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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 101
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. Not much in terms of lacing.

S - It smelled very citrusy, a lot of orange arome. Some caramel and toffee notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet citrus hops. Some earthy/grassy hops. It had a nice warm presence.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice APA. Easy-drinking and tasty, too.

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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 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 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 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 womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a finger of so of white head.

S: The nose is a bit disappointing (not that I had incredible expectations to begin with). Very mild aromas of citrus and floral hops with a slightly stronger malt presence.

T: The flavor is a bit more impressive than the nose is. The same floral and citrus hop components are more pronounced here, with a mild bitterness. The caramel malt gives the beer some needed body.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of body or aroma, both being in the middle of the scale.

D: A decent enough pale ale. I would have liked a little more hop character, but there was a fair amount to make it a palatable APA.

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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 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 MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to coldmeat23 for this throw-in - got to try something from the great state of Oklahoma. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Huge creamy head with a slight orange tinge to it. Great retention, but not much lacing. The brew is a murky dark orange color, with a few blackish particles suspended in there - unsurprisingly the bottle says it's bottle-conditioned.

S - Alpha King this is not - this is an actual pale ale. Some spicy lemony hop bitterness, but also a good amount of yeast and a little bit of malt as well. Combines to come out very bready. Not a huge nose on this one.

T - Much more sweetness in the taste. The lemon flavor also comes out a bit more and the bread/yeast gets pushed to the back.

M - Lots of carbonation, probably too much even though some of the tingly sensations are nice. Good viscosity, and a persistent coating of the mouth.

D - Too bloaty for me to have more than one. Not overly boozy and the taste is solid. If this was my local in Oklahoma I'd drink it, but compared to the embarrassment of riches (Alpha King, Founder's Harvest, SN Harvest line, etc.) in Chicago for session beers this comes up short.

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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 Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for this brew.

Pours a hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some spices and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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

Pours a hazey orange copper color, very mild head, mild carbonation, lots of sediment.

Smells of honey, lemons pepper, mild citric hops, a hint of sweet bisquity malt, and a little grassiness.

Taste is a little different than what I anticipated. It's well balanced, which is what I expected, however, I didn't anticipate such a forward biquity/malt presence. The malts hit the tongue up front early on before a lemon zing morphs into a bitter citric-like finish and afterwards leaves an almost peppery, slightly metallic finish in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is prickly with some bite and a medium body. The ABV is right in the ballpark for a pale ale making it very drinkable. A nicely brewed pale ale.

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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 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 champ103
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger white head forms. Some nice sticky lace is left in patches.
S: Citrus hops that are oily and soapy. Sweet grainy malt for some balance.
T: Floral and citrus hops up front that leaves a light bitterness. Some sweet caramel malt for balance.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Like the amber, this is very smooth and easy to drink.

Another good Choc Beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but tasty. Another one from Choc I would recommend.

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Photo of ZAP
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale ale that leans to the malty side with a good dose of caramel aroma and flavor...the aroma has some fresh floral notes as well....the taste has some nuttiness to it and also a lighter hit of the floral notes...It finishes with a flash of grapefruit peel style bitterness...where did that come from?

Perhaps a little overcarbonated..

I like this. Not big on the hops but a real interesting take on the malt load. Enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice of my daughter to bring me a sixer, as she knows I like trying the local brews whenever possible.

This outlaw (read Pete’s story on his web – can’t believe he went to prison twice over brewing – that’s needing a beer!) poured a frothy ivory pillow on top of a slightly hazy, generally clear amber. This is one fully carbonated brew. Very sticky with the laces, too. Bottle conditioned, but very little yeasties on the bottom.

A pop of citrus pines sticks in the nose, followed by a dry floral taste. Smidgen of orange in there. Very basic, but solid pale ale. Drinkable and enjoyable, all six will be sipped and savored.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, emptied to a pint. One of several different Pete's/Choc beers from a mixed batch sent by coldmeat23.

A: Bears the sultry warmth that non-filtering/bottle-conditioning bestows. Auburn with a suspended cloudy of silty and plenty of rising carbonation. A flocculent head of ivory nearly tops the glass, cresting at about 3-fingers. Excellent lace hangs in frothy curtains.

S: Hmmm. disappointingly mild aroma...mild toasted grain and an odd lemony tartness that hints at...vinegar? Definitely not a citrus zest or anything (though Cascade hops are what's used, according to the label), just smells vaguely sour.

T: Nice roasting, definitely a malt forward Pale that places nuttiness and pretzel dough and toasted bread crust flavors at the forefront. Fortunately, the 'sourness' found in the aroma turns out to be a pleasant lemon zest, a little sugar added. It's got good balance and a rounding-off bittering that works well.

M: Fairly nondescript mouthfeel - a modest carbonation spritz, a light/medium body, a cleaner finish with a little spicy-dry bitterness finishing at the front of the tongue.

D: Pretty good beer, easy enough to drink, just a touch high for 'sessionability'. That guy on the label (who looks vaguely like Hank Hill) could serve me another. Worth a try.

Thanks again to Chris for sending!

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on a decent malt backing

T - Follows the nose citrus hops upfront then some biscuit malt balances things out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm enjoying this beer quite a bit its a well made hop forward pale thats worth getting to try sometime

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