Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Nautical Reference Pale Ale | Hilliard's Beer

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dirtylou on 01-27-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
8
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
4.03%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by anteater:
Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hilliard's. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with a very small head that reduces to a thin ring quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Not an overly hoppy aroma. Some toasted grains and caramel with light pine and a bit of tropical fruit zest.

T: More toasted malt with some toasted nuts as well with grains and some faint grass and orange zest.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: An ok APA. Had it since everything else is readily available in can. Liked the Hilliard's space though, very cool industrial feel.

 571 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, at the brewery

I've enjoyed many a pint of the Nautical Reference, often paired with something from a food truck parked out front. In the era of dumping a farm full of Citra hops in a beer and still calling it a pale ale, this may not excite the average BA. That's fine - it's an extremely solid creation in the spirit of what a Pale Ale used to be - grassy, layers of toasted malt, earthy green hops. It's honest, versatile and refreshing.

 451 characters

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

draft at the brewpub

a: served in a brewery logo can glass, golden orange in color with a finger deep bone white head that falls back to a thin ring

s: pale malts with a bready, slightly toasted aroma, nicely grainy, hops open with sappy pine and citrus rind

m: lighter bodied with a crisp medium carbonation

t: flavorful body of pale malts, touches of grainy bread and hints of toast, hops bring a moderate vein of citrus rind and a touch of pine, restrained but balanced bitterness, good stuff

o: a pleasant pale ale with an extra little dose of character from the chocolate malt, drinks well

 599 characters

Photo of Laklimell
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a beer-can pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam with a thin lace left on the glass. I rather like it.

Smell: malty with a hint of biscuit and a floral hop character. The biscuit, light toast and floral hops make the overall effect soapy, but — it’s potent mélange if you’re into that sort of thing.

Taste: quite a lot like the aroma. Toasty, rather than biscuity, but combined with the floral hops it’s a very soapy, floral experience. Not bad, but perhaps not everyone’s bag.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a big carbonation and a big, fulfilling creaminess. I really like it.

Overall: a decent pale ale, if not one that blows me away. A reasonable session drink, especially if you’re into toasty/floral pale ales.

 879 characters

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nautical Reference Pale Ale from Hilliard's Beer
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe