Essential Pale Ale | Port City Brewing

Essential Pale AleEssential Pale Ale
BA SCORE
39.9%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 198 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ahalloin on 02-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,324
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
198
Liked:
79
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
14.01%
Alströms:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +12%
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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yoda22
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of got2
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenMind
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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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3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doc_logic
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dur921
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VDJ104
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of osickeym
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of theDuck
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBass
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 39.9% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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