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
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

For the price, this is a well above average beer. A nice little pale ale from a brewery with a small line up, it's got a nice hop kick but it isn't too bitter. Very smooth and drinkable which is just what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this beer as part of a panel tasting. Aromatics are quite balalnced betweem a caramel / malt sweetness (fully attenuated), and pine-y hop bitterness. Taste shows equal balance with emphasis on a metalic hop flavor that increased intensity as the beer warms. Texture gets quite bite-y and rough because of the lighter body and high alcohols. The sweet balance falls away leaving the beer a bit grain-like, astringent, and rough around the edges. Could have finished the pint, but probably not with a smile.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured out a nice amber color with a fizzy thick head. It smelled like cascade hops and malt. The mlat flavor was nicely complimented by some bitter hops and a little vanilla. The mouthfeel was very soft. I found it was quite drinkable. I had a couple and could have had more but I wanted to save them because I really enjoyed it. I would have to say I like JW Dundee's PA better than the Honey Brown or the Amber Lager. A great deal for the price.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey-color with a frothy head that leaves copious amounts of lacing across the glass

Smell: Grainy overtones and a caramel base

Taste: Relatively sweet caramel malt backbone that is joined by moderately bitter flavors with pine, citrus pith and floral elements; the aftertaste falls apart as toffee sweetness competes with a lemony bitterness that has some metallic overtones and never coalesces

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad pale ale but it has its detractions, no doubt

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date found. Poured a nice layer of head that didn't last very long, but did leave some lacing. Color was a straw yellow/light touch of orange.

This beer really isn't to appealing to me. The alcohol content isn't that high but the taste was quite significant. Very bland hop proifile with pale malts. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel was alright. However, the carbonation was pretty solid. Lighter bodied beer. Dry and crisp.

It was part of the mix pack, so it was worth a shot, but not something I will have again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JW Dundee's American Pale Ale pours a crystal-clear amber body beneath a one-finger sized head of frothy off-white foam. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface, adding to the head and helping with it's retention. And that effervescent carbonation can be felt on the tongue as well, with a zest that awakens the tastebuds to all of the flavors held within it's medium body. The nose is not particularly bright, or hoppy, but it is clean and it displays a combination of biscuity and lightly caramelish malt, the High Falls house yeast, and some very light, citrusy and piney hops. All of these characteristics are mirrored in the flavor with a more pronounced caramel side to the malt and more hop flavor than the nose suggests. A solid bitterness leads to a dry finish, and some lingering citrusy and piney hops leave the palate ready for another sip. Well done!

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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

The color is copper with a large and very thick head. Retention is very good. Aroma has more malt than expected, caramel, with some piney hoppiness. The taste strikes a nice balance between the malts and hops. Malt flavor is stronger compared to the hops than the typical west coast SNPA-type pale ales I'm used to getting in Texas. Still, there is plenty hop flavor and bitterness to go around. Drinkability is very good and the only problem with the mouthfeel is that it seems to be just a bit watery. Dundee's Pale Ale is a great deal seeing as how I only paid about $4.60 for a sixer. If I could get more beer of this quality at the same price, I would be an even happier BA.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with a thick off-white head a decent, even lace.

S: Has a hoppy smell, but not over-powering, along with a faint bit of malt & citrus.

T: Definitely has the hops bitterness that you expect in an APA, a little bit of sweetness, but in the finish, I’m detecting that corn-malt flavor that I’ve grown to expect from High Falls Brewing. Co. A little bit of citrus sweetness in the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This is a beer that I could go with for some time. It’s tasty, not-to-filling and cheap, but there are others that I prefer within the style.

I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t been too impressed with the beers that I’ve had from High Falls Brewing thus far, but I also realize that you get what you pay for in most cases. Having said that, this is beer exceeded my expectations and is well worth the low price.

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Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/2 finger of white head that settles to a thin film with average lace. The body is superbly clear and copper colored.

S - Sweet, malty aroma with a hint of caramel and herbal hops.

T - Grassy hops with caramel/ honey malt. Earthy, finishes clean.

M - Moderate to light body with medium carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Easy to drink, as one would expect. Has an unexpected, somewhat pilsner like character. Not bad, but a bit odd for a pale ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden/bronze with a 4 fingers+ off white head with some effervescence. No head retention or lacing

Smell Cirussy (lemon) & piney hops

Taste: Citric & piney hops with some fruitiness. Citrussy finish

MF: Slighlty thin, but good carbonation

pretty drinkable if your looking for thirst quincher/session. Just not enough there to hold My attention very long any more. Pleasntly suprised, good entry level APA& would certainally do in a pinch

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Photo of woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an orangey-copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Plain pale malts with a slight citrus fruitinss.

Taste: Pale malts, hint of nut, and with a fairly light sweetness. A jigger full of ruby red grapefruit juice. A tad watery midway. Light hop bitterness. A bit more fruit and then you're rewarded with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, somewhat fizzy.

Drinkability: Not so great, really, but it is right cheap, I'll give it that much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tangerine rind infused with amber. The pale orange-tinted ivory crown was large on the pour, is hanging around for a bit and looks pretty good as it does so. It's also more than capable in the lace department.

So much for a killer-diller hop bill. High Falls should be commended for deciding on Cascade, Tomahawk (Columbus) and Amarillo, but they failed in the execution. The nose isn't very hoppy and it isn't very malty. That doesn't leave much.

Unfortunately, Dundee Pale Ale follows the blueprint of most beer from these guys. It has the outlines of the style down pat, but fails to fill them in with anything resembling good beer. There's no verve here, no panache. Nothing to keep me coming back for more.

The malt backbone is just big enough for the style, so that's one checkmark in the positive column. It tastes like there's something other than pale malt present. Something that adds a strange, earthy, toasted quality. Munich maybe. Too much husk-like grain peeks through as well. Although the hop bitterness is where it needs to be, the hop flavor isn't. How can anyone muddle up such a fantastic hop lineup?

The mouthfeel is kinda, sorta good. It's full enough and is properly carbonated, which is much more than half the battle. Too bad the flavor it carries isn't up to snuff.

After the surprisingly good Dundee Porter, I had high hopes that High Falls had decided to increase the quality of their beer across the board. No such luck. Who cares if it's cheap? Spend another buck or two and treat yourself to something worthwhile.

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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 Slatetank
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Believe it or not I had actually never tried this one. I could have swore I had one a while back, but apparently not. So anyway I went looking in the fridge and it was sitting around so I decided to bust one out. Poured a very nice, clear amber with a good two inches or so of foamy head on top. Lots of visible carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top and replenishing the foam as the session wore on. Gradual fade left a nice ring of side glass lace. Smell was decently hoppy. You could tell it was a mostly grain back with a good amount of muted hops blended in. The taste followed along on the same path. It started with a good bit of cereal grain and malt, that was accented by a nice, albeit light floral hop. Some sugar mixed in the back served as a balancing point, but overall it was pretty light. A somewhat medium body, there was a touch of slickness that I picked up here, but nothing that was too distracting. Flavors could have been a little bolder and it did suffer from a touch of the watered down feeling. Nice session ale though as the flavors were nice and the feel was somewhat refreshing with a decent carbonation profile. What was there of the taste lingered for a decent couple of minutes after. Overall I really thought this was going to be worse then it was. Normally these pseudo microbrews taste pretty bland, but this actually did have a touch of depth to it and for that I will give it some respect. Not the greatest in the world, but you could definitely do worse. Really was not that bad.

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Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 466 ratings