American Pale Ale | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lighter orange color with a thin white layered head atop.Aromas are light with some biscuit malt and earthy/leafy hops,seems more English in style to me.Flavors of light earthy and leafy hops mixed with lightly sweet biscuit malt,it's on the dryer side.To me this is not American on the palate it's slightly beefed up English in nature.Pretty average.A 33 IBU APA...not really.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the restaurant when visiting Nasville. The color was an orangish light copper, nice clarity, big white creamy head and descent lacing. The smell was of biscuit and faint hints of grapefruit. Nicely balanced between bready, cracker malts and touches of citrus and grapefruit. Bright, fruity, light and watery. Easy to drink, refreshing and crisp. A bit too watery for the style.

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Photo of fsvan
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Gold, a little dark for a pale ale. Two fingers of white head.

S- A shot of pine hops when I opened the bottle. I didn't expect that. Pretty hoppy on the nose. Pine and herbal (yeah, THAT kind of herbal) hops standing out. Not bad at all.

T- Nice dry pine hop bitterness, which lingers slightly. A little bready malt in the background.

M- A little light on watery. Not impressed here.

O- Not a bad pale ale. I'm glad Blackstone is bottling. Being local and fairly inexpensive, I'll go back to this every now and again, but I wouldn't seek it out otherwise.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip shaped glass

A: light orange, amber with a thin white head.

S: citric, hoppy with a hint of sugary caramel

The taste is hoppy citric on the front end and piney towards the middle. The aftertaste reminds me of a lager style beer, not my favorite.

The mouthfeel is very thin with very little carbonation

Overall, this is a very light beer in my opinion. This is a perfect morning beer and would work great as a session beer. I am not to crazy about this one. I wouldn't describe this an an American Pale Ale. The hops are hiding in this one and are not cutting through like it should.

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and middling complexity.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a one finger head that lingers a while. Some nice lacing thickly paints the glass during the session.

Smell: very mild hop bitterness and citrus are barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, grapefruit slices, and a mild bitterness makes up a straight forward and decent APA.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste is led by the grapefruit citrus tones. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent pale ale that is easy to quaff. Not one to get overly excited about, but it is slightly above average.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a faint head. Leaves some decent stickage.

Aroma of sweet grains, apple blossom, pineapple.

Taste is well balanced between grassy, mildly fruity hops and grainy, cereal malts. Mild bitterness but lingers long, keeping the finish crisp.

Body is a bit thin on the tongue. Perhaps a tad under carbonated.

Overall, a nice APA, particularly for those who don't dig piney, grapefruity hops but want a properly bitter ale.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New to craft beers, so take this review with a grain of salt. No bad APA at all for a new drinker. Not too hoppy. It has a very little bite, but just enough to make it better than an American standard lager. No lingering aftertaste. I wish I could get all these flavors people talk about, but my palate is not that refined. If you are new to craft beers, try this one. Not overbearing. Plus, its made in Nashville TN and that is where I live. :)

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with about a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing. Solid aroma of hops and citrus, with some grain. Very smooth taste with just a little hops bitterness and very apparent citrus notes. Very solid APA, not unlike SNPA. Would recommend over any other offering here for those looking for some hops.

Update: 2-23-2011. Had this on cask tonight and it was even better than the tap version. The hops are a little more prominent and the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orange color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of medium citrus hops with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is a mix between some light citrus notes with medium level of bitterness originating from the hops with some dry caramel malt presence can also be felt. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well brewed with nice level of hops presence and not too much malt to distract from the hops.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me a good APA, and this is my first from this brewery so it should be a good experience. Best before end of July, 2012, so still fairly fresh. So thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

It pours a nice fizzy/fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with some decent lacing, over a semi hazy golden honey colored beer.

Nose has a light fresh malt aroma, fresh toasty pale malt, hint of grassy fresh hops, touch of fruity and earthy hops, slightly herbal as well, but overall fairly light in the nose.

Taste continues with the slight herbal earthy hops, fairly grassy and herbal chewy hops, almost fuggles like but hard to tell. It brings a med to light bitterness, with hint of a spicy hop character. Malts bring light fresh toasty malt but barely anything from that side. It does have a refreshing juicy quality to it, and is very drinkable. Finish gets a bit more bitter but still not a lot, lingering herbal and grassy hops, with slight sticky feel but mostly dry, and hint of a fruity almost citrus flavor.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, the hops are not quite my style but not that out of my style as well, but held in check which is what I want from an APA, although this is more of a pale ale than APA, but still fairly tasty and very sessionable.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Dark yellow in color with a bright white head

S- Sweet caramel malt and citrus hops.

T- Similar to the smell caramel malt with a grapefruit finish

M- Rather watery with mild carbonation

O- Pretty easy to drink, nice flavor and has more of a hop finish than originally thought.

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Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrived with a big puffy head and a dark gold body. Great head retention and lacing.

Aroma of cereal grain and caramel along with a bit of citrus.

Lots of grain in the taste along with some toasted malt and caramel. Some lemony citrus underneath leading to a moderate bitterness. Really a great balance between malt and hops and a really easy drinking beer. Really worth seeking out.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light hazy yellow, low carbonation, Small white head, dissipates too quickly but has nice lacing.

Smell: fruity in general, like peaches, apples, and pears.

Taste: fruity in general, really good, hard to identify what type of juicy sweetness. But It's good.l

Mouthfeel: nice and stingy, a little watery, but nice.

Overall: GREAT session beer but would like more malt.

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Photo of eggodoom
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased in Mt. Juliet in a growler and opened hours later. Poured into a pint glass. Excited to have this brew rarely reviewed here. Pours a coppery clear color in to my glass and had a one finger head that dissapated slowly. Hoppy smell on the nose maybe a bit bitter too. I get a huge bitter bite up front that dissapates quickly. Bubbles rising throughout the beer give it a nice carbonated fresh mouthfeel. The bitterness lasts for a bit in the mouth but nothing outstanding for an APA. I like the beer and will always support Nashville brew but not my first choice.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive deep clear golden, with a rich and foamy head. Superb lattice-style lace, too.

Nose is floral hops, but mild and subtle, rather than overwhelming.

Taste is typical American pale ale -- malty up front, followed by a rush of bitter citrus hops at the finish.

Sturdy and enjoyable!

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-27-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear, bright golden color. Head is rocky and white, standing 4 fingers high, with fair lace and very good retention.

Aromas are all about the hops -- both citrus and pine.

Taste is crisp and bitter, of citrus and grapefruit. Malt presence is low.

Body is medium, with moderate carbonation for mouthfeel. The finish is dry and bitter.

A good, classic American pale ale.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the pub while visiting Vanderbilt as a part of the sampler. Not a bad little pale ale here at all (this was listed and served as the APA, not Maris Otter, so I'm pretty sure they're not the same--also, others reported Willamette and Golding hops for Maris Otter, and this was definitely C-hops). Pours a nice orange color with a bit of white head that fades. Some lacing. Smell is of citrus with a bit of pale malt. Tastes great, a good example of the style--reminds me of SNPA, which is definitely a good thing. A bit more citrus than SNPA, though, which I like. Medium to light bodied, good carbonation. Would gladly sit and have a few of these, was definitely surprised by the beer at this place.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. A big thanks to my brother for bringing this back from TN.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced to a small layer. It is a pale golden yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Some citrus and grapefruit on the nose, and some caramel and citrus too.

Taste: Citrus, bready, slight caramel sweetness, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and crisp.

Overall: a good pale ale in my opinion. Very sessionable and easy to drink too. First beer from TN that I have ever tried too.

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Photo of John1985
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ale pours a dark gold with a one inch bright white head that dissipates quickly but laces nicely down the pint glass. Fresh citrus accented aroma, Plenty of fresh citrus & pine hop flavor up front that is well support by toasty malt backbone. Finishes with pleasant bitterness but slightly watery. Wow this is a very good effort and breaks the mold of Blackstone's more pedestrian brews.

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Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed pale orange color topped with a small head that comes to rest as a creamy sheet. Soft grapefruit, peach, and flowers over lightly toasted cereal malt in the nose. Mild citrus hops, a bit of pine, tea, and a balancing dose of fresh grain. Classic APA flavor, not over the top. Medium bodied, crisp, and only slightly bitter. Ah, I could drink quite a few of these given the chance. Glad I got the opportunity to pick this up while in TN.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden orange beer with a big white head. Lace forms in wavy sheets that transform into patchy spots. Good retention.

S: Aroma is sweet, clean, crisp, and fruity. Peach, a touch of cantaloupe, faint lemon, and diacetyl, over a light bed of grains.

T: The fresh graininess is upfront in the flavor, followed by pine, soft lemon, grapefruit, and zesty spice. Nicely balanced, pleasant, and refreshing. This is a good representation of an APA.

M: Dry, prickly carbonation, softly slick, with lingering hop bitterness through the finish. Good texture and light-medium body.

O: This beer has good definition, its fresh, and nicely balanced. This would be a delightful session beer.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid APA - nice bright malt in a mid-amber range, with very fresh citric Cascades hops notes - grapefruit and a touch of floral in the background. At 5.3 abv, this lands well in the session beer realm. Overall, a well done beer that hits all the marks.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a medium amber color capped by a decent head that leaves lots of splashy lace behind

Smell: Citrusy edge, with an underlying caramel element

Taste: Just a touch of caramel and toasted bread, up front, and then the citrus flavors move in to dominate the middle and finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I didn't have much expectation about this beer but was pleasantly surprised by its quality, on tap; worth seeking out when in Nashvegas

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange in color, clear with a good finger of soapy white head Leaves behind attractive lacing and film.

S: Smell catches me off guard in a good way. Lots of hops with a good malt backbone. Getting pine and citrus.

T: Taste doesn't disappoint. Citrus and resinous pine balanced by toasted, bready malts. Good amount of bittering, but certainly not over the top.

M: Medium bodied with very good carbonation.

O: This was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Out of the Blackstone offerings that I've had out of the bottle, this is my favorite so far. I'll be reaching for this again.

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