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

Dundee Pale AleDundee Pale Ale
466 Ratings
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 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 nortmand
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours caramel amber, with some white head and a bit of lacing.
Astringent caramel smell with a citrus background.
Taste is roasty sweet, ending in a braodly termed "hoppy bitterness"
Decent mouthfeel, bubbly and smooth, average/
Pretty approachable and not bad, so fairly drinkable.
This is good when the rest of this breweries beers are considered, but against other pales, is just average, like my review indicates.

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Photo of Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber color with a short off-white head that settles into a creamy lace. Toasted malts are present in the nose along with some piney hops and medicinal aromas. There’s a good deal of caramel in the taste along with a light fruitiness. The same medicinal piney hops that were in the aroma come across towards the finish of the tasting with a bit of an oily texture. The medicinal quality becomes even more pronounced in the aftertaste. Not bad, but there are plenty of superior pale ales to be found.

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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 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 Rootdog316
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

JW Dundee Pale Ale is an American style pale ale in the tradition of beers such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. They're usually balanced and well-hopped with Pacific Northwest hop varieties such as Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo. Of course, where Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is eight dollars for a six-pack, this is 4.99. That's as much as a six-pack of Budweiser!

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Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great drinkin’ value Pale Ale ! Clear, amber pour produced a massive and foamy tan head –superb lacing throughout the pint. Citrusy & malty aroma, with a touch of floral. Sweet malt quaff to start, small hop finish (could have been more hoppy!). Proper carbonation – this is an excellent summer session brew, and at a great price!

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Photo of lokicat444
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pleasing after the initial pour, a vibrant orange with good head retention. Sweetness is the first thing I notice on taking a sip. A caramel taste then becomes apparent. Hops are noticeable, but muted, most detectable as an aftertaste. A pretty balanced brew, I don't think many people would be turned off by it. On the downside however, mouthfeel is a little weak, rather thin.

Overall, reminds me a lot of Bass in flavor; it's really more of an english pale ale than an american in my opinion. I found a six pack on sale for $4; at that price, it is well-worth the value, at least to try it once.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple brown bottle, pours out nicely with a well-built, off-white head that lingers for a while. Golden/amber colored, very noticeable carbonation. Crystal clear in appearance. Lace clings nice to the glass.

Smell is nothing spectacular, slightly grainy and sweet.

Nice hop bitterness punch when first sipped, then turns dry with lingering corn flavors. Overall a pleasant taste.

Very refreshing brew, and extremely drinkable. Not my favorite of the pale ales I've tried lately, but definitely not one I would turn down.

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Photo of bditty187
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright! Clear, amber-gold in hue. Honestly the liquid is so bright (and clear) it worries me that it is over-filtered. The head was white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, it quickly faded to a soapy cap. There is minimal spotty lacing. The appearance turned out to be the bright spot of this beer, how puny.

The nose is airy; it is lightly fruity and malty with a trace of caramel. Hops are weak but noticeable at the back. They offer a woody, pine kiss. The nose smells like ale but not Pale Ale (especially and APA). Fair potency but it still fails to be inviting because it is not talkative enough. Overall, the nose is okay.

The palate tastes like a cheap Pale Ale… and I don’t care for it. Sure it is better than the worst BMC but I’d drink a High Life over this. Hell, Fat Tire and Boulevard Pale Ale are better tasting and the same price. The flavors from the hops are lean suggestions of woody-pine, lightly bitter. The maltiness is equally skinny and tastes like caramel, it does blend perfectly with some berry fruitiness. The aftertaste is more complete then is the actual taste while it is in my mouth. This is a BBQ beer, a crossover beer, and it is nothing more. I believe it is cheaper in other parts of the country, if so, then it would be a good cheap date but it doesn’t suit my tastes. This is not a good Pale Ale. Plus, it really falls apart after the first few sips; it is harsh and weak. Lame.

Almost medium in body, low carbonation but it is workable. The mouthfeel struggles to be average.

I have little desire to finish my glass; it just isn’t a very good beer. Oh well. I purchased my 12-ounce bottle in Omaha. I might give it one more try but it is not something I will seek out. Blah.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not bad, not bad at all. when i first smelled and tasted this beer i was shocked at how close it resembled a traditional english pale ale. it is very well balanced with great malt and hop flavors and aromas. if it wasn't for the slight metallic taste this would be one of my stand-by beers. it's great for the price.

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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 kbnooshay
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Considering who is making this and their past brews this is a really nice attempt. I do have faith though that if they make more beers at this level that things will only get better. This pours a really nice copper color with a nice uneven white head. The smell is malty AND hoppy, really nice. The taste is fairly hoppy and a little bitter. I picked up a little caramel sweetness that is nice but it si barely noticeable. A little more of thise would have helped balanced things out. This is a really solid brew even if it is a little thin and macroey. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color, treading toward orange, with a respectable white head. It’s an average looking, but appealing pale ale. The aroma is pretty malty, with just a little hops. I like ales with a nice malt balance, so I found this aroma pretty nice. It borders on being syrupy and overly sweet, which was a little distracting. A hop bite kicks in by the finish, but aside from being a little resiny, it isn’t really remarkable. Caramel and fruit in the fore-and mid-taste. Lightly carbonated, with medium body. This is a respectable, enjoyable brew. I’d be happy to pick up a case for a party.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.99/6 - which means i've got to try it out with that lovely $12.14 remaining in my checking account.

Pours out a standard sun-twinged copper with a slight head that poofs with the pour. Nice wisps of lace even in this possibly contaminated drinking vessel (read: not beer-clean)

Nose is toasty grain with a hint of slight plastic.

Taste reverberates the toastiness on the nose but with a more pleasing, balanced malt flavor than expected. Hops play a purely supporting role here, with a slight bitterness that lurks under an all around modest biscuity surface.

Mouthfeel is appropriate to style, with a nice lingering mild-ale softness.

Drinkability isn't exceptional, but definetely not off-putting or drain-pour inciting.

Nothing spectacular, but that wasn't what I was looking for. A pleasant surprise, especially for the price. Seems to be the type of beer you could offer as a placeholder for better beer in times of financial crunches, or at least as a nice crossover - this one won't offend anyone and retains some macro quality.

This beer screams to be a reserve tipple for when the better beer is gone and you want something harmless but tasty to finish the night with.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great bang for your buck beer.
Almost looks like Bass with a nice, deep, clear amber color. Smells pretty hoppy.
The taste is even hoppier. Has a good crisp taste with malt flavors supporting underneath.
It would be very easy to drink lots of these.
This beer makes me want to see this brewery make an IPA. I think they could make a great one.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At less than 5 bucks a six pack, I consider this a poor man's Sierra Nevada. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nice full head. Faint aroma of caramel malt balances the piney, citrusy hops. Taste is what you expect from a pale ale, crisp and hoppy with a clean finish. This one hits the mark!

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

Man, this is a good looking beer. Amber pour with a huge fluffy head. Really a monstrous head on here. The smell has a lot of caramel in it with a slight hoppy tone. There's also a slightly cloying sweetness in the nose. The taste is okay, a little bit of hoppiness for some bittering but with a pretty big malt/fruity flavor with a lot of sweetness. Overall, for a cheap brew, it's pretty tasty and a nice alternative to a macro. In with the good craft brews, it doesn't hold much of a candle.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 for a sixer at the Tops supermarket in East Aurora, NY.

I'm glad to see High Falls Brewing expand their line-up with another decent affordable beer, I've been a fan of JW Dundee's Honey Brown for years. This new pale ale is an inexpensive and enjoyable alternative to macrobrew swill.

This Pale Ale pours a nice amber color topped with a 2-3 finger head of small off-white bubbles. Nose is pleasant, consisting of a light fruitiness with grain and slight hops. Carbonation is the first impression as it hits the tongue, with well-rounded hops from beginning to end and lingering in the aftertaste. This beer is simply a good moderately hearty dose of bitter hops on a grainy background. If I really search hard I find something light up front, maybe apple, then caramel in the middle and licorice in the end, but that's probably too much analysis for this simple brew. This is a good pale ale to keep around for everyday drinking- it won't impress too much, but it won't disappoint either. I will buy again at this price.

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

Clear light copper color with a small compact rocky off-white cap. Good amounts of lacing speckles across the glass.

Aroma is soft and blended with a twist of toffee and caramel sweetness over a dry balsalm woodish hop. Little bits of dullish citrus fruit float by every now and then.

Taste is about the same, an easy, well mannered display of woodish hops bringing in some dry pine dust, very slight fruityness trickles through. The malts don't come in as well as what the smell leads to. They're fairly set in the background without much addition to flavor profile other then keeping the hops from getting to overly dry and woodish. There's a particular sweetness about it though that does fashion some balance.

Feel is shy of a medium body with a feeling of, "What? Thats it?" about it. Seems to work with the flavors though as it maintains a comfortable smoothness and very easy hop profile. Finishes short with some wood dryness and flattens out some more into a cardboard fluff.

Deceptively drinkable though. Its a step in the right direction...with a little tweaking in the right manner this could be pretty good. It's not all that bad really, but perhaps could get boring after two or more.

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Photo of EPseja
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at recommended temperature in a pint glass. Slightly disappointed by the twist-off cap.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful honey amber color and formed a respectable head that slowly dimished to a thin but cohesive mat. Very pretty.

Smell: Sweet with floral hop notes and a distinct clover honey overtone. Also, caramel and medium bodied malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The initial taste was light and sweet with a nuance of the coming hop bitterness. The body then turned a bit weak in the middle. The finish, while crisp and hoppy, also had a metallic (adjuncty?) twinge that was a bit disappointing, but not enough so to have it detract from the overall picture. The mouthfeel, was very nice and round. Decently carbonated, but not fizzy. The drinkability of this beer would be decent in warmer weather, but I could find better beers to enjoy in cooler weather.

Overall, at $5.00 for a six pack, this beer is a great value. Of course however, low price sometimes comes at the loss of some quality.

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Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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 RoBotGod
2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Might be one of the worst pales I’ve ever had. I tasted this beer as a promo before it was released and right off the bat it had an old taste to it. Positively a beer that you can tell is mass produced so the quality takes a nose dive. It was quite cloudy for a pale, had almost a bad tap water taste. One positive thing is I can see it being a sort of beginner pale and might get some macro beer drinkers to cross over to more quality beers. I only had one bottle of this beer that was given to me. Had I bought a full 6pk I would have given the remaining 5 to someone I don't like.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
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 chilidog
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 466 ratings
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