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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,144
Ranked #37,049
3.66 | pDev: 8.47%
BraufactuM - Die Internationale Brau-Manufacturen GmbH
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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with a certain floral, herbal note and just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, being quite malty, but with a nice balance of bready, doughy, caramel malt and floral, herbal, piney hops. There's a strong presence of alpine herbs that is reminiscent of sage, thyme and fennel, with an underlying floral, grassy note as well. Not a lot of citrus coming through, but a bit of pine is noticeable as well. Finishes with a dry, light/medium bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is certainly a different, quite unique Pale Ale that doesn't seem to quite fit neither the English nor American definition, but is rather nice and refreshing in its own way. The Polaris hops really seem to take center stage here, with a strong herbal presence and almost no citrus and little pine coming through from the Cascade hops. This actually reminds me a bit of Almdudler, an Austrian soda that's flavoured with alpine herbs. I've had this quite fresh and would not expect it to hold up well due to its strong malt backbone and subtle hop flavour.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BraufactuM 'Palor Pale Ale' @ 5.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-floral polaris hops
T-crisp & clean tasting
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-surprisingly good English pale ale made by Germans
prost LampertLand

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Photo of stcules
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange color, quite hazy. A veil of foam.
Pleasant smell, malt, light caramel. Herbal hop, citric, grapefruit.
Good herbal notes, almost of alpine herbs.
Malty start in the taste, again light caramel, and a good hop, balanced.
Right body. Interesting the hopping, Cascade and Polaris.
Not very long aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange color with white head. Really dank hoppy aroma. Taste is fresh and hoppy at first and gets pretty bitter in the finish and continues in the aftertaste. Really nice, well made pale ale.

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Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,frothy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-grassy,spicy,white grapes,cereal,faint zesty
-grass,white grapes,orange zest,slight grapefruit,slight resin,faint sour note
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Hops don't quite come together on this.
Decent PA

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Bold, Orangey, Floral, Balance

A German brewed English Pale Ale that is hopped like an American Pale Ale, identity crisis ya think? We love German beer traditions but this seems like an attempt to join the American “craft beer” party. Strange. Regardless, this is one hell of a brew. Hoppiness comes from Polaris and Cascade hops, bitterness and flavors are pretty forward though the beer is balanced. Seek a bottle out.

STYLE: English Pale Ale | ABV: 5.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Arminius757
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A interesting brew out of Frankfurt in the style of an APA but with EPA heratige and 'Made in Germany' written all over it.
Pours a clear golden amber with a big bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smells of pine and floral.
Tastes rather floral, with a little malt behind it. Though to me, it semed a little sour, but I say that is do to the bitter bite it has at the end. Not bad, not great. Good is what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an american style pale ale still made in the english tradition, but in germany, weird but cool. have not heard of these guys before this one, so it was a cool introduction. very traditional base to it, malty and right in the middle of that caramel crystal spectrum. the hops though appear to be a mix of new and old world varietals, and they marry beautifully. i am surprise people like this as little as they do, it seems to me like it would appeal to a wide range of hop loving palates, although of most of the ratings come from local folks where its made, i can see the clash. the yeast is interesting, and contributes a curious spice complexion, but the beer is dry for its bigger english malt base, and the hops are bright and pungent. a tasty and interesting beer, bending a classic style in a good way. i am now very very curious about their other beer. enjoyed on tap at the crafted keg in stuart, florida.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more micro-brewery newness from der Vaterland, it would seem, but with good 'ol English/French labels for the Canadian market. Something seems lost there.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, frothy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar and consistent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of fresh florals, wintergreen, pine needles, semi-sweet, almost pastry-ready bready pale malt, biscuity caramel, hard water minerals, and a bit of acerbic citrus rind. The taste is more fruity and floral hops right off the bat, sugary mint, grainy pale malt, gritty caramel/toffee, green tea, and further pine resin and herbal hop notes.

The bubbles are quite supportive and thorough in their frizzante nature, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, the fruitiness overturning the bitterness of the inherent hop interlopers. It finishes off-dry, that same fruitiness drafting behind the sweetness of the malts, all in a countering effort to that still heady floral essence.

I'm sure that I've come across Polaris hops before, but I cannot say where off of the top of my head. No matter, BraufactuM does well by them, and vice versa, leaving us with an alpine-fresh, pleasant-tasting brew - equal parts fruity and bitter, on that side of the equation. As for the rest, let's just say that everything remains enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Attractive medium amber color with a pile of foam in the slim Einbecker Pils glass. Carbonation is long lasting and it has the admirable German creamy mouthfeel.

The flavor is browned crackers with something like hemp seeds. Quite bitter aftertaste. Resiny and herbal. There is an odd perfumey flavor like a big dose of Kolsch. Cedary with a hint of orange peel.

A drinkable brew that is maybe more like an English Pale Ale than the American versions, but it's certainly an oddity. German Pale Ale is more like it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze. Head poured a good finger of creamy ivory foam with a hint of an orange cast. Not bad.

Smell: rather malty aroma with a little bit of caramel character. Hops are floral, if anything, and not particularly strong. Still, a relatively satisfying aroma.

Taste: maltiness is similar to the aroma, but the hops provide a much better presence in the flavor. Citrusy and floral in character, they're quite nice for a pale ale. Bitterness is still rather low, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation. Creamy and dreamy, just the way I like it!

Overall: a decent pale ale. I like the hop composition quite a lot in the flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a hop presence that is slightly better in the taste to me.

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Photo of jonb5
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into LA Chouffe chalice.

A: Minimal tanned head which made a quick exit, minimal lacing, pale amber, clear.

S: Cascade hop, diacetyl, grapefruit, cork.

T: A mix of fruit and IBUs, finish had hints of sour dough, decent
balance, some gummibears, a bit like SNPA butnot quite as good.

M: Slightly thick texture, moderate carbonation.

O: Fairly well made but didn’t justify the premium "craft" price tag. This would be worth buying if priced at around 1.50-1.75? per 500ml, but not €1.99 for 355mls.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly cloudy medium golden amber with a fine two finger ivory head that continued to build slowly after the pour. Aroma of citrus hops, light caramel malt. Flavor of citrus and lightly piney hops, biscuit malt, grapefruit and mild tropical fruit, odd light estery mint flavor.. Finishes with drying biscuit malt and grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a pale ale; I'd consider it closer to an American pale ale character, the hops are bright and forward and this has a long, lingering citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Not a typical German hop profile, but nicely done. There is an odd resiny or estery mint flavor in the finish that was surprising at first, but was pleasant and set this apart from other regional beers.

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Palor from BraufactuM - Die Internationale Brau-Manufacturen GmbH
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 54 ratings