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

Added by Casey10 on 01-22-2011

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few patches of lace behind

Smell: Biscuity malts with a lemon/pineapple edge

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malts but by mid-palate the sweet lemon/pineapple edge; nicely balanced, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A terrificly balanced session ale that has a lot of English character; so much so that I was thinking ESB rather than APA, but the lemon/pineapple flavor is really intriguing and adds an American angle

Thanks, bendurgin, for the opportunity

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay cans, tasty crack cans.

Pours a huge pasty white fluffy head of 2+ fingers with mostly clear pale straw yellow colored beer and lots of bubbles floating up from the etch, some sticky lacing.

Nose adds some light hops, light grassy noble hops, touch of citrus and orange rind, hints of fruits, and a light grainy malty base with a bit of a sweet malty aroma.

Taste is light, starting with a malt base, some light sweet toasty malts, bit grainy and almost lager like toasty pilsner like malts, then some light hops, some light grassy noble hops, light citrus, fruity and juicy hop addition, hint of bitterness. The finish gets a bit more bitter and very slightly astringent (maybe the only thing keeping it from A- range), slight dry finish contrasting the semi sweet start. The slightest hint of a mint like hop flavor wicked late on the back end and barely detectable.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation.

Overall good, pretty spot on for an APA, not supper bitter or hoppy which is why I think this gets lower ratings than it deserves as most Americans want super hoppy and bitter, but I think this hits right in stride with a good xtra pale, nice hops, nice malty balance, drinkable, sweeter start drier finish. The only negative is the slight astringency on the finish.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, light caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is on the lighter side for the style but it works well for this beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice lighter representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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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 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 woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to IndiaPaleAle for making sure that my end of The CANQuest (TM) gets a chance to try some Mainerd beer. I spent the best summer of my life in Portland, ME in 1990 and a high school friend owns an art framing studio up there, plus I have visited a few times since then. I loved Maine, but the unemployment rate is less than enticing in terms of a relocation. Oh well.

From the CAN: "Draught Beer Taste, Fit For the Camp-Lake-BBQ-Mountain-Hike-Picnic-Beach-Cooler-Backpack-Fridge-Golf Course."; "Join Our [CAN]ned Craft Beer Revolution"; "Craft-Brewed In Maine"; "Subtle, sophisticated flavors from choice barley and select hops combined with cold conditioning give this beer its exceptional drinkability."

The Crack revealed a beer that was anxious to foam up and greet me, like a puppy happy to see its master, home from work. Guess about the fill. I am rendered incredulous of late. It is as if every craft CAN is being filled to the brim! I remember being astounded by TenFidy's fill, but it is becoming more and more common in my estimation. The Glug netted me two fingers of rocky eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a golden-yellow with an oh-so-faint haze to it. Nose was pretty malty, more toward biscuity or bready than anything with some light citrus hops in the background. Mouthfeel was medium with a bready sweetness intially, followed by a mild citrus flavor. I was reminded of a lemon poppyseed muffin, frankly. I have to agree with whoever wrote that as an ESB, this would be phenomenal, but as an APA, it falls at the lower end of the spectrum. Finish was semi-dry and pleasant with notes of lemon throughout. I would definitely want this in my cooler on a hot day at Old Orchard Beach.

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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazy, honey-gold coloring with a thin film of white head that settles out into a ring. Slight citrus and pineapple aromas, with light hop notes. Pineapple fruit with a spicy hop blend, and a steady, light malt backbone. Very well balanced. Aftertaste is dry hops and oregano spicing. Good, slick, and quick finish. Easy to drink by the boatload, and flavors won't scare off any newcomers.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy one-finger plus head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is more on the malt side, with some hop notes, very slight citrus note. The taste is malty, sweet, some hops, very slight citrus. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. A pretty tasty brew, good for a hot day.

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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 tone77
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is the same, well balanced, hops up front, malts kicking in later. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

Sampled on May 16, 2011. It pours straw yellow to golden with a significant amount of foamy white head. The aroma has a mixture of light malts, barley grains, and a subtle hoppiness. The body is thin to medium. The taste tends to bring out more of a grainy character with light malts and slightly hopped ending.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey color. Off-white head. Head is frothy. Leaves jagged strings of lacing.

S-Smells predominantly grassy. Almost has a teddy graham/animal cracker aroma to it. Nose is rather light. Light citrus hops.

T-Mostly sweet. Definitely getting that cracker flavor. The malt almost tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. Grassy and lighter citrus. Not terribly hoppy, but decently bitter. Easy drinking flavor.

M-Lighter bodied. Carbonation is a bit soft. Aftertaste is of crackers and grassy. Bitterness lightly stays on the tongue.

O/D-A mellow, easy to imbibe Pale Ale. I like their IPA better, but this one is not offensive in any category. Definitely too bland to be remembered in detail. But overall, not a bad Pale Ale.

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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 Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde color with a decent head into my glass. By the way, what's the different between an IPA and XPA?

Grassy hops greet the nose, followed by a light helping of malt. Very basic here.

Taste? Reminds me a lot of a bitter with a lot of buttery malt (yes, are you seeing a theme now?) and low hop content. Actually, the hop level is a bit higher than that in a normal bitter.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Biscuity malt, mild hops and a pronounced sweetness.

It's possible that the brewery intended this beer as a bitter/ESB. It tastes a lot like an English Pale Ale as well. Regardless, rating to style, I'd have to take off points. But, as a bitter, it's on target.

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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 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 cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another shout out to BlessedBeBeer who crushed me in a trade with his generosity (I shall have my vengeance).

a - popped the can (2/18/11) and filled my duvel taster tulip. This beer is SUPER straw yellow with lots of cabonation and a frothy bubbly head. This beer is YELLOW.

s - Mostly malts and somewhat lagery in odor. I guess I've grown used to the hoppy pale ales, but this is more traditional. Somewhat barley and grainy and a bit macro smelling. Very pilsner.

t - Pretty tasty! Good malt presence and nice sweetness to round things out. A touch of sweetness. Really unique hybrid type of beer. Is it a pale ale? Is it a pilsner? Is it a lager? I don't know, but it is tasty.

m - Full and tingly. Good body. Nice presence, but a bit fizzy.

o - A big surprise in the flavor. The smell was pretty bleh, but this brew came alive on my taste buds. A very solid, yet classic, pale ale. This one will be polarizing since there is no hop presence.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: a big thanks goes out to BrewedAwakening for sending me this can. Enjoyed this one poured into an awesome shaped can pint glass also from Baxter Brewing. Cheers Amy : )

appearance: nice golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, malts, hops,

taste: nice crisp refreshing pale ale. nicely balanced

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice and crisp pale ale. love drinking beer on hot summer days that go down cold and smooth.


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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale yellow gold with a decent white head and great lacing. The aroma says grainy wheat/oats and pleasant citrus hops. Very inviting as pale ales go. The flavor offers a very bright and crisp citrus kiss over a biscuit/ bread/cereal base. It’s pretty brisk with a medium light body although it has a slight tendancy toward a watery quality at times. This is a sharp flavored pale ale with a somewhat harsh, earthy hop character. I would prefer a slightly mellower, sweeter idea in a pale ale but this a good quality entry. The Stowaway IPA is a far superior Baxter brew in my opinion.

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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 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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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
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