Pal Beer | Palisade Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Palisade Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Not sure what the correct style for this beer is. All it says is golden ale on their website, and my first guess is a kolsch.

Deep golden color, darker than a german pils but still golden of course. Lots of belgian lace from the contrasting white head.

On the nose I detect a doughy aroma - maybe shortbread cookie dough or homemade bread dough.

Lots of herbal character on the palate. Based on appearance I was initially expecting a light bodied and crisp pils taste but the herbs are quite dominant. Hops balance right away, leading to a dry finish. Very refreshing, and oh sooo drinkable.

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Photo of jcharlesmith
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The PAL from Palisade brewing can certianly be your pal. It is a golden ale that seems to be targeted toward the hop and malt neophite, al a Buffalo Gold, but with a lot more character.

Deep gold in colour, mello aroma, good carbonation and slippery smooth mouth feel.

I think that this beer is certianly a respectable beer even if it is not my first choice for this brewery.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline daffodil, with a thin ivory head and slow, trickling streams of carbonation.
Oily, lemon-grass nose. Traces of perfume.
Begins with a bready malt backing. English Muffins that are ever-so-lightly toasted. The malt fades out, and is replaced by shape-shifting hops. They begin dry and herbal, switch to floral (lilac, mostly), then wind up in citric colorings of lemon- and grapefruit rind.
Light bodied, and completely quaffable.
Nice to see a US rendition of a regular bitter. This is totally clean, and without any flaws, though it could use a little more juice all around.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a mostly clear, light copper color with a medium sized head. Herbal lemon grass aroma with a bit of toasted malt. Weak bready malt flavor with a strong herbal characteristic. Not very bitter. Some honey sweetness comes in at the finish. With the lemon, herbal, and honey flavors, this beer has many of the characteristics of an herbal tea. Mouthfeel is medium. There's a nice level of carbonation. Drinkability is fine. This is not a bad beer, it is just boring and immediately forgettable.

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Photo of benito
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying some of the other Palisade brews, I searched high and wide for a sixer of this on the eastern side of Vail Pass, but it wasn't until I hit thewestern slope that I was able to find a set of stores (all in the Vail Valley) that had the entire Palisade line. Like Palisade's awesome Orchard Amber, this pours from a handsome bottle with a farm in western CO with the Book Cliffs in the background. The beer pours an opaque peach with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.The carbonation is low. Notably, the color doesn't match at all with the straw/golden beer portrayed on the label.
Indeed, this looks like an amber ale.

The bouquet is very floral with light hints of candy sugar and citrus. The taste has a refreshingly bitter dryness that lasts fully through each swig and dominates any floral or malt flavors. Bitter may be the right style listing after ale (though you could make a legitimate case for kolsch or american blonde ale as well)l. The flavor profile is inoffensive overall and makes for a moderately bodied, balanced brew. The drawback here is that this beer reveals itself after the first swallow and then doesn't seem to go anywhere: no developed complexities in the mouth, rather the flavors go as quickly as they came and don't linger to play.

The straightforwardness of this brew makes it fairly drinkable, if not entirely pleasurable. I'd be willing todrink a pint or two of this if I saw it on tap, but I doubt that I'd pick up a six pack again.

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Photo of donaldchapman
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear light gold color, slight frothy white head.
S - mineral smell followed by slight malt and very little hops.
T - Slight hop flavor, grainy husky malt, a bit soapy, and mineral flavors.
M - Medium full body with a good level of carbonation.

I was not impressed with this beer, it seemed to have a very mineral (dirty) aroma and flavor to it. Malt character seemed a bit week and could benefit from a bit more complexity.

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Pal Beer from Palisade Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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