Passenger Ale | Boxcar Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
boxcarbrewingcompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.12
pDev:
25%
 
 
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0
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3
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1/5  rDev -67.9%

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1/5  rDev -67.9%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
1.36/5  rDev -56.4%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of KenC
1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of magnj
2.26/5  rDev -27.6%
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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Photo of ROGUE16
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of rfgetz
2.62/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of garuda
2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Slatetank
2.87/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of InspectorBob
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zekeman17
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tobelerone
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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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3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Passenger Ale from Boxcar Brewing Company
3.12 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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