Palmetto Pale Ale | Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto Pale AlePalmetto Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head, amber with more on the orange side.

S: Solid hop aroma, a little orange citrus

T: Caramel malt, with citrus mirroring the aroma and mild hops

M: Moderate carbonation. Refreshing and light to medium bodied.

Overall: I think they are approaching the right hoppiness for a Pale Ale of my liking but not quite there.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A standard and pure pale ale that hits all the halmarks of the style, with a balance and boldness that's uniquely American pale ale.

Pouring a medium copper color, the beer carries a modest haze from the late addition hops. A firm white head forms with consistent froath, retains well, and laces equally.

Caramel and frutiy aromas rise from the glass with a reinforced scent of caramelized sugars, citrusy oranges and with a hint of floral and perfume character. The nose sides slightly on the malty side but not without a good showing of hoppy grapefruit and fresh cut grass.

Flavors also slightly favor the malts. Light caramel and toffee play on the tongue while the hops build from a soft candied grapefruit and orange taste and toward a slightly resiny, piney, grassy bitter taste in finish. With no frills in taste, the beer is pure, simple, and comfortable.

With early caramel sweetness, the beer seems more like an American amber ale, but the sweetness is soon engulfed by the hops and the beer turns decidedly toward an American pale ale with the increased bitternss, dryness, and citrusy bite. Still, the sweetness prevents the beer from complete dryness and drinkability.

Where caramel richness is exhibited, I'd prefer more depth in malt richess but without the caramel malts as great. This is a great choice for those who like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale but think it's too spicy or bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
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 chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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 oberon
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Palmetto brew from "Garagekegger",this one poured a clear copper with a nice one finger head that settles pretty quickly,aroma was dominated by sweet caramel malt also I picked up just a little biscuit dough but it was faint.Most definently a malt dominated pale ale,caramle is dominant upfront with a small dose of pine in the finish.A session-style ale in my opinion a little unbalanced but pretty darn good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Light toasted malt and some herbal hops.

T - Toasted malt and toffee up front with some herbal hops appearing in the middle. Pine and caramel malt in the finish with light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty average pale ale, some American hop character, though it is dulled a bit by the thickness of the malt character.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color. Clear. Light head but good lace. Mostly malty aroma; lots of caramel malt flavor. The flavor has a modest hop spice that lasts through the swallow. Neutral body and carbonation.

This is very much a run-of-the-mill American Pale Ale. No flaws.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rustic orange that is full-to-bursting with fine yeasties. The firm, tacky, manila colored head looks as rustic as the beer on which it sits. I much prefer 'dirty', unfiltered beer with unkempt heads and glasses that are messy with lace (like this one). No need to hold out that pinky. Grab the glass with authority and let's get down to business.

The aroma needs to be hoppier. I consider 'balance' to be a dirty word when it comes to APAs. If the nose is any indication, Palmetto Pale Ale's flavor is going to be more or less proportional in terms of malt and hops. I also like my pale ales more pale malty than caramel malty (this one favors the latter) because I don't want any competing aromas or flavors coming between my taste buds and the hops.

The nose was a harbinger of the flavor. Caramel malt comes through the loudest and hop flavor, although not smothered completely, gets lost in the din. I said flavor, not bitterness, because the malt contributes much more flavor than sweetness and the hops contribute much more bitterness than flavor. It's an odd combination: a bitter, caramel-flavored APA. Since I prefer 'em hoppy and bitter-sweet, I'm less than enthralled.

Keeping style in mind, the mouthfeel qualifies as medium. There's no sense of roundness or creaminess though. The increasingly bitter back end results in a bone dry finish that calls to mind words like 'arid' and 'desiccated'. If you session this one, have a pitcher of water handy.

Palmetto Brewing Company is hit or miss for me. Porter and Amber are hits and Lager and this Pale Ale are near misses. I'd still like to see them try a few more styles; four seems like too narrow of a focus. Thanks to WOLFGANG for the last of the (current) Palmetto brews from the Palmetto State.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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 mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Palmetto is a malty yet slightly bitter pale. It is copper in color with foam off-white head that is lacing. The smell is weak....hints of citrus. The taste is pushed by a malty start with a bitter (grapefruit) finish. The body is medium to light with good carbonation. Overall it is ok....

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit one dimensional, but still decent. There is a fair bit of spicy hop tone on it that carries somewhat of a burn with it. Citrus tones seem hijacked by all of the previously mentioned. Like I said, decent. If toned down and matured up, might be nicer. Cask conditioning might do it some good too.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
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 redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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