Passenger Ale
Boxcar Brewing Company

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English Pale Mild Ale
Ranked #28
Ranked #47,187
3.16 | pDev: 24.05%
Boxcar Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Passenger AlePassenger Ale
Notes: Formerly Original Ale
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3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8/2017 - pours dirty gold, heavy creamy foam. Light creamy mouthfeel. Dry english malt flavor. Very clean. Mild bitters, smooth finish, quick and tasty. Classic English style.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Nov 21, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a head more sizzler than golden corral, white foam standing at about 1 finger but dropping, straw and clear colored, although the head has dissipated greatly lacing is still pretty good (most likely due to the plenty o' bubbles gurgling up from the bottom in a tempest), not bad looking

slight biscuit, slight hop, this is mild as the style does suggest

taste etc...
just sharp enough carbonation, definite malt flavor with just hints of hops on the edges, the malt actually sticks around to chat for some time, a really nice and mild ride, there is nothing off kilter here, it is exactly as advertised, it is quite refreshing and drinkable

the style is what the style is, this has more character than your big box lagers (the you know whos) and is a nice drinkable ale. Is it a world beater ? no, of course not but it does what it sets out to do, a good brew for those who can't grab an english export to experience the genesis of the style.

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Ego from New Jersey, Mar 15, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, a bit bready. Taste is light and mild, some breadyness and malts, not a very strong flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jan 12, 2013
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2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - pale yellow body, fizzy head subsides quickly to a thin surface layer.

s - Zesty lemon and citrus up front, vaguely spicy, buried beneath is a mild bready body. A familiar smell much like that of an infected homebrew.

t/m - fruity up front, thin body overcarbed. spicy finish.

o - honestly this tastes exactly like beers I've screwed up and infected. I want to like this local brewery but after reading other reviews and trying this first hand I think they have a few things to work out before I buy another from them.

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magnj from New Jersey, Nov 11, 2012
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3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw color with a 1cm head that disappears instantly. Clarity is on the hazy side and little to no lacing present.

S- Light malt, grass, fruit (apple, pear, grape), and some faint diacetyl. Very little hop aroma, but that is to be expected of the style.

T- Malt dominated with some fruit and a herbal tea-like hop flavor.

M- Light to medium feel with low levels of carbonation.

O- A decent Pale Mild. Nothing outstanding, but then again there's nothing horribly wrong with it either. Bottom-line: Unless you're a diehard fan of the style or someone who has to try every beer in existence, you can getaway with skipping this one. Cheers.

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pvsob from Pennsylvania, Oct 26, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed over, dull gold color with a finger of fizzy head that settles slowly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass here and there.

Aroma is fairly mild; some bready malts and a touch of fruity, floral hops. Light sweetness and grass notes continue in the flavor. There's a bit of fruity sweetness but the finish is sufficiently dry. Bitterness is low and the hoppy grass and floral notes are quite restrained. I also get subtle citrus and apple.

Body is medium to slightly light; carbonation is on the high side and feels a little fizzy. Overall there's nothing particularly remarkable about this beer; its pretty drinkable but a bit bland and the aftertaste is a little odd. Theres a faint suggestion of soured milk and overripe fruit throwing things off. The mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired as well.

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tobelerone from New York, Jul 29, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first try for something from Boxcar in West Chester. Overall it tasted closer to a wheat or blonde or mile Pale Ale than an APA. A re-classification for this might be due as the APA made me believe there would be at least some hop kick, which wasnt there. Decent taste, easy to drink. Good session beer for summer and I look forward to trying their IPA.

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jra173 from Pennsylvania, Jun 29, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle, no dating

A - Hazy tangerine color, small white head that has little retention and lacing. Looks like a lot of sediment was left behind in the bottle.

S/T - Vinous, green grape-like aromas and tastes up front. There's a yeast presence, too, but I can't really indicate what its adding to the S&T. Some grainy sweetness mid palate, finishing with an herbal hop bitterness, with some residual sugars left in the mouth that accumulate after each sip.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, but doesn't finish very clean with a sticky sugary coating left in the mouth.

O - Really more like a British pale mild or American blonde. Either way, it just seems to lack depth that's seen in some of the better APA's out there. I want to like this brewery so bad since they're so local to me, but so far its just not working out.

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garuda from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2012
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2.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap served chilled - described in the promo material as an English pale mild.

A hazy golden color with small white cape, the bead is fine and lace sticks, the retention is ok. The smell is peculiar -almost like hay or alfalfa grass -like a fresh mown meadows very herbal and earthy. The feel is gassy and light medium bodied with a subtle sweetness, more malty than bitter with semi-dry finish.

The taste is ok, but is grassy as the aroma indicates, the malt is light in the flavor, maybe a bit of toast, but gently bitter grass and herbal notes override the grainy taste. The finish is dry and overall I thought it was unique, but not the tastiest pale or mild ale I have had.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, May 17, 2011
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1.36/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - hazey yellow-golden, no head retention

S - very slight lemony, citrus, yeasty aromas

T - Here is where I was completely taken aback, I took one sip and immediately thought I was drinking a "sour ale" or a "cider". Over carbed, astringent, sour. If I had bought this under the guise of a cider it would actually be pretty good. Most likely a quality control issue at the brewery.

M - light, over carbed, almost numbing quality

O - Even if this beer was not "defective" it would likely still range in the B- to C+ area. I picked it because I try to support local Pennsylvania breweries. I will however give Boxcar another shot someday, as this may have been a one-off quality control issue.


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HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania, Apr 28, 2011
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2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered simply because it was a new tap handle i have never seen... poured a hazed pale yellow color with minimal head, assumed it was a belgian wit. Scent was very light with touches of yeast and lemon, lightly sweet bubblegum presence, again assumed it was just a light wit beer. Taste was extremely light with only a faint taste of yeast and lemon, convinced it was a light wit beer. Medium bodied, lightly oily, undercarbonated. When all was said and done and i was left extremely disapointed in my wit beer, i popped on BA on my mobile and saw this was a pale ale... then I was pretty much over the disapointment and borderline angry (j/k).

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rfgetz from New Jersey, Feb 07, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, got a single of this for $2 beans. Never heard of this company before.

Original is a proper term for this beer as it is a pale ale that looks like a mix between a hazy hefe and a light fruit beer. The color is hazy yellow with some oranges and reds mixed in underneath a georgeous white/pinkish head that sticks to the glass like flies on shit. This smells awfully sweet for a pale ale. I thought this was a fruit beer or something. A Belgian type nose with some bubblegum, cherry and some pale malting. I dig it. And this does not taste like a pale ale either but it is very enjoyable and drinkable. Taste is of some wheat with fruits such as cherry and slight citrus qualities underneath some pale malts. Slight caramel vibe that just works for some odd reason. Feels bigger than it is(5%) but remains a bit bigger than light bodied with expert carb rolling off the tounge. I was pleasantly surprised with this one and would purchase again and again.

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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania, Oct 22, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance is interesting, had to double check that this was an APA and not a hefe or pale wheat. Pours an unfiltered, hazed banana golden color with a foamy white head with surprising retention and lack of lacing. Aroma is mild and sweet, notes of butterscotch, grapefruit, caramel and a slight alcohol bite. Medium bodied with strong, fine carbonation and a sloppy and stale finish. Unsurprisingly, like the rest of the presentation, the flavor continues to have a bit of an identity crisis, veering at times from APA to wheat beer to kolsch to who knows what. Oddly, I do enjoy drinking this, even if it drinks much bigger and stronger than its 5% ABV. The flavor is sweet without being cloying, dominated by sweet, ripe fruits, butterscotch, pale malt, mild tanginess, etc. Hard to pinpoint any particular off flavor, but the overall impression of this is that this beer is a work in progress.

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yourefragile from District of Columbia, Sep 19, 2010
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3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A> I can't get over the color. It looks a ruby red and the clarity is hazy. Very odd looking. The head is gorgeous. A real beut. The head look belgian. Head has a pink tint to it.

N> Very light grapefruit. Light fruitiness in general. Very present and in your face but not a deep, ripe fruitiness. I can't really pick-out the hops. Wondering if I'm just not used to the smell of what they used. Perhaps some of the fruit is from the hops, I just can't tell.

T> Fruity sweet upfront. A smack of bitterness, very light. The ebb is fast and thorough, leaving very little on the shores of my tongue. -to much, i know.

M> Light mouthfeel. Very, very carbonated.

Quite drinkable but there's something unfinished about it.

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esv from Virginia, Jul 09, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger bright white creamy head that fades sloly to a half inch layer of head that doesn't budge til i take my last sip. hazy deep golden coloring with active carbonation. this is one attractive brew.

s- clean, lemon, maybe a hint of green apple tartness, floral notes, and lots of mystery fruit esters.

s- nice balance of smooth pale caramel malt and lightly bitter hops, slightly grassy, very floral and fruity with a crisp, clean, slightly dry finish. this is very kolsch like in it's flavoring. the bottle conditioning here is a nice and pleasant touch.

m- medium body but fills the mouth very well.

d- this is a really nice, easy drinking apa that i'll be drinking again. also, you've gotta love an up and coming brewery from my hometown of west chester! i had the opportunity to meet the owner/brewer who was a great, very knowledgable guy!

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thecarster1 from Pennsylvania, Jun 05, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle served at West Bradford Grill into a frosty pint glass.

A - Golden in color, with a substantial 2-3 finger head that held up well. Lacing was little to none.

S - Floral hops and malts are subtle, the aroma is light

T - This ale was very subtle with flavors. Standing above the rest were delicious floral hops. Notes of caramel were also present.

M - Feel was fantastic, this is definitely a session beer and great for the summer season. Finish is fairly dry with little lingering after taste.

D - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I will be going back for more and recommending to friends and family.

Its always nice to have great beer options so close to home, welcome Boxcar Brewing.

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wpr1198 from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Pours a nice cloudy brownish golden color with a fine off-white head of 3 fingers, and holding very well. Nice lacing on the glass.
Sm. Light caramel, sweetness, butterscotch maybe, but crisp and tart as well.
Ta. Caramel and malty with some lemony tartness. Nicely balanced with a clean and fresh finish.
Mf. Good carbonation, clean and crisp, filling.
Dr. Dang. Easy. ++++

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deaconoflove from Pennsylvania, May 29, 2010
Passenger Ale from Boxcar Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 51 ratings