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

Added by rye726 on 04-08-2010

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by BigRedN:
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2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of kgkraus
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of arniepnminne
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Forb
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -5.6%
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 Beer-Lovin-RAT
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sour compared to the many other pale ales I've tried.

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Photo of harty83
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Dresden-Valentine
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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 MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of atjefft
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
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 hurdjg
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Tone
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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 craigbelly
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pooogy
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megamick
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pastime Pale Ale from Madhouse Brewing Company
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