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
Photo of substanceD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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 Jenray
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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 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 chocosushi
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Favorite of the CHOC year round lineup

First time reviewing,
66669th time drinking.
Single bottle from Freeman's

12oz stub -> Mustang Pint

A ~ Holy shit, this bottle (I even let it rest upright for a few)
fizzed like crazy after I opened it on my wallmount outside,
having to sip out some of the foam and making it very difficult to pour.
Besides that. . .Hazy Orange. Spotty lacing. Huge fucking monster of a pillowy white head with a mix superfine and very large bubbles. Settles into a perfect plateau once the head chills out...
"Does this look infected?" comes to mind.
Let's see.

S ~ Orange peels and grapefruit. Little mint & breadyness.
So far so good.

T ~ Old lemons, Grape juice, hard sap, & alot of yeast. Grapefruit is muted & takes a backseat. Slap in the face of buttered sourdough bread toward the end.
I can tell this one is almost past it's prime yet not spoiled,
so I'm cutting it a LITTLE slack, but not much because the grapefruit and biscuit flavors I love in this brew have faded.

M ~ So dang spritzy with a heavy burn from what I hope is from the beer "conditioning" for too long (for the worst)
Too much yeast.

D ~ Carbonation was way off, and I hope it was just a fluke batch or an old bottle because I love this beer.

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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 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 StaveHooks
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with 1.5 fingers of white head that sinks rapidly to form crop circles.

S - Lots of caramel malt, orange and grapefruit cascade hops.

T - Rich caramel malt that is full and has a candy sweetness to it. Hops start in quick and keep the malt in check by offer a clean citrusy middle to finish. Has some tartness on the back end.

M- Medium lush body.

Nothing fancy here. Just a great unfiltered APA with nice caramel malts and clean citrus hops to offer a refreshing and very satisfying beer.

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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 soju6
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Fresh grain and citrus aroma. Smells inviting.

T: Starts slightly malty with a pleasant citrus flavor. Has a nice bitter finish. Quite refreshing.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp & clean. Quite smooth and well balanced.

D: good easy drinker, very enjoyable. Came as part of a Choc 6-pack mixer. Worth having again.

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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 northaustin
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy light amber with a shitload of white rapidly disappearing head which settles pretty evenly and leaves spotted lacing.

smells very malty with an earthy hop undertone.

taste has alot of honey which is mellowed by more earthy hops.

mouthfeel: goes down real smoothly and doesnt leave a resinous film. very refreshing.

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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 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 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 climax
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured the traditional Choc cloudiness with a somewhat dull caramel orange/brown. The head was pretty modest considering the vigorous pour.

The nose was an inviting blend of citrus and toasty caramel.

The flavor was much more hop intense in the mouth, almost sending it to the IPA realm. The malt backbone was quite strong as well, strong enough to hold it's own against a juicy and sharp hop bill. The finish was resiny and tart.

The mouthfeel was chalky with a nice dry finish. The body was medium and the carbonation was fluffy and crisp... right where it should have been.

Not a bad offering by any means.

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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 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 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 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 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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Basement Batch from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 100 ratings