Carrabassett Pale Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Carrabassett Pale AleCarrabassett Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship, this beer defines the classic, American-Style Pale Ale. We looked to the Pacific Northwest, rather than England, for our inspiration and our ingredients. Utilizing malt, hops, water, and most importantly yeast from the USA allowed us to create a balanced, highly drinkable beer. It's no accident that the Carrabassett Pale Ale is our top-selling beer, year after year.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2001

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by doerickson:
Photo of doerickson
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber coloring with a thick, rocky white head. Toasted malt and citrusy, slightly piney hop aromas. Medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. Nice bitter hop presence, a bit of grapefruity character to it. Bready malts are present and provide balance. Not too complex, but still a fine American pale ale.

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Photo of oberon
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter golden with a fizzy white head that was gone quickly,lemony and toasty in the nose mainly with a hint of caramel.First off way over carbonated goes down hard its very prickly flavors are light leaning in a citric hop direction with a bit of toasty malt but nothing really stands out.With such a prickly mouthfeel its a drain pour,Iam surprised it got decent reviews but it dont work for me.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue with dark orange hues, pancaked frothy white head with great retention. Brilliantly clear. Resilient medium body with a well structured smooth mouth feel to carbonation level. Handful of malt on the palate ranging from toasted malt to caramel. A touch fruity. An increasing hop bitterness starts off small but builds to a prickling bitterness. Hops are mineral earthy, almost herbal, and some light citrus. A tasty "don't rock the boat" brew.

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Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a very New England, nautical looking label. Freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Slight hazy light amber beer with a two finger thick fluffy white foam head that sticks to the glass. Head retains rather well on this brew.

Smell: Fresh sweet pale malts and lightly pungent raw hops.

Taste: Biscuity up-front with yeasty bread flavours on the edges of the palate. Malt sweetness reserve, but consistent throughout. Hops kick in with a thin tea-like semi-sour citrus bitterness that wants to break out and rule your tastebuds, but it opts to withdraw and balance the beer instead -- very nicely. The hoppy profile peaks with a slighly salty sting on the palate then the beer dries up a bit with a dry grain husk taste and feel. Finishes dry with grain & bready flavours.

Notes: I really enjoyed this brew. It's definitely a hoppy one, but not overpowering. Just a very decent brew that you could drink all night long.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hue with dark orange hues, pancaked frothy white head with great retention. Brilliantly clear. Resilient medium body with a well structured smooth mouth feel to carbonation level. Handful of malt on the palate ranging from toasted malt to caramel. A touch fruity. An increasing hop bitterness starts off small but builds to a prickling bitterness. Hops are mineral earthy, almost herbal, and some light citrus. A tasty "don't rock the boat" brew.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle with non-present "best by" information on the label. Thanks to PhantomVoDoo for sending this one.

Poured clear. Color is a dull amber-copper. Thin and wispy off-white head reduced quickly from its boisterous state to leave only minimal lacing. Soft aromas, comprised mainly of citrus and caramel. Flavor is balanced, but nothing great. Initial doughy/yeasty flavor, followed by a sweet middle, and finishes with a strong iced-tea bitterness. Quick and snappy finish. Dry. Mouthfeel is on the thin side...lacking body. Nothing too memorable in this one. Very even-keeled. A candidate for a crossover beer.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery-orange with a three finger white head. Good lacing down the glass. Smells very hoppy and slightly bready.

The taste is good with the pale malts coming out front. Maybe a hint of caramel in there too. Slightly buttery in the middle. The finish is a little hoppier than I like, but it's definitely not pushing near the edge of the hop envelope. A decent brew. Most pale ale fans will like it.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around good brew. Went down very smoothly. Had a nice hoppy and fruity aroma with a nice copper color and a great lacing. Mouthfeel was smooth enough with a decent hop qaulity throughout. Not overpowering, but nicely bitter at the finish. Definitely easy to drink, and more than one would go down easily. A better than average pale ale that I would try again.

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Photo of mrjimcat
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed my Carrabassett pale ale. Extremely well balanced with just enough malt to carry the hops. The hop bite was definitely present as one would expect in a pale ale but did not overpower. The brew was smooth from beginning to end. I could definitely see drinking several at a sitting. A most enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with orange hues, decent head and lacing.

Smell is surprisingly fruity but with a strong hop/citrus backing, balanced out with some malt.

Taste is crisp from the hops, leaves a slight bitterness at the end, upfront there is a slight fruitiness, maybe pear and orange, coupled with the malt.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On drat at The Inn on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and decent lacing.

The smell and taste both featured caramel, butterscotch and a grassy hop. Finished sweet.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a bit of a hybrid between the American and British styles.

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Photo of marc77
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper hue w/ excellent clarity. Topped by a head that readily recedes into a spotty, thin layer. Citric, slightly soapy hop nose accompanied by biscuit and medium caramel malt. Fairly prosaic aromawise. Mild hop bitterness upfront fades quickly, allowing toasted and token light caramel malt sweetness to dominate. Hint of butterscotch emerges as the beer warms. Hop flavor is surprisingly muted, with citrus flavors overshadowed by biscuit notes. Lightly bodied, but firm enough in mouthfeel to help lend good drinkability. Finishes bready and lightly sweet. A spot on average APA. One dimensional, a touch underhopped, approaching insipid, yet without flaw. Quaffable and forgettable.

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Photo of WeldBeerMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus and a moderate hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is an ordinary yet decent session beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in pint glass on-tap from you know whose pub in waterville, me
amber/dark honey colored, thin stubborn head without much lacing. citrus and doughy smell with floral notes. tastes of malt near middle of palate while citrus notes ascend from front of mouth; hops near the back. nice balance between these flavors with the hops winning in a lengthy finish. heavy on hops but not overwhelmingly so - plenty to catch a good chunk of the palate without making the brew difficult to drink. light-bodied with a carbonation snap. good, easy-drinking but hop-laden brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color and slight head with a little lace. Nose is a balance of hop and malt. A medium bodied pale ale. Taste a mix of malt and hoppyness. Starts with a hint of malt but finish is clean with a hoppy after taste.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer on my way back from a recent camping trip in Maine. It has a nice slightly hazy amber color with yellow hues and a medium bodied white head that fades to a thick ring around the surface. Some lacing is left behind on the glass. The aroma is mainly hoppy, but some toasted malt can be detected. Each sip begins hoppy before some of the toasted malts kick in. The flavor is well balanced with neither taste overpowering the other. It finishes slightly bitter and leaves a hoppy presence behind.

This is a good drinkable beer that would be nice to have any time of the year.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange in color with a two finger white fluffy head. The head slowly recedes to a fluffy surface foam. Mild lacing develops. The aroma is of mildly floral hops and some caramel. The flavor leans towards a maltier level, as it is a bit stronger than other pales. A decent bitterness, traces of butter, orange citrus, and soft caramel tones round it out.

Medium in body. Mouthfeel is crisp as numerous tiny carbonation bubbles are present. Finish is crisp and quick. Nicely drinkable, worth trying a bottle or two.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper/golden colored body with a small one finger white head. Some lacing is left. Some carbonation is seen rising slowly.

S: centered around the malts with a light wood and earth slightly mixes in. Some buttery notes come out near the end of the beer.

T: very sweet at first, with some caramel and toffee backing up the sweets and then a slight hop spice comes in near the end of the taste

M: medium with a fair amount of carbonation, sessionable

O: this is a pretty good APA, however it did seem a bit sweeter for a normal APA. I almost thought it was more of an English pale ale. No worries. I liked it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of TPoling
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Casco's Carrabassett Pale Ale doesn't overstate the hops in a fine balance with the roasted and cararmel malts. This is worthy of a session and is interesting enough for beer lovers and could even get noticed at a gathering of novices because it isn't too over the top on any particular front.

The ale pours a light amber with not much head and only leaves a little lace. But the smell immediately gives you the promise with a malt aroma that promises some depth and some decent hop character

The aftertaste was fairly impressive with a little smokiness and tea-like flavor that hung around for quite a few minutes after the last quaff.

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Photo of Wildman
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown amber color and formed a small white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and caramel was present with a touch of hops. The flavor was of malt, caramel with some bitterness brought on by the hops. The finish was dry and light. Not a bad little pale.

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Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and citrusy. A medium bodied pale ale. Lightly malty with a slightly grassy hoppyness. Mild taste and not very hoppy. Flavors are citrus and toffee. Nice easy drinking pale ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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