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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Treebs
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this in a recent BIF. Served in a Half Acre snifter.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Sticky sweet malts. Some dried oat flavors with an earthy hop character. A little dirty and "green".

T: A lot of earthy hops. Dirty and veggie like with some sweet oat malts. There is an odd metallic finish with some stale malts.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Earthy and metallic finish.

O: Didn't enjoy this one particular much. The stale malt and metallic-like character in the finish really was off-putting. Wasn't that drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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 ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
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 JRed
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in body with a bubbly white head. Sharp aroma of grass, detergent, mild vanilla. Tastes of citrus with rind, grassy notes, some mint, bitterness in the center. Medium carbonation in a slightly chewy body. There's a sense of something artificial in the flavoring but I can't quite figure out why.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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 SteveB24
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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 SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: deep amber color. pretty good clarity and a two finger white head that fades slowly and leaves behind a slight lacing

Smell: lots of crystal malts. definite caramel and tends towards some dark fruits. some hop aroma mainly citrus and pine.

Taste: opens with some crystal sweetness, mostly caramel but some darker fruits, backend has lighter hop tastes, floral, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel: light and over sweet.

Overall: has some hop aroma but more of a crystal malt forward beer. too much sweetness. not necessarily bad tasting but pretty far from what I look for in this style

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Photo of jneiswender
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at NYC Beer company in the city. Served in a pint glass cool.

Pours a hazy brown, topaz body and a light tan creamy head. Smells of pine, citrus and nuts.

Barnyard smell. Forest, pine and burnt nuts. Medium to light mouthfeel. Okay and varied flavor. Interesting. for the style that usually isn't earth shattering.

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Photo of Samp01
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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 axeman9182
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe D'Alsace and served in a Hoegaarden six sided pint.

Bronx Pale Ale pours a hazy rust color, with some nice orange highlights. There's about a finger of bone colored foam crowning the beer. It cuts its height down by half, and then just sits there, before very gradually fading away. Lacing is very nice at the very top of the glass, but falls off a bit further down. The nose has some caramel, as well as citrusy and flowery hop aromas. It's all tilted a little bit too much towards the malty aspect of the beer. This imbalance becomes even more pronounced in the flavor profile, as bitterness and hoppy flavors both take a back seat to the sweet caramel malt base. The body is fairly sturdy, with a carbonation level that falls just a little bit too dull. Bronx Pale Ale feels like it's caught in no man's land, not quite sure whether it's a pale ale or an IPA. It's got the hop profile of the former, but the solid malty presence of a more East Coast interpretation of the latter. While the results of that combination make for a nicely easy drinking beer, they don't make for an especially remarkable American Pale Ale.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep, clear amber with a rather large, 3-4 finger head. Retention and lacing are both great. Head is very dense and frothy and a little off white towards tan in color.

S- Light to medium hop profile that is very pine like in flavor. Slight hint of light and caramel malts are lying just under the hops scent.

T- Starts with a small dose of hops, but not quite the quality as in the smell. The middle of the drink is more subdued in flavor with more of the malts coming through than the hops. Mostly a lighter caramel malt profile with a hint of brown sugar sweetness in there. Ends with a very slight return of hops, and a lingering caramel malt flavor.

M- Light and easy to drink. Medium carbonation level. Thinner feeling than most pale ales, but easily drinkable.

Overall, this is your run of the mill, brewery flagship, pale ale. I bet locals/regulars drink this like water at the brewery.

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Photo of zbs
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I would prefer not to fill out the numerical grades since this is an ambivalent review. Got a four pack of the pint cans, and they have distinctly over-pronounced malt character with some faint, ghostly hops and a bit of an unfamiliar alcohol on the nose. But the cans aren't spoiled per se, I suspect they're just old.

I've had the tap version fresh and it's really a superior beer. So, like so many hoppy pale ales and IPAs this brew is really done a disservice in their distribution. Caveat.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours pretty dark for an American Pale. Darker copper hue. Big, full head that retains masterfully. Great head, color isn't very pale.

S-Lots of caramel malt. I get some floral hop notes and some candied citrus. Balanced, even malt forward here.

T-The flavor is heavy on the candied citrus with a zesty lemon hop finish. Then there is a strong combination of caramel and doughy maltiness. Very balanced.

M-Fuller bodied for an American Pale. Moderate carbonation and lower bitterness. Not extremely sessionable.

O/D-More like an Amber Ale to me. It's balanced and lacks any huge flaw but it's very bland and I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. Probably just gonna slug the rest of these out of the can.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/12 notes. On tap at Amity Hall in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, fruity malts, grains, and bready malts. Some light citrus and fruit but not a ton going on. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, wheat, and bready malts. A little hoppier and fruitier than the nose, a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch over carbonated.

o - Overall a solid, slightly above average pale ale, but nothing that blew me away. Noseis a tiny bit bland, though I liked the taste much better. Worth trying once, but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Huffs
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a bubbly head which was a tan color. Head was short lived and not much lacing. Nice reddish / amber color, clear. Aroma was mild with some hop notes and slight caramel note. Taste had a nice hop / malt balance with some floral notes and a hint of caramel on the back. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a mild, dry aftertaste. Good stuff.

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Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 moodenba
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. This guy is amazing. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced, some bitterness, a touch mild, very drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Right from the can..
Slight hint of hop and citrus, but at 50 IBU I was not expecting a real hoppy one.... This was very refreshing, clean and crsip.
A nice solid mouthful and a clean aftertaste

Easily a summer beer or a brew just sitting around after a game

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 CharlesRiver
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lovely copper caramel color with a good size fluffy white head. Smell is sweet malt with more caramel notes coming through. Some nice piney hop notes are there as well but seem to integrate well.

Taste has a pretty big bitter edge to it. Boarders more on that earthy pine side and less on the citrus side. Lots of sweetness in this beer as the fg is 1.016. I do like that the can states the beers vitals. By the way, this is a 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

The sweetness is just too much for me and my preference in this style. Needs more citrus and dryness for me to love it. Reminds me more of an English IPA than an APA. Interesting beer but not something I will seek out.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 MarkQ617
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

A clear amber brew is topped by a cap of foam just less than one finger in height. It retains itself well, leaving heavy spotting as the beer drops down the glass.
Nicely balanced, this beer eases a floral, citrusy and resinous bitterness with caramel and dough. Lots of fruitiness comes out, too. Graininess is a bit strong.
Hops are somewhat earthier in the flavor, with citrus and pine secondary. Biscuit and dough, toffee, and caramel make up the malt backbone while dark fruits notes from the yeast come in as strongly as in the aroma.
The body is medium, surprisingly close to full, and pretty smooth. There may be a carbonation issue, though, as it goes pretty flat. There's little crispness at all, really.

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