Punjabi Pale Ale
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,560
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,523
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.88%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
52
From:
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
85
Very Good
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance- slightly cloudy, gold with a Medium thick, white head that gives way to some lacing.
Smell - some balance between hop and malt, but enough citrus to allow the hop nose to pull ahead.
Taste - certainly English style, but there’s enough citrus hop profile present.
Feel- medium to light body with a nice balanced feel, though the bitterness from the hops stands firm!
A solid example of a PA/IPA. Not too heavy and a pleasant enough taste, that may be a little lighter than expected, but still very good.
Overall- very solid English style, though I prefer others.

Feb 25, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, toasted caramel and toffee. Sweet caramel with citrus notes and a mild bitterness.

Mar 23, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the cask this pale ale poured a very dense copper color with a mellow off white head about an inch tall. the nose is very fresh. its woody and smells like a christmas tree. lots of sap and essential hops, but the flavor doesnt carry that though from the smell. its more balanced in taste, with an english malt profile tempering what i thought would be pretty aggresive piney hops. the beer only gets bitter at the end, and is pretty low key overall. the mouthfeel works well from the cask, light mild carbonation under a pretty thick body for an american pale. its smooth going down and plenty strong. i reckon this is a really nice fall beer, worthy of a big slab of red meat.

Oct 01, 2012
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ScorpyX from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mostly clear with a little but of cloud in the pour. Thick, white head gives way to some lacing.

S: Light hop in the nose. Notes of citrus and a little bit of sourness present. Mostly smells of pleasant bitterness

T: Hops at the forefront, but not too strong. Balanced by a good amount of malt flavor. There's a sense of grapefruit and pine, especially in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Pretty crisp at first, more medium-bodied and thicker on the swallow. Plenty of carbonation here.

A solid example of a PA/IPA. Not too heavy and a pleasant enough taste, that may be a little lighter than expected, but still very good.

Jan 17, 2012
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JayS2629 from Alabama

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a thick white head that stuck around and left big rings of lace.

The aroma was of pine, grapefuit and toasted malts. simple but balanced.

Dominant grapefruit and citrus rind with resiny pine on the back of a toasted biscuit and touches of caramel.

Simple, medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall a nicely balanced and easy drinking beer.

Aug 21, 2011
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask at Cooper Smith's Pub & Brewery on 8/15/10. Looks like this one has come out of retirement.

A - Clear bronzed orange liquid with copper tones and a creamy, milky white head that reduced to a quarter inch of retention but deposited a thick coat of opaque, sheet-like lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S - Not a whole lot of hop aroma, surprisingly, although some floral and perfumy hop notes eventually emerge, as do some soft pine notes. Malt provides a sweet counterpoint to the subtle hop aroma.

T - The malt character first comes to mind with toasted bread and grains as well as sweet caramel. Hops again take a back seat, and the flavor falls somewhere between an ESB and Pale Ale. While the hop presence is pretty understated, it is still pretty darn tasty.

M - Thin and watery but with a smooth cask mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a slight dryness and mild lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Fine cask conditioned ale overall, but it didn't really scream hops. Still, I found this to be a tasty offering that remained drinkable throughout.

Aug 25, 2010
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Baileyuk from Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned version of the punjabi. Seems to be a crossover between an IPA and a hefeweizen. Poured amber brown with an decent head and okay lacing. Very clear

Smell and taste both showed strong piney hops but definately hidden slightly by the belgian yeast or hefeweizen taste and smell that must have come from the cask.

This gave a unique taste that was wonderful for one beer but the mixed taste meant this was a one beer only beer.

Oct 08, 2008
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andreasmwatt from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - PRETTY DESCENT AMBER COLORING. DESCENT HEAD.

S - ALMOST SMELLS LIKE A DISHWASHING DETERGENT AND BROWN SUGAR.

T - VERY NICE TASTING MIDDLE, DEFINATELY NOT A STRONG STARTER AND FOR SURE NOT A CLEAN FINISH.

M - DISTINCT TASTE OF CASCADE HOPS.

D - REFRESHING, MAKES YOUR MOUTH FEEL LIKE IT HAS BEEN WASHED OUT WITH SOAP.

Jun 30, 2008
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It arrived still cascading from the pour and finally settled into a thick, ecru head to match my new work shirt. The color was an extremely deep amber with NE-quality clarity, which was unusual for a cask. Mentor asked me what style it was (American or English) and I replied that it was definitely American. There were lots of citrusy hops on the nose. The mouthfeel was medium and the hops were soft and muted on the tongue. The finish had a good hop presence, but not a biting one.

Feb 06, 2008
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pmcadamis from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark-orange brew with a solid finger of white head. This one leaves an abundance of really nice and sticky lace on the glass. When I was finished it looked like some one put up fake Halloween spider webs in my glass.

S - Big time grapefruit, pine sap, and citrus rind.

T - The grapefruit really takes center stage here. Some firm malts support the star of the show, and some other citrus fruits sing backup vocals, but the grapefruit really asserts itself more than any other IPA/pale ale that I can think of.

M - Hop oils coat my mouth, and the finish is extremely dry and grassy. Astringent alcohol compliments the super-biter hops.

D - Considering the ABV and hop-o-rama flavor, I think that this is definitely an IPA, not a mere pale ale. This is a damn fine brew, and a hop-lover's wet dream.

Oct 09, 2007
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, well, slightly hazy gold with a good 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. I love to watch the cascading head and, quite frankly, that gives it a good edge when it comes to my scoring on appearance.

The smell has strong notes of grapefruit *and* caramel malt. One of the best balanced noses for brews of the style.

First sip and the grapefruit just jumps out at me and is absolutely delicious but, in the background and swiftly moving in to share center stage, is that very tasty malt. Further sips and I find a complete harmony with the hops, which now also take on a floral presence, and malt and I reaffirm my belief that this is one of the best balanced APAs out there. It finishes bittersweet, the carbo is very light, and the mouthfeel is silky smooth. Wonderful stuff!

Bottom line: My favourite brew from Coopersmith's and it's going to take a hell of a brew to knock it off its thrown. Highly recommended!

Sep 23, 2007
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was amber in color with a real solid creamy white head. The smell was nutty. The taste was nutty and caramel with some mixed fruit flavors coming in. This was a very, very good beer and the mouthfeel was amazing. I was expecting a hop bomb given the name but it was really well balanced and excellent. Easily drinkable and highly recommended.

Jul 02, 2007
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ColoradoBobs from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint hand-drawn from the cask at the brewpub, September 29, 2006, accompanied by fellow B-A bitterbill. Listed on the menu at 6.5% on this day.

Lovely pint, brought to the table with the reverse-cascading head still, uh, reverse-cascading. Thick, heavy, creamy white head like whipped cream over a cloudy amber body. Impressive looking.

Smell was grapefruit and pine over a solid caramel malt foundation.

Taste was more of the same, although the maltiness was wonderfully-well pronounced. Great depth and complexity. Really excellent.

Mouthfeel was thick and chewy, round and full, with soft carbonation throughout.

Easy-drinking beer, perhaps a wee bit too strong to be sessionable, but I would have loved to linger over a couple more.

This is a must for anybody in the Fort Collins area! Stop in and enjoy some!

Sep 30, 2006
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Crosling from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask Version. Amber in color. Suprisingly malt driven in the aroma with a hint of butter toffee and cookies along with a touch of citrus fruits, herbs and Chanel fragrances. Nice malt flavor with a variety of hop notes (peach, lemon). I preferred the texture and feel of the cask version compared to the draught version.

Mar 30, 2006
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gbontrag from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APA typical appearance. Standard dose of froth, with little lacing.
The cask-conditioned is advertised at 7.5%ABV. The nose portrays the addition of aromatic hops to the cask. Clean malt with a twist of citus peel, and a sprig of pine.
I taste leather and hemp twine. Hop vines twisted into a rope. Thinnish mouthfeel from the natural carbonation. Starts and finishes with this hop tendril loaded with flowers. Mellow malt colors the palate with a white wash, a smattering of sweetnes; lite caramel, and brittle, and butterscotch. Balanced and good.

Nov 21, 2004
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cask-Conditioned Punjabi poured a cloudy, copper-orange with a thick, creamy, white head that had excellent retention (lasted the whole way) and some lacing. It had a strong citrus aroma with some subtle hops. The flavor was well-balanced. It had an initial taste of toffee and some citrus, with a bitter finish. It was very thick and creamy and had an excellent mouthfeel. Overall, the cask version is an excellent brew. It is a great session brew (the high alcohol content suprised me), and is my old reliable when ordering at Coppersmiths.

Feb 01, 2004
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marc77 from California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bronze hue with a thin, but tight head that manages decent lace. Aroma of pearish fruity esters with a slightly detracting note of green apple acetaldehyde. Clean light caramel sweetness is perceived simulataneously with a floral and mildly citric hop nose. Flavor is dominated by biscuit laced sweetness. Subdued citrusy hops tinged by grapefruit. Trace diacetyl. Mellow all around. Green apple undertone surfaces as the beer breathes. Mild hop bitterness leaves balanced skewed towards malt sweetness. Passably dextrinous in mouthfeel, almost creamy. Finishes honeyish, bready and lightly bitter. Very much ESB like. A session pale. More hop character would have been lent better balance.

Apr 17, 2003
Punjabi Pale Ale from Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 52 ratings