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

What I always respect about Abita's beers is that they are always fully and cleanly attenuated. This beer is no different.

The beer begins simply enough while emitting a pungent, sharp scent of pine and orange rinds from the hearty hop additions. The hop character translates directly to the flavors and on into the clean, bitter mouthfeel and leaves a mild, resiny taste deep into the finish.

Right behind the hops lie a firm, cracker-like malt profile. Caramel sweetness and fruity esters make me think of more English-style pale ales but the beer's texture is a fully attenuated crisp texture with some hints of fresh grains throughout. The fruitiness accompanies the hops all the way.

Somewhat grainy and metalic at times with some shadows of papery oxidation but the beer is by and large holding up nicely. Alcohols are mildly warming, otherwise difficult to detect. Could the beer handle a bit more malt? Sure but not at the sacrifice of drinkability. Maybe a bit on the heavy side for a true session beer, but this beer is about as drinkable as can be expected of the style.

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Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark golden (if that makes sense). Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger, white, foamy head. Carbonation continues to rise, as the head lingers. . . and very slowly settles leaving a nice little blanket to keep the beer snuggly. Nice spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Malt, hops, lemon, and a bit of honey. . . maybe a hint of apple, as well.

T: Sharp hops with citrus hints.

M: Light and hoppy. As a matter of fact, the hops are quite prominent and remain throughout the experience. A lemony twang kicks in, too. Does have a slightly watery feel. Dry finish.

D: Very good drinkability. Light feel, refreshing body, good flavor.

This beer has a really nice atmosphere which pleasantly surprised me. I am a big Abita fan - although I recognize there are no world beaters here - but they general lack in this department. Good flavor, sharp, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice light body, good aftertaste. Makes for really good drinkability. Very good, quaff.

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Photo of cvfish
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a pale golden color that produced a soapy white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aroma of the beer was some citrus and floral hop aroma

T - The taste of this Pale Ale was grapefruit hoppy flavor, some slight bitterness on the finish

M - The body was light, but lower that normal Abita carbonation, although it was still pretty high

D - This example of a Pale Ale was a little lacking on the hops characteristics that I normally associate with the style, however this is a light beer with some good flavors that is easy to drink

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Photo of blklab2007
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle poured a brassy amber color with a thin off white head that fell to a ring in the glass quickly. aroma has caramel malt, sweetness, and light spice. mouth feel is average and there is fairly good carbonation. flavor has a malted body with caramel, spices, and some minerals. finishes withlight bitterness and spices lingering.

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

poured a nice light gold / amber color with about one finger of a yellowish white head that dissipated quickly to just the edge of the glass
has a bright floral hop smell
tasted light, refreshing, with the same floral hop taste being prominent with the obvious slight bitterness
had a decent feel in the mouth not thin but also think just average
was nice to drink would make a nice social beer

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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 mbenthall
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice head that faded into decent lace. Pale yellow.

Smell: Crisp, clean, slight hop and citrus presence.

Taste: Light and clean malty on the front with subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable nice easy going pale ale that could be considered refreshing.

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Photo of drseamus
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an average beer all around. It has a pretty light body, but that's fine for a pale ale. The aroma and flavor would be pretty good for a pale ale, but fall short of the ideal for an american pale ale. The bitterness is there with a touch of hop flavor, but again, not quite enough. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale, but nothing remarkable really. Drinkability is a tough one. I could drink a lot of it, but it's not really a great beer.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant, polished copper with a big head and ample carbonation.
First notice is swett malts in the nose..grainy with spicy notes of hops and a little yeasty breadiness going on.
Taste was a bit on the initial dissapointing. Some grainy malts mixed with bitter, not necessarily pleasant hops.
Metallic and a bit of skunkiness coming through.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold hue with minor head and lacings. Smell is faint hops and malts, not bad but not particularly strong. A decent hop taste with some citric notes and a light sweet malt taste. Finishes with a slightly dry backbite. A decent beer but it settles for mediocrity.

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

Massive poofy white head, a really hazy golden color, some nice citrus aroma. Way too much carbonation, had trouble pouring 12oz bottle into my pint glass. Took long time for head to settle.

Really zingy carbonation, detracts from the flavor. A little watery, but very drinkable. Would be good on a really hot day, but not very satisfying on a fall evening workin out in my garage. Overall a pretty watery PA, overcarbed, & wimpy on the hop flavor. Good thirst quencher, but that's about it.

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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 ectomorph
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz shorty into a pint glass. Just doing my part to save Louisiana.

A - Hazy gold in color with light orange highlights. White 1 finger head with big fat bubbles!

S - Fruity hops, this brew smells like Juicy Fruit and waffles?

T - Meh. Initial hop bite disappears instantly and just kind of leaves you hanging. Not much of a finisher.

M - A little weak here too I'm afraid.

D - Once is enough for me. With so many other Pale Ales out there, no reason to track this one down...

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Photo of DubBrewer
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass and a thin white head was visible that quickly vanished.

Appearance is a a golden color. The smell is something to be desired. I expect a pale ale to be full of hop aroma but with this beer I smell more of a caramel malt profile. There are some light citrus notes in the background, but they are barely identifiable.

Taste is light and refreshing, with hints of caramel sweetness balanced with a good bitterness. There is also a slight citrus taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is average, though a bit on the watery side.

This is a drinkable beer, however, there are much better examples of the style to be found.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly based amber with a white head. Nose is citrus and hops. Flavor is smooth with citrus. Doesn't get overbearing. Nice acidic bitter tone. Feel is good on carbonation. Liquid is nice. Very nice to drink. No offense, but this one is a surprise. I'm actually considering seconds.

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Photo of unionturf
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with a small head, lacing is minimal during the drink. I was disappointed in the watered down thin taste if this APA, I was hoping for more. Taste is mostly malt with a little hops taste, but after swallowing little real taste remains which is why I think it taste watered down. Not a "bad" beer but id I'm going to spend money on a brew this would not be it.

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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 mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of BrewAskew
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin sudsy head and gold-amber color. Aroma is malty and sweet with a floral hops background. Flavor is light and balanced. It has the typical American Pale Ale characteristics, just not as loud as some other brands. A malty, refreshing beer that's a good alternative to Abita Amber.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.97/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Pours a vibrant gold/dark yellow with a white head that doesn't lace as much as I would like it to. The look of this beer just makes me want to drink it.

S-Lots of citrus/fruity aromas hit you first. A smooth and complex malty smell is a little lighter. Not to sure of all the grains in this, but the smell makes me want to take a drink.

T/M-Excellent! A mix of pale malt and citrus fruit flavors tickles my tongue. As the beer finishes, the hops take over with a nice pine flavor that gives the beer a great pale finish. The body is just perfect and the carbonation is spot on.

This is one of the better beers I have ever had. The only complaint I have, and this is being picky, is the head doesn't lace as much as I would like it. This beer looks, smells, and tastes good. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.


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

12-ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden amber body capped with a finger of fine white foam that recedes to a ring leaving swatches of thin lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty and dry with a nice dose of grassy, herbal hops.

The taste matches the smell almost seamlessly. Dry, crisp, and malty up front, the drink is punctuated with spicy notes of herbal hops with a little grass and is finished by a nice clean bitterness.

Medium-bodied and crisp with a nice clean finish, the beer is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lazy, hazy light copper color into a standard pint glass.

Light citrusy, appley nose, I get some cola-esque notes as well. Typical of Abita beers, the malts are pretty distinctive and make themselves known.

Yup, malty for an APA...light carmely flavors. Hops are not very heavy and there is not much carbonation.

A very sessionable beer, nothing overly spectacular. Would probably buy again, but like the Golden and Jockamo offerings from Abita better.

Very cool that $1 from each sixer goes to help rebuild NOWLA...hence the name!

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Photo of phishgator
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light straw clear color with a white tight foamy head. Good carbonation and lacing the coats the entire glass and the head does not dissipate. The aroma of the floral, fruity cennetial hops hits you upfront. The taste is the grapefruit, slight spiciness, and then another helping of hop bitterness at the end. The body is a little thin. There is an off mix of the hops, maybe there needs to be a little more malt backbone to balance the floral upfront cennt. and the spicy bittterness of the cascade. A good session brew nonetheless.

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Photo of becktone
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Clear golden orange in color and appearance, Head is a foamy white with great retention, size, and pretty good lacing.

Nose: Good malt backbone, but pretty bland with the hops. Weak grassy and citrus hop aroma. Malt character is somewhat grainy. Overall just a bland and weak aroma. Now that I've taken several sips of it I notice that there is something really unpleasant in the aroma, can't put a finger on it though, it is moderately offensive.

Tongue: As like the aroma the flavor is pretty bland. Some malt sweetness mingle with some grainy type of flavors and are balanced out by hop bitterness. Hop flavor is somewhat piney, spicy, and citrusy, more of a mix of both I think. Still, just average, run of the mill, nothing close to being special.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Somewhat dry on the palate with a normal type of body for the style. Nothing special, just average. Really not impressed by this does nothing for me whatsoever. It is not outstanding in flavor or aroma. This isn't really one that I'd like to kick back and drink, nor would it be one that I'll readily try again. Really, in my opinion, this just isn't worth your time...too bland and no real character.

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