483 Pale Ale | Great River Brewery

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483 Pale Ale483 Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
True to the style, our pale ale is brewed with pale malt and a touch of crystal malt which gives it that copper hue. Then we aggressively hop it with centennial hops for a big citrus hop aroma and taste. Beer for the hop lover. Nice bitterness and a good long aftertaste with a smack of grapefruit.

Added by mynie on 08-17-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper-orange brew with a big rocky head and tons of lace. This is a really nice looking beer.

S - Musky, dank, herbal, like a grapefruit gone over to the point of almost rotten (but in a good way).

T - Well balanced bready malt and almost marijuana-like flavors with s spritz of orange citrus.

M - Medium-full bodied. Muscular. Finishes slightly tangy with a long-lasting citrus aftertaste.

0 - Good beer. Interesting and somewhat unique. Not just another pale ale that tastes exactly like the rest.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- There is just a touch of haze to the deep caramel-orange body with a slow carbonation working to the surface. There is a thick light tan head that is full of craters and last for a bit.

S- This beer has a full crystal malt aroma that has just a hint of brine in the finish.

T- The big sweet crystal malt carries through to the flavor but is cut back just a bit by the dry pungent green hop flavor with a much bigger hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and grows. The flavor also gets more watery as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp tight fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has big flavor in the crystal malt which is almost syrupy and the hop bitterness that taste a bit like dandelion milk, but it is lacking in hop flavor and aroma. It could really use something to cut down the first flavors or add depth to the flavor.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another from a friend's trip further into the great American Midwest...

This pale ale's color is on the darker end of the spectrum, more of a nearly bronze brown-orange. On top is a lightly orange-tinted pillow of soft cream, roughly 3/4 of a finger high, with good retention and lace.
The aroma's pretty nicely hoppy with citrus, grass and a hint of pine. Caramel malts are strong, to the point that they take just a bit away. There's also some graininess and a bit of salty brine just sneaking in.
The brine doesn't show much on the tongue. This beer starts with a nice bite of hoppiness and ends with it, too. Pine is a little stronger than it smelled, though the focus is still citrus and grass. Caramel malts ( and breads) balance better than in the aroma, adding just enough to round it out.
This is a crisp and clean brew with a firm medium body and a nice smoothness overall.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iowa beer, sweet! Mega-thanks to my brother Nick (mnwags) for the assist. But apparently he forgot I can't stand craft beer anymore. I'm only into nanobreweries now. (joke, look it up on the youtubes)

Out of the neatly designed and big 16 oz. can comes a pale golden liquid with just a hint of orange, but still looks more macro lager in color than APA. A frothy, stiff, audibly crackling head lifts the rating.

Smell is lightly sweet and floral, a pleasant, unobtrusive pale ale sort of smell. Fresh, clean, bright and simple, and leaning on the side of candy-like.

Good balance here between floral/green tartness, bitter hops, corny and caramel-like malt sweetness, and a light dab of earthy mineral. Definitely not a standardeverydayhohum pale ale, although maybe lacking the depth of a truly superb one.

Texturally 483 is crisp and slick, going down smoothly and easily. Not an abrasive or unpleasant experience in the mouth, despite front-forward carbonation. On the lighter side, but not wimpy.

Man, I love to see good beer like this in cans. It may not be the best midwest beer ever, but I love seeing Davenport get further into the craft beer game, and I'd be curious to try more Great River stuff. Thanks again bro.

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Photo of Tams65
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and bronze with a white thin head that still manages its form; lacing is pretty good

S: Aroma isn't incredibly pronounced but lemon citrus, pine, tea leaves, and a subtle weed aroma sit on top of a biscuity, grainy, malt presence

T: Nice oily hop presence up front; lots of pine and lemon but the beer fades on the back end and the grainy, bready malts don't quite catch up leaving a slightly soapy, strange after taste

F: Fairly good mouth feel: sticky and oily up front--it thins up a bit too much on the back end but it works fairly well

O: Decent little pale ale; it's refreshing and though it doesn't finish quite right, I could see myself putting a few back on a hot day

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mtvolkens
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This just missed the mark for me. I don't know why, and I struggle describing the distaste but the bitter in this beer did not sit well with me. I'm a fan of hoppy beers for sure, but this brew just had a very unpleasant aftertaste that made each sip more undrinkable than the last.

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Photo of zoolou
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a nice slightly off-white head that pours thick and hangs on throughout.

S - Light citrus, somewhat floral

T - Begins with a smooth hop flavor and finished with a good bitter hop bite. Nothing overwhelming, but very tasty and very drinkable.

M - Somewhat smooth/creamy mouthfeel makes it great going down.

Overall a very tasty PA that one could drink all day. Nothing in particular stands out, but it just tastes like a well-done beer.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with two+ fingers of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Hop driven aroma. Very floral with a touch of citrus. A little bit of toasted and caramel malt as well.

A little bit out of the ordinary APA flavor range. The hop flavor does not surprise, but it is the malt profile that I find sets this APA apart. A nice toasted malt base that gives the hops something to play off of. The Centennial hops come first, than it is the Cascades. On the higher end of bitterness and IBU's.

The body is very robust and hearty for an APA of this ABV. Superbly carbonated as well. Great texture.

A very good pale ale from Iowa. Another fine beer in cans.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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483 Pale Ale from Great River Brewery
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