Basement Batch | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by Vancer on 05-28-2007

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by Brent:
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinks a bit bigger than an American Pale Ale - pushing toward the upper end of the scale where the brisk hopping and slightly syrupy mouthfeel begin to take on attributes of a double IPA. Citrus hops with a pronounced grapefruit peel bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue. Moderate level of sweetness, not quite balanced on the bittering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden, thin head, with moderate carbonation.

S - Sweet malt with some citrus aroma.

T - Strong hop presence up front with some grapefruit citrus in the middle. Nice malt character to balance what is a pretty bitter pale ale.

M - Little heavy on the finish, but the carbonation helps to counter it. Usually like my pales a bit more attenuated.

D - Nice bitterness and carbonation for a clean but somewhat heavy finish. Would like a little less bitterness and a little more hop flavor in this pale, but it is a good effort.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a golden amber with basically no head at all just a few bubbles. Nose is really odd and hard to describe a bit fruity and wheaty not sure though.

Taste is just as odd. Has a really dry finish as well as some mellon tastes very weird and has some chalky/powdery asprin taste. It's decent but very odd.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper in color with no head.

Floral notes in the nose, with citrus undertones.

This beer has a nice taste. Kind of a nutty taste initially with citrus fruits and hops fighting in the swallow.

With those flavors, it's a complex mouthfeel. Definitely a pale ale with the bittering hops, but the malt cuts into the bitterness giving a clean, citrusy finish.

Easy to drink, moderate alcohol; can't wait for another.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange with 3+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Caramel, piney hops & biscuitty malt & citrus hops

T: Biscuitty malt & orangey hops & a slight astringency up front. Biscuitty malt & astringency fight it out to dominate taste, about a draw, plus some dryness as this warms. grapefruit hops & biscuitty malt in the finish, which bails this one out

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, plus fair balance

Drinks pretty good, a few more tweaks (lose the astringency) & this is a winner. I would get this again hoping maybe my taste buds would respond a little more favorably, not shabby though

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Strong malty aroma. Caramel malts mostly but also a touch of grahm cracker. Some citrus from hops and a touch of diacytl. Mostly malt in the flavor. Caramel, nutty, and bready flavor. Just a hint of citrus from the hops. Bitterness is on the low side of APA's. Thankfully no sign of diacytl in the flavor. Nice body and carbonation. Good smooth texture. Somewhat forgettable APA. Could use some more hop flavor and bitterness to make this stand out.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick white head that falls to a 1/4 inch layer. Leaves rings of lace. Hazy orange color. Aroma is exceptionally good for an APA: pleasant blend of citrus hops and creamy sweet pale and crystal malts. Flavor is hop dominant with a dry finish. A good looking, great smelling American Pale.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper color with bits of yeast swirling around.

S: Citrus hops dominate with sweet pale malts coming in the end.

T: Bitter hop character right up front that fades quickly to a dry malt flavor.

D: This is a solid brew. It doesn't reinvent the wheel but it doesn't need to. Very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep burnished copper with a slight haze. Huge off-white head that fades fast but keeps a substantial cap and leaves pretty good lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

S: Caramelly malts matched by hops that are both citrus and herbal. Not overly complex but a reasonably powerful nose.

T: Quite rich and sweet. Lots of caramelly malts balanced pretty close with a good dose of hops that, like the nose, are mostly citruc/herbal - but also go faintly medicinal and have a hint of resiny pine. The flavors do not quite meld and it is a little thickly sweet. Faint, but noticeably, edge of alcohol as it warms.

M: A bit over medium body with middle of the road CO2. Semi-sweet finish - actually a bit sticky sweet with lots of chewy dextrins.

D: A good, but not great APA. A bit rustic and thick. Maybe, as strong as it is, it is a halfway double APA. Not that that hurts it really. And it works with the name. (not to sound misogynistic, but...) If the wifey only lets you have one homebrew per weeknight, then you might as well make it count.

(from notes - tasted May 2010)

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Squelch
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Average Appearance with moderate head

S: Complex Aroma of sweet bready malts and citrusy hops

T: Greatly balanced beer. Hop and malt flavor are well paired and classic to APA. The victory malts really add to this beer's flavor.

M: Average Mouthfeel

D: Very drinkable beer. Would enjoy this again.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a juice glass (I’m travelling for work, so beggars can’t be choosers). Color is a dark gold to amber, very similar to an apple juice. That goes for the carbonation as well, as the beer has quite a bit of fizz. The head bursts forward but doesn’t hang around long, as it collapses down to just a skimming over the top. Appearance is somewhat murky, but that’s my fault – a closer inspection of the bottle reveals a pretty hefty sediment of yeast. Aroma is subdued, but again could be on me – whenever I travel my sinuses usually take a beating and this trip has been no exception. Some mild and subdued hop aroma with a little bit of malt. That’s really all I can get out of the nose at this time. Taste is surprisingly hop-centric, with familiar notes of grapefruit bursting through. My first thought is that this is clearly a beer with Cascade hops. Using a magnifying glass to read the marketing speak on the label and would you look at that, Cascade. Oh, and it’s bottle conditioned too. Guess I should have read that at the outset. Malt profile becomes more pronounced as you drink it, and I think that it’s not so much bready, but more nutty – something like almonds come to mind. Mouthfeel is light to medium. The carbonation is a little bit heavy but it helps scrub the residual hop bitterness off your tongue. There’s a little bit of malt sweetness up front with the hops to help balance things out, but it finishes dry. There’s just a hint of the alcohol phenol on the back of the throat when drinking the beer – this is a flavor I’ve found that I’m very susceptible to, so your mileage may vary. The light mouthfeel and dry finish seem to tip me off that this is a beer that’s meant for consumption in mass quantities, which is fine – it goes quite well on a late-spring evening like tonight. Overall I’d prefer the body to have just a little bit more in terms of malt character and I’d like to have the alcohol tones down a little bit (again, probably just my preference). This beer certainly doesn’t break any new grounds in terms of the Pale Ale style, but it doesn’t do much wrong either.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my BotM club. Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a murky orange/dark golden color. Some floaters in there too - was not expecting that. 1 finger head with average lacing.

S: Lots of cascade hops - reminds me of smelling a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grapefruit with a balancing sweet malt.

T: Nice bitter hop taste upfront. More pine in the taste as opposed to the Cascade smell. Decent malt backbone.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thin mouthfeel.

D: Smooth drinker. Just enough hops to back down the drinkability. Would drink another but wouldn't search this one out.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color, bordering on light amber. Frothy off-white foam is nice looking and eventually recedes to a thick coating that leaves plentiful lacing behind.

Smells pretty tasty...piney hops and toasty caramel malts are both abundant. I get none of the over-fruitiness I did in the other 2 Choc beers I have tried, which is a good thing.

Taste is fairly similar as pine resin hoppyness is the dominant flavor. Not sure what varietal these are, but they seem a little dull and earthy for an APA. There is plenty of caramely malts there that create a pretty nice balance. This is a decent beer for sure, but needs a few tweaks here and there to have that bright, mouth-watering pale ale appeal.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an orange/amber wtih a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin cap

S - Starts off with citrus aroma and finishes with a hint of spicy hops

T - starts off with a hint of malt, replaced by grapefruit hoppiness. There is also a bit of tartness.

M - Good mouthfeel and carbonation

D - The hops are present, but not so overpowering that you can't have only one or two. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber orange with a massive 2 beige finger cloudy / creamy head that's fluffy and lasted about 2 minutes; on tom of sediment which builds up like a sand bar at the bottom of the glass and really nice lacing that clings to the glass. A very attractive beer in the pint glass!

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, orange peel, grapefruit, some grass and or light grains, light caramel and coriander. Real nice pale ale aroma, which is subtle but sweet.

Tastes of floral, citrus and piney hops, sweet malt, orange peel, caramel, grass, grapefruit, brown sugar, pepper and some funky yeast at the end which gives a slight sour pucker that's on the dry side. Pretty nice balance between the hops and malts, but the yeast comes in towards the end and adds the funky flavor which takes away from the nice floral hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with high carbonation like champagne that borders of watery but is still very refreshing; body light, but a little chewy, and the overall feel is smooth and airy.

This beer is very easy to drink, and very tasty so I recommend trying it as it's a good pale ale.

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Photo of SayYaToDaUP
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy, pale amber color. some minor sediment floating around from bottle-conditioning. very solid head that dissipates slowly. Looks appetizing!

S - Biscuits and hops.

T - Very clean tasting. Does not involve the intense citrus and floral hop flavors characteristic of West Coast Pale Ales. Begins with delicate caramel malts with light hop presence. Finish is dry, barn-like flavor. Mild umami is present for the after-taste. Enjoyable, but a little bit too soft for personal taste.

M - above average carbonation. light body. works for the style, but flirts with horrific memories of drinking light American lagers in college.

D - Good. A smooth beer that would be refreshing on a hot day. But the mild umami aftertaste builds while drinking and does not make this conducive for a session.

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Photo of fastfwd
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a horrible reviewer...that said, I feel compelled to say a few kind words about this Pale Ale.... Had this at the Iron Works bbq during their happy hour from 2-6 where it was ½ price. $2 for a pint of fine craft beer!

How's this for a review...not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I find to be pretty hoppy, but quite a surprisingly flavorful beer nonetheless. I have neglected to try the Choc beers believing that they probably weren't worth my money and I am very pleased to find myself mistaken in that regard.

This was my personal favorite of the four beers that Iron Works had on tap (COOP Amber and Horny Toad and Choc Whit). At $2 a pint I can see a love affair in the works!

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A BOTMC selection that arrived awhile ago, now its time to untap it, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a nice citrus smell with malts galore. Pours into a trusty stemless red wine glass to a cloudy orange bronze with a pillowy two finger head. On the taste, the balance is as good as the bite. This brew starts with a bold hop bite but the malt backbone is behind it, right off the bat. It transitions into a floral hoppiness with a semi bitter but still malty finish. Mouthfeel is evident but in the background as should always be. This is a bold, balanced, tasty and highly drinkable brew. Basement Batch, wish I had one I'd do my batches in the basement too, maybe even lagering with no refrigeration needed. But that's another topic. I suggest you rush out and find this brew and drink it in quantity.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramelized malt with a good background of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, nuts and citrus. Then a good hops presence comes in and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of jwc215
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours murky amber with a thin, lasting creamy head. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is mild. Deep inhaling and quite a bit of swirling reveal caramel sweetness with a touch of citric fruitiness. Not a bad smell, if you can find it.

The taste is of caramel and restrained citric fruitiness. There is an unfortunate aspirin taste in the chalky finish that throws it off. Light-to-medium bodied.

This has potential for being a mild APA, but the aspirin/chalkiness does it in.

Thanks to beertracker for including it in our trade - Glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of 4balance
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TeachChefs
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a shaker a cloudy, bright orange, 2 fingers of soft, whipped head. Didn't realize it was bottle-conditioned, so I got lots of tiny, suspended particles. Solid, inviting lacing.

Definitely a hop-forward aroma, with a subdued mix of lemon, grapefruit, tea. Some mild (tea)biscuity malt.

Taste is a nicely balanced mix of toasty malts & citrus hops up front -- I should say, nicely balanced but on the hoppy side. Sweeter citrus in the middle turning to a shortbread-like sweetness. It goes from balanced-hoppiness to balanced-maltiness, like a lightly swaying pendulum. Pepper-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Has a little bite at first, tempered by soft foam that mellows it out & turns it very smooth. Very good, pleasantly bitter, solid in all aspects. Plenty of "label lit" to read, to boot!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for sending this my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours copper with a good deal of transparency. The head that forms is pretty short and doesn't last for very long, eventually fading into a thin bit of a collar with a speck or two of lace on the side of the glass. The nose brings some very light citrus hops along with a mild floral character. Some bread dough there as well. Mild caramel presence after that. The taste brings mostly light caramel and bread crust with a mild hop character. Very slight bitterness in the finish after a medium body. Drinks fine without flaws, but quite bland and uninspiring.

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Basement Batch from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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