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Extra Pale Ale | SLO Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
SLO Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2001

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow pour, decent clarity and one inch of white head with above average retention. Hopping was very mild, 30 ibu range at the highest you'd think.

Still a light floral hop presence with mildly toasted pale malts. Chico yeast.

This is a real easy, chill pale ale with no offensive qualities.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow pour, white head, 1" everything average about it. Not much in the aroma, super mild hop if you look for it.

Easy drinking taste, slight floral and delicate hop presence to it. Malt kept very minimal, light bodied, nothing exotic to it. Mild grapefruit hop presence, not bitter.

One of those beers that is cheap enough to enjoy if you're just not looking for something too adventurous, which is ok. Nothing bad about the beer, but nothing sending it into the 'good' category outside of maybe the price ($5 a 6).

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a thin, vanishing head. Little trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of light lemon and pine with some biscuity notes.

The taste is of biscuity grain with a tea-leaf, herbal spicing and some citric/pine bitterness. It has a bitterish, dry finish.

Light-bodied, but fits well enough for a lighter APA, and a bit slick.

An easy-drinking extra pale, if nothing particularly exciting.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a pale amber in color with a quickly dissapating head. Smell has a light citrus with malt and hop. Taste contributes a light malt with a bigger hop and citrus. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but a little light in the style for me. Overall not to bad, seem it would be a good pale for warm weather drinking.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why it is not rated higher..I love this Pale. Not a Pale fan and not exactly a fan of SLO but maaan this hit the spot for me. Poured a nice light orange color. Nose of mostly citrus w/ light hops and a tad bit of floral. A good malt profile and I thought it was very well balanced. Taste was just right, well balanced, not to hoppy or malty, very smooth and of citrus. Finishes GREAT!

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Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"SLO Brewed in the San Luis Obispo tradition," the label says. Judging by that label, which elsewhere states this was brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, it's a tradition of contract brewing.

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased at a Grocery Outlet in the east end of Spokane for $3.99. On every one of my sporadic trips to this store, there's a crapload of beers from SLO and the Lion/Pocono brewery, also brewed in Wilkes-Barre. I'm guessing the grocery chain is hq'd there or they have some sort of weird deal with the breweries. Grocery Outlet seems to be the only places these beers are available. Perhaps there's a reason for that. There's no freshness date on the bottle, so who knows how long this has been sitting out in the open in a grocery store under flourescent lights.

This beer lookes surprisingly good when poured into a pintglass. Copper colored, mostly clear with just a bit of haziness. A big, creamy white head was perched on top and hung around for a few minutes. Modest sheets of lace were left to slowly slide down the sides of the glass.

The nose was more interesting than I dared hope. It's not terribly complex, but is more hoppy than I was expecting for something with "extra pale" in the name. There's a mild, peppery hoppy scent along with a slightly more mild biscuity maltiness. This may turn out allright.

Again, while not being bowled over per se, this was more tasty and refreshing than I expected from a dubious pedegreed beer brewed across the country and purchased from a discount grocery store where no expense was spent in it's storage. The taste starts out with a mild, bitter hop zap to the palate, which is then joined by a slightly more subdued malty backing. There's a mild, dryness at the swallow.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with adequate carbonation for the style. It's a fairly light bodied ale.

As I sit at my pc perspiring heavily in the 90+ heat I find this makes an excellent warm weather session beer. I wouldn't try to compare this with a typical west coast pale ale - It's not a terribly flavorful beer, but it's better than I expected, and damn good for $3.99 per sixer! I think a case of this goes for around $15, so I may keep this in mind for bulk drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe orange with a swirling cloud of superfine particulates and a few larger flakes slowly drifting down to the bottom of the glass. The lemon-accented bone white head looks a little too soft and frothy to deposit much lace, but we'll see. Actually, a more than respectable amount of sudsy foam sticks in small, misshapen chunks. It's a good APA look.

The nose is dreadfully low on hoppiness... and on everything else as well. Without any dates on the label or bottle, I have no way of knowing the beer's age. Was it more aromatic when fresh? Is it still fresh? I don't have any good answers. Except this one: no nose equals low score.

This is one wimpy pale ale. At least there's a little something for my taste buds to grab onto ('little' being the operative word). There isn't much pale malt support. No matter, there isn't much hoppiness that requires support. Bitterness rides herd and is much more prominent than hop flavor.

My guess on the hop bill is Cascade or something similar. Grapefruit zestiness is paramount, but the flavor still ain't all that grapefruity or all that zesty. I can only conclude that this bottle has seen better days. Dates on bottles people! How hard is that? Time and warming add nothing of interest to a flavor profile that begs for it. Simple, uninspired, lackluster.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium--no crime for a pale ale--but is too finely fizzy; buzzy even. Time (and it's taking me some time to get through this 12 oz. bottle) isn't helping much at all. The bubbles haven't settled down since the initial, busy mouthful.

If I remember correctly, I liked SLO Blueberry Ale. I'm not sure what the hell happened here, though. Why isn't all SLO beer brewed in San Luis Obispo? Why would this one be brewed all the way across the country in Wilkes-Barre, PA? Again, no answers. Except this one: avoid this beer until they date their bottles or unless you're damn sure that it's fresh.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with an amazing white frothy head. The smell is of pine and citrus hops, a buttery yeast creeps in. The taste is light and packs a nice citrus pop, the malts are light and hardly noticable. This is a lighter pale ale than most but it hits the spot.

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Photo of IceAce
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden body with excellent clarity capped with a full finger of white fluffy foam. Nose is shy, but reveals floral hops with a sweet malty backdrop as the beer warms. Collapsing head reveals spectacular lacing with over 80% coverage.

Entry is clean with zippy CO² cradling the tongue. Midtaste is a well balanced hop/grain medly which gives way to a slow floral hoppy finish.

Overall this is a very nice clean brew that would be best consumed with salty / cheesy appetizers.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought in the 12 oz longneck.
Poured into my pint mug, its a rather average ,lackluster looking beer, like it says pale amber colour..the only good thing is the thick creamy head.
again the smell is not unpleasant, but very boring..some malts thats about it.
Tase..just some rather wishy washy malts and a hint of bitterness at the end
Pretty thin and unexciting on the palate.
Not impressed by this its just boring..maybe my bottle was out of date or something.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/02/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no kind of date. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice white clumpy head, dark yellow murky pour with lots of yeasties. Lacking in the lacing department.

Smell- Very IPA like scents. Lots of spice and grapefruit. Maybe a bit of clove? Nonetheless, lots of hops in the nose.

Taste- More hops than malt in this beer. A nice floral hop taste, but it could use a bit more stronger malt to even this one out.

Mouthfeel- Kind of heavy on the carbonation for my taste.

Drinkability- If it had a bit more malt to equal out, it would be a much better beer. Even as it is, it's not bad.

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Photo of cjhofelt
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I'm surprisingly not that impressed with this beer. I mean, I scored it above average, but I remember really loving this stuff a few years back. SLO was one of my favorite brewers when I first started drinking American craft beers. The bottle states that it was brewed by SLO (which is supposed to be San Louis Obispo)brewing CHICAGO! When did this happen?

Poured into a pint glass, it was a hazy yellow with the lightest hint of green. Good head that fades to a film and laces up the glass nicely.

Nice hoppy, citrusy smell. This is a very aromatic beer.

Hoppy and fruity flavors with some wheat tartness and more hops in the aftertaste. Not bad. It really starts to grow on you by the time you get halfway through the glass.

Nice dry and clean mouthfeel.

A drinkable beer, but not all day drinkable. I like it a lot, just not as much as I remembered.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a hazy bright yellow with quite a bit of cloudiness... Practically no head to speak of so no lacing either.

The smell was a bit off - very citrus hops notes with not much else to offer. Much too simplistic to be inviting.

The taste followed suit - bitter grapefruit notes, a wee bit of malt and that was about it. There were some odd banana / clove notes when combined with the cloudiness actually had me wonder if this was a half-a-hefe of some sort. Sadly, the taste wasn't terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel was fine, though a little light on the carbonation and a little oily on the tongue.

Frankly, not a terribly exciting beer and not one I'm likely to go back to.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a lightly hazed golden amber color with the head a modest in size semi-creamy white and the residual lace a thin sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is citrus like crispness and nice malt sweetness, with the start lightly sweet and a fair to middling malt presence, top is thin. Finish is pertinently acidic and the hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer if a little light for me.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out of the bottle in a darker than straw color, just a hint of gold, with very little head. It has a slightly spicy smell with some lemon coming out, too. It smells like citrus but doesn't taste too much that way. Very dry and hoppy, you do get some of that spice out in the taste. A little too dry for my taste but still a good beer. I don't buy this one very often but I don't shy away if it is an option.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange brew.

Smell is very hoppy with an undertone of maltiness, and a faint tea scent.

Taste is malt and then hops. It is a little sweet with a citrus hop character. Sort of an IPA Light. Tasty, but not complex.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A drinkable brew, competent but not spectacular.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another part of a mixed-sixer from my weekend stop at Trader Joe's. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, this pale ale had a nice golden color and a large frothy white head that held up pretty well but left little lace. Lots of fine carbonation, almost like small grains of sand, helped stoke and maintain the head.
The nose of this brew almost had me thinking it was an IPA, such was the dominance of the hops. It had a potent citrus aroma akin to tangerine peels along with secondary aromas of herbal hops and some floral notes. Not much in the way of malt notes, though.
You know this is a pale ale once you take a sip. Medium-bodied (though a bit thin), the hops characteristics so prevalent in the nose were more muted on the palate. The malt backbone provided a shakey foundation from which a pleasant light citrus and herbal hops flavor rush across the back of the tongue in the finish. A puzzling "dead spot" was noted mid-palate where this brew almost seemed to turn to water before the hops kicked in. Ample carbonation gave it a crisp feel.
Overall, SLO's take on the American Pale Ale isn't too bad. Actually, it would make for a nice session beer and a decent introductory beer for those beer drinkers just starting to venture beyond the macro world. At about a buck a bottle, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Boto
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle: This one poured a fairly clear, straw yellow color. It had a large white head. The aroma is kind of light. What is there has notes of pine. It is a somewhat lighter in the body, but has a pretty good hop flavor of pine.
It grows on you a bit. A decent session beer.

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Photo of Dmann
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another good session beer. It pours a medium orange color with much more head than I was expecting. The smell was of dry hops and a slight citrus scent. The taste was quite thin except for a bit of dry hoppyness and a larger portion of bready maltyness. This is a great brew to enjoy on a summer day on the porch, but I do not know it I could drink it all of the time.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pale orange hue, almost peachy, with a nice, full white head.
Aroma: fresh, lively, hoppy, vibrant and fruity, with abundant citrus associations.
Taste: again, fruity, nicely hopped, excellent blance, decent finish, bright and delcious. This is one that took no time to finish, and my main memory was...well, I'll transcribe from my notes: "Tasty, tasty, yum,yum..." Sometimes that's all you need to say.
Thanks to el mocoso.

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Photo of Mustard
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no discernible "bottled on" or "best before" date; no ABV %; purchased as a "busted" single for $0.92 from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a slightly pale tangerine hue with good clarity; pleasant, foamy, one-fingered head; a "full" b-cup's worth of lace; decent head retention.

Aroma: Heavily of grapefruit with good a touch of malt sweetness; a hint of floral type hops in there, too.

Taste: Decidely unlike its nose; moderately sweet with a delicious, biscuity malt backbone; surprisingly unbitter; fruity (apricot), citrusy, spicy notes upfront and throughout; traces of grain; medium bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Wow, a far cry from the run of the mill WC style APA I was expecting; really enjoyed this.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable ale that riminds me of SNPA. It pours a good clear gold that seems to be on the edge of tarnishing. An interesting color.

A decent pinky of head on the pour but it was soon nothing but a lacy blanket with a clinging collar.

The smell is candied hops. Nice. Very sweet and citrusy with an interesting combonation of hops. It sure makes me want to take a drink so...here goes.

The bitterness washes over the tongue like dull celaphane. It is definitly in the front of the beer. Grassy follow-up. It could use a little more sweetness to compliment, but thats personal preference. Seems to get a little watery when warming.

A good Pale Ale that is good to keep on hand.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer when I am looking for refreshement. It has a nice fruity flavor but not strong with the fruit, with a crisp after taste. A good beer on a warm day. It goes down easy and smooth. I know they call it 'Extra Pale Ale' but it is a smooth drink. Not harsh at all. It is also not too expensive. BONUS!

In my opinion this ale is not supposed to be complex. It looks ordinary, smells nice with fruitiy flavors almost soda like. It is not too hoppy or too malty. A very balanced beer for a mellow warm afternoon. A good ale for a soft swing in the hammock or a light meal because it will not over power the food.

Always drink this ale out of a glass or the fine properties of this mellow ale will be missed.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If your going to drink this beer, you have to go to SLO Brewery to drink it on tap. In the bottle, it just looses everything. The hoppiness and flavor is just not there. If your near the brewery, try it, you'll like it!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a 6-pack of this and really looked forward to my first try. Very clear initial pour was spoiled by some of the dregs in the bottle at the end (my fault). A very pale blond color that looks inviting and thirst quenching. It is, but the head soon collapses. I found the hops evident early on, but somewhat disappointingly this soon faded to make way for a malty lingering aftertaste, quite sweet. Nothing really wrong with this beer. But I was dissapointed with the lack of depth from the hops and bitterness, I was expecting more. It just stops short of the mark for me to buy it again. Somehow, it lacks that bit of body and tastes like a 3.5% ABV Beer.

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Extra Pale Ale from SLO Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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