Pale Ale | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 03-01-2005

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Photo of Beginner2
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Largely an average APA in looks and smell.
But the taste introduces a problem of hops that try to do too much.
Soon, the after-taste and mouth feel sinks this Pale Ale below average... very cloying, and gave me an upset tongue.

I suppose it is fine for a restaurant to enter the brewery business. But based on this sampling, I'm not sure I would eat the food, either.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber gold with a slight haze under a 2" off-white foam collar. Smooth and creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, some fruit, sweet with a good dose of American hops

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Photo of rhobeer100
4/5  rDev +19%

The first sip of this rather easy to drink Ale actually made me smile and after all is that not the best thing we can hope for with a beer? I've really never tasted anything like this before; the perfect mix of an bitter hops, sweet malts and a drinkable fluidness. A nice bite of hops tamed by watery and slightly carbonated sweetness. People are always talking about carmel in beer but I've never really experienced it like this beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head that takes some time to settle.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, crackers, black pepper, lemon jelly, bitter orange, herbs, leather, and black tea are most noticeable.

T: Hoppy notes of black tea, lemon jelly, bitter orange, herbs, leather, black pepper, and mild tobacco are balanced by firm notes of caramel, toffee, crackers, and biscuits. The finish is dry and mild with notes of lemon, tea, caramel, and biscuit most pronounced.

M: Medium in body and initially somewhat sappy, although the beer turns dryish around mid-palate. Carbonation is firm, yet delicate. Really easy to drink.

O: I think classifying this beer as an APA is a bit misleading. The flavor profile reminds me more of English IPAs and pale ales. In the end, this is not a bad beer, but I think it is a bit misunderstood.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV

A - Clear golden wheat in color, the beer resembles the Hinterland H circle and features plenty of carbonation feeding the beer's billowing white head. Thick chunky lace cakes the glass with sticky webbing, putting the cap on the perfect appearance.

S - Delicate and restrained but deliberate in their use, the hops impart a citrus and floral fragrance of freshly zested lemon, lemongrass, and spring garden for a lovely overlap of subtle grainy pale malts and a kiss of pear skin.

T - Hoppiness appears cleanly in flavor, mirroring the aroma's subtle but deliberate delivery of lemony citrus and bright floral attributes before finishing with very light malt sweetness reminiscent of honey spread thinly over toast.

M - The flutter of bitterness that punctuates the finish of this light-bodied pale ale adds exceptional dryness, which lingers on the tongue with citrus notes for wonderful drinkability.

O - Hinterland Pale Ale's simple and restrained hop use isn't to be misconstrued as underhopping as the level is perfect to offset and rise above the grainy pale malt base, developing with easy drinking bitterness and citrus and floral flavor. This might not have slap-in-the-face hops but not every pale ale has to.

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Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated 16 oz. bottle: very attractive reddish orange with a fluffy white head. There were suspended particles evident when held up to the light.

The aroma was very faint with hints of sweet caramel; no hop aroma detected.

As other reviewers have noted, this is a very mild ale, quite similar to many English imports. That is not to say it is not flavorful, just not what you expect in an "American pale ale". The flavor profile begins with a sweet, rounded malt flavor that never becomes cloying. Faint hints of sourness and fruit keep the ale refreshing and interesting.

Light-bodied with low carbonation, the ale has a thin and slick mouthfeel with a short-lived aftertaste.

This is a decent, quaffable ale, but not what I expected for the style. The Hinterland website refers to this as a "hybrid" pale ale. Perhaps they were going for both English and Amercan characteristics.

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer because the Hinterland rep is visiting me at work tomorrow and I figured there was no time like the present. The sample I received was a 16oz "pint".

S: Cloudy orange, 1/4 inch foam, floating skim that hung around until the end, well carbonated

S: Vegetal, earthy, slight citrus and resin with the faintest note of bread and yeast. Maltier than normal for this style of beer.

T: Correlates with the nose. Lite citrus notes with a hint of resin, earthy tea and the faintest bit of malt detected.

M: Carbonated, watery, lingering hops.

O: Very sessionable, not the best pale ale ever but good none the less. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up a bit.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this offering in a glass stein.

Appearance- The foam builds to about a finger's width and is a bright white. The frothy cap has a nice smattering of bubbles and cratering. Head retention is all right, and leave a little bit of spackled lace on the glass.

A transparent amber with copper-orange highlights does not have much carbonation visible.

Smell- The earthy and herbal scent reminds me of a hops profile you would find in a German lager. There is maybe just a hint of citrus in there underneath the earthy hop notes.

Taste- The hop flavors have an herbal tea, earthy and only slightly bitter feel going on. There is a wheaty-cereal malt aspect to the beer as well. The finish has more of the herbal hop note, and does not stay that bitter.

Mouth feel- This has a medium body, but is too carbonated and a little caustic in the finish, sort of fizzy. If this had more balance and was creamier it would help immensely.

Overall- The flavor of the beer is not bad, but remains a little dull. The mouth feel really drags this one down, and a lack of an interesting palate makes this a pretty ho-hum pale ale. Would be fine to drink again if you weren't going into it expecting much.

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Photo of mckajd03
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gold-Orange color. Hazy for a pale ale. Unfiltered? Medium-low white head that dissipates after about 60 seconds.
S - Very light hop aroma, but no off notes.
T - Nice strong hop flavor. Malt is present but not overpowering- just enough to support hops. Finish is strongly bitter, but not astringent. No appreciable hop flavors other than the basics (i.e. no citrus, melon, or pine)
M - Thin like a pale ale should be. Very drinkable. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.
O - Not the best pale ale, but certainly not the worst. Aroma could use improvement, and hop flavor could be more complex. However, I could see this being very sessionable: quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of aparoche
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this beer a few months back and thought it was really good. It isn't your standard Pale Ale. It is a lot more malty tasting than hoppy. If you don't label it and expect it to be hoppy, it is a very good beer. The drinkability was not very high because it seemed to be a bit thicker ale than most pales. But I definitely would drink it again.

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Photo of amphion1065
1.37/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

16 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Actually, three 16 oz. bottles... A friend of mine, having never heard of Hinterland Brewery Restaurant, picked up a four-pack of this beer at Blanchard's this past weekend. I, having never heard of Hinterland Brewery Restaurant myself, partook in said four-pack tonight. Between the two of us and our two drinking partners, we managed to open up three bottles this evening. The first was a little bit flat, the second was a little bit disgusting, and the third was just downright terrifying. This is our story - for the most part, my ratings reflect an average of the three bottles.

I'll say this much: Hinterland's Pale Ale isn't a terrible-looking beer. Though our first bottle had some carbonation issues, the next two bottles we opened each poured a dark copper with a half-finger white head. Barleywine-esque, but not terrible.

The smell, however, was terrible. Rotting garbage atop faded hops and sickly malt. At one point, I described the aroma as reminiscent of an old, brown pineapple, the fruit flavor having degenerated into something old and spoiled. This might be the worst-smelling beer I've ever come across.

The taste was a minor improvement on the smell. While there was no overwheming pungent taste of garbage, those faded hops weren't helping things. Almost saccharine sweet, with a strong vegetable presence. Pretty repulsive stuff here.

Even the one carbonated bottle we found had a terrible mouthfeel. This is one syrupy APA, with a consistency somewhat similar to watered-down maple syrup.

An old pale ale? A spoiled pale ale? A poorly-stored pale ale? Fair questions all, and unfortunately I don't have answers. I can tell you that, after trying three successive bottles to make sure that the above-referenced flaws weren't isolated to just one or two bottles in the four-pack, I switched to wine.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - comes out a light orange color. clear through with a thin thin head on top. not much with retention but with that little head there is some lacing.

S - when i poured this out i got a fragrance of apple juice. closer inspection still hints at apples, sweet malts, a touch of caramel. a resiny hop smell on the back end.

T - sweet malts caramel and resiny hop oils on the back. taste is ok but if didn't have a watery taste to it this would be a damn fine pale ale.

M - medium carbonation medium bodied with a good pucker from the hops.

O - its an ok beer glad i got the chance to try it but wouldn't give it another visit.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with a foamy white head. No lacing. Good clarity, some bubbles rising. I like the look of this beer alot.

Nose on this beer is a bit weak. Some toasted malt and floral hops.

Hop-forward, with some pine and citric notes, but you also ge the toasted malt, and some husk bitterness. If you are looking for frit or caramel, good luck. Grain and malt are obscured by the hops, ad the malt dries out a bit. Finishes with bitterness and some character.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated.

I liked this, but this presents itself somewhere between pale ale and IPA. Lacks a touch of sweetness that would give more balance. Likable beer, and worth getting again.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found a 1Pint bottle at my local liquor store, never seen this before. Copper color with no head. Only a couple of bubbles floating around. Nose is sweet. Caramel and grainy cereal malt with a touch of floral hops. Light body with some carbonation tingle. Malts are not as sweet as the nose made me think. Light sweetness at first but quickly a metallic flavor takes over. Hop bitterness is over bearing at the finish. Floral and orange rinds. It leaves a cloying bitterness at the back of my throat.

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Photo of Soneast
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. fat bottle. No date. Pours a clear, orange to copper color. Barely grows a head, just a 1/4 inch bubbly cap, that recedes immediately, which is slightly strange given the cascade of fine bubbles shooting up the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty malt forward with mild caramel notes and slight grainy astringency, giving way to a mild floral hop aroma. Fairly clean overall and quite enticing.

The flavor also starts out with mostly malted flavors, slightly biscuity and once again a husky, grainy astringency. The hops are hidden in the background adding some minor floral and dry herb flavors and a mild bitterness, that is well balanced overall.

The beer is well balanced, maybe a touch too malt forward, but their is a slight drying astringency and the flavors aren't well pronounced, and I would prefer a bit more hoppiness. I guess maybe I'm spoiled from drinking Moon Man on a regular basis. Not a bad beer per say, but I can say with confidence, I will never buy it again.

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Photo of gonuts31
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost exactly what I'm looking for in an American Pale Ale.

This beer is extremely well-balanced compared to other American Pale Ales. Hits you with hops at the beginning, but balances out with a smooth malty finish. I've had too many "Pale Ales" where the only flavor present is hops.

I've had this beer on tap and from the bottle, prefer on tap.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on July 28, 2011. The pour is a deeper amber-golden color with a thin but long lasting head. The aroma is full of smooth malts, grains, and a vague floral hoppiness. The body rounds out at about medium. The taste tended to lean on the bitter side so it seemed a bit off balance from most English pales I have enjoyed. There was a definite dry finale. The US-brewed English style pales just don't taste the same as those from the UK. Must be the River Thames. Still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Edition to beer in NH, I brought a few bottles home today form a tasting at Bert's.
Pours a deep golden amber color with a good sized white head that dissipate to a ring on thew top. Smell is malty sweet with hints of earthy and citrus hops. Slightly bready and toasty with hint of vegetative aroma. Taste is mildly sweet with a chalky minerally taste mixed with the earthy vegetative hops. Medium to thin body moderate carbonation and an oily/chalky mouthfeel. Honestly this tasted a lot better at the store. I can't see myself buying this one again I can think of lots of Pale Ales more deserving of my cash, although the 16oz bottles are cool.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saturated sunset orange, a few inches of foam billow up on the first pour. Sticky, speckled webs of lace connect concentric rings of foam stuck to the glass. Retention is ok, a wispy skim hangs across the surface for the duration of the glass.

Slightly vegetal grassy noble hop aroma, vaguely sweet biscuity malt. Simple, straightforward, somewhat nondescript.

Light bodied, some light hop bitterness that comes off as grassy, similar to the nose. Body is slightly watery, though it's easily drinkable, with no flaws. Dry aftertaste with some lightly floral hop notes lingering. Pleasant enough in taste, quenching, though a bit pedestrian. The light hop character is nice, but it could use a little more oomph. Good warm weather brew for outdoor activities.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper with a thin white head and sticky splotches of lace.

S - Sweet malt that reminds me of boiling wort. Not sure if the smell is burned into my senses from brewing all day or if this beer just has an identical smell. Some resiny and floral hops are hidden behind the sweet malt.

T - Floral and resiny piney hops are followed by a biscuity sweet malt backbone. The resiny hops along with sweet malt again remind me of a sample of wort.

M - Medium mouthfeel with carbonation that seems to fade quite fast. lingering dry finish.

D - Decent but seems a little messy.

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Photo of Strix
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange, decent initial head, some lacing.

Very little smell, vague citrus scent.

Very buttery, fading into a watery finish. Earthy and sweet. Really not working for me.

Mouthfeel somewhat thin and watery.

Nothing special, I won't be back. The butter is a turnoff for me.

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Photo of pweis909
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle. The beer has an orange=copper appearance with slight head and lacing. It smells slightly caramelly, without the hop presence once expects in an APA. I first notice soft malt and caramel on the palate, followed by a bitter and prickly finish. Although billed as an APA, this beer reminds me of something English because of its malty presence and the lack of catty/citrusy American hop aroma and flavor. Although not the APA I expected, I really love this beer for its balanced flavor and drinkability. The pint sized bottle I have seems the perfect volume for it.

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Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strawberry bronze in color, generally cloudy with some chunky suspended yeast. The head is modest in both size and lacing, and beige.
Grainy notes mix with an almost syrupy strawberry-lime fruitiness, with additional notes of caramel copper, and pine resin.
Malt lays down caramel, toast, almonds, and sourdough. It morphs fruitier, stickier, yet indistinct in the middle, like a multi-colored sherbet, then a yeast-filled brown bag oxidized note. . Hops bring a metallic, grassy bitterness, with slightly brighter (yet still faded) pangs of lime rinds and pine pitch.
Fullish feel, with a CO2 that settles out quickly. It drinks fairly large. There is a lot of both malt and hops here, but they don't work well together...actually the hops don't work well with anything.
There's a quirkiness here that I'm at least a bit intrigued by. Bottom line is that the bottle I have in front of me doesn't really work. But I would try this again, if I was absolutely assured that it was fresh. I don't think this is old, but it seems like it is.

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Photo of Phelps
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks: pours a cool strawberry-orange color, moderately hazy, with a half-finger off-white head that appears late and dissolves lickety-split, leaving a tight, bubbly ring and a lot of film.

Smells: lavender, lime, orange juice, overripe oranges and fresh orange peel amidst a backbone of sweet caramel and honey.

Tastes: bitter. What sweetness there was in the nose is drowned out by a huge bitterness. My mouth is awash in orange pith, and the acridness clings to the back sides of my tongue between sips. The caramelized malts emerge a bit more as the beer warms, but never make more than a murmur amidst the tumult of bitter hops. The exact flavors of the hops are hard to pick out: there's a little grapefruit, a little lemon, but mostly just ... bitter. The finish erases basically all the flavor between sips. Hmm.

Feels: medium, buzzy carbonation amidst a medium-light body. A little watery, but appropriate for a pale ale.

Drinks: better than I expected. There were some nice, sweet flavors in there, they were just hidden behind major bitterness. A passable pale ale.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on draft at Hinterland. Pours clear golden amber with an average white head that leaves solid lace. Nose is aromatic hops with an earthy and dusty yeast and caramel malt characteristic. The flavors are very similar with the hops coming on strongly in the beginning and giving way to the dusty and earthy flavors, and finishing with bitterness and caramel. The body is light with average carbonation and a long bitter finish.

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