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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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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3.98/5  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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

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2/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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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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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Passenger Ale from Boxcar Brewing Company
3.12 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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