Purgatory Pale Ale | Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JohnfromDublin on 11-14-2006

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by aorloski:
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden hazy with one finger head, nicely looking swirls of small carbonation bubbles present in the glass. Aroma is flowery hops with rich fruity esters and light sweet malt.

Taste is flowery and bittery hops that slowly turns towards moderate maltiness with hoppy bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.

Overall, a good one, nicely hopped.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this seasonal ale on tap at the Franciscan Well Brewpub in November 2006.
Appearence: a slightly hazy amber coloured brew with a light tan thinnish head. Left some moderate lacing on the glass.
Smell was mostly of hops with some berry fruit (?).
Taste was quite hoppy (cascade hops used) with a citrus background taste. Not very complex.
Overall a nice hoppy seasonal from the Franciscan Well. They should do more to improve the presentation of their beers. I feel that they sell themselves a little short in serving in the regular pint glass.

Edit: November 2007. Just had this on tap at the Bull & Castle Dublin where it is unfortunately served alongside Galway Hooker pale ale. When faced with this choice, it has to be GH!

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porterhouse craft beer fest.

Pours pale red with a thin, lacey head. Woody hops on the nose. Taste is light malts - brown sugar and nut - with more skunky hops coming in for a long finish. Light body; better as it warms. Very drinkable.

Almost like an Irish Red Ale that is hopped like an American ale. Which is a good combination.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Porterhouse Temple Bar at the Independent Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival.
Pours a nice orange color, a bit hazy, with a 1 finger head that disappears slowly.
Smells nice and hoppy with a hint or floral/citrus.
Tastes like it smells with the hops being the overwhelming character and a bit of grapefruit and bitterness.
A bit rough around the edges when compared to more smooth examples of APAs, but still goes down nice.
I think that it went well with the Porterhouse burger. I would have more of these in one session, but had to get my hands and taste buds on other beers that were available at the Festival.
Comparable to Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque golden orange color. 2 fingers of white head leave solid lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops. Rich malts... a good old fashioned IPA.

T/F: Malts and bread open on the palate, giving way to a fresh bitter hop profile. Citrus and evergreen.. a bit of grapefruit and peppercorns. Great carbonation and zesty/resinous on the palate. Finish is dry and bitter.

O: A very solid Irish take on the APA, and one of the best Pale Ale's I had in that country. Flavorful, bitter, and delicious. Definitely recommended.

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Purgatory Pale Ale from Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 12 ratings