American Pale Ale | The Bronx Brewery

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by plaid75 on 11-03-2011

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with leggy ivory foam. 4
Caramel with orange rind and flowers. 3.75
Thread of toffee, slight peanut skin, then more orange rind, with resin, pine bark, spice and tangerine juice to end. 3.75
Medium, chewy, slight oil. 3.75

Cascade + Centennial.

“6 07 27” stamped on the can - I hope this didn’t sit in Penn Station for 6 months. Doesn’t smell worse for the wear - nose is straight 2003, all Cascade and a big sweet backbone. And so it goes: bigger-than-fashionable malts (Caramunich and Vienna) that only get bigger and more English with warmth, laying underneath classic C hopping.

It’s not bad; a bit rough round the edges, maybe. I just don’t see the need for this beer when I can get SNPA in every corner bodega. 3.75

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Photo of CNoj012
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a two finger, creamy, eggshell white head. Retention is excellent and there are sticky, hanging rings of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very grainy. There is also a healthy dose of caramel and bready malts. There is an underlying layer of orangey citrus that appears when the beer is swirled and agitated.

Taste is similar, but the orange flavor is more pronounced. It is definitely enough to balance out the heavy malt presence.

Feel is light side of medium and smooth. Could be a little more carbonated.

Overall this beer is alright. The smell is very malty and I'm not a big fan, but the taste is much more enjoyable. When it comes to pale ales, SNPA is the gold standard, and not only is this beer of lesser quality, it is also more expensive. Probably would not purchase again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN acquired as part of an overpriced 12 pack variety box. 12 fl oz pull-tab.

"American Pale Ale." "6.3% ABV." Hopped with Centennial and Cascade.

I get the Centennial hop flavour, but going Caramunich and Vienna on the malt backbone was a faux pas.

Drinkable and approachable, but its lack of depth of flavour and complexity make me wonder if it's really even worth my time to write much more about it. I've had far worse and this isn't bad by any stretch, but it's definitely a shrug of a brew with a dubious grain bill. I dig the classic hop utilization (Centennial and Cascade are solid choices for any pale ale), but neither is showcased particularly well. Nowhere near the quality I'd expect at ~$2+ per can (not that price affects my rating).


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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale by Bronx brewery. Pours a cloudy amber with a foamy, light beige head. Smells of malt and hops, a bit of grass and a touch of citrus. Taste is on par with caramel shining through with a lemony finish. This is a solid pale that tastes and looks a little more amber than APA. However, I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy coppery-amber with a small foamy off-white head.

S: Not much of a nose - a little earthy and a little fruity.

T: Big on the caramel malt, which is followed by modest citrus and a touch of both earthy and herbal, tea-like hops. Finishes with modest lemony bitterness lingering in the aftertaste, doing battle with the bigger malt foundation. Frankly, it drinks more like a modestly hoppy amber/red ale than an APA, despite the name.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is solid.

O: It's good. Not great, and not what I was expecting given the APA name. But a solid beer all-around.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Echoing previous sentiments, this is definitely more of an Amber ale than a pale ale. The description on the back does state this is a "deep amber American pale ale."

Feels a bit like it's trying to be nugget nectar, but this is just a little too sweet to be enjoyable. A pale ale should be crisp, light, and refreshing. This is a little too cloying to be what want.

The label says this beer is intensely floral, and I can't disagree. I just wish it weren't.

Color is a reddish, sunset, with a foamy head, and pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More of an amber than a pale ale, it has a fairly hefty malt bill with just a real faint hop in the background. Beyond that it is pretty generic beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very nice brew.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a white head leaving some lace on the glass.

Sweet, bready and caramel-like malt aromas balanced with citrus and floral Centennial and Cascade hop aromas. Crisp, malty and caramel sweetness giving way to citrus and a lingering but subtle spicy hop bitterness. Well-balanced.

A solid, well-balanced American Pale Ale with a classic Centennial/Cascade hop profile balanced by a pleasant malt backbone. Reminds me a little bit of the much more widespread Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of moodenba
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronx American Pale ale, probably brewed in clifton, NY, can purchased 2/26/2016.

Chilled can (probably 40F and too cold) poured into a glass. Good looking head and nice lacing. Amber color. Taste is hop-forward with an aftertaste that is a good balance of caramel malt and lingering hops. The brewers note on the can lists an impressive lineup of malts, and the appearance reflects that. As I finished the final sip, the malt character finally came through. I recommend 55F for this brew.

This is one to take on picnics next summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Sample from the brewery.

Pretty good head retention, lacing stays around for a while. Good clarity showing a tawny hue. Balanced nose of bready graininess, caramel malt, orangey hop, and fruity alcohol. Deep smoothness, big malt character. More than enough hops to go up a against the hefty malt backbone. This is quite the pale ale, nothing flimsy about it. Love the balance and depth.

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Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at a bar in Red Bank, NJ. Here goes:

A: Hazy amber. Pours a large head, though, with great lacing. Good.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pine and a touch of caramel malt. WC IPA.

T: Good. Hops followed by a little bit of caramel malt. Sufficient grapefruit and some pine in the hops. However, there is an astringent onion taste that's barely noticeable. If it wasn't for this off-taste, the beer would've scored higher.

F: Great. Well-carbonated, medium-bodied.

O: Good beer. Somewhat of an off-taste in the hops, but still good nonetheless.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color on this guy was a deep copper. Flavor and aroma were more citrus and hops like an ipa than the malt notes id like from a pale ale. The taste was very strong, hits you right in the mouth. The mouthfeel was also pretty intense for a pale ale. This seems like a pale ale trying to be an ipa. Not a bad beer, but not necessarily what youd want in a pale ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can marked 2604-1627. Sampled on August 11, 2015.

Medium amber pour with a long lasting cream colored head.

The aroma has a roasted malt note as well as a kind of perfume hoppiness.

Light to medium body.

The taste3 ahs this same sort of perfume character with a fairly biting bitterness that kicks in at the end.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good lookin, good smellin' beer with permanent white head and rich copper color. Aroma is hoppy and clean. Flavor disappoints due to an initial metallic twang and disjointed sweetness versus hop flavor. Mouth feel is medum. A bit off but not terrible.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shaker pint glass serving on draft. Golden/amber hue with nice retention. Mouth feel is rich and somewhat creamy. Sweeter than many pale ales with some tropical fruit undertones. A bit too sweet perhaps. Well hopped with a lingering bitterness. Generally a rich and full offering. A nice new local sample on this latest NYC trip.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap, served in shaker pint glass. Dark copper in color. Mildly hoppy earthy aroma. Taste is a bit off, the hop and malt flavor just doesn't totally jive.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm really glad I got the opportunity to sample this beer during a recent trip to NYC. Enjoyed out of a paper Hampton Inn glass, disappeared in a hurry. I would definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a dark copper brown color with red highlights. Nice thick head.
Aroma is malty like molasses with a hop spicy note at the end.
Taste is a rich sweet alcohol malt with a strong hop balance that does not overwhelm.
Excellent pale ale

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Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this as an extra as well. Solid Pale Ale bordering on an IPA level of hop characteristics.
Thanks for the extra!

Appearance:Hazy golden color with a slight reddish hue. Lots of head when poured but settles to a nice thin head throughout the drinking.

Smell: Nice floral hoppiness, some sweetness from the malts but not overly so. This one is pretty aromatic really.

Taste: Nicely balanced malt/hop ratio, it was a very smooth drinker. You get a little bite from the hops but its is not overly malty or sweet either. I am not a huge fan of PA's in general because they lack character, but this is an exception to the rule.

Overall: Solid brew, happy I got to try this one!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance - 16oz can to IPA glass, aggressive pour. Huge 3 finger fluffy white head took its time to settle down . Dark orange color

Smell - Biscuity and Carmel with some slight hop dankness

Taste - malty sweetness, nutty, a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel - med body, smooth, creamy. High carb

Overall - a tasty Pale that's a different change of pace from a standard Pale that Im used to. Received as an extra from farnold

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Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark copper in color, topped with a medium-tan head. Good lacing.

Nose has a sweet and rich malt character, which is accented by a classic English yeast -- highly reminiscent of an Old Ale.

Sweeter and maltier than most in the now-accepted APA range, but with a much, much more reserved hopping profile (aromatic and bittering) than is found in the same. Biscuit malt notes emerge a bit further in the drink, but are slight enough as to be barely noticed under the sweetness, the weightier-than-average body and even the sheer alcoholic strength of this one.

The hopping is "classic" in the sense that it is in character with British 'pale' ales (low gravity to high gravity… ), and is just reserved enough to not be obtrusive. A touch more bitterness might accentuate the biscuit notes in the malt profile, but wouldn't dry it out necessarily. As it is, American hop-heads won't go ga-ga over this one, but others who are looking for a very easy-drinking, fuller-bodied go to ale might like it.

It reminded me a lot of the Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star, only with less of the peppermint notes in the hops. ;)

A hat tip goes out to gory4d for the can!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer, color is a clear amber with a solid finger of creamy, off white head. aroma is mild, containing mild caramel and a bit of hop funk. TAste is odd, but not terrible. Very sweet. containing malt notes of caramel and biscuit, slightly yeasty, only the slightest bit of earthy hop presence, slightly metallic at the end. Texture is a light/ medium body, with mild carbonation. not quite dry or juicy.
overall it's a unique beer in the sense that it's very light for a beer dominated by malt flavors, however it definitely lacks balance and isn't very exciting once getting over the initial, sweet effect. not bad but would not by again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber with a thin lace. Aroma is fruity with light citrus grapefruit like tones. Then I detect a light biscuit and bread Aroma.The taste is hops forward; a delicious light bitter. There is a bready malt backbone for balance. The finish has a light grapefruit taste and the hops leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste. This brew is almost like IPA in its happiness. Yet, it is not like a session in that it has a bigger body. Delicious and drinkable, crisp on tongue.
I really liked this one and will get again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. pours a dark clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruity with some floral hops notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity mild citrus flavors. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity mild hops bitterness. This brew seems to lean towards the sweet malty side with little hops. Overall an ok drinking brew.

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