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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Reviews: 321 | Ratings: 467
Photo of sudz42
4.92/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a best buy beer at $5.29 from High Falls, essentially a re-marketed Genessee Brewing Company. High Falls kicks it up a notch with a presumably all-malt product, this one having big hops without being overpowering.

There are none of the acetolactate dicetyls as mentioned in previous review, so don't be swayed by that. The finish leans to the caramel malt and for my taste could be lighter; but this isn't necessarily a bad thing since it limits to about 2 bottles to feel sated (as opposed to 4 or so for a lighter beer).

I was a huge fan of Genny Cream, 12-Horse Ale and Genny Bock, which besides Creamers have disappeared from the shelves. But that's OK so long as Dundee's is coming out with product like this APA. Their Hefeweizen is a good light offering.

Hope this marketing campaign continues in this great tradition!

Bring on a stout and a decent pilsner!!

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is exceptional. I can't believe this is from High Falls Brewing. It has a complex malty scent with a wonderful floral hop aroma. The taste is awesome as well. It has a great malty base which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is very bitter and full of hops. It goes down really smooth with a slightly dry and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This has got to be the best beer High Falls has ever made. I'm impressed; a good drinker.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber hue; has a decent pine hoppy aroma that is indeed inviting. Caramel notes up front combined with a blast of hops, some orange peel and lemon notes in the body; a decent amount of carbonation. Medium bodied, yet full of flavors; citrus hops come to life with warming; a bit bitter and at the same time a bit creamy. A dry and hopped-up finish; a solid pale ale that is highly drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of monkeyrotica
4.29/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caveat: I'm not a hop fetishist in the slightest, so a nice rounded flavor is what I'm looking for. This has just enough hops for me, balanced with a slight sweetness, thin lacing, hint of corn husk. Reminds me of something trying to be an old English bitter and not succeeding, but still. An admirable effort.Purchased in a combo pack, this is probably my favorite. As far as corporate beers go, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of Maestro
4.27/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am truly impressed with this beer. I haven't had an american pale ale that was this good in quite a while. The nose is very hoppy, but the malts come through as well. The beer is amber colored with a foamy, tan one-finger head. The mouthfeel is excellent, with a very nice malt profile to pair with the hops. Very drinkable and smooth. Great job, High Falls.

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Photo of rugbycritic
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
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 tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was a little suprised by this beer. Bought a case on a whim at the local distributer and just bought my second case. Pours a beautifel copper color with ultra-ling lasting head. Enough of a smell of hops to let you know its there without over-whelming you. good beer to drink when you're having more than ne

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Photo of BeerBob
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JW Dundee’s “American” Pale Ale pours a lovely deep copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with twist off cap. Head went to over three fingers before settling down to a full, thick carpet of foam with lace up and down the walls of my glass.

Nose is a floral hops and a whiff of alcohol, not unlike a good IPA (India Pale Ale). Palate is a well floral hopped barley malt and the bite of carbonation.

This “American” Pale Ale by JW Dundee’s brewery is full flavored, full bodied, and full of good taste... what’s not to like?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, was actually looking for something a little more mainstream as well as cheaper for this week. Thought I would try a six of the JW Dundee’s (High Falls) Pale Ale as in college (small budget) I enjoyed the Michael Shea’s B&T. Not really expecting much from a small macro producer, I must say I was quite happy with it. Poured to a dark golden/amber color with a nice sized creamy head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma is dominated with a caramel like malts and a lesser piney like hop essence. The taste is very smooth at first then breaks away to a fairly sharp piney hop flavor that does not last long but gives it a nice flavor. Over all for the price and being a macro, this is a very good brew, man am I surprised! Happy that I have actually found a macro brewery that seems like they might get it! I will have this again when my budget is stretched!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper orange with exceptional clarity. Dense two finger head shows great retention and spotty lacing. American hop nose like chinook/cascade with some light floral hop tones, faint tropical fruit notes, and a weak toasted pale malt aroma. Victory or munich maltiness upfront, sweet with toasty pale malt base and a background sharp pilsener taste. Semi-drying aftertaste, mild fruitiness, some citrus and greafruit flavor from american hops and a solid noble hop bitterness. Good malt profile balanced very well with a variety of hops, yet the overall character is tame and very approachable. Medium carbonaion and light body allow a comfortable mouthfeel that is crisp but not thin. A hint of residual crystal and munich in the finish are evened out by the dry and spicy german hop presence. Highly drinkable and probably underrated in my humble opinion.

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Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JW Dundee's pale bock pours a crystal clear light gold with a nice lingering head. The aroma is sweet and grainy with hints of hop bitterness. The flavor is nice balance of sweet pale malt and crisp bitter hops with some light citrusy hop flavor. Crisp and refreshing, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a mixed 12 pack, served in a standard pint glass.

L - orange/amber color with a good sized beige head that left sheets of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma with some earthiness.

T - good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - good taste, very affordable and very drinkable.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this product in a small package store on Cape Cod. Finally, since the days of the older versions of 12 Horse Ale, the folks at Genesee have brewed an ale with some real body and taste to it. Nice copper color, decent smell and lasting head. This is by no means a high-powered ale but it has enough in the way of hops to create a definite ale taste. I've not been a fan of the Dundee's Honey Brown because of its excessive sweetness - this product does not suffer from that problem. It was priced at about $2 less per 6-pack than the regional micros at the store of origin - if it continues at that differential, it could be an excellent crossover and/or session ale. Enough taste for an existing micro fan but not too extreme for the potential micro fan.

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Photo of mempath
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my DFH pint...deep amber tinting towards red with nice lacing and a hearty head that settles slowly. earthy, malty smell hints at a full bodied taste. not complex but not simple. seems to have a tang to the smell, but that's not the hops. first taste is actually 'simple' and i would expect more. the finish is a little better. maybe it's a tad too cold? as it warms up, i detect more depth. still a 'good' pale. mouthfeel is a bit above average, but as it warmed up, allowed the hop layering enter the fray. some balancing issues, but i will still give this another try. some classic pales seem a bit musty to me...this one is fresh and well above average. definitely if considered a session pale and enjoyed with an array of higher-end bar foods. fresh roasted peanuts would be fine as well. i can see this accompanying a strew or hot pastrami....

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Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Deep copper, forming a 1 inch white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Strong hop aroma with an almost equal amount of malts coming through.

T - Very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Good caramel flavor with an equally good citrusy finish.

M - Medium bodied. Very light carbonation and extremely smooth finish.

D - Awesome flavor and average alcohol content makes this a highly sessionable ale. This reminds me alot of Dale's Pale Ale, which I also loved! This is probably my favorite offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear copper coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- Has a hoppy scent to it, but it also somewhat yeast like.

T- Just the right amount of hops in this beer. Has somewhat of a dry finish, but also smooth at the same time. Somewhat sweet as well.

M- Pretty smooth beer with a dry finish. Well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable beer with just the right amount of hops.

Overall an excellent pale ale. Hoppy, but smooth at the same time. Great balance. Great beer.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. Brand new all malt brew (it's officially adjunct free), Dundee's pale pours crystal clear copper. The head is pillowy and steady and leaves a decorative lace. Impressive and usually the mark of a quality brew. Aroma is faint initially but is awakened by a gentle swirl. It consists of hops primarily, displaying the Tomahawk, Amarillo and Cascade varieties. The malt lends a biscuity light caramel sweetness to the nose. The flavor first shows off its hop bitterness. Malt stays hidden until it warms a bit. As the temperature rises the flavors blend ideally. I recommend consuming at or near cellar temperature. Malt base sweetens and is quickly balanced by a hop profile that combines spicy, pine and citrus elements. A solid brew that has the hop bitterness nailed down. IMHO, a bit more hop aroma and flavor would push this beer to the next level but I'm enjoying it more and more each time I drink it. Good quality brew priced at or near Honey Brown cost, this will be a good value for the buck. Looking forward to more of these type of offerings perhaps in seasonal beers. How's about an a$$ kickin IPA? Nice job overall by High Falls.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This JW Dundee's Pale Ale by Falls Brewing Co. pours a clean clear copper colour with a respectable white head that leaves a fine lace till the end.

The aroma has a slight sweet and floral nose with malt detected in the background.

Clean, crisp, smooth roasted grain flavor, well balanced by the three different hops used. Taste and balance improves as this brew warms in the glass.

No funky or strange aftertaste detected in the finish.

IMHO this is a very good Pale Ale with that great hops bite without being overly bitter and without taking a huge bite out of your wallet.


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Photo of HoppyBastard
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date than I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden/orange color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, there was some lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: flowers, citrus and bread, not overpowering.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel, bread, then a nice hop profile that reminds me of grapefruit.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: got this in a sampler 12 pack for $9.99, this was my favorite, I really enjoyed this beer, sometimes I take a chance not expecting too much, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked thisone up in Michigan as part of the Honey Brown sample pack. So far its not available in Ohio, for ive been looking & waiting.
It poured a nice amber color with a white head that held up about an inch. Lace was fair but hindered perhaps by plenty of carbonation. Some fizz could be heard, but passes for reasonable. The aroma, while not super strong was mostly citric hop with notes of pine. The taste, while the hop carries the bulk with a mild dose of citric hop, a sweet toasted malt with hints of caramel stand up to be noticed.
A good over-all pale, but I agree with other reviews, abit mild for the style.

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Photo of moocey
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've paid five dollars for a six pack of something that actually had "Ale" on the label instead of lager. Well, there was that Lawson's Creek dreck that called itself a stout but turned out to be red kool-aid, but back to topic. I've been reluctant to try this beer since it's made by the same people that make Honey Effing Lager, but my curiosity got the best of me.

Appearance - Nice Amber Color and decent head retention.

Smell - Holy crap! Is that hops I smell? Nice light hoppy, biscuity aroma. I've never smelt hops in anything this cheap.

Taste - Well I'll be damned. Nice crisp cascade hoppy, spicy bite. Do I wish there were more hops? Of course I do. But I'll forgive them since this only set me back five bucks. Slightly sweet malt finish there as well. This is a decent American Pale.

Drinkability - High. Fairly simple beer that requires little brainwork. For anyone who has been introduced to hops, this should be easy to drink.

This is slightly more expensive than your average sub-premium MacroSwill. Obviously, this is not macroswill by any means. Of course I'm not calling this a great beer, it's just an exceptional value. Most of the time when I spend this much on a six pack of beer, I'm satisfied when it lacks bad characteristcs. This goes as far as to have pleasing, although not earth-shattering, flavor and aroma. I enjoyed this beer. I highly reccomend this as a fallback to other BA's who are poor college students.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice orange amber color, stiff creamy head recedes slowly, leaving think ribbons of lace at the top of the glass.

Aroma - clean grainy aroma. Just barely able to pick up a whiff of roastiness. Pleasant but not much here to smell.

Taste - a low-key malt base to start. A light roasted grain flavor provides the base for a smooth blend of 3 different hop varieties. Citric notes up front, a nice smooth bitterness to follow, ending with an orangey, mild flowery finish. As it warms and my mouth adjusts to the hops, the initial malt taste gets more noticeable, balancing the beer out well. The aftertaste is a lingering combo of pale and caramel malts and a grapefruit rind taste.

Mouthfeel - good play of bubbles and smoothness, adequate for the style.

Drinkability - of the now-three JW Dundee's varieties, the Honey Brown just got dropped to 3rd behind the new Amber and the this new one. Great stuff.

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Photo of lionking
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from the Dundee variety twelve pack. Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer pours a nice fluffy two finger head. Nice bubble action in the glass. Nice lacing too. Beer is a copper orange color. Smell is of sweet malt with hops secondary. Taste is hoppy. Medium body, smooth in the mouth. Overall a good beer. I have been impressed with some of the Dundee beers. Would definitely drink this one again.

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