Nantahala Pale Ale | Nantahala Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mikesgroove on 06-06-2010

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the growler into an impy pint glass a clear copper with a nicely formed one finger white head that leaft multiple broken rings of lace behind as ir settled.Caramel malts and fruity ester in the nose only a light smattering of floral hops,this has great malt complexity but the hops are subdued.Caramel/biscuit and big juicy fruity malt notes over top of leafy and resiny hop notes on the palate,this is a malt hefty pale but it's not really a bad thing.Not what I was expecting but it's still a nice malty pale,the hops are there but the malt complexity is what I take most from this beer.

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Photo of SierraStonePoint
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came across to me as a lighter version of the IPA, seemed very similar in both body and flavor.

Nice amber color with a finger deep head of white that quickly turned over into a thin but covering layer across the glass. Light aroma of citrus mixed with light pine and grain that formed a gentle and pleasing aroma. Clean and crisp with a light body and well carbonated texture. Hops roll across the tongue cutting the palate but mellow out into a smooth and even bready flavor that lasts for a bit before drying and awaiting that next sip.

Overall a nice and light, sessionable pale that I would have no issue with going after again. Really cut the edge off a hot day.

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Photo of taylocd
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sampling was a pint at the Pourover Pub at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, with subsequent pours from a growler fresh from the Brewery in Bryson City

A - dark appearance for APA; a dull copper that looked more like what I expect from an IPA than PA

S- detect a hint of pine amongst the hop aromas, again more indicative of an IPA

T- thankfully, taste did not match what I expected from the smell as it did not have the thick pine-resin flavor; it was much milder than expected and more appropriate for pale ale style. I hate to compare them, but the Nanty Pale ale seemed a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M/D - both were truer to style than appearance and make for a refreshing brew that is easy and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mklinger
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Across the Trax next door to the brewery. Served in a pint glass. This was more amber than their IPA poured with a decent 1/2 inch head that left some but not a lot of lacing.

Aroma was Cascade or Centennial hop focused, I think. Citrusy in ways that complemented the caramel sweetness in the aroma. Nice aroma for an APA.

Flavor was similar though I found the hop flavors to be a bit less strong than the aromas. Nice bit of sweetness in the flavor with solid though not too strong hop bitterness to keep everything in balance.

This was a very, very drinkable APA. It went down very smoothly on a hot day after tubing down Deep Creek in the hot sun all day. Nice mouthfeel & carbonation. I enjoyed this beer a bunch.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wceaton
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Near clear, amber-gold body with a creamy-looking, frothed, white head. Nice lacing on the descent.

Smell: Pale malts paired with fragrant hits of citrus and flower blossoms, lightly resinous in the background.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a trace of husky barley and a very light caramel candy sweetness. Resinous, floral, and citric hop character with a medium-plus bitterness. Drying, accumulative bitterness on the tail end, though some small flecks of caramel are still felt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's quite good.

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Nantahala Pale Ale from Nantahala Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 11 ratings