Signature Pale Ale
Steamworks Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
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3.6 | pDev: 10.83%
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale is exactly what you'd expect from a pale ale. Its hoppy, light, and refreshing. Although, it is a bit boring. Its good but they don't take any chances so its not mind blowing in any way. Still a solid beer, I'd buy it again.

Jan 09, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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

Pours a clear, medium gold/light amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of sweet, biscuity malt and citrus/tropical hops, with notes of tangerine, mango and just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of biscuity, caramel, slightly grainy malt and citrus/tropical hops. Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and a hint of pine. Also has a light herbal and medium floral note to it. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Decent old school Pale Ale that perhaps starts out a little too sweet, but finishes with a good bitterness. A little too floral for my taste though.

Sep 25, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Very light burnt orange hue under a white head that recedes to a thick, even film. Random ink-blot lacing.

Aroma: Lightly sweetened caramel corn with subtly spicy chinook hops.

Taste: Vert woody and dry to start off, then it gets a little spicy with decent citrus rind bitterness. Not overly bitter though, just hints of grapefruit and orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Pretty solid all around, the aroma somehow tops the taste.

Jul 07, 2018
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

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

Mar 18, 2018
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Sid_Smith from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

IBU's are actually 40, this is wrong.

Pretty good for the price.

Pours an almost totally clear light amber, some lacing, decent white thin head.

Smells sweet, earthy piney, citrus.

Tastes like it smells with a hint of dish-soap.

Overall pretty good for the price.

Jan 17, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Oct 14, 2017
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Fuse from Canada (BC)

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.

Jul 30, 2017
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jonb5 from England

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.

May 27, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

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.

Apr 19, 2017
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Kobold from Canada (BC)

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.

Jun 05, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

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

Jul 24, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

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

Jul 12, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

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.

Jul 03, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

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.

May 08, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pours a rich gold (almost apricot) topped by 1 finger's worth of white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Floral and citrusy with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T- A hit of earthy hops upfront along with a bready maltiness; this gives way to a spicy citrus zest.

M- Slightly watery body. Medium carbonation.

O- This Pale ale has a great appearance, great aroma, and an excellent taste. What it doesn't have is a good body. I found it to be extremely weak, although not completely damaging to the otherwise great properties of this beer. If the body was tweaked to be more full, I believe that this APA could roll among the best.

May 04, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the St Regis, Vancouver.
Burnished gold with crusting white film. 3.75
Floral nose with some toast. 3.75
Granola crunch up front then lots of Cascade sherbety orange zest. 4
Lightly piney finish and drying linger.
Slight cling, lt-med, round. 4

Judging it on its own merits, tough to fault: an old-school hopped, accessible, sessionable PA. A bit pale and fizzy, but does a simple job well. The Van go-to when Fat Tug is too much. 3.75

Jan 28, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into an American shaker pint glass. A light bronze color with around two fingers of frothy white foam. Mellow, subdued aroma of mixed citrus hops (pink grapefruit, orange, lime) and bready, slightly grainy malts. Light floral perfume becomes more salient as one drinks, along with some dusty old white peppercorns, walnut, and toast. Overall, the flavors are subtle and take some patience and focus to appreciate. Watery body and fairly fizzy, with a semi-dry toasted nutty finish featuring echoes of tangerine. I've had spicier pale ales, with more assertive hopping and a more pronounced peppery bite. This nevertheless has its charms and would make a decent session option.

Oct 05, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - biscuity and bready malts, earthy hops, hint of caramel, grains, and citrus.

Taste - Hit right away with the biscuity malts followed nicely by the earthy hops which provide a moderate bitterness. The hint of caramel, grains, and citrus finish this brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the earthy hops.

Overall - An APA with a pleasant malt and hop profile. A minor tweak in the hop bitterness will make this a standout amongst the best APA's out there. Otherwise, a good rendition of the style. Happy to see Steamworks offerings available here in Cowtown.

Sep 28, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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

355ml bottle, with some nice steam-punk imagery on the silk-screened label - and the angel promoting the '10 cents, return for redemption' is amusing enough.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random protoplasm splatter lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready and mildly biscuity pale malt, crackery caramel, soft muddled citrus notes, ethereal white and black pepper dust, my mom's baking ingredients cupboard, and further subdued piney, leafy, and weedy noble hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, edgy, almost dry caramel, a persistent mixed table pepper spiciness, fading orange and grapefruit rind, and equally over the hill earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly moderate, just a meek frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly up for transgressive behavior, it would seem. It all finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness, strangely agreeable pepper, and muddled old-school hops playing nicely together.

An enjoyable rendition of the American version of that ol' standby, the pale ale, even if this manifests more on the English side of things, um, all over the place. Not surprising, I suppose, as Lotusland brewers have the bane of being on the forefront of that west coast hop thing, but at the same time exist in a place called British (can't underline here, boo) Columbia, and its attendant heritage and influence, in whatever it is that you're into. Yup, Canadian.

Aug 07, 2014
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ghisty from Canada (NB)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

this one im lazy. left it in the can. i know i know. worst way to review beer.
it had impressive foam even for not having been poured.
dissipated fast to an aluminum can with a drinking hole perforated in it.
very innovative,. but still refreshing.

smells awesome. resiny hops. grapefruit tones typical of hops. malts are rich and sweet..but..
as i went to reach for this check out the nose..a fly landed on my hand and i swatted .. knocked over this can of beer. spraying insane amounts of foam and wonderous fountains of quality ale everywhere. which in taste .. i explain further.

i had a few drinks on it before the fly related explosion..and its malty. and bitter.
but has a nice smokey aftertaste and isnt overpoweringly hoppy.. but still the right amount..the hops dont even shine until about 5 seconds after you swallow.. then you get this bitter aftertaste. ..i tried to catch as much of the spraying foam from the knocked over can into my face. it was quite funny.

malty. silky. has a good bitter. and a pretty short run on the palette..
the aftertaste of hops about 5 seconds later is what keeps me going back.

being that this review is slightly odd..straying from my usual pours and non spilling and overfoaming/ flattening a good beer with clumsy hands. this beer seems quite impressive , even after being so mistreated i find myself still drinking the almost flat part of the can after it was ejected into my nasal passages.. its really good.
and im wishing id have bought 2 now.. as the one i did buy is basically ruined.
i WILL buy this again. its a shame to have wasted such an intresting beer.
but..i got a very good impression from the bit i had.. try this one.

Aug 06, 2014
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SamKetchum from District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, crispy, and golden. Reminds me a bit of singer beer- it'd go nice with spice and noodles. There is a lovely texture to this beer but it doesn't quite make itself felt. Leaving me feel wonderfully refreshed. Probably best for a summer day by the beach.

Jul 23, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler now available at various LCBOs. One thing I'll say right off the bat is that I love the bottle art & design - and in a style like APA where the alternatives are a dime-a-dozen, that can be an important advantage when attracting new customers. Served well-chilled.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head that recedes fairly quickly over the next few minutes. Left in its wake is a foamy, uneven cap/collar and a few smatterings of lace - a solid-looking pale ale. Mild aroma, with a good mixture of brown sugar, light lemon/grapefruit citrus, leafy hops and a surprising twinge of vanilla. There's even a slight hint of yeasty mustiness. An interesting bouquet, if a bit unusual for the style.

The flavour comes off as considerably more orthodox, with a combination of biscuity malts and caramel sweetness opening the profile up. This blends seamlessly into some fleeting grassy hops, followed by a few hints of lemon zest and grapefruit pith, and some metallicity/mineral notes in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth that I am a big fan of. The carbonation levels are fairly placid. The bitter finish leaves the palate feeling dry, encouraging quick sips, and the balanced flavours make this an easy task.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+ grade. Steamworks' Pale Ale is a solid American-style pale ale, and (so far) one of the better inclusions in this sampler pack. Hopheads looking for something that they can session - without stripping their taste buds off and causing undue stress to their liver - should consider this one well worth a try, as it maintains a perfect balance between West Coast hoppiness and the tasty malt bill. Great stuff - I'd consider this up there with Crazy Canuck, Naughty Neighbour, Tankhouse, and a few other OCB staples.

Sep 26, 2013
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, poured a generous frothy white head. Colour is a bright clear copper. Looks good with some visible carbonation, nice sticky lacing and film. 4

S – an interesting and intense citrusy note, crisp caramel malts, grapefruit, lemon, light florals and farmhouse textures, bright grainy malt. 3.75

T – full bodied mix of preserved lemon citrus and malts, a salty sort of citrus feel, some pine as well develops. Caramel and butterscotch notes, really dry grapefruit. Bready, with a smooth lemon curd, creamy texture, some nutty dryness and mineral touches on the end. The Cascade hops contribute some nice flavours alongside a smooth caramelly malt body. Finish is crisp maltiness and a rounded mineral character. 4

M – moderate bodied, with a malty and caramel forward body, plenty of soft coating carbonation. Refreshing and tasty. Works really well to bring out the citrus and caramel character and dryness comes nicely on finish. 3.5

A balanced rounded profile and some atypical light estery character make this a quite interesting PA. The hops are nicely balanced and provide a bitter citrus, and thoroughly dry character. Really solid beer and glad I had the opportunity to try it, enjoyable. 4

Sep 14, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking beer, golden amber, short head that settles to a decent film, some lacing.

Interesting nose for the vanilla toffee malt aroma. A little alcohol present, too. Like a lightweight Innis & Gunn. Not so much in the way of hops.

Tastes nicely bitter and grassy from hops. Sweet up front from malt. Vanilla and alcohol carry through nicely.

This is one of two winners out of the BC 6 pack available at the LCBO. A tasty beer that is worth a try.

Sep 10, 2013
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ssmack from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from BC Craft Beer sampler 6 pack.

Clear goldern with 1 inch of thick creamy head that lasted very well and left good lacing.

I was surprised that the aroma was so dominated by the malt considering this is an APA. Vanilla cupcake with caramel icing with just a touch of grassiness.

The malts and hops are very well mixed into a single taste. Sweet grainy malt with critusy hops at the end.

Medium feel.

The malt level makes me want to classify this as an English pale ale. This smooth ale is the best so far out of 4 from this sampler but I saved the best for last.

Sep 05, 2013
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