Amish Four Grain Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale
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Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jarod on 12-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 212
Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey a malt tilted pale ale what a concept,pours a nice deep orange with a light wispy head that leaves a little lacing,aroma is more on the hoppy side lightley grassy with a doughy hint in there as well.A real nice "grainy" cereal taste to this brew with a lighter hop note with a nice crisp as a cracker malty finish.A real top notch pale here its a joy savoring the different flavors to this brew.

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Photo of otvomadeut
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Todd
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bright and tawny, topped with a foamy white head that settles to a wispy lace. Grainy, spicy, floral with a pungent grassy, resiny, and hop oil pack hop aroma. Smooth and medium-bodied. Crisp wheat character and a nice rye spice in the initial flavor. Sweet, toasty, thin caramel malts and fresh bread crust. Hop are a briefly tangy and resiny with a thin grass bitterness. Finish has some lingering toasty notes and goes grain dry.

Rye usage is just enough making for a most tasty, interesting. balanced and complex brew. Don't expect it to wow you though. It's a solid choice for session beer.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: The head last quite long with some sporadic rings of lace on the glass. The bright tawny hue shows good clarity.

Smell: A mélange of spicy sweet hop oil and sweet toasted grains intoxicate the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of flavor packed into this pale ale, the hops taste extremely fresh with woody and spicy notes as well as a clean bitterness. The rye and wheat come forth with a spicy twang of fermented grain with a malted sweetness to keep things in check. Finishes slightly sweet with a long lingering fresh hop bitterness.

Notes: If a brewery could ever find a perfect balance in a beer this would be one of them, the blend of hops and four different grains keeps your palate awake with its subtle complexities.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Amish is a pretty popular beer and the hoppiest product LBC put out until the Pils came on. (They didn't call it Lancaster Malt Brewing for nothin'). When this ale is put on the cask, it's a whole different story. The warmer temperature and softening effect of the hand pump make this a really neat beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Warning..the first bottle of this stuff I opened had gone to beer infection hell. The next bottle was alot better. Poured light orangy almond, sort of cloudy tinybubbles, respectable lacing. Malty, bready nose. Malty up front with a very mild hop appearance late. Smooth finish. Decent sessioner, but I need more hops then this in my pale ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, hazy, orange/brown in color

Smell: small hops and toasted malt

Taste: grass, caramel, toasted malt, and light hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: A bit on the sweeter side like the other Lancaster ales I have had. Not a bad pale ale, although not entirely traditional. I could have three or four.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper ruby tone well more like amber and a nice sized cream colored head sitting atop the beer speckled light lacing all down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a suprising alcohol infused with fruit to it, very nice. Well, the flavor at first still cold was extremely bitter and harsh, but as it warmed it mellows out into some grainy toasted mild like nut finish and a fruit tone all there not bad at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin and lacking any real texture to it, but the drinkability still holds up fairly well for me. I enjoyed this beer as a sipper while doing some homework not bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CoalPorter
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Soft orange brown body with a thick, foamy off-white head--appears as a pale aleis expected to be... fresh and hoppy--a bit of yeast here and there--fitting but not memorable, like a plain white T... body is medium-weight with fizzy action along and around the tongue... rather plain--a bit crunchy and smooth late--likeable... a softening flavor that allows other elements--food, namely---to take precedent--light on the malt, thus making the act of balancing difficult... the hops are quite obvious... pale ales need body and balance, and the Four-Grain has a little of both, but a little more work could be done to this one... workable as a sampler fourth...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orange/ brown with an immensely thick head.
Smell- sweet hops.
Taste- very hoppy, yet sweet with an oats and malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- very dry and moderately bitter. becomes sweet after a few sips.

Overall- an above average Pale Ale with sweet malt that makes it hard to drink just 1. Worth purchasing a 6er!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours an extremely clear brown color topped by a good looking two finger light brown head. Head fades quickly transforming into a nice tight 1/8" leaving behind a couple bits of stringy lace. Head has good consistency to it. Densely tight, soapy, and a touch oily. Aroma holds a nice balance of light tropical-like fruit with also berries and slight orange, combined chewy toasty malt. There's some kind of lactic milkiness going on as well. Nice on the nose. Flavor also has similar fruity characteristics over the soft malt blanket. There's solid bitterness and slightly assertive carbonation. That helps the mouthfeel out a little but otherwise it is too thin. More chewy malts would be welcome and could surely help out the body. This is however quite easy to drink down.

Not bad, not bad. There is nothing wrong with this but at the same time there's also room for improvement, in one way or another. I would have it again, but preferably via tap.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grainy pale. On the shadow side of a pale, astringent lemon peels, toasty. Thanks Mr_kimchee. Very mild citrus aroma.Calmed down bitterness. Three-and-a-half years later, noticed its a so-so pale, with her character on the grainy side. A beer to have and try, maybe a staple.

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Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber with a thin lacing of loose head. There are carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose is weird. I get notes of white grapes, dark fruit, and alcohol phenols. The taste is similar to the nose. There is light malt up front but mostly white grapes. The finish is slightly bitter with notes of dark fruit. The is a very faint diacetylic undertone. There is also some slight, unexpected alcohol warmth in the finish. It's light to medium bodied but heavily carbonated and crisp.

This is a weird APA in my opinion. Between the alcohol and the grape notes, it's more winey than pale ale-like. It's a little sweet and the creamy undertones are off putting. It's not awful, but by no means great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep-copper colored body is capped by a creamy ivory head. It's retention is fair before it drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. There's not much in the nose other than a touch of fruitiness and some mild malt. The body is medium; and it combines with a fine, moderate carbonation leaving it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor displays a rich maltiness that includes some "spicy" rye character; a bit of soft wheat; some floral/grassy hops, and a solid backing bitterness. It really needs to warm a bit to let it's full character come out, but once it does it's quite interesting. It appears very basic at first, but there are lots of tiny nuances that keep it interesting. It finishes dry with a touch of spice. Worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color, light carbination, nice head to start but disapates quickly. A so so bready aroma. I can taste the rye and wheat here. I also detect Fuggles hops but there seem to be others. In fact is seems to have a lot of complex ingredients yet it is a very simple and clean taste. It is one of those beers that if necessary you could session, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get this beer....nevertheless it is worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's nice to find something different when it comes to American pale ale. This isn't just another light caramel malt with cascades. There's a really pleasant sweet biscuit malt flavor that's complimented by a touch of cocoa flavor. The bitterness provides a nice balance with fruity hops that still provide enough alpha acids to give it a little bitter kick.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 339 ratings