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

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Jan 2008.

Large beige head. Well carbonated. Clear copper color with some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Very faint caramel aroma. Once the head dissipates some orange peel is also noticeable. Starts with some caramel followed by a mild long lasting bitterness. This moves into a warming aftertaste with some slight citrus.

Another nice effort from Choc.

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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 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 orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one from coldmeat23 in a bif, poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured a hazey redining orange color with a three finger head rising and staying for a little while, the sent is of big malt and a tuch of hop. the taste was biscuits and a pine hop presents at the end,this one goes down smooth and the alchoal is hiden well, this would be a great lawnmower beer for sure

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

Pours a nice looking clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Decent retention but no lacing.

Aroma is ok, but pretty weak. A light hoppiness lending itself mostly to citrus tones. I don't really get much of a maltiness in the nose.

Taste is fine. A bitter citrus hop dominates with a weak maltiness in the background. Flavor is moderately strong up front, then just dissipates. Not quite the drinking experience I had hoped for. Has some tea like features.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. flavor is fine, and it's easily sessionable. Just a pretty standard Pale. Can't really go wrong, but it's nothing special either.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always have a sense of pride when drinking a local brew. Pete was doing this long before it was popular, and there's something to be said for that. I remember my dad going to Pete's place when I was a kid and telling me about the beer, which I thought was "chalk" beer. At that time it was illegal, but everybody knew about it, especially the politicians! Ok, let's see what we got. Pours light amber with a slight head that sticks around a bit leaving consistent lacing all around. A big whiff reveals citrusy hops which may not be as robust as some other APA's. Hops are smooth with a bit of chalkiness at the end of the pull leaving some oranges floating around the palate. Basement Batch is very drinkable and has just enough taste to keep you coming back for more. The draught is a bit sweeter than the bottle, which lends for a bit more of an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of ttu94
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Pours a cloudy rosewood color with a very nice creamy head. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. Great smelling malt with a nice hop presence. This beer is, like most bottle conditioned beers is very smooth. Has a big malt punch but I would have liked to have just a bit more hop bite. All in all a very nice beer. I really hope this brewery starts to sell their stuff in Texas cause other than St. Arnolds and a few Shiner beers we really don't have a much of a craft beer showing.

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

I really enjoyed this APA, It was not the best but clearly not the worst. I have so far been impressed with the Choc line-up, and am looking forward to trying the Miners light, while I will rank this one up there as a beer I would drink again, I would have to say the Choctoberfest was much better.

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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 tronester
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good tasting APA. Very well balanced. It is a good American Pale Ale to introduce to people new to the style, as it isn't too bitter, or have too much of a hop aroma. Yet still pleasing to a hop-head like myself. The beer is bottle conditioned which IMO is a plus. The appearance is that of a typical APA, but the head was a little weak.

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

Apperance: Dark copper, very slight haze. Small white head, with little lacing.
Smell: Hints of lemon, hops and smokey malt.
Taste: Almost lemony hop taste is intial and fairly strong, the after taste is dry and has a smokey character to it.
Mouthfeel: Nice levels of carbonation, and a good medium body. Overall a pretty good beer. Very drinkable, fairly intresting, worth a try.

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