Pier Pale Ale | Chicago Beer Company

Pier Pale AlePier Pale Ale
BA SCORE
8.9%
Liked This Beer
3.03 w/ 79 Ratings
Pier Pale AlePier Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chicago Beer Company
Illinois, United States
cbcchitown.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chi-Town Destination...The Pier. Pier Pale Ale has been carefully formulated and zealously taste-tested to surpass even the highest of expectations.

30 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 06-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,736
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
79
Liked:
7
Avg:
3.03/5
pDev:
18.48%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

meh, a totally irrelevant pale ale here, nothing new to contribute and nothing special on the whole. its almost flat in the glass, has a nose of sweet malt, even pale malt extract, and doesnt have much of a hop profile to it at all. i can see the appeal to those who dont quite like the hoppiness of the american pale, but for a craft beer and pale ale drinker, this is a frustratingly underwhelming beer. paid something like eight bucks for a bottle of this at the top of the hancock building, and while you pay for the views and dont mind doing so, the beer in the bottle should be a whole lot better than this at that price. one of those real forgettable generic beers that doesnt seem craft at all aside from its label. a real let down, super sweet, flat, and lacking any distinguishing element. will have to get my hands on some more beer from these guys to give them a second chance...

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Photo of emerge077
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12 oz. bottle, "2101" julian date on the neck... 210th day of 2011 would be in July, so relatively fresh.

Into a tulip it pours a high clarity orange with a couple slow trails of carbonation. Thin layer of foam that disappears quickly, not much lace to speak of. The bright filtered look doesn't really suit the pale ale style, looks more like a bock or some similar type of lager.

Aroma is sweet, notes of ale yeast and fruity hawaiian punch.

Tastes vaguely citrusy, sort of artificially sweet like cotton candy. Flaccid, watery body, mild astringency, little to no bitterness or perceptible hop character. Orange slice candy and saltine crackers. This is pretty dull overall, with not much going on. Local brewers run circles around this stuff, they need to step it up if they don't want to fade into oblivion.

Still can't figure out if there are legitimate brewers behind this "project" or if it's all just marketing bullshit. Lack of concrete info points toward the latter... could be a distributor vanity label, due to its ubiquitous corner store presence in the city.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Small but durable head over a pale amber body. Loads of visible carbonation accurately signals a rather high carbonation level.

Aroma: plenty of hops with citrus and floral tones.

Flavor: Appropriately hoppy and biller for style. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: crisp and tingly carbonation in a rather light body that is a tad watery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow-orange body with a pint-sized, white head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Malty notes of biscuit and toffee co-mingling with hoppy hints of lemon, orange and spice.

Taste: Biscuity malt, a hint of toasted grain and a reasonably light sweetness. Spicy, citrusy hops with a light (but ample) bitterness and a thin measure of grassiness. Crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Runs light and crisp. This one's leaning towards simple refreshment as opposed to a pale ale bursting with flavor and complexities, so many heading to this Chi-Town will end at the last stop in Snoozeville.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I was wondering if I'd ever see anything else from this brewer... This offering pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light lemon peel, light white bread, a few drops of honey, and a few blades of grass. The taste brings in some more breadiness and increases the citrus presence (primarily in the form of lemon zest), but beyond that stays pretty true to the smell. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation, a slightly grainy feel, and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty limp pale ale, one that just doesn't do much for me at all. Nothing's offensive about it, but it doesn't do itself any favors, either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This a decent but not spectacular beer. It poured pale yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Thye scent is mostly sweet malt with faint bitter hops. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops....more English leaning than west coast. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok...I would not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of BeerOps
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Zach136
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%

Appearance: Clear light straw, one finger head, solid lacing (4.00)

Aroma: Light pine, citrus, notes with a hint of apple. Little to no yeast, malt character (3.6)

Flavor: Sweet caramel malts, light pine hop character, medium level of bitterness/astringency. (3.6)

Mouthfeel: Medium body/carb. Light lingering hop astringency (3.6)

Overall: 3.62

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Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Chicago Beer Company's Pier Pale Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. This is the other Chi Town beer I picked up while I was up north, their Lake Shore Lager was a decent beer and I'm curious to see how this one is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's not the most eye catching, but it has a nice clean look to it with the Chicago skyline in the background, I like it. It poured a fairly clear yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, I think it's pretty average looking..

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice fruity aroma that I think is a combination of citrus and fruity hops with some fruity ale yeast, it makes for a nice fruity aroma that isn't distinctly hoppy or yeasty, its a nice mixture. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt and lightly bready aroma. The aroma was decent, the fruity aroma was nice and little unique, I didn't mind it.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy and pale malt like flavor with a real slight bready flavor in the aroma. Up next comes that fruity aspect that I got in the aroma, it seems that the citrus hops stick out a little more than the yeast and they impart a citrus rind and lemon like flavor with a little bit of piney hops in the background. On the finish there's a fairly light amount of bitterness with a grainy and citrus zest like aftertaste. The taste is ok, I think it's pretty average for the style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, nothing really stuck out as being very well done with this beer, it just felt a little bland. This beer has decent drinkability, it's smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these but I might start to get bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty true to style and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but it was a little bland and one noted. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I might order a glass of it at a bar if I wanted something light to go with a meal but it isn't something I would search out and I don't think I would recommend it as a good American Pale Ale. All in all I wasn't really impressed with this beer, I thought it was pretty average almost all the way around and there wasn't anything that made this beer stick out from all the average American Pale Ales. Better luck next time guys, this Pale Ale just wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of hilgart1
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Hootie159
3.15/5  rDev +4%

Photo of homebrew311
2.61/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up from a mixed sixer. Poured into pint glass. Appearance is pale gold and clear, minimal head upon pour, no retention, no lacing. The nose has vegetable like hop characted with a noticeable astringency. Not getting much in the way of malts. The taste starts off thin with a touch of sweet malt character. This is followed by and earthy/herbal hop profile that has an off taste... almost like a homebrewed IPA gone wrong. Not much enjoyable going on here. The mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Overall, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cd34
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kodt
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColSanders123
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of shand
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Brams17
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kubrickx
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Etan
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company
Beer rating: 8.9% out of 100 with 79 ratings
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