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U.S. Pale Ale | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sweethome on 06-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,398
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
154
pDev:
13.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, light orange color with a small, white, fizzy head. Not much in terms of lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy (lots of orange peel). Also, floral notes with hints of caramel.

T - It tasted of citrus and sweet caramel malts. It had a crisp, bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty tasty APA. It didn't have a great look, but it certainly delivered with good aromas and flavor. The relatively low marks it receives here was a surprise to me.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy eggshell-white head. A thin creamy layer of froth skims the surface, leaving back a good bit of light spotty lacing. The aroma is grassy and spicy, with some sweet citric fruit pushing through. The back portion of the nose is filled out by some stiff smelling toasted grains.

The taste is bitter with some light grapefruit and sharper feeling citrus peel flavors. Resins and pine stretch out in the finish. The pale malts give this a tight bready sweetness on the edges and do a just OK job of balancing things. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with some sharpness on top but then a bit more flatter feeling underneath. His could probably use some more crispness to it.

I wanted to like this more but too much graininess, a harsh bitter finish, and the aforementioned need for more of a crisp feel were too glaring to overlook. I guess this would do in a pinch on a hot summer day but there are much better Pale Ales alternatives out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve years later and I am still alive, kicking and receiving a pension from Uncle Sugar, courtesy of 15.25 years of honorable service in his Canoe Club! Howzat skew your tables, you actuarians? Why do I mention my time in the U.S. Navy?, you ask. Because they radicalized me in ways I could never imagined as a 17 y/o kid, including putting more weapons in my hands than most people even know of.

From the CAN: "Hops with an Ameri[CAN] accent."; "Disarmingly drinkable." No beer will ever disarm this citizen! They will disarm me when they pry the weapon from my cold, dead fingers.

Wow, I love a beer that CANnot be CANtained! Following the Crack, I had beer foaming out, forcing a quicker Glug than I usually prefer. I got just a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head before it dissipated into the ether. Nice lacing, though. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a definite citrus-hop bite. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were there, but not disarmingly so. I was frankly a little disappointed. Maybe Capital should stick to their strength - lagers. Finish was powdery in terms of the hops and their bitterness, almost like it was saturated in being dry-hopped. I'd like to like this, but no soap.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than amber with a glassiness that can only be achieved by filtering. The beer is crowned by two fingers of cream colored foam that looks decent enough. While the glass isn't exactly slathered, enough sea foam lace sticks to earn the whole package an above average score.

The aroma is fresh and clean and straightforwardly Cascade-like. As long as an APA smells like American hops, then it's doing its job. Only a lack of power and pungency keeps the score from the next highest rung.

It's obvious that Capital didn't set out to rival the in-your-face hop swagger of such Badger State standouts as Tyranena Bitter Woman and Ale Asylum Ambergeddon, but they could have added more hops than this. More pale malt would have been nice too. Being stingy with ingredients isn't like these guys.

It tastes like there's something slightly toasted in the less than sturdy pale malt backbone. Top notes include white grapefruit pith and bitter orange, although there's more alpha acid raspiness than good hop flavor. My suggestions would be to add more pale malt, add more hops later in the boil, and expand the hop bill to at least three different varieties.

The mouthfeel is predictable given the flavor. In other words, it barely reaches the lighter end of acceptability for the style. It's also fine-bubbled and slightly buzzy. In other words, slightly annoying over the course of the bottle.

Note to Capital's brewer: I've read that you don't like to brew ales. If that's the case, and if U.S. Pale Ale is the best APA that you can come up, why bother? My advice is to either take this beer seriously or concentrate on brewing the styles you have a passion for.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter, thank you Heath for the chance to try this. This brew appears a clear orange color with 2 fingers of stained head that looks a certain shade of orange about it as well. The head receeds leaving spotty lace about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is a little sweet with a mixed scent of caramel-like malt and fruity/floral smelling hops. The more whiffs I take the more the malt starts to come across a bit toasted and the hops give way to a more spiced and almost peppery character.

Taking a sip, the hops pour across the tongue with a mild herbal bitterness that is spicey in a peppery sort of way just like the aroma indicated. The malt backing is pretty solid with a flavor of toasted malt that compliments the herbal character of the hops. Quite a dry finishing pale despite the lingering toasty flavor of the malt. As it warms some of that 5% abv starts to become noticeable and mingles well with the malt/hop combo.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The toasty quality of the malt coupled with a spicey flavor of hops that I am not use to made for an interesting experience with this offering. Not bad.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a decent hazy orange looking color with a slight transparency about it that allowed a fair carbonation to be seen rising. There was less than a finger’s worth of head. The smell was based around some light sweet pine with just a tad of light sweet caramel malt. The taste was mainly sweet around the piney hops and sweet caramel malts. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s nothing off and there’s nothing spectacular about it. Overall, an everyday APA worthy of having again and would probably be a pretty good pizza beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep golden with a lasting thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine and a touch of pepper.

The taste is of citrus with a touch of pine and some lemongrass. It is balanced, though leaning towards the hoppy side of the pale ale spectrum, especially in the beginning and the finish. A kiss of honey-like, towards caramel, sweetness is in the middle. It does have a bit of a metallic tinge to it that weaves in and out. It's distracting, but not enough to pull it down (much).

Refreshingly smooth, it is very "sessionable" and leaves a clean, minty freshness in the mouth.

Glad it comes in a 12-pack of cans at a very reasonable price!

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hop, pale malt, and pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a decent brew with a decent aroma, but slightly watery mouth feel.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, a bit of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, a touch sweet, a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability.Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins. It's always nice to try new sessions ales and this doesn't disappoint. It's not terribly complex, but there's a tasty biscuit and bread note followed by clean grapefruit and lemon hops. This is a tasty and balanced beer, a fine session ale.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm up late moving the sprinklers around.. Might as well have another brew.. This is another Capital Can picked up from Czoch75 in the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.. Thanks Clint for the beating... it was a good beating. :-)

Poured into my shaped SA glass.. Almost no real head atop a crystal clear orange brew.. a lite cap stick around for the entire glass.

Aroma is a lite mashup of spicy and even lighter citric hops.. some mild background caramel malts help..

Flavor mirrors the palate with a touch of toasty malt... but again it sorta seems limp... more malts than hops cover the mild American hops.. come on... I want more.. very drinkable.. but I want a bit more everything.

I would definitely pick this up if it was available.. but only for BBQ's and camping trips... I want more ...

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

Edit: Notes from back in July '07 show I had a flaccid APA back then too.. Capital is one of the Mecca's BA's should try and seek out.. but not for their ale's .. prove me wrong.. come on.. I dare you.. prove me wrong!!

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: malt, faint to mild earthy hop, very mild and understated aroma, slight fresh bread. Appearance: medium gold, 2” fluffy head, rocky, leaves good whore stocking lace, head white to off white, lace is long lasting. Flavor: malt with a slight touch of fruit, the hops begin in the background and then emerges in the finish to take over the aftertaste – the malt and hops mingle in the aftertaste with the hops eventually winning out in the end. Flavor grows as it warms. Smooth medium to medium high carbonation, refreshing. Overall: drinkable refreshing, well balanced pale ale, less fruity than some, less fruity than a British version, more carbonation but easy to drink.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean copper-gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had OK retentionand lacing.

The aroma featured piney hops upfront, with some sweetness in the background, and all that was supported by a nice, even amount of balancing hops. The taste was good, pretty much the same as the aroma, piney hops upfront, some good malts in the middle, and a bit of citrus on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for a Pale, medium, clean and with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, if I had had another, I would would have had it right then. Overall, a nice, middle of the road take on the style. If this were local to me, it'd be a semi-regular for me. It's just the kind of nice, easy-drinking brew we all like to have around. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Bighuge
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear apple juice appearance. Thin and bubbly off white head. Lacing comes in moderate quantities. Aroma dictates a sweet, biscuity center with some floral hoppiness surrounding it. The active carbonation is felt on the tongue with it's prickliness.The body is medium to medium-full. The base malt properties are of a toasted biscuit like character. The hoppiness surfaces with minty and floral characteristics. A little cedar plank like dryness. Decent enough pale, but not top of the line.

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Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Yellow...big white head....good clarity

S-Fresh and floral with some mild citrus and pine

T-Light floral and citrus aspects....some bready malt notes but everything is subtle and not very assertive

M-Feels a little watery...clean but thin...

D-Average to slightly above average...can't hold a candle to Summit's EPA...seems slightly dumbed down and basic...

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Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of drpimento
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Very slight aroma of paper and a little hops. Flavor's oxidized hops, fruit, soap, paper, not good. Average appearance. Don't want to drink the rest of this.

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U.S. Pale Ale from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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