Grayton Pale Ale | Grayton Beer Company

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Grayton Pale AleGrayton Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Grayton Beer Company
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grayton Pale is a refreshing, American-style Pale flavor—breezy and cool in a way that’s utterly unique to the Grayton Beach area. Which means it has enough flavor to keep even the hoppiest hopheads coming back for more. Tune in and drink up.

Added by taylocd on 07-23-2011

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Reviews by taylocd:
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2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass. The bottled had no clear date identifier; the only marking was 'FL129'.

A - The Grayton Pale Ale* poured up rather bright translucent gold. The white head dissipated almost immediately save for a small amount along the glass and the amount that remained only managed to leave a trace of lacing.

S - Of all characteristics*, the smell was most disappointing, as it had only a faint sweet corn aroma.

T - The flavor of this one* was rather light, and unfortunately had a metallic character. There was enough bitter finish to overcome the initial presence, but the balance was missing in this sample.

M - The feel of this beer was only a touch on the thin side, but nothing terribly detracting. There was an ample amount of carbonation to make this a pleasant drinker.

O - While the Grayton Pale would be a reasonable beer for long sessions at the beach (as I'm assuming the brewers intended coming from the northern Gulf Coast), it had no real character to define it. It shared too many similarities with adjunct beers (sweet smell and metallic flavors) to warrant a higher score for an APA.

*I should note that I was surprised at the inconsistency among the beers in the six-pack. Others had a bit more malt presence to balance the flavor, but none had much bitterness as to be expected. My rating for 'taste' would not have been significantly impacted if I had sampled other bottles instead of the one chosen. Aroma and appearance might have scored higher had I sampled other bottles, but I feel it is fair to offer a lower rating due to the inconsistent product.

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3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Full golden hue

SMELL: Herbal, minty, grainy, mildly toasted, citric, pepper, fruity

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, bready, herbal, tobacco, peppery, spice, mint, mild biscuit, nutty, citric, bitter, grainy, fruity, faint alcoholic ester

Good balance—perhaps leaning toward being astringent, but not really reaching that far. Not your typical Pale Ale, as it doesn't go the way of straight citric hopping, and the malt character has enough going on to keep it together. Certainly worth a go even if it is within the middle of the pack.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean gold, with an average head of white bubbles. Minimal lace.

Nose is crisp grains -- actually very lagery and malty, with only a hint of hops.

Taste is more pleasantly hopped. Mild, but with just enough hop bitterness to keep this brew interesting and relatively complex. Enjoyable!

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Photo of ordybill
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance- looks like weak tea, the color I poured doens't match any description that I found from other raters. I may have a bad beer. Aroma- light hop aroma with a fairly large grass mix. Taste- slightly bitter and acidic with grass and some hops. This is not a bad beer but the color is way off from most other ratings.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.83/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at The Naked Grape in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Apparently this company is 5 months old and had a bad initial batch that was contract brewed and hit the market before it was eventually pulled. Anyway...

Poured off Beer Gas with great white head and finished with decent lacing.

Aroma is more along the lines of a classic british pale ale with not so much big american hop aroma but more of a subtle touch intertwined with a great yeasty breadiness!

Body is light to medium with lower carbonation which actually works in it's favor this time. Too many bubbles would wash away this finely structured brew.

Flavor wise the bitterness is very classic pale but the finish is amazing. Great bitter finish that lingers for a bit. This has cascade written all over it. I could drink 6 of these. Great session brew.

BTW, website says 5.6 on the ABV

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2.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong. This doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't fit the style bill. I can barely tell a difference between this and their very tasty pale ale.

Hops are low, grassy, lemony and light on a biscuity background.

The taste follows the nose with grass and lemon notes in a malty toasty grain bill. Unbalanced and not enough hops.

Clean, crisp, and refreshing

OK, but not an IPA.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.42/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.94/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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Grayton Pale Ale from Grayton Beer Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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