Cardinal Pale Ale
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,330
Ranked #41,985
3.67 | pDev: 10.9%
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Nebraska, United States
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
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 364 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light copper color with a 4F head in a stein. The head resolved itself

Aroma- quite pleasant- light grapefruit and malt.

MF- lightly carbonated- just right- enhancing the overall taste.

Taste: light grapefruit, malty. The beer finishes with a good hoppy bitterness.

Overall: excellent beer, my first from the brewery. I wasn't expecting the balance, hops, grapefruit, and malt presence. Often, "APAs" are lackluster. This is closer to an IPA, especially with a 6% ABV. The style categories are a bit difficult to distinguish at times.

Nevertheless, this is a full flavored hoppy beer- good with a meal or any time.

May 26, 2014
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger creamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, and earthy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit and orange peel upfront with a light malt sweetness. Piney hops come through midpalate leaving a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This is a nicely balanced Pale Ale. Enjoyable and easy drinking.

Sep 24, 2015
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AdamTebbs from Oklahoma

4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, pours a deep golden color, fresh flowery smell of hops, slightly bitter but citrusy taste, clean aftertaste, and -unfortunately- gone before you know it. All and all great beer.

Sep 25, 2015
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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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beaulabauve from Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2018
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Herky21 from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Apr 27, 2014
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leftoverburrito from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 13, 2014
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SDRedDevil from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 30, 2018
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Oct 24, 2014
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DaftPatrick from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Aug 29, 2014
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Boonedoggle from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Aug 05, 2014
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olafphysics from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Feb 18, 2014
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khargro2 from Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Dec 12, 2014
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kew from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 02, 2015
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 02, 2016
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Whiskeydeez from Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Sep 02, 2014
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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
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sgttibbs from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

May 11, 2014
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ductape28 from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 10, 2015
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jpd026 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 19, 2015
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let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Aug 01, 2014
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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
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RDW from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9%

Apr 08, 2012
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TomClem from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9%

Jul 10, 2012
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -45.5%

Jun 26, 2014
Cardinal Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 364 ratings