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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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 nickfl
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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 jpro
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 brewcore
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: One finger white head. Quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Deep copper color with litle to no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with citrus to slightly flowery hops.

T: Just like the nose. Sweet malts forward followed by citrus and slightly bittering hops. Very malt forward. Much like an amber ale with a defined hop character. Very mellow.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation.

O: This review is from the notes on a bottle. I have had it on tap multiple times and find it is better on tap. Either way, it is a solid APA.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 drcarver
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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 pzrhsau
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color with orangish tint. Decent head with good retention.

S: Nice bright hop aroma that tickles the nostrils

T: Very tart and bitter with sweet malt to balance and smooth the drinking.

DM: Very bright with a good carbonation. Very good on a nice hot day.

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Palmetto Pale Ale from Palmetto Brewing Company
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