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
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yellowy/amber beer with a healthy looking thick, white, foam head and great retention.

Deep citrus aroma, some grapefruit, lime, lemon rind -- Sprite-like, too.

Smooth, creamy, a bit seltzer-like in the feel. An even malty sweetness balances out a hop character that starts off with sharp bitter twang, then a lemon/lime fruity flavour and finally a herbal-like spicy earth finish. Some grain pulls thru in the end, touch of bread, and some hop residuals in the finish.

Not too bad, but not very exciting for some reason. Seems kind of one-dimensional and bland. Flavours are very short lived.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Thin white lacing on top of a mildly hazed yet sparkling straw golden colour. Several paper thin flakes of yeast float around that the bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: Big sweet oily floral and soft citric nose. Faint sweet grain and fruitiness in the back.

Taste: Ample crispness with a smooth light to medium body. Tingling bitterness rides the crest of carbonation and gives a snap to the palate. Maltiness is thin with a mild wavering biscuity grain flavour. Broad hop flavour with an oily floral and mildly citric presence. More flavours of the hop come out as it lingers far into the finish.

Notes: An ok APA, good if you want a fix of hops but so-so if you are looking for a well rounded balanced brew. A good pairing would be with some jerk chicken and sweet potato fries.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Mark
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to admit that this review is a combination of recency and memory. Suzanne and I have been to SLO Brewing Co. and enjoyed some fine pints and decent meals too. Most of the guts of this review though will be influenced by having this at a swanky Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach Ca. I was there for a wedding and my choice of beer was Corona (yeah Right) Bud ( Coughing,gagging noises) or Heineken (Zzzzz) I wandered around and found a small lounge that had this on tap. Served in a freezing pilsner glass! When will I learn!? Or they? Lace was nil and the chill killed the taste. Only a little of the refreshing snappy hop finish this beer has snuck through to my taste buds. It was much better at SLO of course. I plan on reviewing this again in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've come to feel a great sense of respect for the skilled craftsmen at Slo Brewing. The term 'extra' pale ale accurately depicts both the slight tangent Slo Brewing has taken from your typical Pale Ale and the simple fact that it is a lighter rendering of the Pale Ale.

Highly complex aromas of spicey hops and wild flowers. A very hazey yellow-orange, and a head that wont break down to thin lace. Give your glass a quick swirl, and the head froths up like you just poored another. The flavor is harmoniously balanced between a mild bitterness and a gentle wave of sweet malt. This is what beer is all about..

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Extra Pale Ale from SLO Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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