Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale
Boneyard Beer Company

Bone-A-Fide Pale AleBone-A-Fide Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #94
Ranked #3,476
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States
Bone-A-Fide Pale AleBone-A-Fide Pale Ale
Notes: 38 IBUs
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 173 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mactrail from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with plenty of foam in the tall goblet, though appearance is marred by the flock of floaties. Sudsy and light mouthfeel with malty substance. Inviting fruity aroma with a piney breeze. Moderately sweet and quite malty tasting. Big flavor of honeydew melon and citrus with a bitter dose of peel in the aftertaste. A nice balance overall.

I see hops are the usual suspects, Mosaic and Citra. Hard to go wrong if they don't hop with a heavy hand in a lighter beer. This one is tremendously drinkable, but so flavorful you want to sip more slowly. From the 12 oz can dated 01/05/2021 on the bottom.

May 02, 2021
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Spikester from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head. Swathes of lace appear as the levels drop.
Smell is greenish dank some pine bready malt.
Taste is greenish dank some pine and bready malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and bitter.
Overall a tasty American Pale Ale. Canned on date is 12-22-2020.

Feb 16, 2021
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jakecattleco from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6 week old can until a tulip.

L: Dull golden with 2+ fingers of frothy white head with good retention and left mixed lacing.

S: Floral and earthy, really nice, subtle bready accents.

T: Follows the nose but with more dimension. Adds in resinous and citrus dimensions. Finishes with moderate bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the palate.

F: Low-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slick on the tongue and swallow. Crisp

O: Loved this brew, can only imagine it being even better hyper-fresh. Would gladly buy this regularly.

Feb 07, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly cloudy orange with a fast-forming pure white head that settles quickly to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Orange, grapefruit, pine, some Cannabis, blueberries, sweetened strawberries, cara cara orange, and sweet bready malt
Taste: Citrus fruits and pine come together for the initial punch, quickly joined by waves of berry notes. Some weed-like terpenes sneak in near the middle along with sweet bready maltiness before a citrus-led, very light hop bite closes it out
Mouthfeel: Full tasting but light feeling – about as light as I’d want in the style as any lighter would veer into watery territory. Medium-high carbonation and light dryness on the finish
Overall: A delicious pale ale here. I love what these folks do, especially with hops, and I think this one slides under the radar a little as their IPA/IIPA/IIIPA get most of the attention. A tasty hop profile without being too light in malt balance and a more sessionable ABV make this a winner. If you dig these folks’ hoppy offerings, definitely give this a go

Dec 21, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fresh nose. Smells like a bouquet of floral hops. Matches the flavor as well. Dry hopped west coast style. Hoppy pale ale. Tiny bite to it masked under the crisp freshness.

Jun 30, 2018
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amano_h from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A labored metaphor, maybe, but if Boneyard's beers could be compared to a gravure or a super model, it'd be like Kate Upton in a micro bikini: squeezing as much meat into as little cotton/polyester as possible.

Sticky, resinous pine is the first olfactory impression imparted by this sexy brew. Earthier notes follow in the form of fresh cut grass and garden herbs, which is finally rounded off by some brighter ruby grapefruit pulp. Malt-derived aromas of cracker-y grains and some light caramel enter the fray with the passage of time.

Like most well-crafted brews of our time, the taste closely follows the smell. Lemony citrus and over-ripe stone fruit start off the party, accompanied by a heavy earthy base of pine, herbs, and grass. The discernible malt characteristics manifest in the form of saltine crackers with all the salt licked off and some faint caramel. Grapefruit rind-like bitterness round off all the flavors, leading to a bone dry finish.

Definitively light bodied. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Lively vibrant carbonation throughout the drinking experience. This is supposed to be one of the lighter beers they offer and it feels closer to a well-hopped Session IPA than a Pale Ale; I am genuinely scared to try the rest of their beers.

Dec 16, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange tan. Pleasing citrusy and pine notes. Easy drinking pale ale from a brewery I don't see often enough. Anytime I see something from Boneyard it's on!

Aug 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a murky orange color with a thin cap of a little white foamy head. Not much lace, but what was there, slid into the beer. The aroma had some sweet to bitter grassy/floral/herbal grapefruit pulp and rind tones over a stiff piney hop backbone. Malts seemed there, but quaint and smooth. The flavor brought on the sweetness of the blend of hops to malts. Aftertaste was hop coated maltiness. Finish was semi-sticky but with a good sturdy sliding eloquence. The palate was medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Hop abrasion doesn’t occur and a helpful smoothness seemed to let the hops just slide over my tongue. Overall, damn good APA, West coast styled to the fullest and would love to have another one if I could get it again!

Jun 16, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint at HG.

A: Lightly cloudy light amber color with golden highlights beneath an inch cap of white greasy foam that had great long-lasting head retention. Rings of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: The nose is full of a lightly fruity sweetness alongside citrus rind and clean, bready malt.
T: Flavor is lightly sweet and citrus hops mixed with crackery, bready, crisp grainy malt backbone. Drying, crisp finish.
M: Clean, crisp and drying mouthfeel with smooth and soft carbonation over a crisp and light body.
O: Super quaffable, smooth, and very crisp and clean.

Mar 13, 2017
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gshak from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gets a consistent 4.5 across the board. Looks just like a pale ale should, but drinks like an IPA. Pale yellow with a thin ring of white fluffy head. Smells of pine, lemon, ripe peaches, and punchy grapefruit. Taste follows smell, with enough malt to balance out the hops. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness that lasts just enough to invite another sip. A mighty fine and crushable ale. Fine effort by Boneyard!

Nov 23, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a lemony yellow hue into the glass, great clarity here. White head sits on-top the beer and leaves behind some rather solid lacing.

S — Hello hops, juicy, piney, lemony, bitter, balanced with enough sweet crystal malts underneath.

T — Hop forward and focused again, piney, lemony, juicy, fruity, bitter, dry, leaves you wanting to come back for more.

M — Dry, balanced, thirst quenching, incredible.

O — This is fantastic, like Grunion on steroids, pretty damn good APA.

Dec 18, 2015
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Magnum40s from California

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am going to be honest here. I went and tasted this blind against several other APA's. Hands down this was the best! This was a great APA. Some people were under impressed but I was amazed at how juicy and fun this was. It was actually one of my favorite beers in all of bend. I took a growler of it away with many others and drank it to myself.
I have only had a couple of pales that I liked as much as this and low and behold they were at Altamont and at Cellarmaker. Both somewhat inspired by Boneyard.

Oct 24, 2015
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ZekeMillz from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Boneyard, but this one was not my favorite. Judging by the rest of the reviews, it seems like I might have gotten a bad batch. Looked and smelled good, but just tasted off. I will definitely try again.

Aug 12, 2015
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Reidrover from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Growl Movement in Salem OR. $3....with discount Slightly hazy orange beer..tiny white head Nice hippy aromas fruity and some pine.... Great hop taste not too much.malts slight caramel Nice medium mouth feel. Delicious Great pale ale.

Jul 26, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i am a sucker for sorachi ace hops, and i will be shocked if this beer isnt brimming with their creamy lemony oil aroma and vibrant fruitiness. the beer looks pretty regular, barley able to hold a short white head in a pint glass, but the nose is just fantastic, with the sorachi and even some mosaic or some other fruity foreign varietal are just bursting out. tangerine and lemon, but rich and creamy too, the hops are beautiful in this beer. the grain is medium weight, but the alcohol is perfectly light for a beer with this flavor profile that i just want to hammer several of. its easy drinking, but mostly because its delicious. i think its a little flat in feel honestly, could use more carbonation, but that would make this one of my favorite pale ales ever, and since i cant get it in this market, im okay with it having some element this is off a little. that way i wont miss it so much, but man are those hops glorious!

Oct 23, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in my OBF pint glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: slightly hazy, rich orange hue with a light effervescence and a thin layer of white foam. I think it looks pretty good.

Smell: sweet, but not too sweet; a little bit tangeriney, a little bit grapefruity. Nice and light underlying malt character which works really well.

Taste: flavor is really good; hops are a little more herby than the aroma, but overall it's still very bright and balanced. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: very solid, quaffable pale ale; just an all-round great beer. I would love to have this again.

Jul 29, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white cap, almost a little dirty white cap, some good head retention, lacing clings to the glass in waves down the glass as I continue to drink

S: Big floral nose, with healthy doses of citrus and passion fruits with a nice dose of bread

T: Big citrus, tropical and passion fruit chiming in; mainly in the ways of pineapple, mangos and grapefruits. So good. This beer has so much going on, taste buds go bananas.

M: Balanced West Coast APA, lots of dank and malt balance.

O: Probably the best West Coast APA ever, tied with Zombie Dust.

Dec 01, 2012
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TheBungyo from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is tough to review.

No, not because I'm confused in any way as to how great this beer is. No ... great would be an understatement. But this would be a great IPA, nevermind a pale!

It pours a shade of sun touched honey that makes me want to taste it the instant I see it. Head is minimal. Nice lacing left behind. This color always tells me the finish won't be too sweet for a pale or IPA and I'm not wrong.

One whiff and my nose is nearly assaulted by the scent of orange rind, mango, tangerine, and peach. Lovely. There's some biscuit there too but it seems to be fighting for recognition amongst all the tropical fruit.

One sip releases the floodgates of orange, grapefruit, pine needles, caramel, and again, biscuit. Bravo!

A lot has changed over the years. There was a time when the east coast by and large didn't have the taste for hops we out west do. They've caught on a bit but I feel like this would be a bit extreme for an east coaster looking for a pale. For me, it is nearly exactly what I want. This beer should set the standard for a Northwest Pale Ale.

Oct 18, 2012
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John_M from France

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at E9 the other day.

The beer pours the expected amber peach color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is about what I expected as well, considering this beer is made by boneyard, as I pick up considerable dry citrus, light pine, pepper and skunky weed. Most IPA's I encounter don't smell this good. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, hopheads dream of an APA. In some ways, this beer reminds me very much of zombie dust, though the aroma profile is a bit different. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denying that the beer delivers plenty of flavor. The finish is long, crisp and bitter, and despite my better instinctis, I found myself ordering a second glass before leaving E9. So yeah, drinkability is quite good in this excellent APA, and the alcohol was barely detectable.

An altogether excellent APA, and about what I would expect from Boneyard.

Sep 18, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pine Box in Seattle, WA.

Pours a hazy goldn copper color with amber edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel countered by grassy pine needle and pale malt.

Medium bodied with a blast of dank juicy hops that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a long dry finish. Huge citrus/tropical fruit presence with lots of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel sweetness which is countered by some dry, bitter pine needle flavor. Complex hop profile with a subtle pale malt backbone providing further balance. Hints of bread, biscuit and toffee toward the finish. Really well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. Tastes more like a west coast IPA than a pale ale.

Aug 08, 2012
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vkv822 from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Orange with a craggy, billowy white head.

Big, juicy citric hop notes.

Citric hops upfront blend to moderate piney hops. Grain, oat, lightly sweet malt in the backing.

Medium body for the style, average carbonation.

A very hop forward pale ale upfront, but does allow enough well done malt notes to come through in the backing to help balance it out.

Jun 04, 2012
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dgilks from Australia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden colour with a creamy, white head. Good head retention.

Grapefruity hop aroma. Punchy with a slightly grassy note.

Soft, light malt on the palate with a big hit of pine and grapefruit. Fairly bitter but suitably balanced.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A good APA with great hop flavour and not too much malt.

Oct 09, 2011
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Docer from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy maltbombpete introduced me to these guys... I first had the Black13 at The BeerMongers, and then my bro snagged up some of this pale for me to try. Drinking a cold mason jar of it now for me to review....

- Nice clear copper ale.... slight fog, but more clear. The head is quickly thick... fuzzy... and lays down quick leaving thick sheets of lacing all about the glass... the whole way down.

- Nice bright piney bitter hop scent... light biscuit, bready caramel malt... and a floral touch of hops as well. Slightly grassy and earthy.

- Smooth and very balanced drinker here... great subtle pine bitter hop with a light aroma of floral and grassy hops... perfectly balanced with a smooth sailing caramel pancake batter of a malt.... biscuit, grain... oat-like...

- Medium bodied... slightly creamy almost, but still light and not so chewy sticky....

- A fantastic drinking pale... and different. With all the beers out there, it's nice to see a start-up come out with a beer as simple as a pale... and have it still stand out above the rest. Very good.

Jul 26, 2010
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chumba526 from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears an orange/amber like color with about an inch of white foam.

It smells a bit citrusy. There is also a tad bit slight bready malt smell as well.

The taste is a nice blend of citrus like hops backed up with a dry malt flavor. There is a nice profound bitter aftertaste. The flavors seem to mingle nicely with each other.

The carbonation is moderate. The drinkability to me seems average for the style.

Overall this is a better than average pale ale but is not ground breaking in any way. Worth trying if you see it.

Jul 04, 2010
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a dark golden yellow with about 3/4 of an inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was crisp and well balanced, a very nice blend of malt and hops. The taste was very similar, crisp, sharp hops built on a solid malt foundation.

The body was full and smooth. Drinkability was excellent, you could easily settle in for an afternoon with this brew. Overall, not an earth-shattering beer, just an extremely well done example of the style. Worth seeking out.

Jul 03, 2010
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 173 ratings