American Pale Ale | Ozark Beer Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 106
Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RDLARK
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours medium gold, slight haze, finger white head with good retention and plenty lace. Aroma of toasted malt and pine/flowers. Nice balanced pale, touch of toasty sweet malt and piney hops, floral grassy semi dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Lots of taste for a session brew.

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Much better on tap than out of the can in my opinion, which might explain the few lackluster reviews.

Clear golden color, white head, dissipating quickly. Smells grassy and hoppy. The flavor is overwhelmingly dominated by hops with just enough bready malt and lemony sweetness to give it a touch of balance. It finishes dry and light, making it a perfect summertime session.

A very solid session APA, light and refreshing.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 31, 2015

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Dark amber, copper, and mostly clear, with some minor chill haze. Less than a half inch of bright white foam, moderate-low head retention.

S – Mango, papaya, some other tropical fruit, along with baked bread crust malt backbone. A touch of tangerine on the back end.

T – Bread crust, lightly baked, is the sole malt quality. Melon and some low tropical notes, much less flavor than aroma. Hop bitterness is moderate.

M – Carbonation is lower than expected, based on appearance, only moderate-low. Medium-bodied with some residual sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness. A noticeable astringency that is not pleasant, though not enough to overwhelm the entire experience of the beer.

O – Was very excited about this based on its appearance and nose, but it fails to deliver where it counts. Sharp contrast in quality to other (excellent) Ozark beers.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a one inch head that lasts and laces. Deep gold-orange. Aroma is mostly spicy, herbal, piney American PNW hops. Flavor is very tangy, woodsy and herbal. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Altogether a good example of the typical 2010's APA: hop forward, piney and harsh and no real respect for malt.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden color. The smell up front has something off with it but it settles into your standard slight hoppiness. The taste is very run of the mill, non distinct. The finish is a little extra bitter and harsh without redeaing qualities. Overall ... meh.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a off white chalk head.

Smell has a nice grassy hop, supported by a great crackery malt backbone. Simple but effective. Reminds me of Daisy cutter with less hop and more malt. But that just maybe the grassy overtones.

Taste is just that. A nice slightly earthy bitterness supported by a crackery malt. Again, nothing super fancy but beautiful in its simple design and function.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and crisp.

Overall a great example of the style and proof that doing the basics right makes a damn fine beer.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice darker golden color with a good head. Light body, low ABV, but very flavorful especially for a "session" IPA and one of the ones that stood out to me as "crisp". Surprised the heck out of me as it's my first beer from Arkansas. Well done, Ozark!

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Photo of BKotch
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Visiting Fayetteville and its top liquor store (according to this site), and I was checking out with two six-packs of singles when the owner gave me a free can of this, explaining that he doesn't offer this on the shelves as a single because the brewer wants it kept cold. A lovely beer, particularly for 4.3% abv -- good hop character but I'm having a hard time identifying the constituents because of the rye (a nice touch, in and of itself!). Unfortunately, I don't think it gets very far afield. Pity. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of Kevin67
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid all-around pale ale. I'm not fond of overly hopped messes calling themselves APA's. Very often, I find that most breweries APA offerings venture straight into the realm of IPA. It's nice to see that Ozark got this right. It has a lighter hop character that is pleasant.

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Photo of MikeB91c
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is just a phenomenal brew. This could easily be my go to, year round beer and one that I would be happy to send out to anyone across the country. A light bodied beer that is full of flavor from start to finish. I pretty much like all of the brews from this local establishment, but this one and the Onyx Coffee Stout are two of the finest examples I have had in their styles.

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Photo of ARaces23
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a beer. So clean and refreshing and crushable. A light body and a wallop of flavor all packed into a sub 5% beer is a glorious thing. So glad I can get this easily. My go to 'extra' in mail too.

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Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, pours a clear straw yellow with an almost non-existent head.

The nose is very floral, strong hop content, citrus, orange and just a bit of resin on the backend. The flavor is mostly citrus and floral hops, orange peel, a little malt candy. Fruity, pineapple and grapefruit. Good and tasty IPA.

Overall, I would drink this a few times over.

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Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, fluffy, thick snow-white head atop a golden, slightly hazy brew. Retention is good, and there's tons of lacing.

Aroma of citrus, biscuit, caramel, floral notes, and a sharp, earthy bitterness. Smells good!

Very light APA. Citrus and flowery hops provide a nice highlight to the otherwise very sweet malts. Flavor follows the aroma.

Extremely drinkable beer. Very light and smooth. Lively with minimal sting.

This is a solid, lunch-type APA that seems like it would be a solid offering on draft.

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Photo of rtrasr
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I've been a proponent of NW Arkansas breweries. However, Ozark Beer Company needs to learn one definition: Balance. I really do appreciate the low abv of 4.3% very sessionable. However, the Northwest Pacific hops simply overwhelm this beer. It is like drinking grapefruit juice. This has potential but less hops or even substitute some English Hops but please let the some malt come through. This brewery is brimming with great potential. Their IPA, Cream Stout and Coffee Stout are outstanding.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a can...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties in the bottom
of the can . Stellar lacing & above average head retention (3.75)

S: Breadyness & lemons, grapefruit (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, some mineral hoppyness & grapefruit as well up front. More citrus & dryness
as this warms. Finishes crisp, with orange & lemons (4.0)

MF: Light bodied, restrained carbonation , nice balance (4.0)

Old school APA, drinks very easy. The floaties are a bit odd, but not too off putting (4.0)

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