Pilgrim Fall Ale
MadTree Brewing

Pilgrim Fall AlePilgrim Fall Ale
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MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Pale Ale - American
3.69 | pDev: 8.94%
Nov 21, 2018
Nov 09, 2014
Pilgrim Fall AlePilgrim Fall Ale
Notes: Formerly Pilgrim Pale Ale

This lightly hopped fall pale ale combines a canucopia of holiday flavors. Cranberry and vanilla complement the pleasant lemon and berry flavor of Pilgrim hops. Give thanks for a bountiful harvest, good friends, and great beer.
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i love the idea of a thanksgiving beer like this, and its cool to have more beer from these guys in the market here, but i think i wanted a little more from this one overall. the vanilla really dominates, and while i like this sort of thing in a paler colored brew, i also think it overwhelms the cranberry and other ingredients a bit in here, its all vanilla, and on top of that, its not totally natural tasting to me, i get an almost plastic artificiality to it, more chemical than bean in the flavor, and it seems to stain the palate almost immediately. thats not to say this isnt tasty, because it is, and it fits the season nicely, but there is a certain cheapness to it because of the way the vanilla tastes and takes over that is unflattering, at least to my palate. i get faint astringency from the cranberry in the texture but i dont get much of their flavor, which is a shame, i think the fruit would be a nice balance in the mix. i like the earthy hearty bready baked tasting malt base, and even though i dont get much walnut in here, i like knowing its part of the mix. there is some bitterness at the end too, and while i have never heard of pilgrim hops, they seems like a higher alpha noble type, at least in this context, a touch spicy, autumnal, and good for bittering balance. cool beer, a few tweaks away from being amazing, but a neat recipe for the season! i want more cranberry and walnut flavor in it and a more authentic vanilla profile...

Nov 21, 2018
3.62 by lsudduth from Ohio on Nov 04, 2018
3.64 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Sep 30, 2018
3.56 by norinco from Ohio on Sep 21, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by erk0607 from Colorado

Look: Dark gold, wheat coloring with a mostly white head that lingers
Smell: Soft, fall spices, some roasted grain/toast flavors
Taste: Allspice, nutmeg, some cinnamon, overall... some spices you would associate with fall. Strong flavoring that overcomes chips and pretzels.
Feel: Light-medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation, doesn't really linger. Somewhat fluffy.
Overall:: Best paired with a dinner, not something you would drink on its own... it could stand up to a dinner. Overall, a good beer best served with a fall meal.

Sep 16, 2018
3.5 by prototypic from Ohio on Apr 01, 2018
3.5 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Mar 18, 2018
3.61 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky on Jan 30, 2018
3.78 by EdFed from Illinois on Dec 20, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/19/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cranberries, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, red apple, orange zest, walnuts, vanilla, light pepper/pine, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, cranberries, vanilla, walnut, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cranberries, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, red apple, orange zest, walnuts, vanilla, light pepper/pine, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus zest, grassy, spicy bitterness; and slight fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of cranberries, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, red apple, orange zest, walnuts, vanilla, light pepper/pine, lightly toasted bread, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, cranberries, vanilla, walnut, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious fruited/spiced American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, cranberries, vanilla, walnut, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. The fruit/vanilla complements the Pilgrim hops perfectly. Walnuts complement the bready Munich malts. A very unique and enjoyable offering. It all works very well together.

Dec 16, 2017
4.31 by _andrew_ from Ohio on Dec 06, 2017
3.42 by Zanico from Ohio on Nov 27, 2017
3.44 by rangerred from Tennessee on Nov 23, 2017
3.33 by AJmon13 from Ohio on Nov 22, 2017
3.92 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Nov 19, 2017
3.25 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Nov 18, 2017
3.89 by nhirsch04 from Ohio on Nov 14, 2017
2.33 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Nov 13, 2017
3.53 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Nov 06, 2017
3.51 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Nov 06, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by udfan07 from Ohio

Poured from a can into a mug and it was a hazy orange color. Tasted a hint of vanilla and at the finish of the beer a hint of cranberry. A very drinkable beer for fall

Oct 20, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by BB1313 from Ohio

Canned on 9/14/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle with some hints of caramel and vanilla. The cranberry aromas are mild. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. The cranberry flavors are subtle and balanced. The vanilla flavors are mild. Moderate to low sweetness with a low earthy bitterness. Hints of fresh grass in the mix. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and obviously easy to drink.

This is an alright brew. It's surprisingly clean and refreshing. I guess maybe I expected more of a cranberry and vanilla presence, but those adjuncts are still ultimately there. The flavors and aromas open up as it warms a bit. It's not bad at all.

Oct 18, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I'm trying this at White Squirrel in BG, KY....it poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was non-descript. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink and I'm getting a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

Oct 17, 2017
3.75 by YalovaIA from Iowa on Oct 13, 2017
3.48 by JCaweinstein from Ohio on Oct 09, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Hitting the fall season head on, the madness at MadTree Brewing leads to an ale that begs to sit on the Thanksgiving table in lieu of wine. Cranberry, vanilla and a savory, toasty and a nutty complement makes the beer right at home with an array of casseroles, turkey and dressing.

Pale and peachy, the beer's appearance carries a light blush hue along with a slightly pinkish stained froth. Tangy and toasty aromas align on the nose with those red berry influences playing on the senses immediately. A creaminess comes with a slight marshmallow softness before the taste of sweet toast, honey, caramel and cashew splashes on the front of the tongue.

As the ale opens up, its sweetness gives way to a tangy and toasty middle palate. Cranberries play out like red grape, currant, juniper and raspberry but with a sharp tartness that flirts with sour territory. Lightly lemony, spicy and piney, the finish comes with the vanilla softness that again sets up like milkshake on the finish.

Medium bodied and developing into a tart and creamy taste, the beer's cranberries offer a pectin twang that's caught somewhere between sour and bitter, but is more textural than flavor; its this mild astringency that's buffered nicely by the vanilla additions. A medium aftertaste resonates with red berries until the tangy end.

Oct 04, 2017
3.63 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Aug 20, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

On tap at Meadowlark restaurant in Kettering, OH. I've seen some of it in stores as well so I'm thinking they must have brewed it again. 10oz pour in a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Hazy translucent gold. Thin white head with lots of fine persistent lacing.

Smell: At first, cranberry with a hint of something nutty, but as it warmed up the vanilla came out and there was a distinct cranberry vanilla aroma.

Taste: Cranberry, vanilla, cracker-like malt, and a mild herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. A bit thin.

Overall / Drinkability: I think the vibe of this beer was to be Thanksgiving in a glass, and it sort of works in that way, but it's a very unusual tasting beer. Not something I could drink a lot of, but glad I tried it. The smell is quite nice, but doesn't line up with the taste - you are expecting something quite sweet but get a very different flavor profile.

Dec 08, 2016
3.4 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Feb 06, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by madelfonatree from Ohio

Enjoyed in a pint glass from World of Beer in Columbus, Ohio on December 20, 2015.

Look - Dull, clear yellow. Thick, white head. A lot of lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Bread. Light vanilla.

Taste - Vanilla. Ale.

Feel - Feels like a low ABV beer.

Overall - Vanilla ale. Didn't pick up a lot of cranberry. Light, easy drinking beer.

Jan 05, 2016
3.5 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 07, 2015
3.58 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Nov 27, 2015
3.75 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 18, 2015
3.5 by MaximumYuks from Oregon on Dec 14, 2014
4.28 by Cmteagardin from Indiana on Dec 14, 2014
3.52 by 09robejo from Ohio on Dec 12, 2014
3.75 by peckNorder from Ohio on Dec 01, 2014
3.75 by speedvagen from Ohio on Nov 30, 2014
Pilgrim Fall Ale from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 47 ratings