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 speter
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with a three-finger fluffy white head that slowly faded, but never dissipated and left fantastic lacing.

S: Rich, buttery, biscuity English malts overlaid with a well-balanced piney and citrusy hop presence, along with a touch of honey.

T: An almost perfect balance of hops and malt that starts off with a burst of honeyed Maris Otter up front, followed by a light pine mid palate and a mildly resinous finish.

M: Full and creamy, even from a can, this tasted like a hand pump ale.

O: I've never managed to catch the Bronx Brewery stuff on tap, but this canned version means I will be more aggressive in seeking out and sampling it when I do. This is a beer I would be proud to call my own.

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Photo of brewski09
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I had this one on tap at Bareburger in Manhattan.

A - More of an amber than a pale ale in color. I was a bit surprised, but happy with it. I would say that the SRM was at the top end of the range, which is a nice interpretation of the style as most are on the bottom end of the range. Its almost more of a British pale ale until you hit the hops. The head was small and didn't hang around long, which I chalked up to it being on tap with a lower carbonation level.

S - The hops are mildly floral and pleasant, but definitely american citrus types in there. This was very well done and enjoyable. There was a nice maltyness that I couldn't quite identify there.

T - The taste on this beer is what really sold me. There was a nice, nutty maltyness with a solid american hop presence (mild floral, citrus, & pungent). Very well balanced on this

M - This one has a small oiliness that wasn't very perceptible, but was there in the background. I also noticed some residual sugar that wasn't noticeable until the second half of the beer. Since I was having this beer with an Elk burger, not a bad thing at all.

O - Overall, this was a nice beer and I would definitely get it again. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it in bottles anywhere.

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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 facundoCNB
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy bright white head, leaving behind great amounts of lacing. smells of pine, grapefruit, caramel.. lots of hoppy goodness almost borderline an ipa. slightly nutty sweetness up front with a citrusy grapefruit bitterness, nice fresh hop flavor throughout, very well balanced caramel malt backbone, biscuity.. hoppy, but not aggressive. lovely beer, honestly i did not expect this. medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy and very refreshing.

i've never really expected something like a pale ale to be this good.. they're usually just session beers, some may be better than others - this being a prime example. a little higher on the abv than i'm used to, and way tastier than most. really enjoyed the can, next time i'll be sure to pick a 4pk up when i'm back in nyc.

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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 Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear amber color with two fingers of beige head, good retention and lacing. The reason i gave this a lower score is because it looks more like an IPA than a pale. I like em really pale (and hoppy).

Smell is nice- the pleasant citrus and floral aromas of cascade are inviting. A slight biscuity malt presence but only a hint. Lovely.

Taste is very nice as well- crisp but also smooth. Bitterness up front and throughout; grainy up front but smoothes out into a nice caramel flavor to back up the zesty hops. Not quite as exciting of a hop experience as I would like though.

Mouthfeel is also nice- medium body, moderately carbonated, very little resiny feeling. This is definitely a good pale ale and an exceptional beer by NY standards (I'm used to the Boston standard which is pretty much all around exceptional with a few duds). I've had this several times but this is the first time out of the can- I may buy it more often cause it's fresh (I live a few miles or less from the Bronx brewery). However, Captain Lawrence Sun Block will more likely be my local go to in the warmer months to come. Cheers!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber color, with plenty of off white foam that clings to the glass heavily. Sweet malt aroma with some citrus hop and a touch of stone fruit. More maltiness in the flavor with subtle hop chatecteristics and a touch of oak.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Three finger frothy head, pale white in color... Retains well.. Body is dark amber with crystal clarity.

S- rye and spicy piney hops, sweet malt is beneath... Get some floral notes... Kind of a light fruitiness too.

T- Sweet caramel, biscuits and bread hit first... Floral hops arrive mid-palate then lingering caramel on the aftertaste. A very malt heavy IPA but I like it.

M- Thick, creamy, malty and sweet. Only bitter at the finish and it's mellow but lingering.

This is not your hopped up beast of an APA. It does offer some bitterness and the flavors of floral and piney hops, but it also offers a tasty array of malt flavors that I enjoy.

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Photo of Amalak
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at the Kent Ale House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. A deep, cloudy caramel-red color. Opaque. Nice thick, foamy white head that leaves a good deal of lacing behind.

S. Extremely sweet, malty scent.

T/M. Sweet and floral. A strong caramel malt flavor. Some banana and celery taste underneath. A hair dry; medium bodied. A bit of a tart aftertaste.

O. Solid flavor. Refreshing. Nice balanced blend.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a nice sized off-white head that did thin out to barely a light layer but it still looks pretty good.

S - sweet and floral, honey blossom perhaps... whatever, it smells good.

T - balanced flavor of sweet caramel malt with a tart bite just before the finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing feel that's very easy to drink for the ABV.

O - darn good beer from the "Boogie Down Bronx".

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it 8/9/12 on tap at Taproom 307 in NYC; pours hazy copper color with a creamy tan 1 finger head that faded slowly and left great lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon zest, caramel and light floral hops; a nice rich nose for a pale ale that's very potent and enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread and light floral hops; very tasty for a pale ale and quite easy to drink.

Not the hoppiest APA, but a definite session beer that was crisp and refreshing, with a medium body, average carbonation, and it went down very easy. Overall feel and experience was good, it’s a quality new beer.

8/14/2015: had it again from tall-boy can and was crisp, hoppy and had a nice malty backbone to flow down smooth and easy. A nice session beer indeed.

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives nicely capped with foam; the liquid beneath is clear and amber; some strands of lace remain as the beer is consumed

Smell: Fruity and earthy - very interesting and, I suspect due to the combination of malts used; although "C" hops are in the mix, they did not stand out as much as I would have expected in the aroma

Taste: As in the aroma, the combination of malts drives the front end, with biscuit, fruit and toffee flavors; the earthy hop elements arrive in the middle and build to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nicely balanced and nuanced brew; not as hoppy as some other pale ales but refreshing and easy to drink

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Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one came as a bit of a surprise to me when I saw it at DM's as we don't often get cheap American ales in a can, and at $12 a 4/pack this is indeed as cheap as it gets here in Australia. If this actually turns out to be a decent Pale Ale, well I think we might have a new fridge filler to go with Little Creatures Pale Ale, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale and the mighty Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen!

Poured from a 473ml US pint can into a nonic pint.

A: This pale ale has a textbook clear amber body with a boisterous foamy white 2cm head that reduces to a fairly sticky lace around the glass.

S: Those classic American Pale Ale pine/citric hops are right upfront in the aroma. This is followed by fairly a distant toasted biscuit malt base, along with a hint of caramel sweetness. One thing that is noticeable is how fresh the hops smell in this brew, reminiscent of a decent hop picking season ale.

T: Surprisingly well-balanced flavours at play here; the malt base is a broad sweet biscuit/caramel foundation that is just at that range right before it cloys, likewise the hops are plentiful and bitter with expected citrus/pine flavour but they don't completely dominate the flavour like they can in many other APA's. There are hints of malt nuttiness rounding it all out as well.

M: Mid to light bodied, may be borderline watery, with a light ale-friendly carbonation.

D: A damn good brew, and very little to fault it - the only thing that really stood out was the borderline watery mouthfeel, the rest of this brew was well solid. There is one other thing that stood out to me and that is the marketing - this can, whether it was trying to or not, makes the beer look cheap (which it is) but it is actually a very good, though nothing stands out about it, craft beer. If someone at my local DM hadn't put a "recommends" label I would have completely breezed past this but instead I saw the label and thought "Tom, what the hell does Tom know about beer?" and bought it based on that label. Think about representing your decent crafted ale better Bronx.

Food match: For a well-balanced pale ale like this it would be best suited with almost anything; Thai, Indian, BBQ, steak and chips, hamburger, etc... i.e. I couldn't think of anything specific, this beer is generically that good!

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- dark, hazy, reddish amber.

S- Similar to taste.

T- Caramel malts and burnt sugar complemented by herbal hops. Intense flavors in very good balance.

M- No notes on mouthfeel.

O- Tastes like a hoppy Irish red ale in a good way. Out of a total of 14 pale ales in the blind tasting, this brew tied for 1st with 4 others on my list, and ended up tied for 5th overall with Lakefront Cream City on the collaborative list.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface that gradually faded away.
S: There are aromas of floral and citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel and biscuit malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and quite complex; however, there are stronger flavors of biscuit, caramel, and nutty malts and only hints of citrusy and floral hops. A very light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with some hints of chewiness and no carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is very flavorful when compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citrus hop and subtle caramel.

The taste consisted of a moderate piney and light citric hop atop a grainy caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good serviceable APA. Fresh and tasty.

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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 Act25
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is almost there. Tempted to give it extra points for arriving in cans. It's bordering on IPA. Lovely. I just raised my review on my 2nd try and in comparison with LeftHand Sawtooth.

A - like other reviewers wrote: amber copper, clear, ample head, medium lace. Nice looking.

S - flowers! this is the big win on this one: floral, citrusy, orange rind hops against a backdrop of rich, sweet, full carmel malts. Hop dominant.

T - Follows the aroma well, and amplifies the nutty, biscuity nature of the ale, finishes just a little soapy. Strong but sessionable. I easily wanted another one! Great with food.

F medium, chewy, just a little soapiness in the finale.

O - A must try! Have one when you can find it. Must become a mainstay at Yankee stadium. Easy to drink. A great first pale ale.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a wonderful deep amber color with a white head.

The aroma is good amount of hops. Pine, grapefruit, lemon, and then lots of caramel malt too.

The flavor follows with a good malt character, but a wonderful pop of lemony, pine, citrus hops. The caramel in there really balances with this well and then there's a gentle lingering bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is bold for a "pale ale," while still easy drinking.

This somewhat reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale with its hop character, big malt, and higher ABV for a "pale ale." While it still malty enough to be such, it still borders on basically being an IPA. Personally, I actually prefer this than Dale's. A huge surprise. Wonderful new beer from NY.

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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 fmccormi
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 16oz can to my DFH IPA glass; there’s some numbering on the underside of the can, which I suppose is a canning date (“0873 2237”); assuming it’s based on a Julian code, that’d mean this was packaged on March 28, so about two months old. It’d be nice to get a fresher can, but it’s brand-spanking new in my area and can-conditioned so hopefully a little age hasn’t affected this too much.

Appearance (3.5): Close to three fingers of custard-colored head rises off of the pour, capping a slightly chill-hazed body that’s a deep honey color with reddish tones. Very modest retention: the head doesn’t stick around forever, and it leaves just a few patches of lace, but nothing much.

Smell (3.75): Really nice blend of some light caramel, toffee, and toasted Italian bread malt tones mixed with some orangey, floral, oily hops aromas. Not sure what combination of malt, yeast, and hops it is, but there’s also some nice stone fruit aromas: peach, apricot, plum. Very nice mix, with surprisingly well-structured malt tones.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, it’s definitely malt-driven, with forward but not heavy toffee and caramel tones, underscored by toasted Italian bread (kinda like croutons) and a modest but clear citus zest bitterness toward the finish. There are some lemony hop tones, like unsweetened lemonade, along with some of that thick stone fruit sweetness, like just a bit of peach nectar was mixed into the wort. The hop character is, above all, very floral and lovely, which is a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a very nice feel, with a smooth, medium-weight, slightly oily body with soft, filling foam and a nice, moderate prickle. Very satisfying, with a lot of character but not too heavy.

Overall (3.75): This is a nice beer, and very tasty—its well-structured malt character and kind of gentle, floral hop character makes it almost like an American take on the English Pale Ale. It’s nice. It’s not the hop-bomb APA you might expect these days from the style, but this is a really well put-together beer that should be a nice cross-over for just about anyone with good taste to appreciate.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep copper in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with moderate aromas of floral and citrus/grapefruit/orange hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral and citrus/grapefruit/orange hops that contribute a moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light to moderate amount of chewiness.

O: This beer has a lot of intensity to the flavor for an APA - I really enjoy it. I found this beer to be easy to drink and a nice offering that I would definitely have 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 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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