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

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Basement BatchBasement Batch

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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dull copper color with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet fruits like apricots and a ton of adjuncts and cereals there is a mild floral and chemical note present. First sip is all cereal with a chemical favor that should not be there. Nothing special here. Turn a way. Put a lock on the basement door. Throw away the key.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.42/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a little too light caramel color, but has a whoppin head, a full inch plus, frothy. The aroma smells funky, chalky. The taste is pretty pallid, a general grainy, slight caramel malt, a vague, fleeting, citric hop, and it might have been ok, but the mouth is bad. Dry, chalky, biting aftertaste, no good. Other than that, its got a pretty good body. In sum, needs work.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Light earthy, citrusy hop nose with an even lighter sniff of pale malts behind.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness with only a very slight sweetness. Earthy, citric hop character with a medium amount of bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, and a tad watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, one of the few Pete's Place brews free of a noxious infection, but all I really got was a limp, lackluster APA.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into SN "tulip".
Aroma notes heavier notes of malt that are kinda' indistinguishable and muddy. Seems like a vegetable quality and faint notes, at most, of hops. Disappointing.
Dense creamy head that leaves a lacing. Cloudy dark amber with lots of brown.
There is some of that vegetable in the taste again, fortunately the hop bitterness and some malt flavor overtake it. Malt flavors move more towards toasting - no particular sweetness. Hop flavors lean towards grassy - with none of the classic Cascade flavors that are advertised on the bottle label. No distinguishing flavors to make this stand out, although the bitterness and mild dryness on the long finish aren't too bad.
I like the feel with some prickly carbonation and moderately light feel and some creaminess from the head.
Even without the nasty flavor this would only be an average example of style, but with it I can't recommend it and am not desiring another.

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

This is a beer an intermediate home brewer would be proud of. It's drinkable, has some redeeming qualities but isn't good enough to ever seek out and purchase. The qualifier here is that I live in Oregon and this beer was shipped to me from a beer club. Who knows how it was transported and stored? Would the brew master cringe upon taking the first sip of this well traveled brew? Would I change my tune if I had access to a fresh batch of this APA? Maybe, probably.

It has some fruity aromas typical of the APA style that smell wonderful and delicious. However, they are not very strong. Where is the Cascade hop pop to infiltrate my nostrils? This beer isn't looking me in the eye when it talks to me.

Hazy orange with hints of red. A beautiful color, especially when held to the light. Lots of suspended particles but hell this beer is bottle conditioned (I did pour carefully) and has traveled across most of the country. The head was weak as was the lacing.

Malt sweetness steps up, probably wondering, like me, where the hops were. Not balanced enough, and interestingly for an APA, skewed towards the malt side. Very drinkable though as nothing is objectionable, at least until you get to the finish where pleasant light bakers chocolate bitterness transitions into a curious aspirin like taste.

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Photo of dippy
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I consider myself a hoppy person. But I am conflicted with this offering

Pours a light golden brew with a nice thin head. Some good lacing on the glass, I like my lace to look like a stained glass window, intricate. This fits the bill.

The hopiness in there, the toasty/ biscuitness is there. There are some hops up front that make the lips smack. The finish is hops, a clean citrus finish.

It has everything I want in a pale but they just don't marry the way I would like.

A good beer. not great. Maybe I was in a bad mood.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cooper color pour with 3 finger head which left good lacing througout. aroma - didnt pick up too much here, got a faint smell of earthy hops. okay, not real balanced for a Pale Ale, a little to much hop bitterness, In my opinion. Just felt like it was missing something, it had just a touch of sweetness, but it wasnt balanced enough for me.
Overall this was just okay, but as a Pale Ale, I was a bit dissapointed. I dont think I would drink more than one of these at a time. SNPA is much superior to this one.

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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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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the beer, some white foam began working its way slowly up the neck of the bottle...thought that was strange. when I poured it, the head was very large and stayed like whip cream on top of the beer. I thought I got a bad beer, but the taste seemed good.

It has a nice, fairly strong hoppy flavor, mostly citrus notes with hop bittering. some alcohol is noticeable.

high carbonation, and light bodied.

I'd like to try this beer again, maybe i'd get a better bottle.. but on first impression, i'm not too impressed. lots of potential, though.

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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 xtalman
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear amber coler with a resonable head. Bottle warns about bottle condition beers be hazy but I never have had a problem with this one. Nose is some what malt with a bit of hops comeing through. Inital taste is moe malty but finsihes up with a light citrus coming through due to the hops.

All in all a decent beer, good for drinkability. Always good to be able to get fresh beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Mom and Dad for picking up this unobtainable brew from OK on your trip to AR.

Slightly cloudy copper and ochre color. Nice head and strong film of foam after the pour Middle of the road bubbling.

A little dirt, plant matter, and soft citrus make up the hop aroma. Light toasted biscuits make up the malt. Simple and OK... get it...

Spongey palate from the start and finishes bubbly and gypsumy. Toasted white bread crust and earthy citric hop bitterness. This beer makes me think of a homebrewers first APA, and I've had few of those.

Not a bad session APA and I like the idea behind this brew.

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Photo of tpd975
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just arrived from mugglesandhops. Time to cross OK off the state list.

A: Pours a hazy color of orange with a big tall foamy two finger head. Lots of carbonation exhibited along with great retention and thick chunky lace.

S: Nice notes of citrus and sweet malt. A hint of earth and pine hide beneath.

T: Kind of muddy nothing crisp or clean about this one. Very earth up front with hints of soap. The middle is where the citrus hops kick in but they are quickly muddied up by english malt. Pretty hopped up for a pale though.

M: Medium in body with lots of carbonation.

D: Just okay. The flavors are kind of all over the place and I could have done without the soap.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter, picked up in a recent trade, it is a little sweet but an OK pale ale.

Beer is amber and hazy with a off white head of small bubbles, lacing on the glass, decent retention.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, mildly sweet.

Beer is a little like grapefruit candy sweet up front, at frist at least. It opens up a little the more I drink and finishes decently bitter but not overly dry. It is an averagish pale ale I don't think I'll go out of my way to get more of it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange amber color. Poured a huge 3 finger off-white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky ladce.

S: Citrussy hops and sweet malt.

T: Bready caramel malts. Resiny floral hops. Even bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and bitter.

D: Malty an hoppy; maybe not the best blended or balanced, but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with very little head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts and grain. Little bit of citrus.

t - Taste is a bit bland. Some bread, malts, grain, with hints of pine and citrus. Ok.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body.

d - Not a bad pale ale. Thought the taste was a little bland, but a decent smell and taste. Wuoldn't really look for again.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick creamy eggshell-colored head into a goblet that left a thin ring and lace throughout. the body was a hazy, bright orange-amber color.
s - malty and syrupy sweet like caramel with a hint of oranges.
m - bready with a bit of orange peel.
o - creamy yet crisp.
o - decent APA but i've had much better examples before. i needed some more hops.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sam Adams glass

A - bright orange color, slightly hazy from bottle conditioning yeast, decent head that settles but leaves a nice lacing

S - strong citrusy American hop aroma - perhaps Cascade and Centennials; malt is present but overwhelmed by hops and yeasty esters

T - strong fruity character up front both from hops and yeast, not much depth, slight bitterness but not as much as expected for the style

M - medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a decent enough beer but lacks some hop bitterness on the finish. It's very much on the light side of the style and all the hop and yeast fruitiness up front leaves you hanging for a decent finish. I don't think I'll be seeking this one out, but wouldn't turn it down if someone bought me one.

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Photo of hangh
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden color that is somewhat hazy, there were some particles near the bottom. Head was pretty thick and stayed for a while.

S- Hard to pick out any distinct aroma. There are some fruit blend aromas but still it is difficult to narrow down what it is.

T- Malty but hard to pick out any hops. There is an initial surge of malt flavor followed by pretty much nothing as the drink finishes. Doesn't stay with you much

MF- Medium carbonation, not too light of a body, it sits well

D- Easy to drink slowly and a good tasting beer, not worth the difficulty of finding it though usually

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Photo of mikereaser
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/16/10.

A - Pours a cloudy rust orange with a 1/2 inch of foam that ended up as a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - Piney and citrus hops with a malty base, honey and lemon throughout

T - Biscuity malt forward with hints of citrus and piney hops finishing in a slightly bitterness

M - Medium bodied, but seems a bit watery. Good carbonation and clean crisp mouthfeel

D - flavor is a little different than expected, decent flavor, not sure if i would go for another though

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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 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 paulthebeerguru
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Nice burnt orange color with a solid white head. Good retention rate and nice lacing. Very light hop aroma. Some pine and other earthy tones. Some sweet aromas, caramel, and tropical fruits. The smell reminds me of the islands, which is funny because it is brewed in Oklahoma. Very mild taste, but nice use of caramel and victory malts. It somewhat reminds me of Gordon Biersch brews, not sure why. The cascade hops are subtle, but balances out this APA. Mild carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, but it feels as if something is missing. Also, it feels a little thick for the style. Not a bad brew, but not over the top.

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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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