Cardinal Pale Ale
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Nebraska, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,078
Ranked #25,449
3.67 | pDev: 10.9%
Mar 08, 2022
Jul 04, 2009
Cardinal Pale AleCardinal Pale Ale
Notes: Our Pale Ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness. Cardinal Pale Ale, the heart of Nebraska Brewing Company, is where it all began so many years ago.

42 IBU
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Rated: 3.85 by HopBelT from Belgium

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by beerbigboy

May 26, 2021
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Rated by HighestBAC1015 from Nebraska

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
First sip is and then you’re like “ohhhhh yeah.....” haha
Jun 22, 2020
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
June 2019....Pours hazy copper with ample white foam. Patchy and sticky. Lemony malt nose. Sugar cookies too. Bright firm malt taste with vanilla and toffee. Smooth light bitter back. Quite nice.
Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a can of this beer. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had subtle pine hops. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with malt base and hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.
Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Giggy from Michigan

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 3.64 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear and somewhat dark gold colored body; thick and frothy head; sticky globs of foam clinging to the glass. Big hop nose on the beer; floral and spicy; cereal grain notes; mineral. Beautiful sweet malt backbone taste with a clean and bright hop bitterness adding highlights. Medium-heavy body; smooth but with some crispness on the palate; a nice cross between sweet and dry with the overall mouthfeel.

My sample was canned 03/18/19 and states "Drink Local". Well, I'm not that close to La Vista, NE, but I surely will drink their beer. Jesus, but this is a finely balanced and tasty brew! I believe I got this two of these through Tavour, and I only wish I had more or that it was distributed here in Colorado Springs. This is a good one, folks!. Get it and enjoy!!
Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

May 25, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by brentblackwell from Georgia

May 25, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by alexsergio from New York

May 04, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Apr 23, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice, safe pale ale that I found refreshing and easy to drink. Pours a deeper golden color with some nice fluffy white head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of more muddled citrus and floral hops, as well as some malt and caramel. Tastes mainly of some more faint grapefruit, orange and lemon hops as well as some weaker floral hops, malt, caramel, nuttiness and maybe a little vanilla. Smooth, thin, mild, clean mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Not bad but I definitely have other go-to pale ales on my list.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by etreesh from Wyoming

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.49 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Try-em-all from Missouri

Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.27 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 10, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Taste: crisp tangy, wheat bread subtle nose. Slight hop and fermented grain nose. Bright amber hue, clear, average head and lace. Medium body. I had this well rounded ale 2 years ago. 42 IBUs
Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by gefinley from California

Sep 20, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical glass; canned on 09/19/2017.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark gold almost amber color with a foamy, white head with lasting retention and rings of lacing. Also, the can’s pull off lid is pretty cool.
S: Floral. Aromas of honeysuckle, lemon citrus, caramel, and melon. Pepper more than pine. Maybe a perry note
T: Vinous, consistent with Chardonnay grapes. Honeydew melon and caramel predominate with some grapefruit and pine. Moderate bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with solidly strong carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.
O: Odd flavor pallet. Not unenjoyable, just different. Fits the boundaries of the style.
Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.17 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Mjf5744 from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours slightly hazy amber color with a thick white head and sticky lacing.

The smell is lemon, floral, and malt.

The taste follows with a bright grassy flavor and a small malt balance on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium across the board.

Overall a nice, easy to drink pale ale. A decent mix of flavors.
Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by BubbleBobble from New York

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by SDRedDevil from California

Jan 30, 2018
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Look: It pours dark gold with a white head. The head has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus and passion fruit. There is a grainy sweet background with a low note of apple.

Taste: The initial sweetness of grapes mixed with floral elements. There is a bit of citrus and low soy in the background.

Feel: The aftertaste has moderately low bitterness with some harshness.

Overall, the background harsh notes could be smoothed out a bit with the flavor and aroma being decent.
Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2017
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Rated by JLaw55 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Citrus and malt abound. Big time citrus throughout and a pretty prominent piney bite on the finish.

Good stuff.
Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Clear copper colour. Mineral aroma, light floral and spicy hops and pale malt. Sweet pale malt, buttery smooth body, spicy and floral hops, bit of orange peel, a slight mineral finish, and grainy.
Aug 07, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a light foamy lacing sticking around the sides of the glass decently. The smell had a semi - sweet malty citrus over top of a light piney bitter hops. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to blend nicely. A dry sweet citrus aftertaste leads to a decent sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation good for the style and for me as it’s not too sharp. Overall, I say this was a decent APA that I could have again.
Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 3 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by StoutHunter from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I picked up a can of Nebraska Brewing's Cardinal Pale Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had any beer from this brewery before and I thought I would start off with this from them them since it seems to be their flagship, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design that goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy amber orange color that took on more of darker orange color when held to the light and it had almost three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some citrus rind, fruity, and lightly floral hops with the citrus rind hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart some pale malt, caramel malt, lightly toasted, biscuit, bread crust and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's got nice balance and it's what I would expect from a Pale Ale.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's also a little green hops coming through in the background. Up next comes the doughy yeas which isn't as noticeable as it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart all those same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspects seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a somewhat lighter amount of medium bitterness with a 50/50 mix of malty and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Pale Ale, it's true to style and it's got good balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little clean, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, nothing seemed out of place and it had all the aspects that I was looking for in a Pale Ale. This beer has good drinkability, I think I could drink a few of these without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, the mouthfeel, the balance and how true to style it is, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything I disliked about this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for balanced and true to style Pale Ale. All in all I enjoyed this beer and it turned out to be just what I was hoping it would be for a Pale Ale. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to see what they can do with other styles and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Pale Ale, keep up the hard work.
Mar 28, 2017
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A slightly hazy beer that is a deep gold with a fluffy white head that leaves a few ribbons of lacing behind. A nice floral aroma with malt sweetness and a touch of citrus and pine. The taste is barely sweet with a little fruit and a little malt. A nice mild flowery flavor and a slightly bitter finish. This is an easy drinking and tasty pale ale.
Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by smcel371 from New York

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2016
Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 364 ratings