Really Pale Ale
Frost Beer Works

Really Pale AleReally Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #195
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,647
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
106
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Frost Beer Works
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  16
SCORE
90
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Really Pale AleReally Pale Ale
Notes: A hazy blonde ale brewed with malted wheat. Its light body and bright, complex dry hop aromatics make it both highly refreshing and full of flavor. ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 35
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 106 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-visited August 06th, 2019 (original review July 16th, 2019)

Original ratings: 3.25 3.25 3.5 3.5 3.5 (rDev -15.7%)

The color and slight haze remains the same but the head is thick and billowy this time; very long lasting. Soft and faint aroma but yielding up gentle notes of powdered sugar and light bread crust; mild lemon. Finely balanced flavors of biscuit and bread crust with soft hop bitterness notes; some lemony notes but very low-key. Medium body; rich and full on the palate.

This second go around has been much more enjoyable than a few weeks back. Perhaps I cracked the can open too soon after receiving the shipment, and time has now allowed the can and its contents to settle down. A nice, long chill in the fridge certainly didn't hurt. Anyway, I'm sold on this beer. It has a beautiful appearance and pleases the nose and mouth all around.
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Soft and cloudy pale yellow body; wispy, fizzy head. Decent aroma of grapefruit and lemon. Bready, doughy malt base with a mild citrus overtone and relatively strong hop bitterness; light powdered sugar sweetness. Medium body; somewhat fizzy from the carbonation yet with a slickness also in play; dry with some citrus pucker to the mouthfeel.

I suppose the wheat accounts for some of the bread-like flavor and mouthfeel smoothness. Still, the beer seems pretty understated across the board. There is little in the way of eye-appealing head or enticing aroma. The taste isn't bad yet doesn't provide much excitement, while the mouthfeel doesn't do much either. The can has the date of 06/13/19 on it, so it should be relatively fresh, but this sample just seems stale. Ah, well. It's drinkable.

Jul 16, 2019
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VTBrewHound from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16 oz can into a pint glass. Can date 11/21
Definitely a very pale ale, mostly yellow with light cloudiness, inch and a half fluffy white head.
Aroma of juice, citrus with slight pith.
Taste follows aroma nicely with a soft, light mouthfeel.
Nice light, flavorful pale ale after snow shoveling.
Frost is keeping their fruity, refreshing pale ales consistently good.
Keep up the great work!

Dec 09, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a foggy bright golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a ring of foam. Leaves a fair bit of cobweb lacing as it dissipates.

The nose is full of orange and lemon. Grassy and herbal. Has a sweet malt backbone.

The taste starts off with sweet citrus before a wave of grassy hops. Melon and mango flavors coat the middle of the palate, and are immediately followed by the strong, crackery malt. Finishes dank, piney, and subtly spicy. Nicely complex and balanced flavor.

The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Very dry and crisp. Bitterness lingers ever so gently on the palate.

Overall, a great pale ale that is very refreshing and nicely balanced. This is one to quaff during the summer. Or all year round.

Nov 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a full pale woody color with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head that sat atop of the glass nicely and fell off at a moderate pace. Some speckled lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a nice blend of grassy to orange sweet hops, somewhat light lemon gliding in and around the contour of the overall nose.
The flavor was moderately sweet but brought in the bitter only to balance in and all around for a nice balanced composure of taste. Gentle soft sweet semi-malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied but sat just a tad under allowing a nice sturdy carbonation to feel it's way around the edges to compensate nicely with the ABV.
Overall, it does everything it's required to for the style and then some.

Jun 16, 2017
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Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glass. This pours a really nice soft orange color, with a slight haze to it. A medium-sized, soft head at the top leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is of grassy hops, sweet fruits, and a malt backbone. The taste follows the nose...nice hops up front with some sweet fruit notes, but extremely well balanced by the malts. A real pleasure to drink. I could easily purchase a few more of these and enjoy on a summer day. Great brewery, great beer.

Jun 08, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Waterworks in Winooski.

Pours a cloudy orange.

The smell is straight orange juice with some lemon peel on top.

Very clean and crisp, it's a slightly bitter orange juice, with some note of spruce tips on the finish.

Very soft, maybe just a tad thin.

This is a perfect breakfast beer, it really is like having a glass of juice with a bit of a punch. Really good.

Mar 14, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just how pale can a pale ale get? I'm hoping to get some answers from this here beer.

L - pours a dark neon yellow. Hay. Liquid gold. Big fluffy head with giant bubbles and lots o lacing.

S - big, boisterous lemon. Lime zest and a hint of kiwano. Grassy honeydew and a yeasty, blondeness.

T - complex and sudden, with jarring flavor transitions. The moment it touches my lips, I get flashes of melon which quickly tapers off into a watery empty flavor before the dry hopping kicks in with a resounding hoppy crabgrass bitterness. Quite shocking, really. Raw bitterness lingers as all other flavors immediately drop out.

F - soft, but overcarbonated. Shame. Too much foam if I so much as move my tongue while the sip is in my mouth. Seems overly airy which almost pulls apart the flavor in the beer, making it seem lacking and empty.

O - interesting beer with some bold flavors and sensation, but seems a little unrefined and unbalanced. I appreciate the effort, but it could be better executed.

Mar 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

surprised to see this one rated lower than some of their others, this was my favorite beer here i think, just a really perfect hoppy pale, i suppose its their take on an extra pale, and its is one of the lighter on grain and bigger on carbonation beers that they make right now, so that seems about the right classification for it. yellow in color, sunny looking, not clear but definitely a little more cleaned up than some of the other thicker ones they do. great inch or two of white head on it, bomber super fresh, picked up at the brewery and consumed instantly. amazing hop aroma here, i think i detect citra leading a small pack of other new world strains, very juicy with its characteristic soft sweet lemon note and grassy overtones. its super delicate beer too, maybe some wheat malt giving it this fluffy mouthfeel, but the grain flavor is minimal here, a little bready but very mild. the hops really take the lead, summery and floral, juicy too, not at all bitter in the end, and just oily enough to let me know there is a whole mess of them in here. i like this balance, more hop than grain, but not a ton of bitterness and on the dry side but not extremely so. very refreshing, this bomber went down way too fast, i think its my favorite of their beers right now.

Aug 13, 2016
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant straw hue, surprisingly hazy.

Incredible bright hoppy aroma. Flavor follows: this is a light, juicy, easy drinking APA just bursting with citrus and vegetal hops.

Mar 20, 2016
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Bluecrow from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-really fresh bomber with a clear batch date: -hazy to cloudy, straw yellow pour, aroma is slightly citrus. This is a very easy drinking pale with a conifer-citrus hop flavor.

Mar 14, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a hazy light yellow with a 2 fingers of foamy white head. The head recedes to a thin film. Lacing is thick and lasting.
S- Hoppy citrus overlaying some light biscuity malts.
T- Much the same as the nose. Citrus hops with some very light malt presence almost a session IPA.
F- Carbonation is prickly. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry.
O- Nothing earth shattering. This beer is closer to a session IPA than an Pale ale. It's OK. Not my favorite offering from these guys. I prefer their Just Pale Ale.

Feb 22, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a skim cap; nice rings of lace;

S: white grapefruit with a hint of orange in the background;;

T: citrusy from start to finish; lemon, orange, and grapefruit, as well as pineapple - all mixed together; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice hazy pale ale, but not anything special;

Jan 05, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a soft hazy glazed yellow color with a one finger white foamy head. It dissipates within less than about a minute leaving some messy lacing roaming around the glass. The smell started off with a big citrus burst of hops rolling over a light pine and strolling into a slight floral setting. The taste was pure bittersweet and authentic, pure citrus to pine. A light citrus to piney aftertaste accompanies and leads to the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seems good as an APA and still carries a nice bitterness to define the bitterness correctly. Overall, this is a stellar APA, beautifully done.

Nov 19, 2015
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a tulip glass.

"Really Pale Ale" it is! Very light pale lemon color. It started with a massive cotton candy-like white head that faded slowly to a puffy fat film that left ring and paste lacing. Hazy with active carbonation., busy.

There's citrus hop on the nose but it also reminds me of a Belgian pale ale with some lemon and floral smell, some yeast even, and light fruits.

More Belgian style. The white wheat, once again, makes for light, pale flavor. Lemon, grapefruit, pear, floral esters.

Mouth feel is ultra light and fizzy. The flavors work but the finish and aftertaste are uneven and not clean. The hop bite is tart and sharp, avoiding over-bitterness. It's not enough to carry the feel overall, though.

I love the truth in advertising; "Really Pale" it certainly is - in look and flavor. It lacks the malt body of a typical APA but it was very fresh and something different. Not bad.

Sep 27, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pale, hazy light yellow. Large pillowy head that settles quickly with very little lacing.
S - Lemon on the nose.
T- Flavor is a mild grapefruit with a little spice and bitterness on the finish.
M - Dry, rather thin mouth feel, even though the flavor stick around for awhile. Highly carbonated out of the bottle, almost foamed over in spite of pouring slowly.
O - An interesting pale ale. Refreshing and drinkable.

Aug 26, 2015
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow, slightly hazy color. Very thin head that dissipates throughout drinking, some lacing on the glass. Light hop aroma, light hop taste. Carbonation is present. Solid pale ale from the folks in Vermont.

Jul 24, 2015
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy color. Nice frothy head, but quickly disapated. Light lacing. Lots of wheat on the nose with some hops in the back. Nice hoppy taste for a wheat beer. Light carbonation. Real solid wheat pale ale.

Jul 24, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vermont Brewfest. Can't recall if it was on tap or from a bottle. This one did pour really pale. Aroma is of some fruity, tropical hops and light, pale malt. Flavor has some nice tropical fruit juice hops, wheat and pale malt that is semi-dry on the finish. Hops finish with sweet, pale fruity flavor. I love the pairing of the hops and the light malt. It had a lighter body. Not overt in the bitterness area. Much better than their Just Pale Ale.

Jul 22, 2015
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FFreak from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Waterworks restaurant in Winooski. Pours a glowing lemonade yellow with a half finger of tight white head that lasts pretty well and leaves nothing on the glass. Grapefruit and orange juice on the nose with a faint caramel sweetness. Taste is all about grapefruit, with a hint of orange, a nice level of sharp bitterness and virtually no sweetness. Mouth is medium, almost thin, but very clean and refreshing. Overall, I'm impressed with this new brewer in town.

Jul 20, 2015
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leftoff77 from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, very pale in appearance (think white IPA). Has a Citra-esque fresh hoppy nose somewhat similar to Switchback's Citra-Pils. Soft mouthfeel with a touch of spice, relatively dry finish. Malt profile comes through more in flavor, wheat and pils very present. Hop flavor more spicy than fruity, moderate bitterness that is pleasant and dry. Overall a nice summer beer, good alternative to a pilsner or kolsch.

Jun 23, 2015
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised to find Frost Beer Works products in bottles. There is also a DIPA and a VT IPA in this line.

Pours a bright whitish-yellow color with a frothy head into my glass. It's such an amazing hue and I wish I could photograph it well with my crappy iphone 4s camera. It is *REALLY* pale!

Mango and light grapefruit notes entice the nose, followed by buttery malt underneath. I have to remind myself that it's not a DIPA.

Crisp, buttery malt envelopes the mouth, followed by a mango-centric hop bite.

Not as thick in the mouthfeel due to the low ABV. Makes sense as it doesn't knock you in the teeth with hops.

A very tasty take on the pale ale. I would like to try it on tap or in a growler because I feel that it would "pop" more. Pick up a bottle today!

Jun 15, 2015
Really Pale Ale from Frost Beer Works
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 106 ratings