Pearl Street Pale Ale | Pearl Street Brewery

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Pearl Street Pale AlePearl Street Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Pearl Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 67
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Pearl Street Pale pours a light golden color with a little head. There is a very fresh hoppy aroma that is a bit weak. Light hop taste, very crisp malty backbone. Light flavors, but nice carbonation. Overall it tastes good, but is on the lighter side.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours straw with a tad of red with a small white head. Smells of piney hops with a touch of citrus. Tastes of some malt with sharp piney hops. Beer is light bodied with good carbonation, finishes real nice. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of OliverBlaze
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In my neck of the woods this beer is on tap all over the place, so iv'e had my share. It pours a rich golden color with little head. It has some lacing that can be seen sip after sip, but nothing crazy. Bitter hop presence is found backed by a timid sweet malty backside. Very earthy smelling beer that reminds you why its label is green. A very refreshing APA that doesn't separate itself from the pack too much, but enough to deserve a spot in your fridge or cooler for a hot summer weekend. They didn't screw this brew up.

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Photo of Gotti311
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this beer in a blind taste testing with 4 other APA's (Zombie Dust, Daisy Cutter, Hopalicious, and Moon Man). It was pretty obvious to not only myself, but the other 4 tasters that this brew was by far the weakest. I think some of the imperfections might have been hidden a bit if they worked a little harder on the hop schedule and amped it up a bit. And where did they hide the 6% at? I would have guessed it to be about 4.8% based on taste.

Otherwise this one is a swing and a miss.

A side note - I refuse to rate appearance so every beer gets the same score as overall. Smell and taste are the only things that truly matter when rating a beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - an opaque wall of gold, topped off with some fluffy white head

S - flowers, earthy, fresh hops - smells like a very fresh herb scent

T - i get a weird taste of raw sugar snap peas, which is kind of awesome and unexpected. taste of slightly bitter hops, slight bit of sweet malt

M - a little thick but balanced out by the carbonation which keeps it pretty crisp.

O - a very well balanced ale. not too bitter, not too sweet - and surprisingly very fresh tasting. this would be great for a summer beer.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep gold into a pint glass.

Smell is faint citrus, pine and a small earthy smell.

Taste is nice citrus, bready, toffee, pine and a nice sharp bitter bite towards the end.

The mothfeel is nice and carbonated with a good sharp bite.

I am liking this more and more as I drink it. I feel pretty bad having lived in the La Crosse area my whole life and this being the first time I am have tried it. It will not replace Moon Man as my stand by but I will certainly mix this in from time to time. If you are in La Crosse looking for a good local offering this and Downtown Brown are solid choices!

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours hazy golden-copper with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is minerally caramel with a mild herbal funk.

Taste is very strange. So metallic it's overpowering. There is also an odd herbal funk that is off putting. Finish holds no hop bitterness but instead a musty metallic quality that coats the tongue - and just lingers.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Seems a bit thin and watery.

A very disappointing APA. What happened here?

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Photo of bashiba
1.53/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a slightly hazed copper with a thin soap ring head, no lacing or retention.

The nose is very faint with a light off bit of hops, almost euro lager like.

Wow the flavor is just bad, very metallic and full of diacytle oilyness. Very bad, I hope this just an off batch.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

This is bad, Not sure if I'm going to even be able to finish it, its like a really old oxidized green bottle eurolager.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a large, almost overflowing white head, about four inches tall. The beer is an amber golden with fairly good active carbonation. The head, as it settles, makes a nice mousse on top. It's very, but not perfectly, clear. 4.5

S: Hoppy, but not extremely so. It's strongly American hops, piney and citrusy, but there is a slightly spicy note in there as well. I'm impressed with the balance and restraint. 4.0

T: The flavor, like the aroma, is restrained, perhaps more so. There are the same mild pine and citrus notes, but a slight astringency in the finish. The whole finish sort of falls apart. It's nice up front, but leaves nothing to long to return. As I drink more I find less and less to like. 3.5

M: Creamy smooth, which very nice, but the hops don't add too much sharpness, nor does the carbonation, which is a problem. 3.5

D: It's drinkable, better than average either, but this is not something I'll be seeking too much of again. 3.5

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that is moderately thick.

Bright hop smell that lends some citrus and pine as well as an earthy tone. A hint of caramel as well.

Has kind of a grainy, wheaty taste to it. There is a real zippy taste that almost presents itself as sour. Not sure if it's the citrus in the hops or the malt. Pretty sweet and tangy. The hops are mostly earthy. Very tough to describe and very different than any pale I've had.

The feel is smooth and creamy and medium bodied.

Drinks nicely and is a little different than most pale ales. Can't really put my finger on it. It's worth a try though. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Adam2200
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer has a strong aroma of cascade when you open it up. the head retention is long and has a big bubbles which make great retention. the pale has a nice clean and clear appearence very nice showing well done on filtration. the taste is exactly what i would expect in an american pale, great taste to bitterness ratio once you have one sip the hop hits you then after that it smoothes out very nicely whitch makes it very drinkable and a strong mouthfeel. i request this beer all the time in lacrosse.

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Photo of Soneast
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy, yellow to golden color with a half inch thick, light yellow colored head with very nice lacing.

Aroma is hop forward, citrusy, somewhat tart with some mild bready notes and honey-like pale malt characteristics. Pretty decent overall, although the tartness is....odd.

The flavor is nice, yet underwhelming...the hops are evident via a citrus component, there is a more pronounced bready character and a very light caramel component. Good...but could use a touch more hop character, IMO.

PSB's pale ale is really just a nice, easy drinking APA. Nothing wrong with that. The characteristic flavors are there, but they seem subdued overall.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden brown color. Very clear, very filtered. Head formation is moderate, 1mm of off white film. Lightly bubbling.

S - A light amount of american hops and a similar amount of light caramel malt sweetness. Very balanced.

T - Starts off with a solid hit of caramel and crystal malts, likely toffee, sweet, sugarlike. Midstream is just lightly more bitter, but not much hopping was coming through. The hops are present more in a floral nature. More sweet/malt forward. Finishes with a more grassy hop note, which then leaves behind the strongest bitter note of the beer.

M - Solid and creamy - massages the tongue with its solid carbonation. Finishes mostly clean, not much for discernable aftertaste.

D - Easy drinking. Very smooth, flavors are not overwhelming. On the sweet side promotes sessioning. ABV is not over the time.

In continuing my Wisconsin beer tour - I find more and more proof that they know how to make solid beer up there.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - A steady pour delivers a golden, straw colored body that is slightly hazy. A respectable white head rises to about a finger thick and fades sudsy ring after a couple minutes with a few pronounced bubbles in the middle. Trace amounts of carbonation are present as well.

S - Not an extremely overwhelming smell but what this beer gives you is enticing. Light bready malts are present and combined with some floral and lemony citrus notes that come from the hops.

T - Much like the smell, this taste does not differ significantly. Plenty of bready malts are noticeable up front and combine well with the sweet citrus and floral notes. Light amount of hops are apparent as well and leave a slight bitterness.

M - Light malt profile initially before the beer transitions to the citrus and floral aspects of this beer. With the carbonation increasing, hops become more evident and ultimately close this beer out with a good amount of carbonation. Slight piney and bitter but nothing awful. Light bodied and pretty enjoyable.

D - A fairly easy drinking beer that could be done a little bit better in terms of the slight bitterness at the end. However, that seems to die down as this beer warms. A more pronounced malt profile is what this beer needs the most. As of right now, it is one I would have again, but would like to see some improvements made.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin cream colored head on top. Retention was fair, left very little lace. Scents of grapefruit, lemon zest, and fresh bread on the end. Crisp clean body. Good balance of bittering citrus with some sweet backing on the finish. Light bready flavor mixed in. This was really good. Too bad not many outside of La Crosse will get to try this.

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Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a golden-tinted copper with a skimming of off-white suds.
It noses of doughy breads, graduating toastier over times, with a floral, piney, and lightly citric hop backing.
Doughy up front in the mouth, toastiness grows and grows from underneath until it becomes the feature. Hops bring lime juice, floral, and a dab of pine, but seem overmatched, as more bitterness could be used to override the lingering sweet-toasty flavors.
Medium bodied, with little carbonation.
It's not entirely bad, but lacks the balance- and thus the sessionability- that I look for in a Pale Ale.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

never heard of this brewery, so glad riley's had single of their main brands

appearance: poured into a standard pint glass, clear copper-amber body with a light beige froth and light lacing

smell: toasted grain, toasted malt, crisp hops

taste: a well done pale - not a hopbomb by any stretch but a nice balance of grassy herbal hops and toasted grain and malt. i had 2 of these and could see drinking this again over the summer

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: great

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Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a large head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a citrus aroma, mostly orange. A little mustiness from the malt is also noted. The flavor is a bit odd. Mostly citrus, like Sunny-D or some other orange flavored drink. I cannot detect any flavor from the malt. The body is on the thin side but the carbonation is at a decent level. The flavor did not really appeal to me but others may like it more. Could of used a different malt bill to compliment the citrus flavors. I will likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of hints of citrus and pine, but is quite weak. The taste is a little stronger than the aroma, but still not as strong as your average APA. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with nice carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a pour example of an APA. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of Chaz
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey golden-bronze in color, topped with a rocky pale tan head. Plenty of suspended yeast here, which gives me some hope as to its body and mouthfeel. Head features good duration and leaves plenty of clingy lace all around the glass as it subsides. Nose is tangy citrus hops with lighter biscuit-like malt characteristics.

Very lightly sweet and tangy on the first sip, there's a favorable interplay of yeast and hop here, allowing for some lingering bitterness and an overall bittersweet impression. Taste improves as it warms, and I'd describe the overall taste as "bright", lighter on the palate and accessible. Stylistically this one leans toward a British pale ale or a classic mid-1990's American take on the pale ale style (take your pick) and offers good mouthfeel and drink-ability as well as an excellent balance between its malt and hop characters. At any rate this is by no means as hop-focused as many of the contemporary renditions of the APA style that I've sampled. So far, this and the Lucky Logger are my favorite of Pearl Street's year round offerings which were available for me to sample recently (like the El Hefe, the Rolled Oat Stout was past prime.) I look forward to picking up a six of each next chance I get!

Served chilled.

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Pearl Street Pale Ale from Pearl Street Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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