is actually quite the drinkable beer, it could just be a bit more complex.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard orange-amber, a little cloudy. Big soap bubble head, decent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma consists of light citric hopping and some sweet malt. Which is about what the flavor offers. Good offsetting bitterness to the sweet malt, a hint of peppery alcohol in there, while a floral flushness keeps things full.

Smooth, shy of creamy but a nice consistency. Not an overly bitter pale ale, but it has good balance and lifts off the palate without leaving much aftertaste. Lots of pales ales out there and if you like a good malt sweet-hop bitter balance, look here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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 jkaufman
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 3, 2007:

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours cloudy golden-orange, with a thin white head that soon disappears. Slight lacing.

S: Citrus and hops.

T and M: Not nearly as hoppy as I expected a dry-hopped ale to be. Goes down smooth, moderate to light carbonation, finishes sweet and malty with a kiss of hops. Needs more hops!

D: Very drinkable and sessionable.

Worth a try.

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Photo of beeragent
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a light clear gold, forming a thick 1 inch white head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is light hops, and a little grassy. The taste is hops, nice light citrus flavor, with a good balance of malts. Light mouthfeel, with a slightly rough finish. Overall, not a bad pale ale. I could session with this beer. However, this is not a hop heads pale ale. Very light on the hops, as compared to other pale ales. But still worth a try.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
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 beerbrains
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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 MDekker
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy glowing amber hue with an off white thick head that lasts a long time. Sticky lacing along the glass, making a webbed appearance. Thin bubbly cap.

Standard grapefruit like and piney hops stand out behind a very sweet malt aroma, that consists of a little bit of honey, which isn't so standard.

The light honey is repeated with the malts, along with the citrusy hops. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, although it's a little on the low side, which may vary with each beer. Somewhat of a doughey bread like finish is there along with a bitter hop finish. The hops linger for a while after each sip.

Not a bad little APA here. Possibly a little more diacetyl in this one, which gives it that light honey aroma, but there could be other factors that contribute. If that fun little yeast byproduct doesn't bother you, then you will probably enjoy this one. Recommended.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a quite pale copper with a wispy thin eggshell color head. Sparse lacing. Smells lightly fruity. Some herbal English style hops.

Fruity malt with strident herbal hops. Hops linger in the finish. Fairly standard pale ale with a nod toward the English style. Nothing objectionable but nothing particularly special about it.

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Trademark Pale Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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