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 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 BigBry
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single that I picked up while in Denver. 12 oz bottle of "Classic English Pale Ale, Brewed since 1989".
Golden yellow body was hazy, with a bright white head. Foam held up nicely, leaving some thin lace around the glass. The hoppy smell was grassy and floral, with a slightly sweet and bready malt base. In the flavor, all the same elements were present. Sweetish malt, a bit of caramel, a bit of nuttiness to finish. Leafy, grassy hop bitterness balances every thing out. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth carbonation.
Nicely done session ale.

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Photo of TommyW
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden body with a sticky, white head.

S- Medium piney hop aroma with some faint malt undertone; kinda mild overall.

T- Nice balance of a malt backbone with some piney hops.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- An easy-drinking beer for sure; not as intense as a lot of APAs, is more on the mellow and well-balanced side.

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Photo of manahansf
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet subtle aroma of hops flow from the clear golden brew. The balance is nice with the sweet maltyness slightly covered by fresh piney hop flavor. The balance continues throughout the taste and finishes smooth. Nice light body with moderate carbonation.

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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 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 thedrewski86
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simple review here! I poured this into a pint glass, it had a good 1/2" to 3/4" head with good carbonation. Smell, is very nice and hoppy. Color is a nice clear dirty blond. Good, citrusy, piney flavor. Good lacing on the glass. Drinkability is quite nice. I would compare this to a Dogfishead 60 min.

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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 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 htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the brewpub.

Cloudy light golden brown color. Small white head. Slight citrus hop presence in aroma, light. Starts with moderate resin, caramel, some nuttiness. Lightly sweet and hoppy throughout. Bittersweet finish. Medium creamy body. Medium alcohol.

Taste is decent but would be better if it was a little bolder.

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

Appearance - 'orangish' with decent head

Smell - sort of citric, nothing particularly noteworthy

Taste - does not have your typical Pale Ale 'kick' to it. It finishes quickly with an odd hoppy aftertaste. Almost tastes like a Wheat Ale.

Mouthfeel - not much substance to this beer, kind of watery

Drinkability - It has a unique taste, but I can't help but feel it's missing something

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper-gold in color with a bubbly white head. Laced beautifully but simmered down to a layer after a couple minutes.

S: Lively and crisp nose dominated by floral hop varieties. Some pale malt and yeast aromas come through as the brew warms.

T: Definitely leaning towards the hop characteristics in the taste. Hops blend nicely with a modest malt backbone. Solid pale ale flavors overall.

M: Light bodied and very well carbonated. The finish is somewhat muddy, but the aftertaste is bitter, yet satisfying.

D: This could easily be a fixture as a good pub ale, especially in areas of the Midwest!

My first go at a Breckenridge brew was a solid offering all around. Well-constructed and very drinkable. Would be especially nice during warmer months, when having a cookout with friends and/or relatives!

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Photo of brewintheLou
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a small white head.

Smell is a very soft malty biscuit.

Nice taste to this one with a litte maltiness and slight hop. Finishes off quickly with very little after taste. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin.

Not a bad beer for a few during an afternoon session.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

This one poured a lighter and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus and lightly fruity. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and the same light fruitiness.

Notes from and tasted on: 12/14/06.

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Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Orange-tangerine with fluffy off-white 1-finger head with a few rings of lace.

S: Moldy hay and a faint whiff of sweet pale malts.

T: It's clear from the first sip that there is a shortage of malt in the making of this beer. The hops dominate with floral and grassy qualities, but there is very little caramel or pale malt sweetness to balance. This leaves the beer with an artificial hops flavor.

M: It is light-to-medium bodied with a pleasant floral hops aftertaste. A bit too thin for the style overall.

D: More malt and this beer could be a very good APA. Unfortunately, malt is the key ingredient of the four needed in making beer, so too little is a big shortcoming.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/12/2005 (bottle):

Heavy on the hoppiness with a flowery scent. Body is golden cloudy with very little head. Hoppy, bitter, dry taste. Also fresh, and fizzy. Palate is light to medium body. Wow, this one is pretty good. I do enjoy the hoppy beers.

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Photo of JBuff41413
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light honey color, with a 1 inch head that dissipates to almost nothing. Very very little lacing.

S- Earthy, hoppy, with slight citrus and malt undertones.

T- Fairly hoppy with a very nice malt complexion. Somewhat bitter, and has a little pine.

M- Light- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbination.

D- Very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth.

Not the most complex pale ale, but it is good and the hop, malt balance is nice.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought in a twelve pack with three other breck beers. twelve ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. hazy golden with a thin white head. some lacing.

citrus hops on the nose. a little warm caramel boquet. no off odors.

good hop bitterness up front. some sweetness. bitterish aftertaste. nice.

mid body with good carbonation. i like this beer. good apa. could drink a handfull. most likely get this mixer twelve pack again. all the beers are good.

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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 SiriusAth
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a clear, very pale orange at the top with the bottom 1/3 of the glass being a light golden color, which looks great. There is initially about one finger of snow white foam which quickly fades down to a thin ring just above the beer. There is some lacing present, but not much.

A nice floral hop aroma laced with some citrus comes out first, followed by some by some pine and resin aromatics. Not as assertive as I remembered it being. Slightest hint of sweet from the pale malt, but the hops are still the prime player. Good, but nothing that extraordinary about it.

Subtle malt sweetness leads the way in the mouth, leading into a decent bitter finish that makes for a good balance. The hop flavor falls short of the nose a bit, but its still enjoyable.

Light bodied and easy to drink with little effort. The carbonation seemed a little underdone.

Overall a fairly decent pale ale, sessionable, well made, could drink it again, but have others I will always go to first when given the choice.

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Photo of denflyr
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle with a hard to read freshness imprint. It poured a light copper color with a descent head.

Not a terribly aromatic beer, but that is made up for in the taste and mouthfeel of the beer. It has the trademark hopiness of the style. A nice malt backbone.

Also the beer left a nice lace patern on the glass, but that went away as the beer warmed a bit.

Overall, a VERY drinkable beer and one that will find its way into my refrigerator one these hot Houston summer days!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Pale Ale pours to an orange color with a touch of redness. The body is perfectly clear and the foam level is a little less than average. The aroma of this beer is one of citrus and floral hops with some light malt.

Breckenridge Pale Ale offers a smooth and refreshing taste that combines light caramel with bread- like malt taste with several different hop sensations, including citrus, grassy, leafy, and herbal notes. The aftertaste is hop- accented, with a pleasant flavor of earthy/herbal hops settling in on the palate as the taste slowly fades.

Breckenridge Pale Ale is certainly a beer that doesn't hide its hops. The presence of hops is noticed immediately and the flavor of hops is present as well. Breckenridge uses five different types of hops in the brewing of this beer. But Breckenridge Pale Ale isn't a full- bodied brew. It is light bodied and is actually on the softer side, with a less assertive taste that many other ales in its class. Still, I find it appealing in its own unique way. It's a good English pale ale and it makes for a nice change of pace from the excessively- hopped versions of the style.

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