Castle Island Brewing Co.

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Castle Island Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #391
Ranked #13,223
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Jun 14, 2022
Dec 14, 2015
Very Good
Notes: A Session Ale. We designed Candlepin to be the ultimate lawnmower beer: tons of flavor from generous doses of Citra and Columbus, yet remarkably sessionable thanks to its relatively low alcohol content.
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Reviewed by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A perfectly drinkable, tasty and well-balanced beer. Nothing special, but it won't disappoint either, unless you are expecting a hoppy IPA, 'coz this one is simply PA.
Jun 14, 2022
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Rated by Pdcmaine from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Mainstay session ale. always hits the right spot
Nov 17, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 19, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Dec 21, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4 by Musineer from Texas

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Pint can - dated 3/19/19 - poured into a Scottish tulip at 42F. Thank you to my friend and coworker Bill for surprising me with some caned gifts from a trip to his hometown of Norwood. Cheers Bill!

Pours a deep golden straw hue, on the edge of clear and hazy (clear for a new age IPA, but I'd be terrified if my water looked like this. A weak, half-finger of snow white head firms, before quickly receding to a film and collar. Sparse, random spotting.

Nose: Lots of dry-hopped Citra notes. Grapefruit, orange, mango, papaya, and pineapple. Citrusy and juicy, but not pungent or leaping out in any way. Some light toasted grain notes, along with a malt roundness. Ultra-clean ale yeast. Smells like a good modern hoppy ale, with identifiable Citra, and some influence from Columbus. Some drier, greener, Frasier notes.

Palate: A delightful wave of dry ale washes over, and the lack of sweetness is incredibly refreshing, snd let's the hops sort of sing above everything, rather than become embedded into the whole thing. The hopping is adequate, with lots of bright, shiny, citrus notes, and just this phenomenal West Coast pine influence, which works beautifully with the subtle caramel malt that peeks through. It's clearly a session ale, and it's just so incredibly light and airy. I despise the term "crushable", but I have to say, this is certainly the definitely. The hops fill in the small malt base gaps, and the malt base fills in any small hop gaps. It's heart and soul, a hoppy session ale. Beautiful integration of new and classic brewing methods. A proper ''session ale".

Mouthfeel/Body: The only real drawback to session beers is you take a huge risk in sacrificing body. Sometimes there are ways around it, but many times, it drinks a lite watery, like a Bud Light. This had a Bud Light body. It is a bit watery. There's enough flavour to provide some compensation, but a little more heft and weight wouldn't have hurt. But on the flipside, if you're going primarily for quick, easy drinkability, then you have it here, with top notch flavour to boot. Lots of mid-sized bubbles add to the real thirst quenching feel. Effervescent.

Overall: This really embodies what it means to be a hoppy session ale. It possesses every signature characteristic. It's expertly fermented, expertly hopped, and in all honesty, one of the most enjoyable sessions I can recall having. Sure, its a bit thin. It's meant to be, I guess. But when it tastes this good, feel matters less and less. Especially after you've downed four of these. Just an all around great session ale.
May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a very lightly pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate straw yellow + bright yellow + apricot colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Just shy of moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon, citrus/orange zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops over the top of light aromas of bready + grainy malts with a hint of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than light flavors of bready + grainy malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon, citrus/orange zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a hint of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and light refreshing mouthfeel. Enjoyable with a pleasant hop profile. Could definitely have a couple of these.
Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by trapp2424 from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 25, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that settled down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—lemons seem to stand out in particular— are present in the nose along with hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having a tad bit stronger flavors of herbal hops towards the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is definitely very sessionable given its lighter body and low alcohol content. It is extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: can
Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Arrives hazy and goldenstraw colored with a one finger head that leaves wisps of lacing

Smell: Tangerine and orange, with pithy tones

Taste: Some grainy malt at the outset, but the tangerine and orange tones arrive quickly, bringing a citrus element along with some pith in the middle; the finish is relatively dry with a return of some of the malt tones

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice hoppy and sessionable pale ale that sails close to the IPA winds
Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by GoodNyou from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Wapes from Massachusetts

1.66/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Candlepin is the Worst beer ive ever had, schlitz included. Might be i got a bad batch, not sure. Cant believe this comes from the same brewery as Hi Def, which is great.
Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by whiterapid from Massachusetts

Nov 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned ~5 weeks ago.

L — Pours an ever-so-slightly hazed pale orange with a two-finger white head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and some lacing
S — Grapefruit pith, pine, earth, grass, orange creamsicle, pineapple, and a bit of new sneaker smell
T — Mostly herbaceous, earthy, grassiness. Cracker malt profile. A touch of citrus pithiness, but that’s about it on the fruity end
F — Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Very low bitterness makes this a real easy drinker
O — Definitely a west-coast style session IPA. It drinks incredibly easy but unfortunately is fairly nondescript, save for the aromas

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by Glennp64 from Rhode Island

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 3.47 by BAsbill from California

Sep 29, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Sep 07, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by Madmiker13 from Connecticut

Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Canned - 06-15-17 Picked Up At Roche Bros in Downtown Boston...No idea how this was sitting here for 2 months...anyway

Pours a light/medium bright gold with a thin white head. Not much lacing. Aroma is fresh/dewy with some citrus and pine notes. Taste is similar with a bready malt backbone. It's a little blander than the nose suggests. Feel is medium with medium carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this is a great beer for a hot day - pretty damn refreshing and the 4.4 ABV is great for taking big sips. Just need to push the flavor profile a bit further and this could be a very good beer.
Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by msondel from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 3.17 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

May 31, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by nmwhitehead from New York

May 28, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 24, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

May 24, 2017
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is mango, orange, cracker, and a touch of peach. Slightly bitter, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for an excellent sessionable beer. Loads of flavor for such a low abv. I will pick this up again.
May 21, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On-tap 5/3/2017 at Greasy Luck Brewery in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.
May 04, 2017
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