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Palmetto Pale Ale | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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: 103 | Ratings: 285
Photo of AleWatcher
2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a few locals while on vacation in Hilton Head island...
Served in a half-pint taster glass.

The hops seem to be used all go bittering-- where's the aroma? Where's the flavor? Just bitter eh?! The malt profile is a little biscuity but with a caramel sweetness that ruins this beer a bit for me.

Feels a bit oily and undercarbonated. A bit light of medium bodied.

Weak head, poor retention, and no lacing. Clear golden body.

Overall. Meh. I love pale ales, but this is just not my take on the style. Pretty disappointed-- glad I only got 1 bottle as part of a mix-a-six!

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Photo of muller25
2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The first time I purchased this beer I chalked the bad taste to sitting on the boat and the bottle getting warm, the second time I had it was at dinner in my house and it was no different. Couldn't finish it poor tasting beer.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
2.31/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed the other beers I had from Palmetto before this one but I think this is an embarassment to the APA style. The color isn't too bad. Light orange hue to it. Very thin head that disappears not long after setting the glass down. Virtually no lacing at all. The smell is where the letdown really begins. All malt... very little hops to speak of. Granted it is an appealing caramel malt smell... that doesn't make me think pale ale. The taste falls along the same lines with malt dominating the experience and our bitter friend not coming along until the swig has been swallowed. A bit thick for a pale ale with a small hop taste to the palate but mostly malt flava. I could probably drink this beer all night if someone peeled all of the labels off and I didn't know it's supposed to be a pale ale. That really threw me off while I was trying to drink it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a small head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is somewhat weak. Taste is dominated by some light caramel malt with no discernable hops presence. Full body with some medium to low carbonation. I guess this one is OK but nothing truly extraordinary.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Well hazed medium orange color. Didn't get much of a head to form.

2.75 S: Hops are primarily citrusy orange and piney. Secondarily earthy and grassy. Neutral malt backbone with caramel sweetness. Simple and unfortunately underwhelming.

2.75 T: Mild bitterness. Again orangy and piney hop flavors. Malts aren't quite clean as I'm picking up hints of vegetal flavor. Otherwise a touch biscuit with caramel flavor.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

2.5 D: Don't really care for this much. It's boring at it's baseline and has a problem with vegetal flavor.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear medium grade amber in color sporting 2 fingers of white head that retains and laces modestly.

Malt dominated nose features caramel and pale malts, fresh bread dough, crackers, and a notion of floral hops.

Flavor follows suit with caramel malt, diactyl buttery bread, sweet rolls, and is lacking in the hops department. Not very balanced.

Body is light tot medium with a gritty texture that makes it a chore to drink. Yawn.

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Photo of dnichols
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed a bottle poured into a pint glass while eating seafood in Charleston, SC.

A: It poured a creamy reddish blond body with a slight off-white head that receded quickly.

S: It had a light malty sweet front with hints of grassy hops.

T: It began with sweet malty flavors with hints of grassy adn citrusy hops. It finished with a light bitterness.

M: It had a light body with moderate carbonation and a clean dry finish.
D: There is nothing remarkable about this beer...it muddles from start to finish...nothing wrong...nothing right...just a very average brew.

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Photo of drcarver
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this while on vacation in SC. Not a bad beer, decidedly average though in every way.

A - light amber color with a small white head that fades quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S - Not as hoppy to the nose as I expect an APA to be. Mainly in the pine genre.

T/M - full bodied feel with an average hop aftertaste that does not hang around for long. Malt in the front with pine toward the back.

D - the lower level of hoppiness help it go down easier then overly hopped APAs.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a bad beer its just not one that you will want to partake in over and over. Hardly and semblance of hops and taste or smell wise. The color was almost pilsner looking, I would not turn this beer down next time , but then again won't go out of my way for it...............CHEERS

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the airport in Charleston. Poured a "roasted orange" color with a rocky, sticky off-white head that coats the glass nicely. Aromas are somewhat muted, with a good dose of earthy, grassy hops dominating. Flavor initially was nice on the ol' palate, but the finish is something else entirely. Good balance gives way to a strange aftertaste...very metallic and unpleasant. Bitter finish, combined with the metallic taste made this one rather difficult to finish. Mouthfeel is above average and well on the creamy side. Drinkability takes a hit as a result of the not-very-nice finishing taste. Pretty average in my book.

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Photo of wcudwight
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Noisy Oyster in Charleston SC.
Amber/Orange in color with no head. This may be due to the bar tender and not the beer. A bit of pine in the nose but nothing jumps out at you. Caremel flavored with some pine hoppiness. The flavors seem to contradict each other rather than compliment. Not bad, but I love pale ales and this one doesn't really stand out for me.
Medium bodied and a decent beer to have with oysters if it's the only local on-tap but other wise they are better pale ales out there.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold,apricot pour with thin off white head from 12oz bottle. Rose petal/floral notes. Lite floral and biscuit start, finish is a little bitter and phenolic. Mouthfeel is medium lite. Overall, not memorable.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Palmetto Pale Ale. Had with lunch at Hymans Seafood. Basic red label with palmetto tree backgrond.

A- Pours a crisp and clear pale orange color with light carbonated head that falls to a light froth.

S- Caramel malts upfront followed with sweeter malt in the back of the nose... Light hints of hops are there but in a bitter sweet tangy scent.

T-M- Upfront flavors consist of sweet caramel malts and lightly bitter hops dominate the mouth with a lasting twang on the tongue. Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation.

D- Drinkable but nothing special in my opinion.

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Photo of harpo111
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored with medium head. From initial smell I could tell this one would a bit more bittern than some other Pale Ales I have tried. Some citris notes. Not that bad a Pale Ale, but I have had better. Has a bitter after taste...definate hops whang. Overall not that bad. Would order again if no stouts avaliable...still beats macros.

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Photo of Jon
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with minimal head and hardly any lace. There is a faint hop aroma in the nose, but it wasn't incredibly evident. The taste is more malty than hoppy, which doesn't quite fit this particular style of an APA. Tastes more like an English pale, but still not a great one. This pale's body is rather light, too. I suppose this is an easy drinker, but it's just not one I'd want to drink very often.

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Photo of Higravity
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Hilton Head for a wedding. This was the best beer I found in the bar we had the after party at. Thin copper color and a decent white head. Smells of citrusy-grass with a little bit of malt peeking through. The taste was a little too tannic and grassy, but these were undertones of what was a pretty good pale ale. Good body and good drinking, too as I finished off a good many before the night was called.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an impressive "roasted orange" color with a rocky, sticky off-white head that coats the glass nicely. Aromas are somewhat muted, with a good dose of earthy, grassy hops dominating. Flavor initially was nice on the ol' palate, but the finish is something else entirely. Good balance gives way to a strange aftertaste...very metallic and unpleasant. Bitter finish, combined with the metallic taste made this one rather difficult to finish. Mouthfeel is above average and well on the creamy side. Drinkability takes a hit as a result of the not-very-nice finishing taste. Pretty average in my book.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, honey amber colored with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: light hops, slight citrus, caramel malt

T: bitter hops, slight metallic quality, grainy two row pale malt flavors, piney aftertaste

M: medium body with higher carbonation

O: not stellar, better on the beach in Charleston

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a golden copper color with an off-while head that dissipates to a thin foam and laces a bit. The taste is sweet and grainy with a hint of hops. The taste is basically average, a bit too much of a grainy flavor, the sweetness is just about right and the bitterness is nice. I could use a bit more hop aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel is nice. Overall, an average beer, worth a try, but not the best pale ale

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Palmetto PA on tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).

slightly hazy light amber with a very good hea that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Feel: Crisp, lively carbonation with a near medium body.

Aroma: near balanced mix of hops and malts.

Flavor: lightly sweet up front; mildly bitter by the finish. Some grapefruit peel in the lingering aftertaste.

O: this APA is slightly aggressive but otherwise undistinguished.

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Photo of jpro
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Closed for Business - in a shaker pint.

A: Light copper; minimal, light beige head.

S: Light resin; some citrus; wet sock.

T: Citrus rind and herby hops... not much malt.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation.

D/O: Drinkable... its got some zing; pretty good, yet a little off. Much better than their Pale Ale of years’ past - they recently changed the recipe, to include, I believe citra hops. Before that, this beer was mediocre at best. Its definitely much tastier now.

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Photo of kshrines23
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a glass from the bottle, nice dark copper color with a decent frothy head and good lacing. Smell is pretty weak, slight hop/citrus smell but not much there in general. Taste is definitely hop forward as with most pale ales I have had recently. Good malt balance up front with citrus hoppy bitterness coming in quickly and lingers around. Overall its a solid beer, not the best but worth a shot! Also it goes for around 8 bucks a 6 pack where I'm at, which you cant complain about.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy with a dark golden-copper color and a full light tan head. Light hop aroma and malt aromas present. More malty flavor than hoppy. Medium bodied with a spicy cinnamon-like (?) finish. A balanced beer with no characteristics standing out in either direction.

More like an English style pale ale to me.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Clear rust with off-white 1-1.5 finger head and scant lacing

S: Light caramel tones with mild herbal and floral hops

T: Sweet caramel and pale malt flavor blends smoothly with leafy, herbal hops bitterness. Malts win but the balance is pretty close.

M: A bit light-bodied for an APA which is surprising given the malty flavor. Relatively low carbonation and caramel/toffee aftertaste.

D: Drinkable and respectable APA but nothing too special. Made for folks in the South who like their APAs on the malty side.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to me at Hymen's fish restaurant in Charleston to go with a mild fish entree; good choice. The packaging is typical of a localized brewery - simple, plain and straightfoward. The mid amber look is slightly cloudy with a head that's disappointingly small and brief. The taste has predictable hoopiness and it is well balanced with malt. Good pale if you're in Charleston.

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