Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Baxter Brewing Co.

Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,668
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,786
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
393
From:
Baxter Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
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
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 393
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 twelvsies
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard a lot of back and forth about this new brewery - finally giving it a shot to see for myself.

Pop the top, pours nice and clear into the pint, a few rising bubbles, making a "crackly" noise, maybe a bit fizzy, but with a good head that retains and laces quite well. Husky grain nose, dusty hops, light whiff of cream - unassertive but very pleasant. Taste follows suit - pale malt base with some subtle hops going on, light and grassy, hay, and nice mellow creamyness underneath. Very smooth down the gullet - almost asking for a bit more of a bitter kick, but very clean and refreshing. What's this "overall" business? Just notice that... Anywho, drinks like a champ and I could easy knock these back all day while grilling, playing softball, showering, whatever... Very pleasantly surprised by this one - for some reason I've heard a lot of negatively charged hubbub but their initial beer has won me over. And it comes in a can!

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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 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 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 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 tbart428
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Just a good looking gold pale ale with white head that goes away in a few minutes.

Smell = The smell is of sweet malt with some hops.

Taste = The taste is mellow sweetness with fresh hop flavor. The bittering hops leaves a nice sharp bite at the end (not too much but enough to let you know there really is some hops in the beer).

Mouthfeel = The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style light with some carbonation that tingles at the end.

Drinkability: This beer is as drinkable as keystone light was on prom night minus the piss flavor in your mouth.

The verdict: This is a solid beer for a first offering. Looking at it from a business perspective the beer is a safe, good tasting beer that does not require a lot of ingredients to make so one can recover costs. I will be drinking this beer again because the beer is good, relatively cheap, and it is a local brewery with green practices.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first beer off the line for this new, all-can brewer is an american pale ale. the word extra gives you an idea of what you are in for...

pale color with quickly dissipating head... hint of floral hops in aroma but that is all... light, sweet malt profile leads, followed by very light hoppiness. hops are fruity, not bitter though. balanced, for sure... extremely crisp, light-bodied, and clean.

hard to get excited by a beer this light but i thought this was a great first effort. at 4.9% this is a session beer in the truest sense of the word. this could be a huge summer beer. that said i am really hoping their next beer, the stowaway ipa, brings a bolder flavor.

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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 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 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 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 Casey10
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is for the first beer from Baxter Brewing another new brewery in Maine that putting all their beers in cans.

I had a chance to grab this at thier brewery today as it was just released. Should be in stores this week.

Anyway not a bad first beer while I thought is was just above avaerage it didn't blow me away. I am sure others will really like it.

A - Poured a nice head golden yellow lots of lacing on the side of the glass as well

S - Not a lot from the smell it is okay slight malt like smell.

T - Not bad kind of a dry roasty flavor its not bad for a apa.

M - Leaves a nice feel again not bad a bit dry.

D - It's good I like this beer, being that it is coming in a can this beer offers a choice over lesser quality beers and similar beers that are only in bottles.

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