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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 08-16-2004

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and orange with a tannish head fo foam that falls well and leave s plenty to look at. Nose is orange pith and faint toasty caramel. The hops are a bit earthy. Taste is good. Fruity orange with plenty of malt to show a bit of caramel and some toasty flavor too. herbal is in the background and it finishes very clean with a lasting bitter. A nice pale ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I believe that my (usually) local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped this off for me in one of his famously massive boxes of beer. He has fled south for the winter as a snowbird and in the interim, I have been sifting through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Enjoyably Hoppy" depicting a dapper-looking frog atop a lily pad. Ha!

Once again, a screw-top bottle prevents me from even so much as a Pop! Ah, well. I did a slow, gentle pour to get things started & then followed it with a vigorous swirl. This raised a finger of dense, tawny head with excellent retention that left sticky lacing as it receded. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an evergreen/pine hoppiness underlain by a bready maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was lightly (enjoyably?) hoppy with a definite pine/evergreen bent, but it seemed mild, especially when considered against some of the top beers in the style on this site. Warming, it began to take on an earthy quality, as if English hops had been used in some capacity. It was very easy to drink and I had drank most of it without even thinking. Finish was semi-dry, kind of leaning towards the malt, but still hoppy enough not to be considered sweet. It suddenly dawned on me - it was more of an EPA than an APA! Frankly, when thought of as an APA, it pales (sorry) in comparison, where it could hold its own against an EPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, floral hops. Taste is malts, grains, some hops and light citrus notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and refreshing beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/3/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and light floral earthiness. Pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with fairly weak strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very solid pale ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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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 Brenden
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
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 NuclearSoAndSo
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

I got this as part of a Dundee sampler 12 pack.

Appearance: Pours a three-finger off-white head; golden orange/light amber in color.

Smell: Smells subtley of citrus peel and a bit of sweet grains.

Taste is light, with a slightly bitter hoppiness and a grainy taste. Almost like a standard lager with some extra citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is light but creamy; medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: A little light, and not exactly setting the standard for pale ales. I'm not sure how true to the style it is, but for the price it's not a bad beer. A casual drink.

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Photo of fx20736
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of Dundee's Ales & Lagers Seasonal Pack from Southtown Beverage on 4/26/13. Case price was $ 17.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Served at cool Temp.

appearance: light amber with a three finger white head. excellent lacing.

aroma: faint pine notes with a hint of citrus.

mouthfeel: thinnish..

taste: a wide variety of hops provide different types of bitterness to a thick bready maltiness.

notes: this actually works pretty well. A pale ale should be restrained and this is that but in a complex way.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with some nice orange highlights shining throughout. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a good level of retention, fading over about 5 min to leave only a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heavies t of a musty malty smell mixed with some notes of a light corn and some caramel, Overall the aroma is sorta stale in nature and not the most pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty and bready flavor with a hint of caramel and honey sweetness. A hop flavor begins developing later in the taste. The hop is a mix of a light grapefruit citrus and a moderate amount of an earthy taste. Later more bitterness comes to the tongue leaving, a rather off bitter flavor on the tongue. In the end, the mix of flavors leaves a rather unpleasant taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. For the style it is fitting, but overall it is rather average.

Overall – This is not one of Dundee’s best. The flavor that lingers on the tongue is quite off with the aroma being rather non-appetizing as well. While most of Dundee beers I think are a good value, this one I do not believe is. Skip it.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Mavigo
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a pint.

A: pours a clear golden yelloe with a short white head with not much lacing.

S: smells like wheat, grains, malts, little hops, light aroma

T: light flavor, wheat, bready, light flavor, hops too

M: very light flavor, kind of out of proportioned with the high carbonation, but its still very crisp and refreshing just not amazing or above ordinary.

O: overall, for its price, I'd rather drink this than other beers in the same price range, it's just alright, recommended by me.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the critics are too harsh on dundee i feel like, this isnt a bad brew by any standard. the looks nice and clear, new penny color, maybe a little more dull than that, but the hue is the same. minimal head with no retention, a common feature of the most recent dundee offerings. the nose is pretty good though, like a stick of juicy fruit gum its quenching, hoppy too. more hop in the taste than anticiated for a basic pale, and i actually like the citric and organic hop feel of this better than their english and bitter ipa, which is quite lackluster. light in the feel, but with a lot of bubbles, this is a classic session beer and everyday drink. its not boring at all, and when fresh is a darn good beer. to me this is a simple but well made pale ale, on the hoppy end of the spectrum, and refreshing as most of the stuff ive had from central and western new york. it wont be the best beer uve ever tasted, but ive got no real significant complaints either...

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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 SickGnar
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very light pale copper that is slightly tawny. Clear & bright with some bubbles rising to a smallish white head. A bit of lace.

S: Some citrus and medicinal / herbal hops. Some sweet and toasty grainy malts. Ghost hint of esters. Sort of a light nose for a pale – especially regarding the hops.

T: Toasty grain, some light malt sweetness, a hint or crystal / caramel. Floral hops with citrus and herbal accent notes. Faint fruity esters. Leans a touch earthy in the finish. Vaguest ghostly hint of diacetyl. Balanced to toasty pale malts that get increasingly husky as they warm.

M: Medium light body with CO2 a tad over-matched, but in a way that helps give it some feel. Starts off leaning just a touch sweet, with a fair amount of dextrin chew, but the finish is mildly drying in a thin way.

D: Okay for the price point. Nothing wrong really, but nothing great either. Passable, but rather pedestrian. Thin malts & relatively weak hops. You can sure drink it, but why? There are so many out there that are so much better.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- the pour yields a copper body with an off white head and good lace notches on the glass are left behind.

S- bright citrus hoppiness, some pine, carmel malt, a hint of bread.

T- alot like the smell, but the malt outshines the hops, yielding an unbalanced and muddled flavor here.

O- just not as hoppy as advertised, not terrible, but don't put a frog on the label if the beer don't hop! Sorry.

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Photo of BeerBuggy
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is no ABV on the green label. There is also no best drunk by date. It poured a 2-finger white creamy looking head which was largely maintained for a few minutes but then began to diminish until it barely existed by the time I was two thirds of the way through the glass. There was good lacing that stuck around. It was not highly carbonated. It was amber in color and I could read the label on the bottle through the beer mug. It was neither thick or watery but somewhat thin nonetheless. It smelled like newly crushed pine needles. It tasted hoppy and resinous with a bitter aftertaste. It was refreshing but I enjoyed Dundees Bock more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The final free bottle issued me by my brother. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises light honeydew, light honey, and a very mild tinge of minty pine. It smells more like a decorative soap than anything... The taste holds notes of mild caramel, honeydew, light orange peel, and an even lighter tinge of mint than before. Again, there's that decorative soap feel... The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, i did not enjoy this beer. Too much of that decorative soap character (sorry to be so repetitive, but it kept popping up in my mind the same way) for me to ever smile about it.

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Photo of JMad
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a light orange/ copper color with a filmy off white head. the smell is mostly lemon and pine hops with some bready malt. The taste is light but I did notice lemon and tea with a fruity finish. It feels light crisp and overcarbonated. The beer is enjoyable and refreshing but doesn't really compare to other pale ales.

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Photo of beyah
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber Color, 1 finger of head, decent lacing.
S- Mild caramel malt aroma, faint orangey and medicinal hop nose as well. A very clean nose.

Tcaramel sweet with some bitterness, the flovors are out of ballance and the is a aftertaste I do not care for.

Mouthfeel - Average for a comercial beer.

A bit of a disapointment, the other 3 brews in the seasonal pack were pretty good.

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Photo of tito42
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to imperial pint. I believe a julian date code is stamped on bottle neck indicating brewed on May 20, 2011. Purchased in a "new craft pack."

A: Very thick off-white head with great retention and lacing. Crystal clear gold with slight amber hues.

S: Decent amount of hops in the nose with a lot of malt and a hint of orange.

T: Corn husk throughout with sweet caramel malt. A hops finish that is overpowered by the husk. Hops and sweetness are in contrast rather than balancing each other out. The finish leaves an off-taste to me.

M: Medium-bodied, definitely not watery. A little too thick if anything, but enjoyable.

O: Looks very nice and has above-average nose and mouthfeel, but falls flat in the taste category. Too much malt, too little hops, not enough balance, and an overall "off" flavor of corn husk.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours an ever-so-trying-to-not-be-clear gold. A white head rings up soon & rings up the glass. Smell is "green" and a bit alcoholic, sweet as well. Taste is deep sugars with a bitter, detritus-bent backbone. The malts stand up. Aftertaste is mostly sweet, and a bit sour. Feel is flaccid. OK, but not *near* as good as the IPA..

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Photo of Garyman
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't like this beer at first. Like others, I got it in a seasonal 12 pack, 3 bottles of 4 different types. Thus, I had 3 "pale ales" to sample. The first time I frowned and did not appreciate the beer. It seemed overly bitter and thin. But I've long been aware that my pallet can be very finicky, and with seasonal allergies wrecking havoc this time of year...

I drank the other two at a later date, back-to-back, with a clean pallet. Again, I noted the thin quality and the bite, with the odd after-taste (citrus, yes, but also a bit like tannin, perhaps even juniper) but the over all effect was a "clean" beer and the aftertaste fades well enough; by the end of the second beer I had become accustomed to it. I really enjoyed these two beers. So, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say: it's a bit of a niche taste. I really feel those who prefer a bitter bite with a lighter heft may well enjoy this beer. It ain't no bock! So if you prefer pale ale, give it a shot.

My whole experience with Dundee was a bit of upper/downer. I'd been drinking German, Belgium, Swiss beer for a great period and I wanted to give something American a shot. I've been looking into home-brewing and have begun to get curious about beer again. Dundee is a brand I'd trust for a bit of a departure from my own personal norm. But be warned! They (Dundee) have their own unique tastes! In the realm of beer drinking, this can certainly be a good thing. In fact, it's what brewing is all about.

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Photo of bowz32
2.19/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Little head retention.
golden brown color.
Not much smell at all just a slight wiff of grain no hop.
Not much taste had a very light feel with a small carbonation bye at first, with a slight mineraly after taste.
This was one of a seasonal varity pack. Bought in Belvedere il. Very inexpensive. I wouldnt buy it again. I hope the other beers are better.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.15/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Eh, the beer is a golden color. With some hops on the nose but barely. The flavor is the same way, more hops could only benefit this brew. This is such a common style beer that it was really hard to make any real jugdement on this beer. It just wasn't strong enough in any category.

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