Pale Ale | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Balanced toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, this straight-forward, dry-hopped California pale is eminently sessionable. Crystal malt provides the backbone to showcase the bright, citrus and piney notes from Cascade, Chinook, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and pine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop profile that makes for a crisp and tasty pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with a nice foam in the glass with every pour. Very light mouthfeel with virtually no malty body. Nose of flowery hops. The thin, light, and crisp style of Pale Ale. Resiny and a little hot with a lingering piney taste. Flavors include some herbal notes with cilantro and alfalfa. Some warm notes of malt, finally, with a light cracker taste.

Quite drinkable with the moderate alcohol content and should appeal to the hop afficianado. Brewer rates this at 40 IBUs with Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe hops. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego for a surprisingly modest $4.15. Yet another brewery to show up out of nowhere in the San Diego region.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Very fresh, hoppy aroma. Pine, grass and dank hops all the way. Taste starts slightly sweet and fruity and gets slightly bitter on the finish. Body is light and quite soft and the carbonation is just right. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry, making you take another gulp. Really easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine. Into a pint glass it goes. On to the beer:

Going into the light orange shade with a semi-creamy head on top. Visible carbonation bubbles run through the beer. Good quantities of lace leaves itself around the glass. The aroma brings sweet grapefruit, pine, some resin, and a kiss of diacetyl. Smells like an "old school" APA.

Taste has some grapefruit juice. There's a tint of caramelizationn of the malt and some lemon and resin. A little astringent is the overall flavor too. It's a little lighter per style, and has an agreeable crispness which cleans the palate.

Solid pale ale.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is loaded with citrus: lemon and grapefruit mostly, and a little pine.
The taste is balanced. Great malt profile with the bitterness taking over halfway through. Lots of citrus here too.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Fades a bit quickly, but this has a good look.

S: A pretty light aroma, but has a nice floral and pine hop aroma with some cereal and biscuity malt. Nothing amazing, but it does smell good.

T: It's light on flavor as well, but it has some good notes of floral hops, honey, light cereal malt and some caramel. It's not the best pale ale out there, but it's both approachable and drinkable. A pale ale nearly everyone will like, though maybe not love.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can.

This pours a lighter tan orange with some foaming. I get a light tangerine orange aroma with some lemon zest. This turns into a pleasingly bitter beer with some orange peel and tangerine sweetness. Drying finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 14-oz. draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Burger Lounge in Kensington (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.95
Purchased: Aug. 2, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden orange clear color with one finger of off-white head when I got it. Good amount of foamy icy lacing along the sides on the way down. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled floral hops, lemon grass, orange, tangerine, yeast, bread and wheat.

Tasted grass, wheat, lemon, honey, orange zest and floral hops.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

A pretty good pale ale overall. Nice for the style.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Clear golden and light amber with a moderately-sized off-white head. Some sticky lacing. Pretty enough pale.

Floral hop elements and a bit of a pine aroma as well. Some definitely grain and pale malt for balance. Decent, and the best aspect of this beer.

Moderately bitter, faint floral hop elements, and bready, cereal, pale malts combine for a somewhat simple, drinkable, pale ale.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but an exciting offering.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can bought in Oxnard and brought home. Canned on 01/18/17.

Pours clear golden with a small head and a moderate amount of fine carbonation. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, fresh and piney. A little bit of a citrus peel aroma.

Taste is clean, moderate bitterness, more of the pine with a hint of citrus. Pretty crisp; long lingering bitter finish. This would be a very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a very solid but not a standout pale ale. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it at parties or games or activities, and I wouldn't be afraid of drinking it in quantity.

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Photo of charlzm
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Consumed on August 15th, 2015.

Slightly hazy medium yellow. One finger white head fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit rinds and pine.

Flavor dominated by the same hop flavors as the aroma, plus some grassiness. Bitterness is out of balance: no malt character I can detect.

Mouth is medium-bodied with nominal carbonation.

Overall, not what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes on 08/01/2014

A: Dull and brassy looking pale amber body with slight hop haze. Thick creamy whipped topping of stubborn khaki suds. Multiple runners of broken tracked lace swath the sides of the glass.

S: Smells floral and sappy with pine hops and orange zest. A light herbal suggestion as well with a mild bready pale malt undercurrent. A real juicy hopped nose that has me excited about diving into this one.

T: Resinous pines with orange-tangerine juice, florals, and some understated herbal concentrate. Upper levels of hop bitterness that pepper at the palate with alcohol kept incognito. Bready pale malt to balance with just a pinch of caramel sweetness throughout. Maintains a really solid balance making this a very nice American Pale. Plenty of juicy hop goodness in balance to those bready pale malts.

M: Moderate to lighter filling with a nice frothy texture. Spritzy amount of carb running through. Nice higher level of hop bitterness leading into a lingering dry finish.

D: This is a great APA and my favorite offering from St. Archer thus far. Classic mix of American C hops and such solid balance while tipping the scales towards being hop forward. Crushable now comes in cans.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful pale ale replete with big, bright citrus notes atop a slightly sweet pale malt base. Put this in a mixer with their IPA and DIPA, and I'm not sure I'd bother drinking any other hoppy brews. Saint Archer - so terribly underrated. Also worth noting this sucker is only 5.2% -- helluva lotta flavor packed into that tidy little package.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange color, single finger or head that dissipated quickly.
S: Orange, citrus, catty, little bit of funk
T: Lot of orange, bit of bitterness.
M: Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Finishes up dry.
O: A bit one dimensional in taste, but definitely a good clean session pale.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

drank 3/14/14 - no bottle date

a: hazy golden burnt caramel orange with a 2 finger solid cooked marshmallow head

s: hops right away, not really in the bitter sense. dank mango, pineapple, piney. PNW smelling. strawberry? then there is some thick dank caramel-y malt smell. hint of pepper. finishes with juicy tropical fruit and bready yeast

t: more bitter than the smell indicated. its a one sided piney/grapefruit bitterness with a HINT of that dank ripe mango in there. middle of the mouth grassy and earthy (think cold tea). finishes with just a hint of sweetness from tropical fruit and zesty citrus

m: pretty light actually. carbonation isn't that high either

o: this is the kind of beer i can see someone liking more as they drink. my first impression is that the flavor is a little to unbalanced and one dimensional. the disadvantage is that it misses out on a bunch of tropical fruit flavors i think would work well. the advantage is that it has a light mouthfeel and is easy to drink - though beware this is more bitter than you'd expect from the nose. in the end i'd like a little less bitter and more fruity. mouthfeel is good for session beer

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Photo of phishgator
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had to drink most of this out of the bottle on my way from Palm Springs to Las Vegas. Ended up pouring a small amount into a small glass. Good head with big piney and floral nose. The color is a nice pale amber with a slight golden hue. A nice pale ale with a good amount of hops to bitter it out. A true American PA IMO.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Beautiful, clear golden/straw color with a puffy white 1" head. Settles to 1/4", good retention, leaves soapy lacing.

Big fruity aromas. Juicy tangerine, red grapefruit, a little subtle tropical fruit- pineapple, maybe some passion fruit. Some pine sap.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet orange/tangerine juice, pineapple, pine. A little grapefruit zest and dankness on the end. On the upper end of hoppy for a pale, definitely west coast, but still balanced and not over the top. Clean and refreshing.

Great light body. Comes on a little creamy, ends dry and pretty clean.

This is about everything I could want from a west coast pale. Not perfect but pretty close. This is a new go to for me.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good, hoppy APA offering. Nice full body on this, doesn't come off as some type of hop water. Great in cans on a warm day. Piney, citrusy with nice bittering effect

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in pint glass.

L: Pours a light gold color, slightly hazy, with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and lacing.

S: Medium nose, with mostly citrus and a little pine.

T/F: Mostly taste the hops, with not much malt to balance it out. A bit of bitterness at the finish. The body is light, and it goes down pretty smooth.

O: A good Pale Ale, but with a bit more hop presence. I prefer more of a malt-balance in my Pale Ales, but this is a good alternative.

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Photo of jjh19
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A bright, light golden color with an average tight-bubble head.

Smell: I initially got an off smell. Sweaty sock. Hmmm. But then I got more citrus and specifically orange aromas.

Taste: It was tough for me to get past the initial off smell, but my palate adjusted and the taste evened out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Light body, on spec for a Pale Ale.

Drinkability: This one has some hop bite, but the off smell killed my enjoyment. Hopefully just an off bottle. I’ll give any local brewery a second chance so I still look forward to my next Saint Archer.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

HUGE FAN of this beer! I love the Pale Ale style ('specially the American Pale Ale). Saint Archer doesn't disappoint in this regard.

True to the style, it has a slight hops bitterness that comes across as overly refreshing. With a moderate ABV and its canned availability, this is a must-have for any / all summer outings. I stock this in my fridge for mid-week depression cure... aka my go-to beer.

Love what the skater/surfers/slackers are doing at Saint Archers!

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Photo of loubar
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can. Pours a clear straw colored body with a white foam head. Nose of mild lemon and grapefruit. Taste of bready pale malt up front with a hint of caramel sweetness. Moderate pine, citrus and floral hops follow with just enough bitterness to balance. Finishes dry. The result is a very tasty and easy to drink American Pale.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on tap at McGhee's Tavern in town. 22 oz glass -

This beer was a clear pale yellow, with a 1/2" white foam head, and lively carbonation. The aroma was dominated by pale malt, backed by light citrus hops. The taste was also dominated by malt and backed by a nice light citrus hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium body, with nice carbonation. There was some lacing down the glass sides.

This beer was very tasty and pleasant to drink. It was dominated by malt but backed with a nice bitterness. Great beer for someone that doesn't think they like craft beer.

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Photo of theteleman
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in Poway CA at Distellers Market. Pours A orangey yellow with a thin head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. Smell is very nice with plenty of hops and fruit in the nose. Thin mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Very hoppy in the taste but the thing that jumped out to me was the citrus on the palate. Hoppy and citrus. Almost to the point of an ipa as far as hop flavors go. A nice pale ale.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold with one inch head on the pour. Citrus, floral hoppy nose. Lemon peel, bitterness and medium carbonation. Overall, a great pale ale for hot summer.

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