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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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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A hazy, golden color with fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells like grapefruit citrus and hops.

T/M: Tastes about the same. There’s a little bit of a bitter aftertaste but it’s otherwise crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer.

This beer has that citra grapefruit flavor that I’ve been coveting. I really love it; it’s very similar to a less hoppy version of their Jockamo IPA. I’m glad Abita went out on this note for their summer pack and I’ll definitely have another one in the near future. Like in 12 seconds.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is medium copper, with a big puffy white head. Lacing is decent.

Smell is of modest pine, with a hint of grapefruit. It's not super pronounced, but it's good.

This reminds me slightly of SNPA. There is a sharp, quick bitterness at first, followed by citrus notes, ending with a hint of malty goodness. I find this to be a surprisingly well balanced pale.

Feel is Average. It's sort of medium, but a bit a crispness would be desired.

I've gone through 3 and it's been a joy. Very high on the drink.

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Photo of CHickman
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy gold color with a creamy cloudy 1 inch head; smells of light malt and faint citrus, but not much to the smell.

Tastes of hops, citrus and slight floral hops, with a sweet malty dry finish, but no real burst of flavor. Zero carbonation, very light and crisp, with a slight bitterness and an overall medium taste and feel to it.

A very enjoyable beer that does not have a ton of flavor and lacks any true hop punch normally found in a pale ale, but it goes down very smooth and is a beer to indulge in all night.

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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 david18
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was part of an Abita promotion that featured a number of other beers as well. I didn't love this but it wasn't bad and was probably my favorite among the bunch.

Appearance was a light straw. Good carbonation with a white fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was bready with a little bit of hops. Not overwhelming but nice overall.

Flavor as well was quite refreshing with a good balance of ingredients but nothing outstanding anywhere.

A decent pale ale that's worth getting.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a hazy orange/straw, a white, thick and creamy head of almost two fingers. Very sticky stuff, too.

Aroma - grain and understated lemony citrus.

Taste - light, almost wheaty malts. The hopping is low key but lively. A lemony citrus, turning a little grapefruit-like on the swallow. Lingering bitterness into the aftertaste and finish, not as drying as most APAs. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - both smooth and crisp, does a fine job of enhancing the flavor profile.

Drinkability - pretty good session beer, might get lost in some spicy food though; better by itself.

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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 donkeyrunner
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some foam tried to sneak out of the bottle while I was searching for glassware. Very sneaky. Dark gold with a large white head. Good retention and some nice foamy rings.

Smells of citrus hop acidity. No malt. Taste is thin bodied with airy orange citrus notes. No real hop presence as far as balance. Icky seltzer-like finish.

I remember having this with Death Metal Nick a year ago and thinking, wow, this is really average. Still is.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Rex and Rhonda for bringing this over!

BEST BY: 06/19/10

A: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold with three full fingers of fizzy, off-white foam. Retention was fleeting and it quickly evaporated to a thin skim that left the tiniest amount of lace.

S: On the weaker side of floral. Vague lemon scent, as well.

T: See above. Some dry, toasty malt and a bit of caramel.

M: Decently spicy and quite sticky. Finishes bitter.

D: This is a passable pale ale, but with so many better options available, I doubt I'll revisit.

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Photo of matjack85
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this single, squatty brown 12oz bottle in the clearance bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date to be found.

The beer pours a nice golden/orange color with a 1 finger white head that only lasted a minute, but it did leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Nice, mild, citrus hop smell - mainly getting orange and apricot aromas.

This stuff looks and smells a lot better than it tastes. The citrus hop flavors are there, but so is tons of medicinal alcohol. At just 5% abv., I wasn't expecting to taste much alcohol at all, but instead I found it was one of the major flavors here. Severely lacking a sweet malt presence for balance. The malt that is in here is not nearly enough to balance the alcohol and hop bitterness. I was very disappointed in this one.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation, but again too stromg on the alcohol taste and more unpleasant alcohol in the aftertaste.

I could barely finish one of these. Their website says they use 4 different malts in here. I just wish they would have made their presence felt more in the flavor. And with just a 2O IBU rating, its not the hoppiest beer in the world either.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great session APA. It has a bunch of the appropriate APA hoppy bitterness but it is easier drinking than most.

It looks pretty, like these usually do, and it ia aromatic. The taste is right where it should be - hoppy, not much malt and very little yeast. Very sessionable.

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Photo of charlzm
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at The Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, LA.

This beer is a clear light golden color with a fine white head.

No aroma I could detect.

Caramel malt upfront, a touch of citrus with low bitterness on the finish. That's it!

A little thicker than water with adequate carbonation.

Not much to say about this one. Inoffensive but uninspiring.

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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 secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden, with a rich, white head. Fine and ornate lacing. Great presentation!

Nose is clean floral and citrus hops, with some yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste is crisp and hoppy,too, but never sharp or bitter. I get a superlative malt backbone that supports the balance with the crisp hops.

A perfectly-executed and well-balanced pale ale. Worthy and quite good.

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Photo of JamesS
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very light yellow color, more pils/lager than APA, but it did have some nice initial head and some decent lacing, to help its appearance out. Clean scent, but not strong with anything, just a slight hoppy scent that it took several sniffs to get to. Very weak taste, more malty and lagerish than hoppy pale alish, although there was a slight bit of English tasting hops at the end. It is very smooth, though, although that's one of its few positive notes. I would not stop anyone from trying it, though.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Bright gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Malt, and earthy hop note
Taste-More of an English-style pale-Biscuit, with mineral notes, faint earthy hop bite and mild citric essence.
Overall, a decent, entry-level Pale. Easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > ST 2xIPA Glass
A - Pours a really nice golden color, very clear, nice head just under a finger, not really stellar lacing, but big deal.
S - Fresh breads, floral hops, a hint of lemon peal, wheat, some grapefruit.
T - Up front is the yeast and wheat, and not wheat in the sense of a wit or wheat beer, but just a hint of it, you get the floral hops once that fades, and some citrus flavors as well. They're light on the palate, but refreshing.
M - A mild bitterness hangs around for a little, and some of that bready malt.
O - The sum of abita is decent beer for a good price. No they dont make world class stuff, but is it reliable and inexpensive? you bet. I could drink this beer year round as just something to drink.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden straw with half an inch of almost white foam. Pour is clear and with a light carbonation, unable to support a surface cap after a few minutes.

Faint malt nose and lightly hopped as well. Bit of grain and citrus, not much going on and a bit earthy after some exposure.

Flavor is predicted by the nose in that it is light in body. Pale malts yield a dry slightly chalky finish with a hint of orange bread and a mild bitterness. Decent balance but again very light. Medium bodied with a light carbonation tending towards being a bit watery at times. Fairly drinkable given the lack of residual sweetness, but then it doesn't really grab you with much reason to linger.

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Photo of far333
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw colored with a bright white head that rises up firm and settles out quickly, but leaves a lumpy cap.

Inviting aroma of lemony, minty hops and honey malt. Flavors of doughey malt, some cinnamon and toffee, understated hops despite the hoppy nose, some cornish notes.

Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, tending slightly toward slick. Decent beer, but could use some more complexity and body.

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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 CrellMoset
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abita Restoration, bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks! Poured into a fitted pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color, clear, with lots of well-distributed, medium sized, and relatively moderately paced effervescence. The head is fluffy, big, with average retention, though it does leave a big persistent dusting on the surface. Lacing isn't too hot, though, which is where this one loses the point.

Aroma: Pale, simple sweet malts dominate the nose, with a kiss of light fruit and a few dry, grassy hop flourishes. Nothing special.

Taste: More pale simple malts, graham cracker like in places, and reasonably well attenuated - that is, not too sweet - with a faint kiss of hops. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation as attested to by the appearance in a relatively thin body, resulting in a little too fluffy and uneven mouth.

Drinkability: An average, reasonably drinkable brew from Abita, representative of much of their repertoire. The alcohol on this one is reasonably low (at least, I believe so), so I can't complain there, but it's just not too complex or even tasty in a simplistic way to make me come back for another.

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Photo of bump8628
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a decent build of white foam that sticks in a few spots. Toasted biscuit malt flavor outpaces a tame floral Cascade hop flavor. Clean and dry. More drying bread notes on the finish. Not bad. But not really hoppy enough to be an American Pale Ale. More of an easy drinking, balanced, grainy blonde ale.

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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