Pale Ale
Faction Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #234
Ranked #7,311
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Faction Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: Year-round pale ale generously hopped with Simcoe, Columbus and Mosaic.

45 IBU
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straw filtered, no carbonation and 7 fingers of off white head.

Smells of light fruits, pear, ripe peach and a hint of wheatgrass.

Tastes of ripe peach, soursop, and a hint of jackfruit.

Light body with little carbonation and a tannic finish.

I got this in Sacramento today, and am drinking it in Redding, Dec 31st, 2019.

Jan 01, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Winooski Beverage.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking bronzed copper golden color with a modest transparency. A small white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Just some wispy concave lace.
The aroma had a fairly strong grassy hop feature rolling into some danky character, slightly like onion, then light pine and an even lighter note of citrus rind.
The flavor leaned into a fine blend of sweet danky onion, pine and citrus. Really meshing finely into each other quite nice. Quick yet smooth aftertaste of wet onion, pine resin and sticky citrus rind.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Sturdy carbonation leads into a brisk sharpness and then finishes crisp with a bright citrus rind.
Overall, nicely done West coast styled APA with an appropriate ABV assigned to it. Would come back to and definitely pair well with a fair amount of seafood.

Jun 09, 2019
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Phil-Fresh from California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Biscuit like malt, coupled with moderate hop notes of citrus, light pine and grass.

A: Deep gold color, clear, with a moderate, uniform, white head that has adequate retention in the glass.

T: Crisp, caramel-like malt, slightly sweet, well balanced with hop notes of pine, citrus, and light grass, with a moderate hop bitterness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer is clean and crisp. It also is well balanced between the caramel malts and the citrusy, piney hops.

Apr 04, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very balanced with a restrained fruity hop profile and a sweet bready malt profile. Excellent mouthfeel and carbonation. Was expectuing a bit more aromatics and sweetness from the hops but this delivers like a well crafted okd school west-coast style pale ale with a fresh character.

Feb 20, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sometimes you dont want to be blown away or challenged by your beer, you just want to drink it, and this is a perfect example of exactly that. on tap at sessions in san francisco, this crystal clear honey colored american pale ale is true to style, robustly flavored, magically fresh, but also something i have more or less tasted before, and more of a head turner for its quality than for its flavor profile, which is squarely in line with what one should expect in the style, especially made in california. pretty beer though, creamy tall white head with great retention and a nose and flavor of fresh sliced grapefruit and a little spruce. cool blend of hops on this, and a lot more in the dry hopping and late kettle than on the bittering side of things, as the pungently hoppy aroma doesnt translate into the most intense hop flavor or bite on the back end. pale malt base is fresh and very clean, nice job fermenting this all the way down to near bone dry. highly charged carbonation helps it a lot too, easy drinking because of it, even though the body is still in that medium range. great patio beer, very well made, has me interested in their other hoppy beers because this is quality.

May 25, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a clear golden color with a nice white head on top. The smell and taste of the beer has a good balance of hops and malt. The feel of the beer is smooth with a crisp finish. Overall this beer was very nice. Was a pleasure to have tried it while in the area.

Dec 26, 2015
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IpaBeerDrinkers from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Where to begin....the body and feel on this defies its abv. The hop trio comes thru clean and sharp. Smell is a fantastic hop forward medley. This is perhaps the best pale I've had...and I had psuedo sue 2 weeks ago

Oct 14, 2015
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jakecattleco from California

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Imbibe into a pilsner glass. What a great pale! Great nose and fantastic taste, the. Mosaic is really highlighted. A beer I'll absolutely buy every time I see it!

Oct 10, 2015
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Absolut from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at blue palms before motorhead.

Pours a darker brown than expected for the style, with little head.

Very nice citrusy aroma.

Taste is a nice citrusy hop flavor, not too overwhelming. Nice malt backbone.

A very tasty drinkable beer.

Aug 25, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Citrus, maybe even a little tropical fruit, pine, herbal notes, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, tropical fruit, mango, pine, herbal notes, a little spice, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Towards the lighter end of medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very nice hoppy pale ale.

Jun 02, 2015
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HoppyVidal1 from California

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasting this beer at Three Sheets in Dublin Ca and it just shocked the hell out of me with its intense incredible nose and a finish that just goes on and on. It's a Pale at only 5.2% but it behaves like a big boy IPA find this beer it's fantastic!

May 24, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the smoothest and tastiest pale ales I have ever had. This was a phenomenal balance between malt and hops, even though it was slightly hoppier than most pale ales.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Jan 30, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 2014 Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival held in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but simple in my opinion.

May 18, 2014
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elNopalero from California

4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This poured a clear amber color with good foam.

There’s an incredibly fresh and vibrant aroma that’s a citrus bowl of delights: tangerine, orange, a squeeze of lemon and a touch of pine. The flavor pops with tangerine and orange, pine and pith. The flavor lingers, tapering off into deliciousness.

Dec 29, 2013
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