Leopold Bros. Pale Ale | Leopold Bros. Brewery of Ann Arbor

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Leopold Bros. Pale AleLeopold Bros. Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Leopold Bros. Brewery of Ann Arbor
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 11-22-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Photo of Higravity
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got the large glass that they charge $6 for a full pint. It is a nice coppery tone with a thin white head and scant carbonation. The smell is of cascade hop and a decent malt backbone. The taste is of an average out of a kit Pale but the mouthfeel is thin. Overall this is slamable and forgetable, not that every beer needs to be a homerun but some effort would be nice.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange red color with a small head of foam. Medium low carbonation. No lacing in the glass.

S: Pale malt character and mild hop bitterness. Seemed like it wasn't the freshest, as one would hope for when purchasing a brew on tap from the beer's maker, but it was fair nonetheless.

T: Mild hop bitterness bit at the palate, with a touch of grain and filler malt making this one whole. Not bad, but nothing special either.

M: Kind of flat, with a slight coating quality. Somewhat watery.

D: Just south of average. Not a bad beer, but there are better APA to be found when in A2.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks and smells EXACTLY like the Leopold Bros. Pils, so I'll just cut and paste. Pours out to a cloudy straw golden, forming a large very soapy white head with a light pour, forming nice soapy sheets of honeycomb lacing and with excellent retention. Unfiltered. Aroma is of a quality pils with spicy traditional Saaz, dry and semi-dusty pale malts, a touch of freshly mown hay, and a light note of vanilla. Very nice fresh aroma, although quite different for a pale ale. There is a light fruitiness from the ale yeast. Carbonation is strong, popping the cap with a solid "Pssssht" and requiring a light pour. Mouthfeel is very prickly and zippy with a medium body. The taste is also quite odd for a pale ale, with that trademark Unibroue clove yeast thing going on...starts with spicy hops and lots of spicy phenolics, a touch of rubber marker, the sweetness of lingering apple cider and honey, vanilla, a woody/herbal strong bitterness, and lingering herbal hop bitterness. Very gaseous. Cleanly fermented. Alcohol is noticeable with a peppery spike.

An interesting take...I swear these guys got the wrong shipment of yeast....very Unibroue..if you close your eyes and pretend it's a fine Belgian Pale Ale, then it's pretty damn good. If you're expecting a typical hop-i-licious American Pale Ale, you're going to be sadly disturbed. Nice brew for what it's worth!

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Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really can't be a pale ale in it's truest form, but it is quite a treat to drink. The pour leaves a pale bronze color with a smallish head. Not much lacing and a few bubbles but this bottle might be leaning on the old side of age. The smell is really citrusy hoppy at first but then I notice barley as well. The taste starts out somewhat tangy, I notice a huskiness from the grains. There's a wheat undertone here which is really odd. The yeast comes towards the end and gives this beer a spicyness one doesn't find in most pale ales. The finish is hoppy and yeasty. Quite unusual but I really like it.

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Photo of marburg
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Immediately, I knew this was one of Leopold's better beers. Quite flavorful and, being an ale, a bit of departure from the standard Leopold program of Schwartzbiers, pilsners, reds, et cetera.

Hazed coppery hue with a lingering white head. Sticky lacing. Powerful citric, estery aroma. My friend, who's not terribly into beer, exclaimed immediately, "Man, this tastes like fruit!" And it does. Lemon zest throughout and a big grapefruity finish -- this is really, truly, absolutely what people mean when they say that a pale ale or IPA has a "grapefruit" quality.

Fairly thick -- nice, medium body. You only flirt with the malt sweetness, and it's mildly phenolic, really. Spicy flavors and lemon zest are the dominant forces here until that hop zing at the end.

Quite original, quite flavorful, quite good.

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Photo of proc
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting beer. The label says "Pale Ale" but I swear I was drinking a hopped-up hefe.

Pours out to a bronze color in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is somewhat sweet, with some floral notes and yeast thrown in. The taste is bizarre. It really does taste more like a hefe/wheat beer as there is the presence of cloves and spice, but it ends with the hop twange of a Pale, but a bit lighter than most pales.

Interesting to say the least. Its like a beer hybrid. I'd like to try this on tap.

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Leopold Bros. Pale Ale from Leopold Bros. Brewery of Ann Arbor
3.67 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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