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 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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Photo of kirkpjr
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my BotM club. Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a murky orange/dark golden color. Some floaters in there too - was not expecting that. 1 finger head with average lacing.

S: Lots of cascade hops - reminds me of smelling a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grapefruit with a balancing sweet malt.

T: Nice bitter hop taste upfront. More pine in the taste as opposed to the Cascade smell. Decent malt backbone.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thin mouthfeel.

D: Smooth drinker. Just enough hops to back down the drinkability. Would drink another but wouldn't search this one out.

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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 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 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 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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