Dundee Pale Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Pale AleDundee Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 08-16-2004

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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 321
Reviews by lwillitz:
Photo of lwillitz
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of golden amber; nice lace

S - malt sweetness, citrus, slight floral notes

T - corny/husky malt flavor with a touch of caramel, bitter hops, grainy/hoppy finish

M - medium body, high carbonation, quite astringent

O - pretty boring brew

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off congrats to High Falls for making a solid well crafted ale I was completely suprised by this offering.Poured a copper/amber with a nice fluffy head that left a generous amount of lace,aromas were a mix of some leafy hops and and toasted grain with a hint of fruit lingering.Well balanced flavor a biscuity dry malt background with a large dose of citruisy hop I picked up a little leafy presence as well.Went down almost way to easy highly drinkable but with some nice melding of flavors,very well done.

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Photo of rugbycritic
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of our hometown brewer. We have wanted to see them make a move for a better presence in the craft segment. This is the other one.

This also has a nice dark red color with copper hints. A bolder aroma hopping rate is evident, along with more bitterness. There is a firmer malt presence to stand up to the hops. Head is nice, not overly so. Sticks to the glass for a bit of that lovely lace.

I hope that this along with the Amber Lager is the beginning of something new from High Falls. I'd love to see more interesting brews coming out with presentation similar to Saranac; their Trail Mix and Twelve Beers of Christmas.

Let have some fun. Where do I buy this stuff?

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a deep amber red with a nice fluffy two finger off white head. Vibrant with lots of red hues coming through. Aromas of bready cereal grains and a mellow caramel melding with citrusy hop aromas that almost seem artificial to me. Candy sweetness and dirty herbal notes.

First sip brings a bready, slightly cardboard infused caramel maltiness alongside an earthy grapefruity citric hoppiness. Sweet upfront with a mellow bitterness on the back of the palate. A bit too bready and dry for me...just seems a bit muddled. Still..it's not a bad APA for the price.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation that rushes across the tongue. Quite satisfying...but ultimately leaves me looking for more. Probably not one I'll pick up again unless I'm strapped for cash..there are just too many better APA's out there.

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours with a thin foamy off white head that fades to just a small ring around the edge of the glass. The color of the beer itself is a bright golden color with great clarity.

Smell: The aroma has just a light aromatic and citrus hops nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: It starts off with sweet bready malts and light grain up front that turns to a thin herbal and leafy hops flavor with a touch of citrus in the middle. The finish is mildly bitter and fades out nicely. On the palate it has a smooth yet thin texture with mild carbonation and a light to medium body.

Notes: Overall it has a good drinkability with an average flavor.

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Photo of Scribbles
2.37/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Was a bit suprised when I found out, after just using my trusty opener, they have twist off caps!?!?! (Maybe this should have been a warning)

Appearance: Nice head of two fingers that is very slowly slowly dissipating. the colour is a nice amber, there are little streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell: A little sweet smelling, a bit of a metallic odor.

Taste: Hints of caramel, not much of a hop flavour least not like I'm used to. Slightly sweet and somewhat Pine-y. There is an unpleasing metallic aftertaste, that just doesn't fit right with the rest of the beer, and makes it hard to convince yourself to take another drink

Mouthfeel: is relatively smooth; but be aware there is a fair amount of carbonation in this beer.

Drinkability: Fairly smooth and drinkable, but the metallic after taste leaves you not wanting a second one. Though I've found that it is much easier to drink with food (particularly salty), and you can take a bite of food and avoid much of the metallic aftertaste, that detracts from what would be an otherwise okay beer.

My final verdict is: I would say spend a dollar or two more and get a better tasting beer. I was hoping this would be good as it was grouped in the store with some of the better beers instead of the big Macro's; So I was hoping it might be good too. The lesson learned just because it isn't one of the big Macro's doesn't make it good. Maybe I'll check out some of there other Dundee styles, but after this experience it will be awhile until that time comes around.

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Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a plastic label and a freshness code that only the brewery will know how to read.

A- Decent froth, stick pretty good to the glass. Crystal clear reddish amber.

S- Mild caramel malt aroma, faint orangey and medicinal hop nose as well. A very clean nose.

T- Thick caramel palate is hard to break, the toasted husk flavor has a blurring effect on the taste buds. The hops help to balance the sweetness but leave little flavor behind. Finishes with a muted hop and more rough husk flavor.

M- Pretty smooth, a bit too much dextrin IMO.

D- After one I had to switch to something else.

This ale tasted too un-natural and processed to me. There are far better pale ales out there to be had.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, without any freshnesss dating to be had. Pours amber/almond, raising a medium bubble head with good retention, leaves moderate lacing. Lively carbonation, with streams of bubbles continuing to rise up. Faint bready nose. Medium bodied, notes of minerals, soft malty center and slight grainy hops in the background. Brit tasting ale. Middle of the road in most aspects, but a decent sessioner. Respectable, if not very exciting brew.

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Photo of nem2006
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, amber with a little carbonation visible. There was a weak head on it.

The smell was heavy on the hops, not much else to it.

The hops hit the tongue slowly but come on strong at the end. After it is out of your mouth, the bitterness lingers too long for me. I feel like this should maybe more of an India Pale Ale than a pale ale.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon checking in at our Orlando resort (Hilton Grand Vacation Club....highly...HIGHLY recommended), I was tasked with snagging some grocery-type products to reduce the amount of hard-earned cash that would be dropped in the parks we were hitting this week. Naturally, beer was on the list!

Darted across the street to the local Publix grocery store. Sadly, the beer selection was about 95% BMC in the various combinations of cans and bottles. I decided on the APA from Dundee's in hopes that my hops addiction would be somewhat satiated while away from good beer (and MUCH better than the $4.99 Budweisers served in Sea World!).

Color is a clear amber with a thin, yet tightly-packed whitish head. Aromas are clea, with a brief citrusy hop note. Some underlying sweetness as well. Flavor does see a decent amount of hoppy bitterness, supported by a chewy caramel malt infusion. Finish is on the dry and drawn out side. Bitterness is there, but not overwhelming. Decent body and good mouthfeel. Very drinkable after a long day walking around the parks.

$4.99 a sixer. Giddyup.

I'd not feel bad about having this in my fridge at home.

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Photo of Hugh37
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of NilocRellim
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The ale poured out from a bottle a nice gold colour and had a great creamy head to it. Strong odors of bitter hop with a hint of citrus. After a few deep heaves I could smell the faint sweet of the malt. The ale had a smooth mouth feel and taste with a predominant hop presence in flavor. Left nice foam dregs on the outside of the pint glass. Lingering hop aftertaste but not bitter; it mellowed out a bit.

Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a light amber, kind of a dark gold color. lots of active bubbly carbonation visible. a fizzy white two finger head that died down pretty quickly to a creamy layer of head over the top. mediocre retention and just a little bit of lacing. good clarity as well.

not much of an aroma. biscuity buttery malts mostly, maybe a touch of some herbal grassy hops and a little graininess. also a tad honey like sweetness.

the taste is a little more pleasing than the aroma, but not a whole lot. more hops in the taste than the aroma would suggest however. the biscuity, buttery, grainy malts still play a big role. grassy kinda herbal/earthy hop flavors. some metallic flavors noticable as well, and maybe even some honey like sweetness. finsihs dry and with a lingering hop bitterness.

light body, too much carbonation. somewhat smooth.

has some pretty good drinkability, wouldnt be to bad to session, but i would definatly go for something with more flavor. just like most of the genesee beers in their variety 12 pack, just bland and not exciting. i will hopfully never revisit any dundee beers again. i wouldnt suggest them to anyone, theres just too many beers out there to waste your time with these.

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Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish-copper, attractive. Head rises to 1/2 an inch, moderate staying power but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is reserved, slightly hoppy but slightly detergent as well, to my nose. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is a little light, especially at the close. Malt backbone is just a touch weak, a bit of shortbread. The hops are distinct and felt early, grapefruit-orange amarillo-like that gets pithier and stronger toward the back. Better than I expected, could have used better body and malt balance but its a decent Pale Ale and along with the Amber Lager and six Honey Brown Lagers in an eight-pack for $5.25 -- a dang decent value.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 a sixer can anybody say value!!! Appearance: pale amber body is off set by the creamy vanilla colored head forms thick at least two fingers worth and leaves some broad bands of lacing. Aroma: As soon as I cracked the bottle a rush of aromatic hops rush into my senses, wonderful Amarillo and Cascade floral piney slightly earthy very nice with caramel malt sweetness evident. High Falls Brewing a true ale, with actual hop aroma and flavor someone is a genius now if only Bud, Miller, Coors could ever catch on to the fact that people are beginning to know what good beer is. Taste: Very nice flavor, solid hoppy pale not overly bitter just blends together the hops seem fresh with caramel malt breadiness and herbal hop notes great finish love this beer, it's way too drinkable. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied solied carbonation slightly sticky with residual hop resins, nice. Drinkability: Great solid pale offered from High Falls, well done makes me proud.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack for a little more than 6 dollars at Tower in Atlanta.

The color is a nice copper color with a minimal head that sticks around. The smell is minimally hoppy with not much else - decently pleasing but nothing exceptional.

It tastes smooth with little aftertaste. As far as mouthfeel it definitely has a presence but again - nothing exceptional.

This is a good session beer, very drinkable as it's not too heavy. Worth the price, and I'd probably buy it again for a hot summer day.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jbphoto88
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saffron reddish yellow with a poor mini off white head. Looks like a decent beer but not one that is very inspiring.

Smell is not much of anything. A little malts but they smell slightly stale and almost no hop profile. So far not a good showing for a pale ale. I expect at least some notes of either hops or malts, this one has neither.

Taste is disappointing like the nose. The malt backbone never fully materializes and the hop profile only emerges in the form of a mild bitterness.

This one looks better then it is. Not one I would pitch down the drain but also not one I want to buy again. The Dundee craft lineup is really hit or miss in my book.

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Photo of Brenden
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An amber color that leans a little darker with an orange hue to the body, this beer is fairly clear. It develops a creamy and pretty rocky head that rises pretty high and falls pretty quickly. It does keep up some of its form the rest of the way, and it leaves a good mix of patchy and spotty lace.
The aroma is a little faint, but there's a good balance, though it's a little maltier than it ought to be, while a light hops presence adds citrus with a touch of rind.
The hops really do need to come out stronger, and particularly so against the malty backbone. Caramel sweetness and toast are the main element, while some of the pithy citrus does come out as well. It does have some graininess running underneath.
Smoothness seems to be favored over crispness, but there is a bit keeping up. It almost runs out of life as it goes, but doesn't quite. Carbonation does remain steady.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After their rather lackluster honey lager and flat out bad hefeweizen, I was prepared to hate this been. With that in mind, I was pleasently surprised by how much I liked this beer.

A rather pleasent, crystal clear reddish brown color, with a big thick, foamy top to it. A nice sweet malty nose, no complaints there. Fairly well balanced taste to it, leaning a bit heavier towards the hops than the malts. Bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Finishes with some lingering hops.

A solid pale ale. Worth a taste.

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Photo of brewQ
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They have a nice looking package for this brew. Label looks as if it is screened on but is printed on clear plastic. The six pack carrier promotes their other brews with photos.
Lots of CO2 charged out of this brew. A one inch plus head with some staying power but no evident lacing. Body is honey colored.

I stuck my nose deep into the pint glass searching for aroma. Alas, no floral or hop notes and just a bit of malty or metallic aroma here.

Like the aroma, the taste was elusive. Nothing offensive, just not Pale Ale style. Better than Genny's macro offerings. On par with the Honey Brown.

I'd say they hit their target on drinkability.

IMO, Dundee is a novelty west of Ohio and a step above Genny east of there. Too bad they couldn't take a chance on a seasonal or specialty beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crazy that I'm drinking a sampler of Dundee products after bathing in Honey Brown for a good portion of my college days... here goes: golden orange body with a steadily effervescent movement; a bubbly head that settles into a half-inch off-white cloud--not bad! Fresh spruce and spring-like fluttering scents, light and soft... spritzy... thin and soft through the palate--weak on presence, long on aftertaste... the scent didn't portend the taste which is a bit lagerish and heavy at the throat... I had doubts--which is never good when sampling a new beer--a veiled attempt, but drinkable...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dundee- Pale Ale

A- Bright golden orange/ brown with a moderate fomay head. I ring lacing on the glass.
S- Light lemon and lightly roasted grain malt.
T- Lemony grain malt. Slight touch of sunflower seed. Buttery caramel body with a liht citrus finish.
M- Light and crisp with a sugary finish.

Overall- Just too light, for a Pale Ale the hops should be more bold and assertive.

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