Amish Four Grain Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a really nice looking clear amber color with a white fizzy head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer had a good amount of malt aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer has a little bit a of a sweetness upfront that I liked. The finish was bitter and dry. The mouthfeel was pretty good, drinkable, good medium body and a healthy carbonation. Overall I would drink this one again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Last review of the Lancaster mixed 12 pack. Pours a reddish brown, smallish white head to it. Not much of a nose to this one. Taste is light to medium bodied... awkward mouthfeel. Tastes a bit soapy and has sort of an acidic taste to it. Not very appealing, and this is the 3rd time I'm trying this beer from the mixed pack. Drinkable and not terribly bad, but off-putting for sure and certainly not a good, well balanced beer. Maybe I got a bad batch? Not recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I just recently tried Lancaster's milk stout and was pretty impressed.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy dark copper.

Sm: An intriguing blend of hops, toasted malt, and strong bright fruit esters - I get mango, banana, and maybe passion fruit. Very interesting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hops alongside the fruit esters from the nose, over a lightly toasted malt foundation. The individual fruit esters combine nicely to form a balanced interesting flavour, with the banana and mango continuing through the finish. It's a great approach to a pale ale, and works very effectively. It's a bit simple, but that's to be expected for the style. I like what they're doing here. No hop bitterness ever emerges. No alcohol is detectable (though it shouldn't be). It's a bit too sugary all around, going so far as to feel like candied sugar - which is inappropriate for the style and intrudes on the flavour profile mildly. It's forgivable, but is far too prominent on the finish, ruining the aftertaste.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness up front. Fizzy tingly sugars are also present. Cream is absent, as it should be in this style.

Dr: Drinkable, but with the heaviness of the sugar load, it'd be hard to have more than one or two of these in a short time frame. That said, I do enjoy it and I like their experimentation within the style. This one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It's light, yet very complex in flavor. Poured a hazy golden with a nice white head that recedes a bit. Lightly toasted grains in the aroma, and light citrus hops. Grains and more grains in the taste, with notes of grassiness and subtle citrus zest. Just enough sweetness for balance. Crisp and refreshing, light bodied and easily imbibable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine,
Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699"

--from 'Amish Paradise' by Weird Al Yankovic

Bright tangerine with nothing but multiple streams of carbonation to disturb the pristine interior. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a pretty good looking chunk of foam that is equal parts pale orange, beige and eggshell. Nice lace too.

Even though the grain bill is inspired (pale, rye, oats, wheat and caramel), I would have gone in a different direction with the hops (Willamette, Fuggles and Saaz). The chosen hops might give AFGPA more of an 'old world' vibe, but something citric and snappy and more 'new world' would have worked much better where the nose is concerned. Couple that with a lack of power and you get the above score.

Amish Four Grain is definitely a different sort of pale ale. Sweetness and bitterness are relatively evenly matched. However, malt flavor dominates hop flavor at all points from beer entry to beer exit. This offering almost tastes like an altbier. Not that that's a bad thing.

Lightly sugar-crusted, toasted grain leads the way. In addition, I'm happy to report that the earthiness of the rye comes through loud and clear. The ale yeast adds a nonspecific fruitiness and the hops deliver plenty of herbal-spicy flavor. More so as the beer warms. Not bad, but I'm not doing cartwheels.

The mouthfeel is a little light and is well within the range of acceptable when it comes to carbonation. In the end, it doesn't detract from the overall experience... and it doesn't add much of value.

As previously noted, Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale is more toasted malty altbier than APA. Bottom line: wonderful concept, so-so execution. Having said that, it almost certainly beats whatever they were drinking back in 1699. Not the Amish, though. They were probably having buttermilk keggers.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Lancaster Brewing Company's Brewpub on Plum and Walnut streets. Served cold in a nonic.
A - An extremely clear medium amber w/ a rocky cream head of about 2 fingers. The lace is minimal and the head retention is very good.

S - Malty almost nutty w/ a sweet note of pale malt, mild hop aromas w/ a gentle yeast note and caramel scents

M - Light in body w/ semi-dry and mild carbonation and the nuttiness is there w/ very mildly spiced and lightly bitter hop textures

T - Very smooth and bready w/ a mild taste at first which is like a dark golden ale, w/ a caramel note and subtle fruity ester. There are nice earthy and woody hop flavors w/ a sweet malt back. The grain is tasty and the hops are balanced so the flavor is a bit above average

D - A mild pale ale as far as easy drinking ales go this is a basic version without any bells or whistles, just smooth malt and mild hops to keep it balanced and sessionable. I like this ale, but not the best of this style and I felt it was a little light in feel for my taste.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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 woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a rarity! For those not in the know - LNC BC puts a cask-conditioned beer on every F at 5:00 pm and they run it until it is kicked. There is never any advance notice as to what style it will be as many times, the brewer does not decide until about 15 mins prior.
This had a nice head of foam as it arrived freshly tapped and hand-pulled by the brewer. It had a much more pronounced hops smell than the usual on-tap A4G, plus the color seemed to be a slightly deeper amber than usual. Finally, I felt as though I could taste the malt in this serving style much more acutely.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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 tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 RblWthACoz
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear lighter brown amber. Flavor seems off. Way too tangy and almost a plastic type of edge on it? Regardless, it just tastes weird. Overly malty with caramel edges. At this point, who cares about the rest. Just not going to finish it and save the ol' liver for the next beer that hopefully will be a pleasure to drink.

P.S. Should a beer with the word "Amish" in it ever be named as such??

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange/amber with a very thin head that quickly became a lasting lace.
The smell of rye, wheat, oats and hops were blended together. It was a bit thin at first but became more noticeable, and pleasant, as the drink went along.
It has a complex taste of the oats, Saaz hops, wheat and rye that were present in the aroma. The taste is good, but a bit too watered down.
It leaves a complex feeling in the mouth. A bit dry, but not bad.
It is a good session beer. While not outstanding, it is quite good. The flavors are present but not a bit weak for it to be considered anything higher than "good".

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this in several years, and it is now back in the stores. Pours an exceptional copper color with a huge 2+ inch fluffy head. Great looking beer. Plenty of lacing with this one. The aroma is of malt, bread, and hops. The flavor is great, as the four grains create a different sensation for the tastebuds. Bread and nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight crisp finish. Reminds me of an english style pale ale. The head lasted for the entire drink. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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 tone77
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. There is a mild, malty aroma. Taste is decent but not great. Feels creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is ok. Not a beer for chugging on a hot day. Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a creamy white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy malt scent that is enhanced with the presence of bitter hops. The taste is good also. It has a fine balance of malts and a good amount of flavoring hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is probably one of their best offerings. Lancaster puts out a fine lineup of quality brews. This is just another example.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a pint glass. Some head that dissipates to nothing.

S. Doughy yeast. A bit sweet, hops are not evident.

T. Wheaty goodness giving way to a slight hop twang. Very subtle, nothing spectacular.

M. Creamy and a bit watery around the edges. A slight dry finish.

D. An average beer here, fairly well balanced ale. Nothing too special, but not bad.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a complex grainy malt, with some hints of rye spice. A mild noble hop aroma as well.

The taste was very clean and smooth. A good mix of soft malts made for an interesting grain profile. A smattering of floral hop was just enough to balance out the malts.

The mouthfeel was very clean and soft.

Overall an extremely easy to drink ale. Not the typical APA stylewise, but a nice experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, two-finger thick, light tan colored head that consists of largish bubbles sitting atop a tighter froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, amber color. The aroma is a mix of caramel / toffee notes and earthy / spicy hop notes. A solid malt / grain background is here in the aroma; the sweeter malt notes give way to notes of toasted grain, biscuit notes and a crusty bread-like notes.

The beer has a fair hoppiness to it; lightly bitter from the get go, the beer also has a spicy hop component to it that seems to be a mix of earthy herbal notes and a lightly sweet citrus note. Notes of toffee intermingle with sweeter caramel notes, both of which combine as a counter point to the more dominant hop notes. The beer finishes with a bitter bite that is a mix of hops and carbonation. This beer strikes a really good balance between the malt character and the hop character; as a Pale ale the hops are dominant, but there is ample malt character to be found. While the other grains are not dominantly noticeable, I think that the oats and rye add a bit to the body of this brew. The beer has a nice, though light, heft to it and it seems to cling to the palate just so.

Definitely a nice brew. As the beer warms up a bit the other grains used seem to make themselves a bit more noticeable. A complex mix of grain notes seems to start in the middle and actually lingers on through to the long finish of this beer.

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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