Pale Ale
Tributary Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #216
Ranked #6,392
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Tributary Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: "A light, refreshing, and crisp ale. Brewed with Nugget, Warrior, & Centennial hops. Dry-hopped with Citra, Warrior, & CTZ hops (Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus).
5.2% ABV; 26 IBU."
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/17/18

A: Light copper with some golden highlights - clear - pours with a medium size, off-white head, slowly fades to very little, but retains a small collar and leaves some spots of lacing

S: C-hops, in moderation, with a touch of Citra - orange and some grapefruit, floral with a touch of juice and zest - notes of soft pine and some spice - pillowy, soft malt base with a touch of bread and biscuit

T: Wonderfully balanced - citrus, orange and grapefruit, with some floral notes and some zest - herbal hops and some leafy hops, soft pine needles, hint of pine resin - low bitterness - touch of earth - extraordinarily clean malt base with some depth and texture, light bread, crackers, some biscuit

M: On the light side of medium, smooth with a crisp finish, medium to low carbonation, extraordinarily clean, insanely drinkable

O: Yes, I'll have the pale

I have only been to the Tributary taproom twice, and both times I observed that the clientele was perhaps a bit older than many other taprooms in 2018, particularly those pumping out hazy IPAs and kettle sours blended with cake and toilet water. It may be because this reflects an older approach to a pale ale. It's wonderfully balanced and drinkable. Or maybe the crowd at Tributary is just old enough to understand that this is the type of beer that you want to drink all day, every day.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a clear golden color. There was an off white head that left some lacing. Bit of a hoppy nose. Pine and citrus. The taste is good. Just a bit bitter. Mainly the same pine and citrus. Nice.

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Photo of digboy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange amber color. Thin head. Not much aroma but what is there is a pleasant malt smell. That nice sweet malt continues into the taste. Maybe a slight citrus and herbal hop flavor behind it. No off flavors at all, just a clean ale. Feel is slightly sticky.

This is a great malt forward pale ale. Just well done.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thick white head.

Smell: Citrus and pines notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth Medium Bodied. Taste of bitter hops and citrus.

Overall: Good IPA, nothing too special, but enjoyable no the less.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hey, this pretty good. Hazy pour with a fruity smell and a clean taste. Nothing overpowering with this beer, but a good lunchtime beer so I appear like a solid employee. Good to see something out of Kittery besides outlets.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Said Amarillo Pale Ale on the board.
Slightly hazy light golden color with a small but long lasting off white head. Rich bready and light cara maltiness with plenty of juicy fruity resinous pine and light citrus. Light grass medium body.

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Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Robert's Maine Grill, Kittery, Maine on 1/2-pint draft into small Pilsner glass. Clean, dry and even slightly tart pale ale, which pairs well with oysters.

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


Pours rusty with a nice, rocky white head. Smells hoppy but not aggressively so, balanced nicely by nodes of biscuit and caramel--definitely an APA, and a fairly old school one at that.

Tastes like it smells: nothing about it is aggressive. Starts off with floral hops that taste more west coast than east coast, then evens out nicely with a malt combination of biscuits and peat. Nothing belies the sessionable ABV. It's a well-balanced, light-tasting beer, and it's nice to see a brewer confident enough in their own craftsmanship to release such a beer in 2015.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, copper coloring with a thin, sparse, white head. Aromas of resinous hops, subtle citrus notes, a solid caramel backbone, and hints of grass and pine pitch. Flavors are grassy and roasted forward, with a solid piney tone. Subtle grapefruit and lemon highlights, with a resinous bitter and slick character at the end. Mid-bodied, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is heavily roasted, with piney bitterness and hints of grapefruit. Smooth, slick, dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Vermont Brewfest. Poured a clearish orange color. Aroma was of medium intensity. Actually pretty good for the ABV looking back. To me it smelled pretty simple. Citrus and some grass with a mild sweetness. Flavor was more of the same. Some juicy, fruity hops, some grass, a bit of caramel malt and some floral hops, too. Light bodied. I wasn't all too much invested with this one. I bet a larger pour would have helped. Kinda fell into the rest of the pack at the festival.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another one had at the brewery.

Very nice creamy head, great lacing, mostly clear honey orange color.

Nose bright fruity hops, Amarillo like fruit notes, citra like orange juice and tropical notes, with a nice centennial like spicy notes and grapefruit pith.

Taste brings nice fruity hops, decent bitterness with little spicy hop note, a big bitter rind like, very grapefruit rind and fruity bubblegum, a strange combination, and the taste after finishing grapefruit juice, nice rind pith, just a touch of copper tan malts. Finish long bitterness, more pith and rind lingering, more citrus.

Mouth is med bod, decent but slightly under carbed.

Overall pretty nice, interesting hops but slight weird play between bitter pith and bubblegum fruity flavors, but still well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a clear honey amber thin head fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of floral hops, light citrus, faint hops, light malts, Amarillo citra notes.

T - Taste is absolutely delicious. Good hops, floral, light citrus hops, good light bitterness, Nice soft balance.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, nice hop notes, pleasant.

Serving Type: On Tap

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Juicy, light, crisp. Orange, Tangerine, melon and grapefruit pith. Big cracker malt background. Very nice pale. Impressed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the brewery. This version had an abv of 5.2%.

Dark gold and mildly hazy. Small head but ample streaky ring lace.

The smell is bit earthy with a bit of a freshly cut weeds (in a good way).

Biting hop up front. Earthy, again, flavored. Smooth but well carbonated.

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

Dry hopped with Citra & Warrior. Unfiltered, carbonated, and hazy. Super bright orange zest aroma, sugary. More of a dank, resinous flavor, super coarse bitter drying finish.

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Photo of AirBob
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from 11/25/15

A - 2 fingers of dense white head. Great retention and lacing. Opaque, unfiltered deep dark orange.

S - Sharp citrus (grapefruit) and zest. Sweet malt backbone. Some tropical fruit and stone fruit (pineapple and peaches) rounding it out.

T- Super juicy pale ale. Big sweet peach. A little bubblegum. A little citrus bitterness balanced with the malt to round it out.

M - Medium carb. A bit creamy to start. Nice clean finish.

O - Excellent, well balances and complex pale. Right up there with FPPA in my book.

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Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Wow. Wow. So juicy! Had this after about six pints and two bourbons, and at that point was still able to be absolutely stunned and jaw-dropped, which in my twisted mind, says something good! Go drink now, in quantities. Can't wait to have the next one!!!

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Photo of TheMagnanimous
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw/golden appearance. Sweet tropical fruits and grainy aroma.
Bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel but very light on the palate, with very dry finish and nice bitterness. Outstanding balance of upfront malt sweetness balanced by delicious fruity and dank american hops. Amazing how much juicy flavor is packed into a 4.7% beer, top notch american pale ale.

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Pale Ale from Tributary Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 101 ratings