Tools Of The Trade
Industrial Arts Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #523
Ranked #14,718
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Industrial Arts Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Crispy and dry. Fresh and bright. TOOLS OF THE TRADE Extra Pale Ale brings alluring aromas of citrus grove and a clean, snappy bite that keeps you coming back for more. It’s brewed with whole hop flowers and a single pale malt. Simple but polished, this is the one that we drink every day.
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single can from Half Time
Clear golden with a very nice frothy head, Great retention and beautiful lacing.
Floral hop aroma with a hint of lemon.
Clean and crisp with a nice hop note, I like it!

Jun 15, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy straw color, some head and lace. Aroma is pleasant blend of citrus and hop flowers. Taste is smooth and creamy, citrusy lemon and slightly tangy. Moderate carbonation and low ABV of 4.8%. A decent brew but way overpriced. Prefer others from the brewery (Wrench, Torque Wrench, Yes Farms).

Mar 24, 2021
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can, package date of 9/4/20. Extra pale ale...”bright & snappy citrus”.

Pours a hazy yellow straw with a creamy white head, moderately laces the glass.

Nose is citrus forward, grapefruit and orange rind with a grassy hop note.

Flavor is simple...citrus rind bitterness and lemon zest up front, giving way to a floral hop flavor that sees you to a crisp finish.

Light on the palate. Carbonated appropriately for the style. Mild lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

Feb 28, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The can foamed over when opened, spilling an ounce or two on the counter.

L---Bright, light gold color. Massive, rocky white head that had very good retention and left excellent lacing. A real looker.

S---Sweet, fruity & citrusy aromas. I'd say peach is dominant, with orange, lemon and banana in the background.

T---Follows the nose,. Peach, banana, orange and lemon in order of prominence.

F---Fairly light. Maybe light/medium body. Very well carbonated (see, foamed over comment).

O---An excellent offering. My 1st from Industrial Arts, but I have two different ones in the fridge. Hoppy, fruity & refreshing. There's a whole lot going on here for only 4.8%.

Aug 25, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NO can date
Pours a med fizzy head with med retention, a bit of lacing, very hazy light gold color

Nose quite hoppy, floral and a bit grassy, herbal and dank as well, fresh hop aroma, very dank musty herbal but not skunky or oniony like, a bit of citrus and fruit but not a ton, light sweet malt

Taste brings more hops out front, fair herbal floral hop character, grassy, again getting a little dank and musty like, mild citrus zest, light sweet malt, a little grassy noble like hop as well, drier finish, with a bit of bitter finish, med bitterness late, a little spicy and hint of pine even

Mouth is med bod, med frothy fizzy head

Overall not bad, not quite "extra" pale ale, not really that bitter, but nice hop profile, and drinkable

Jul 26, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with a finger and a half of bone white head. Aroma is citrusy with subtler herbal and pine notes. Taste has orange, lemon, pine, and some herbal and earthy notes. There is a light, crisp malt underneath. Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty beer.

Jul 12, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: orange, pineapple, lemon, and banana;

T: almost no flavor; a hint of lemon from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

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

O: refreshing, but the lack of flavor was a definite turnoff;

May 01, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a soft glossy yellow color with some transparency about it. A semi-rocky foamy head roamed about while escaping gracefully to leave a messy lace.
The aroma had some floral hop notes meeting a semi-zesty grassy hoppiness. Smooth pine and herbal to subtle lemon tones come forward just before a clean malt base starts to shine through with some warmth.
The flavor moderately blends the sweet hops to the malts adding a touch of zestiness. Mellow dry lemon to piney aftertaste with a kiss of bitterness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nice enough carbonation with some dryness. Finishes crisp with some dry-ish grassy to piney hop tones, somewhat zesty with a little bit of bitterness.
Overall, nice APA, clean and well built. Worthy of more pours.

Mar 01, 2020
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moodenba from New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Industrial Arts Tools of the Trade Pale Ale growler tasted in February, 2020. This beer has the character of a session IPA, with a big modern hop aroma and flavor. The malt body is subdued. I'd say it is a little too aromatic for my tasts.

Feb 17, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (tm) now segues from a collab between Two Roads and Industrial Arts to I.A.B.C. itself. I originally had this during a mini-tasting with Samm Portelli hosted by Joe Cimorelli at Joe's place of business, Harlan Beverage in Malvern, PA. Now, I have a whole pint CAN all to myself for review!

From the CAN: "Extra Pale Ale"; "Bright/Snappy/Citrus".

The Crack! of the vent revealed this one to be a squirter, unleashing a stream across my fingertips and onto the nearby glass! 8=O The cause turned out to its being a brimful craft CAN, which was fine by me - like getting a Baker's Dozen! My slow, gentle C-Line Glug produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4), like sunshine in my glass! The haze might have been either low-filtration or my reefer being too cold. Either way was okay. Nose was really bright & citrusy! 8=O Truth in advertising! Whoda thunk it? It was really beautifully grapefruity with biscuity undertones. Mmm. Like a step up & away from a Czech Pils, which is a Lager. Mmm. Each whiff smelled even better! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was restrained in terms of its grapefruit citrusiness, but it worked beautifully in CANjunction with the biscuity malt. It had a clean, crispness that I normally associate with BoHo/Czech Pilsners, but here it was in a relatively low-ABV ale! Mmm. Plus, I.A.B.C. makes a GER Pils (Metric) which I already really liked. 8=O Finish was clean, crisp, dry & "snappy"! I CAN suddenly envision a cooler filled with this & Metric when headed to the beach or on Hula In the Coola Day (01 Febrewary, annually). Mmm. YMMV.

Sep 26, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a half inch white head that left minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and grass. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon, grass, herbal notes, pine and light malts. Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean. Tastes more like a hoppy pilsner than an APA to me.

Aug 11, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Can to snifter.

Clear yellow, big but thin frothy white head.
Biscuit, cracker, light citrus, rice, hay.

Nothing special, but a nice light hoppy ale.


Jul 14, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz (296 ml) nonic style glass at the Industrial Arts Brewing Company.
A: Pours a very hazy/cloudy, golden color with a one finger, white head, some retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and maybe a touch of unprocessed grains.
T: Semidry. The palate follows the nose. Modest bitterness.
M: Light bodied with light carbonation. Very slight watery.
O: Certainly drinkable and very much in keeping with other IABC offerings.

Jun 16, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 1st review of brewer, their 39th of ToT APA. APA a favorite style where this hits the mark at 4.9% as well any beer in its class including Carton Boat.
Tall can, nice branding. Fresh at WFM. Local. Rockland County NY.
a) Pours light amber, slight haze, dense, persistent, lacerating eggshell head.
s) Resin and pine over the fruity hops aroma.
t) Ample flavor for a sessionable beer, with more pine resin, citrus, just enough fruit, chewy malt. Rounded.
f) Light as expected but ample energy in the scrubbing, peppery, resinous bitterness so that it finishes elegantly clean.
o) Winner. I'd make this a standard for a 4.9% ABV APA. Up there next to the 6% Dales.

Jun 12, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The clear light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2 white head that recedes slowly to eventually become a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam that leaves behind a rough web of lacing, a sheet and some rings of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing an lots of patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about grapefruit. There’s a bit of bready malt in the background.

The flavors are as expected from the nose, with lots of grapefruit flavors up front that include the pulp, the pith and the zest. The breadymalt remains in the background and the sweetness is just enough to smooth out any harshness from the grapefruit but still leave the flavors sharp and clean.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly with the moderate persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the pulp flavor starts to recede to be followed by the sweetness and the pith, leaving the bitterness from the zest to slowly face in the long dry ending.

Overall I quite like this beer since the hop flavors are just about the grapefruit and I really like grapefruit. It’s definitely drinkable with clean and bright grapefruit flavors and I’ll be looking for more.

May 26, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-03-03 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2018-11-15. . . and again on 2021-01-05.

A - Pretty clear straw with a 2-finger white head and very good lace.

S - Fragrant, grassy/dank, apricot jam. Nice.

T - Not-ripe pineapple, grapefruit pith, cracker, white pepper, pine, grassy spice. Mild-moderate bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Quite dry.

O - I bought this at the brewery right before Christmas 2018. I had it on tap there but didn't review it other than to jot a few notes. I liked it then and now. It's a pleasant session ale although I prefer more malt character and sweetness in this ABV range than this offers.

Mar 03, 2019
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Sprowt20 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light and crisp, with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Perfect for day drinking. This mildly hazy pour with reasonable head and lacing has a burnt yellow color. It smells light and the low ABV makes easily approachable. The bitter finish keeps you reaching for the glass until it's time to pour another.

Feb 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft , tulip glass

Slightly hazy, light yellow, white head. Fairly hoppy aroma - citrus mostly. Not really any malt component to the taste. Thinner bodied.

Feb 16, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden with a foamy white head that leaves icicles of foam lacing the pint glass

Smell: Aroma is bready and floral, with notes of hay, lemon and orange zest

Taste: Bready flavors forward, with hay, pineapple and lemon developing; the finish is dry with a hint of orange pith

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Nothing spectacular; just a good, straightforward APA

Nov 28, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - dense white head atop a near-transparent yellow body.

S - corn, pine, grass, dirt, funk, floral, a little citrus. Hmmm.

T - floral and earthy hops with a touch of grapefruit. Pineapple, pine, caramel, bread. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - If I had tasted this blind, I would have guessed IPL as opposed to APA.

Sep 22, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/12/18

Pours a light gold with a strong, foamy white head a good finger and a half large; beautifully effervescent and excellent longevity for both the cap and its lacing.

Aroma is soft and floral, with notes of light hay, bready malt, and pure, raw hops that smoothly give way to citrus rinds and orange zest; some nice complexity here.

Taste is a great balance of floral hops and bready malts; I’m getting plenty of grapefruit, bread crusts, flower petals, orange peel, pineapple rind, lemon zest, and dry pine, all of which come together nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with an excellent tendency towards crisp and dry; the medium-level carbonation meshes so well with these elements, and gives great impact to a beer clocking in under 5%.

Soft and easy every day-type of drinker with some intriguing nuances to it. I really like this one as a good, well-crafted, lighter take on a pale ale.

Aug 20, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can traded from brutalfarce.

Pours a somewhat clear, somewhat hazy bright yellow color with a creamy cap of 2 fingers.

Aromas are of bright fruits - mango and grapefruit, slight papaya, slight unidentified tropical fruit.

Flavor has a sharp cutting bitterness straight through the profile, surrounded by pine, cut grass, grapefruit rind, and faint papaya.

Feel is crisp and somewhat clean, a full thick mouthfeel and buzzing carbonation on the end with slight lingering resins.

Overall a pretty decent beer but nothing I'm a huge fan of. They've done much better work.

Jul 19, 2018
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jykleo from New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/15. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 3/16.
A: Almost clear light gold colour. More than 2 finger of cloud and remain.
S: Very light aromas.
T: May close to Lager.
M:Light body.Quite smooth and clean. with some light bite.
O: This one is APA.

Jun 28, 2018
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy gold with a thick head, looks nice

smell is bland malt with sweetness from the hops

taste is mellow, light body but nice hop flavor. an easy to drink pale ale with a thump of hops

Jun 23, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemons, oranges, and grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a mélange of citrusy flavors along with some additional hints of grassy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather "juicy" and tastes like a New England-style Pale Ale if there was such a style given its lighter body. The beer is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Apr 18, 2018
Tools Of The Trade from Industrial Arts Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 179 ratings