Pamola Xtra Pale Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pamola Pours with a nice creamy head and subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Pamola is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; three different hop varieties, plus domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body while making use of a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. This one is extremely drinkable!

27.5 IBU

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 393
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it was poured into a pint glass. It had a hazy golden, yet slightly orange body. The white head forms and fades within seconds. The lacing is ringy. The smell is grainy, slightly corn but sweet fruits and light hops. The taste has the grain again, however, I do notice some breadiness. Once again the fruit comes back with the hops. The palate has a light body with a high carbonation that is smooth. It finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall, this is good for me and the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

4/14/17...clear gold, white foam, light bubble movement. Straw citrus nose. Lemons. Clean crisp citrus malt taste. Juicy. Clean crisp finish as well. Very simple, but nails the simplicity. Light bitter holds after.

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seems like the top raters on BA like this, as do I. My favorite beer is DALES, AND THIS is the eastern seaboard, Ballentine SESSION edition of a APA, at < 5% ABV.

"Pamola is a legendary bird spirit, causing cold weather, that appears in Abenaki mythology around the Mt Katahdin region in Maine."

A. The beer is a deep, clear gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves only a bit of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is too faint, but contains grain, fruity citrus, caramelized malts, and floral, grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet, with flavors of citrus and caramel followed by brassy, grassy hops bitterness. It's well balanced classic, with plenty of malt base and hop bite. The after-taste is mix of bite, pretzel, and sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body and carbonation, finish is sticky, and satisfying.

O: Great APA. Yankee original. Try 6.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a shade darker than straw gold. close to gold with a solid white head and constant bubbles from carbonation. nucleated glasses really show that off.

smells like malt and hops, very plain aroma.

taste is clean, slight sweetness from the hops as well. goes down smooth, easy drinker for sure.

definitely not an "Xtra Pale Ale", its a small pale ale. if not for the full(er) body i would think it's a pale lager. a small yet clean pale ale. wouldn't search this out but good for a variety pack. the Baxter variety pack has been good so far

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Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and some fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate while bready malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long and very bitter. Nice, hoppy brew.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $1.83
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: N/A (couldn’t read BOD stamp)

Poured a yellow, golden, hazy color with four fingers of fluffy, white head, which overtook the glass. Very light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average amount of foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled very malty, getting earthy rye, caramel, Cascade, marmalade, sour fruit, peach, floral and apricot. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose, getting those earthy, rye, sour fruit notes. Also marmalade jelly, juicy peach, dark apricot, lemon and more spoiled fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK pale ale. I wouldn’t have it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

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Photo of sprat1960
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Golden towards yellow in color; completely transparent. Lots of medium bubbles visible. Pours was a large 3 finger head that dies down leaving an uneven thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not much in terms of aroma; mild grassy - malt scent.

Taste: Malt, mild grain flavor, extremely mild hoppy taste. Tastes like a good quality commercial light ale; similar to a lager in taste. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

Feel: Thinner body. Mild carbonation provides a slight fizzy sensation. Mild, dry finish but not overly dry; refreshing.

Overall: A decent lighter-bodied ale, but nothing special. Would be good on a hot day. I would drink again, but probably will not purchase again only because there are so many better beers out there.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: bready malts; earthy hops with a little floral in the background;

T: a little citrus up front; more bready at mid-palate and that continues to the finish; lightly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not very interesting;

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but also seems to have notes of lemongrass flavors and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to have any interesting aromas or flavors but has a good balance in the smell and taste between the malts and hops. It is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at Astoria Bier & Cheese. It's a nice pale ale, designed to be more drinkable and it hits that goal. It reminds of Summit Extra Pale Ale, but without the malts complementing the hops. The hops here are dry, grassy, and herbal with a line of citrus, playing along a classic American hops, think Cascade.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into. Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is hazy yellow/gold with a finger of foamy white head some thin lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bready with a dry biscuit aroma. There is a slight wheat aroma that comes out slightly with a small amount of grassy hop aroma.

The taste has an earthy grass flavor that is layered under a watery malt flavor. There is a slight spice flavor that is a little pepper-like. There is a slight citrus flavor comes out a way in the back and sometimes does not appear.

The feel of this beer is light with a nice smooth body. There is a good drinkable feel here that is pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of illpass78
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw with a big white head. Moderate lacing and heavy carbonation. Paler than I'd expected - looks sort of lager-like.

Aroma: Smells of lemongrass, biscuit, grapefruit, citrus, and some sweet malt.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with citrus taking the lead. This is somewhat like a cream ale/pale ale hybrid, with the heft of the former and bitter bite of the latter. I like it. Nice malt backbone, too.

Mouthfeel: Nice drinkable depth. Good session beer.

Overall: A nice offering from Baxter that offers folks some good versatility. It's complex enough to pair with a good meal, but also fine for cookouts or just hanging around. I'd have another.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Pours a light yellow with almost no head. Nice and easy to drink. Not too complicated. A nice touch of malt and almost grassy if that makes any sense. I could drink several of these on a hot day.

Wife's Review: "It's good. Simple and easy to drink. Give me more."

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz can into an oversized wineglass. No freshness date present. Single purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Crystal clear orange with 1.5 fingers of sticky, frothy beige head with good retention and lace formations up and down the glass (4.25).

S: Biscuit and bready malt aromas are most distinct with some orange marmalade and honeysuckle hops aromas. No yeast or alcohol are detectable. (3.5)

T: The flavor is varied and interesting without being overpowering. The maltiness is most upfront with biscuit, bread, soda cracker, and light and medium caramel flavors. This works well with the herbal, lightly grassy, floral hops character which is accented with heavy orange and lime flavors. Bitterness is light and pleasant. No yeast or alcohol character. (4.0)

M: The mouthfeel is light as planned with light-medium body and low carbonation, to enhance the impression of mouthfeel and keep it from seeming watery, which I think Baxter succeeded in doing pretty well. (3.75)

O: While nothing way out there, Pamola does a very good job of being a light yet memorable pale ale which provides a lot of flavor in a session ale package. I liked this beer and would go for it again. It provides a nice blend of premium English bitter with American pale ale (much like 21A Bitter American but with more malt-focus and less blasting away with hops).

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz can. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is bready with some citrus and spicy hop notes. Taste is more of the bread and somewhat watery. Light hop spice, but not much flavor to this one. Finishes with bready malts. Not much of an alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and thin. Overall, instantly forgettable.

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Photo of VALIS666
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is a thin yellow gold, just a shade darker than most macros. Smell of grass, stagnant water. Taste is decent though -- light and fizzy with a bit of a malty bite. Ideal for outdoors on a hot day. It's like what I wish a Miller Lite actually tasted like.

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Photo of newaquarius
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good brew. A good balance of malts and a bit of hops to add a little bitterness but nothing major. The smell was quite fruity so i was expecting more of a fruit flavor however any fruitiness is faint yet there is definitely some there. The mouth feel is quite good, with good carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall a pretty good pale ale, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can &gt; Pint Glass

A - hazed yellow with two fingers of really bubbly white head, sporadic lacing.
S - Fresh cut grass, some a little lemongrass, very grainy though.
T - Very grassy, but also kinda soapy, some very light grapefruit traces.
M - Lots of carbonation, almost like a soda, chalky mouthfeel afterward.
O - Kinda let down by this one, lacking in flavor, and the mouth on this one leaves a lot to be desires.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity, decent retention and low carbonation.

Caramel, green apple, honeydew and butterscotch.

Caramel, biscuit and butterscotch maltiness. Additional notes of honeydew, white grape and touches of toffee. Very light hoppiness with suggestions of white grapefruit and pine.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

This is closer to English Bitter territory, but it's still mighty tasty.

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Photo of Infiniteingest
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generally: Not quite a whisper of an ale, but definitely a wallflower. It turns out, however that this shy little lad has plenty to offer and is, I suspect, exactly the type of broadly appealing session strength ale that Baxter wanted to make. It has all of the character of a carefully thought out ale. Of course their intentions are made manifest on the can... this beer is for camping, hiking, bbqing, etc., etc.. It works on its own terms.

The Pour: The first thing I notice is some extremely lively carbonation, which makes my mouth water a little. Crystal clear and pale golden in color with a nice, very finely built head. Very pretty beer.

Face in the glass: Nice lemony hop notes and a faint breadiness greet you, but they are not saying that much. Very subtle on the nose.

Temperature: 47 to begin with.

With Regard to Taste: For a beer with 4.9% ABV, there is a genuinely impressive amount of structure here. Citric hop notes are balanced up front with a nice bready sweetness and it concludes with a heck of lingering bitterness. Not too dry, not too bitter, not too much beer for mountainside shenanigans and/or waterskiing. And I have to add that the mouthfeel is outstanding. Creamy and Bright have never gotten along so well.

Abstract: While not a style of beer that is likely to excite devotees of huge beers on first pass, it has a few tricks up its sleeve if you give it a chance. More importantly, it's a very nice articulation of the style.

Epitoma: It's a bummer that all of this will be lost on 76% of the people who drink it because they'll be too busy throwing lawn darts at each other and trying to climb trees.

Note: It's a perfect lunch beer, for the rest of us, because it won't make you slur your words and it would go nicely with something like grilled cheese. It's bright enough to cut through some fat.

Serving type: 12 oz Can. I liked the 2nd can better than the first, whatever that means.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the can into a pint glass. Light gold, a bit hazy, limited head retention.

S - Didn't pick up too much here. Typcial for a pale ale.

T - They did well with a balance of malts. Best I can say here is that I liked it, but pale ales don't really blow me away. I didn't taste much of the hops.

M - A little thin for me. It went down really quickly, which can be good and bad. I generally like beers to linger a bit longer.

O - Nice pale ale, but nothing really special here.

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Photo of JonRogers
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like Baxter Brews. I think they did a good job sneaking in a little bitterness and subtle hops. I believe it gave a golden glow and had a good head in a glass but Id prefer it straight from the can. It is crisp and a little light for me but went down super easy.

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Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, w/o freshenesss info

Pour: Heavily hazed, darker apricot. Fluffy off white head that exhibits excellent retention. Leaves a frothy film, thick collar and thick sheeting, spots, bands and major blobs of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Somebody mentioned a buttery popcorn note on the nose and this is definatly on point. I dont recall another beer with a popcorn nose! I do also get some leafy, herbal hop notes.

On the palate, I get some herbal hops again, light citric fruit, a hint of smoke perhaps.

Light and refreshing pale ale, perhaps a bit thin and watery, but not bad and fairly enjoyable stuff. Nothing special, but sessionable and likely would be nice on a warm summers day with some cheese, bread and salads.

Nice that more and more decent beers are being canned. Hope this trend continues and continues

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Photo of brureview
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much- but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serve it cold. The beer poured a light pale tea color with a two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

The aroma was good- fruit and hops.

The mouth feel complemented the style- pleasant carbonation. Refreshing malt presence.

The taste was quite good- fruity apple and quite crisp.

Sometimes a pale ale can be lackluster. But there is a lot to this refreshing beer if
served cold and in my favorite tasting glass- a snifter. It's a good session beer and a nice alternative to the heavier ABV winter beers .

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Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a straw yellow/slightly golden/orange. Lots of fine sediment, quite cloudy in the wider part of my Sam Adams glass, very clear in the lower/thinner portion. Lots of very fine sediment floating around. Nice constant/relatively slow carbonation rising through the beer. Poured a solid finger of barely off-white head, solid lacing. OK retention, a thin layer covers most of the surface ~5 minutes later.

S - Lighter sweet fruity hop presence (apple/lemon/orange). Bready light caramel malt. Slightly yeasty. Fairly subtle but pleasant.

T - Decently bitter (mild+), really nice citrusy qualities. Predominantly lemon, some orange too. A wee-bit bready/sweet from the malts. The citrus qualities of the hops are nicely balanced. Slightly dry finish, does not linger too long.

M - Definitely easy to drink, refreshing and crisp. Lighter bodied, generous/appropriate carbonation.

O - Not a show stopper but enjoyable and easy to drink. If I'm drinking a sixer at a party or something this would be a good one to bring.

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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 393 ratings