Fenway Pale Ale | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.61/5
139 Ratings
Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States
beerworks.net

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 07-27-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,396
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
139
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by blackheartbilly:
Photo of blackheartbilly
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After touring Fenway, I thought I would sample a beer at Boston Beer Works.
The server asked me what I wanted and I said "Something with lots of hops." I asked for the IPA and he suggested the cask-coditioned Fenway Pale.

A: Hazy,dark golden.

S: Medium hops, I wasn't overwhelmed. Slightly malty.

T: The taste was good, but not as wonderful as expected. I wanted hops and got an average- somewhat unbalanced hops, with malt. Actually tasted like my own homebrew!

M: I looked at the glass, and saw no bubbles. No carbonation I guess, kind of flat.

D: Not worth the price of admission I guess. I wish I had got the IPA. But this would be a beer you could have a few of and still walk.

I assumed cask-coditioned would mean a better beer. Boston Beer works sparked my appreciation for beer back when I was in college, so I will always love their beer. The Fenway Pale Ale is an average beer. If you are there, get a specialty beer like a saison, or the oatmeal stout, or the best beer the Irish Cream Stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of puboflyons
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

Something must have changed since the Bros reviewed this one in 1999 and gave it a "Very Good" rating.

I get a cloudy orange pour with a fizzy head that dissolves fast.

Aroma is buttery but beyond that I pull in some yeast, pale malts, and a mild hop note. Smells more like a mash rather than a final product.

The body is light to medium so that's OK.

The taste is bland concoction of pale malts with a fairly forward hop note but it still tastes a bit off.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear amber with a sticky ring of lace.

Smell: A blend of caramel and faint fruity esters, evident hop also in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and clean with an assertive hop bitterness, nice rounded maltiness ... a little fruity, a little caramel and a bit more malt. This brew finishes very well with a drying grain and hint of lemon.

Notes: More than yer standard American Pale Ale, a classic among the locals ... very good drinking.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper in color with a short-lived and non-lacing layer of whitish head. Hard to discern the smell, but there's a well-balanced mix of citrus hops and some sweetness. Flavor seemed off...unbalanced and a touch of sourness near the end. Finished with a grainy/husk-like aftertaste. I much preferred the cask version from the Canal street location.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of sammy44
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Description on menu: Cask conditioned Fenway Pale Ale with Liberty Hops.

I guess since it went out of the way to mention the additional hops the regular Fenway PA didn't have the Liberties.

Served in a pint glass with a small white head that didn't hang around and a really nice reddish orange color. A little bit of haze to the beer. Smelled of hops, hops, and more hops. Lots of pine and floral to the hop aroma. Taste was a little skewed, not really very balanced, did pick up a bit of whiskey taste from the wood. Mouthfeel was heavy, very little carbonation.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served on tap at the Fenway Boston Beer Works

A- dark golden brown with nice tight white head

S- some hops, a good clean smells

T- wonderful; smooth crisp clean hoppy upfront smooth and crisp in the back end

M- balanced not to thick or thin

D- I got a few of these after a red sox game man this is one good beer

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heather625
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish copper with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with sweet malt and floral hints. The taste is very malty for a pale ale and it works well. The m/f is medium,alittle heavy for p/a, and the flavors mix well. This is a damn good beer for the summer and it shouldn't be overlooked.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fenway Beer Works. Served in a pint glass.

Fenway Pale pours a copper colored body with a very slim white head.

Aroma has notes of citrus hops with a sweet malt background.

Citrus hops up front, specifically notes of grapefruit. Bready malt background cuts slightly through the bitterness making for a pretty balanced brew.

Medium carbonation and body.

Solid beer from Boston Beer Works. I would be open to having this one again when I end up back there.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Ezone024
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours really nice, amber with lots of fizz and 1 inch head. Lots of retention and lacing.

aroma of nut and pale malts.
a bit nutty for a pale ale in my taste.

has good hop characteristic through out however is more malty than hoppy.

not a bad brew i guess especially if you're a sox fan

lets go mets!

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Photo of bmoraymond
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reds76
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber color with a good sized head of about two inches that falls down quickly but leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is light grains, hints of a small citric hop profile, touches of bready grains and a smooth biscuit like touch. Clean and very crisp taste, starts with a light touch of hops and follows through with nice bready malt character that comes through cleanly on the palate and offers a decent amount of balance. Nice and light, well carbonated body makes it a breeze to drink and seriously one of the most well rounded pales in terms of solid drinkability.

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Photo of NorseKaiser
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of goz
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour - thick creamy white head atop a hazy golden brew. Aroma is malty, with a hint of flowery hops in the back. Flavor starts sweet, malty, small fruitiness, follows with a good mild hop ending which brings it all together. Very well balanced offering.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as poured, is a translucent deep ruby red with a prominent head and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Sweet caramel, malt make up the pleasant nose with the start sweet and the top skinny. Finish has a nice hop spicy bite, moderately carbonated, dry long lasting aftertaste and a decent beer all around.

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Fenway Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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