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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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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3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #173
Served On: 06/17/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.1%
Date/ Code: -

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack.

Look: A semi-clear yellow with a thin film making up the head. Sporadic lacing was around for the duration. Carbonation bubbles were noticeable, but sparse. Rather golden for a Pale Ale.

Smell: Aroma was of faint spice with some slight citrusy hops.

Taste: Fist off was a dull grapefruit mixed with a dry honey sweetness and some English hop qualities. Then a brief moment of carbonation seemed to cleanse the palate. Finish was still rather clean with a dry bitter aftertaste.

This was a solid APA with qualities found in others like New Belgium's DIG and Saranac Pale Ale. Still, nothing really seemed to stand out flavor-wise. Just your typical Pale Ale here.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 761 ratings.
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