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 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 bound4er
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw to light orange appearance. One finger, white head that breaks quickly. I get Amarillo hops on the nose and some bready malt. Smells an awfully lot like the Jockamo IPA I had last night - just less intense. Tastes pretty light and watered down - some malt and a bit of piney hops but overall this is pretty disappointing. Drinkability I suppose is high given the overall lightness of this beer. Restoration Pale Ale is a nice step up over BMC but falls short in a sea of great APAs such as Alpha King, Burning River and Moon Man.

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Photo of e11iott
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:12 oz bottle. 1 Finger head, Very light color straw. The bottle gives off a generic lok, very simple.

S: Fruity smelling, maybe some carmels.

T/M: Smoth beer, nice blend of hops and small bit at the end, dry even.

D: Very drinkable, standard pale ale, but nothing over the top.

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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 RickS95
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an golden coppery orange that's been well-filtered. Offers little head.

I think my beer was a little too cold because I didn't pick up much in the way of smell after the head died. While there were still a few bubbles up top, I picked up the citrusy Cascade hops and nothing more.

Again, it may have been too cold to tell, but if I hadn't picked up the citrusy hops in the nose, I'd bet this was a lager. Almost no taste.

Nothing happens in the mouth til deep in the finish where you pick up the hoppy bitter. There is a cleansing feel, but that's about it.

This beer, like most from Abita, has little going for it. Normal alcohol level, not much i the way of color, smell or taste. I'll pass.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice creamy white head that persists for a long time leaving good lacing on the glass.
Smell is of grain/ cereal upfront with some nice fruity herbal hops in the back
Taste is of pale malts, bread and delicate hop presence with some citric, earthy and herbal notes. Small bitter aftertaste follows. Nice clear and dry finish.
Body is very light with medium carbonation. Drinkability is high making this very sessionable.
Overall a good, drinkable, clean and well balanced pale ale but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very nice, large fluffy whitish head, that settles into a beautiful rocky head. Leaves a very nice sticky lacing. Almost a honey color, with a slight bit of cloudiness, but still clear. Not a lot of carbonation, but still some there.

S: Caramel, and a slight bit of hops. Almost a slight floral quality to it. Also a very pleasant grassiness scent, with some slight phenols. Very nice scent.

T: Very simple, but pleasant. Nice balance of hops and malts make it very balanced. A nice bit of caramel, and also a slight bit of hoppiness at the end, leaves a very pleasant dry finish. Slight bit of sweetness, then the hops come in and prevent it from becoming cloying.

M: Very thin to me, but very nice. Not a lot of carbonation, but lends a very nice mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to drink, not very strong in it's flavor profile, but a very pleasant beer. Would make a great session 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 KaitouShiroi
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden color with a slight copper tinge, half-inch head that quickly dissipates into just a ring at the top, but with slight lacing left on the walls of the class.

Smell: Faint citrus notes, but altogether not much scent.

Taste: Distinct citrus and floral notes, with a lingering mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a smooth creamy feeling.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable, not too thick/strong. This is my go-to beer when out and about and not in a beer-bar, and I can drink several in an evening easily. Definitely one of my favorite non-seasonal Abita offerings.

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Photo of NODAK
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is pretty faint for style, but I can pick up floral hops and a bit of biscuit.

Taste is very tame for style. There's the floral and citrus hops, but nowhere near the abundance you'd expect in most APA's. A very mild creamy malt is there as well as an undercurrent. Hops are present but restrained on the finish. Pretty clean in the end, even a bit watery.

Not the most impressive APA out there, that's for sure. Sure it's drinkable, but if you're aiming for flavor I'm going to say you should give this a pass.

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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 jerryjeff
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Nice and hoppy, there's a nice floral almost berry like scent off the top.

Mouthfeel - Some slight body, with a nice level of carbonation. A bit less than most pale ales. Just enough to seem refreshing.
Appearance - Copperish, straw color. Poured to slight head, quickly dissipated.

Taste - Nice initial hit of somewhat berrylike sweetness, when hits the back of mouth get the bitterness from the hops. Just enough to drive home the flavor, I like this for a pale ale. Hoppy but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Rather, I could get a number of these down and have a couple of times. One of my favorite pale ales undoubtedly.

Overall - I think this is a rather drinkable pale ale with enough hoppiness to entice. I really like it...

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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 climax
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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 abrand
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack poured into a pint glass.

The Restoration Ale pours an amber color with a nice frothy 2 finger head and plenty of retention/lacing. Smell is mostly fruits including raisins, bready doughs, and a nice malt backbone. Some hops come through with the taste. Pretty good tasting Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good. A very sessionable brew.

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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 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 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 JMad
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light amber color with a two finger head.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and floral hops.
You can taste sweet malt, faint citrusy hop bite, then bready yeast.
Feels light and bubbly and is highly sessionable.
Try it, help Louisiana.

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Photo of LeFortitude
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- medium golden color. One finger width head. Lacing ring is faithful until the end, but it's not pronounced.

Smell- citrus zest and hop scent is stronger from the bottle than in the glass.

Taste- wow, more than you would expect based off of only the smell. I'm lost between "Taste" and "Mouthfeel" on this one...

Mouthfeel- the hops are strong (almost but not overpowering) but they compliment the essences of citrus explosions ruminating in the palate. There's more than just carbonation happening here. The finish is even better than the start. "When you belch, you 'eat' twice"

Drinkability- crisp, refreshing, a true delight. Just like South Louisiana were it's brewed, always welcome.

This is one of my favorite session brews from Abita Brewing Co. This is my "go-to" beer in local restaurants that serve it. It is great for hot summer days, and it also has qualities of good drinking during fall and spring. If you want to impress other people, you should have it on stock at your party (or bring it along to someone else's!).

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Photo of madjr80
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- light amber color

Smell- A bit hoppy and floral, but mellow

Taste- A well hopped American Pale Ale, but not as hoppy as an IPA. A bit of the hop lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation and light in texture.

Drinkability- At only 5% alcohol by volume, it is easy to put down quite a few of these in a session. Great brew!

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- slightly cloudy golden hue with short-lived off-white head

S - fresh hops; malt; floral; spices

T - refreshing; typical APA hoppiness; citrus; a bit floral. Neither sweet nor bitter, for a PA. Mild bitter aftertaste

M - thin body; medium carbonation.

D - very drinkable

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Photo of skylab
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is copper-orange.

Smells of slightly bittersweet citrus and is admittedly a little medicinal in note at the end.

Taste is an easy fruity up front hit sliding into a bitter smooth finish. I really like this beer. A lot.

Served poured from a bottle into a plain old pint glass. Head is small and does not last but I drink for taste, not visual effect, so I don't care. :)

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I will go out of my way to find. The fact that some of the proceeds go to a good cause is an added bonus. Hell, could that be considered a tax deduction?!?!

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