Signature Pale Ale | Steamworks Brewing Company

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Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The term "Pale Ale" dates back to the 1800s when all beer was dark brown in colour. New malting techniques led to the development of pale malt, a barley malt kilned at low temperatures which contributed very little colour to the finished beer. Hence the birth of Pale Ale, an amber- to copper-coloured ale you could actually see through. Plenty of British Crystal malt in the grist lends this ale its rich colour, its caramel maltiness, and adds the occasional whiff of toffee to the nose. An addition of American and German hops to the kettle at the end of the boil is used to suffuse our Pale Ale with a gently spicy hop finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-17-18 from can

Very disappointed with this one after really enjoying the Flagship IPA; this is your old school run of the mill pale ale, that tastes like someone dropped a copper penny in the mash and the result was some burned malt and caramel

-I understand this appeals to some folks, and they consider it "balance", but I say go drink a bock or a brown ale if that's your swag

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Photo of imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Gleaming body color like polished glass. Crystal clear, with a pale amber, mixing a brass tan quality, and very fine carbonation, plentiful, if hard to see as it seems so microscopic. Head is a solid three finger and fine soapy quality. Bleach white in color, and popping with pill like lacing. Good looking exciting brew.

Nice aroma. An excellent malt quality of light toast, hints with crusty bread, but goes it seems to slight biscuity cookie territory. Subtle hop quality, not too distinct and sticking with pale basics. Very simple and good nose.

Very good palate. Not too much surprises going from the aroma. An almost light flirting session quality of wet mouthfeel, but the malt sweetness hits lightly with toast and a sweetness that is good. Sharp almost woody bitter, but easily in lighter territory forgoing astringency, but leaves aroma as minimal, perhaps a touch of pine and earth. Session almost like feel, but hits with more malt power and making for a real good easy drinking.

Solid pale ale. Good one to have.

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Photo of cknoch
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fuse
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tired of unbalanced over-hopping (ubiquitous IPA anyone?)? Tired of wine-like hotness in a beer? Tired of your local beer store not stocking any local ESB? And tired of paying too much for Boddingtons?
Well, I am. Or was.
Thankfully I have discovered Steamworks Signature Pale Ale (thank you for the recommendation, Tillicum BC Liquor Store worker)! Nice creamy mouthfeel. A very good balance if you are looking for something lighter than an IPA, and with more body than a lager. I have grown so tired of Cascade hops' essence of grapefruit, but in this beer, it works. Because balance, balance, balance.
Maybe you still enjoy your Überhõp brew. But when you finally want to taste some malt and caramel, try this one.

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Photo of jonb5
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.25 of a litre at the Celle Beer Festival.

A: Golden, clear, small head.

S: Cascade, grapefruit.

T: Followed the nose, had a decent amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: This was a bit of an SNPA clone, decent enough for what it is.

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Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-grapefruit,oranges,tangerines,blood orange,honey,peach
-Follows the nose with a piney,oniony hoppyness
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Pale Ale with a solid Aroma, but the Taste kinda flattens and fizzles out.

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Photo of BaileyMitch
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kobold
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: the foam waves a quick “hello” and then dashes underground into evening golden arms of wheat and cold amber.

Aroma: A neck of perfumes ringed with pine needles and ice. Bitter apples and unripened pears scowl from a distance. Paper wrapped doughy grain bread hums a wholesome tune beneath.

Taste: Only a tinge, or afterthought, of hop bitterness. There is a sweet, even numbing, tingle in the aftertaste preceded by orange slices powered in a thin layer of icing sugar. The orange “lemonizes” slightly, even grows a thin grapefruit rind skin. After twenty minutes smooth, if shy, pineapple slips into the picnic brunch.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately the foundation is a bit waterlogged, though it does not detract from the aromatics and lilting sweet citrus taste. Carbonation is near non-existent, and yet no flatness ruins the feel.

Final Thoughts: Most memorable is the lightly electrifying, sugar tongue sparks from the aftertaste. The leather rimmed perfume-orange bouquet is also difficult to forget.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damacdon
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark straw color, almost golden with an orange hue, and some explosive subtle activity. Lightly creamy white half a finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of citrus, caramel biscuity feel, and fresh floral spices. Flavors of quality grains, bitter citrus with a lemon and lime feel, a hint of coriander, and really sharp herbal and floral hops. Highly grassy, low on sugar, but highly sour.

Smooth slick light to medium body with perfect amount of carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a highly spicy and astringent citrus tongue coat, thick grassy feel with a hint of sweet roasted malt.

Overall a good craft boosting complex tasty favors with an overly strong bitter citrus feel. Good freshness but a little vinous and boozy. Promising beer with a good look and body while missing some balance.

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Photo of rjr8
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Steamworks Brewpub ' Signature Pale Ale' @ 5.2% , served from a couple of 500 ml cans purchased for $2 each
A-pour is a pale gold from the can to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-mild smelling pale ale
T-very mild & watery tasting pale ale
MF-lots of carbonation , weak medium body
Ov-weak pale ale , barely an ok beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can poured into tulip 11/7/15

A clear golden yellow with a couple streams of bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S floral hops, sweet orange peel, tangerine, a fair amount of hops, some bread and toffee

T a little spice and herbal notes to go with what I smell, some balance to it and a little lemon rind

M lighter side of medium, almost foamy, fairly gritty, a little spruce and rind linger

O decent pale ale, a fair amount of hops but still well balanced, drinkable brew for sure

Nothing about its going to blow you away but at 2.49$ for a 500ml can I could see myself myself grabbing a single from time to time

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Colour is almost orange-ish gold. Not much in the way of head after an initial finger or so dissipates, just a ring and some lacing that sticks to the glass. It's a beer that seems torn between the English and the "West Coast" style of "pale ale," but oddly, its indecision is a plus: it's pretty well-balanced, with enough malt and hop presence to please most drinkers. Citrusy and malty, only lightly bitter (becoming a bit more floral and herbal as it warms). Very drinkable, with a decent (leaning ever-so-slightly overcarbonated) body.

Paired well with leftover, microwaved egg rolls, which is a plus. I'll definitely drink this again--Steamworks doesn't seem to make beers that I'd consider truly remarkable, but they are remarkably consistent when it comes to making drinkable, every-day-type beers.

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Photo of FrazFraz
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At $2.50 for a tallboy can, this could become my new "go to" beer. This beer is not overly hopped, but it has enough malt backbone to please the palate. It "pales" in comparison to other representative brews of the style, but there is enough substance and style to make me want to return.

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Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 95 ratings