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Essential Pale Ale | Port City Brewing

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3.57/5
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200 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:
#38,520
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
200
pDev:
13.73%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josh32219
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +12%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RyanAU
3.64/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ngntjp
3.64/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cichief
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of papat444
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +12%

Great taste and wonderful flavor

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of thewilliamhart
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Bonnfire
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TomT2
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ldmuldoon
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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