Grove St. Pale Ale | Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub

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Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Mitchster
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, dark, off-amber liquid with a white head that disappears into a rim of thin bubbles in seconds. Very low carbonation. Quite fruity and full of cascade hops, but not as much as their IPA. Tends to be a little sweeter than the IPA too...a thin, sugary, hoppy sweetness as compared to a malty sweetness we would expect. And hey, no corn taste in this one. The finish is bitter and medium long, not as long as the IPA. Pretty much a toned-down, more balanced Harper's IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Poured into a plastic cup, this is a pale straw color with a very thin ring of white head. Very light aroma of pale malt and mellow hops of indeterminate origin.
Palate is lightly sweet up front, pale malt blending with just a touch of fruity hops. A slightly chalky character emerges on the swallow, as well as a bit of astringency. Not offensive, and certainly thirst-quenching, this is still far from a thinking-man's beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-28-07

Served in a standard pint glass, cold, but that's typical of Harper's. A nice dark amber color witha quickly fading white head and good lacing around the top of the beer. Smell is kind of grainy, with grassy and floraly hops dominating later on. Taste is good, sweet maltiness folowed by a strong hop spiciness, and then a huge hoppy bitterness kick. Mouthfeel is fine, quite a bit of carbonation makes it a very refreshing beer. Drinkbility is very good, and you can tell it was brewed with this in mind. Overall a good beer, made by a brewpub with college kids in mind, so it's not too complex. But it doesn't disappoint, either.

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Photo of nortmand
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy brown, with the usual nearly absent Harper's head.
Smells hoppy, with a little caramel-like malt presence. Hops are subdued and maybe English?
Tastes malty, with an unexpected hop astringency. I don't know, just not my bag, I guess.
Mouthfeel? not much to speak of here, but nothig to complain about.
Drinkability is OK, but would be better enjoyed during Michigan's two week Spring.

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Photo of yen157
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harper's pale ale bragged of its use cascade hops in the beer so I knew right off the bat that it probably wasn't going to be too original. The beer was amber with yellow flashes around the edges. Also, it was a bit hazy either from the cold or from being unfiltered. It smelled as expected, full of cascady cirtus goodness. It was pleasantly bitter and expected and had a bit of toasty malt. What I liked the best was the hint of smokiness. It was completely unexpected and it added a very nice dimension to an already good pale ale.

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Photo of drxandy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ harpers 8/6/08, tap to pitcher to standard pint, pours a golden amber reddish, white head fades

smells of deep malts, zesty citric hops, bubblegum

tastes sweet, citrus, bitter, lingering hop finish, spicy, astringent hops, malts hide in the background, biscuity, light yeast - nothing super special, but to style, very flavorful and fresh, sessionable for sure.

mouthfeel is citrus zest, crisp, good amount of carbonation and weight, lingering hops, nice for a hot day.

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Photo of sopor
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from my kegerator with an obvious cascade of carbonation that ends with a 1/2" head in a perfect pint of honey-amber ale. Splotchy lacing is sticking all the way through the pint. This is pretty much a quintessential pale ale. Very tasty, with a toasty, dry, clean malty backbone, topped with a clean, potent, but not overpowering hop bitterness. Hop flavor and aroma are balanced with the malt tones. A very pleasant body, lightish carbonation, makes this beer very easy drinking and refreshing. 5.8% puts it a bit over "session" strength, but not enough to prevent you from having 2-3 pints on a Friday evening. Aftertaste is dry, pale toasty malt tones. All-in-all, a very good beer; not surprising, but an exemplary, classic American Pale Ale.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well balanced and tasty pale ale. Almost clear deep amber color, with a decent head, and some lacing. Fresh hop aroma with some citrus notes, but no dry hops, there's some malt in there also. Nice clean caramel malt flavor, and drinkable body. Overall a nice pale ale.

Just had a growler for the holiday, and the aroma was fabulous. Hoppy and malty, with citrus tones. Excellent.

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Photo of Creevo
4.54/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had at Harpers in EL 2-26-17 from tap. Pretty smooth pale ale, not extremely hoppy but enough to satisfy, touch of herbal notes which was nice. It's a blue collar pale ale. Bargain on half off Sunday's for $2.25, although since we ordered a pizza too, this one was $.50.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster from the tap on 1-31-10.

The Pale Ale is actually not too bad. Though the board says it is malty, it really isn't, though compared to the rest of their beers I guess it is. It is again a little low on hops. There is not much bitterness though it does have some good floral notes. One of the few beers I'd order a pint of here.

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Photo of TE32
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Grove St. Pale Ale from Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 11 ratings