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: 105 | Ratings: 289
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 AlexJ
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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 oberon
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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 IceAce
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle (courtesy of hoppedup in NC) poured a medium copper with an eggshell white two-finger collar of foam. Clarity is excellent with no evidence of chill haze while lacing from the collapsed head is about 25%.

The nose is balanced with a sweet malt presence poking through the green hop aroma. Entry is quiet with a minimum of CO² gathering around the base of the tongue. Mid-taste shows crystal malt body which leads to a pleasant hop nibble finish followed by a sweet malt fade.

Mouthfeel was decent for a Pale, and its easy-going personality would make it a more than acceptable fall-back session beer. I'd pair this with some fish-n-chips and then finish off the rest of a sixer on the dart board searching for that elusive ton-eighty.

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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 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 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 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 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 Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice offering...aroma is mildly floral but short. Appearance is of a deep, cloudy, golden yellow with limited crown and very little lace.
The body is a medium/full.
The taste starts to the hops and stays...however a balance is proportionatly obvious. Slight linger. Session beer for sure.

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Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this is a better, more drinkable beer than the Palmetto Amber, I didn’t find it nearly as well-made as the Porter. I sampled this one several times on a recent trip to SC. It’s one of the local beers, that seems to be everywhere in Charleston.
The aroma is both malty and hoppy: a nice mix, although it’s I would have expected more hops. The smell is both floral (flowery) and sweet. Color is a dark, cloudy straw-like gold. The head is white, sits relatively high, and is sticky.
Taste is solid and clean. It’s a bit grainy and chewy. There’s a foretaste sweetness that can be distracting, and a cracker-like doughiness that runs throughout the beer. Finish is appropriately bitter. The hops are muted, but present through the entire beer. It’s not spectacular, and doesn’t particularly stand out. Still, it’s very drinkable and worth having.

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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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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 PhantomVodoo
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish copper color with an off-white head that left lace.
Aroma is quite strange for a pale ale. Smells more like a brown ale, dunkel, or maybe an English bitter. Doughy, toffee malt. Earthy hops. Woody.

Taste is more along the lines of an English pale ale or bitter than an APA. Biscuity toffee malt. Nice level of bitterness throughout. Earthy and woody. Smooth.

Good mouthfeel. Nice body and somewhat creamy.
Good drinkability.

This was from the same six pack as AKSmokedPorter's and he saw this one differently than I did. I've got one more bottle so we'll have to see if I come up with any different notes on this one with the second bottle. It's a solid beer, but strange for a pale ale. The aroma would have scored a notch higher if this were a different style of beer, but it seemed quite strange and unappealing in a pale ale.

Huge thank you to AKSmokedPorter for making the drive down to SC solely to snag some Palmetto beers and then later all the way up to Ohio to deliver this one!

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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 kbub6f
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Bill's Liquor Store, Sea Island Parkway in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1800 miles in my trunk.

A medium-large, off-white, dense, soft head leaves thin, sticky, lacy lacing. The beer is slightly hazy copper. I get a very nutty, hoppy nose, with just a touch of barbershop. Grapefruit and pine in the front, a little of darker maltiness in the tangy middle. Grapefruit hoppiness in the finish with only a bit of metal. Nuts and grapefruit in the aftertaste.

This is a pretty good, hoppy beer. It could use a little more malt balance, but what the heck, I do love hops.

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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 tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a golden coppery yellow with a super even head of off-white and tight foam about a finger high and some of the tinyest spots of lace I've ever seen. Smells a bit musty with some citrusy orange coming through and breadish notes of pretzel, nice and medium soft on the nose. Taste is smooth of nice, somewhat chewy and sticky malt with a light balance of hop, quite mellow and very easy, the best part is the slight tang and drying quality near the end thats very subtle and pleasing. Good medium body and a very mild and light chewyness, very soft and pleasant for a pale. This is a pretty decent American Pale and possibly worth checking out, session beer for sure, damn easy drinkin' here.
Thanks to Kipp for the trade

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Photo of beernbbq
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice example of the style and another well constructed beer from Palmetto. Nothing here will knock you out, there are no distinguishing malt or hop notes that would show any type of experimentation, but overall, it is flavorful and a pleasure to enjoy. My most recent favorite of this style is Catamount, which I highly recommend.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of RBorsato
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Jon
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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 tigerpaws
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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 inebrius
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to re-review after having this on tap at the Bela Fleck concert last night, where, it was a whole different beer. Medium copper, hop nose with hints of malts. Hop flavor and aroma dominate, but an appropriate toasty malt backbone brings it all back to earth. Worth a try.

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Palmetto Pale Ale from Palmetto Brewing Company
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