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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 jar2574
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is sweet, slightly citrusy with some sweet malts as well. It pours with a nice head and OK lacing. The taste is slightly hoppy but this beer is too watery and boring, unfortunately. The mouthfeel is a huge let down. The beer started out promising and ended average.

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Photo of Kitt
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber with a < 1 finger weak white head. Aroma very weak (I'm almost getting nothing here) only a hint of a musty straw-like malt scent. Taste is light and slightly flavorful - I'm getting a hint of burnt barnyard hay and light caramel. This ale is lightly hopped leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is terrific, carbonation is well balanced, and the light body is smooth not leaving an oily afterfeel. Drinkibility is good, ABV low (5.1%) so alcohol is not overwhelming. Overall, this pale ale lacks rich and eclectic flavors. But its light alcohol content, smooth light body, and slightly bitter aftertaste is appealing. This makes a fine mid-afternoon brew.

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Photo of fjordhook
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a golden color, thin head that fizzled away quickly, and has a transparent body. Has a light pale ale smell, but also almost has a lemon smell to it. The taste for me is a mix between an american pale ale and an ipa. At the end of my sip I got the same bite I would if i was drinking an ipa.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... slightly hazy golden color with a nice head. Much better head retention and lacing than typical Abita beers.

Just a faint smell of hops... not strong at all on the aroma.

Bitter but floral hops on the taste... a little grain on the end of the sip. Overpowered by the hops, not well balanced. Not that it's bad, just so much chance for more.

A little watery as always for Abita, but I could see downing a few of these if I was in a hoppy mood!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Restoration Ale has a thin, off-white head and a very hazy, orange appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is mild, to say the least, but some citrus does present itself. Taste is a very mild, citrus hop flavor, with some bready malts, but that is minimal. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Abita Restoration finishes semi-dry and refreshing. Overall, not one of Abita's best. It's still probably worth trying, however.


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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber in color,small head, little lacing

smells a little floral but mostly caramel, not bad but kinda average

tastes like it smells but a little milder,a little more bitter than sweet, not really impressed by this beer

not much for a mouthfeel, kinda light and a little astringent

overall its a decent beer but i prefer abita's jockamo and save our shores pilsner to this one for sure

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Photo of bboven
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light copper body with barely any head. Almost clear.

Aroma is mostly malt, definitely caramel tones, with a faint cloud of hops.

A little bit of harsh tannins throughout, but other than that, pretty on par for a more malt-focused pale ale.

Highly carbonated, way too much for the style. Even after letting it sit for 15 minutes the carbonation is stinging.

Very middle of the road pale ale, I think it would appeal to a wide range of people. Glad I tried it, wouldn't make a special point of seeking it out though.

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Photo of Brent
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps a little hoppier than the average pale ale, but this beer seems to ring-in at that level as opposed to the APA category. Moderate malt body. Hopping is a little rough around the edges with some slightly raw herbal notes, but not quite enough to bump up the category.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of cvfish
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a pale golden color that produced a soapy white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aroma of the beer was some citrus and floral hop aroma

T - The taste of this Pale Ale was grapefruit hoppy flavor, some slight bitterness on the finish

M - The body was light, but lower that normal Abita carbonation, although it was still pretty high

D - This example of a Pale Ale was a little lacking on the hops characteristics that I normally associate with the style, however this is a light beer with some good flavors that is easy to drink

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, clean amber with 1-finger off-white head. Quick dissipation but some decent lacing.

S: Mild citrus hops. Not much else.

T: Taste like it smells, with a super-mild bitter finish. Not very complex at all.

M: Felt a little watery. Not too robust.

D: There's so many great pale ales out there that make this one appear pretty bland in comparison. Just came back from a weekend in New Orleans but didn't try this on-tap. Maybe it tastes better from the source, but it didn't weather the trip up to Chicago well.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice light golden-brown color with a wonderfully frothy head, with good retention and respectable lacing.
Sadly, it's downhill from here.

S/T: Slightly floral hops with a bit of cereal grain. Definitely some light citrus present. Otherwise, not much to remark upon.

M: Extremely light and overly carbonated and crisp.

D: Given the crisp body and the high grain presence, I assumed it was a lager, not knowing otherwise. I still can't believe this is a pale ale. Such a title belies its essence, which is overwhelmingly mediocre. But yes, it is drinkable, technically.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light deep golden yellow color. Half finger white shows light retention.

S- Sweet citrus hops with a light caramel malt in the backing. Citrus hops dominate the aroma overall. Simple but works.

T- Light citrus flavor upfront. But this washes away to a strong caramel malt taste that lasts through the end of the beer. A very light citrus hops in the final part of the beer. The malts are really present in the beer.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. Heavy sweet malts left on the palate with more malts and light citrus hops in the aftertaste. This beer is very underbalanced very much so for the style. Alcohol doesn't dry the palate much.

D- This beer is not very drinkable to me. The flavor is way off for the style. This beer is actually super sweet from the dominate malts in here. The ABV is low enough to drink many of these but I couldn't get past the sweetness for the style.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - clear golden beer with a hint of a head with thin streaky lacing. Some visible carbonation in the glass.

S - grassy hops, hint of citrus

T - nice hint of resinous hops on the tongue initially but it's very short-lived and finishes very dry with practically no malt. It's gone very quickly.

M - very light, but also with mild carbonation. Exceptionally dry finish.

O - Initial promise was there, but it just didn't follow through. Very light and dry; not much to it unfortunately.

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Photo of desertbronze
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer as an extra in a trade with BeerBuddha.

Pours a clear golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger head which fades quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Metallic tinge in the aroma - no outstanding hop or malt aroma. Slight metallic taste as well. I'm probably spoiled by PNW pale ales, but this beer doesn't have enough hop flavor for a pale ale, IMHO. Good mouthfeel - just right - not too light - not too heavy. Good drinkability - several of these would go down easy on a hot afternoon. Nothing remarkable but a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of DubBrewer
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass and a thin white head was visible that quickly vanished.

Appearance is a a golden color. The smell is something to be desired. I expect a pale ale to be full of hop aroma but with this beer I smell more of a caramel malt profile. There are some light citrus notes in the background, but they are barely identifiable.

Taste is light and refreshing, with hints of caramel sweetness balanced with a good bitterness. There is also a slight citrus taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is average, though a bit on the watery side.

This is a drinkable beer, however, there are much better examples of the style to be found.

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Photo of Radome
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Color is a light amber with some orange. The head faded quickly into just a ring around the glass, but there is some lacing. Strangely, there are particles suspended thickly throughout the beer. They look like tiny bubbles but they hang in place instead of rising. I've never seen anything like them.

S - Decent aroma for an American Pale Ale. The balance leans toward the malt, rather than hops. Some caramel. It almost smells more like an American Brown Ale than a Pale.

T - The taste does not live up to the smell. Again it has more of a malt focus than I expect for the style. Little hops taste, but moderate bitterness. The taste is dominated by malt, caramel and a sharp soapy or chemical note right at the end.

M - The body is moderate, as is the carbonation. There is some mouth coating sweetness after the swallow.

D - Not a bad beer, but I think it would be improved by a little more hops aroma and flavor. Without that, it just seems out of focus.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

(Not sure if they recently changed their recipe, but the brew is listed as 5.1 % abv on bottle dated best by 10/28/12)

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. The head had decent retention, eventually fading to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of citrus hop upon pouring. Mixed the citrus were some notes of biscuit, caramel and a very light pine.

Taste – A very dry and doughy flavor meets the tongue. It has only the tiniest caramel sweetness upfront, which rapidly disappears as the taste moves on. A very dry but lightly hoppy citrus taste comes to the tongue and brings on some bitter. In the end a dry slightly bitter biscuit taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy for an only 5.1 % pale ale brew and is quite nice. The lower level of carbonation accentuates the creaminess, although some extra carbonation level would have added a bit more excitement and complexity to the brew’s more bland taste.

Overall- the look, aroma and mouthfeel were all really very nice. Unfortunately the taste was not the greatest. It was somewhat bland.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pry-top brown glass bottle. No date.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange/orange-amber with bone-white head that stands up tall and then recedes down leaving lots of spotting.

Nose: Very orange, some thin whispy sticky pine notes. Faint, but hoppy.

Palate: Very light and crisp with hop bitterness on the finish. Body is somewhat watery but is saved by the mild bitterness. Flavors of orange and pale malt grain.

Notes: An easy sipper, drinkable straight from the bottle (I poured it into a tulip). Crisp and tasty but not epic. A true session beer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent, straw color. White head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

Nice piney hop aroma and some toasted grain.

Piney hop in the taste also, assertive but seems a tad stale. Smooth and subdued malt backbone with a bready character. Finishes semi-dry with a soil-like aftertaste.

Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

Pretty standard for an american pale overall. I would appreciate more substantial malt charcter and a younger hop flavor. That being said, it will still do the job.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color that's pretty clear, with some sticky white foamy head that barely sticks to the glass. Nose is lemony and hoppy, with some sweet malts backing it up. Not terribly intriguing, but not off putting. Simple.

Mostly malty flavors, breadyness, a hint of bitter hops, but not much. Not a lot of crisp, earthy stuff going on here, and no citrus notes, save some residual lemon flavors that are quite weak.

Mouthfeel is quite nice for a pale ale, very sudsy and chewy, slick as well. Overall this is a great hot day pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is softly hoppy and bready malty. Soft metallic. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear deep yellow, moderate head. Looks good.

Bready malt as in nose, slight nut. Moderate bitterness. Mild hop - floral and leafy/earthy. Soda-like carbonation. Metallic and astringent qualities fairly harsh. Finishes dry. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Okay drinkability.

I support the idea, but this is just another mediocre beer from Abita.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a pale amber with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little sweet but hard to really get a handle on. There is a slight buttery aroma with some malty grain aroma hiding way back there.

The taste is grassy with a sweet malt flavor that is balancing things out. There is a nice bit of caramel in the flavor that holds up a bit to some hop flavor that splashes here and there.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down easy. There is a nice smooth silky like way this goes down and still hits you a bit at the end.

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Photo of gford217
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with hints of orange and a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is very light and has plenty of lemony hops up front. There is a light bready malt smell in the background.

The taste is just as light as the aroma. The initial kick is of lemony hops before giving way to the bready malts and other grains.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation and very crisp and dry in the finish.

This is what I would consider a very good summer beer. It's a beer that doesn't deliver much in the way of flavor or body, but it's very drinkable.

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