Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Baxter Brewing Co.

Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,662
Ranked #43,766
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 393
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 Gambrinus1184
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Hazy straw and lemon-yellow with fierce carbonation that builds to a creamy, pillowy two-finger head of white foam. Retention and lacing is car soapy but nice looking.

S: Lightly toasted grain and corn aroma with some spicy, metallic hop notes and a bit of buttery, bubbly Palmolive.

T: Mild, sweet bready malts rush the palate first with a slight cracker flavor before a sharp and acidic, spicy metal hop taste stabs the palate with a skunky, adjunct aftertaste. Washes down pretty light and bitter with a watery hop crescendo.

M: Light-bodied APA with many clean flavors but a lot of watery goodness to go with them. Was expecting more here.

O: Is this a lager in the wrong can? A very light bodied and sort of forgettable APA. At 4.9% ABV, I'd categorize Pamola Xtra Pale as the canned APA for lager fans; not in the good way either. It's got a refreshing factor, but not enough to compensate for its lack of flavor and body. Glad to try, but I'll pass next time.

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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 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 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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Photo of ElGallo
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my mouth... slowly. This is the second time I've had this beer, and I can definitely say that Baxter has made improvements since the first batch. Much more balanced, good hop profile, and a smooth aftertaste. This is a great beer to take anywhere, as it has many session-esque qualities. For example, I drank this can, shirtless and hatless, while grilling some burgers and waiting for the 'squitoes to come. They did come, but my Pamola was done, so I was inside, with two cheesburgers, and no bug bites, but no more Pamola. I like stories.

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Photo of Jayli
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, light golden color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly and leaves minimal to no lacing.

S: Nose is rather muted, grainy, bready, light malts, and a hint of earth.

T: Taste starts with caramel malts, a strong grain, bready presence takes over through the middle. Finish has a hint of citrus bitter hop flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat of a watery feel to it.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, light kick, ok representation of style. It's not a bad beer, but not as balanced as it could be.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can I picked up as a random buy on a recent trip to Maine. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a translucent, hazy and juicy orange glow color tending towards the paler side of things. A finger of foamy white head forms on top, lingers for a minute or so, and falls to the surface leaving a low level lacing on the glass just above the collar.

S - Soapy and grassy hops up fornt with a just a touch of citrus. Grainy, cereally malt. Smells fresh (no date on can to confirm/deny) and gives an overall "green" aroma to it.

T - Flavor gives the same "fresh" impression. Well defined hop bitterness that is surrounded by some sugary sweetness from the malt. Light to medium intensity citrus, grapefruit mainly, plays off of the hop bitterness and gives the flavor a bit more "fullness". Flavors are well balanced and integrated with each one aspect dominates the flavor profile - all work together pretty harmoniously.

M - Lightish in body with a lowish mid-level carbonation that gives just enough of a tingle on the tongue. Smooth...goes down easily.

O - I am pleasantly surprised by this one. Had never heard of this beer (or the brewery for that matter) when I bought it. Although not earth-shattering, this is a very solid pale ale. I definitely would not mind having this again - I will have to keep my eye out for Baxter Brewing when in Maine...good, solid, well priced local pale ale - makes me happy all around.

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

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks goes to Bill for this one

A - orange/yellow body with a fair sized white head resting on top

S - light hint of citrus hops with some orange-y notes. A definitely noticeable grainy backbone lingers as well

T - If there was a balanced category this beer would get a 5. A nice mingling of grainy pale malts with a hint of orange rind and grassy hop flavors. mouthfeel is light to medium with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall a solid beer. I am not sure how much this one cost but for the right price I could see this one being worth picking up before going camping, fishing or any other activity that requires you to be outside that you just want to relax with an easily quaffable beer. A nice take on the style and I could definitely see this one appealing to the masses and being a good gateway craft. I'm glad to try this one.

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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 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 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 mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up both of Baxter's brews while in Maine for some beach time, camping, and canoeing. Very nice additions to the craft can choices.

Poured into a short glass, nice off white head, that dissipates quickly with very light clinging, color is dark gold to amber, with light effervescense.

Smell is light malt and grain with hints of grass, citrus hop flavors.

Taste is clean malt with a nice does of hop flavor, ranging from grass and citrus, somewhat dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and balanced, good sweetness on the tongue with a hop finish to dry it out, but just a touch to much.

Overall, very balanced clean brew, not to sweet or malt with a solid hop bitterness.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Cans to the right of us, cans to left of us, cans in front of us! Pale clarity shines and the head impresses us with each sip as it sticks to the glass. Hint of shortbread, and the spicy citric hop is light but pleasing to the nose. Smooth, with enough crispness to be refreshing. The malt base relies on more subtle depth of a blend of North American 2-row barley and barley grown in Maine. Hint of fruit, but then the hops come in to balance and the dryness pulls the palate quick into its finish. A more restrained yet flavorful and quite drinkable ale—if they were aiming for balance, they nailed their target.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass a slightly hazy dark yellow. A large amount of foam clings to the sides but note to much on top. The nose has a piney sweetness with some bready character. This beer is smooth. A large amount of bready malts up front with a balance between fruity and piney hops for the finish. Dry for a pale ale. Creamy body and very smooth going down.

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

Picked up a six pack at HB Provisions in Kennebunkport for $8.99 while visiting for a long weekend. Poured into a pilsner glass. A lot of carbonation forms a bubbly head and coats the sides of the glass. Bright orange colored body. Smell had a nice aroma of flowers. Taste was quite impressive for a new brewery to me. The hops presence was there, with a load of grapefruit and orange essence on the palate. But the low IBUs made this beer quite palate pleasing. Also, the under 5% abv aided the drinkability. Mouthfeel was crisp at first when cold, but then got a bit dull as the beer warmed. Better to drink these at a decent clip. Smooth and easy to drink, and I'd buy these again if they ever come to MA.

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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 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 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 kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a 12oz tumbler. Thanks to rfc2323 for picking this up for me at the Canned Opening at the brewery! I've had this in the fridge for a while now and have yet to review it due to sickness... but now I'm feeling better and it's my birthday so, lets start the afternoon off right with a beer review!

Pours a nice light - slightly hazy - straw color with a one finger pillowy head, lots of visible bubbles coming up to help with the sticky lacing. Nose is a bit sulfury, think Prima Pils here, with some light American hop aroma, very mellow, refreshing and appealing after a long week.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, surprisingly thick given the color and aromas, but it's creamy and smooth with a very solid body to it. Taste is balanced, and a bit restrained. This is listed and an APA, but it's almost a bit more British in its hopping levels and flavor - but there is a good amount of hop bitterness backing up that thick malty mouthfeel.

For what this is - an easy drinking, fairly light, 'sessionable' beer - Baxter has done a fantastic job. I can see this being awesome at the top of a mountain after a hike, or out on the lake.

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

Poured this into a pint glass. This one is a pale hazy golden straw color with about a finger of creamy white head. It settles down to be a thin layer of foam with thin runny lace.

The aroma on this seems to be subtle; it has a light floral hop aroma to it with a crackery scent to it. This has a bit of sweetness to round it out. Really just a dry flavor to this. Slightly bitter hops with a bit of a toasty flavor. All the flavors are really low profile though. Not bad, just really low key.

Good feel on this. Lively carbonation with a light crisp body. To sum it up, I'd say the key to this beer is subtlety. Everything's good and nothing is offense. It's all just really low key. I think this is an enjoyable brew. I know it will be in my refridgerator this summer.

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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 393 ratings