Palmetto Pale Ale | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale

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Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The hop flavor and aroma of the truly American Cascade hop distinguishes this beer.

Added by kbub6f on 12-03-2001

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 289
Photo of brewcnc
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pale ale on draft about two weeks ago and I thought it was as good an example of a pale ale as I have had in a while. Real nice hops! Malty but balanced towards the hop side. Great mouthfeel and body. Last time I had it (a couple of years ago) it really lacked anything that would have me order another one. Am I glad that I did! Hope it translates as well in the bottle.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium-dark amber color with three fingers of fluffy head. There is great head retention and lots of lacing on the glass. The smell has a nice toasty malt smell, with a solid dose of piney hops. A nice well balanced aroma. The taste has a sweet malty start. Bits of caramel and biscuit malts. The finish is crisp and very hoppy. A really nice hop flavor lingering. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is really outstanding as well. A damn good APA. A big shout out to Kevin (kmpitz2) for this fine offering.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delivered to my refrigerator from SC (thanks J!). What a pleasant surprise. I hadn't read anything about it, but loved the amber color and nice foam head. Mostly malt in the nose, with a hint of hops that hits you a bit more as you begin to sip through the foam.

Mouthful is rich with just a tickle/hint of carbonation. Taste is malt and hops and carmel and a touch of citrus-like hops flavor that adds an incredibly delicate tartness. Amazing balance--and yet each taste comes in and out in turn. And yet there is nothing about it that is "in your face" (e.g., highly hopped). And they list ingredients on the bottle as nothing but water, yeast, hops and malted barley. No tricks (adjuncts, additives, etc.). Just pure quality taste. I loved it.

The slightly bitter aftertaste is phenomenal. Makes you want to pick up the glass again and again. Easily one of my absolutely favorite APAs. Long after you're through the glass, the taste lingers on your tongue and your mouth waters. Could easily be a "usual" for me, if I could find it up here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color without a head to speak of. The smell is sweet malt with hop coming through secondarily. As the beer warms, the malt overpowers any hint of the hop. The hop is definately in the foreground of this beer's flavor. It's nice and tangy and bitter. The hop stays nicely on my tongue, but not in a bad was as some beers will do. Overall a nice flavor. The beer is a nice moderatly thick feel in my mouth without too much carbonation to get in the way. This could be a session APA if I could get my hands on it again. I recommend trying this if you can find it. Very nice.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to oldirtysurfer for sending these out to me.
Pours a pretty chill hazed orange amber with a glass sticking white head that melts to a full top covering layer of sticky bubbles.
Aroma is very lightly toasted pale malt and light citrus hops.
Taste is again lightly toasted pale malt followed by very distinctively fresh grapefruit peel hops.
Aftertaste nicely drying...nice tingle from the carbonation.
This is great.
SNPA has NOTHING on Palmetto.
Wish it was here.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange with hints of red and a nice foamy 1" head on top. A nice cirtusy/grapefruit hop nose along with some bready notes and sweet caramel.

The oven opens to reveal fresh baked bread and biscuits, each loaf baked with sticky citrusy hop cones. Grapefruit wafts through the air along with caramel maltiness. A tasty treat. Nice balance.

Chewy and full....a nice treat to drink. A good APA that I could definetly session. I hope I'll have the opportunity to sample this again in the future. Thanks are due to kmpitz2.

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Photo of MrHolland
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a nice foamy white head that laces the glass.

Smell is of light floral hops.

Taste is very smooth, awesome malt sweetness at first then followed by a nice suttle of hops that stays around for awhile. Very balanced APA, seems to have a little to much malt for the style but I am not complaining, it's pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft on the palate, not harsh at all.

This is going to be one of my new session beers, could drink this all night long.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived at the table a crystal clear pale amber golden with a low white head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was muted till the glass warmed. It was one of those frozen glasses so the aroma took some time to develop. The aroma was med caramel with some fruitiness and a slight hop presence.

The flavor was nice and hoppy with a strong crystal malt presence and cirtusy and grassy hop flavor.

The finish was dry with pleasant caramel and mild bitterness lasting well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well accomplished.

Pint at Mellow Mushroom in Columbia, SC. I've had this one before, but this time it was great!

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rocky white head, long lasting, subsides into decent level of lace. Copper colored and clear. The aroma was clean with some grainly maltiness and some faintly floral hops, along with some caramely notes and bicuit-like baked aromas - all rather faint. The beer had a nice flavor with clean bitterness at the end, herbal, with a nice blend of balancing maltiness and some caramel notes. This is a good solid pale ale, sweet and malty enough for complexity but not cloying, well balanced.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber with a big white head that laced up nicely. Smell was deep citrus hops with a bit of a malty sweetness underneath. The taste followed suit, bit of a caramel back to it. This was a very balance pale ale to say the least. Extremely complex and very very good. This is highly drinkable and I could see myself having this stocked in the fridge constantly, in fact, its local so I will be!!

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Photo of Loki
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle.

Poured a light reddish, brown with a small head and very little lacing.

Scents of DME, yeast, hops, and a simple sugar.

Tasted mostly bitter hops with some malt finish to balance it out. Medium bodied, smooth pale ale. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Another good offering from Palmetto

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Greg!

The Palmetto pale ale pours a nice amber brown color with a 1 inch white head that leaves some sticking. A steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass. A nose of musty malts, fresh floral hops, brown sugar and some smoke. The beer tastes much the same, semi-sweet caramel malt first caresses the tongue, a citrus blast and bitter hops round everything out. This pale ale is balanced, smooth and extremely drinkable. Its definitely worth a shot if spotted.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this the first time as a new selection..for me...over 20 years ago when visiting my parents beach house in South Carolina. I'm pretty sure this is Palmetto's flagship brew. Loved it then and it is still consistently great. Pours a nice amber/copper color with a decent head. Flavor has evidence of subtle malts with a nice touch of hops. Worth a try for sure!

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer that I had when vacationing just outside of Charleston. The aroma is of a typical grassy, citrus, and piney hops. Lots of malt in the nose as well. The taste is well balanced with citrus hops up front and lots of caramel and candy like malt. This reminds me a little of some English Pale Ales that I have had with a good creamy mouthfeel that is well carbonated. A great session beer as well. I drank a lot of this on the beach.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a golden coppery yellow with an even head. Aroma is citrusy orange coming through. Taste is smooth and nice, somewhat chewy and sticky malt with a light balance of hop, quite mellow and very easy, and has a tanginess that is very pleasing. Your mouth will thank you for this one.

Overall this is one that you should check out especially if you're vacationing in Charleston, it is definitely and easy drinkin APA.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, slightly orange hue. Thin white head disappears quickly. Biscuity malt aroma, earthy and citrusy hop aroma. Good balance of biscuity malt and citrusy hop flavor. Fair amount of bitterness. Medium body. Pretty drinkable brew here. Not a bad find here in South Carolina.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a somewhat hazy, golden orange with 1 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film which remains throughout the drink and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus rind, pine, dish soap, sweet malts, lemon/lime.

T: Sweet malts upfront with piney bitterness on the finish. Citrus rind.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher side, somewhat drying, good drinkability.

O: Solid American Pale from top to bottom. Not outstanding but well above average.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a fluffy two inch head. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and a soft biting hop bitterness are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange slices, bits of grapefruits, and some softer fruit sweetness are paired with a decent bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and caramel tones.

Drinkability: a nice session pale ale to quaff while at the beach. Pick some up.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer recently while on my trip to South Carolina. Never had heard of it before but I thought it looked good and I was right. I never heard of this beer or brewery before and I thought this brewery looked like it could be Charleston South Carolina's equivalant of Great Lakes in terms of quality. That is a pretty accurate description IMO. This beer pours a clear light brown color with a nice foamy looking white head that starts out a good inch or so thick before dwindling down, leaving some fairly decent lacing behind. Aroma wise there are some hops along with some malt, citrus, and maybe some caramel. Tastewise it is hoppy and bitter upfront, followed by some malt and sweetness. It has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I found this beer to be quite drinkable as well. A very good beer overall.


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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light amber, clear body with a decent head and some nice lacing

Smell: A little floral hoppiness on the nose

Taste: Lays down a sweet malty base that is quickly matched by some nice grapefruity hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation

Drinkability: Another fine effort from the folks a Palmetto; an extremely pleasant pale ale

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Charleston, SC, airport. Slightly hazy yellow/amber body with a decent one-finger head. Very good lacing all down the glass.

The aroma is a nearly equal mix of citric hops and caramel mal. Not too exciting, but solid nonetheless.

The flavor impresses me more than the aroma. Good notes of pine and citrus hops combine with a fairly dense malt bill to produce a tasty blend. Not too far from being an IPA.

Medium to light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. I enjoyed this very much and would have it again.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one several times and it actually tasted better from the bottle than tap. Anyways....
The pale ale was a nice, medium gold that actually brought a good head, around two finger, and nice lacing left on the glass was evident.
The nose was very floral, with pine standing out, along with some biscuit malt and sweetness in the medium malty backbone.
Mouthfeel was very good, and the taste was one of fairly heavy hops with a nice malty balance.
My opinion, a very good beer. I was all over it as a spent a week on Hilton Head Island, drinking beer on the beach.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not much into the whole Pale Ale arena, but this was a good one. It had some hop bite to it, which is something that I try to stay away from, but also had a balanced out malt in it. It was fresh tasteing, being that I got it in Charleston off tap, not that it really matters that much. Again, it had the hop bite to it, but nothing that turned me off of it. It also had elements of light fruits and a little bit of an earthy taste to it. All in all a good little brew.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle. No freshness date noted. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a half inch off white head. Nice floral hop aroma with a little biscuity malt in the background. Taste is an excellent balance between the biscuity malt and citrusy hop bitterness. Moutfeel is chewy and thick. A good solid pale ale. Brewed in my home state, this could become one of my regulars.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet toasted malt and a touch of caramel and citrusy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma with some malt and citrusy hops in the long biter finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid pale ale. It certainly is not my favorite pale ale out there but it is a pretty solid offering that is recommended.

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