Belgian Pale Ale | The Bronx Brewery

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Belgian Pale AleBelgian Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A remarkably intricate South Bronx take on a Belgian Classic.

European malts and candi sugar provide a backdrop for three distinct strains of yeast in a complex BPA with a range of subtle flavors – like bubble gum, tangerines, smoky cloves and bananas.

Added by Sammy on 04-14-2013

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Brouwerij Lane. Big and yeasty, peach-fruit colour. Drinkable though not complex pale ( a touch of citrus) it meets the style. A tad boozy. Would like fruitiness/fruit esters. Introduction to this new brewery and not a bad one with this as an intro.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Bronx Brewery "Belgian Style Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Hmmm, a little kick of foam cam out the top of the can when opened - unusual... decent carb, but not over-carbed, so OK, probably a good sign. Hazy golden body beneath a fluffy head of white. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma expresses bready, slightly toasty, and grassy malts (clearly pilsner malt) with cloves and black pepper (I'm assuming yeast, but it might be actual spice). The flavor brings in a pleasant note of sweetness, just a dollop of sugar, that then suggests vanilla (or does it, is there actual vanilla?) and with the clove it expresses bubblegum. Some apple backed by a mild citrusy note. Some chalky mineral. Some leafiness and subtle earthiness with a hint of dried pine needles. The spiciness balances the sugary note, and in combination with a moderate bitterness, and it finishes peppery and dry. It's hard to fault it in any way, but at the same time there's something missing that keeps it from becoming great. I wish I could put my finger on that and explain it. It's almost like it's just a basic, put the pieces together Belgian pale, and yet there's a very nice character to the malt, and I guess the yeast, although I think i may have hit on it... the balance between sweet and dry/peppery is great but there's a bit of fruitiness missing. On the other hand, I've had beers like this and found them to be fine, or even great, so maybe that's not it. Ugh, I have to throw my hands up, I'm not sure what's seemingly missing to me - but what it is in the end is a decent Belgian pale, and at a very good price.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Phenolic, Juicy, Grainy, Esters

Fortunately, they didn’t just throw Belgian yeast at this brew and tag it as “Belgian.” This Pale Ale uses two “trappist” yeast strains, candi sugar and a malt bill most brewers would be jealous of with enough Sterling hops to keep things more than merely interesting. There’s even a big juicy kiss of estery alcohol for a brew under 7 percent . It comes in a tall boy can, walks the walk and talks the talk. In other words: a whole lot of fun.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale | ABV: 6.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #101 (JUN 2015)

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 07/30/13 notes. Had tihs on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep orange-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, Belgian style yeast, spices, light citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and earthy notes. Nice nose, some citrus and Belgian yeast, with a good amount of spice as well. Definitely a Belgian influence on it.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, light citrus, earthy notes, musty, pale malts, wheat, and grains. More spice and pepper, and less fruit and citrus than the nose. A big step down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I wasn't crazy about this one; I'd put it slightly below their normal pale ale, which I am also not crazy about, and way behind their rye and black pale ales. Probably wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours clouded medium tangerine, lite khaki head, medium in size, leaves lice looking fine lace.

On the nose I get coriander, yeast and mild malt notes.

More coriander, lime, lite pepper and herbal hops. Quite pleasing and well put together BIPA. Love the style and this a drinkable and worthy take on it. Went great with the calamari salad, picked up the citrus notes of the vinaigrette nicely. Def. a keeper, it would be great if they canned this one as well

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Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is another well made pale ale made by Bronx Brewery.

It's a very crisp beer with lots of grapefruit and a substantial breadiness to balance the beer out. Then there's almost a funky, fruit ester that comes from the Belgian yeast.

I prefer the regular version, but the Belgian yeast does an interesting thing to the beer.

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Photo of sd123
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mltobin
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured from a 16oz can. Pours a real nice hazy gold with loads of lacing. Overripe fruit...pears. mild spices. very good.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/14...pours bright light gold, see through. High white foam, a full inch. Lemony belgian yeast nose. Clean crisp taste with a belgian bitter undercurrent. Bubblegum with distinctive clove spiciness. Very clean. Really hits the style nicely, very well done.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cannibal in NYC; pours cloudy gold orange with a thick 1 finger white head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smells and tastes of yeast, citrus, lemon zest, malt/grains and spices like pepper and coriander; nice Belgian notes in this pale ale with a soft floral presence at the end and just enough funk to make it fit the style quite well. Flavor was more complex than the nose with some clove and citrus hops coming out more, and it went down as easy as a pale ale – nice fresh hop and fruit profile from these draft pours. Mouthfeel was medium with mild carbonation, a smooth feel and fine drinkability. I had 2 and they went down very easy. Not the most detailed review as I was out to dinner with friends and didn’t want to be a rude tech geek typing notes, but everyone who tried this beer enjoyed it and overall this was a very good beer which I hope to find in bottle or can since the brewery is local and making good stuff.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer is a hazy golden rod with lots of suspended sediment. A rocky and frothy bleached white head foams up with 3 cm and then fades to a sturdy edge layer. The aroma is estery and bready yeast with a bit of sweet fruit and maybe pears.
The first sip is a light to average body with fine and prickly carbonation. Flavor is sweet and fruity up front with a bit of bready yeast. The finish lets in a bit of herbal tea and black pepper flavor on the finish which gives a bit of boozy hit that was a little unexpected looking at the ABV. The beer is generally very drinkable with good flavor and smooth texture.
Nothing is really bold on this beer but everything works and it is an enjoyable experience. I bought this beer on a whim after an in store tasting, but Im glad I did and would buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Belgian Pale Ale from The Bronx Brewery
Beer rating: 56.6% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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