Essential Pale Ale | Port City Brewing

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3.56/5
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203 Ratings
Essential Pale AleEssential Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ahalloin on 02-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,299
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
203
pDev:
14.04%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
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2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Gbpackers48
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a hazy gold with an off white head and nice lacing.

Smell:
Subtle but clean hops

Taste:
Mild hops, not over powering

Mouthfeel:
Medium body, easy drinking

Overall:
Very easy to drink, not overpowering, full flavor, solid brew

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Photo of dvmin98
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Bot. 07.17.17. Consumed 11.17.17.

A: Brassy lemon coloring has a bit of cloudiness. Small bubbles, average density fills the vessel. The capping is dirty seashell white, with a frumpy texture, with some bubbly activity on the surface, it maintains a good stay. Single band lacing nearly encircles the vessel.

S: Tart sour lemons with some wheaty aroma. Low to mid awareness.

T: Light straw-wheat backing. Tart lemon peel and grapefruit hops. Some subtle fruitiness with a balance of tartness and bitterness. Some straw and lingering dry citrus peel, semi-dry hops conclude and fades on the swallow.

M: Active carbonation makes this crisp, wet and slippery feel with hop oils sliding about on the tongue. Dry flowery and grains tease the tongue there-after.

O: Tart lemon grapefruit pulp hops, dry grains with a nice level of hops and bitterness indeed makes this an essential pale ale. Good summertime drink, with a very good crispness factor from the carbonation. Pale grain backing, tart, and drinkable.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy head that dissipates quickly. Clear pale gold that looks really nice. Smell and taste resembles a flowery orange rind with a light grapefruit rind. It has the same notes as the Monumental but not as intense regarding the hops. Light malt note that is bready. The body is good. Light but with presence enough to keep it from being watery. Fuzzy carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of LukeB
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoda22
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elnunesio
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of got2
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Port City beers aren't as showy or typically available with the variety of beers from from companies like Flying Dog, but this consistency is what makes them so appealing. No flashy labels or trendy varieties, just consistently good beers. Their Essential Pale Ale isn't any different. It smells of yeast and alcohol, with a light head that dissipates quickly. The color is a rich yellow, accompanied with relatively low carbonation. Taste-wise, there's less of a bite than a nip (though there's a touch of bitterness at the end), though in this context that's okay.

That being said, it reminds me more of a pilsner than an ale.

It's nice, flavorful and the perfect choice for a hot summer day (or if you're weening someone off of 'barely there beers' like Budweiser or Miller).

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3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenMind
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love this pale ale. On a trip to Gaitherburg, MD for work. Great taste. Creamy comes to mind though it is def. not that kind of beer. Looks great too. Great with a burger or fish taco. I will drink this aain if I find it again. I would drink again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doc_logic
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dur921
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VDJ104
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of osickeym
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 203 ratings