Pamola Xtra Pale Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to andrewinski1 for this. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of pillowy white head with great retention and some touches of lacing.

3.0 S: Not much going on here. Lightly grainy with grassy hops.

2.0 T: Even less going on in the taste. Malts don't do much of anything. There's a detectable bitterness, but just barely and only because the malts don't exist.

2.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.

2.5 D: Pretty much water, but not disgusting.

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Photo of jbear725
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - this beers pours brilliantly clear with a slightly amber golden color. I'd guess around a SRM of 5. The head is white and billows like a mass produced lager and fades quickly. Not sure the appearance matters much since most people are probably going to drink it from the can.

S - Very faint malt and hop aromas. Nothing grabs your attention when you take a whiff. It's pale and bland with hints of floral and citrus northwest hop aromas.

T - Corn. First few sips are strong with a husky corn flavor that fades fast and then you get mild hop flavors. Cascade seems to be the most evident hop in the mix. Everything fades fast in the aftertaste and leaves you're pallet wondering where the flavor went.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty thin. It's slightly over carbonated which I think helps the hops a bit but makes the malt flavor a little too harsh. There is nothing hanging around in the aftertaste.

D - This is a quaff-able beer for sure and on the can it's says "Camp * Lake * BBQ * Mountain * Hike * Picnic * Beach * Cooler * Backpack * Fridge * Golf Course". I do think they hit the mark with this if they want you to buy it for these reasons. This is a lawnmower/golf course type beer. Ice cold in the can the little malt and hops flavors this does have will be subdued and will make this a thirst quenching between golf shots.

Overall my impression of this beer is that it's a brew that a macro beer co. would put out to grab a piece of the craft beer segment. It's got good intention but is rather lackluster in my opinion. If you're a hardcore or seasoned craft beer drinker you'll find this comes up short. But this could be a great gateway beer for someone trying to ease into microbrews and being in a can certainly helps that cause.

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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 smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two-finger head that leaves a lot of sticky, web-like lace. The liquid is cloudy, dark gold color.

Very mild aroma of predictable malted grain and faded hop bitterness.

First impression is of the thinness of the body and weak grain flavor. The hop bitterness makes up for some of the flaws, but not quite.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a pretty things pint glass. date on can is 9/21/11

A - golden orange body with two finger white laced head. pretty good retention very good lacing.

S - pine hops, orange peel, sweet bread malts.

T - sweet malts, earthy grain malt base. grass hop bite hits in the back and is subdued.

M - good carbonation light bodied with a very watery feel to it.

O - eh. its alright not so bad I won't go try something else by baxter but certainly not impressed by this.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date. Why do they stamp their IPA and not their APA?
In a pint glass the beer was a light gold color with a medium-sized white head. The head diminished quickly, leaving a little bit of lace.
Very subtle aroma, maybe too subtle. Sweet malt and a kiss of herbal hops.
A little more in the taste. Bready with a peppery ending.
Light-bodied, nice little peppery bite.
Probably a good session beer. Refreshing.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with 3 big foamy fingers of bright-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, which rings the sides of the glass with a good bit of sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and a little spicy, with an earthy greenness to the nose and a splash of lemon tartness. Toasted grains push up from underneath with some prominence. A bit too much at times actually.

The taste is similar, with a leafy bitterness, an underlying herbal feel, and a smack of lemon flavor. The graininess of the nose is a bit more subdued here, with the malts having more of a toasted sweetness to them although the graininess does pick up some as this warms. The finish is pretty dry feeling, with lingering notes of pith and spice that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy crispness that glides along pretty easily. This is probably my favorite part of the beer.

This was a pretty average APA, with too much of a malt presence that detracted from any kind of refreshing hop character that they may have been shooting for with this. This is another one of these Baxter beers that I’m one and done with.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 12oz. Can into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with low to moderate retention. Beer is a clear pale goldenrod. Lacing is sticky and patchy. Decent.

Nose is pine, tree sap, pineapple, cane sugar, and surprise! Tea. Average and very expected.

Opens sap hop bitterness. Bark, dirt, and prominent tea leaf bitterness. Some residual light tartness in the background. More sap resin and pine at the end. Finish is mellow with a slightly bitter, filmy aftertaste. Dominated by the tea leaf taste.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy and bubbly in the mouth and watery going down. Finish is dry with a long, lingering aftertaste. Expected for the stlye.

This beer is very much expected from Baxter at this point. Big dried tea leaf prominence, sappy hop bitterness. They make decent beers, but there's not a lot separate the different styles at this point.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a Baxter beer can shaped glass. Hazy gold topped with a one finger white head. Light lacing throughout.

S- Very mild. Almost bland. Hint of pine and malt.

T- Not tasting anything special.

M- Light carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O- Too light for me. Nothing very memorable. Quenches thirst...nothing more.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after the mischievous, moose-headed, eagle clawed and winged storm god Pamola, said to inhabit Mt. Katahdin. Pamola is also a peak on Mt. Katahdin.

Clear straw color a thin white head. Several branches of lace left from a consistent, glass bottom retention.

Aroma is standard East Coast APA fair: biscuit and subtle floral/nectar hops. Could be maltier. Could be hoppier. Balanced in subtlety I guess.

Somewhat watery yet slick on the tongue (Baxter cold conditions it for 2 weeks), and devoid of any grasping malt sweetness. Stretches 27 IBUs as far as they'll go with mild spice and prickliness.

It is what it intends to be - a simple, anytime, everybody, session pale. That said I can think of much better versions of that same concept - 21st Bitter American and White Birch Hop Session off the top of my head.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a good color for a pale ale with a substantial head that dissipates at a moderate pace.
The smell was mild with nothing outstanding. Not a lot of promise in the smell.
The taste started a little sweet, then bready and ended with a hint of hops.
The mouthfeel was watery with a bit of carbonation.
It is a drinkable summer beer. Unfortunately, there are numerous pale ales which do much better for summer.
Will try their IPA in hope for a better brew.

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Photo of gford217
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ben for this can.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a huge fluffy cream head that recedes slowly to a clump in the middle, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is very doughy with some pale malts and a hint of light floral hops. Smells like a lager really.

Taste is a watered down version of the nose. Light toasted grain, bread and only a hint of lemony hops. The finish is metallic and bitter.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and thin with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty underwhelming pale ale with little in the way of hops or solid malts. It could really pass for a lager as far as body and taste.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned 7.7.11.

Pours a light amber, very clear. Head is creamy and white, but short-lived.

Aroma has a tiny whiff of earthy and citrusy hops, but it's kind of a tease.

Flavor has a nice biscuity malt character, very clean and refreshing. Spicy and earthy hops, but mainly malt. Bitter but balanced. Smooth and light mouthfeel with tasteful carbonation.

Subtle and solid pale ale. Really drinkable.

EDIT 2012: This beer is really all over the place. I've had some infected and oxidized cans since writing the above review. I am downgrading my scores accordingly.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, golden brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: honey, sweet malt, and meadow

Taste: toasted malt, sweet meadow, slight citrus hop in the back

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with light bitterness, dry at the end

Overall: Of all the Baxter beers I have tried, so far this is my favorite. I almost see this as a good American Blonde Ale. I could see myself drinking a couple of these on a warm day. That said, I would not go out of my way for this one. Some breweries seem to match my tastes to a T. It seems as though Baxter is not one of those breweries for me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see some new 12oz offerings in the area, pretty much reviewed most of the affordable ones so it is always nice to see something fresh.

A- Can poured into a pint glass and the beer has a somewhat hazy golden, slightly orange body. A creamy white head forms to about a finger in size but doesn't retain all that well. A frothy cloud and ring remain on the beer leaving nice spots of lace.

S- Not getting a ton of strength but I do pick up candy caramel, general grains, slight citrus and fruity hop notes.

T- Starts off with an sort of unexpected candy caramel sweet flavor followed by notes of grain, bread, fruit(apple, white grape, light sweet things) and hops. Hops are definitely in the background here, notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine.

MF- Light body with high carbonation with a smooth and fairly creamy feel, fits the flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

A pretty small beer with a nice feel but the flavor feels just a bit diluted, nice elements but not as substantial as they seemingly should be.

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Photo of gtn80
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear golden color, with one finger of brilliant white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is sweet and a bit nutty, almost a bit like maris otter. No hops in the nose.

Taste is sweet up front. There must be some hops in there to balance it out, but I can't taste them. No distinctive hop flavors, no perceivable bitterness. Crisp, almost lagerish in it's crispness. Well balanced. This isn't too far from a helles.

Mouthfeel is awful. Super thin, bubbly. There really isn't much body at all to this beer.

Drinkability is good with the low abv and the crispness. Could drink plenty of these, but would I want to?

Beer needs more body and more hop character. Some dry hopping or late kettle hopping wouldn't be bad to at least get some nose from the hops.

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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 theo871
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance is a light golden, plenty of carbonation with a frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

Smells very sweet, with hints of hoppiness.

Tastes sweet up front, with a dry finish along with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin. Classic pale-ale mouthfeel.

Drinkability is where this beer shines. Goes down smooth and is a joy to drink. This beer will be a hit in the summer months, with its portability (maine craft beer in a can, hooray!) and low ABV, this beer will be a hit around the campfire.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a lovely can. Pours with a thick head of off-white foam. Not much in the nose here, slight hints of spice and a few hops, nice, but not overly impressive. Taste is maybe the weakest part of this beer, is a bit bubbly, lots of carbonation, but fairly understated in flavor. Not a bad beer at all, a good session beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ToasterChef for the extra! Poured from the can into a Nonick pint glass.

A straight down the center pour gives a very big white foamy head of three fingers. Some carbonation bubbles stuck to the glass but not much coming from the bottom at all. Body is a very pale amber, sort of a deep gold/orange and completely clear.

Bouquet on this... it's bread flour.. FLOUR not bread... dry flour smell actually wheat or perhaps typical white blanched flour. That's it! Kind of bizarre I have to say, but it's not really off putting, but this misses a lot so I am going to say average. Dry powdery flour.

Taste is only slightly improved. Flour nose comes in and manages some bread character, but it's extremely wet bodied. When I want to take another sip I can't get past that powder feeling, however there is some sweet malt hidden as well. This is even chalky surprisingly

Well it's not exactly awful but it's not that great either, but there are other APAs out there that crush this that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amy for sending me this beer as an extra.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden color with a finger of white head.

S: I can't help but think of popcorn when I smell this beer, as it smells very much like it. Fairly heavy on the bread as well. Decent amounts of orange and orange zest to it as well. But overall, a light hop presence.

T: The flavor is pretty much the same story. Bread and popcorn dominate the flavor, but there is a pretty strong bitterness to it as well. Not a ton of hop flavor, but definitely some floral and grass notes to it.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Not really my favorite beer. The popcorn character was just too much for me.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale good head formation and laces white, golden color
The aroma is sweet with floral hops but back with pale malts which dominate the aroma
The taste is very pale with a full pale malt taste with a dry finish. The taste has hops up front that soon fade and set it apart from other xtra pales but the dominate flavor is pale malts. The mouth is smooth but has a building carbonation. The drink is very high although the price, free for a sample at the brewery, if it is $7-8 a sick pack won't really be worth it.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canning date is awfully hard to read, but I think it says 3/31/11. Disappointing that it's not fresher, considering I just read in BA Magazine that Baxter was having trouble keeping beer on the shelves. Picked up a sixpack at a local deli during a recent visit to Portland. Not crazy about the name or graphics, but let's give this one a whirl.

Straw-colored pour, and it's less hazy than I would expect from the style. White head is very foamy and airy, but it fades quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is weak, but I get more fruit (melon?) than other reviewers along with the bready malt. Taste is smooth, starting out a bit sweet and fruity but drying quickly in the finish with a little bitterness.

This might be the mildest Pale Ale I've ever come across. It almost seems more like an ESB.

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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 brian44556
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz can into a Guinness Pint Glass. Couldn't find a date on the can.

Pours a honey color with a three finger, bright white, frothy head. Smell metal, malts, and earthy hops. Taste is decent. Seems to be a bit metallic. Taste notes of very light, earthy hops. A sweet mixture of grain and malt. Carbonation is spot and the beer is very crisp. Overall a good APA. This would make a good tailgating beer.

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