Duckpin Pale Ale | Union Craft Brewing Company

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Duckpin Pale AleDuckpin Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EMV
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Fairly mild nose... bready malts and a bit of citrus.

T/F: Lightly toasted malts and a bit of sweetness to start. Floral and citrus hop profile. Not overly bitter... good carbonation on the palate. Body is medium. Short and mild floral aftertaste.

O: A decent pale ale. Really prefer the 'Double Duckpin' DIPA, but for an easy drinker this one will do just fine. A well made beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange with a fluffy 3" head.

Smell: mild citrus and floral tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, and some floral hop bitterness make up the main flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, less crisp at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a decent pale ale with a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent APA pour. Medium hazy orange-amber with a white head.

Smells of large, bright west coast hops against a malt that is either English or English-inspired. This is a straight APA, in spite of its relatively high IBU level.

Tastes like it smells, only not quite as well balanced. Bright hops start things out, with nodes of pine and spice, moving into a malt profile that is as first lightly fruity and but ends with sweet toffee nodes. The toffee and pine clash just a wee bit at the back end, but the profile is quite pleasant overall.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy gold in color. Frothy off-white, almost beige head leaves a nice film all the way to the bottom.

Smells of very pale malts. A nice toasted bread aroma. A little bit of resin and citrus.

Some crisp, spicy hops up front that have more feel than flavor. Followed by very soft, light and fluffy pale malts. A little bit of pine, pineapple, grapefruit. Finishes with solid bitterness and some lingering resinous oils

Overall, a pretty good pale ale and enjoyable beer. Could use a little more popping flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale ales typically get a fairly ho-hum representation, but this one serves a pretty good purpose as a full bodied yet slightly lighter version of a flavorful IPA that when compared to a session IPA, this has great balance.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz cans consumed out of many different glasses.
It is a superb balance of hop and malt. The color is a hazy amber yellow. Being a annapolis local, I have very easy access to this beer. Whether I'm at a concert, a sporting event, just finished the yardwork, or had a long day at work, this is my go-to beer. It is just great.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank to Lucular for this 12 oz. can, my first taste of Duckpin. After all the big, dark, barrelly shit from last night, I’m ready for something light & airy.

The pour is light orange with plenty of pop. Nose boasts a bit of grapefruit, fruitiness, sweet malt. Not much to delve into.

Duckpin Pale doesn’t bring any superlatives to mind, it’s the epitome of a hopped-up pale. Nice hop bite, light trade winds fruitiness, backup of sweet malt. Easy to drink.

I have almost nothing to say about this; routinely pretty good.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

An almost cloudy, orange color, this beer looks great and tastes pretty darn good too. A good mix of malts and hops, both in the smell and taste. It's got a feel that's perfect for the style and overall I can't think of too much that's wrong with this beer. I was very pleased with what I had. Good job, Union. Showing that Baltimore has more than just Natty Boh.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into pint glass with a pale yellow color and off white head that quickly evaporated. Heavy hop feel and taste that gets balanced by a lightly toasted cereal malty flavor.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 14 ounce cup.
Pours a dark orange color with a medium white head.
This is a very nice piney pale ale. Perfect for an outdoor summer afternoon.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was so so. Tasting more malt than anything. Not only is there a lack of noticeable hops, but there is an awkward aftertaste I can't place.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Max's Taphouse, on to the beer:

This pale ale light orange colored, topped with a half-inch of head, and leaves good creamy lacing around. Good things come to those who smell, and I smell pleasing crisp pine, cantaloupe, and honeydew in this one. The beer is plenty hoppy alright, but the beer also doesn't go overboard with the lupulins and is extremely refreshing. Somewhat light in the mouth, this beer brings pine, melon, honeydew and light dry biscuits notes to my palate, allowing them to sing and replenish from the brutal summer heat of Baltimore. There's quality in Duckpin Pale Ale.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can with a 7/16/15 sticker on the top of the 6 pack. Pretty damn fresh. Standard pale ale color. Aroma is outstanding. Citrus, mango from the hops with a little breadiness. Taste is no surprise. Great balance and a beer I could drink all the time.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up never having heard of it while in DC. Was pleasantly surprised with the more complex flavor profile than I expected. Drinks more like a heaver IPA than one would expect with this ABV. Nice citrus flavors and hop aromas, nice bitter aftertaste all on a solid malt backbone. Would buy again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Hazy, deep gold with a thin tan head. Moderate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, probably about right for an IPA. Hoppy/bitter, but not what I'd call an interesting flavor profile - kind of one-dimensional. Not bad, but not anywhere near outstanding.

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Photo of illpass78
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a becker.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear glowing orange/gold with a one-finger white head and some decent carbonation. Not a ton of lace on the way down.

Aroma: Nice nose. Grapefruit, hops, resin, maybe a little mango. Nice hoppy, fruity aroma.

Taste: Really tasty pale ale. Follows the nose, with fruit and hop stickiness. Strikes me more as a mild IPA than an APA. Either way, it's a really tasty and very sessionable pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Nice all-seasons depth. Has the appropriate amount of body for the style.

Overall: Great beer named after a wonderful game. I don't think you'll find a better domestic pale ale in 12 oz. cans.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light rusted orange, small white head, spotty lacing. Slight tropical fruit aroma and maybe a hint of citrus and malt but overall pretty subdued. Light tropical hop flavor but it doesn't deliver the hop punch it promises. Thin feel, prickly carbonation all the way through and a lingering bitterness. This beer didn't really hit the mark for me, it doesn't really do anything exceptional and I've had beers sub 4.5% ABV with more flavor and hop punch.

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Photo of Jawn-Doe
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden amber with a thin, creamy cap. Nice lacing. Light caramel and toffee on the nose. Creamy texture and sweet malt up front, light citrus and pine slowly comes in. Prickly, dry finish. There's a really nice balance here. It's really the best of both worlds-seamlessly mixing sweet, caramel malt with biting, grassy hops.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.47/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clearly not my type. I won't waste words on this one, and only say that it's a bitter, hoppy pale ale in not the way that I enjoy. Little in the way of any interesting smell, and the taste is almost obnoxiously East-Coast-style hoppy - all bitter burn and not much else. Nothing offensive about it per say, and I guess if you like straightforward hoppy pale ales, go for it, but I certainly won't bother with it again.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A well put together pale ale. These days everybody is over hopping everything and barrel aging the rest . . . A solid brew here and a style probably needs more attention.

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Photo of bluehende
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like this one. Hoppier than most pales and borders on a low alcohol IPA. If they marketed this as a session IPA they would be closer to the truth. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had the Double Duckpin this past weekend and enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought some other Union beer.

Their Pale has a decent look to it, but is a little light looking. Aroma is very good, with nice floral and malt scents. Body and lacing are good as well. My only issue is that the finish is a little tangy for my tastes. It didn't quite finish very smoothly. Still a good beer, though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Orange body with hints of amber and a half inch of head. Citrusy aroma with a touch of grass. Mild earthy character with cracker & biscuit malt notes. Fairly balanced, in favor of hops. Juicy and relatively light in body with zesty carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can I got from a good buddy...Robert A. Thanks!

I could smell the pine as soon as I pulled the tab on the can. It's a slightly hazy honey gold colour with a firm 1" head of foam. It started off bigger but refuses to get smaller.

Smell? I already covered that above. ;^)

The taste is as piney as any I've had in a Pale Ale with more than a hint of some tropical fruit going on in the background. I get a bit of bready malt but nothing that I would remotely call sweet. As in sugary sweet, not as in sweeeet, this brew is good.

Perfecto mouthfeel, this is one heck of a delicious hop forward Pale Ale!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours and orangeish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Sweet, citrusy hop aroma that's slightly musty.

T- Soft hop flavor with a moderate bitterness and a sturdy, bready malt base. The hops beat out the malt but not by much since this is a very juicy, hop-forward IPA.

M- A bit thin which is its only real downfall. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Great pale ale by a brewery I've never heard of before. Would be interested in trying some of their other offerings.

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