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.

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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 JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little different from the BA description. The label on the bottle is red with a silver silhouette of a Palmetto Palm. The .abv is now 6.20% vice 5,20%. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bright, hazy orange color with a a good sized white head and bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty (dry biscuity malt) with a little hops bitterness. Taste is primarily dry biscuity malt with a mild citrus hops presence. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a little hops bite. This is a pretty average APA but is tasty enough and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours amber with a clear amber with a small head (despite the bottle being a bit warm, as well). Hops in the nose and the mouth enjoys the light bite of the hops and malt. Enjoyable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, drank straight from it. Picked up a 6-pack while traveling through SC, love trying beers I normally are not available in VA.
Pretty hop forward pale ale, very good. I can easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
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 kshrines23
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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 illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at the Crowne Plaza at the Charleston, SC, airport after my flight got canceled.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear copper with a 1.5-finger white head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and hops. Some grapefruit, lemons.

Taste: Follows the nose. Big citrus bite on the finish. Just a bit of biscuit, too. Grassy, citrusy. Hop-forward.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on for the style.

Overall: Nice pale ale. Enough complexity to keep you interested. Worth a try whenever you're stranded at a weird South Carolina airport.

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

It's a relatively basic pale ale with light tea leaf malt flavor and a light but bitter hop profile. A little piney and a little herbal this drinks with a nice easy weight.

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

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on August 12, 2015. ABV is 6.2% not 5.2% as listed above. Look is amber, with a thin head and thin but lingering lacing. Smell is light pine resin, citrus fruit, tropical fruit notes and bread. Taste is bitter citrus hop and caramel malt. Feel is medium in body and dry in finish.

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Photo of muller25
2.26/5  rDev -36.2%
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 DoctorZombies
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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 ordybill
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle poured into a point glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop aroma with a citrus finish.
Appearance- A murky golden color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice hop flavor with a nice bitter dry finish
Palate- A light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Dry but refreshing.
Overall- a pretty good brew, there are better but there are also far worse.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours in to a New Belgium tulip with an exceptional 3-finger head of rocky off-white foam. The head rests atop a peachy blush wine colored base of translucent clarity. The lively carbonation shows off with a constant parade of random rising bubbles. Ample lacing helps set this beer off. Very pretty. There's some nice tropical fruits in the nose. Like a freshly sliced ring of pineapple, with an underlying bready biscuit malt aroma. As I take my first sip I am struck by the hop forward nature of the beer. Faint amber malts are buried by a bitter citrus burst. Zesty, like grapefruit and orange pith. There's a little peppery spiciness from the hops. A mineral-like metal taste creeps in, and seems slightly out of place. Odd, because I had a similar reaction to their porter (which I attributed to burnt malts, and that doesn't add up here. Nevertheless, it goes well with the bitterness, so perhaps it's a symptom of their hop variety?). Moderately sweet with a drying finish. Packaged in an average body that is still pretty juicy, with a perfect level of carbonation. Overall, a bit unbalanced given the hop-centric nature of the brew. This is yet another example of a middling IPA that is masquerading as an APA. I don't mind though. I think this one is a little underrated here. It's vibrant and tasty. Give it a shot!

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Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a ... stout glass... I guess? Yeah.

A - dull copper color with a big fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Very clear.

N - the glass gathers the aroma very well. Nice hoppy thing with kind of a sticky light citrus deal going on.

T - dry hoppy citrus flavor. Kind of sweet.

M - sticky. But highly drinkable.

O - I liked this. Cheers.

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Photo of Hab11
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from a 12oz. Bottle poured into a standard pint (yes I know not ideal glass ware but what's available in my rental unit)
Look: Orange, copper color with bright thin white head. Very little lacing. Good carbonation bubbling from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: light citrus notes smells of orange and tangerine.
Mouthfeel: crisp with a smooth finish.
Taste: citrus carries through here in the taste, well balanced beer not overly bitter but enough to give it some bite. There are some spice notes as well almost has an oregano quality but that's not quite it.
Overall: I am pleasantly surprised by this. Never had heard of the brewery so no expectations. This was a blind pick and I'm not disappointed. With other things I've review available it might not be a first choice but it's not to heavy. There is no Abv listed but if I had to guess I would say somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5 so not light by any means but not so high that having three or four in a session is unreasonable. I could drink this one all night and not be disappointed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I see a half inch of white foam on the top of this beer and a nice golden hue. Brussels lacing. I get a nose of amber malt, barley, and pine like aroma hops. The body is fairly carbonated and somewhat salty and dry. I get an instant bit of gentle pine like hop bitterness very closely followed by a light and clean malt backbone.

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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 DenverHopHead
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto Pale Ale is a good beer for a BBQ, oyster roast, South Carolina late Spring evening, but I wouldn't seek it out. This brew did the trick complimenting some low country grub; very tasty and balanced for a pale. Pale's usually taste good enough to have another, but never standout. This is no different. Good, not great.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in the Charleston airport. Great look, awesome copper-brown color with a fluffy white head. Good kick to it with a nice hoppy flavor with malt and an easy finish. The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected for a pale ale, nothing particular of note.. Definitely an above average pale ale, really liked it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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 bigaltemple
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, shiny copper brew. Two-finger off white head reduces to a solid cap. Some nice lacing does cling to the glass.

S - Not bad. Get a sense of sweet, bready malt backbone. Maybe even a hint of caramel. Floral hops with light citrus notes.

T/M - Light malts with just enough of a resinous hops bite. Finishes with a slight bitterness that makes it easy to take another drink. On the lighter side of medium bodied with solid amount of carbonation.

O - I enjoy APAs, but don't feel I do them justice in a review. I didn't find any major faults with this one, and wouldn't have any problem seeing it in an ice filled cooler next to some horseshoes.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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 GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this APA on tap in a pint glass. This APA poured a clear light amber color, produced a nice white head, average retention and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this APA consisted of sweet malted grain and citric grapefruit. Medium in body, this brew had a foundation of sweet malted grain, and citric grapefruit. Nice session beer, nothing outstanding about this beer, but it is a good representative of the style.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Palmetto Pale Ale from Palmetto Brewing Company
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