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 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 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 PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into pint glass

A- reddish orange... Very dark for a pale ale
S-very sweet yeasty malty ness
T- just like the smell, this is not a hop forward pale ale. Very malty sweetness with some yeast invests
M - stickiness for the finish

O- interesting for a pale ale. Malt and breads yeast run the show

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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 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 SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 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 scpow
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma and mouth feel. I picked up a can at Grand Central Terminal at the end of the workday for 375. Not bad considering. The guy must have had it on ice since lunchtime. A bit too cold, but I let t adjust before I sipped. The taste was your typical pale ale but better for sure. I could definitely taste a nuttiness upfront and bitterness at the end (imagine some of your romantic relationships). Nice beer, I would drink it again. The hop flavor was evident, but not overwhelming. A definite plus, despite the name, it was brewed in WI. I am from Beantown and generally do not like anything associated with the Bronx!

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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 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 HopasaurusRex
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying a 16 oz. can while watching the NFC Championship game. Go Niners!

Pours a ruddy amber with a skim coat of head.

Nose of fruity British yeast, citrusy hops, and toasted malt. Smells more British than American.

Malt wins the battle with the hops. Toasty, biscuity, caramelly melanoidins take down the citrusy American hops and leave them gasping on the floor for breath. Just enough bitterness to mellow out the sweet malty morsels.

Medium-bodied and quaffable. More like an amber than a pale, but I think Bronx Amber doesn't have the same "umph."

The can promises generous additions of Cascade and Centennial, but does not follow through. Needs more hops.

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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 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 Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber color, just under a finger of off white head, no lacing.
S - Some sweet malt, dried leaves, grass, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, a tad nutty, lemon juice.
T - More on the sweet side with some caramel malt, but it does get balanced out by some mild earthy tones, some grapefruit and orange juice.
M - Goes down the hatch especially good, very drinkable, smooth and just a tad chewy.
O - Just a very drinkable APA.

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Photo of JRed
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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 zbs
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -8.4%
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 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 boilermakerbrew
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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 CharlesRiver
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Huffs
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BethanyB
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A brilliantly clear toffee/medium-gold, with a giant cream puff of an off-white head.

Smell: American hops hit the nose right away, in all their grassy, citrusy glory. Nestled deep in the bouquet, is a sweet, biscuity malt aroma. Altogether enchanting!

Taste: The taste disappoints compared to the smell. It's less of a party, but when judged in its own, is still decidedly solid. Hop bitterness is moderately high, but does not completely eclipse the toasty malt detected in the aroma. The citrusy hop flavor is present as well, but plays a more minor role than the nose would suspect. Despite the bitterness, there is a cleanness to the taste that is somewhat reminiscent of a lager. I personally would have preferred this beer to have packed more of a punch on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Bitterness does not linger long, and there is a watery quality that dulls the beer's overall impact.

Overall: The qualms I have about this beer are minor. Its "easygoing" attitude and slightly thin mouthfeel give it more of a lagery character than I personally enjoy, but it's still a good beer with plenty going for it. Would buy again without hesitation...depending on the rest of the selection.

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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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