Amish Four Grain Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

339 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jarod on 12-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear auburnish color with a very thick tightly tiny bubbled eggshell colored heading. Leaves some good ringage all the way down the glass.

Smell is toasted malts with a slight spice. Subtle caramel aroma as well.

Tasteis very crisp toastiness, more of the caramel that I've whiffed, a nice spicey rye taste that sting's the tastebuds very unique tasting beer indeed. Finishes a little buttery that ends up leaving a lingering hop oiliness in the mouth.

Mouth is oily slick.Good carbonation that fizzes up nicely.Medium-full bodied with a nice all around sting on the tongue.

Drink is good. This one was very enjoyable and it did take me by surprise the first time I had it.

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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 Ragingbull
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer marks a watershed moment in beer drinking for me. Rarely do I give a beer a "do-over" if it is thoroughly unimpressive. Through a series of circumstances I ended up trying this again and it was a pleasant enough surprise that I made a phone call to share my findings and encourage some others to give it a second shot as well. It was still not spectacular, but not awful.

Dark amber to brown in color. Some lacing on the surface with some prickle and some bubbles on the rim. Sour grain on the nose, but muted to a point. I have had this before, so the expectation plays a part up to this point.

Fruity strawberry-like presence upon initial attack. Grainy flavor with little hops and a background taste like pencil lead or pencil shavings. The finish is sweet at first with a sour aftertaste.

Let this beer serve as a lesson that its possible to get a bad batch of beer even with all the QC that goes into brewing today. My last experience was so bad with this beer that the only reason it made it out of the fridge is because I didn't stock up on new "sampling beers" for reviews before my wife left the country. While I won't stock up on it, I am humbled and have a new opinion.

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Photo of Tromba
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful light copper color - perfectly clear. White head dissipates quickly; no lacing as you drink.

S: Red wine. Not expected at all...but there it is...a mild red wine nose.

T: APA? Really? I never would have guessed. However, what you do get is a great beer! An initial bitterness quickly followed by an almost belgian spiciness and flavor, with the bitterness returning at the end. I really don't get any hoppy citrus notes at all.

M: Smooth and clean, but lacking some carbonation...and not in the good cask-like way...more like it's just a little flat.

D: Relatively light and easy drinking - the flavor profile and ABV are both pretty reserved. This is a beer worth trying at least once. It's subtle in its uniqueness.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear amber copper color, with a two finger off white head, no lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, carmel,alcohal,hops

T. Malt richness up front, carmel, hops at the finnish. The colder the beer the better this one tastes. Has a slightly sour finish if allowed to get warm.

M Medium bodied, lightly carbonated

D. Good all around APA, this woud be a decent session beer.

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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 nokes
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...nice looking beer! Deep reddish brown...almost orange-y in a way. Mahogany? Lovely creamy stand-up head...I like.

Smell-wise, it's interesting...seems fruity and nice, but not all that interesting. Okay, I guess.

Taste...ok...this tastes really good. Some wit, some sweet, some sour, some rye...way balanced. oo...there's the bitter. I'm not sure I can find much specific to poke at. It's just interesting and good. I really like this beer. It's fun.

Mouthfeel is nice. Again, it's just really well balanced. Pretty smooth, nice carbonation.

I could drink entirely too many of these. I could easily see this being a fall-back spring/fall or summer-evening beer.

Overall, this is a really good beer. I can't find anything to criticize, but somehow, I also can't help thinking it could be better. Not sure if that makes sense, but there it is.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear, deep orange-bronze color with a bit of active carbonation. The off-white head is tall, sense, and frothy/foamy. Retention is decent, with some very nice lacing.

S: Mild toasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Fairly fruity/citric. A touch of grassy/floral hops.

T: A firm maltiness - sweet caramel and a nice kiss of spicy rye. A bit of brown sugar and citric flavor, along with some floral hop flavor. Bitterness is low.

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Rather creamy and sweet.

D: Much like their Hop Hog IPA, this seems like much more of an amber ale than a pale ale. An interesting malt profile, although the hops leave something to be desired. A game effort, but a little off.

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

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A nice dark orange/copper color with a full creamy off-white head about 1 ½" thick. The head last a fair amount of time then recedes to a ring of foam with a think layer of foam over the liquit. There is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass when sipped.

Smell: The aroma is predominantly sweet caramel malt with a touch of floral hops, but you can tell there are other grains in here.

Taste: The hops are floral, grassy and flavorful but do not dominate. The balance of sweet malt and bitterness from the hops is pretty even and the lovely spicy rye is clearly present in this one. The other grains do put in an appearance in the mouth but it is the hop character, the malt, and the rye that are most prominent.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. The finish is medium and tapers off to a dry ending.

Drinkability: I like the differences in this Pale Ale from the norm. In particular I'm fond of the of rye spiciness and if anything would like a bit more of it. This is very drinkable and I could make a night of it with this Pale Ale.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly hazy copper color with an almost absent off white head.

S - sweet and rich toasted grains, apple, muted hops hide behind the grainy curtain...

T - the grains are there - the somewhat fruity maltiness is prominent - apple? The hops are there, but are subtle. I found myself having to think about the hops before I would really taste them.

M - slightly below average on the body, but it didn't feel thin, the carbonation felt slightly below average as well.

D - I could drink a few more of these, but I only have one...

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very thich and creamy white head atop an amber/orange/maple colored brew. Spaced out lacing rings down the glass, fingery.
S: Wheat, oily hops, rye, and buttery bread.
T: Soft grainy malts first, kinda buttery and creamy, thanks to the head I bet. Little hop nip in the middle, somewhat strawy/grainy but not too bitter or alcoholic. Later sips reveal a faintly sweet honey/fruit flavor. Tasty.
M: Malts, grains, and a bit of hops, but not too bitter. Nice.
D: Nice, but almost too sweet?

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a bright new-penny copper with a slightly off-white half finger head that settles into a heavy collar. Quite active carbonation, lots bubbles. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet malt & hops. 1st sip is predominantly sweet. The rye may be the most dominant malt flavor, giving off a sweetness that initially overwhelms the hops. This is my first beer that contains rye, so it's taking me a little getting used to. It's an unusual but tasty beer that goes down smooth and easily sessionable. I could easily have a few over the course of an afternoon. Won't satisfy the hopheads, though!

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Photo of hellbilly
1.3/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bottle by way of machfive55...

pours a surprisingly hazy brown color capped by a small whitish head. strange aroma... sour apples, tart cherries, aluminum sheeting, minerals, caramel malt and rotten sour grain... strange and definitely off.

apparently not off putting enough for me to try to drink... the flavor is very sour... it reminds me of really tart granny smith apples but without any of the natural sugar. there's also notes of a cinnamon-y spiciness, minerals and lots of bad yeasty action. the body is medium but the acidity and sharp carbonation make it quite harsh on the palate.

interesting... i wanted to keep trying it as a sour beer since at that point it was no longer a pale but it started to make my tummy ache. down the drain... needs a rerate... 2/4/2/1/2/1.1

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a standard pale ale color, single finger of head drops quickly.

s - A metallic scent dominates. Copper? Slight malts and grains in the background.

t - Light hops bitter up front, sour middle and sour/sweet end. More slight metallic notes in the finish.

m - Smooth with some malty body.

d - Decent taste overall and good mouthfeel. The metallic notes in the scent don't help things, though. Maybe one of the four grains involved has metal notes? Not enough to kill the vibe entirely but off-putting enough that I wouldn't order a second.

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Photo of wedge
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber-brown with a small, loosely creamy head. Smells of crackers, biscuits, toast...lots of grain as the name suggests. Mild floral, earthy hops. Sugary malts, toasted grain, and a wheat-y twang make up most of the flavor. Simple flavors...kind of sticky. Solid medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Meh...not bad, but nothing I'd ever seek out. I think it was a little better on tap.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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 gdfan47
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this last night

pours a copperish color with a little bit of white head

the smell is weird, like a grainy smell with a little bit of hops, simular to a newcastle

it tastes pretty smooth, the hops kinda take the back burner but its pretty enjoyable

its smooth, a little carbonated. But I like it

it would be a good session, beer nothing amazing but not a bad beer

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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 dananabanana
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Translucent brown. Head is thin and white. No lacing.

S: Sweet and tangy, fresh citrus.

T: It lives up to its name-- lots of hearty grain. A little bit of hops, but not very much.

M: Light, doesn't stick.

D: Very plain, I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of devils3cups
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FOUR GRAIN PALE ALE! How could this not be an overwhelming sucess?!

This beer came very highly reviewed from someone at the foodery in Philadelphia so I was excited with anticipation.

Question, is this a pale ale or an American amber because nothing is saying pale ale to me. It has way to much malt for me to consider this a pale ale.

Poured with some nice two finger head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. I'm going to assume its from the wheat in this product that gave it it's nice head. Beautiful ruby amber color which is why I'm confused about it being classified as a pale ale.

Smelling it left a lot to be desired. Almost nothing came off of it. Rye spiciness mainly.

Taste was lacking. I want my ambers/APAs to be packing the flavor. Strong malt and hop characteristic. Amish Four Grain did have plenty of malt flavor but defiantly lacked the hops to balance out the sugars from the grain. Somehow this beer tasted like it had a slight fruit flavor but nothing specific. Think of the fructose flavor fruit has; that kind of sugar.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that I can see my self pounding them back in the late fall but nothing spectacular. I'll have a Nugget Nectar instead

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Photo of boralyl
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours 1 finger of off-white head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing. The beer is a clear copper color.

S - Some sweet smelling fruits, grains, and spices make up the aroma. The fruity smell is the most dominate.

M - Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

T - A mix of wheat and grain in the beginning followed by some flowery hops. The hops add a little bitterness, but the aftertaste is mostly a dry grainy flavor. I wasn't very fond of the aftertaste.

I'm just not a fan, the wheat like pale ale didn't do it for me. I'll try to avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Buebie
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwoods for this brew!

No freshness date on the bottle, a bit outdated/ cheapy lable design.
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
1 finger foamy off white head Quickly settles into a thing white layer. Milds spooty points of lace that mostly slip back into the brew.

Color is a tauny hue with more orange then red. Transparent with minimal carbonation rise.

Big malty aroma, brown sugar, alcahol fumes, cloves, resiny hop aroma with a mostly grassy kick. Some citrus hop aroma, pumpernickle and a wiff of cinnemon rolls.

Taste is resembling some sour fruit, rye spice, wisps of tobacco, grassy hops, sweet only for a moment, then becoming dry and light with a crisp clean finish.

Very interesting brew. The aroma is misleading and the taste does not follow the knose's path.
Nice sessionable brew that does not overpower the palatte and manages to keep my knose quite happy.

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Photo of odietrying
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: Dark amber color, clear. Thin white head; thick, strong lacing.

S: Floral notes.

T: The malts grab you early, and the hops close with a nice finish for a well-balanced taste.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation.

D: It's not outstanding, but it's definitely good enough for another.

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Photo of Finkel
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the start, this beer really had a boring smell. Nothing exciting seemed to be happening nor were there any real identifiable flavors or aromas. However, as it warmed up to the room temperature, some sweeter flavors emerged, but still nothing spectacular. With the ingredients listed in the bottle (oats, rye, wheat, barley, and three different types of hops), I was slightly disappointed that there was such a uniform and plain smell.

Similar to the aroma, the taste was kind of basic. Malt and rye spice is clear, and the four grains that they claim to have are apparent through an interesting grain concoction. Additionally, sugar from fruit (as weird as that sounds) seemed to come through, which derives the sweet smell.

In terms of mouth feel, this beer had a very nice body texture that left me wanting to come back for more. Definitely not too thin or thick; this beer felt right in my mouth, no matter what innuendo you may have come up with. Although this beer is weaker in alcohol in comparison to the last few reviews I've done, I could definitely see myself pounding down a few of these due to the body of the beer.

This APA is good, but nothing special. Based off the style background, I would have to imagine that this brew tastes like its British cousins. I believe this pale ale is way under-hopped and lacks the pizzazz and flavors that I want from this style. Lastly, this year-long brewed beer seems like it would good only during the fall due to the grain flavors present.

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Photo of Bitzy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I couldn't taste the hops as much as I would have liked, but the blend of four grains made for one amazing malt flavor. I could easily drink a couple of these while watching a ball game or a tv show. Having also tried the Lancaster Milk stout, I now know that this brewery knows what they are doing.

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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