Pastime Pale Ale | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Pastime Pale AlePastime Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pastime Pale Ale is a "hopped up" version of an American style pale ale. The beer is deep amber to copper color, and receives several generous additions of Centennial and Cascade hops. These hops give the beer a coplex and enticing character, with spicy aromas of citrus and pine. Specialty grains deliver a rich and full-bodied flavor, with a bold taste of caramel and toasted malt. Our brewery is located in the former headquarters of the Maytag Corp., and the "Pastime" was the first washing machine made by the Maytag Company in 1907.

38 IBU

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong piney hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, strong pine, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and rye. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body (the rye is in just the right proportion).

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Photo of ATrain
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the drinkability of this beer. None of the flavors were in your face, but that worked to this beer's advantage. The mouthfeel was especially good; carbonation was just right.

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Photo of beechrturbo
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Very good beer! It has a lot of stuff going on in it, at different temps and longer periods of sitting out makes it a very interesting beer. All flavors noted in description on this page can be tasted, and pair well with each other.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 5/19/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty hazy golden in color with a good almost 2--finger creamy/foamy off-white head. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is mostly of hops with a hint of citrus and floral. The taste is similar to the smell with a slightly pine 'hoppy' aftertaste BUT wasn't bad nor did it linger at all. This one actually got a bit better after a couple of sips. Ended up drinking of of it actually. Perfect carbonation as well. Overall I liked it.

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Photo of atjefft
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber to a Pint Glass.

A: Hazy Golden. No other way to describe it. Heavy-whispy lacing.

S: Pine dominates the aroma with hints of citrus. (Right on par with the Centennial/Cascade combo their website says)

T: Firm bitterness for a pale ale. Not so much it borders on IPA territory as many APA's do these days Bitter start. Finishes sweeter but still balanced.

M: Very sessionable, Medium-heavy for style.

D: Easily one of my favorite pale ales. Very sessionable while still being complex. It is certainly a bright pale ale and very surprising for an ale brewed in IA. Great stuff.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color. Pour produces a thin head approximately 1/2 inch in height. Head fades quickly to a small ring around the glass with little lacing.

Smell: All hops with this one here. Mostly floral hop aromas, a touch of citrus and pine in it as well. Makes me think a little of lemon scented pinesol.

Taste: Unbalanced flavor with an over the top hop bitterness. Not a lot of flavor, a touch of lemon citrus, and then just bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little to the light side. Well carbonatated, perhaps a touch too much. Light, lively, and prickly on the tongue.

Overall: Just an ok APA. A bit unbalanced - to much to the hop end of the spectrum. Also a bit light and watery feeling. I bought a 6-pack on "close-out" (the store was not going to continue to sell this) for $2.99. After having had some, I actually wouldn't want to pay much more than that. There are far too many better APAs available.

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Photo of birchstick
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of the bottle at Fong's pizza in Des Moines. Pours a carsmelish brown without too much head. Nose is a little biscuity with some piney citrus hops. Taste is similar to the nose. Biscuity, bready malts start it off. These fade to some citrusy, earthy, piney hops. Nicely balanced with malts being on the dominant side. Mouth is creamy until the back when carbonation kicks in. Pretty decent pale ale, helped accompany my pizza.

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Photo of Forb
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Golden/amber hue with minor head and mediocre lacing.

Smell/Taste: Nose of floral / citrus hop aromas amid a minor caramel malt base. Taste was mostly hop intensive with a clean but odd bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

Overall: Mediocre at best.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip glass, Pastime Pale pours a reddish copper color, with a finger of off white foam on top. Some sticky lacing forms around the edges as the foam settles. A cluster of larger bubbles clings to one side, and the skim breaks apart on its own around the edges.

Caramel malt aroma, simple and straightforward. Bready and tea-like, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Not much in the way of hops here, pretty nondescript.

Lightly toasted multigrain bread, honey, toffee sweetness, clean and dry finish. Lingering malt complexity, nutty almond and bready notes hang around with a low level bitterness. Something slightly astringent dampens the feel a bit, but isn't a dealbreaker. Overall it's pretty simple but not bad. More of a malt-forward amber ale (possibly due to age, bottle undated), but the brewery calls it a pale ale. Flavorful and worth a try.

Single from John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, very clear golden orange with a one or two finger white head with a very textured top. No active carbonation, unfortunately.

S: Strong initial pininess with a kiss of citrus flowing into a bit of an esthery base, maybe some caramel malt, but not much.

T: There is a well defined hoppiness to this beer, of the appropriate intensity, but not one that I am familiar with. There's also something creamy about the taste that I'm not enjoying.

M: Again, a little creamy but otherwise great. Good carbonation and everything else.

D: Drinkable, but not something I would want to session

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Photo of kgkraus
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite pale ales. I detect caramel malt that gives the beer a smooth, balanced, slightly sweet front end. The heavy, late hop additions give this a great citrus kick at the end. I find it very drinkable and refreshing. An all year round winner if you ask me.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Madhouse Pastime Pale Ale was slightly hazy amber color. It had a beige head with good retention and some lacing. The smell was citrus hops and a little sweet malt. The taste was plenty of citrus hops over some light malt flavor. It finished dry with more hop flavor. The mouthfeel was average with just less than medium body and light carbonation. Drinkability was average as well. This is a decent pale ale with plenty of hop flavor and is much better than the American Wheat.

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

A - Crisp copper color with an average sized, thick, creamy, frothy, white head. Very good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.

S - Strong grapefruit citrus and floral hops aroma. Juicy aroma with just a reduced malt aroma.

T - Pretty hoppy for the style. Plenty of citrus (particularly grapefruit) and floral hop flavors. Some pine resin flavors as well. Caramel malt provides a base in the background. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Light body with a lot of carbonation. A little thin with a zesty, crisp feel.

D - Easy to drink with plenty of hoppy bitterness, although not too much, and without a sweet syrupy taste. Light and refreshing.

Notes: I guess that they changed the recipe for this a bit ago and cut the amount of malt by 25% to up the hoppy flavors. Definitely worked as this is a hoppy Pale Ale. Crisp refreshing, and while it isn't overly bitter, it lacks a syrupy sweetness that can get cloying. Nice beer that is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a great trade with mattafett. Poured into an Atlantic Brewing pilsner glass.

A - Pours a sparkling clear medium amber color and is capped by a thin finger of tan foamy head that lingers briefly before fading to a thin layer and leaving behind traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Floral and pleasantly citrusy hops up front on top of lightly caramel tinged malt base that gives some hints of sweetness too.

T - Hmm, hoppier than I expected...a pleasant surprise. A clean bitterness with some citrus flavors, mainly oranges...also some nice pineapple contributions too. Caramel malt in the background remains subtle with just a bit of sweetness to help bring out the fruity aspects of the hops.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth medium level carbonation that has an almost creamy tingle to it. Somewhat of a metallic accent with a slick feel on the tongue.

D - A nice sessionable pale ale. A good example of the style that is quite enjoyable. Easily could have several of these in a session. Good warm weather bbq beer that should work for both serious craft drinkers and the newbies as well.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint.

A. Holy Carbonation Batman! 4+ fingers of overlowing head poured out of the bottle with foam pouring out of it. Head was actually retained for quite a while. Left some big streaks of lacing on the glass. Color is a copper brown.

S. Smell has a nice hop aroma, that I wasnt really expecting. Grassy floral hops. Hops and carmel malt are really all I pick up. Nice hop aroma on this.

T. Taste is a bit of let down from the aroma. Get a sweetness from the malt mixed with a biscuity nutty flavor. Not a bad taste for a pale ale, just not the hop flavor profile I was expecting from the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. High carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Not a bad pale ale. This is a big improvement on their American Wheat. Maybe tune down the carbonation a bit, and experiment with a different malt, and they might have a winner here.

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Photo of jt31914
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a few of these at Jasper's Winery yesterday night; the beer is a dark amber color (darkest pale i've seen) with nice lacing and a bit of head. The beer smells of hops and tastes hoppy. This is honestly the best pale i've had - mainly because it tastes almost like an ipa. It is bitter, hoppy, yet balanced by clove and honey sweetness. A nice surprise from this small brewery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well-bubbled coppery orange beneath a four finger crown of ecru colored foam that is soft and airy. There's a bit of rockiness and a bit of sudsy lace sticks as well. This isn't great looking beer, but it'll do.

The Cascade and Centennial-hopped nose is solid. It also smells like there's a little toasted malt in the house, which goes along with the beer's color. If the mouthfeel isn't too busy, this should easily be the better of the two Madhouse brews.

Pastime Pale Ale is definitely better than American Wheat, even taking my preference for APAs over APWAs into account. There's a better than decent amount of hop flavor and bitterness, which might be partly due to a less than generous amount of barley. Not bad for 5.2%, though.

Pale malt rules the roost, with an assist from something moderately toasted, and only minimally earthy, that provides just enough flavor contrast with the citrus peel and pine contribution from the C-hops. These guys are on the right track with this basic blueprint.

The body/mouthfeel struggles to reach average. It's slightly buzzy at first and is on the lackluster side later in the bottle. It's also a little too thin for the ABV.

American Wheat made me somewhat pessimistic about the future of Madhouse Brewing Company and Pastime Pale Ale makes me at least cautiously optimistic. A couple tweaks here and there and this could be a beer that I'd buy on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of katan
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy, dark brown to almost copper color. Piles of head formation, off white in color. Carbonation is clearly out of tune. Yeast suspension is strong from bottle conditioning.

S - Lightly floral, some grapefruit- an overall hoppy nose.

T - Starts off with a light caramel malty note which is overtaken by some strong american hops. The age on this beer might be an issue as it seems a little subdued. Finishes with a bit of a puckering astringency - reminds me of some of my homebrew pale ales.

M - Strong carbonation stings the tongue. Lightly bodied, generally smooth.

D - Easy drinking. ABV dials in at 5.2%, manageable. A bit filling due to the extreme carbonation.

I had one of these yesterday on draft from the brewery and I found it to be much better than this bottle. The hopping was much "brighter", and the carbonation was more in line. Either this is an old beer or QC could use some help.

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Photo of rye726
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a tan head. The nose has fresh citrusy hops, caramel, toffee and bready malts. The taste is well balanced with bitter hops and nutty malts. More of a hop presence than your average pale ale, but still a good sample of the style. Medium body is well carbonated. A great session beer, good drink to wash down a burger.

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Pastime Pale Ale from Madhouse Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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