Pale Horse | No Label Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by champ103 on 01-08-2011

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Pale Horse from No Label Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 136 ratings