Light Rail Pale Ale | Northbound Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Northbound Brewpub
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 04-05-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Light Rail Pale Ale is ok.....not my favorite. The beer poured a nice copper clear with white head and spotty lace. The scent and taste was more toward a English bitter pale ale. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent....but there are better beers out there.

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grizzbar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dbriesemeister
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of a sampler tray.

Look - attractive dark honey color; limited head or lacing

Smell - fresh aromas of cut grass, oranges

Taste - strong hop bite; some sweetness

Feel - strong carbonation, lingering hop bitterness, medium bodied

Overall - very good APA

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer arrives a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of mangoes, passion fruit, tangerines, and peaches. Its aromatics are quite unique. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice dry bitterness in thd finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really well crafted pale ale. I can see myself drinking this regularly in the future.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Northbound Smokehouse Brewery, Minneapolis, MN, Light Rail Pale Ale. ABV…not sure…let's look it up…

Clear, bright peach-y appearance, with a slim, but staying slightly off-white head.

Aroma: Lightly bitter, herbal notes. bold citrus tones unfolding. A little floral. Not sure what hops are in this, or any of the ingredients, really, but it's nicely hopped.

Taste: Brash hop delivery at the fore, moderately bitter, but long lasting on the palate. Nice, herbal tone, with a crisp, graham cracker-y malt background. Bright, citrus-y, spicy, herbal hop character never quits, hangs in the back, front and sides.

Pale ales get a bad rap from beer geeks, but they've always been big with beer drinkers. One side demands higher hops and bigger booze, and the other just wants a tasty brew. This one is a great drinker that should please them both.
A perfect delight.

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Light Rail Pale Ale from Northbound Brewpub
4.03 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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