Prescription Pale | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Prescription PalePrescription Pale

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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Photo of lechroy
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Mark
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber bordering on copperish, Nice white head with good retention. I don't know whether it's the way this place washes their glassware or what, but the beers do not lace much if any at all. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Very hoppy taste profile with a decent malt backbone. Very hop orientated, could be mistaken for an IPA. Zingy grapefruit notes come to the fore. Smooth cask mouthfeel and of course drinkability is above average. The most hoppy pale I have had. Footnote: For those who recall my annoyance at Magnolia playing rap, today the music was nice. My enjoyment of the pub and lunch was ten fold. Scarfed a sausage pizza with this fine beer.

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Photo of GringoKid
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 kdog630
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, darker copper with a decent head and lacing. Excellent hop aroma. Cascades!

The malts are not neglected here. They came through in the aroma and were present in the taste. Tastes like they used a good variety in the process.

A good balance of flavors with an excellent finish. The carbonation was just about perfect, making this a smooth and very drinkable beer. I would rank this up there with other, well regarded APAs. Definitely one that I will drink again and again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber cloudy body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Nice grapefruit and floral tones on the nose

Taste: What you smell is what you get - grapefruit hoppiness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Another refreshing hoppy beverage from Magnolia.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a nice red and amber color with a good amount of head. It faded after a bit and left some minor lace.

It's very snappy and hoppy for regular pale ale; grapefruit and citrus definitely make their presence known. Yet, the flavor remains delicate. The mouthfeel is full and this stuff stays easy to drink for all its flavor.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of tschiess
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light gold. Cascade hops are there in abundance from nose to finish. There is enough malty sweetness to provide balance, but this is one for those who like their hops front and center. Excellent brew!! Wish I could have had more at Matgnolia.

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Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/04/05- On cask at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From cask into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-amber pour. Small and super creamy head with light lace.

Smell- Not much of a sniffer. Some muted hops, but not much of any roasted or any other malt scent.

Taste- Rather well hopped for a PA. There is some malt, just enough to hold it's own. But, the hops carry this beer. Fruity hops, but not super bitter ones. Very mild hops.

Mouthfeel- Can a cask beer have a bad mouthfeel? Smooth, low carbonation and light cream feeling.

Drinkability- Another winner from Magnolia. Super easy drinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of oggg
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes just a shade lighter than ruby red. Nice soft white head. Mild aroma of citrus and maybe pine. Not full on generic west coast pale ale aroma. Flavor begins with nice firm hop bitterness. Less bitter than Stone Pale Ale. Bitterness fades quickly and gives way to a huge wave of maltiness. Medium bodied.

Overall: excellent balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of 3ricks
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Magnolia on Haight st, served in a 20oz imperial pint. Golden copper in colour, with a small soapy head. Very mild hop aroma, with some sweet malt. Some grapefruit, sweet toasty, bready malt and a bold bitterness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, good drinkability. Good session ale from Magnolia.

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Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AaronOp
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Prescription Pale from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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