Passenger Ale | Boxcar Brewing Company

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Passenger AlePassenger Ale

Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Original Ale

Added by deaconoflove on 05-28-2010

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.38/5  rDev +40.4%
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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Photo of wpr1198
4.35/5  rDev +39.4%
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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Photo of ILuvBeer
4.24/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +29.2%
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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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
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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Photo of DubC14
3.9/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of esv
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of Manzanoj
3.56/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ego
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of TeachChefs
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of 52P48
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Barnsley
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jra173
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of Tarheel219
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of M27
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sammyt728
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jagada
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
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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