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 DrinkSlurm
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden hay color with good foamy head. Smells of slightly fruity hops, but not good fruity. Like purple haze but hoppy?...
Taste is very mild hops with more malts than hops. Slight fruity taste to go with the smell. Overall, ok APA. Nothing to go crazy over here but worth a try to help with the hurricane restoration...if they are still doing that...

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Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Beat served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear light amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a few puddles and a small collar of residue and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a grain malt, floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with hints of a mild caramel and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

The taste was very lightly bitter from start to finish with a hint of orange peel early on and a mild hoppy ending. The flavor was very short lived, fading very quickly after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a watery texture and a super mild carbonation.

Overall a very light tasting brew that had very little flavor other than a very faint hoppy presence, which did not last long...

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

A - Pours a slightly orangish gold color with a thin layer and minimal lacing.

S - Lightly hopped with slight floral and citric notes. Some light malt notes with a hint of caramel.

T - Mix of citric hop flavors and light pale, biscuity malts. A little piney/grassy hops as well.

M - Nice carbonation, smooth finish. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable.

O - A pretty standard, slighty-above average APA. Enjoyable and solid, but it doesn't amaze. A good bet if you want a basic APA.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light copper color , produced a thin white head, below average retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this APA is a little underwealming, some soft hints of fresh baked bread, and a slight note of citrus (lemon). Medium in body, this apa has a base of malted grain, some sweet caramel flavor and faint citrus hops. Dry finish, overall, decent session beer but it is an average at best example of an APA. Prost!

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color with a nice white head that has decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: Nice pine hoppiness.

Taste: If you like the pine tasting hops, this is perfect. It's not too strong, but full of flavor.

I'm not a big fan of the pine flavored hops, but this is done really well. It's refreshing, has a good taste, and is a well made beer worthy of high honors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This must be Charles II's favorite American beer... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, light bready toffee, and a touch of mixed greens. The taste brings in more of the same, but with everything watered-down, lacking in much character. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a meek little pale ale, one that seems like it's trying to be something lighter, more approachable, but just ends up coming across as weak and overly unassuming.

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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 rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy light orange, sediment, two finger head

S-Malt, some citrus and grassy hops with a little bit of grass

T-Malt, wit some citrus hops, some of the grass as well, little to no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-A boring APA, could have used some more bitterness.

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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 acevenom
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a white head. There is the presence of hops in the aroma as well as some malts. The hops lend a slightly citrusy aroma. The taste is very grainy and the hops lend pleasant citrus and pine flavors. The bitterness from the hops also balances out the mild sweetness of this beer. It's just right. The body is light to medium and it's clean and dry. The carbonation isn't overpowering. Overall, this is good and very drinkable. It doesn't quite give you the level of flavor that some of the higher quality American pale ales possess, but this is still good. You could probably use this beer as a way to slowly introduce people to pale ales.

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

A: Between golden & pale copper (closer to golden), clear with perhaps just a few fine floaties. Fair number of bubbles rising to the small-medium eggshell head that disappears quite quick while leabing some fair lace.

S: Biscuity & grainy pale base malt with a hint of low C sweetness and a touch of caramel. A step behind the malts are citrus hops with grapefruit & soft lemon standing out. A ghost hint of estery & fruity yeast note muddles it up a bit (which is odd if they used Cal. Ale yeast). Overall it is simple in profile, fair for strength, and generally alright.

T: Soft grainy, biscuity, crackery malts with just a touch of sweetness & caramel, and a hint of husk at the edges. Citrusy & pleasantly grassy hops with decent flavor and fair to mild bittering. Grapefruit & a hint of pine linger lightly in the finish. Smooth overall, not a lot going on either in amount or strength, but it is refreshing and pleasant.

M: A bit under medium body with CO2 over-matched some, but with nicely soft & fine texture that gives its expansive mouthfilling a very cushiony feel. Soft and almost smooth up front with just a enough bite on the back end to be refreshing. Even & short finish, neither sweet nor very much drying. Small feel, but nice.

D: An uncomplicated, light, easy-drinking pale. Almost lager-esque, or perhaps a hint kolsch-like with the soft grainy aspect. Not in the big leagues for an APA, not even close, but it is a good big steps above light lager macro swill. Good for a hot day or with pub grub.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a nice orange color and good foam. A pretty standard pale ale.

Smell: Pine and biscuit malt. Good. Not much else going on, but it's good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit watery, but it has a refreshing pine flavor. Very well-balanced.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be one of my standbys, a great session beer to be enjoyed in great quantities in the summer. I had one after a long day of work in the winter and still enjoy it for how crisp and refreshing it is, but it falls short compared to other more intricate beer. The smell is rather pedestrian, but you can smell a touch of hops. A hair of citrus that comes thru in the taste, as the beer warms up there are no new notes or more clarity. This is a step up from a traditional American Lager. Not much more than that. I do still have mad love for Abita and truly appreciate this beer helping to rebuild a city that deserves it.

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

12 oz short bottle, with best by date stamped on neck, hard to see.

appears a clear golden color, with some amber highlights. bone-white head. hops dominated aroma, earthy, a bit of citrus. hops rule the taste as well, but not overpowering. subtle pale malt. drier finish, not much aftertaste. medium body, medium carbonation. works well - its easy to drink, but not too thin.

overall, a decent beer for a good cause.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - clear golden beer with a hint of a head with thin streaky lacing. Some visible carbonation in the glass.

S - grassy hops, hint of citrus

T - nice hint of resinous hops on the tongue initially but it's very short-lived and finishes very dry with practically no malt. It's gone very quickly.

M - very light, but also with mild carbonation. Exceptionally dry finish.

O - Initial promise was there, but it just didn't follow through. Very light and dry; not much to it unfortunately.

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Photo of Kitt
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber with a < 1 finger weak white head. Aroma very weak (I'm almost getting nothing here) only a hint of a musty straw-like malt scent. Taste is light and slightly flavorful - I'm getting a hint of burnt barnyard hay and light caramel. This ale is lightly hopped leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is terrific, carbonation is well balanced, and the light body is smooth not leaving an oily afterfeel. Drinkibility is good, ABV low (5.1%) so alcohol is not overwhelming. Overall, this pale ale lacks rich and eclectic flavors. But its light alcohol content, smooth light body, and slightly bitter aftertaste is appealing. This makes a fine mid-afternoon brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden amber, on the lighter side, with foam that settles out completely. Virtually no nose, just a subtle hint of a hop. Light mild hop bitter taste, with a smooth sweetness at the finish. Quick finish, bitterness fades out. One of the mildest APAs I've had.

Quick drinker - maybe they erred on the lighter side to boost sales for the cause, which I can respect. But better brews can be had from Abita.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a healthy two finger head that retains for a spell and has some bubbles sticking to the glass before settling to a thin sheet of surface foam. I also see what appears to be a small amount of sediment suspended in the body which is a bit surprising. I can't imagine this beer was bottle-conditioned or even unfiltered but my guess is that it's unfiltered. Either that, or the daylight's playing tricks on me.

S- Smells bready and a bit hoppy the way a standard pale ale should be.

T- Tastes like a standard pale ale with a decent amount of bready malts and a halfway decent hop presence that's well-balanced and highly drinkable.

M- Fluffy foam when I swish. Medium carbonation. Once again, standard.

O- The word of the day is "standard." Pale ales usually don't excite me much, and this one's no exception.

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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 Arithmeticus
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear, light orange; nice carbonation; 3-finger head; good lacing
S: subtle but enduring hoppy fragrance
T: sweet pale ale; tinny overtone detracts from an otherwise nice malt-hops (2:1) interplay

Overall a nice beer; thanks to other reviewers for giving some background on the connection with Hurricane Katrina.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#133. Part of my Abita party pack that I have been slowly (but surely) hacking away at over the past few weeks. This beer was originally brewed for Louisiana's hurricane relief fund but has since become a year-round offering. There is no freshness date to be found on the bottle or label.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A rigorous pour yields a 2 finger depth head of a heavy froth consistency. Head retention is quite nice, receding slowly and leaving behind generous lacing behind at the surface as it thickens. Head is an off-white cream tone and thick like sea foam. Beer color is a hazy golden-amber with significant speckled matter littered throughout the glass. I can see through to the other side, but there's a lot of sediment to be seen by the naked eye in this beer. This looks like an interesting beer but some of the crucial parts of appearance have been well satisfied, giving this beer a high rating in terms of appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma is reminiscent of a mildly hopped American IPA. A mild pale malt backbone is paired with a blend of citrusy hops, leaving a grapefruit and lemongrass tone dominating the nose. Unfortunately, potency is a weak factor in this aroma, and doesn't improve much with warming. Nose is well balanced and pleasing to the senses. 4

(Taste) This is an interesting turn of events. The hop character has significantly dwindled, leaving what I can best describe as mildly unfresh fruit tones, but the malt base is still there and leaves the beer mildly sweet. The flavors in this beer are only about half of where they should be, the characters in the end lacking the body needed to keep this beer from tasting slightly watery and spotty in taste. Aside from a pale malt base followed through with a lingering faded floral tartness (and maybe a touch of honey and yeast) in the finish, there is little other content to discern in the taste. Despite being far from terrible, it's a genuine drag as compared to what I had anticipated in the nose. Taste is about average. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mildly prickly with carbonation in the front but with a smooth, mildly creamy midsection. Body is a light and alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation could be reduced a notch without negatively impacting the beer, it is admittedly too much in some spots. The sediment doesn't come through in the mouthfeel, much to my relief. 3.5

(Overall) Foiled again! This is a beer that has delivered in appearance and aroma but fallen through on taste. I'm determined to try it again in the very near future for a second opinion (take me seriously here folks). The taste just didn't deliver what the nose had advertised, and would have been an excellent beer otherwise. Either way, I would recommend this beer solely on the factor of it being one of Abita's best brews I have reviewed thus far regardless of how this batch turned out. My one suggestion: get it as fresh as you possibly can so that you can truly experience the hop and fruit flavor. Hopefully the upcoming Turbodog won't have similar results. 3.5

Abita Brewing Co.'s
Restoration Pale Ale
B- (3.43)

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Photo of zdk9
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out with a full finger of head and a body the color of well tarnished gold. Lacing in rings like a tree trunk betray how large my sips have been.

S- Smells piney, chalky, wood dusty. There's some good hops in the aroma.

T- Tastes piney, and a bit minerally, but not as much as the aroma had. A bit of spice reminiscent of rye bread. Could use some more punch in flavors, but nothing off or bad here.

M- Fairly dry, which is kind of interesting, in a nice way.

O- A decent APA. Nothing too powerful or hoppy to write home about, but one that would be a great non-thinking beer to have a couple of.

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Photo of iadler
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a fluffy two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. Nice lacing is left behind.

S- Carmel and bready malt, faint citrus hops with notes of orange and grapefruit and some floral hops

T- Caramel and bready malt, orange, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops and fresh cut grass.

M- Medium carbonation and low to medium body. Has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry and clean.

O- Very drinkable but on the lighter side of a pale ale. Maybe it's an older bottle, as the hops are pretty subtle. Still an enjoyable APA that would be great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earthy hop, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earthy hop, subtle fruit, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really jumped out at me on this one which made it almost one-dimensional while drinking. The aroma was the best part of this by far, but that wasn't saying TOO much. Wish some of the floral notes from the aroma would have made themselves known in the flavor. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local wattering hole the other evening and I thought it was quite nice.
Lots of citrus in the nose. Golden pale and clear. Sent of corriander in the nose.
Lots of corriander and and citrus flavors. Crisp and refreshing.
This is my first from Abita and I like what I taste.

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Restoration Pale Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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