Essential Pale Ale | Port City Brewing

BA SCORE
81
good
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
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 58
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

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

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrBass
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours from a 12oz bottle into my glass with a semi-hazy apricot orange body and some chunks sinking to the bottom. A very tall, thick frothy white head rises up from the brew with very good retention. Lacing sticks everywhere.

S- Citrus and a hint of tropical fruit hops giving mostly orange and grapefruit notes above a very small hint of crackery pale grains. Clean and balanced; inviting.

T- Things open up all around with both the malts and hops gaining some depth. Hops take on a bitter edge with pine resin, orange peel, grapefruit, grassy and floral tones. This mixes in smoothly with yeast bread, cracker, slight toast and a hint of sweetness.

MF- Creamy and fluffy texture to what overall is a light bodied brew. High end carbonation lands smoothly and allows some of the delicate flavors to really get noticed. Ends with just a hint of bitterness.

Somewhat simple when it comes down to it but the things that are presented are done quite nicely. Citrus hop tones balanced out by a lightly sweet and crackery malt base.

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Photo of Lucular
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a packaged date of May 15 2015.
Hazy golden body looks like unfiltered apple cider but has a durable head that leaves some lacing.
Fruity and herbal hop aroma is a bit too earthy, but the fruit and herbal elements shine in the taste.
Medium-high carbonation with a medium body.

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

Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold with a 1/2" white head that seems to retain nicely after a little settling down. Minimal lacing.

S: Disappointing. Vague-as-hell tropical fruit with a touch of cracker & even then I'm stretching.

T: Nice fruity hop up front transitions into an oily, piney hoppiness down the line. The malt bill is just robust enough to reign in all the different hop-forward aspects. If they tweaked it one way or the other just slightly, this might be a disaster. However, in typical Port City fashion, this brew is inexplicably perfectly balanced. The little west coast punch on the end is kind of awesome.

M: Acceptable. I'd argue it's too light for all the flavors here, but any more malt would throw everything else out of wack. Carb is OK.

O: The palate is what really appeals to me here, if the flavors & balance weren't exactly what they are, this brew would have gotten a much lower rating from me.

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Photo of jvodom
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josh32219
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates floating in suspension along with some larger particles floating near the bottom. It poured with a short white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of grassy hops along with notes of citrus and a moderate amount of associated bitterness. The grassy flavors linger into the finish, which also has a bit of spiciness to it.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and seems quite bitter given its lighter body. I liked how much hop flavors and bitterness were packed into the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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