Nepenthe Ales East Coast Pale | Candia Road Brewing Company

Nepenthe Ales East Coast PaleNepenthe Ales East Coast Pale
24 Ratings
Nepenthe Ales East Coast PaleNepenthe Ales East Coast Pale

Brewed by:
Candia Road Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by johnnnniee on 01-28-2012

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by VALIS666:
Photo of VALIS666
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Shiny copper pour with very large but not persistent lacing. Sweet aroma of apples and hops. Very sour and malt forward taste. Pleasantly sour but gets your attention, that’s for sure. Unique and well made, another great one from this little known and underrated brewery.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Not sure if it is the alcohol or the ale being off kilter a bit, or perhaps even both, that doesn’t sit well with us. Pale Ale ... a bit of stretch, as it is bordering on a Strong Ale of sorts, if not actually hitting that mark. Regardless, not much of what is going on here really meshes well, and the bottle conditioning pushes this beer further down this road as well.

ABV: 7.4%

LOOK: Hazed amber, beautiful lacing

SMELL: Yeast, browned apples, orange peel, alcohol, mild spice, dough

TASTE: Bready, citric, herbal, peppercorn, nutty yeast, very estery, sufficient bitterness, nutty, toasted bread, husky, dried grass, overripe apples, caramel; grainy, drying finish

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a bright copper color with a thick off-white head. There was a good deal of lace.

Nice aroma. Fresh, outdoorsy, piney hops. Some citrus. A lot of sweet malt.

Citrus taste. More lemon than grapefruit. Piney hops. Caramel malt.

Quite hoppy and resinous.

Fun to drink.

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Photo of LXMRTN
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

The color is golden amber with an obvious milkiness and a full, lingering head. Avid carbonation

The aroma is far from boring with a bouquet of toasted malts and vague caramel sweetness suddenly expanding to an earthy, piney hop sensation along with grapefruit citrus.

While the body falls into the medium range there is a definite acidity to it.

The taste has a decent toasted malt note which then erupts in a moderate hop bitterness of earth and flowers as well as citrus zing and a sort of black licorice character. Definitely different and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Chris_Mac
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First beer after hiking Franconia Ridge, and it starts with a very visually appealing, classic pour. 2 fingers of soft white head which hangs around, and starts lacing early. Color is deep copper, and wonderful. Subtle smells of malt. Taste comes up front and is mildly sweet, which surprised me, but in a good way. This is a beer that feels great against the mouth, with the balance leaning toward malts, with hops, carbonation, and alcohol in the background. Leaves an almost caramel aftertaste. Unique and thoroughly enjoyable overall.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose and flavor is a decent balance of caramel and hops. Good APA. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is an unfiltered hazy, orange-amber coloring with a frothy, light, foamy head that settles quickly off the pour into an uneven filmy coating of the surface. Aromas of tart and sweet grapefruit and orange blend well with some piney notes and a subtle malt character. Flavors are smooth, and very well blended, with a caramel richness that calms the other profiles of hops and citrus. There is a roasted undertone, and a slight boozey character, that give the palate a complexity that keeps the tastebuds awake and aware. Citrus leans more towards orange and lemon flavors, and the hops take on a resiny, bitter character. The aftertaste is tart and slightly bitter, with a quick, almost drying finish. Smooth customer, this beer. Very tasty.

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Photo of jlogan7
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of kdivers
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish copper color with a healthy white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of bready, toffee and caramel malts with just enough floral and earthy hoppiness to keep this fairly balanced. Taste is kind of sweet and a bit heavy on the caramel. Lightly fruity flavor with just a hint of chocolate and enough floral earthy hops to almost counter the sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering earthy hop bite. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice pale ale, but a little heavy and sweet for the style although I would drink this again.

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Photo of DownWithSocks
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StringsAreWings
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a minimal head. Did not experience what others seem to have with the pour. Clear, light copper in color. Does not smell very aromatic, very slight yeast smell. Taste is not impressive. Slightly boozy but pretty bland with no real standout flavor. Maybe a touch of white pepper. Decent mouth feel with smaller bubbles. Not horrible but it left me unimpressed and I would not grab it again.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber--more red than brown, but not much--with a fluffy white head and a bit of lacing. The beer pretty dark for a pale ale.

S: Fairly faint, but pleasant and bready--lots of caramel and a hint of earthiness.

T: Much sweeter and maltier than I had anticipated, but very nice. It has a lot of caramel sweetness and some breadiness, maybe a touch of plum, all balanced by an earthy hop undertone that never dominates.

M: Excellent feel overall: medium-full and very smooth, slightly syrupy but not heavy.

O: I was expecting a more hop-forward beer, but once I got over the difference, I really enjoyed the malt-forward, perhaps more English-influenced, sweeter East Coast-style pale ale. An aptly named beer for sure, and a very tasty one at that. I wouldn't mind a bit more hop assertiveness in future batches (while still leaving it a thoroughly malty beer), but I also enjoyed it very much as it is. An interesting and unusual take on a ubiquitous style.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bcoyle
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Nepenthe Ales East Coast Pale from Candia Road Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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