Baltimore Pale Ale
Full Tilt Brewing

Baltimore Pale AleBaltimore Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #955
Ranked #21,466
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Full Tilt Brewing
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Baltimore Pale AleBaltimore Pale Ale
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Photo of skisonic
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a glass. It's a nice-looking bright amber. Tastes of a good mid-range pale ale with some mild sweet undertones that give a bit of distinction. It's a little bit hoppy but not overwhelming and it smells a bit citrusy. It's medium-bodied, light enough for sipping but still nice with a meal. It's quite nice, a very tasty pale ale, like a classy Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Precisiondigital
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. The look is probably most impressive. It has an almost greenish--yellow hue. The taste is not incredible, insofar as there isn't this huge explosion of hoppy flavors that you'd expect. Nevertheless, it's a really good, smoothe beer and it passes the test!
Michael Overzat,

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; decent retention and some wispy lace

Smell; Caramel and pine, along with some crusty bread tones

Taste: Crusty bread forward, with developing caramel tones; piney bitterness builds, through the middle, and then blends with the malt flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing wrong with this beer - a well-constructed old school APA; a delight to drink

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy gold to amber in the glass, with a decent head of foam and lacing. Subtle hops in the nose and initial taste, but much less than some APAs. Smooth carbonation and med to light body renders it very drinkable. Biscuity malt with barely any sweetness. No off-tastes and a hint of hops bitterness at the end to round it out. Very enjoyable, but nothing particularly complex. I liked it.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Yard sports bar in Baltimore. Served very cold, but decent PA still came through. Overall a decent hoppy pale ale that worked well with salty /briney appetizers

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am in the process of clearing out some of therom the interminable backlog here at Chez Woody and it suddenly struck me that I have most, if not all of Full Tilt Brewing's beers, held in abeyance awaiting approved pics. This site has really sped up the process, but for a while, it was slow and once a beer went on the back burner, it became forgotten. My thanks to The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop for being an ongoing resource of singles!

From the bottle: ""Full Tilt Brewing's Baltimore Pale Ale is brewed with only the finest American hops and barley. Baltimore Pale Ale utilizes Nugget, Columbus, Summit, and Crystal hops in a blend which provides for an unforgettable aroma apparent from the very instant it is served and a full, pleasant taste which will satisfy your tastebuds no matter what time of year this brew finds you."; "Full Taste. Full Pride. Full Tilt."

I Pop!ped the cap, but I went with a gentle pour since this was part of the backlog and I saw no reason to rouse any lees that may have formed in the interim. I still got a finger of dense, tawny head that hung around briefly before falling to wisps. Color was a beautiful Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced mintiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste struck me as being at the upper end of what I would expect in the style. It was very close to being an AIPA and it made me curious as to what their Fully Tlited version might be like. It was very hoppy, but it was tough for me to discern which hop was contributing which flavor. Finish was dry and very satisfying after a couple of days of non-hop-driven beers.

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Photo of airtech22
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, very little smell, piney with nice bitter aftertaste. Not sure if I'll repeat... too many local beers to try. Wouldn't turn down if offered.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Al's of Hampden, Enola, PA

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down and levt lots of lacing on the surface and sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with strong notes of piney hops, the latter of which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some aromas and bitterness from the hops but wasn't overly piney in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/7

Pours lighter amber, translucent, some white foam rings and settles. Mild malty nose. Very soft. Light pale taste, some buried bubblegum, with a firm bitter, gritty hop. Medium carbonation. Most prominent feature is the bitter.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looker of a pale, crystal clear, a perfect copper toned body with minimal carbonation capped with a nice tall three finger fluffy and off white head, with a big retention cap that stays for a good period of time. Nice looker.

Good hints of spicy toasted malt, a slight sweetness on the backbone not quite caramel thick, but feels like light brown sugar. Toasty. Airy. Inviting.

Palate brings a real wonderful hop forward and balanced light pale ale body. Light malts, with continuing hint of sugars and toasty cinnamon, but the hops come forward nicely. Staying in the pale ale realm, but a nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Earth and pine, with a perfect complimenting toasty malt depth. Hop angle builds real slowly on the finish, some more grapefruit hinting rind comes into play as well on the aftertaste. Good solid palate feel with nothing distracting from the tastebuds.

Really nicely integrated, light and easy drinking, but clocks in with an undescerning 6.3 abv you never would have guessed at. Real good pale ale.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall glass. No bottle dating that I could find.

Beautiful crisp golden color with a small white head, which dissipated to a thin collar . Very little carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Was getting a pretty good punch of hops and citrusy fruit from the nose.

Taste was very good indeed, got a really nice hop bite with a wash of fruitiness too. Good balance.

Mouth was around medium.

Overall, pretty pleased with this beer. Looked good, smelled good, tasted good . looking forward to the other 5 in the fridge.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange beer with a thin head, but lacing that lingers. Smells very hoppy. A mix of piney and citrusy hops that give this the aroma of a throwback pale. Borderline IPA aroma wise. Taste is a little different. The malt comes through stronger than expected, throwing out a simple sweetness that fades into the hops. There is pine, there is citrus but they don't overwhelm and this beer is a nice refreshing drink letting the hop/malt balance carry it across the palate. there is a touch of a damp flavor on the end. Mouthfeel might be a little thick for this style but really overall a nice beer that might only suffer because it has a toe in IPA territory.

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Photo of Thads324
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with very little white head.
Smells of citrus and grassy hops. Toasted malt at the end
Flavor is of grainy honey sweet malt, a big hop bite of bitterness in the middle. Hop flavor is solid with lemon, grass, a hint of pine and lime zest. Very little malt but the flavor is very nice.
Mouthfeel is lower side of medium. Bitter hippiness lingers but has a fresh clean finish.

A very enjoyable brew. Easy to drink, really good hop flavor. Well balanced despite the dominance of hop flavor, just no discernable malt flavor I can pick out. Good fresh brew with good drinkability, great flavor and a clean finish.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Looks pretty good, bronzed, orange hue, nice head

S- Hoppy, but one dimensional, syrupy earthy piney hops with a touch of onion in the background

T- more malt forward, caramel biscuit malt character that goes back into the syrupy piney hop flavor

M- full bodied, carbonation not bad, best part of the bier other than the appearance

O- drinkable, but personally don't care for the hop profile

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent orange with a one finger head that dissipates slowly but leaves nice lacing. Smells of sryupy hops, piney mainly. Tastes of piney and earthy hops, nice malt backbone, almost like an English pale ale. Beer is carbonated nice, medium body, goes down great. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. A fluffy, off-white head of about two fingers is formed, and is slow to fade away. Nice lacing is left on the glass.

S: This is more along the lines of a piney/floral pale ale than a citrusy one, but even against my preferences, it works well. Sweet, nutty malts with a bit of floral hops stand out at first, before turning more in favor of the hops. Notes of butterscotch and black pepper help to round out the aroma.

T: There's a great maltiness on the opening flavors which set it apart from other pales. It's very well incorporated into the piny hop finish - and has a nuttiness to it most brown ales would kill for. Bitterness is high without being extreme. It's really well balanced, and not in that insipid manner most 'balanced' IPAs are, either.

M: At first, I wonder if the sweet malts will bother me, but they're nicely cleaned up on the crisp, dry finish. A bitter linger of hop oils accumulate. General drinkability is excellent, too.

O: I half expected some gimmicky, mediocre pale ale more interested in B'more pride than actually being a good beer. I was wrong. Compared to the last beer I had before this (a session IPA brewed with highfalutin' Simcoe and Citra hops - I won't say which brewery, but it sucked ass), this is a damn revelation. These guys brewed a solid pale ale without resorting to trendy hops: Full Tilt could be a brewery to watch in the next few years.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (no date) into pint glass at Castlebay in Annapolis, MD.

Not much of a selection here but this beer is not bad at all, and this is not really a review of the establishment.

Pours a copper/orange color, no head, but minimal white ring on top later. It's quite clear.

Smell is outstanding: mild fruit/floral hops balance nicely with a little malt background.

Taste is similar bit does not live up to the bill of the aroma. It's sweet with a brown sugar presence. Not bad but not outstanding.

Feel is decent enough.

Overall very decent pale ale, lots of flavor and complexity in there. Unique. Cheers

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one in State Line the other day. Never heard of it, but I like to give the locals the benefit of the doubt. Glad I did, it's an impressive brew.

Copper body with an inch of white head and good lacing. Head fades to a thin but opaque foam. Smells hoppy but without one particular note dominating, though if pressed I'd lean towards pine. Interesting sweetness in it too, reminds me of marshmallow fluff. Tastes clean and a little lemony. It veers into IPA territory, but the bitterness is mild enough that it could pass for pale ale. Mouthfeel is lovely, very smooth and velvety with lowish carbonation.

Very easy drinking ale, looking forward to trying some more from these guys.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ba Review #275
Served On: 06/12/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.3%
Date/ Code: -

This was a 12oz. bottle from a sixer I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco's in Frederick, MD.

Look: Poured a spectacular amber color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. The head was a rocky 2-fingers of whipped off-white foam. Lacing was extremely sticky and plentiful.

Smell: Strong pine character with some earthy malts in the background. Also an onion character – similar to a Dale’s Pale Ale or the Abita Jackmo IPA. Not bad.

Taste: Up front was some nice pine notes that coupled with a well defined bitterness. Then some of the onion found in the aroma made up the middle. The finish was a nice lingering bitterness with some sweet malts that made an appearance.

This was a fantastic brew with all the qualities I look for in a solid pale ale. I would not hesitate buying a whole case of this one, especially during the summer months.

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Photo of KSmith33
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've been drinking this beer for about 6 months now and can't get enough! Unfortunately they don't have it for sale in VA or DC yet but hopefully that will be coming soon. Everytime I visit MD this is the first beer I am looking for. Now Full Tilt has my Dad hooked as well; a guy who drank miller lite, corona and heineken exclusively for about 20 years. A big thanks for that!

This beer is delicious from start to finish and tastes just as good out of a bottle. Hands down the best Pale Ale I have ever tasted.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at alewife
Nice creamy head, thick with bubbles streaming, clear golden honey color.

Nose nice fresh hops, floral and light spicy with a resin, nice light citrus and some grapefruit tropical fruit. Very nice hop aroma.

Taste starts with crisp ale, light malt profile. Then nice hop, floral grassy slightly spicy hop with a light citrus and very light grapefruit, grassy hop character. Bitterness is nice almost perfect for an apa, with decent malt balance. Finish is dry and crisp, nice lingering floral grassy hop bitterness.

Mouth us med bodied, nice carb.

Overall very good for an apa, perfect bitterness, nice hopprofile, good balance, crisp refreshing and very tasty.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full Tilt Brewing is a fledgling brewery located in Baltimore Maryland.

Baltimore Pale ale is their first and flagship beer. Full Tilt boasts that this beer is brewed with Nugget, Columbus, Summit, and Crystal hops. This beer is insanely and delightfully floral in terms of both aroma and taste. The aroma and flavors of these American hops is very prevalent. The beer isn't out of balance with hop bitterness its only 55 IBUs.

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Photo of Bmore_Brew
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From start to finish this beer is complete. From the second the aroma first hits your nose until the last sip of the pint, this beer is a treat. The hop aroma off of this is floral, pleasant, and alluring. The taste is bitter yet smooth, crisp, and refreshing. For a beer that starts of so hoppy forward and bitter the mouthfeel is unlike any beer I've had. Top to bottom this beer is a winner. Well balanced and fantastic.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I should preface that dry-finishing light, but hoppy American-Style Pale Ales are my favorite beers. The first thing you notice from this beer is it's clarity. This beer possesses the clarity of a German Lager with a nice amber color. Next that hits you is the aroma. This beer is loaded with Columbus dry hops. If you enjoy Columbus (as I do), then this beer is definitely for you. Accompanying the dry hopping is "Nugget" for bittering, Summit and Columbus for bittering and flavor, and Crystal for aroma. The grain bill is two-row and caramel to give this beer the light base to put the hops on display. Again, I'm a man who enjoys his light APAs, so this beer was made for me. I highly recommend.

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Baltimore Pale Ale from Full Tilt Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 140 ratings