Amish Four Grain Pale Ale
Lancaster Brewing Company

Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.64 | pDev: 15.66%
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale
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Reviews by buzzy:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Photo of ramrod666
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ale pours a medium amber with a lacy head that sticks to the sides of me glass. smells of hops and malts little rye in there. taste is better than expected. not overly hoppy - well balanced. seems to go down easy enough- easy enough to put down a sixer without much trouble. the more i drank the more i liked it. defenitly worth another try on tap or cask.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $24.50 for the mixed case in Lancaster County...

The appearence is very pleasing to the eye, an amber meets golden color with a medium white head, nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma is a bold one to be modest... a bunch of grainy smell mixed with hops, quite unique.

No surprise here, this one remains steady as the smell gave away, the grain flavor is quite unique, a very one-of-a-kind taste that I've never deal with; the mix of the grained beer (malted barley, wheat, rye, oats). The mouthfeel remains on hold with the rest of the beer, good in the palette and not as strong as a 5.6% might give, however the drinkability is average in my opinion for one strong reason, it's very heavy and sweet, and I can't imagine doing this one in a session, it's good for a #2 out of 4+ beer session...

Final Thought: This one tasted better as I drank it, doesn't compare to the quality of Milk Stout, but this one has WAY more personality...

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that retains well and splotches the pint glass

Smell: Husky, grainy aroma with a slightly Germanic hop presence

Taste: Starts with a mild bready aspect that provides some wheat and oat flavors in addition to the barley malt; by mid-palate, the grainy flavors take over the and the subtlety is gone; the finish is grainy as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Why bother with four grains if the brew is not going to be really distinctive; after an intriguing start it just loses all interest for me

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is my second Lancaster Brewing beer I've had off the premises, and so far, I'm not a fan of their bottled product. The other was their Hop Hog IPA and between that one and this, I'm convinced that someone hid the hops over in Lancaster.

This pours an almost reddish amber with a substantial head that dissipates quickly. Both the aroma and the taste are far maltier than I'd expect in a pale ale, without so much as a hint of hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness. If this had been presented as a classic British ESB, I'd probably rate it much higher, but it's far too malt-forward to qualify as a Pale Ale in my book.

As for the rather unique 4-grain grain bill, it didn't seem to make much of an impact that I could detect. I generally expect rye to bring a bit of a rough edge, yet this was smooth as could be. And the wheat did nothing to crisp it up. I'd be really interested in knowing what the proportions of the various grains were.

Like I said, had I been in the mood for something sweeter, I might have enjoyed this much more than I did. But the utter absence of hop character made this a disappointment as a pale ale. I'm not surprised they decided to retire this one.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date on it. This poured out a deep orange color with an inch high off white foamy head that left minimal to no lace through the session. A very different roasted grain aroma rose from this pale ale that was quite interesting. There was a good sweet malt presence as well as earth toned hops providing some familiarity to the scent. A bit of sweet and doughy malt is first tasted before the roasted grains kick in with a strong flavor. There are notes of earthy hops through out and an after tasted that is roasty and bitter to finish this one out. A very different overall take on the pale ale that is refreshing and welcome. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with about a medium body. Drinkability is pretty good overall but the grains do become tiring after a while. I will definitely have more of this in the future but really can’t down more than 2 or 3 in a sitting without the taste becoming old.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a creamy tan head that last a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of small bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft fresh pale malt aroma with a slight toasted malt note. There is a light spicy rye bread note followed by a soft green earthy hop note.

T- The taste of pale malt with a light toasted malt flavor with some pepper spice to it starts this beer and it finishes with a soft bitter bite that also has a spicy hint. As the beer warms the hop finish has a pine note that gets stronger and stronger. There is a slight tartness to the malt that has a caramel note when it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a clean dry finish.

D- This beer has a big hop flavor that block some of the nice grain complexity. There is very little hop flavor but a big hop bitterness that is more suitable in an IPA but it is still missing the flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of goodbyeohio
1.92/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

treat via woodychandler. previously enjoyed the straw-wheat, milk stout and hop hog. let's round it out with a winner!

murky orange with red highlights, not much head to speak of. sits statuesque in an allagash tulip. smells pumpkiny, stringy vegetal fruits mixed with rotten silo-aged grains. something is very sour, very off here. aroma like wet cereal brings out the worst of locals like mcneills and rock art. microbrew at its aromatic peak of sloppiness.

and it tastes pretty awful too, but not as bad as it smells. aroma permeates flavor, obviously.. initially, i am presented with a sour maltiness that fails to distinguish itself with any other flavors than banana peels and earwax. some notes of penicillin and some nutty spiced bread in the finish. something here indicates that this is a microbrew.. inconsistency of bizarre flavor, perhaps.. and i am completely unimpressed.

barely drinkable, glad i don't have a second bottle that will be wasted on my delicate palate. lancaster makes some quality brews but this is the runt of the litter, for sure. avoid at all costs BUT make sure to seek out their other offerings. you will not be disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for leaving this at my place. Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass a golden amber color with a half inch of white foam and good clarity. Aromas of lightly roasted grains, slightly spicy with some caramel accents. Mellow herbal hops with a touch of citrus. It kinda just sits there with nothing really jumping out at me.

First sip brings a big toasted graininess that bathed in a light caramel accent. A touch of spiciness from the rye comes through and sets this apart from other APA's. Light citrus fruit accents and a light spicy, herbal hop on the way down. This just doesn't end up jiving together very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with big bubbly carbonation. Goes down rather smooth. This one just failed to grab me in any way. Not really what I'm after when I'm looking to have an APA.

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Photo of mattday25
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a glowing copper with a decent amount of carbonation. A few little chunks of yeast quickly sink to the bottom. The mostly white, decent lacing head is entirley too big for me, took 4 pours (very gentle ones) to finally get it all in there. Boo for the head, yay for the body.

Smell: Smells very spicy and and hoppy witha pleasent malt background. This is, to me, just about perfect as to how an APA should smell. Well done.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes much like it smells. Quite spicy at first, with a nice malty middle, and then finshes even hoppier then it started. A surpisingly complex ale, one that has many flavors that keep your taste buds enthralled. The only thing that turns me off here is the lack of a creamy mouthfeel, and the lack of a hoppy aftertaste. There is an aftertaste, but it doesn't stay long enough.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice, pretty unique beer even with it's flaws. A good smell and taste keep you coming back for more. I definitly enjoyed this beer (my second try from Lancaster Brewing Co.), and I'm going to have another right now. Try it.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich orangish red amber with a nice tan head.

Smell. Seems to have a very balanced smell with some sweetness to accompany an orange/lemon citrus hoppiness.

Taste. Has a heavy maltiness to it that is the dominant flavor. Bitterness of the hops come out as a refreshing light lemon zest that lightens the flavor.

Mouthfeel. Body has a nice medium body, lots of balance and good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice pale ale that is different than most as it is more dominant of the malts, but still quite refreshing.

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Photo of Druss157
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What am I missing? Everyone seems to love this beer. I should have done the math ahead of time. Four grains = Barley + Oats + Wheat + .... Oh yeah, Rye. That's what I'm having a problem with, I guess. Everything about this began well--great straw color, beautiful head retention, nice hint of malted grain and hops in the nose and a rich mouthfeel evident in the pour. But, to me, the Rye aftertaste overwhelms everything good about this beer. For its type, it's great; but I think you have to like what Rye adds to the flavor profile.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper colored pour with a medium-sized white head that disappeared somewhat quickly. Smell is bready malt, with a hint of rye, in nice balance with a hop presence. Flavor itself is similarly balanced, with the rye pulling a bit of spice through, but it's mostly toasted malth with a nice hop bite on the back end. I felt the mouthfeel was a bit full and thick for the flavor, but that was my only complaint with this one. A pretty tasting brew, and a pretty cool Amish-buggy bottle.

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 339 ratings