Prescription Pale | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of dannydetox
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had a hand-labeled sample bottle dropped off from the local guardian rep a couple of weeks ago, and finally got around to trying this pale ale. foamed up out of the bottle initially, and gave off the most nose then. poured an opaque amber color, with minimal head. not much of a hop presence wafting from the glass, but i do detect some caramel malts and maybe a hint of orange rind. first taste was pleasant, with elements of bitterness balancing the malt body. when i went back in for another, i get more of a butterscotch thing, with all the bitterness on the back end in a less than pleasing way. the buttery notes seem like a flaw - diacetyl from what i remember in my home brew book. low carbonation reminds me of a home brew that wasn't properly primed. also just noticed that the homemade label says 4.7%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark yellow, solid half inch of white head on the top, but the aroma was really devoid of hops.

Taste was bland, somewhat woody/earthy, questioning tap lines at this point. Still wondering where the hops are though even though I can feel bitterness and butterscotch in a very minimal way.

One of my least favorite Magnolia offerings.

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

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 3ricks
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tschiess
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of AaronOp
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GringoKid
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a rich, warm amber-caramel glow with great foaming. There’s a sharp piney character at first but it mellows out into a rounded forest-y aroma. I get a smooth, piney flavor profile. Pine and lemon nuances come across, balanced by a caramel note on the finish. It’s an easy drinker and I enjoy what the cask brings out in this.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Tucquan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold, decent white head of about 1/3" on it. Aroma made me wonder where's the hops and what is that after'smell' if you will?

Taste, remarkably bland except for the off flavor of slick wood almost approaching a butterscotch exterior. Still left wondering how a brewery that makes such good hoppy stuff has left me hangin'? Kind of has a bitter ashy resin that people seem to make fun of Mikkeller for.

I dunno, this just seemed off for what Magnolia usually brings to the table. Even though this was underwhelming, I'd give it another try based on their solid track record.

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep coppery amber colour, very dark for a pale ale. Head is just off-white, leaving a pattern across the top of the glass. Patchy. Lacing is good however. Looks good enough.

Butterscotchy on the nose with a sharp citrus bite to cut through it. Rather sweet overall, with caramel characters coming in as well. Throughout all of this, it's not particularly full or robust either. Doesn't win me over.

Taste is smooth, but again, very light. Some bitterness through the centre, but it's matched and over-matched with caramel sweetness. Feel is nice, but the toffee and caramel characters are too much and the cleansing hop character too little. Unbalanced.

Not the worst beer I've tried, but not particularly exciting either. Like Adelaide: it's alright.

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Photo of lechroy
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a balanced rich Pale with lots of flavor. Excruciatingly good to drink. Cancel all afternoon appointments before trying this baby on for size. Yum - a perfect Pale, maybe my favorite solid West-coast brew I've had from Magnolia. Get it while it's fresh, as I can imagine the older barrels lose some of their zest. Classic brew that should not be missed.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance> Dark, clear, average liveliness for a cask. Looks great for it's stylye and serving type.

Smell>wet dog, hops. Good!

Taste> Complex. Smoothes out perfectly. Wonderfully ashy and resiny.Sweet hang. Nice.

Mouf> perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability> It pleases me very much

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Prescription Pale from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 35 ratings