The Torch Pale Ale | Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique and drinkable pale ale is brewed with almost all Vienna malt and hopped with Warrior, Willamette and Crystal. Named for the Austrian writer Karl Kraus and his biting satirical newspaper, "The Torch."

Added by MasterSki on 12-04-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet at the brewpub.

Now all we need is a beer dedicated to today's premier satirical newsrag The Onion... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, toffee, and earthy greens. The taste holds notes of sharp grass, light biscuit, very light honey, and a small bit of pine resin. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, nearly crisp finish. Overall, a solid pale ale, even if it is kinda forgettable.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a 4oz taster glass.

A - A finger of creamy white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving a few splotches of lace. Transparent pale golden body.

S - Aroma is fairly mild, with some grassy and floral notes over a caramel and slightly buttery malt backdrop.

T - Taste is also heavy on the buttered biscuit, with light citrus and grassy hops. Pleasant but mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, and surprisingly chewy and hefty medium body for a lower ABV beer. Finish is slightly sticky, with some residual resinous hop textures lingering with the aftertaste.

D - Either this is a pretty dull APA, or it faded a lot in the two weeks that it's been on-tap. In either case, Haymarket has better options to fill this niche. No real problems, but not much to make to inspire a recommendation either.

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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

The Torch Pale Ale from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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