Duckpin Pale Ale | Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
432 Ratings
Duckpin Pale AleDuckpin Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Baltimore Original

This generously hopped pale ale is a strike in your mouth! Brewed with lots of Pacific Northwest & New Zealand hops this beer is ten frames of big citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A strong malt backbone rounds it out and makes this pale ale a delight for the senses. The pins may be small but the flavor is huge! In our town, we roll Duckpin—a true Baltimore original.

BITTERNESS (IBU): 55
COLOR: Pale orange
MALT: Pale Ale, Wheat, Munich
HOPS: Columbus, Cascade, Galaxy
YEAST: American Ale

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,885
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
432
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
115
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Eychung
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber-orange with a finger of creamy-looking light tan foam. Solid lacing. Mild aroma, on the sweet side. Sweet tasting with some light citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, caramel malt and moderate piney bitterness. Medium bodied with nice fizz in the feel. Classic, old-school attempt at the style.

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Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an enjoyable easy drinking ale that I have been meaning to formally review for a while. Smooth and featuring a modest late breaking bitterness in the finish, this also has a brisk mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. This goes down easy, but is tasty as the Double Duckpin and the Foxy, which are also excellent.

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Photo of Chris_n_Rod
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent and slightly hazed amber with a finger of ivory colored head. Good lacing and head retention

S: Breadyness, a little grassyness

T: Follows the nose, plenty of dryness, some tangerine, some leafy hops up front. Peppery and grassy hops, more dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops and grainyness

MF: Medium body, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance, thins out a little as it warms

Drinks easy, nothing special

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Photo of Higdon
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a big ol' head that recedes with good lace. Nose is a bit herbal actually with some lemony citrus. Taste is grainy, earthy, and again, a bit herbal, along with more of those citrus notes. Sort of a half APA-half EPA thing going on. I can see a time and place to enjoy this, but overall I thought it was just okay.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy and honey colored with a one finger head; good retention and a wispy pattern of lace

Smell: Bready, with a hint of caramel and orange pith; somewhat herbal

Taste: Grainy bread and some caramel tones forward, with an earthy, herbal aspect building; through the middle, the pithy orange tones emerge and linger into the finish, though the malts don't back off one bit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (surprisingly full for the ABV), with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, easy drinking APA, with an interesting juxtaposition of flavors

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy, white foam with very good retention. Medium earthy, herbal hop aromas with a hint of citrus. Medium caramel malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Medium herbal and light spicy hop flavors up front with solid caramel malt presence. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by earthy, spicy hops and malt. Finished with a creamy feel, light warmth, caramel malt and mellow earthy hop bitterness. Well balanced and easy drinking with mellow hop character, solid malty backbone and creamy smooth feel.

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Photo of CSwizzle
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a golden copper body, one finger white head, short retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is pine, grapefruit, light caramel, touch of grainy bread, more resin. Flavour is grapefruit, a decent bit of caramel and toasted biscuit, a nice pine presence. Balanced, hoppy yet sweet, drinkable with a medium lighter body, good carbonation, fair bit of depth. A good daily drinking pale ale, nothing extreme and appropriately balanced.

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Photo of saldeapio
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of drh88
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oletimer4IPA
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer right next door, little pricey, better than our football team for now! Drink in frosty mug.....opens the nose.

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Photo of AD17
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guderien
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Duckpin Pale Ale from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 432 ratings