Essential Pale Ale | Port City Brewing

198 Ratings
Essential Pale AleEssential Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of Emerson1310
4.92/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brewery is only a few blocks from my house. Great to slosh and then walk home!!

A: Golden with bright white 4-finger head, good carbonation and good lacing.

S: Lots of fruits and citrus, mild hops.

T: GREAT!! If you like fruit you'll like this. Along with grapefruit and orange there is another fascinating taste: Honeysuckle!! If any of you have ever smelled that wonderful springtime scent of honeysuckle flowers, then the finish/aftertaste of this ale will be familiar.

O: Reasonably priced, and a very sessionable beer. I drink this right at their brewery and also purchase 6-packs. Delicious!!

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a golden honey color with nice finger & a half worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing.

S: Strong hops smells here.... Very floral with a touch of tropical and citrus notes. Wonderful smelling

T: Start much sweeter than I was expecting. But quickly turns on the hops... Wonderfully floral flavors with hints of grapefruit and pineapple, but the hops are not too over powering. Just right mix here.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Feel is a little on the sticky side, with of hint of alcohol warmth.

D: A very good session beer, good ABV, great range of flavors and smells. I'm not a big hops guy, but this is a fantastic Pale Ale.... Well worth looking for.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Lighter brown, but like you'd expect from a pale ale.

S - Smells like citrus and flowers and something i couldn't place.

T - It tastes like goji fruit! almost exactly and similar to goji tea. It's an Asian fruit.

M - Slippery.

O - I like Goji fruit and that's why this is a good pale ale to me. It's like a fruit beer in that way, but also a good pale ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Photo of dtreindl
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great new beer from a worthy new brewery. If you like the citrusy style of American pale ales, this is one to try. Not too strong or unique so it's safe for repeated consumption. But a solid example of a delightfully aromatic and tasty American PA. You probably won't shout "WOW!" but I trust you won't be disappointed either.

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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could not find an "enjoy by ... " stamp.
Poured slowly into a standard pints glass.

A: The color was golden with an orange hue. About half a finger head of dense foam. A long-lasting head. Plenty of carbon trails raising up.

S: The aroma was sweet malt, almost honey. There was also some pine and light floral. Overall, a very mild aroma.

M: Very smooth with a medium to light body and a plenty of carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

T: A very pleasing balance of malt and hops. It is not as sweet as the aroma. The pine floral mix is the most prominant flavor. And there is a good type of bitter after taste.

O: Overall this beer is greater than the sum of its parts. Everything blends together well. It is a good, solid pale ale.

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Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Great taste and wonderful flavor

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice blend of citrus, hops and some malt tossed in.
Appearance- A murky golden color with some sediment and a small off-white colored head.
Taste- Nice blend of hops and citrus, nice example of an APA.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.
Overall- A good APA, I would order this again.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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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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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
3.56 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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