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 WeezyBoPeep
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Decent looking amber brown with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Looks like it's gonna be highly carbonated.

S: Smells like hops and light floral.

T: Nothing too special here. Tastes like a watered-down IPA. Lightly hoppy and a little grassy.

Drinkability: One of those beers you could mindlessly sip through four or five during a football game.

Value: Not sure how much a sixer of this is, I got this in a sample pack of 12 beers for $10.69. That was a good deal. For around six bucks a six pack, I'd say this is a good choice for, say, tailgating.

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Photo of MorningDove
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a few times. I got it from a variaty pack at Costco.

A: Standard, it has a nice brown bottle slapped with a frog logo, picture says it all

S: Doesn't really smell like much either, no strong aromas one way or the other. There is a bit of hops but it fades quickly

T: The taste is a bit of hop, little less than your average IPA, but fairly smooth

M: a little more carbonation than you might expect

D: its rather easy to drink

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.76/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A clear copper with a short and light head with some lacing.

S: Almost no aroma; hardly any hops: reminds me of mass-produced american lagers.

T: The same overpowering and out of place malts (not to mention, not especially good tasting) as the IPA of this same label. Alcohol followed by some hoppy bitterness is the rest of the (short) story in this department.

M: A medium (yet rather unpleasant) body with high carbonation.

D: Not drinkable at all. I will not be buying this beer again.

Overall: Once again, the Genesee Brewing Co. has done a poor job both classifying and brewing this beer.

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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 vdread
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dundee Pale Ale
bottle to glass

appearance- pours a rich golden color with a foamy off white head that gets spotty and disappears after a few minutes.

smell- grassy hops, biscuits. not very strong.

taste- bready-biscuity, floral, citrus tastes. clean hops taste

mouthfeel- slighly bitter, medium bodied, dry.

drinkability- i could see myself drinking this as a fallback beer. taste is too indistinct to be preferrable.

i got this in a craft pack with a bock, ipa, porter, wheat, and honey. this is one of the better of the pack, but pretty average for a craft beer. not anything to write home to mother about, but not really lacking in any respect.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours a very clear light amber with golden highlights to it. A hard pour gave it a 1 1/2 finger offwhite head that stayed for a short bit leaving some decent looking lacing on the sides of the glass. Best looking Dundee beer from the 12 pack I bought so far.

S- Light grassy hops come and go faintly as a big malt sweetness comes over everything. Slight alcohol smell is present in the far background of the aroma. I feel the aroma could go into a little greater depth but well I have come to expect this from the Dundee beers I have had.

T- Slight watery bitterness from the get go with this beer. The bitterness in the front goes almost as fast as it came leaving a very watery trail behind it. This watery trail shows signs of oxidation (once again a quality with Dundee I have seen) leaving a slight rust taste in your mouth that is covered up with sweet malts before it waters down again and is swallowed. There is a slight alcohol taste to this but it is more along the lines of the ending of the beer than anywhere else. Sad to see this since the appearance led me to believe there is something that is good with this brewery.

M- Light mouthfeel to this. Carbonation levels are a little to high for the style I think but help the beer move along quickly on the palate. More malts than hops are tasted on the palate between sips but there is that strange metallic hint on the tongue that becomes annoying after mid beer. Expected a little more with this beer.

D- This beer would be better without the oxidation on it. While it is not the best Pale Ale I have had this has not been the worst either. Just a bland Pale that gets left in the crowd of many others.

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Photo of showell
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/amber. It has almost no scent. What there is is citrus/malt. The taste was actually not bad. I rather enjoyed it. It was the most citrus of all of the Dundee beers I tried. But it still had a definite malt flavor. If you're looking for something more like a macro, this is the one. It's got more of a macro flavor, but without the metallic flavor. If I were trying to create a GOOD macro, this is what it would taste like. Could drink several of these if they were there, but I'd probably move onto something different. It's not something that's going to grab your attention, but it is a solid beer, worth drinking.

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Photo of jbennett1919
1/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I didn't plan on reviewing this beer, but it's so bad that I felt compelled to warn others. If this was the first beer I ever tasted, I would forever swear off all further beers and probably be an iced tea drinker. But lucky for me, this is not my first, and I know a foul brew when I taste one. Guess what? This sure qualifies!

I bought the Dundee mixed 12 pack and was fairly impressed with its affordability and the unexpected quality of some beers. However, words cannot describe the horrid qualities contained in this bottle of pale ale. I don't believe in drain pours, so this will be consumed in as few drinks as possible.

Pours an amber yellow with a fluffy two finger head. It looks alright, but looks can be deceiving.

The beer doesn't even smell so bad. I detect hops, some citrus and a faint metallic smell. Silly me though, I should have known the metallic smell would be an omen for bad beer.

The taste is where this beer goes horribly wrong. Something is terribly wrong with this beer. I don't detect any hops, citrus or malts. Instead I'm confronted with this terrible funky/bitter metallic taste. This beer reminds me of a sour that went completely wrong; like a Jolly Pumpkin sour that lacks any taste of fruits and has been sitting in the hot sun for about a month. I would compare the flavor of this to pond water.

To be honest, this reminds me of a case of apricot wheat beer that I bought in undergrad for $3.99. The beer was so cheap because it was around two-to-three years old. God was it sour and funky. I will never forget that flavor, and sure enough, it has returned in this bottle of pale ale.

Mouthfeel is absolutely horrible. Bitter, sour and funky.

I am never going to drink this again; although the other five beers in the 12 pack were good. I pray something went wrong between the bottling process and me drinking this beer and truly hope this is not the way the brewers intended for this to taste.

Although I was trying to save my Old Rasputin for a nice fall football game - either the Buckeyes or 49ers - my palate is screaming for something hearty/tasty and good. I owe it to my taste buds and may have to treat them to that delectable stout.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Dundee Sampler Pack...

As a note, my rating for all 6 of the beers in the pack aligned with the color... the darker ones were the best, the lighters, the weakest.

A - tarnished gold, huge plume of head that disipated into nothing.

S - Light citrus and floral hops. Slightly sweet malt, carmel or honey.

T - Just like the smell dicctates... very light citrus/floral hoppyness. Slight sweet malt, carmel and honey hints.

M - Light yet slightly sticky

D - Meh... better than an adjunct brew, but not a great APA

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Dundee Pale Ale poured a crystal clear amber color with a small off-white head. Smell and taste is of light hops and mild caramel malt. It has more hop flavor than you can detect by the nose.

Dundee Pale Ale has effervescent type carbonation that bounces around in the mouth - especially on the tongue. The Ale finishes with a bite of bitterness and to the dry side.

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Photo of jkrich
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

The appearance was the best aspect of this ale: it poured a clear, deep golden to amber with small white head that receded leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma upon opening the bottle was spicy, perfumy and slightly medicinal. Once poured into the shaker pint glass the malt aroma became noticeable.

The taste was very muted with some initial hoppiness which lingered for a moment to be replaced by maltiness and some buttery flavor. Overall, it was smooth and rather bland for an american pale ale.

Rather thin-bodied and moderately carbonated. It felt a little abrasive on the tongue.

All in all, this ale is a decent offering, but it has an unfinshed quality about it. The hops and malt never seem to meld together with any consistency. Worth trying but don't consider it a high priority on your list.

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Photo of jdubjacket
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this last night at a friend's house. Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head and some lacing. Smell is sweeter than I thought it would be - caramel and banana notes throughout. Tastes... well... tastes like nothing. Some slight sweet aftertaste but nothing else. Gave a sip to my other half and she couldn't taste much of anything either. The bottle says this beer is hoppy, but I couldn't detect any hops at all. Watery mouthfeel. Overall, this beer was like drinking, flat, flavorless non-alcoholic beer.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden straw witha one inch head that dissaptes to a quarter head with ample lacing.

Smells of ditrus hop and sweet cara-pil malts. A bit of cereal smell too.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side for an APA. More malt than hop profile but there is some nice balance in the finish.

This is quaffable on a summer day. The ABV is not high so very sessionable too.

Good little brew.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. twist-cap bottle, this brew shows a clear golden amber with a fat two fingers of light beige foam. Head retention is better than expected, receding at a rather leisurely pace and leaving nice rings and legs of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather subdued, with a simple lightly-sweet malt presence mixing with a slight herbal hop aroma, mildly hay-like and with just a touch of fresh earth.

Flavor is a bit lacking for the style, with a touch of sweet, grainy malt just barely touched by mildly bitter, slightly earthy hops and a mild fruitiness, going down mostly dry and somewhat watery, with a lightly sweet and grassy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watered-down, moderately carbonated and very light in body.

Nothing complex in any way, and lacking in many of the characteristics that make a good APA. Still, this one receives props for being an inexpensive alternative to mass-market wash by being inoffensive and light in body and flavor while retaining more soul than bland swill, and drinkability is certainly top-notch; I'm left craving another due to its refreshing nature.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Darker gold color, almost amber with a decent amount of white lacing

Smell: Sweet, malty smell which suprised me a little. There no floral hops smell at all.

Taste: Similar to the smell the taste was sweet (caramel maybe) and never transitioned into any hops. This is really odd considering the label has "Be Hoppy" on it. All and all not bad but not great. If I wanted the sweet caramel flavor I would probably choose another kind and if I wanted an APA I would really choose another kind.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a red amber with about a finger of white head that leaves quickly. Transparent with no suspension or visible carbonation. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Big bready smell right off the bat. Unfortunately there's not much else. Hoppy, bready, but falls short of anything fantastic. I feel like I'm smelling some raisins too.

T - Good taste overall. The hoppiness isn't that strong and it barely outweighs any sweetness. This is a really sweet brew. This is not for "hop-heads". Definitely not a sipper by any means. Again, I think I taste some raisin in here.

MF - Very smooth. Easy to drink quickly and doesn't leave any harsh tastes in your mouth. The lack of significant carbonation aides this.

D - Very easy to throw back a few of these. Unfortunately it might be in an effort to get more taste out of it...

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Photo of ectomorph
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Must be an older bottle as it still has the old label and High Falls Brewing Co listed... Took some legwork to track this one down on BA.

A - Slightly hazy copper in color with a fast falling white head.

S - Mild citrus hop and almost a honey smell.

T - Medium bitterness/citrus and well balanced with again what seems like a honey malt sweetness carrying it along.

M - Light body and a slick finish with moderate carbonation.

D - High, but the sweetness keeps it at a 4.

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Photo of JMD
2.64/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper ale, with small head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all.

S: A sweet malty aroma. Carmel and bready notes. Also has a bit of funk as well, like rotten garbage. Where are the hops? This is a pale ale, right?

T: Sweetbread and carmel, a touch of piney hops. Not a whole lot going on here, pretty bland beer.

M: Medium carbonation. Very light, on the verge of being watery.

D: This is a light and generally boring ale. Sure, it's unoffensive, but there is no real flavor, and a weak hop profile for a pale ale. I wouldn't recommend.

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

Pours a clear amber with moderate white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, biscuit with citrus & floral hops. More malt in the taste than hops to me, which is okay. Aroma and flavor is not overwhelming, or favorable in a way to set this apart. Medium body with bitter finish. Lacing is moderate. Good offering of an APA. Good, not great.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is a little hoppier than the aroma. There is a nice malt backbone, and a pleasant lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an alright pale ale. I could drink this again if nothing better was available.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date to be found.

A - Clear light amber with a two finger, off-white loose head. Good retention with some lacing but not a whole lot at all.

S - Pleasant floral hop aroma with some light fruits (peach and pear) too. A bit of a grainy aroma.

T - An interesting amber malt backbone is pronounced by a good balance with the medium level of hops. A little fruity, more-so floral with a hint of citrusy pine.

M - Slick and medium-bodied with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

D - Not bat but not great. Sure, I could put a few away no problem, it's really just an average beer all-around.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours copper orange with a 1+ finger white head that fades and leaves no lacing

smells of earthy grassy hops and malt

taste - this beer taste more like an english ipa
then an APA - pale malts nutty and earthy hops - very balanced - alittle thin

mouthfeel is light refreshing pale - plent of carbonation the gives it a nice smooth and crisp

drinkability is good - a light with good english flavor and again priced right

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came from Dundee's variety case which I bought at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a relatively clear amber color. The head is a dark egg shell color, a few fingers tall, medium sized bubbles, carbonation bubbles in the body, great retention and sticky thin abundant lacing.
Smell: The aromas are the obvious pine and orange citrus. It is very resiney.
Taste: The flavors are muted versions of the aroma. The lower tones are much more appeasing.
Mouthfeel The mouthfeel is very crisp.
Drinkability: This beer is rather drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful, highly carbonated amber color with a thick, white, two fingered head.

Smell: Not strong enough. faint sweet, nutty malt, possibly a hoppy type smell mixed with cardboard. I expect a much more hoppy smell.

Taste: Pretty bland, which is good because it tastes like I'm sucking on a dirty nickel to begin with, then I taste a slight floral hoppiness which is too weak to describe.

Drinkability: Easy since it's so weak.

Although this beer is not bad, it's a real letdown. It's weak so you can drink a lot of it quite easily.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright copper color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head with fair retention, dissipating to a thick cap. Laced in thin rings that held.

S: Hay and cut grass. A light sweetness ahead of peppery bitter bite.

T: Sweet caramel malt, bread. Bitter finish to balance.

M: Light side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth finish.

D: Easily drinkable though nothing special in the beers character.

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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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