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Hudson Pale AleHudson Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Jersey Beer Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-20-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 63
Photo of obriendes46
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've had this on draught at few different nj restaurants/pubs and liked it. Finally got 6 pack in local Bergen county liquor store. Was just terrible. No head, tasted like soap. I was so disappointed

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Nj beer co Hudson pale ale. Pours dark amber with a reddish rust tone. Thin foam layer. Toffee pine nose. Hoppy hints. Light pale taste, mild hop back. Flavor bitter. Pine taste. Firm carbonation. Really nice pale. 4 4 375 4 375

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Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that took a long time to die down and never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of biscuit malts; hints of citrus from the hops then become perceptible towards the finish. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink, although noting really stands out in the smell or taste to make me want to try this again. It is like a beer that doesn't know its identity—is it an English Pale Ale that wants to highlight its biscuity hops or an American Pale Ale that wants to showcase its citrusy hops? I wasn't sure what this really was and it seemed to have contrasting flavors.

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Photo of BScher87
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Lighter for a pale ale
S: Slightly hoppy.
T: Hoppy, but light. Slightly metallic.
M: Finishes well. Doesn't taste as strong as it is. Pleasantly grassy flavor develops on the palate.
O: Solid pale ale. Not as flavorful as I generally like my american pale ales to be. Deceptively strong. Would drink again.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange glow with good clarity and a thin white head. Mild piney and citric hop presence, a bit flowery too, almost like an aerosol scent but in a good way if thats imaginable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sweet malt profile almost a tad sugary but with a nice citrusy hop profile. Taste like bottle conditioned homebrew but a good one at that. But for this to be from a professional brewer, it really does taste like something i've made before albeit a bit cleaner. Good bitterness and balance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear deep orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized very thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine and citrus/orange rind hops with a lighter amount of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a hint of light fruit (apple and pear) that os followed by some light to moderate pine and citrus/orange rind hops. There is an aggressiveness to the light to moderate bitterness that is somewhat unpleasant and lingers for some time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: It was not an unpleasant beer but definitely not one that I would run out to grab again - the balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops just seemed to be slightly askew making the resulting tastes a little out of whack.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was pleased to find a six pack of this as the brewery is in close proximity to where I live and I have been eager to try some of their beer for a while now.

Poured into a pint glass it immediately created a giant white head. Deep, hazy orange color, almost murky, that was difficult to see my fingers through on the other side of the glass. The aroma was very subdued. No sharpness from the hops that I would have liked to cut through a bit more. Medium bodied with not a whole lot of flavor. Some pine from the hops but other than that very average. Drinkability was fine but nothing exciting to keep drawing me back for another sip.

Overall, this felt like more of a homebrewed than commercially-brewed beer. There was nothing wrong with it, just a bit dull and not as crisp and clean as I would expect from a pale ale. Nonetheless, being a local beer, I will continue to support their efforts and try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of AlfaMale
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Local in tap not far from the brewery. Poured a cloudy autum wheat color with a definite lemon aroma. Not as smooth as some pale ales; however, it had a crisp taste with a hint of aftertaste. Probably not available where you are, but if you are at the Marriott in EWR, give it a shot.

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Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had at the Merchant in jersey city.

A. It has an orange light brown color. A big foamy white head with some lacing. It is opaque.

S. not much of a scent. Some metallic.

T/M. It has a very citrusy taste. A mild floral hop taste. A bit of a rusty metal taste. Very smooth. Heavy body.

O. Smooth but quite sweet. Too much citrus not enough hop. But good and easy to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent orange-brick coloring has a strong and rapidly paced effervesce within. The head is spongy, tan, and a finger high but quick to collapse leaving no window dressing.

S: The aroma is filled of pine and grapfefrui of moderate strength. Grass, dried orange flowers come on the close. Fairly good amount per style.

T: The flavor is bitter pine and grapefruit set against some toasted speciality grains and dried oranges. A big finish of dried orange, grapefruit leaves a good level of hoppiness behind on the tongue to think about. Decent use of toasted speciality grain base adds a respectable body and fullness to the palate while the hops are on the level providing a spicy bite of citrus.

M: Tingly carbonation, good fullness with a creamy texture. A bitter farewell of grapefruit and pine appear on the swallow.

D/O: Not as particularly sharp and crisp as I usually prefer, but the body has a good weight and feel to it. Certainly wouldn’t turn down another one. Good level of hoppiness for an apa, perhaps as mentioned, not my go to ideal crisp summertime quencher but certainly fairs well as a hoppy cool time treat with an smidge of alcohol warmth. Would call this six-pack worthy.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am troubled by my experience with this beer, though it's hard to tell whether it is a freshness issue with the sixpack, since there is no expiration date. It comes off overcarbonated, but not so much that I can tell whether it is a brewing fault or just a case of the beer being badly handled (though I bought it from a usually reliable source in South Jersey). What I am finding, however, accords with what some other reviewers have said, so I think it is fair to rate this at face value (tongue value?).

With that said, here is what I find - pours a clear amber with a fizzy, overdone head. The aroma is sharp, with a distinct biscuity edge and some non-descript piny hops. The flavor is a biscuty, bready, and bitter, with some floral hops, but a slightly soapy edge. The finish is bitter and thin, with a prickle of overcarbonation.

This is an OK beer, but not one I will seek out with great vigor.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large clear glass - ample off-white creamy head. Took its time dissapating, leaving very little head. Color is a nice clear light amber brown. Aroma is ok balanced bouquet of barley/hops, but there is also something tinny or phenol (uh-oh!) going on here too. Taste is a decent well-balanced session-like pale ale - great for mass consumption liek at a New Year's or superbowl party. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, no lingering aftertastes - plain and simple - so this would work very well for less-discerning beer drinkers or as a substitute for TV beers.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the closest brewery to my house, I hope it's good.

Served in a pint glass. The beer pours with a moderate tan head and a clear copper color. The head thins to a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is weak, slightly sweet and hoppy. Hop aromas are citrus and pine. Flavor is typical pale ale and fairly complex. The hop flavors is strong and bitter with pine and a bit of grapefruit. The malt flavor is well balanced, bready and malty. A little bit of green apple shows in the finish. Carbonation is moderately high, bringing some nice life to it. Overall it's a nice drinkable pale ale that I think is aspiring to be Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of magnj
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of both the stout an this, excited to experience a new NJ brewery.

A - Light Amber-Orange body with moderate to high carbonation apparent, both large and small bubbles. Head is 2 fingers, slightly off white and pretty sticky.

S - Nice citrus nose from the hops and fresh grainy malt aromas.

T - Well balanced with a health malt body up front quickly complimented by an appropriate amount of hop bitterness. Hop flavors are classic citrus and a bit herbal while the malt bill seems very simple and reminds me of malt extract. Nothing revolutionary, but solid and clean.

M/D - medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, uneventful and slightly uninspired.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber, one finger head in a pint glass. Very average.

S - Bready malt is present, with very little hop presence. Not a lot going on here.

T&M - Very smooth with just a touch of bitterness on the finish to dry it out. This beer favors the caramel sweetness, but manages to be fairly balanced. It is nice and creamy with a good level of carbonation.

D - There is nothing special here, but this is a solid beer that would go well something like a steak. I probably won't seek it out again, but it's pretty solid.

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Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart in seconds.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness is tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, golden apple sweetness, and a late arriving harsh bitterness takes over the flavor profile. The bitterness is mild but biting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this was a slow sipping APA due to the unbalanced flavor profile. This was not refreshing or enjoyable at all.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light amber color with a fizzy white head. Retention and lacing are terrible, and there are slug-like chunks of yeast.

Aroma is mostly malt oriented, with some good, fresh grain character. It has some nice, unfermented wort character backing up a slightly fruity yeast profile. Hops are almost undetectable.

The flavor didn't impress me at first, but is warming up to me. It's just a generic malt and caramel sweetness with a tiny bit of brightness from hop flavor. Forgettable, but it's on the right track.

The mouthfeel is a little bigger than I'd like, with an empty feeling carbonation. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6pk at Oak Tree last week.

Pours a clear pale copper color, small fizzy head with tiny bubbles quickly fizzes out. Weird.

Subtle hoppiness in the nose, definitely would like a little more vibrancy here. Good malt character is evident, but I would like a more floral, aromatic approach. In the taste, malt sweetness here as well, with good caramel flavor to it. Overall though, it is lacking the crisp bitterness needed, which is also compounded by the lack of vibrant hop flavor. Finishes a little too sweet as well. Under-attenuated. Perhaps I've just been spoiled by too many West Coast style IPAs and DIPAs. Carbonation is low-medium for the style, which is actually acceptable somehow despite the appearance. A nice attempt for their first brew... would revisit again if they tweak it a bit.

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Photo of claspada
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber which is off because it is a pale ale, but I do not deduct points for color/appearance. Head is off white and lingers slightly but dissipates a little too quick for a classic pale ale.

The aroma is bready and mallty with the typical pale ale citrus/grapefruit hops.

Initial tastes are sweet followed by the traditional bitter herbal/citrusy notes. Body is thinner than most, needs some kind of boost either in malt or hops. Not a bad pale ale, but extremely forgetable and the fact that it costs $6 (the same as Dogfish 60 on tap) means it will not be revisited.
It's drinkable but not overly memorable so I guess it's worth a try if only to support the NJ's newest brewery.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden/amber into a pint glass, with less than a finger of white, less than stellar retention, and average lacing. The aroma certainly revealed citrus/grapefruit hints, as well as bitter herbal notes. The taste began on a fruity/malty note, then gave way to more bitterness midpalate, and finished on a bitter semi-dry note. Not a bad pale ale, but nothing extraordinary either. Certainly sessionable, but very thin-bodied. I don't know anything about the recipe, but it tastes as if a more varied or meatier grain bill would help beef up the flavor and body of this brew considerably. Definitely has potential.

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Photo of IronGiant
4.8/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Jersey Beer Company just opened their doors and it is good to see a first offering this good.

The beer pours light and golden into a pint glass. The flavor is light and crisp - very refreshing and perfect for a summer day. Not overly complex or challenging - but that's exactly what I'm looking for in a pale ale - something I can enjoy over and over.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Copper Mine Pub

A - a bit cloudy which was odd for pale ale, minimal head but the pour from the tap was to the rim

S - the usual; citrus, grapefruit, etc,

T - here's where I thought the beer was good; not being a hop head, I loved that there was a creamy smoothness upfront and only after lingering on the tongue did the hops kick in.

M - very smooth to start with the hop bite afterwards

D - very drinkable; out if the 3 offerings from NJ Beer Co, this was my favorite.

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Hudson Pale Ale from New Jersey Beer Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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