Restoration Pale Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by WVbeergeek on 02-25-2008

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Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 760
Photo of sholland119
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frosty mug! Hey, I tried this beer in New Orleans which, while it has many things to recommend it, is a long way from a beer mecca. I had to ask for a glass, to which the server replied "A GLASS?" in an incredulous tone as if I had asked for a muffuletta without the olive salad. Or something like that.

This beer was a nice surprise choice from an uninspired selection at Mena's Palace at the edge of the French Quarter. While it pours yellow as a pilsener, it has a pleasant floral hop aroma. The taste is rather crisp with a slight hop bite. It is a nicely quenching session beer and a fine brew to wash down your po' boy.

You could do worse down here, and you very likely will.


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Photo of fdw3
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange/amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is dominated by floral hop aromas with faint spice notes in the background -- smells like a typical pale ale.

Taste is not overwhelming in any sense, but I couldn't locate any many malt characters. Floral hoppiness is very apparent throughout with a faintly sweet aftertaste.

Feels thin, but enjoyable with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice pale ale that isn't packed full of flavor -- refreshing in a hot environment but may disappoint those looking for diversity.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Appears clear gold with nice rocky white head with suds that cling to the glass. Citrus hop character with some good pale & crystal malts to back it up. Tastes hoppy with nice upfront bitterness and enough pale malts to give it some backbone. Of course, not so hoppy by today's standards. Feels light and refreshing. This one is pure nostalgic for me as I recall sucking down plenty of these in volunteer efforts post-Katrina. A solid beer all around that's nicely balanced and refreshing in the Southern heat.

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Photo of magine
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a lively clear slightly hazed golden yellow. Tons of bubbles race to the top for the glass forming an action packed off white head. Head settles to a chunky island initially. Head settles to a layer and has nice lacing the whole drink. Good looks.

Brew smells of faint pale malts; biscuit, bread, grains. Some faint hops. Very average nose, not alot going on.

Brew is creamy and smooth. Nice head retention adds to the creaminess up front. Good body here; has a smooth feel up front and then has some crisp hoppiness in the end. Finishes slightly dry and has some hop resin left behind. Can pick up the barley as you drink as well. Great session brew here.

Really liked this one from Abita. Like the mouthfeel and the appearance. It has good flavors here and would be a great session brew. If I could regularly pick this one up by the case for a good price I would. It would be a great brew for gatherings.

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Photo of knm
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear yellow and has little head, with decent carbonation. Smell is mild citrus and tang.
What an interesting taste, not a typical pale. Very light and smooth, almost to drinkable for this type of beer. A little fruity, I don't taste the hops. None the less, this is a nice lawnmower beer...if we had grass in the desert!

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice, crisp beer with a grassy flavor. Very similar to a Pilsner although it is officially classified as a Pale Ale. Not like any other "typical" pale ale. Hops are just right and the "grassy" needs balances the hops flavors in this very drinkable beer. Plus you are supporting great cause.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of LordFinley
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours bright golden and transparent. Thick white head that doesn't linger on the glass.

S: Hops and Honey

M: Thicker than expected by appearance. Low carbonation.

T: Hops are apparant on this but no carbonation is going to scratch your throat.

D: Very Drinkable. Going to finish the 6 pack now.


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Photo of Mojo
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass

This one was a surprise. I have come to expect mediocrity from Abita and this one was a little above average. It pours up a deep gold/light amber with a nice one finger head. Retention is limited to a ring of foam and there is some lacing. The smell is very citrus and floral. Taste is pretty good. The hops are somewhat subdued but I get a lot of citrus. Orange, grapefruit , and aspirin. Mouthfeel is pleasant with no aftertaste. I'm glad to have had this one. I may not seek it out again, but I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of mjurney
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This is a great looking pale! It pours a hazy pale straw colour with two fingers of head that leaves great retention and pretty good lacing. The smell isn't very strong, I get delicate floral hops with a touch of citrus and a bit of malt sweetness. The taste reminds me more of a better done Yuengling minus adjuncts than a pale ale. This is a super easy drinking brew with some nice floral aspects, a touch of delicate citrus hops, some slightly sweet malts, and yes, I can definately detect the "spring water" that Abita is always so proud about on their caps. Perfectly balanced between bitterness and sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little watery, but this beer totally has some watery aspects, so it's OK. Drinkability is this beer's strong suit by a mile. This is totally drinkable. On a hot day, I think I could go through a whole case of these. It's totally refreshing and absolutely easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer, even if it's nothing amazing. It's just a very very very drinkable and refreshing beer that I'd love to have around in the summer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body with a very slight orangey hue. Aroma is very good with breads, pale malts, earthy and light citrus hops. Very nice for the style. Nice combo of caramel malts and earthy hops. Slight resin and sour citrus hop flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is a little simple and "safe" but its well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin sudsy head and gold-amber color. Aroma is malty and sweet with a floral hops background. Flavor is light and balanced. It has the typical American Pale Ale characteristics, just not as loud as some other brands. A malty, refreshing beer that's a good alternative to Abita Amber.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Sam Adams pint

The smell wasn't as lively as I would have expected.

It tasted simple in nature. It was somewhat dry, with tangy hops. I wasn't picking up too much bitterness. The malts were good. They provided a caramel-esque backdrop. I wouldn't say this beer was sweet though.

It was drinkable mainly because of its simplicity.

Conclusion: a basic pale ale that was enjoyable. It had all the characteristics of the style. To me, this beer was a little drummed down on flavor to be a solid hit.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-marshmallow like head, thick; cloudy yellow body.

S-citrus like smell

T-jolly rancher like taste, some citrus and flower like hop finish

M-light body

D-okay beer. nothing bad but nothing really spectacular. I would drink this beer again if given limited options.

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Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these while having dinner at August. August has the same owners as Lukes and offers a beer list of about 20 choices from Louisiana Breweries.

Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is copper with a decent off-white head. It has good lacing.

Pale malts, citrus and caramel on the nose.

The taste is balanced with some nice bitterness from pine notes and a bit of biscuits and caramel. The beer has a slight metallic element which worked fine with the other flavors.

The mouth is well calibrated for the beer. It is a bit slick and has decent carbonation.

I thought this was pretty solid APA and would have no problem ordering it again. This is a good one to pair with food as it will not overwhelm it.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/27/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, honey, and bread. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, floral, caramel, bread, and cracker. Lingering notes of citrus, herbal, pine, cracker, and caramel on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance; with a good bitterness/malt balance as well. Feels watered down though. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Feels a bit watered down; but still has a good hop and malt flavor profile. An enjoyable offering, very sessionable.

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Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a tiny off-white head. Smell is a hint of citrus. Taste is light malt, hoppy, with a hint of caramel, and citrus. Nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, it would be a easy to drink several of these. A good pale ale from Abita.

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Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for presentation. Not much else to see.

Aroma is full of buttery malt with grassy hops in the nose. Seems more like the english counterpart in a way.

Taste is rich with buttery malt and grassy hops. Simple. Refreshing. Perhaps bitter-like in character.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and grassy hops. The buttery character has worn off by now, giving away to more grassiness than anything (due to hops).

Simple, drinkable and that's about it. It's not hard to make a good version of this style but I don't really see anything impressive about it either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a frothy head that dots the glass with lace

Smell: Grainy and somewhat floral

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing grainy aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy hop flavor joins with a floral quality to produce a mellow finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but not as bold as I like my pale ales

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My lady just brought me this from the Big Easy. Typical Abita bottle. Label says the beer was created after the back-to-back hurricanes and that Abita raised $500,000 for hurricane relief. Kudos.

A: Darker shade of golden with a minimal head.

S: Faint whiff of citrus fruit, traces of bready maltiness. Not terribly aromatic.

T: Best part about this beer, a malty rather than hoppy pale ale. Yet there is still enough hops to make for a nicely balanced ale. While I am increasingly a West Coast PA, IPA and DIPA man, I like this one.

M: Filling and oily, but the lack of carbonation is noticeable. It is very dry as well, when it goes down it simply disappears. Very little aftertaste though that's ok here. Maybe my tongue is stunned from the Speakeasy Double Daddy last night.

D: A session beer. I only have one (not sure when I'll get hold of this again) but could easily enjoy or two more of these ragin' Cajuns. A solid pale ale with a unique taste.

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Photo of drizzam
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice fluffy one finger head that retained well. This brew is amber/orange in color, with some minute particulate floating around which gives it a cloudy appearance.

S - Pretty powerful nose...smells of citrus, floral hops and malt. It almost seems like the more it warms, the less nose I get. As soon as I cracked it I could smell it halfway across the room...maybe I'm just getting used to it and don't smell it as much.

T & M - Bready malt backbone. A bit of a bitter lemony hop finish, not extremely hoppy, but it's there. Thin bodied mouthfeel that finishes crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. Not a stunning brew, but not bad either.

D - This is one of those brews that you could use to wean your Macro drinking friends onto better beer. Nothing stunning about it but highly drinkable. It seems Abita's whole line of beers follows this same line...nothing that'll knock your socks off but beer you could drink all day long.

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Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local wattering hole the other evening and I thought it was quite nice.
Lots of citrus in the nose. Golden pale and clear. Sent of corriander in the nose.
Lots of corriander and and citrus flavors. Crisp and refreshing.
This is my first from Abita and I like what I taste.

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 760 ratings.
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