American Pale Ale
Ozark Beer Co.

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Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #402
Ranked #13,318
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Jun 07, 2022
Mar 27, 2014
Very Good
American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
Notes: None
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3.94 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jun 07, 2022
4.56 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Dec 01, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Redrover from Wisconsin

I hosted a gathering of old college friends and one of my buddies had just returned from Arkansas where he picked-up a mixed 12 pack of beers from this brewery.

Poured into my Bass Imperial Pint glass, the beer is a hazy dark yellow with a semi-dense and clingy white head.

It has an inviting aroma of citrus pine and bready malts.

The taste is similar to the smell. Nice hop bite with a pretty much classic APA taste profile. I get pine an bit of grapefruit, crackers and a hint of caramel.

The mouth has a decent slick quality with midrange heft. It has very active carbonation.

I like this one and am glad there are about 3 more different beers to try from this new to me brewery.

May 06, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer from my good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had subtle dark fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle orange flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Nov 24, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Golden in color with a good sized white head and lacing. Smells of pine and citrus hit the nose. Taste follows the smell, very good full flavor. Good!

Oct 08, 2020
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3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, roasted malt and caramel. Raw, earthy hop bite and very malty. A little unbalanced.

Jun 15, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

12 fl oz pull-tab can:

A very run of the mill pale ale that compares unfavorably to widely distributed expressions of the style like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale and Deschutes' Mirror Pond. If you're living in Arkansas, you have access to Toppling Goliath and Lost Forty Brewing's Pale Ales as well as myriad others that blow this out of the water.


Apr 05, 2020
3.75 by TylerJ from Iowa on May 19, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a translucent copper-brown with a finger and a half of off-white head. Head retention is good. Aroma is bread, wheat and barley malts and herbal and resiny hop notes. It has a raw grain quality to the aroma. Flavor profile follows the nose, hitting burly barley and bready malts with a raw grain huskiness to it. Hops are herbal, resiny and lightly sticky. Mouth feel is lightly soft carbonation that evokes a very refreshing texture. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, bready, grainy with modest hops makes for a balanced and delightful pale ale.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Feb 21, 2019
4.17 by jclsr10 from Arkansas on Jan 19, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Pours a clear darker golden color. 1 finger white head. Decent retention, and there's some lacing on the glass. Not the beer itself, but I do like the can artwork.
The nose has a nice light hoppy aroma to it. The aroma leans toward the pine hops. Pleasing.
Taste - Interesting. I was expecting a hoppy beer based on the aroma, but it isn't. It has some hops, but it also has a crisp flavor, that I can't quite put my finger on. There's a slight malt to it also.
Lighter in body, but not watery.
Interesting beer, and it does taste good.

Dec 15, 2018
3.84 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Jun 29, 2018
3.78 by kkarimi from Texas on Jun 21, 2018
3.66 by SFC21 from Florida on Apr 20, 2018
3.87 by chladun from Virginia on Feb 24, 2018
3.83 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 05, 2018
4.04 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jan 06, 2018
3.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Dec 26, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, rye bread, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate rye/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, rye bread, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, guava, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, rye bread, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Fairly clean finishing. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a delicious session American pale ale! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Nicely vibrant and lightly dank hops; with great malt balance/body for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 14, 2017
4.64 by SynthetikReality95 from Arkansas on Jul 12, 2017
4.59 by SirHopsHoppington from Arkansas on Jul 01, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by kemoarps from Washington

Pours a muddied amber that's not totally clear but trends closer that direction.

Nose jumps.out with sweet fruits... Tropical melons (honeydew in particular), guava, and maybe a standard of pear.

The fruit/melon party continues in earnest with the melons of focus calling to mind more canteloupe and watermelon, with the tropical guava still maintaining some presence.

A little thinner body than I was looking for, but appropriate, and a decent level of carbonation. Enough to give it some life but not overwhelming. Overall an interesting and enjoyable brew, and probably the best of what I had while in Arkansas.

Jun 21, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by NastyNorseman from New York

Tropical explosion in the aroma and the flavor. Guava among varied assortment of fruits thrown in the cauldron to go along with peppery hashish? Pretty weak malt presence which surprised me and I'm having difficulty untangling the hops from the myriad of additions. Save for the pith, melon, and other fruity action going on it's hard to find the APA beer flavors in the melting pot. Smells great, looks alright, but the taste and finish miss the mark. I was hoping for something more earthy and wild, like the label suggests, as opposed to a deadhead-surfer brew. Hops eventually surface albeit when the beer warms.

Apr 13, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Slightly hazed, brown-tinted orange color with two fingers of off-white head that leave decent lacing.

Enticing, sticky aroma of guava, pineapple, pine resin, honey and white pepper.

Much, much lighter taste and feel than the nose implies. There's sort of a guava, kiwi and mixed melon thing going (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe medley). A weird little weak nuttiness from the hint of malt that's there. And some very watered down pepperiness. Then, as it warms, a touch of weed, some ashy, earthy hops, and way watered-down grapefruit pith shows on the backend.

The mouthfeel is light, with just a bit more heft than a glass of water.

Pretty disjointed experience. The nose is big, in your face tropicality. The taste is complex and multilayered for an APA, but most like watered down watermelon and kiwi juice with a few drops of bong water added. Weird stuff, indeed. Doesn't fit with my stereotypes about elk celebrating hard work and honest beer, at any rate.

No canned on date, so I can't say its age.

Mar 28, 2017
4.25 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by McStagger from California

10/8 orange label on the six back "ring".

A: Pours a finger of white head. Beer is slightly hazy amber/orange. Moderate to lively carbonation, with several small streams of bubbles rising to the surface. Moderate lacing that breaks apart over the glass.

S: Hoppy. Citric, orange, splash of pine, hints of tropical fruit. The malt is pretty non existent. I've read elsewhere that there's a fair amount of rye in the malt grain. If true it's not really present in the nose.

T: Big shot of hoppiness up front. Lemon peel, orange pith, some tropical. Rye spiciness plays out more in the taste. Malt is still muted to the point of being nearly nonexistent. Finishes with a punch of citric bitterness and fades to tropical fruit spiciness.

M: Light. Ridiculously light. What little malt is amplified by the surprisingly low carbonation.

O: Crushable but still very hoppy. Would be great to float the Buffalo with.

Nov 01, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by RDLARK from Arkansas

This beer is about the finest example of the session pale ale you will find anywhere. Many reviews here seem to be unable to separate their personal preferences from adherence to style and execution considerations. This beer has so much character and flavor, all packed into a truly sessionable (4.3% ABV) beer. Crushable in the summer, around a campfire in the fall, or on the lake.

The unique characteristics that set this guy apart from others in this category are the prominent rye support they give to the hops. The hops and rye are allowed to shine in equal parts. Others have noted the malt is lacking, and that criticism rings of a desire for maltier styles (English ales, Marzen, and so forth), as opposed to a fair criticism of this beer which is an unapologetic APA.

Best year-round beer produced in Arkansas. Ozark's other offerings (notably their IPA) are its only real competition.

Oct 03, 2016
3.67 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 19, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tbryan5 from Louisiana

First off, this was a cool can. Ozark's APA was a nice trade surprise. Great balance and nice resiny hop bitterness. Wish i could get this in Louisiana.

Sep 17, 2016
3.75 by doowhat from Arkansas on Sep 06, 2016
3.51 by socon67 from New York on Sep 02, 2016
3.85 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 07, 2016
3.85 by belzo35 from Ohio on Aug 04, 2016
3.62 by LuckyJohn from Colorado on Jul 26, 2016
3.98 by OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma on Jul 02, 2016
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 22, 2016
3.9 by cfalls from New York on Jun 12, 2016
3.99 by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky on Jun 11, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a light shade of amber with some golden highlights and a slight haze. It is topped with several inches of off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt and floral hops.

It has a nice balance between the malt and hop flavors.

Medium mouthfeel

It's a decent pale ale. It's weird how all these overhopped pale ales have changed my perception of what a good pale ale is. Six years ago I would have loved it as a pale ale. Now I expect an IPA with a pale ale label.

Jun 03, 2016
4 by mojuyt from Massachusetts on May 12, 2016
American Pale Ale from Ozark Beer Co.
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