Pale Horse
No Label Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,655
Ranked #44,574
3.55 | pDev: 12.96%
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale malts and a medium hop presence make for a drinkable, medium/light ale with a copper tinge. Better than expected but maybe could be more alcoholic? That being said lots of balance in this beer. More like a standard pale ale then a full-on IPA (just now reading that I was correct in this assumption - 'tis an APA). Love this brewer and the notes I left didn't indicate too many negatives found with this beer at all despite it not making my top 50. Cheers.

Jun 21, 2016
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium copper colored body, slightly hazy, I can’t any visible carbonation, but the light tan head looks fantastic. Its fluffy, composed of bog bubbles and held together by a thick lacing.
Smell: Spices, malts , banana bread, mild lemon zest,
Taste: Bready, some lemon zest, plenty of cereal grains.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, semi-dry, but smooth.
Overall: Not as hoppy as I expected, given the style, but smooth and relatively tasty.

May 31, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

A careful pour (due to a ton of sediment in the bottle) produced what’s basically an average Pale Ale. We expected a bit more of a hops presence given the style, but it’s balanced, there’s no off-flavors and it’s drinkable.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.9%

LOOK: Rich amber, creamy, tight white lacing

SMELL: Clean, light cereal grains, rind, floral

TASTE: Very creamy, faint fruitiness, citrus rind, bready, biscuity, husky, nutty, dry

Jun 12, 2015
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark gold pour with a white one-finger head. Grainy and floral aroma. Taste has biscuit and light bread with a bit of floral hops upfront. Light body with a lot of carbonation. Can also taste some caramel malt and yeast. Finishes with a slightly floral and earthy bitterness.

Feb 05, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(105 14 xxx printed on bottle -- the xxxs are unreadable)

standard craft-brewery mess of a hop salad ... it's bitter, some floral notes out of the hops and some good grain taste under the bite, but mostly it's just bitter and carbonated and tastes old ... it probably is, but that's a guess -- the 105 14 could be Jan. 5, 2014 or April 15, 2014, and either are 5 months old minimum

it's ugly as can be, loads of debris and looks like residue has settled on the bottom.

the bitter bite is good, the grain note is cool, and if I could try a certified fresh one of these, I'd pay good money for it. might be good. this particular bottle? it's either old or a mushy recipe. i bet it's old.

Sep 14, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: OK off white head. No lacing, but the head lasted over 10 minutes. Color is a little darker than I expected. A little hazy. Appeared to be some floating sediment.

S: Not much aroma. What was there was floral - the Cascade dry hop. As it warmed, the malt became more prevalent.

T: Some floral hop character up front, but it went away quickly. A long lasting bitter finish with very little flavor to along with it. Disappointing in that regard. Not complex.

M: A little over carbonated for my taste.

O: Drinkable, but not very exciting.

May 23, 2014
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap and purple label art acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Reviewed as an American Pale Ale because the description on the label identifies it as such. 36 IBU. OG: 1.055. Dry hopped with cascade.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thicknesss. Subpar creaminess. Not as frothy or soft as would be ideal. Uneven inconsistent soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy translucent copper. There's a bit of floating sediment suspended in the body, but I can't discern whether or not it's yeast. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Cascade hops are noticeable. Vague citrusy fruit. Floral hop character. Pale malt/caramalt sweetness. Some zest. A hint of candied sweetness - probably due to the caramalt. A bit grassy. I'm getting some fairly unwelcome tropical fruit notes - maybe mango - which I've never been a fan of in an IPA (much less a pale ale). The malty foundation is a bit too bready. Hops should be more vibrant and juicy. I do get a bit of bland orange peel on the back end as the beer comes to temperature.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Seems cleanly fermented; yeast attenuation is a bit below average for a pale ale judging by the abundance of residual sugars evidenced by the overdone sweetness. A decent aroma of average strength.

T: Malty backbone is simultaneously too sweet and a bit stale: bready malts, pale malts, caramalt. Hop character is equally mediocre: generic floral hop character, old muted orange peel, vague tropical fruit notes, and a kiss of pineapple sweetness. I'd love some juicy citrusy hops or some nectary hop character, but there isn't any. Underwhelming. It's got general cohesion, but it's far from a gestalt flavour profile. The hops aren't married to the malts, and I'm not real keen on the hop choices.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I don't dislike it, but I hoped for better.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no off-flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick and full-bodied for the lack of flavour depth/diversity. Sutis the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. It should be more crisp and luscious. Not particularly creamy.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and forgettable. A pretty meh pale ale from No Label. You have to bring far more to the table to stand out with a pale ale. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. There are equal or better pale ales available at a far better price point. Mediocre but inoffensive. If tropical fruit is your thing, you'll like it a bit better than I do, but I really can't see anyone honestly viewing this as anything close to a world class beer. It hides its ABV well and will get you drunk, but as much as I want to support local breweries, I can't recommend it over something more widely available like Deschutes.


Nov 09, 2013
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color withthin foamy head. Retentuon is mild. Lacing is good. Has a mild hoppy pine aroma with hints of citrus. Good piney hoppy taste. Has a mild citrus taste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Much better from tap than bottle.

Oct 08, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought me this back from Texas. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear dark mango. Lacing is patchy with good stick. Decent.

Nose is adjunts, rusty metal, a very mild citrus, and the slightest bit of floral hops. Not the best.

Opens lemon and citrus sweetness. Big malt body in the middle with some corn, wheat and cane sugar notes. This is as "BMC" as craft gets. More lemon sugar sweetness towards the end with again, the slightest hop bitterness at the finish. A mercifully clean aftertaste.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down watery and quenching. Clean finish with no aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

This beer's not terrible but its certainly not what I'd expect from a craft brewery doing a pale ale. The hop presence is near non-existent and the malt body almost completely takes this one over. Very one dimensional, and not in a good way. Drinkable and I'd reach for this on a scorching, sunny day, but that's about it.

Jul 26, 2013
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent as an extra from Brian (thanks man) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Chill haze recedes, leaving a lightly hazed gold body with a decent off-white head and some lacing.

S: Aromatics of hops and biscuit malt; floral, light spice, earthy, herbal, a bit grassy, bready malt with hints of toffee, a touch of graininess and bitter citrus, grapefruit.

T: The palate is less floral than the nose, bits of bitter hops intertwine with a moderate biscuit malt base, the hops that shine are earthy and herbal with faint hints of citrus. Bitterness is pretty decent.

MF: Dry, light mouthfeel, approaching medium bodied, lower carbonation. Dryish finish is nice.

O: A balanced APA. Something that could quench a quick hop thirst but not blow you out of the water.

Nov 21, 2012
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Label Pale Horse pours to an orange/tan color with a cloudy body and a two- finger head of foam that maintains itself for a while as you consume. The nose on this beer combines aromas of citrus with a touch of pineapple and other fruits, along with a caramel- malt base hiding out in the background. A good deal of lacing coats the sides of the glass as you consume and the beer has a nice overall appearance and positive first impression.

As for the taste, Pale Horse follows its nose at first before branching into new territory. You still get the flavors of citrus and caramel malt, but then you notice some biscuit notes, yeast, and a little bit of spice in the dry- hopped finish. The beer isn’t exceptionally clean in taste overall, but it doesn’t seem to matter as your palate grapples with the different taste contributions from the malt, hops, and yeast.

One interesting tasting note with this American Pale Ale is that it is less bitter than other APA and some might even say that it is more like a hybrid between an APA and an amber ale. The lack of bitterness is a surprise at first, but I find it a pleasant surprise overall and a nice change of pace when I want to enjoy some pale ale but don’t want to be overwhelmed by bitter sensations. There are, in fact, only 36 IBU of bitterness in this product, making it a little tamer than others but still enjoyable in its own way.

Pale Horse has only been in bottled form for a short time and I had been waiting for the bottles to arrive before reviewing the product. The bottled version is only slightly different from the tap version, which seemed to be slightly cleaner but generally identical in flavor. Pick up a six-pack if you get the chance and see what you think.

Aug 27, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of floral notes, as well as some orange and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of perfume and floral notes, as well as some white grapes and biscuit malt. A very fruity, floral pale ale. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 23, 2012
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Rockwell Tavern in a 14oz shaker pint. Fairly clear, light copper color with a nice cap of creamy head. Nice retention and lace.

Impressively unique nose to this! Hops are tropical/floral and bright against a semi-sweet caramely malt base. Yeast almost takes on a nutty tone and adds a touch of fruit. Interesting.

This one tastes more like a hopped up amber than a pale to me. Malt is quite sweet and has a toasty quality to it that is accentuated by a big bittering finish. Not nearly tongue-scraping, but its pretty hoppy. The up front sweetness and big hoppy finish dont play well with each other...odd hop flavors and prominent yeast esters make this one kind of a mess. Interesting, but I dont want to order another one. Nice aromas and flavor that doesnt follow suit has been my experiences with No Label thus far, Id like to see them succeed, being local, but they need to clean up these offerings before they start bottling/canning their product.

Jan 28, 2012
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SWMeyer4141 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Major Leauge Grill, I thought this was an IPA.

Reviewed from my cell phone notes.

Appearance-Burnt orange, pretty dark. One finger off white head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell-Big hop aroma. Lemon, orange and some pear. Also some nice pine and earthy notes.

Taste-Pretty much follows the nose. Upfont a big hop burst with some pine and grass, in the middle some juicy citrus, and a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall-Crisp, and well crafted. Lots of flavor for I'm assuming an ABV around the range of 5%. I'm looking forward for some more No Label.

Jul 09, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Public House in Katy, TX.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: This is great. Light citrus hops up front. Floral and grassy. Even some juicy pineapple or tropical fruits that I love. There is a wonderful balance as well. Bread and biscuit malt with a light sweetness lingering.
T: The same hop character that was in the nose. Citrus, grassy, floral, and substantial juicy tropical fruits. Much more of a toasted malt flavor. Bread, biscuit, and a light grainy flavor. Finishes sweet. Everything is very crisp and clean. Excellent.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really crisp and clean. Smooth at the same time. Very textured. I can drink this all day. Just excellent.

An excellent pale ale throughout. This is really well done. I will be drinking a lot of this when I see it. Something I highly recommend.

Jan 08, 2011
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 136 ratings