Restoration Pale Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,855
Ranked #48,068
3.46 | pDev: 13.87%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale
Notes: Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.

20 IBU
Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 764 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Abita has 5.2% ABV (NOT 5.0%) and has 25 IBUs. The color index is 9 SRM. I poured this into a standard pub pint glass.

Look-It pours a significantly hazy orange-yellow with a white foamy head that settles quickly. It almost looks like a Heffeweizen, but maybe not AS hazy.

Smell-It smells of lemon and various citrus and tropical fruits along with some honey-suckle malts.

Taste-I taste guava, papaya, mango, pineapple, and orange peel citrus from the hops and a brilliant honey-based malt backbone. I pick up on some light bready and toasty malts as well. The carbonation is a mild fizz and the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soapy/sudsy. There are slight hop oils lingering on the tongue.

Overall-This is a proper Pale Ale as I would describe it: quite refreshing and sufficiently complex. The flavors mix well yet are distinguishable. Cheers!

Mar 03, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, It pours a clear golden color with a small bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with lemon zest and pine. A good toasts. Malty base. Aroma is well balanced, moderately bitter with lemony citrusy flavors.

Jan 12, 2016
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Slaterlovesbeer from Alabama

3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Second from my Abita party pack. Poured into a pint glass. Golden color, sticky head but recedes quickly. Hoppy smell and taste. Also notes of pune and citrus in flavor and aroma. Much more like an ipa then abitas jockamo "ipa" and definatly better than it. Overall decent but not as good as others ive had.

Jul 24, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Medium gold with an inch of white foam collar, moderate retention. Mild haziness.

S – Tropical fruit, guava and papaya. Biscuit malt with a light honey impression. A touch of vanilla.

T – Guava and papaya, and also pineapple juice. Light biscuit malt, maybe some light brown sugar. A mild hop bite.

M – Medium-high carbonation, medium body. On the sudsy side. Light residual sweetness, with enough bitterness to balance.

O – Some interesting things happening here, but not sure they meld into a better whole.

Jun 15, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle has been in my cellar for a bit by mistake so I have no idea what to expect here.
Beer pours a clear copper color with very minimal eggshell white head foaming up and fading quickly to one wispy island. The aroma is some fruity malt like pears and some caramel. A little bit of citrusy notes lingering.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is mild and a little fruity with little hop profile and no booze either. The beer is very easy to drink and not overly complex. I suspect there were more hops a year or two ago. It isnt a bad experience just much maltier than originally brewed. Still a decent drink.

Apr 11, 2015
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mjurney from Texas

3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber color, hazy, few particles. Lots of small carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Lightly citrus aroma, sweet malts, some fruitiness.

Bready malts up front, biscuit, slight toasted. Mild hop bitterness, citrusy-floral. Finish is semi-dry, a little sweet. Body is light-medium, crisp, smooth, refreshing.

It's a good American Pale Ale, but a little dull.

Mar 08, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 11/23/14. 5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but I am getting some earthy characteristics that add an element of dirty citrus fruit to the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 13, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There are a lot of good qualities in this beer. Unfortunately taste isn't one of them. It has a beautiful orangey gold body with a nice thick white head that leaves some small sticky lacing. The aroma is nice as well with a little biscuit and some nice floral and citrus hops notes. The taste though is almost completely absent with just faint malt sweetness. There is a decent weight to the body but just a little too much carbonation.

Nov 09, 2014
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WillWillows from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured an orange skin color, decent head, the bouquet is hops and you can smell them from the crack. Taste is good in the mouth, nice back of the tongue tang. It is hoppy and may not appeal to milder hopped drinkers, but this is good enough for two if you are out. Better poured than in the bottle.

Oct 18, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita, who in my opinion really ought to release two new beers (one called “This” and the other called “That”) have really impressed me without knocking my socks off with their Turbodog. Needless to say I went out and bought a six pack of the Restoration Pale Ale and drank all bar one (for this review) thinking it would be a great American Pale Ale... *spoiler* it’s not. But please do stay on and read why not.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy tangelo body with a boisterous, granted given a hard pour, cream coloured head that soon dissipates to 1cm. Looks fantastic as far as APAs go. 8/10.

S: Smells fantastic too! With fresh hop flowers upfront followed by a tasty big biscuit base middle. There is a nice spring water aroma as well (Abita have a deep well spring at their brewery). 8/10.

T: Here’s where the news is not so great: Toasted biscuit malts front to back with a citric and floral hop finish. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness, frankly it needs more of both to tango with the big boys (Sierra Nevada, Karl Strauss, Founders, Bridgeport, etc... you get the picture!). 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied and a tad on the watery side, carbonation is nice and dense though. 6/10.

D: So what we have here is a failure to communicate err, an easy drinking APA, which is fine sometimes, but MY personal preference is for a nice hoppy APA with some sweet malt balancing it out. So if you’re looking for a slightly wishy-washy APA you will likely enjoy this, good for you, give yourself a nice pat on the back, how did that feel? Good? Good. Btw I gave it an extra point here because of its sessionability. 7/10.

Food match: Tacos. Not sure why I said that, I think I just feel like tacos right now, plus this beer will work with tacos [can’t stop saying or thinking about tacos now].

Oct 15, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a one finger thick head with short retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of fresh oranges, biscuit malt, spearmint.
Hoppy flavor with citrusy notes with grapefruit, oranges, pine cones, mild caramel and slight toasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Amazing how they could do this with just 25 IBUs, it doesn't seem right. It may help to be a few kilometers away from the brewery, though.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This APA is crispier and more refreshing then a Pilsner and packed with citrus flavors. That is how I like an APA, non-sweet, non-exaggerating body and forward on citrus or tropical hops. Excuse me, now I have to go back and get a full 6 pack.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.4,25 Cj.4

Sep 19, 2014
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Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden color with some orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that a very quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very light aromas of toasted malt and floral hops.

Taste: Very much like an American pale ale. Toasted malt up front, followed by some slight caramel-like sweetness, followed/finished by a lot of hoppy bitterness. Not my cup of tea, rather my bottle of beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty well carbonated. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: Like I said earlier, this is a very typical American version of a pale ale. Malty, slightly sweet, and very hoppy. Unfortunately, because of all the hoppy bitterness, I’m not really a fan. When it comes to pale ales, I much prefer English-style pale ales, which favors malt over hops. Fans of American-style pale ales should like it though…

Sep 11, 2014
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

Golden in color with a thick and long lasting head that actually "clumps" a bit on the side of the glass. Citrus hops dominate the smell and the taste is a good balance between the hop bitterness and the caramel flavor of the malt but in the end the hops win out and dominate the flavor. The carbonation is good and long lasting. The finish is ever so slightly on the sweet side with just a hint of bitterness and a lot of citrus..

Overall this is a fine APA but there are better choices our there for not a lot more money.

Sep 07, 2014
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jaredtp from Tennessee

3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been a long time since I have had this beer. I know that I liked this beer, but I honestly do not remember much about this beer. I know that I liked the taste to it, I also liked the smell to it as well. But other than that I do not remember much about it since it has been so long since I have had this beer.

Jul 13, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours with a radiant golden color and a dense thick white head. As with so many Anita beers the carbonation is intense and clings to the glass giving it a weaker appearance.

The nose is nice but light. Lemon zest, light malts, molasses, wheat and grain aromas are evident.

The flavor is good but not eventful. Light lemon, wheat, grain, tea leaves, even rice maybe but the flavors are too light to discern much.

The feel is very light and watery, a little dry but did I say watery?

It's better than some but falls short compared to so many Pale Ales out there.

Jul 11, 2014
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oldirtycaffrey from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates relatively quickly. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish it. The smell has a mild hoppiness with hints of citrus fruit cutting through. This beer kinda sneaks up on you. First few sips just seemed like a watered-down pale ale, but then I started to notice a subtle mango and honey in the taste. It's actually a very delicious beer -- perfect for a hot day outside in the summer when you want a beer with just a little bit of a kick to it.

Jun 27, 2014
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap at the New Orleans Hilton Airport.

Hazy golden colour with a thin white head leaving lacing down the sides.

Piney herbal hops in the nose.

Same thing on the palate. Long lasting after taste.

A little thin and could use some malt backbone. Decent and worth a try

Mar 22, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange/gold pour with a thick white one-finger head and lots of carbonation. Aroma has bit of lemon and floral hops. Taste has a mildly bitter grapefruit flavor upfront that is quickly balanced out by grainy and bready malt. Finishes crisp with a lingering piney hop flavor.

Mar 08, 2014
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Brandegee from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour from bottle into Kuhnhenn IPA glass:
A: Clear pour with healthy cap of foam that quickly fades to a thin layer.
S: Very nice for an APA. Lots of grapefruit and spice.
T: Hops, hops, hops. Pine and grapefruit with a bitter finish.
M: Heavy carbonation with a slight hop syrup finish.
O: The bouquet promises more than the flavor delivers, which is probably the main problem with this Pale Ale, which is quite drinkable. The finish is a little too bitter for the style.

Feb 11, 2014
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ElijahRivera from New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- clear amber.

S- Some lemon in the nose.

T- Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M- Crisp, bitter finish.

O- Very clean, easy drinking, but not very interesting. Spot on for the style, but just a little lifeless in the intangible sense.

Jan 07, 2014
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Mike_Moe from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Golden orange color, lacy white head.
Aroma: Hoppy citrus aroma.
Flavor: Lightly hoppy with a citrus flavor up front, finishing somewhat spicy. It’s a full bodied beer with a smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not a very hoppy pale ale. The flavor is that of citrus zest, which leaves the beer with the bitter taste of orange/lemon peels. Very smooth on the tongue, bitter citrus taste at the end.

Dec 31, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized white head and minimal lace. Aromas of pine and grapefruit are evident as soon as I pry off the cap. Bready caramel malt with a hint of sulfur provides a base for the aroma. The flavor is bready caramel with lots of light juicy fruits. Hop flavors are rather mute with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Smells like there might be some hops, but they must have turned to fruit. Easy drinking mild pale ale that I could easily session if I weren't always looking for more hops.

Dec 12, 2013
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charlatan from Scotland

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes I discovered a month later, having thought I had lost them as I left my last Wetherspoons of their autumn real ale festival.

Version recreated by Mark Wilson at Wadworth Brewery, Wiltshire.

A: straw colour; standard 'spons head

S: slightly herbal nose; slightly dried fruit

T: warm, rich, sweet start with hint of buttered popcorn gives way to gradually asserting herbal, almost minty hoppiness - very pleasant

Nov 27, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery enjoyed chilled from the 12oz brown bottle in pint.

The color is mildly hazed with thick 2 inch off white head, the retention is very good with a thick lace coating the glass. The smell is very lemony with a mild sweet malt aroma very fragrant with a fruity yeast ester. The feel is good with moderate sweetness and medium carbonation with a light astringency and gentle bitterness.

The flavor has a nice citrus hop flavor but it is gentle and recedes to let a mild malt sweetness step up. The taste of yeast with a slight green tea element is present with gentle element of malt graininess and a slight lemon aspect following into the semi-dry andmildly bitter finish. Overall a decent pale, pretty ordinary, but drinkable...I would not seek this out but it is worth a try.

Oct 04, 2013
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a golden straw with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a tiny one. Smells of sweet grain and slight hoppy spice. Tastes of sweet cereal grain with slight floral hop taste. Beer is carbonated right and goes down smooth with a light body. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Aug 04, 2013
Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 764 ratings