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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 nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orange color that has almost no head whatsoever.

S: Definitely some bittering hops going on here with a grainy smell.

T: Taste is bitter and hoppy with a lemon grass taste.

M: Thick and almost chewy.

O: Definitely would have this over and over.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Light amber with hint of orange. About finger and a half worth of head the fades pretty quickly, settling to a nice ring with pretty good lacing.

S: I'm getting more malt with a touch of caramel, strangely not much hops going through.

T: Taste matches the smell pretty closely... more sweet malt and caramel... the hops makes a little appearance at the finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. This one tends to lean to the malt side...

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer but not what I was expecting from a APA.... Just a little confusing but overall pretty good.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LIghter-orange colored brew, small and short-lived white head tops off a mostly clear body with a bit of haze. Sweet malt scent with some bittering hop. Light malt start, some bittering hop to end it, maybe a bit of lemon and grass. Medium bodied. Nothing too complex, but theres nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just light lacing is left on the glass.

Slight grapefruit hop aroma. A little lemon and cracker like malt rounds out the aroma.

Light flavored with a surpising amount of bitterness. I am sure this bottle is past its "Best by date" so I will not hold that against it. Not much flavor from the malt, just a little cracker flavor. On the drier side of pale ales.

The body and carbonation is the best part of this beer. Light without being watery and softly carbonated.

An easy drinking beer that is refreshing. I would like to try one a little fresher and adjust the score.

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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 Lillie1128
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dogfish head pint class

A - pours a pale amber with a small white head

S - smells vaguely of citrus and some wheat

T - kinda flat with with an transparent lemon flavor and a mild, hoppy end

M - medium, kind of fizzy

D - Fairly high

Alright IPA.

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Photo of spree92
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow straw has a constant skimming of a head. Just a touch sticking to the glass. Some oily earth notes in the hops, grass and citrus. A pinch of roasted grain balances thus out in both smell and taste. However, this is carbonated just a bit much and very acidic. Mouth feel is clean and leaves fast. I think this is what it was meant to be, a good entry level craft pale ale, nothing more.

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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 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 GreenJetta912
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faint hop smell. Citrusy and floral. A few malts here. Good balanced nose.

Sweet and syrupy for just a moment, then the hops crash the party. Wonderful balance. A highly drinkable PA. Good malty sweet backbone. There are some ashy notes that I've tasted before in some other hop-centric ales.

The mouthfeel is creamy but again in great balance. It's not the kind of creamy milky mouthfeel that will produce a lot of mucus. Really not a whole llot to the finish though. Just some hops that hang around.

I reveiwed this beer from some notes, but yesterday I drank the other one I had at room temperature and it was just as good (no adjuncts).

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Photo of shaunb81
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, amber body with a half inch, pale white head. Medium lacing. Looks decent.

Smell - Sweet and malty with some definite hops. Caramel? Nah.

Taste - This beer is sweet on the front and bitter on the back end. The hops are dry and a bit spicy. Pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is nice and the beer is a little creamy at some points. Density is perfect!

Overall - A nice pick, if I should say so. Malts and hops are balanced nicely and I would give this another go in a heartbeat.

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Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a hazed, dirty looking sort of light rust colour. minimal head and lace. muted, simple aroma of crackery malts and grassy hops. some bread and butter malt base flavour with a requisite light slap of bittering hops to finish. hopping is all grassy and slightly coarse. light bodied. thin, crisp mouthfeel. IMO this has a high slammability because of it's sessionable nature. quenching with just enough flavour to be enjoyable i'm sure on a hot and humid summer day/evening. overall just average, but for the price it's a fair and reasonable pale ale.

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Photo of Zraly
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange with two finger head. Faint notes of malt and grass.

Crisp and relatively clean, this pale ale is pretty standard. There is a nice, momentary back note of biscuit but other than that, it is pretty straightforward. Decently balanced and easy to drink, although there might be better pale ale "standards" out there for knocking several back (i.e., Sierra Nevada Pale Ale).

Not great, not terrible. Probably good on a hot Louisiana night.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light clear golden orange color. Has a white foamy rocky head with good retention. Lacing is moderate to none.

S - Smell is of light piny hops and grains. Maybe some sugars as well.

T - not too much. grasses, very little citrus/piny hops and a bit of sugar sweetness. ehh.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D/N Not too tasty. Drinkable but not satisfying. Average beer here. Nothing special. I would skip it if i were you.

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Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> tulip

Pours a pale orange with some golden highlights. A small white head settles quickly to a puddle of suds. Random splotches of lace. Carbonation appears slight.

Nose: Grass along with some citrus.

Medium to full body. Light bready maltiness is quickly overcome by a medicinal bitterness and grassy semi-citric flavors. The bitterness is not offensive but more present then the touch of malt.

An average beer that I could drink all night and not be disappointed.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a lighter yellow color with white head. Smell is slightly citrusy with some grassiness. Taste was very similar with a bit more hops citrus. Feel was a lighter medium body with a good carbonation and some oiliness on the finish. Overall a good pale ale that I won't shy away from when purchasing.

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Photo of patreely12
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pale, straw color. white foamy head, about a finger tall. retains pretty well leaving some spotty lacing. quite a bit of carbonation.

S - pale malts. slightly sweet with a buttery aroma and some toffee. a good bit of grassy hops.

T/M - really simple blend of caramel malts and grassy hops. starts slightly bitter with the hops and smoothes out with some of the sweetness of the malts and some citrus notes.. light, almost watery body and a lot of carbonation. slightly dry finish, with is typical for the style.

Overall this decent representation of the style but I've had better. goes down very easily, and would be sessionable if the flavor was more solid. I was expecting more from Atiba and ended up somewhat disappointed. This is worth a try though.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Pours a bright, hazy orange with two finger foamy head.

S- Pretty strong citrus scent, smells like a citrusy IPA, light floral aroma as well.

T- Starts out a mild citrus taste and finishes with a mild bitterness. Some caramel sweetness is present as well. A little sweeter than most pale ales I've had.

M- A little watery on the finish

D- Lighter, sessionable pale ale, just a little too watery for me to seek it out again

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

Pours a crisp honey color tinged in gold with a small white head that leaves a thin cap after it dies. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells very yeasty, strong pale malt character with some well-blended floral hop notes. A little caramel sweetness in the body fills things out.

First taste is quite pleasing, a good mix of malt body and mild hops. A little caramel sweetness again, but overall a touch on the dry side, which I like in a pale ale. Fairly simple and straight-forward.

Light and crisp body but still enough substance to not be watery, it finishes fairly clean with a tiny lingering hop flavor. Very easy to drink and quite frankly one of the better pale ales I've had recently. Refreshing.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish hue with a snow white head and minamal lacing.
Slight yeasty with an almost caramel maltiness and a hint of grassy hops.
Pretty tame profile that is very approuchable, that said nothing stands out here. Yeasty malty vagueness with a splash of hop bitterness.
A little thin and over carbonated for my liking but not bad.
Highly sessionable given the right conditions. Hey it's fat tuesday, I believe I will have another!

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Photo of ejimhof
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- nice orange color with some lacing.

Smell- slight floral scent but no hops that I can detect.

Taste-I am expecting some hops but can't find any just some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- not much going on here.

Drinkability - I could drink more than one but I don't think I want to.

Probably my least favorite beer from Abita.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - golden brown in color, clear, with about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but also maybe mellowed out by the malts. I can't smell the citrus hinted at on the label.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strongly hoppy at the start, probably Cascade hops. But as the label suggests, the bitterness is mild. It does finish with a bit of the citrus flavor hinted at on the label. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew. Not terribly complex, but good-tasting and easy to drink.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Virtually no head. Cloudy golden-yellow. Unimpressive.

S: Light sweet malts. A little adjunct aroma.

T: Not great. Buttery (not good from a bottle). Not a lot of hop character for a pale ale.

M: Cloying and buttery. Not pleasant.

D: I would not seek this one out. I've had this beer before this review and liked it just the same as I do now. Avoid.

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Photo of knm
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear yellow and has little head, with decent carbonation. Smell is mild citrus and tang.
What an interesting taste, not a typical pale. Very light and smooth, almost to drinkable for this type of beer. A little fruity, I don't taste the hops. None the less, this is a nice lawnmower beer...if we had grass in the desert!

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Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a six pack of Restoration Pale Ale in a bet with a Miami alumnus (loser to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl). Proceeds of this beer goes to the Katrina relief fund, as it is the first beer to be made in Abita Springs, Louisiana after their disaster.

Appearance (3.5/5): A little on the light side for a pale ale, nice sticky lacing and a one finger head after being poured.

Aroma (3.5/5): Balance of Amarillo hops and caramel malts. Could use more hops.

Taste (4/5): Slight bitterness at first, with a malty sweetness at the finish. Citrus notes throughout.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body with a ton of carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

Drinkability (4/5): Perfect after mowing the lawn - quenching even on a Louisiana summer evening.

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