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 crhensel
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz. bottle into shaker) Part of my Beer of the Month club and a surprisingly great brew. I am usually not a fan of the over hopped ales you tend to get, but this one was very well balanced. Poured a beautiful dark amber/copper color with a finger of creamy white head. Aroma of slight citrus and spice as well as a hint of a sweetness. very smooth in the mouth with a lively carbonation allowing the hops to pop on the tongue. The bitterness was not overpowering and actually cut by a slight caramel sweetness. The balance made for a very refreshing drink, especially as the glass warmed and both flavors developed.

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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 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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Photo of dnjmed
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz from bottle into a tall pale ale chalice. the color is copper with some dark red notes. it is very hazy with plenty of carbonation. the foam which initially was a good finger and a half sticks around for an impressive amount of time.

the smell is of faint pine but it is subtle so it reminds me of clean laundry. i like it because it's not overwhelming.

the taste follows, but there is a definite bitterness there that isn't quite as subtle as the aroma. still, i like it because it doesn't stretch my comfort zone for bitterness and that's a good thing. i get definite orange and grapefruit hop notes over a nothing special malt profile.

the mouthfeel is just what i want in a pale ale. and being a pale ale i think it is very drinkable--i could imagine enjoying this over the length of a session.

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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 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 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 ksbeernuts
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber color with not that much head. Lacing is good.

Smell is of lemon grass with some biscuit notes.

Taste is very citrusy up front and in the back. Middle you can taste the malt. Good balance with the hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is average for the style.

I could drink a few of these but than would need something different.

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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. A hazy gold in color with a 2 finger white head. The nose is light citrus and grassy. Lemon zest is up front with a lingering bitter finish. Medium in body and highly carbonated. This is a pretty standard APA, nothing really stands out.

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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 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 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 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 StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With about six inches of snow on the ground here in Chicago, and up to six more to come throughout the rest of the night, it's a good night to stay in and do a beer review. Plus, I've had a six pack of Choc Basement Batch sitting in my fridge for about a week now and this is an excellent excuse to crack it open.

I work with two guys from Tulsa, Oklahoma and my girlfriend's family is from Tahlequah (just outside Tulsa), so after a couple visits for the holidays and a few return trips from the guys I am fairly familiar with Choc. The Basement Batch IPA is probably my favorite out of Choc lineup, but I am sure to appreciate this beer even more after taking the time to review it, so let's get to it:

APPEARANCE: After a slow pour from the 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass the beer was a bright gold, almost glowing color. It was a bit cloudy due to a small amount of excess yeast that slipped into the glass despite my attempt to avoid it. The head was thin, but stayed strong throughout the whole glass. Even when cloudy, it was appealing.

SMELL: Before the first sip the aroma was not very strong, but it did seem slightly smoky and hoppy. I noticed as I got further into the glass that the aroma became stronger.

TASTE: The smoky, hoppy flavor that I only slightly smelled hit me hard with the first sip. It surprised me and woke up my taste buds in a good way. After the initial hit of hops and smoke it gave way to a caramel and kind of malty flavor. The smokiness slowly faded from front to back, and ended up lingering just enough at the end to leave me wanting to get to that next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Much like the surprising burst of flavor, the feel snuck up on me as well. As it hit my tongue it didn't seem like there was much action, carbonation-wise. As it went down, however, the bubbles seemed to come alive and it almost felt like a soda on it's way down.

OVERALL: Although I have tasted this beer a number of times prior to writing this review, it has always been straight out of the bottle. Taking the time to take a whiff of this beer after pouring gave me a chance to be surprised by the taste. It was a very enjoyable experience. That said, this might not be the beer for everyone. It is certainly an IPA with the strong hops, but it is also richer and maltier than most other IPAs. Don't ever give this beer to someone to introduce them to the style, but definitely give it to a seasoned IPA veteran who is looking for something unique, different and tasty.

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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 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 bonsreeb85
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special shot out to coldmeat23, thanks Chris/Emily for the chance to sample this her' beer.

A - cloudy copper/topaz color, w/ a 2 finger foamy off white colored crown

S/T - caramel malt and some nuttyness w/ slight floral and citrus hops. i also get a bit of honey, but more in the nose than on the tongue. this is not a bad brew, flavor-wise. Not a ton of flavor, but enough to make it pretty sessionable. i personally could go for a bit more hops, however i enjoy the unfiltered state of this beer, and the malt backround provides a nice base for what is a pretty decent beer.

MF - creamy, and chewy w/ a medium sized body, love the unfiltered beers!

D - execellent session or beer take to a party, very approachable w/ ample flavor. not to shabby

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

Poured 12 oz. Bottle into tulip glass. Poured a cloudy pale orange color with a off white head that had great lacing and retention. Smell is sweet, fruity. Taste sweet, little citrus, pine. Medium body. Great tasting beer from a fairly local brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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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