Old Yale Pale Ale | Old Yale Brewing Co.

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Old Yale Pale AleOld Yale Pale Ale
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Old Yale Pale AleOld Yale Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Yale Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-20-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Rastacouere:
Photo of Rastacouere
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber body, small white head with not so regular bubbles. I can't see any trace of carbonation inside the glass. Lovely hoppy aroma reminding of the christmas tree. Medium to full body with light caramel flavor. Well-balanced hops, earthy, notes of flowers, not agressively Bitter. It tastes fresh, a beer I like. On second review though, it seems to have lost a lot of its character, hoping it's the long travel, but I lower its score still..

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an thin white head. Light aroma of caramel malt with an earthy element to it. The taste is pretty good with a nice balance of malt and hops. Medium-light bodied and quite drinkable. This is a good BC pale ale that's worth trying.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Nice to see this brewery kickin' around again.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of dense, puffy, and chunky ecru head, which leaves a few random swaths of bleeding webbed lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of grainy, sweet biscuity malt, some acrid citrus notes, a staunch minerality, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, skewed orange citrus peel, a twinge of rising yeast, and mildly floral, weedy, and piney hops.

The carbonation is a tad sprightly at times, but generally laid back, the body a standard medium weight, inclusive of the fruity, kind of pithy smoothness. It finishes mostly off-dry, the caramel, fruit, and sweet breadiness running things through.

With the malt and other sugary game players as they are, the meek hops seal the deal in a solid ode to things more English than American. Tasty enough, and the label gives no indication either way, so I guess it's time for BA to come about on this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amazing initial aroma of grapefruit and orange fruit. Lots of cascade hops. Nice long lasting foamy head on opaque yellow. Easy on tongue, but a bomber is too much of it. Decent paleQuaffable. Had at Volo Cafe. Had again on tap three years later and passable.

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Photo of Oldbear42
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally like anything with "pale" in the name. But it wasn't hoppy or weak tasting. It had a fruity finish that surprised me. I really liked this beer and will buy it when I can find it again.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronDjinn
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my stash of Old Yale beers from my B.C. trip. Counting this one I've liked everything I've tried from them so far.

Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, an old west scene on the label. The body of this ale is a hazed light copper, suspended particles within it. The head falls to a creamy porous cap that lasts most of the way down the glass, with some lacing. Sweet malt is very apparent on the nose the moment I popped the cap off of the bottle, and is predominant until the beer starts to warm up. Still a sweet toffee/butterscotch diacetyl character to it, but the cascade hops manage to elbow their way through it for an earthy, piney appearance, and the citrus just melts in with the malt. The flavour balances out a lot more the warmer this gets, thus bumping my 3.5 score to a 4. The overpowering caramel malts suddenly get a run for their money with the hops swarming the playground in the middle, and eclipsing the malt on the finish. The aftertaste alternates between sweet toffee malt and earthy grapefruit hops, like riding a see-saw. Mouthfeel is light, almost too light, but it makes for an easy drinking pale ale with some serious flavour to offer. It's oily and creamy at the same time, quite the interesting textural experience. This would make a fantastic session beer, I wish I had more than just this one bottle. All in all the Old Yale Brewing Co. knows how to make some damn fine beers, very drinkable and rich in flavour and character. I might move to B.C. yet with beer like this available there.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at cafe volo -06- Body is orange, cloudy, topped by a thick , beige, carbonated friendly head. Aromas are sharp, grapefruit, citric acids, orange coolers, vodka, hops. Good! Taste is bitter oranges, hops. Some malt sweetness. FInish is citric, acidic, hoppy taste is the finish. A good example of the style, quite unique. Shared with Radek and Dougshoemaker. Cheers!

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Photo of LampertLand
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of microwavabledish
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect example of an American Pale Ale from the Pacific-Northwest. It kind of fits between Pyramid pale and Mac & Jack's african amber, with more citrousy flavour than either.

Slightly amber, with a cascade aroma. The bitterness/sweetness is perfectly balanced, with a strong citrousy cascade flavour. The hops really shine through!

Moderately-light mouthfeel agrees with this style.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of 2roosters
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml brown bottle - no date info.

Bought on sale at BCLDB for $3.90, regularly $4.80

Cloudy amber colour, medium lacy head that's a bit off white.

Nose was a bit grapefruit/citrus, less malty than I'd expect.

Mouthfeel was good but the overall impression was that the beer was just lacking. Not overly anything it might serve well as an introduction to Ale for those moving from the mainstream.

Recommended with reservations (I wouldn't recommend it at full retail price)

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours an amber colour with a 1/4 width of bubbly head that quickly fades.

Smell- Bready caramel malts, grains, light earthy hops. Aromas more reminiscent of an EPA.

Taste- Bready caramel malts are predominate followed by grains, hint of hops, and a touch of yeast. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- To start off, this is no APA. The aromas and taste lead it towards an EPA. The taste is not what I expected it to be. I think this needs to classified as an EPA. This has good drinkability but it doesn't "wow" me.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 27/6/12

A nearly clear golden orange with lots of suspended particles being moved around by just a few tiny bubbles, thumbs width of dense foam hangs around long enough to leave a pair of pencil thin rings

S caramel and butterscotch with a little citrus and bread crust

T more of an English Pale to me, very close to the smell but with a little rind and yeast, decent beer but not what I was expecting

M full for the color and more bubbles then I would guess after looking at it, has a bready caramel aftertaste that sticks for a while

O perhaps higher marks if listed as a EPA because it reminds me of just that, still easy too drink and worth trying

decent beer but I might get a little board before finishing a 6-er, I seem to remember their IPA being a great English style IPA perhaps they weren't attempting an APA after all here

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Photo of wesbray
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of GlendonTT
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, medium amber with a rocky, off-white head. Lots of cascade hops in the nose, very floral/citrus to the point of being perfumy. Same character is up front in the flavour as well, with a moderate bitterness as well. Some tartness too, slightly acidic, possibly due to the aggressive, coarse carbonation. Dry finish with tartness and hop flavours dominating. Overall, plenty of hop character, but it seems that more malt would provide a better base and keep it from feeling a little off balance in the flavour.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the craft beer mixed pack that BC craft brewers association put out in spring 2013. This is in cans and part of the newly revitalized Old Yale. I love this pale ale and it is better than I remember it in its previous incarnation in big bottles and old ownership . The got the hops right and upped the hopping rate to make it one of the hoppiest BC pale ales. The balance is great and the nose keeps you wanting more. Well done Old Yale

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Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted less of an APA and more so something of a pale blonde in the Belgian style. It may have been the yeast, or some choice of malt, but something led me to associate this beer to a different style. It may also have been that hops were a little too soft and didn't stick in the taste or do much for the body of the beer. I certainly couldnt taste much of the Cascades. Rather flat and lacking many characterstics of a good beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great ale from Old Yale Brewing. Pours out a nice pale amber colour with a good white head. Smellts malty, with a good blast of hops. I can detect the scent of toffee and caramel, and this is present in the taste too, which is reminiscent of an IPA. I can taste hops and the associated grassisness, but can't really taste citrusness that others can.

This is a great beer, and presents a nice blend of hops and malts, with some interesting flavours. Drinkability is hampered only by bottle size.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bottlerocket24
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" cream coloured head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Very fresh smelling with citrus, pine, yeast and malt all present in the smell profile.

T: Lemon, tangerine, pine overtop of a rich malt backbone with a very clean tasting yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty.

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Old Yale Pale Ale from Old Yale Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 28 ratings