North Pleasant Pale Ale | Amherst Brewing

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Brewed by:
Amherst Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 01-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 12
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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Pale Ale is Light gold with a white fizzy head that fades rather quickly and leaves a trail of spider web lace. Typical pronounced fresh hop aroma. Medium sweetish malt body and amply hopped. Some metallic bite and back-of-the-throat raspy feel. Balanced. I’m in the company of my three wonderful sons, so the rating’s biased.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at one of the ore underrated establishments in Western Mass. I love cask-condition; unfortunately some brewpubs have a different idea of what cask is than I do.

Poured relatively light, awesome, half-inch head, tremendous lacing. Sweet on the palate, mild hops and a fruity aftertaste.

High today was about 29 degrees, so the cask temperature was true, but not true. I like my beers chilled and this one was. Went well with the andouille stuffed pork loin

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Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in their sampler at the bar. The pale ale had a brownish-amber color with practically no head. There were typical citrus aromas that permeated from this beverage. The drink had a sour and watery flavor that made it nice and light. It also had a medium carbonation, almost making it a bit refreshing even with its bitterness. Overall, it was a pretty general pale ale.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask. Bright golden yellow. Superb rocky white head sticks to the glass wonderfully. It looks fine. Great improvement from the tap version which would have garnered at least .5 less. This is a quaffer. Aroma is slightly grainy, very herbal. Orangey c-hops are quite aromatic, perfumey rather than agressively citrusy. Cookie-like maltiness. Rather citric, tart, yet counterparting spiciness compensates and makes it a well balanced pint. Nice medium body with fitting carbonation. Mild and pleasant despite the name.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Presented in a pint glass.

Frothy, thick 1" head, over a cloudy, orangey golden liquid. Aroma of pale malts and hops. Taste is of pale malts, excellently balanced with some sedate hops character. Goes down smooth like nobody's business. Mouthfeel and drinkability was superb. Could and would drink this all day if I "had" to.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was available as of early September, 2010.

"Light gold in color, medium body with a mild finish"

Some coating lace, darker gold color, mildly hazy.

Mild aroma of hop; light sourness to the nose.

Quite hoppy with a weak malt base. Thinner than most pale ales. Bitter swallow and aftertaste. Fairly middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of tb4475
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of oak. A tad hazy. Thick head on top and lots of pretty lace. The nose was all malts and wood. The flavor was more malts, but mostly akin to sweetbread. Also got tones of apples and roasted nuts like I used to pick up in NYC. Hops are very mellow, but nicely balanced. Nice full body, almost creamy mouthfeel. A very palatable beer; sweet, but not sickly-so.

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Photo of marburg
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another example of the increasingly popular American Pale Ale. Light to medium brown in appearance, fairly clear, and with a slightly offwhite head, this beer has definite citrusy hop aromas, and that carries through to the palate where the finish is a very expected but very pleasant fruity hop bitterness. Not going to raise any eyebrows, but I could have had a few.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass @ ABC.

North Pleasant Pale Ale presented with a rich dark golden and slightly cloudy appearance. A small tight head with some very light lacing in the glass.

The smell was of light hops and sweet malts. Not an especially strong smell one way or another.

Balance is the name of the game for this one in the flavor department. Some nice grainy sweetness up front and a lightly hopped crisp finish. A great sandwich or burger beer.

Carbonation was a little light. Mouthfeel was more on the watery and refreshing side. But the flavors carried through pretty well nonetheless. I'd definitely have this one again. It's not as bold as many other pale ales out there, but a very versatile offering that would be good in any season either enjoyed on its own or with a wide selection of foods.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This pale ale poured a light, golden color with white foam that clung to the glass. The smell was a weak malt aroma. The tastes included: malt, biscuit, and floral hops, with bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth. The body was medium with light carbonation. There was a nice aftertaste. The drinkability was good.

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev +4.2%

North Pleasant Pale Ale from Amherst Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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