American Pale Ale | Back Road Brewery

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Back Road Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Viking on 09-25-2002

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost orange in color ...has a decent heat with lacing
The aroma is difficult to define , it has a lot of fruity notes with a slight sour.
The taste is interesting, first this beer is deffinatly past, that said I like its taste, smooth with little carbonation a pale carapils malt taste, grapefruit citrus and some hop flavors finsh clean leaving a hint of bitter on the tongue

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Photo of Duster72
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This might have been a bad bottle, because my experience does not match up with the other reviews, but here goes.

Pours a cloudy golden color with minimal head. Smell is primarily floral with some citrus background from the cascade hops. Taste is dominated by floral hops with not nearly enough malt to balance out. Very bitter and astringent taste. Bitterness lingers in mouth for more than 30 minutes after drinking. Not pleasant at all.

I will try this one again when I can find it somewhere that it seems more fresh and it has been kept refrigerated.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear pale orange body that is clear with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. This beer has a rocky thick film that is a yellowish-white head that has a good amount of big bubbles pushing through while the head lasts.

S- This beer has a smell of tap water with a light green hops flavor. This beer is pretty clean in the nose.

T- The light taste of pale biscuit malt has a hint of raw barley grain with it. There is a lemony note to the pine bitter hops. There is a fruit punch note to the hops that come through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel while the head last and a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a pretty light flavor that has muted hops flavor. Not much to this beer but it goes down fast. I don’t think I need another one.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head was small and white with small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The carbonation was fizzy and there was no lacing. The hue was pale orange. The nose was apples and peaches. The flavor was light in hops and the mouthfeel was tingly, thin and watery. I am not a fan of Pale Ales, but this one was drinkable.

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Photo of troyvar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was unaware this brewer even existed until I found four of their beers in the cooler at Godfather Liquors in Valparaiso, IN so I had to pick up a 6 pack. Very surprised at the low marks here on BA. . Here are my impressions of the APA. A-aggressive pour into my duvel tulip creates a frothy 4 inch head. S-very aromatic. Hops are evident but there's also a malty goodness detected. T/M/D-very refreshing APA. One down, two down, I think I'll have another. Carbonated just right. I could drink these all nite.

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Photo of betsona
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a shaker pint. No freshness info.

A- Slightly hazy orange copper color. Almost no head even off the pour. Thin lazy of head with a ring around the glass. No lacing on the glass. Has plenty of visible carbonation.

S- Got a slight citrus hop smell to it. There is a wet bread quality in the nose that reminds me of failed baking efforts. It isn't off-putting, but it distracts the mild citrus smell. Nothing really distinguishes it from other beers of the style.

T- Grapefruit rind on the front of the tongue and followed by a two-row barley taste. It is like sucking on wet two-row; slightly bitter, but not all that much sweetness until swallowed. That combination of sweetness and bitterness linger and make the beers taste.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Doesn't do much to the palate. It is easy to drink and leaves a linger that makes me want to pick it up again.

O- It is an average ale from a local brewery that I try to support. There is nothing all that impressive about it, but I am more than willing and able to drink quite a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of JamesS
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-copper color, with almost no head and a tiny bit of lacing. Mild scent, a little floral and a little eggy, more like an English mild or pale rather than an American. Decent taste, nice use of hops, with a nice aftertaste as well, but not terribly strong and the taste is also more of an English than an American. Goes down fine, a decent pale ale, but not the best.

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Photo of brentk56
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a very poor head that quickly dissolves to a ringlet, leaving no trace of lace behind

Smell: Some toasty malt and a bit of floral, piney hop character, but nothing too pronounced

Taste: Starts out a bit toasty but the malt lacks definition; by mid-palate, the piney hops arrive; after the swallow, the piney flavor lingers but the poorly defined malt never really rises to balance things out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly impressive, with problems in the malt profile as well as the mouthfeel

Thanks, Wadsey, for the opportunity

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Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cretemixer
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Local brew makes good!

Pours a honey golden in color with a sparse white head that fades to almost nothing rather quickly. A small island floats in the middle of my glass. An unfiltered haze permiates this beer. The aroma of Cascade hops is very apparent. Very smooth taste, nice hoppiness--bitter yes--but smoooooth. Malts come into play to balance this beer very well. There is a lightly toasted breadiness noticable about mid-glass, very nice. Slick mouthfeel and really even carbonation. Very drinkable too. I will seek this one out again and will have to make a short roadtrip to the brewery too.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Wagner's Ribs.

Poured an orange-amber color with a two finger off white head that left some nice lacing down the sides.

Not much going on in the aroma. I could barely detect anything except maybe a tiny bit of pine and floral hops.

Tasted pretty average. A bit of pine, a dash of citrus. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Not bad though.

It wasn't too bad with the wings that I had, but I wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of spointon
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Maize restaurant in Lafayette, IN on 8/30/2008.

A= This ale poured a decent looking orange color with a thin 1/4" white head. Produced sheets of white lacing down the glass.

S= The aromas were very muted, hardly even there really. I found it mildly fruity, with bare hints of hops and malt.

T= This ale was very clean and very weak tasting. The hop characteristic was weak with just a bit of floral and piney taste. Weak malt character as well.

MF= Ok feel, light/medium body, medium carbonation.

D= An ok pale ale, but not one I would order again.

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Photo of Viking
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a pale amber with a moderate, fluffy, white head. Hazy body, but lots of apparent co2 in the beer. Head retention is rather weak, but the carbonation in the brew keeps a continual lace on top. Rich aroma of slightly over-ripe grapefruit dominates the smell, with the sweet aroma of caramel malt hiding deep inside. Great taste to this beer. A very well-balanced, yet bitter and hoppy brew. This APA has a wonderful citrus-hop bitterness, with enough backing caramel malt to keep the beer in check. Hop flavor is simply great and carries through to the bitter (and oily) end! Rather smooth mouthfeel as well. Amount of CO2 in the brew adds a bit of texture.

I'm not positive, but I think this is a limited availability ale. Hopefully, Back Road will make this one of their standards (if it isn't already)!

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Photo of aforbes10
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a growler purchased at the brewery in LaPorte...pours golden and clear, with not much head...but it is from a growler and it foamed up more from the tap at the brewery. hoppy and steely odor with citrus notes. Taste is very fresh and quite citrusy (mostly oranges). very crisp flavor with some hops on the finish. very nice to drink with a good hop kick. a fine offering.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Red, White and Who? Pours a pretty hazy light coppery color with a good off white head. Limited head retention and no much lace.

The nose is a little off with some minor citrus hoppy notes and a dish water aroma. Next to no malt aroma at all. There would be a very nice orange citrus and light floral but there is a dirty soak aroma that coincides with it.

The taste is similar if not more pronounced. There is a light generic malt flavor that is hidden quickly behind the hoppy and dirty dish water flavor. It kind of has that really old liquid malt flavor mixed with an autolysis. The citrus finishing hops compete side by side but leaves a vegi/soapy finish.

The body is immaterial. Ganted this beer has been sitting for a while 3+ months, but there is something else wrong beyond age here.

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Photo of Stoutlad
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MapleCity219
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of SmartyPints
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler.

A- Poured a golden copper orange color with slight haze. Half finger white head shows poor retention. No lace sticks to the glass and just falls back into the beer.

S- Citrus tones right off the bat. This kind of dies rather quickly with a caramel bready malt that comes from the middle of the aroma and lingers to the end. The citrus notes do last until the final part of the aroma where they are greeted with a light alcohol aroma and those sweet malts.

T- Citrus hops in the front give off a little kick to the beer which was a pleasant surprise. This is quickly gets toned down with a grainy like flavor. Middle of the beer shows off the two row pretty well almost a little too well. The ending gives way to some more light citrus hops and caramel like malts with a light alcohol finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Citrus and caramel malts are left on the palate with a hint of two row barley. Aftertaste is light alcohol, fading citrus hops, and light caramel malt. No real off flavors were present in the beer. Flavors were for the most part balanced except in the middle which it declined. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- One of the best offerings from Back Road and one that I don't mind drinking at all. A easy drinking pale that lets your palate sit back and relax. ABV is light enough that you can enjoy without worrying about having another one.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft sample at Fall Fest 2007.

Poured clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration.

My expectations where not met.

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