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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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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

The Bronx Brewery, "Bronx Pale Ale"
16 oz. can, code "1364 2335"
$2.75 @ Stinky Brklyn, 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

I came across this beer and just had to try it. I knew by looking at the can that it was contract brewed in La Crosse, WI (probably by Steven's Point) but I couldn't pass it up. It seems so gimmicky!

Appearance: Mainly clear, very deep amber that borders on becoming a mahogany brown in color. Short, and short-lived, off-white head. Impeccable lacing though! It leaves almost solid sheets of lace as it goes.

Aroma: Spicy, floral, citrusy and grassy hops atop a dark caramel malt base. There's some yeasty fruitiness working with the hops as well... berry, pear, and crisp apple.

Flavor: Surprisingly full maltiness that displays its caramel character nicely. Yeasty fruitiness runs through it, and the spicy, grassy, and gently floral hops are well-infused as well. It's remarkably well-balanced in one way, but with an edgy bite that's part alcohol (it's 6.3%) and part hop. Despite that aggressive rasp, it then softens and becomes just delicately spicy, and then sweetly floral and dully fruity in the finish. Is that how the Bronx is, full of character upfront and a bit harsh, but really just sweet and flowery on the inside? Hmmmm? It lingers nicely in the finish, steadily revealing each of its components again, one at a time, and finally settling into grassy, gently spicy, and mildly leafy with an undertone of medium caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a brisk carbonation that settles as you progress through the glass to become more smooth and just gently bristling.

Overall: Surprisingly good with more than just a bit of complexity. It's really quite English in nature, but there's an American hop side of citrus to it as well.

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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 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 mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was up in Brooklyn this past weekend to attend Day 1 of Mugs Ale House's Belgium 2 Brooklyn 8 event and Alex Hall recommended that I hit Breukelyn Bier Merchants before I headed for home. What a coup! I found all kinds of CANs in their cooler, including this one and so The CANQuest (TM) rolls along merrily.

From the CAN: "The Bronx Brewery [-] Our Bourough, Your Beer"; "This deep amber, Ameri[CAN] pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and Ameri[CAN] malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma."; "OG 1.064, FG 1.016, SRM 10, IBU 50".

The Crack not only garnered me a little spritz across the fingers, but there was also some foaming going on, leading me to employ a more gentle Glug than usual. Once I got it started, it seemed to calm down, so I became more aggro, but still not inverted. This all resulted in just over a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep, coppery amber (SRM = 10, apparently) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an orange citrus quality, underlain by a caramel sweetness. Once more, I thought of the Brach's caramels that my maternal grandmother would put out when we came to visit. Mouthfeel was medium and I just kind of let it sit on my tongue initially, to warm up. The interplay of the malts and hops was interesting, but it was difficult to pull one flavor out from another. I could get the caramel and the nuttiness, as well as a citrusy bitterness, but beyond that, it was kind of a melange of flavors. Great lacing began to form as I drank my way through the glass, into which I had deCANted it. Finish was semi-dry, with the malt balancing the hops, which may not have been as gentle and pleasant otherwise. It was a servicable APA, but it would not supplant SNPA for me any time soon.

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

Glad to be able to get to try this one.

Extremely dark off the pour. This is quite hearty and robust. Very resin-like. Good bit of pine. All of it rounds out in quite an earthy profile. It's thorough and well done, but I could use a bit of a lighter ride really. Smooth for the most part. Easy enough to drink, though the robust nature of it makes it more a sipper.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY

Pours darker amber, heavily hazed, moderate tan head, leaves a full collar, and nice looking super fine lacing, scattered fine mini sheets, webbed and spotty.

Sniff reveals a moderate grainy hop package and a nice malty/bready under carriage.

Palate mimics the nose, with more notes of grainy but smooth hops and again sweet malty underpinnings. Nicely balanced pale ale, easy drinking, flavorful and quite enjoyable. I believe this is the first Bronx Brewery beer I’ve tried and I like it. Good stuff that’s well worth a try. Well crafted, every day kinda brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the NY Beer Co near Times Square. It's a classic American pale ale with clear East Coast roots. The hops and bitterness are rounded and gentle with a lightly earthy citrus kick. Doughy, toasty barley rolls underneath, for a smooth pale ale. The flavors here aren't huge or crisp, but it's a clean crowd pleaser of a beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 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 tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops, my first opportunity to try the initial offering from this new brewery and I was pretty impressed. This is a tasty, high quality pale ale. It’s nearly clear and deep amber with a small, slowly settling white head and good lacing. Citrusy aroma, mostly, smells well hopped but not over the top and the malt, somewhat grainy and sweet, is definitely noticeable.

In the tasting this is a well balanced beer with a nice citrus and pine hop profile and grainy cracker maltiness, as well as some light caramel sweetness. I’d say it’s a pretty strong example of a contemporary American pale and not just an IPA light; neither malt nor hops dominate the other and the overall effect is pleasing, flavorful, and easy to drink. On draught the mouthfeel is medium, with smooth, moderate carbonation and the slightest bit of stickiness although it remains fairly crisp.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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 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 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 Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall can into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with a good thick lid of white foam. Sticks round. Mild malty nose, fruity. Taste is a light bitter malt. Very mild english pale taste. Bitter is tasty throughout. Easy drinking pale. Good option.

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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 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 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 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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