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 sauron681
2.66/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium off colored copper, with very thin head and lacing. Disperses very quickly.

Very low carbonation level. A predominant roasty malt, toffee aroma, with not much else. Medium average in the mouthfeel, typical of the style. A very harsh and dry bitterness flavor that ends with no other taste.
Overall a fairly bland ale too me.

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Photo of jbone78
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend left this at my house.

Pours clear golden/yellow with a nice finger head. Smells of toasted malts, dusty hops and corn. Tastes about the same. I think this beer has a little adjuct corn or something in it, but that's no big deal. Finishes clean with a lite bitterness. Carbonation is at the end as well.

I would not buy this if I saw it at the store, but that's just me. My friend was Ooooing over it the other night. He loves it.


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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a billowy head and good lacing.

S: Smell of fresh grain with a trace of malt & citrus. Quite refreshing.

T: Starts with a mild malt & citrus taste. Has a light bitter finish that lingers a bit.

F: Fairly light body. Crisp & clean feel.

D: Easy drinker, quite smooth. Good for a few. Better than I expected.

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Photo of zaq37
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

traded this beer out from my fiance's uncle's fridge, gave him a java head in place of this beer and a few others. never had it before now.

served in a dogfish head 12 oz snifter

A- Golden color with a white head that faded pretty quickly.

S- Very disappointing smell, the bottle talks about it being hoppy but i am not smell it, i smell more of a honey smell.

T- Very little hops, but a strong taste of honey, not like a honey wheat beer but like a honey sweetened tea.

M- nicely carbonated... a bit on the watery side, but average.

D- doubt i would ever drink this again, not because it's bad, but i could spend my money on better beer.

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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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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - average craft beer appearance
Smell - has a bitter smell to it
taste - tastes good, it has a little bit of bitterness which makes it distinct. Its not too bitter and doesn't fill you up so its a nice way to pregame the shitty beers like keystone
mouthfeel - easy to go down and is nice to savor the taste for a little bit before it goes down.
drinkability - easy to drink and not filling, i could easily drink 12 of these

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/orange in color, with a nice, creamy head of foam-Good looking beer
Aroma-Faint hop and faint citrus notes
Taste-Biscuit with earthy hops and very mild citrus notes-Very much in the English style of subtle flavors, but maybee too much so-Could have used a bit more of everything.
However, very drinkable. Would make a nice affordable session beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
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 PintOHops
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - Honey/coppery color, produced a 2-3 finger head, looks kinda soapy with big bubbles. Retention is pretty good and it leaves some soapy splash on the glass.

S - Very soft floral with some citrus upfront, a bit of biscuit, a little dry, more hops than malts. Soft aroma, nothing big here.

T - Cracker & mild biscuit upfront, following is some nice citrus & rind like flavors. Finishes with very mild bitterness along with some biscuit flavors, bitterness lingers a bit. What's a turn off for me is that I recently had there IPA, and this APA tastes nearly identical!

M - Kinda effervescent, moderately carbonated, around lite bodied I'd say.

D - A very drinkable APA, I could drink around 2 pints, but nothing enjoyable to me. The whole Dundee line seems to be very mediocre or worse, with the exception of a couple. Not recommended, there's allot better out there priced around the same as this.

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Photo of kicktothehead
2.64/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the Dundee variety 12 pack. Drank out of my sam adams glass.

Appearance: Very clear, pale golden color. Moderate white head that quickly dissapates.

Smell: Very slight hop aroma with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Simple hop flavor, some caramel flavor. Hop flavor lingers.

Moutfeel: medium to light body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth finish : may be called somewhat watery.

Overall: A refreshing beer that lacks hop flavor or aroma that they advertise on the botle. Boring, but for a light beer would be hoppy. Leaves BAD aftertaste, which ruins anything positive about it

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

Review from notes on 10/29/09

A - golden maple, excellent clarity and a 1" white head that receded to a thin bubbly film with decent lace in the Ommegang goblet. 3.5

S - Very balanced. Sweet caramel, hint of biscuits and a touch of bitterness. Perhaps a bit of honey as well. 3.5

T - Malt and hops are again very balanced. Some earthiness and bitters from the hops, with a hint of metallic flavor in the finish. Light bitter aftertaste. 3.0

M - Moderate body with smooth carbonation. 3.0

D - Pretty good. A summer bbq beer for sure. 3.0

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Photo of thatsright
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, decent head for the style.

The aroma was not impressive.

The taste was smooth, somewhat sweet, with an estery end. Unfortunately there was a but of a burnt aftertaste for me.

It was not very memorable, but still, I found it to be somewhat above average and drinkable.

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Photo of caresville
2.06/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a- golden to orange, amber. little foamy white head with an aggressive pour. lots of carbonation and basically no lacing.

s- smells malty and sugary. faint hops waaay back there.

t&m- tastes like hopped up maple syrup, hops are present but so is a ton of malt presence. no fruit taste in this one what so ever, lots of grain and bread taste. peat moss and maple syrup make up for most of the taste here.

d- not very good, gets old fast and as im typing this im thinking about lowering the drinkability factor to a 1.5 because it leaves that weird maple syrup and pancake taste in my mouth.

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Photo of cnally
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a massively variant 12-pack.

The brew is a clear amber, with a fluffy off white head that settles down quick with minimal lacing.

Very sweet floral aroma. No real aspect of malt whatsoever, just a sweetness like honey.

The flavor comes off very one note, it is basically a mild bitterness. The finish continues with the bitterness. Slightly piney hop nature, but lacking depth.

Crisp mouthfeel but a bit fizzy which surprised me.

Drinkable? Sure, because it is so basic and inoffensive. But the fact that it lacks depth and does not have an appealing body brings it down a notch.

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Photo of L337ish
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mildly foggy, pale honey color with an off-white head that doesn't fade too quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S: Not very strong. Some malts primarily, nothing else really stands out.

T: The malts are the main feature here. Some spices to accentuate and a fairly pleasant bitterness, not really hoppy though.

M: Just a little bit more bitter than I would like but I can't complain. Balanced flavor and body with an average finish.

D: Drinkable. Not the best pale ale I've had, but far from the worst. Nothing really bad about the brew just nothing really stands out.

If you like a good pale ale you should at least try this beer. However, you could probably find a better one without too much trouble.

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Photo of nastley3
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle this beer had average head and decent lacing around the glass. It looked like it could be a good beer. It had a hoppy smell, but I couldnt pick up anything else, which was somewhat surprising/alarming. The taste was very simple, just an all around average pale ale. The mouthfeel was watery and overall this beer was not exciting.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the dundee craft beer variety 12 pack. no freshness information anywhere on the bottle. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a pale golden colored body with a small white head on it. the head lasts for a few minutes and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- caramel malts upfront. a piny and citric hop finish. not much else.

T- the caramel malts i could smell come through strong in the taste. there is also a hint of toffee. a decent amount of hops at the end. resiny pine and grapefruit. not bad.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- a nice and affordable pale ale. too bad i cant get it outside of the mixed 12 pack and i didnt really care for it overall. in the big picture, the sierra nevada is a better pale ale and more easily found.

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Photo of stakem
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from a few notes scribbled down on 12/13/09

Pours a very clear orange color with a faint white head. Very minimal lacing and even less power of retension. Nose is slightly hopped. Taste is minorly bitter with no real distinguishable characteristics to write about. Low carbonation with a light feel. Not too much going on here with this beer but it isn't bad enough that you should avoid it. There are just other breweries making better examples of the style.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed Dundee 12-pack. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark orange with a huge rocky off-white head on top. Great retention; left lots of sticky lace and sip rings on glass. Scents of earthy malts and bread. Pretty basic here.

The mouth was thin and wet. I didn't care for that at all. Flavors of biscuits, some mild hops, and semi-sweet malts. Finish was earthy. This was a pretty basic PA. I wouldn't reach for this often, but it would do in a pinch.

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Photo of TheMadJack
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Moderate dark bronze with a slight cloudiness. Carbonation is larger than normal bubbles and active. Head is white, somewhat lumpy, and has decent sticking power.

S: Buttery, with accents of pine and lemon.

T: Nice and malty, with a mild hops bite. Predominant flavors are toast and pine. Touch of sweet creaminess as well.

M: Even and mostly smooth with a slight bite.

D: Tasty, not too heavy or overpowering, and versatile. Good job here.

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Photo of bmwats
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark washed-out amber color. Heavy carbonation, pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Slowly settles leaving the cloudy texture as it does. A little beer ring lacing remains.

S: Pretty light nose, all around. A light malt and hay.

T: Steely, rubbery hops, with just a hint of any other grains.

M: Light body, watered down, heavy carbonation.

D: Not much too this, so drink it as you wish.

Atmosphere is okay. Appearance is pretty fair, and nose is really non-descript. Flavor follows suit... not bad, but just not that much there. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber with light off-white head and decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Orangey citrus is prevalent in hop-aroma, with some faint caramel malt to balance.

Flavor is balanced, if not impressive. Moderate bready malt, backed by a decent hop-bitterness that's reminiscent of citrus (if not slightly soapy).

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of creaminess. A bit heavy on carbonation.

Overall, this seems to be a pretty solid drinker, as I might go back for a six-pack. The price is nice as well.

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Photo of danetrain0101
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a slightly cloudy hew. The head is a tall velvety white one which took some time to disapate.

Smell is of a light hopyness and some slightly malty tones. Alcohol can faintly be smelt.

A nice smooth but slightly bitter taste. Perfect amount of bitterness for a pale ale.

Nice full taste, slightly creamy but good.

A very nice drink to have once in awhile.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the Dundee sampler...

I had this in my garage so at time of review it was VERY cold.

Pours a deep, clear amber with very little head (too cold?). Kept a ring though.

A slight hop aroma permeated my semi-frozen, condensating nostrils.

Taste is a nice balance of maltiness and resiny hops. Finish is hoppy and semi-dry.

Light to medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

A really drinkable ale that I'd enjoy having again..And again!

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dundee Pale Ale...

Appearance-gold color, large white head comes up, nothing I haven't seen before but looks ok.

Smell-light hop dextrin, piney aroma, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hoppy with a pleasant piney burn, a little sugary and kind of sticks to that one-note without a lot of layers. Smooth with a nice light finish.

Drinkability-easy drinking, I like that this is more alcoholic than most 4.5% APAs. Hop flavor is subdued enough to be enjoyable for most.

Overall-an ok APA, not the best, simple flavors and no layers but it still tastes pretty good and I respect the higher alcohol. Good effort and nice to see Genesee trying to do more craft style beer.

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Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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