Klickitat Pale Ale | Alameda Brewhouse

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Klickitat Pale AleKlickitat Pale Ale
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Klickitat Pale AleKlickitat Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after a local street which gained fame as a location in the Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby books for children written by Beverly Cleary.

"With an appealing amber color, this brew has a perfect balance of caramel malt and spicy hop flavors. The Munich malt in this recipe lends a rich mouth feel, while generous additions of Pacific-Northwest hops complete the balance. Try a pint of Pale with the Salmon Gyros, Falafel or Alameda Dip."
5.3% ABV 36 IBU

Added by RoyalT on 09-27-2004

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by JamFuel:
Photo of JamFuel
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange with thick, off white head.

Smell is citrusy with hints of rye, raisins and a bit of resin.

Taste is floral , with more rye and less citrus than the nose. Nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good old school pale ale, robust and tasty.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was gorgeous coming out of the tap. It is deep, dark orange in color and produced a gorgeous, full head. I loved the pits of foam that were left after the head died down.

Smell – The big, juicy malts jump right out of the glass promising a good balance to this heavy Pale Ale. The strong pine and citrusy notes are reminders of the big hop base that threatens to take over the taste.

Taste – This is a very big but balanced Pale Ale. The big, thick malty character has some good caramel sweetness and the hops from the nose are here in force.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale has a wonderful dry finish. It is very smooth and, again, extremely well-balanced.

Drinkability – Wow! A balanced PacNW hop bomb. Who’da thunk? I growlered this one up for the trip back to Seattle. What a great offering from Alameda.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for turning me on to this brewpub and for sharing a pint (well, OK, maybe more than one) with me.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a pale ale that looks like an amber and behaves like a cask-conditioned IPA. In short, it exceeds on all levels. It's a slightly tarnished copper, somewhat murky but glowing with promise. The aroma is lightly hopped, with a good amount of yeast and ambiguity, a scent that is both clean and messily alive, if that makes any sense. Flavorwise, the malt does its share, contributing caramel sweetness, bready heartiness, and perhaps a bit of damp wooden log that's been sitting out in the rain all winter. Hops are initially assertive, but back off to allow the beer to finish on its own. A slight prickle at the finish ties up loose ends. The mouthfeel is velvety, astonishingly smooth, full and ripe in the mouth. Any fuller and it might be intolerable; as it is, it works perfectly. The lace leaves a meringue down the far side of the glass, with Saturnesque rings indicating sips like a tree stump indicates years gone by. Alameda makes some intriguing beers, including a juniper porter, a terrific barleywine, and a world-famous stout... yet it is absolutely the right that they've chosen to bottle their everyday, populist pale ale. It's a winner. (The stout's in bottles, too; no need to fret.)

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of goodbeerallday
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: a dark muddy brown with no head leaving an almost barley wine style appearance. Little to no carbonation and a clear finish.

S: next to no scent beside the slightest twinge of pine and citrus.

T: American style pale ale? Huh!? This taste like a watery brown liquid extracted before any hop addition had been made.. Ill be somewhat nice and say that the malt profile delivers a smooth nutty chocolate addition..

M: light to medium bodied.. A taste that dies out within seconds

O: generally I can pull out decent qualities in most beers but this one? Well im struggling. Wouldn't recommend nor drink again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Very native American themed imagery on this label, appropriate for the name, I suppose.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly frothy, and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as things seep away.

It smells of bready, kind of crackery pale malt, a hint of caramel cream, a weird indistinct sweet spiciness, pine needles, and a faint whiff of generic citrus rind. The taste is bready, doughy, and slightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, a touch of dry cocoa powder, soft drupe fruit flesh, an ethereal oily nuttiness, and middling earthy, leafy, and piney hops.

The carbonation is quite low and quiet in its support role, the body medium-light in weight, a tad thin, but mostly smooth, as the hops don't really infringe here. It finishes generally dry, the malt skidding in that direction, while the hops and other fading esters hold tight.

A decent enough APA, nice flavours, it's just that, while I can't exactly call it watery, I just get a certain incomplete sense in separate, distinct metrics here that lead me in that direction when considering this beer. Perhaps 'inconsistent' would be a better descriptor, but again, not overly so. Sheesh - maybe this is just one of those offerings where it's better to shut up and drink it - so be it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is caramel, then barnyard and lemon.
The taste is caramel sweetness, spice and lemon bitterness, a touch grassy.
The texture is crisp.
It has a strong spice and grass flavor, which could be off-putting.

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Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle of this some time ago... although I can go get it ontap.... I find myself always getting their El Torero IPA which is very good.

- Nice clear copper... light foamy white head... leaves a nice amount of lacing all about. Slightly cloudy towards the end of the bottle...

- Nice zingy bitter, yet floral hop... light sweet malt and grain, and a touch of bread. Quite nice.

- A nice touch of sweetness in the malt, and a fantastic bitter hop bite with a floral following. Very spot on for the style, and would give Deschutes Mirror Mirror a run for its money.

- Slight bitterness leaves the mouth watering... not too dry, nor chewy at all. Very cooling and refreshing.

- Overall this is a fantastic representation of the style.. a style I truly believe many have tweaked too far out of bounds. A fantastic session brew overall.

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Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Dataed 04/20/12, hmmm lets see how this does...

A faint brown and reddish amber body, with a creamy head that makes only about one finger but manages to leave a good pucj. Head has a good amount of lacing with off white and light tan color.

Soft malts on the nose, with a small dense doughy biscuit quality and sweetness. Mild herbal like hops. Not bad actually, rather enjoying this subtlety.

Lots of chocolate toasty and sweet bread action with a classic light pale ale body. Dense malts in the mid palate with a bid dough sweet bread flavor. Light almost wet body still manages to carry a good density. Backbone of malt is very solid on this, with lots of chew.

Overall rather enjoying this one, wish I could have a fresher one though perhaps. Reminds me of an almost good English bitter (but with a chocolate sense).

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mlkluther
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle. Everything about Klickitat screams West Coast-style pale ale, from the golden-orange colour to the aromatic blast of citrus hops. There some nice balance, though, with with lots of caramel and toffee aromas. The mouthfeel is very unctuous and rich. For a lower-gravity pale ale, it has quite a bit of body and heft.

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Photo of nbanman
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a refrigerated 22oz bottle.

Pours a lovely cloudy amber, with decent but not excessive head. Tiny white bubbles leave a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is of sweet honey, not very complex but good. Not particularly citrusy compared to the IPA's that I usually drink.

The beer is quite bitter, but lacks the floral and citrus notes that tend to balance very hoppy beers. I think it would also taste a bit better with more alcohol content. Even a little burn would would serve to balance that bitter. Aside from the bitter, it tastes a bit like carbonated water. It doesn't taste nearly as sweet it smells.

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Photo of grnmtnman
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nqdell
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a good Ale. I wanted more flavor tonight. Not unique enough for me to go back. Alameda's staple beer, I'm sure they sell lots at the pub.

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Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Capital market,Salem. Copper coloured, clear with a large creme coloured head. Light, subdued aromas of malts and some hops. Very malt driven Pale ale, toffeeish,creamy and almost English, the NW hopping does make an appearance near the end. Pretty nice on the palate, quite full. A nice middle of the road Pale Ale more English than American style IMO.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of TobeerAs
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frabjess
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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