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Carrabassett Pale Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Carrabassett Pale AleCarrabassett Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,218
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
50
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Jaynuze
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first micros wayyy back in the day … great stuff. Pours a nice deep amber with a white frothy head that follows you right to the hoppy/bitter end. It also leaves a nice Belgian lace down the glass. It is a bit hoppy (nothing like Stone or DFH), but the soft hints of malt jump in to save the day. As others have mentioned, this does get quite bitter and piney, but that's just part of the love/hate relationship with this beer. A nice nose with a strong hoppy fruitiness. I love this beer; unfortunately I can only find it when I'm visiting my parents in Maine. Grab a sixer, some steaks, and head down to the lake with this one. A great beer for those humid Maine summers ... after a couple you even forget about the six mosquitoes who've set up camp on your calf and the cloud of black flies manically hovering just out of reach.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden leaning toward amber color.

Aroma is balanced maybe leaning more to malt than hops. I found no fruity or citrusy aromas.

A moderate citrusy hop flavor that is refreshing and not overpowering. Malty sweetness at start finishes with hop bitterness on the roof of mouth.

The beer is refreshing and moderately carbonated. The body is light but to style.

All around good beer that refreshes and will be enjoyed by me several more times.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery color with a nice white head that stuck around and stuck to the glass with some nice lace. Aroma was of hops, more bitter than floral, blended with some sweet malt smells. Hits the tongue with a citrusy hop flavor, with nice sweet malty background, fades to a dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness and a sort of yeasty dough flavor. Overall, a very nice drinkable brew, and one of the Maine beers I need to have a few of every now and then.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this beer again many years after my first one.

It has a great mouthfeel and taste. There is a nice bite of hops with some malty balance, just like an American Pale Ale should be. There are some fruit flavors, orange, citrus, melon, and more. Incredible balance and drinkability.

This is one of my all time favorite session brews. You could easily drink this one all night long.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is why beer is so great. Light brown colour with a very sticky, ceamy head that lasts. Pleasing hop flower and oils in the nose. A very malty pale with complimenting flowery hops. Solid medium body that is fairly dry with a nice, crisp carbonation.

A more malty pale. Great for any occasion. Cheers!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with thin offwhite head. Smells bready and hoppy. Tastes malty at the beginning with a hoppy bitter finnish. Sweet with some bitterness, and a hint of roastiness on the finish too. A very well-balanced beer. Medium in body with just slightly less carbonation than many APAs have. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A new favorite example of the style, from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet!

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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 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 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 WeldBeerMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty and above average pale ale from Maine. This beer pours a nice golden colour with a fluffy, white head. The aromas are very hoppy and fruity..you can really smell that ringwood yeast. The taste is very fruity and reminiscent of magic hats #9 without the apricot. The mouthfeel is pretty full and the drinkability is excellent. Wow, I really like Maine beer...I have to find some more singles to try!

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lore: Double labeled with a wrap around body label that has a plain mountain range motif behind the blue & tan compass logo in the fore. “Fresher is better. Proper refrigeration will extend the best flavor date” and an illegible freshness stamp.

Pours with a huge foamy frothy vigor under a half khaki, sticky, cake like cap, half beer pour. This thing leaves a statue of a cake head that ain’t goin’ nowheres, breaking like the Red Sea with each sip. Looks good. Now if it will only relax so that it can be swigged! Deep amber orange hued pour with rigorous bubbles beading up all over. After the pour marathon ended, plenty of noticeable sea monkey chunkers floated around me glass.

Orange peel scents. Hops and malts peek out in the nose.

First swigs: Sizzly balance of grainy malts and orange fruity acidic hops. Sweet juicy mixed fruit of pear and apricot hops run the flavor here with a grainy malt backbone and a short grapefruit aftertaste. Some carrot cake notes here.

Crisp feel throughout. Well balanced while being bold. Quite quaffable and simply sumptuous.

Last swigs: Spicy oranges & dried apricots. Well balanced while full flavored APA. What an open road style anymore. Supposedly, Ringwood yeast? T’anx to BA Shapudding for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Another Carrabassett product with an emphatic hoppy presence - bottle freshness dated- pours a rather dark golden color with good head-dry finish with pleasant aftertaste-I'd consider this a very tasty session beer for a person who prefers a hoppier pale ale (like myself)

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was an amber copper color with a khaki colored head. Modest retention as a collar but weak lacing. The aroma was a combination of caramel malt, some ripened fruit esters and a background of floral hops. The flavors however were more hop based, a flash of caramel malt up front quickly followed by hop bitterness and some orange zest and rind. Hints of yeast and bread. The finish is crisp and rather refreshing. Well balanced. The mouthfeel was ok, the body medium and the carbonation delicate but not too soft. Yum. Flavors: Approved. Too bad it doesn't look as good as it could.

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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 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 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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