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Concord Pale AleConcord Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 02-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Longstaff:
Photo of Longstaff
1.16/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Re-review 4/14/05

I've tried the bottle version of this pale ale a couple of times since the brewery moved to Lowell in order to give it a chance. Unfortunately both times, the beer was so sour that I had to dump it after a sip. Both times, the drink by dates were at least two months in the future, so it wasn't out of code and I took the bottles from un-opened cases in a cooler. Sad that this once great beer and brewery has taken a turn for the worse. I feel bad for Mike since he is a nice guy and circumstances have ravaged a once great brewery that had so much potential. Hopefully one day this beer and brewery will return to its previous glory.

Original review 5/28/02
This is my "everyday" beer because its a great, easy drinking, and full flavored Pale Ale. Aggressively hopped but has enough biscuity tasting malt to back it up. Seems to be fuller in flavor and has a glassier shine in recent batches.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. long neck with a "For best flavor drink before" date printed on the right side of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep golden amber with a bubbly yet creamy lace that sticks like a champ!

Smell: Soft hoppy nose of citrus with hints of flavours and herbs, fresh cracked grain aroma also.

Taste: A smooth and slightly crisp carbonation lets a oily herbal hop, with some citrus under-tones, bitterness cut right through the palate. Malt flavours are on the light side but they still give the brew a liquidy bread flavour. Hops are near a NW style flavour, strong and pungent. More citric flavour from the hops hits around the end with some biscuity grain also.

Notes: American Pale Ale all the way, certainly one of the more outstanding pale ales in New England. This beer is what American micro is all about.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
1.85/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

WTF, this beer has a serious attitiude. Best flavor by ?? ??, dated totally smeared- actually I think the beer is to fresh. The carbonation on the pour is out of concrol. In fact, it's the only reprensation the beer offers. After a long wait, it finally settles. This beer is more of a EPA than a traditional pale ale. I am not sure where the beer is trying to go, it's a bordeline fruit beer, spicy grapefruit, and apples. M&D, terrible, mouthfeel is like alka-seltzer, drinakbility- forget about it....doesn't happen.


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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for an American Pale Ale. Nice golden color, decent head and lacing and appropriate hoppy aroma. Taste had a slight bitterness and mouthfeel had a slightly astingent quality. Aftertaste was ok, but a bit of filmy quality remained, Drinkabaility was slightly above average.

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Photo of Murph
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a slightly darker golden color with a huge, creamy, rocky white head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is somewhat weak for an APA. Decent hops and a surprising woody aroma dominate. Starts off with a strong malt backbone before going to a decent tangy bitterness and then finally hitting some light citrus notes. This brew is obscenely smooth and creamy and very drinkable. Yet another winner from Concord that definitely got much, much better as it warmed. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of LPorter33
1.63/5  rDev -53%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = I dropped the bottle so it produced a massive 3 inch head The color is opaque light honey brown. Slightly above average.

Smell = Pretty average smelling APA. Nothing defining, just the normal sour hops presence.

Taste = Absolutely putrid. It's incredibly sour and caustic to the point of inducing vomit, tasted like apple cider left on the counter for 4 months. I took one sip and dumped it down the drain.

NOTE: Drink by date = 5/05. There is a possibility this vastly affected the taste of this beer. However, I believe 3 months should not turn a beer completely sour and rancid. I hope to try this beer sometime again in the near future and hope it leaves a better impression the second time, but I remain highly skeptical.

Overall = I can only hope it was due to the expiration date, but it seems that the reviewed below me had an extremely similar experience. This is easily once of the worst tasting beers I've ever tried. I've been extremely disappointed with Concord brewery.

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Photo of goz
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber, just a shade above golden, medium white head, medium diminishing to a small lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, backed with a healthy amount of citric hops. Flavor mimics the aroma quite well. Medium body, easy drinking, an extremely nice american pale.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thick head settles back fairly quickly, good carbonation, clear golden with noticeable hop start to finish. Slight citric taste, good summer beer but not for me.

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Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JasonCoop
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty clear amber. typical looking for pales.

smells very hoppy. a lot of citrus. herbs, a little apple.

taste has bitter citrus hops. quite carbonated and bubbly. very subtle malts are dominated by the hops. it's ok. i like their IPA better.

mouthfeel is light and very crisp. almost puckering. it's really good though. not as drinkable as other pales because of the aggressive hoppiness and high carbonation.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange amber color with a one finger head that evaporates to leaves a thin layer at the top. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

S: Aromas of faint pine needles with a sweet citric fruit in there also. Slight bready malts.

T: Tastes of citrus hops with a slight malt, but very faint. Dry aftertaste that leaves you with refreshed and wanting more. A good tasting pale ale.

M & D: Mouthfeel is pretty good. Silky smooth going down with a good amount of carbonation. Well balanced with a tad more hops coming through than malts. Drinkability is high as this beer goes down smoothly. Good pale ale if you can try it.

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Photo of taez555
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted 10/16/03 drink by date 01 04

This beer poured a small pillowy white head with a crystal clear light orange/amber body.

The nose was very clean with a bready, malt, yeast, caramel, biscuit smell. Some very mellow light floral citrus hops were present but definitely in the background in this nose.

The taste totally catches you off guard. It starts very smooth and malty. Soft caramel and biscuit malt. Then a few seconds later it explodes with this citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Big tight citrus hops dominate the end. It lingers for quite sometime.

A classic New England Pale Ale. It actually smells a bit like Sam Adams, but... the hoppy ending is so unique and intense. It's almost like drinking a french bordeaux with the changing of flavors over the tongue.
A tasty and very unique beer. It's sad to know this beer may not be around very much longer since the brewery is going under.

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Photo of Stimack
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours to a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around and also has very nice lacing that sticks to the side of the glass through out the beer.

Has a very nice aroma to it, slight hop with citrus and spice. The taste is very smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Seems to start with a slight malt taste then turns to a real nice hop flavor of bitter and citrus. The citrus finish is very strong, goes well with this brew!

This is a real nice brew; hope to be able to track it down here in Albany during the hot summer months.

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Photo of mschofield
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear well carbonated medium gold, topped with a one finger white head.
Floral and citrus aroma, zesty with citrus rind and bread.
Citrus and pale malt taste, toast, toffee, floral, a bit oily, zesty with some grain and a light metallic touch.
Medium-full bodied, maybe some production errors with the metallic taste, but it's a nice locally brewed session beer.

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Photo of jward
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label, which includes a freshness date, shows a beer mug alongside what I take to be an 18th century writing implement -- Concord is after all quite an historic place! A deep golden-colored beer with a frothy white head, this brew's characteristics are initially a bit of a surprise, considering the style. The nose is somewhat weak, with some faint grassy elements, but is generally more reminiscent of a lager style, as doerickson has observed. At first, the taste suggests crackers, and mildly toasted malts. The subsequent hop flavor is bitter, with some mild citrus notes, and with the bitterness still present in the dry finish. But the hops are certainly somewhat subdued, and the citrus flavors very subtle. This beer is clean and easy to drink, but not especially complex.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly bubbly with a huge head, which stays throughout the drink. Nice copper color.

The smell is very hoppy, slightly fruity.

Taste is hoppy, but subtle. It has fruity notes and is very taste.

The mouthfeel is thick, but slightly thin and crisp, like a good pale ale should be.

I could three or four of these.

Surprised by the very good taste of this beer. I would definitely drink one of these again.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a coppery amber color, topped with a thick, creamy ivory head. Great lacing and retention, leaving tons of clumpy lace all the way down the pint glass.
Hops definitely dominate the aroma. Meek malt presence takes the backseat to an agressive piney, citric hoppiness. A touch of grain, with some pineapple and grapefruit. Hoppier than a lot of IPAs I've tried.
The flavor starts with some pale malt, perhaps a bit of toastiness, but it's quickly engulfed by high alpha american hopping. Lots of citrus and pine, with a rindy sort of oily finish. To my standards, this is an IPA. Some light apple esteriness comes through in the middle. A big citric rindy aftertaste, like chewing on a hop cone. Lightish medium body, with moderate carbonation.
Definitely a pale ale for hop heads. I really wasn't in the mood for hops while drinking this, but I'm rarely in the mood for quite this much hops, especially in a pale ale. Very unbalanced, but i think some extra malt would make this a real winner.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured slight gold in color. Decent sized head that created a stringy lace around the edges of the glass. The nose is slightly hoppy, but with a tad of bad veggie smell. The taste is slightly malty and sweet, with strong honey tones. There is a nice hop kick in the finish. May be a tad overcarbonated, but I find this beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of dippy
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a short stack of head on top. Looks pretty well carbonated as there are alot of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

Smells hoppy and I can't wait to try it.

A healthy amount of hops up front. Very citrusy. The finish is fairly abrupt and a little watery. It starts off strong but has a weak follow through. I enjoyed this ale. Not my favorite pale, but it is refreshing and I would absolutley buy it again.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Redbones. Poured a beautiful golden color. Aroma's main focus was on freshness, with a cool, mostly malty smell. Taste had a slight graininess, with a midly bitter hop finish. I found this nice and smooth, and a pretty decent beer. pat

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on label.
It pours a pale brassy color with a firm snow-white head and some patchy lacing.
The first out of the bottle is a vinegar-like, yeasty cider smell, followed closely by a citrusy lemon aroma. A faint whiff of grain peeks through.
A lightly chalky malt taste holds flavors ranging from grain, to citrus, to clovey spice. I'm not crazy about the lasting vinegar cider taste.
A little astringent bitterness enters, then it begins to mellow and harmonize.
This brew closely resembles many Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, "For best flavor, drink before 03 03".

This ale poured a clear, golden-amber color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was modest: malt, biscuit, a bit of yeast, and citrus. The taste was malt and bitter hops. The slight sweetness of the malt was overpowered by the hops. The mouthfeel was relatively dry and hoppy, though fairly smooth. The body was medium and the carbonation moderate. This pale ale was OK.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kunzbrew for this sample. A solid but not great pale that would go well with food esp. mexican food. It pours a slightly cloudy gold with a puffy white head.Floral and fruity is how I'd describe the aroma, with a bit of hop spice. It is a crisp beer with a nice lighter body that goes well with food, it finishes with a malt and bitter flavor that builds with each sip giving a nice long bitter flavor coating the tongue by the end of the pint.A clean pale ale but not very complex.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rather plain 12 oz’er single label with a Colonial grog mug and feather pen motif. A freshness stamp of “Best by 7/04.”

Quite a peppy pour. Tons of huge carbonated head that filled ½ me Troegs Pint. Deep golden amber hues with an unending bubble bead rising up under a thick rich sticky cap that just refuses to quit. Now that’s a pour! Some tiny suspended particles float around amonst the bubbles.

Fresh cut orange slices and coriander perfume the nose quite potently. Also notes of lemon peel and hops spice.

First swigs: Slight lemony citrous hops blend to a slight malt backing with lasting lemony spice finish. Some yeasty notes are detectable. My hops guess is Centennial finishing? Some light doughiness.

Sizzly medium body that has unending sudsy foamy carbonation.

Last swigs: Hopefully this was not past its prime, despite the label lore. A citrousy sizzly sticky Pale. Reminded me a bit of a local favorite of mine: Barleycreek Superhop. I could have a few easily. Left some yeasty powder in me pint. A solid APA offering. Special thanks to my friend from millis MA, JBDubs for a sixer of this brew. Also, I looked up the hops on the website. They use Cascade and Nugget.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too bad. Pours a clear amber with a bubbly, foamy head that sticks to the glass fairly well. Nose is kind of an old-smelling hops, and citrus. Taste is pretty much the same. Very crisp, fairly bitter. Not much malt flavor. Has kind of an oily mouthfeel that is medium bodied. I don't know if I'd pick this one up again. Good, but not great.

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Concord Pale Ale from Concord Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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