Pale Ale | The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)

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Brewed by:
The LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery)
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mikesgroove on 01-14-2010

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the brewpub from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and weak citrus hop on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I have had better pale ales, but it wasn't too bad. The hops are a little weak in this one but still present. The flavor definitely lingers around on the palate when done with each sip. This is worth trying for any hop or pale ale fan if you are in the area.

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3.4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant gold/orange pour with a finger of white. Laces the glass ok.

Aroma, Light pine and citrus. Again I find the aroma very subdued as in several other brews.

Taste redeems. Balanced caramel malt with herbal and citrus tones. Finishes with a slight toast and pine bitterness.

Lighter bodied and very easy to drink. Ample fine bubbled carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a confusing one and I really think is a good example of how the lines are being blurred between the pale ale and the IPA. The pour was nearly identical to the IPA with a nice medium amber color, lightly clouded and a nice round head of white poking through on the top. Decent settling left behind a good bit of lacing that really put into play a nice overall look. Quick hit of floral hops as I lean in, but I stress the word quick as it was son overtaken by a deep buttery malt nose. Sweet at times it tended to bounce back and forth without ever really nailing down the direction it should have been going in. This continued on into each sip, as I really was not sure where the flavor was supposed to take me. Sure it was well rounded, light, refreshing with a decent nose to it and a quick bite of piney hops, but it just did not seem to lead me anywhere or offer much that set it apart. It was however quite drinkable and the light, well placed dryness to the finish kept me going back to the well so to speak.
Overall I really was confused as to why this and the IPA were so eerily similar. There was not much distinction between the two and it had me wondering what the point was? Probably could have gotten by with one or the other and branched out into another style. Average offering.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Brewery:

A: Copper pale, probably from crystal malts, with short lasting 1/2 inch head.

S: Medium hop aroma of citrus and pine. Probably a blend of C hops. Would expect more hop aroma from an APA. Seemed to not be dry hopped.

T: Balanced with nice malt flavor backed up with a clean bitterness. Once again, hop flavor is subdued as it seems later addition hopping is not utilized.

M: Good carbonation with a medium mouth feel

O: A nice pale ale that seems stuck between English (malt dominate) and American (Hop flavor dominant) pale characteristics. More hop additions would greatly benefit this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The LAB in Asheville, NC.

Deep golden with a small white head and good lacing. Lots of citrus in the aroma. The flavor follows suit with a nice citrusy bitterness and a moderate malt backbone. I wasn't sold at first but it grew on me over the course of the pint. The consistency is creamy with a moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty decent pale ale that's flavorful yet still very drinkable.

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4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dar hazy gold pour with 1.5 finger medium cream head. Not much lace and zero head retention.

Intense citrus hops for the style. Light bready malts, but mainly grapefruit and lemon. Nice hop presence.

Big grainy hop hit on the tongue. Intense finish. Listed at at high IBU and the taste seems to back that up. Big bright citrus finish.

Very nicely done and one I'll gladly get again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite offering from LAB. While similar to their IPA, it had a slightly astringent quality that I did not care for. More bitter than I would expect from a Pale with not much hop flavor to complement it. While certainly drinkable and by no means a bad brew, relative to the other LAB beers, it was forgettable.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dropped off at the open air table a faintly hazed, copper-toned body with a scant, white head.

Smell: A composite aroma made up of notes smelling of pale malted barley, light caramel, and citrus peels.

Taste: Simple, humble pale malted barley with no more than a minor touch of caramel sweetness. Pithy, lightly fruity citrus taste. Medium bitterness. A bit of pine. Finishes expectedly dry with a little bitter lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You'll find no bells and whistles here, just a basic pale ale.

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