Patina Pale Ale
Austin Street Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #110
Ranked #3,531
4.13 | pDev: 7.02%
Austin Street Brewery
Maine, United States
Patina Pale AlePatina Pale Ale
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An average pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger of white soapy foam with short retention and spots of lace. A ring and a thin film last on. Very cloudy when decanted, pale orange-straw color, I can't read through it,

Citrus and herbal hops greet the nose with cracker and toasted bread. Very faint alcohol with a hint of pineapple.

The taste is neutral on sweetness/dryness with an above average peppery bitterness. The taste begins with a tease of sweet juice and malt, bitterness builds right in as sweetness subsides. The citrus flavor becomes slightly sour featuring orange and lemon. The finish is long and dries a bit as it transitions into a lingering bitter aftertaste with that hint of potential sweetness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, soft and smooth until the bitter aftertaste. When pouring this Beer without decanting it becomes murky and semi-opaque , I can barely see my fingers through it. At this point it changes to a New England style IPA.

Jul 03, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Soft, cloudy yellow body; thick and fluffy white head; patchy globs of foam along the glass side. Faint ninotes of light malt grains and fruity esters; possible citrus; yellow stone fruit like peach. Excellently balanced flavors of light, doughy malt and low-key lemon with a fine hop bitterness at the finish. Medium body; soft and juicy while finishing on the dry side.

A very pleasant and enjoyable American pale ale, it nicely balances the flavors and mouthfeel. It is quite enjoyable on a hot afternoon...

Jun 27, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I haven't reviewed this, no can date

Pours a med foamy frothy head with med retention, just a touch of lacing, very hazy cloudy pale-orange color

Nose brings citrus, some pith and orange rind, a bit of sweet Valencia orange, light grapefruit pith, light doughy sweet malt

Taste brings more of the citrus up front, but lots of grapefruit up front, fresh grapefruit juice, pith, a bit of sweet Valencia orange, lots of bitter rind, med to high bitterness all around, especially on the dry finish, some creamy sweet malt, a little soft creamy flaked malt and chalky mineral note, the dry finish lingers with grapefruit and orange rind bitterness

Mouth is med bod a bit creamy soft, med foamy carb

Overall solid APA, nice bitterness and hop flavors, good malt just enough to support the hops which are the star of the beer, but not as heavy as an IPA

May 01, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once again, this was a beer that I traded for a while ago although I'm unsure when since there wasn't anything stamped on the bottom of the can. This probably malted out since I let it go for so long but regardless of that, I found this easy to drink as close to a session beer as I've had from anything out of New England in recent months!

Not a bad pour to this the beer was cloudy, muddled, and golden with just a hint of light seeping in around the edges. Plenty of foamy head topped this off and the lacing was alright even though it was concentrated in thin rings near the top of my pint glass. Lots of melon in the nose with some grass and straw in there as well. Although that wasn't strong, there was enough in the taste to hold my attention throughout my time with this. Deep stone fruit cereal grain, and hops along the line of Galaxy / Mosaic and something German emerged as this fully warmed up. This was a full and balanced American Pale Ale but it needed bit more bite and carbonation to be completely enjoyable.

Not a lot of booze here but that was in check with everything that was, or wasn't, going on here. While not bad, I like beers of this style to be flavorful to compensate for the lack of heft and hops and that wasn't the case with this. Worth a go once but in all fairness, I probably need a fresher can for next time around. Anyone have any extras of this?

Aug 11, 2019
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MaineCoaster from Maine

4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not you typical Pale Ale! Has nice body, cloudy and REAL TASTE. Highly recommend if you like a somewhat more tame NE IPA, but it’s a Pale Ale by name.

Jul 29, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - no canning date - poured into a red wine stem at 48F.

Pours a super pale, hazy straw yellow, with a chartreuse cast. Nearly three fingers of seafoam-like head that quickly reduces to a thick blanket of head, leaving considerable lacing. Very visually appealing.

Nose: Very juicy, sweet stone fruit. Peach, nectarine, plum, mango, and tinned mandarin orange wedges. Underneath this juicy fruit character, there is definitely a dankness that comes out more as it opens up. A slight musty grassy note, as well. It could be a small dose of Simcoe, but it's reminding me much more of Galaxy. After sufficiently warming up by several degrees, there is a pungent, true pine note to the nose, which is very pleasant.

Palate: There are some beers that you nose for 15 minutes before tasting, only to get whiplash from how vastly different the flavour and the aroma are. This is one of those beers. This thing opens up spicy, peppery, and sharp. A firm and quick attack of bitterness well before the midway point. The grassy, earthy, and musty notes form the foundation, with that juicy peach and mandarin undercurrent flowing gently beneath it. Most of these types of beers start fruity, and become more dank, grassy, and resinous into the finish. This does the opposite - it's bold and grassy up front, slightly bitter, and resinous, and then seems to nellow out, and allow the more gentle and fragrant hop flavours emerge as it winds down. I also change my mind about Galaxy. More likely Simcoe providing the earthier notes. There is a lot of flavour going on for a 5.3% beer. This could just as well be pushing 8%, and I wouldn't think twice.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, with both a fullness and a lightness about it. The malt doesn't provide a fluffy or creamy feel, but there's definitely a softness, more akin to syrup than cream. It's not syrupy, but it's that type of softness. There is also a surprisingly lively effervescence to this, which gives the beer a lot of lift and brightness. It really is the perfectly crafted body, and I have to give it credit for this. Very impressive for 5.3%.

Overall: This is an interesting beer. While it isnt going to take the world by storm any time soon, I feel like it could have, with the right marketing. It has some very unique characteristics to it, that definitely separate it from much of the NEIPA white noise out there. It's an excellent offering for someone who wants an 8% DIPA experience with 5% ABV affects. It's quirky and interesting, and deserves some recognition.

Jun 15, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Labor Day weekend notes:
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a hazy straw body with some lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste mirrors nose nicely. Good feel and overall, a beer I would grab again. Cheers!

Sep 20, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you thebeers for this
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, pale malts, floral, a little piney.

T- Citrus, pale malts, floral and a nice touch of pine, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A very well balanced and easy to drink APA.

Sep 13, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 2.5 finger fizzy offwhite head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - grass, pine, herb, faint citrus.

T - orange, pine, cotton candy, grass. Middle has lots of toasted cereal grain. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a bit on the mild side, but the flavors are pleasant.

Aug 25, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow with a large and airy off-white head. Soap bubble lacing.

Papaya, light citrus, apricot, flowers and sweet pastry dough in the nose.

The taste has a similarly refined citrus and papaya fruitiness up front, but is much less sweet than the nose, with a nice bitterness and slight pepper cutting through on the backend. There's a hint of cream mid-palate as well, but it's definitely in APA territory in terms of having a certain flavored-water character.

Light bodied with just a touch of creaminess to the feel and a slow-building fizziness.

This is right up there among the best of the new-school APAs. Very tasty, and I enjoyed it better over time.

Aug 21, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can survived a friend's 2 wk vacation unchilled
Solid PA
Pours light gold with white head
Bready Aroma with light flowery hop
Taste is light bready and flowery too
Mouthfeel is ok.
Very enjoyable pale ale light on hops, but light on malt backbone too, so complimented each other well.
Was fresh and tasty.

Aug 19, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/10/18

A: Tangerine gold with some yellow tones - hazy, but not turbid - medium size white head, fades to a few wisps, retains a small collar and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Bright yet decidedly non-aggressive citrus, with some tangerine and orange juice, flesh - some grapefruit zest - herbal, green hops - some notes of pine - slight notes of peach and tropical fruit, mostly pineapple - light sweetness, pale grains and pale malt at the base

T: More mellow than I would have anticipated from the aroma, which actually makes sense this is an APA, not IPA - tangerine and orange flesh, juice - touch of ruby red grapefruit - minor pine, pine needles - prickly herbal notes - some peach and a touch of pineapple - fairly neutral pale malt and maybe some oats, lightly sweet, clean finish

M: Medium body, smooth, mostly clean finish

O: Pale Ale or Maine Pale Ale?

Industrial Way is a magical place in Maine. I've had a few beers from Austin Street, and I am excited to have more. The aroma of Patina is great, but I guess that is thanks to all the dry-hopping. This is a very good example of a "modern" "New England-style" pale ale.

Update, 4/28/18: Patina is absolutely amazing if consumed within 2-3 weeks of canning. Generally I am skeptical of claims such as the previous sentence, but I am not joking in any way. Huge tropical notes, including mango, melon, and guava, along with a fresh bag of hop pellets... all of which drop off after a month, Scores increased accordingly.

Mar 11, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz undated can.

Pours cloudy yellow with a large, fluffy head of white. Tattered curtains of lacing with a rocky skim coat for the duration. Fresh orange juice in the nose with a hint of pink grapefruit. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Pithy orange with some faint grapefruit on the palate. No malt to speak of and a drying bitterness keeps quaffability high. Finishes with plenty of hoppy tropicals.

Great pale ale and tasting really fresh.

Feb 02, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is excellent, as is lacing. Aroma is weak. Mainly citrus with very mild piney resin. The hops seem off, like the beer may be old. No dating on the can. I don't get much citrus; just mainly some stale piney bitterness. It seems a little watered down up front. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Dec 16, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - light orangey yellow with a hint of translucence.

S - liquid orange candy and lemon heads. Has a taught nose that sums up quickly and frankly.

T - upfront flavor is a mini punch of peach, ruby red grapefruit, and orange soda (without the sticky sugar. A crisp grassiness with menthol cooling freshness follows as a doughy breadiness sets in for the final act. Finishes a bit hollow and bitter.

F - low carbonation and smooth, but ultimately light and refreshing.

O - nice little package of flavors. Lively and drinkable with a strong upfront fruitiness that begs further sippage, especially with how dry and herbal the finish is.

Oct 14, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice beer from a very smallish but very interesting brewery that I've been to just a couple of times and always enjoy when I get there. I am there in a pouring rainstorm and there is a nice line, most in the rain and in rain gear, waiting their turns. That should tell the reader something. Next time in the area you should plan on a stop and make up your own minds. Enjoy!!!

Sep 20, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can - no date but about 1 month old

Pours a very cloudy muted yellow gold color. 2 finger head settles down to a silky pillow.

Aroma has notes of lemon and grapefruit and a little nectarine.

Taste follows the smell closely with a nice moderate sweetness behind the hops. Bitterness is very low and malt is muted at best.

Feel is thin and crisp, so a good refreshing warmer weather beer.

This is a good entry by a relatively new brewery. I think it helps that they are surrounded by other breweries offering cross pollination of ideas. Next time I'm up there I'll be sure to pick up some more.

Aug 08, 2017
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent pale ale here. Pours a nice golden color. Super drinkable, light but full of flavor. I just got back from a beercation that included stops that included Treehouse - Trillium - Bissell bros - Foundation etc and this beer held up against the big boys.

Jul 24, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden that comes close to but stays clear of the murky line and fluffy white head. Some pink peppercorns on the nose. Soft mouthfeel, incredibly dry, light bitterness. It's got a solid grain character to it along with some lemon zest. It's a nice pale ale, but there's something missing for me.

Jul 11, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy thin lacing. The aroma starts off with some sweet citrus rind and pulp bursting over some grapefruit rind and juiciness. Light mango as it warms. The flavor takes the juiciness of the grapefruit and the citrus and hits at the pulpy sweetness very nicely. Lingering bittersweet juicy aftertaste rides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels fairly low. Nice crisp gripping bittersweetness hitting my tongue. Overall, for an APA, it’s a bit abrasive almost leaning towards the AIPA, but hey this is actually very good as I know I would come back to.

Jun 10, 2017
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CommonSense from Maine

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015/2016 this beer was the bomb. Nowadays it's got a weird taste to it. Not a fan compared to all the other juice bombs in the area, including Austin Street's DIPAs

May 16, 2017
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pants678 from California

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with white foam.

Dank, fruity.

Light tang and mustiness from the Mosaic, still mixes well with a touch of grapefruit. Citra's more or less an after though.

Higher carb but not saison territory.

Apr 17, 2017
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Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The tiniest bit bitter but didn't distract from the citrus. Pale yellow/straw color. Got this on tap on 2/25/17. It's very similar to the Hoppy Table Beer you can find across the street at Allagash.

Feb 25, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler capped yesterday. Yellow gold hue with a thin head that lingers. Hazy - not turbid - that leaves a trail of sticky lacing that clings to the side of the glass. Powerful aroma of grapefruit, lemon rind and pine. Taste is melon, grapefruit, a little pineapple (though not astringent), pine and a bitter aftertaste. Drinks crisp and finishes clean. Outstanding beer. Doesn't do the over-hopped, hyper-acidic fruit thing that kills my palette. Refined, nicely imbalanced, hoppy and eminantly drinkable. Can it, team!

Oct 30, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple, lime, citrus zest and grapefruit pith. Nice complimenting cracker malt base. Dry, lingering bitter finish. This is great. Kind of reminds me of Fort Point from Trillium.

Sep 16, 2016
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