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Restoration Pale Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Restoration Pale AleRestoration Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 761 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of frlrv1020
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a dark golden with a medium white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of hops, citrus esters, and malt. This carries on into the flavor, but stronger. The hops are still dominant, but earthy, malty tones come forward more. A bit of sweet fruit/citrus. Mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth, not too watery, and with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable brew, and quite possibly my favorite Abita offering.

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Photo of acevenom
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a white head. There is the presence of hops in the aroma as well as some malts. The hops lend a slightly citrusy aroma. The taste is very grainy and the hops lend pleasant citrus and pine flavors. The bitterness from the hops also balances out the mild sweetness of this beer. It's just right. The body is light to medium and it's clean and dry. The carbonation isn't overpowering. Overall, this is good and very drinkable. It doesn't quite give you the level of flavor that some of the higher quality American pale ales possess, but this is still good. You could probably use this beer as a way to slowly introduce people to pale ales.

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Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of weaselchew
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of mikey711
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice slightly amber huge with a big fluffy white head that was over an inch thick and retained well. Lots of carbonation rising of the from the bottom and perfectly cclear. Could use a bit more webbing but otherwise it is quite nice

S: Mild caramel and sweet biscuit smell with a mild hint of floral soapy hops

T: Slight bread nice but loads of flowery hops that almost bring out a slight bit of sourness, it does not taste like it looks.

M:Slightly rough around the edges but there is a decent amount of body

D: I probably wouldnt go out of my way to try this one again because of the overly soapy and slightly sour flavor

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Clear and golden in appearance. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin layer. Minimal lacing.

S- Very feint, earthy/yeasty odor. Neither offensive nor inviting.

T- Weak hopiness, and some mildly unpleasant bitter/astringent flavor on the aftertaste. Not much to describe here really....

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation.

D- Not terribly offensive, but no reason to go back for more. Not even very refreshing vs. many other not-so-exciting beers.

Future outlook: Other than not being disgusting, there is nothing really positive to say about this beer. No reason for me to get this stuff again.

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Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light copper color , produced a thin white head, below average retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this APA is a little underwealming, some soft hints of fresh baked bread, and a slight note of citrus (lemon). Medium in body, this apa has a base of malted grain, some sweet caramel flavor and faint citrus hops. Dry finish, overall, decent session beer but it is an average at best example of an APA. Prost!

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Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a murky light amber/yellow. The head is a pretty good sized off-white, retention is very respectable.

The website claims 20 IBU's, I'm thinking that's not too much for a pale ale, but the nose has a good citrus kick, backed by toasted caramel. Some spice and clean lager tones are picked up as well.

As I took my first sip, I thought more of how drinkable this beer is gonna be, as opposed to an abundance of flavor. The taste still sports a nice spicy bit and citrus zest. The feel is pretty thin, mild but sharp carbonation and a chalky finish keep things from being too watery.

This one wouldn't be a bad choice to introduce some hops into your macro-loving buddy's life. As it is pretty mild, but the flavor is true.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of theboozecruise
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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 John_Squires
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of mamaraza
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a thin white head. Smell was slightly fruity, but also had touches of maple syrup. Taste was akin to white bread, had hints of vanilla. Very slightly sweet, but very pleasant. Was slightly watery and carbonated in the mouth. Very easy to drink, pleasant and smooth going down.

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2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A light golden body, with decent carbonation holds a white head with nice lacing and good head retention.
S: Pale malts and subtle hop profiles, a bit on the grainy side.
T/M: This bland APA has notes of grass and grain. The overall taste is not that pleasing. Very smooth on the palate, almost as if it has a body of a light beer. Mouthfeel is quick and short, with not a fading hint of lingering taste.
D: I can drink it, but would not prefer it in the land of many great APAs. A let down of an APA.>>

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Photo of dbarny76
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jl28r1
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of taigor
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of IAmHollywood13
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bboven
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 761 ratings
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