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Adams Street Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
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3.36 | pDev: 18.75%
Adams Street Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off top bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber beer with a freagin' magnificent 2.5-3 fingered foamy, chunky white head of near meringue consistency. It leaves its trails as it settles to a creamy lace. Excellent retention.

Smell: Very floral, hoppy bouquet with mild citrus/grapefruit aromas and a touch of spice.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is even and full with biscuity, bready and light caramel flavours. Hops stab in with a rather hefty, quick, sharp bitter citrus rind bite (a tad spicy and salty), and pulls out leaving leafy hop textures and flavours on the palate. Fruity flavours (almost tropical), esters and sweetness follow with more grain. The beer ends with a slightly dry, bitty grain finish.

Notes: An excellent example of an American Pale Ale. Malty, hoppy and it's all in balance. Damn fine drinkin' here.

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Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, nearly-brilliant golden-orange in color, topped with a frothy off-white head and exhibiting good lacing characteristics. Nose is interesting, light floral hops were about what I'd expected, pale and toasted malts come across par for the style and producer (especially), but the notes of clover honey and ginger (!) were a surprise. Frankly, the nose is fairly fruity but with much more malt depth than I'd expected. After the head subsides the lace remains, and as I'd poured this into an imperial pint glass the nose is really working some magic here, even despite the straight-from-the-'fridge temperature! Mildly sweet on the first sip, with some chewy biscuit malt in the mid-palate and a nice touch of hop bitterness. The floral hop aromatics aren't making as big an impression throughout as they did on the nose upon pouring, but I think this is due to the beer being a bit old*. More light honey notes throughout and bitterness is better represented as this warms. Mouthfeel is better than average and the drinkability is good, if not truly remarkable. A better than average example and rendition of the style, although I'd say it leans closer to a British Style Pale Ale.

A great value at any rate!

*A note on the date: thermal ink on the bottle has the following code: 3006 18. If this beer is indeed a year old then it has held up remarkably well, less the hop profile I'd think. But it says a lot for the quality of the beer they brew down 'der in Monroe!

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Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad APA, but not one I'd choose on a regular basis.
Amber color. Decent head faded to nothing in a short while (on tap). Citic hops and sweetness on the nose (not a malty sweetness, more of a candy/tropical fruit).
Taste consists of these sweet traits, and tempered citric hops. I would prefer a little more on the bitter end to even out the sweetness. Medium body, with some slightly bread malt flavor.
Pretty smooth on in the mouth, but it seemed to go "dead" a little too quickly.

Went nicely with some ribs and the variety of BBQ sauces I was sampling, but nothing outstanding in and of itself.

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Photo of jackndan
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale Ale: very nice hops taste. Rich amber looking beer, with a subtle aroma of malts/hops (almost too subtle). Long lasting hops taste, well into the aftertaste. Nice pale ale.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale ale that pours a clear gold. This is from the Huber brewery that is known for their tight filtration of their beers. Citrus hop aroma. Poured with a big white head that settled quickly. Coarse citric hop flavors dominate this light to medium bodied beer. Lots of bubbles accentuate the spritzy hop flavors. Hops dominate over the malt. A short spicy and dry finish that is a bit weak. More hops up front than in the finish. This pale ale gets points for good economics: it can be had for as little as $3.49 a six-pack.

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Photo of zerk
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an almost non-existant white head that left behind no lace. Aroma is simple but good... some sweet fruit notes and floral hops. Flavor is quite nice, beginning sweet, with some grain and caramel, then becoming fairly bitter with a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with medium carbonation. All in all, a slightly above average pale ale at an incredible price. ($5.99 a six pack here)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not a particularly exciting APA, Berghoff certainly delivers a solid example of the style. The clarity is good, the color is right, and the creamy ivory head holds fairly well. The nose is lightly citrusy, floral, and delicately piney/spicy over biscuity malt and yeast (subtle diacetyl, sublime fruit - apple, pear, citrus). It's clean and basic, with just enough hops to entice. The mouthfeel is as might be expected with a medium body and crisp, standard carbonation at around 2.5 volumes. The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests, but follows the same characteristics to a T, and the way that the hops and malts mesh together into one is quite nice. It's superbly rounded from start to finish; but in a way that takes away from its depth. Still, it's a very nice, full-flavored, exquisitely balanced and very drinkable APA that's certainly worth notice.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head, maintains nicely throughout. Some acidic and hops on the nose. Sharp hops and malty taste noted up front, leads way to a nice blend of fruit and some sweetness, and a biscuity/bready feel, with the hops dominating. Dry finish, a top-dawg pale ale, very well balanced.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, 0626 08 inkjetted on neck.

Sunstruck amber. Tall, fluffy antique white head of crackling mixed size bubbles. Settles quickly leaving large divots and splattered lacing. Ample active carbonation streams. Smell is of spicy hops and some dusty grain. Sharp initially, before giving way to a modest toasted malt component which then finishes with light and prickly hop notes. Initially, the finish is tacky and the crisp hops linger at the margins just a short while. There is a sterile taste and feel about this beer and the hops seem to pile up over time as well and become unwelcome. Medium body and average carbonation. The tackiness transitions into a residue that accumulates on the tongue during consumption which is unpleasant. This one started out OK and then became less and less enjoyable.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber with a medium sized/well-retaining head. Clean aroma of hops, kind of floral and spicy, but very reserved. The best quality of this beer is its crispness and hop character. The hops are prevelant throughout with a good balance of a malt start. Hops make for a wonderful finish though. It's pretty grainy as well. This is an affordable and solid APA.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with 2-row, Carapils, and Caramel malts. Hopped with Cascade and Galena.

5.8% ABV, OG=14.0, 43 IBU's.

Evidently won a Bronze Medal at the 2003 World Beer Championships.

Pours out to a dark orange-amber, forming a small light beige head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Much darker than expected for a pale ale. The aroma is very odd...smells like Saranac Amber lager...buttery and caramelized with some fruity alcoholic esters, minimal hops, and toffee. Mouthfeel is initially brisk, them quickly becomes metallic, rounding out in the finish. Taste begins with buttery herbaceous hops, quickly followed by alcoholic esters, some minimal fusel alcohols, chewing tobacco and wood in the middle with an abrupt, pervasive metallic twang, followed by some residual sweetness of caramelized sugar and toffee in the finish. The bitterness is moderate in intensity with an herbaceous character.

Well, this brew doesn't change my thoughts when it comes to Berghoff, which is basically "shitty". This is nowhere near a pale ale, and tastes just like their other beers, which is also "shitty". Pass on this beer and the entire lineup.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Now, i'm not at all much of a fan of Pale Ales, but this one is tolerable. Poured out to a typical clear golden color. As with my other experiences with Berghoff, not much of a head, and very light carbonation. Odor of sweetness and floral notes were present, with a touch of lemony citrus. Lighter mouthfeel, with direct and consistant flavor of your typical pale ale. Touch of bitterness, and a slight bite. Kind of watery, but still had a dry element to it. Not a bad APA, and if I had to have one, this would be it. Worth a try.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown long neck no freshness date. Cool label!

This beer pours a nice red/copper color. Creamy large head & nice lacing.
The smell is primarily floral hops and a hint of fruit. Yummy!

The taste is solid. Not surprisingly the hops are at the forefront. Very smooth and easy to drink. Could have a little more body, but not bad. Hops do not disappear as the ale warms. Stands up well to most foods.

The mouth feel is a little thin, and that is the only real weakness.

This is a better than average American Pale Ale. I also think this is one of the better Berghoff offerings. This is a quality beer that is very attractively priced. I would have no problem serving this at any party.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A small ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was clear with carbonation present and the hue was orange.The nose was sweet and hoppy.The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass.The flavor ws bitter, hoppy, sweet, and it left an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, tingly on the tongue, nd light bodied.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The new American micro brand available in these parts, of course I have to test the waters with their pale ale. Shiny silver and purple colour motif on the labels, no abv% listing or best before date. Pours out a very attractive clear deep gold hue, a one finger thick off-white head that settles after a while to a ring. Intense nose of sweet caramel malt, very buttery, with the hops appearing as it starts to warm up. The flavour however is the exact converse of the aroma, prominent grassy, floral and herbal hops up front and throughout, the malt can't compete and just lingers on the side lines. Quite the experience to inhale the malt while tasting the hops. The mouthfeel is decent but a bit on the fizzy watery side for my liking, not as smooth as it could be to accentuate the other attributes. Still, it's a fairly drinkable pale ale, considering the weak selection we have of other American pales at the moment to compare it to.

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Photo of soper2000
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I do believe that this is the last of the Berghoff beers that I recently picked up and I must admit that I'm quite afraid to sample it. It pours a decent pale amber bu with virtually no head. Aroma has that trademark Berghoff "sweet aroma", lots of fruit and malt but little in terms of hop background. Taste fades in and out of earthiness and sweetness. I'm thinking of a slightly sweet English style pale ale with a touch of sweeness added. Not exactly an ideal flavor, but better than any other Berghoff beers that I've had to date. Mouthfeel is very thin. All and all, I won't be purchasing this beer again but at least it didn't repel me away.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright tangerine with amber trim; the classic APA hue. The pastel orange-tinted manilla cap is stubborn enough and sticky enough to indicate quality construction. Bridges of foam connect head and glass, although very little lace remains when they eventually break. A pretty good start.

I would think that a pale ale that uses Cascade and Galena hops would have a much more aromatic nose than this. In fact, it's difficult to appreciate much hoppiness at all. Barely toasted malt is present... and very little else. I'm almost positive that this beer isn't old. Besides, it would have to be ancient to result in this degree of hoparexia. Big red flag.

The beer is better on the palate, but not by a whole hellavu lot. Steely caramel malt is clearly the dominant ingredient, though the bitterness of the Galena hops (similar to Chinook, I'm told) comes through with some degree of assertiveness. Unfortunately, I don't taste anything Chinook-like in this beer. Or Cascade-like for that matter.

I was hoping that warming would enbolden the hops in terms of flavor. It hasn't. There just isn't enough of them, or old hops were used, or... who knows what. The bottom line is that this isn't a very good APA. It seems as though every brewer in the country brews a pale ale that's at least decent. The more I drink Berhoff Pale Ale, the more I recognize that it doesn't even reach that pathetically low standard.

Nothing wrong with the body. It's moderately firm, doesn't break down on the finish or in the final few ounces, and has neither too much nor too little carbonation. Too bad that it doesn't have higher quality cargo to deliver to the palate.

Even though it's been no more than a few weeks, I'm finding it hard to remember the other Joseph Huber beers that I've drunk. In other words, they weren't standouts. It doesn't require a photographic memory, however, to know that they have Pale Ale beat up, down and sideways. Since there are dozens upon dozens of better beers in the Badger state, there's really no reason to bother with this one.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass I have a clear amber colored beer with a distinct orange cast to it. Fluffy white head but it just doesn't last.

Smell is very much herbal and hoppy in the English style of the art of Pale Ale. Malt is sweet smelling and fairly sugary in this beer but mostly it stays out of the way of the hops. Hops bring a perfume of flowers to the scent that is quite pleasant.

The flavor starts of quite herbal and flowery at the beginning. Quite a lot like an English Bitter, pretty much this has the same taste only kicked up to APA levels. Sweeter in taste than smell this is a distinctly fruity and flowery pale ale and NOT just another SNPA copy. Solid but mild bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly drinkable this is better than good, it is near outstanding. If you prefer the English take on the Pale Ale this beer is for you.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having left Wisconsin a few years ago, I do not catch much Berghoff these days. The Pale Ale is new to me.

The color was a decent gold to orange, aroma was floral and caramel- but I had to convince myself that it was not a diacetyl note coming with it.

Taste was sweet and full. A very drinkable beverage. Good value for the price at under $5 a six pack. The House of Huber.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear light copper color with modest white puffy head. Poor retention. No lacing.

Smell shows a suprisingly strong hop presence, with some hice citrus notes.

Taste blends the malt and hop perfectly. There is enought sweet malt character to balance the hoppiness perfectly. Very refreshinf and tasty.

Leaves a very nice hop/malt taste in the mouth.

Perfect drinkability. Very flavorful. A trult enjoyable taste experience.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard American pint.

Poured a nice light honey color with a thick, rocky three finger head that fell to a nice cap that left sticky lace all over.

Smell is hops, almost fresh hops with a nice malt backbone.

Flavor is estery hops with a good alcohol backing. Malt takes mid-stage on this one . The hops are fresh smelling and they taste just as good.

The feel on the mouth is really nice. Creamy body with a nice subtle carbonation that lends itself well to this beer. I like the smoothness on the tongue.

Drinkability is awesome I could really put down a lot of these.

Overall this is a nice, mild Pale that is'nt ovelry hoppy, but still has that nice hop flavor. For the style and the distro this one is really good.

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Photo of durwood64
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orangish-brown body with a rocky off-white head. The carbonation is a strong carbonation of tiny lines of bubbles rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice pale malt smell with a faint light toasted note. There are some soft green noble hops in the background.

T- This beer has a light malt flavor that is quickly overpowered by bitter noble hops. No real depth or taste to the hops just bitterness. The finish has a carbonic bite that gives the bitterness more of a kick.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture. The finish has a fizz texture to it.

D- I like hops and I like APAs but there is no depth or flavor to the hops other than bitterness. It taste a bit like dandelion greens and it could use something to balance that bitterness.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

300th Beverage Reviewed! More beer, Better Beer, Cheap Beer. I'm a BA.

Poured with little head and small lace and good fizz and a typical APA orange amber appearence. Smelled like a JW Dundees pale ale. Nuff said. Wait, there was something else, more follow through from the hops. Okay. Better. Mouth was simple, clean wash, mild creaminess, little sting from hops, clean clean clean.

I find myself, on this third beer I've tried from Berghoff, realizing that thier beers are not trying to be the best of style, or the most extreme. They are trying to nail the style and subjectively be very good everyday drinkers with no suprises and yes, really clean. This is it. Slight grapefruit not heavy malt, balanced alcohol profile and there was a rounded tunnel of hops flavor at end that makes you think, TRUE.

Great everyday drinker. Period. Really fresh, really clean going down, what can I say? A bottled APA that is moderate price with this much balance? Superb.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clear autumnal golden orange pour with a nice head that falls to a ring around the top. A nice nose that showcases citrusy hops and a bready, caramel malt. Nice.

First sip is upfront with a doughy, bready sweet caramel malt...there's some nice light citrusy, grassy hops baked in there that provides a nice bitterness on the way down. A nice brew..I'd like a little more hop flavor in there though.

Nice mouthfeel with a medium body and slightly creamy texture. I could sit down and have a few of these..would be nice on a summer day, just relaxing oustide.

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Pale Ale from Adams Street Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 69 ratings