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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Photo of Edwin
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A golden/brown pale color. Nice head that languishes along. Not bad.

Smell - Citrus, hops, and something I can't quite put my finger on. I was surprised by the hoppiness in this beer.

Taste - Again I was surprised by the amount of hops in this beer. Very nice tasting with a hir of fruitiness enclosed within. Some possible maltiness in there.

Mouthfeel - I had this on cask...non-carbonated and easy going down. Very similar to all cask beers.

Drinkability - Depends on your tastes. I can see whay some gave this beer low marks, however, I could have quite a few of these in one sitting. I really enjoyed this one. Reccommended!

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


This was purchased, admittedly, for the novelty of it. I mean, it *does* have the word "Amish" printed in big letters across the front of the bottle. How fun is that?

With that said, it's a bit of a snoozer.

There are just limits to what most people do with this style, and this doesn't even begin to touch them. So there you have it. Plain.

Tarnished penny color. Mild esters and citrus peel in the aroma, though it's mostly that middling wet bread sort of aroma. Very nondescript. Pretty simple malty backbone -- kind of deep, I suppose. The lightest hint of peppery spice. But really, it's just pale ale with a little zing of herbal bitterness.

Pretty average.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at Kclinger Publik House.

The brew was served to me in a pint glass and had about a 1 cm creamy white head. The color was mostly gold with some orange blended in.
Aromas were rather mild and dominated by grainy scents, some citrus hops present as well but definintely not prevelent.
The first taste is very smooth with very little carbonation as a cask ale should. Flavor is mostly grainy with some sweetness to it. The body is fairly light and the finish is short and rather empty.
Was hoping for a little more from this but the brew was tasty it just didnt have any staying power in my mouth.
Would have had another but when at Kclingers there are so many choices.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of golden brown in color with a thick head and plenty of bubbles rising. I predict lacing.
Get a wiff of sweetness and floral hops.
Taste varies from sip to sip. Sometimes a hint of spice or the slight tang of hops. Yeast is present, as the beer warms the hops stand out more in the finish.
A little thicker than the average pale ale, almost creamy, but leaves my mouth clean and dry.
I have had this on tap at a crab feast and it was well suited for that.

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Photo of frank4sail
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at North 3rd in Northern Liberties. Yellowish amber color. No lasting headat all and no lacing on the glass. Not much bubble action in the glass either. Slightly sweet floral (roses) nose. Flat on the tongue with sweet candy flavors cut with a slightly bitter hop finish. Not much mouthfeel to notice. Felt average in many ways... maybe I was at the end of the keg or something...

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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 fuchebu
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this on draft at Newportville Inn in Bucks County. They usually have good beer but not a diverse micro selection. I figured I better order a pint.

I was sitting in a reasonably well lit spot at the bar so I could gauge a dark golden hue. There was almost no head but that could be due to the pour. The nose was like cereal. If I closed my eyes I might have imagined Cheerios or something similar.

What I had was better. The rye comes through well in the flavor. It had a robust character that made it an interesting drink. But it all balanced out well. It makes for a good drinking beer although I doubt you'll be quaffing it. I didn't notice much hop character but this is still a beer I enjoy more and more each time I try it.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best Pale Ale in existence to this very day. It's easily the most interesting and complex example of the style I've tried.

Color: Golden brown with large white head and exceptional lacing.
Smell: Very hoppy with some very complex grains
Taste: Initially very hoppy with some raw grain flavors, much like a well made German bread.
Mouthfeel: Perfect
Drink: Only loses points here because it is so robust, it's not really that great for a sesh.

Overall: Keep in mind, I'm truly not being biased because I only live 2 blocks away from this very underrated brewery. Visit it and see for yourself. You'll be happy you did as this will most likely be the best Pale Ale you've ever had. Cherish and respect it.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Amish Four Grain poured an amber/orange color with a thin but consistent head. Thin lacing lined the glass. The smell was of distinct, sharp hops and a rather strong fruity presence. True to its name, the taste had hints of grain and a rich, layered effect of sweet malt. I even noticed a smooth, somewhat smoky taste at the end, a testament to the rather full and complex ale. The mouthfeel was very smooth and full, somewhat unexpected for this style. The anticipated bite some pale ales deliver was also absent, making this a fine mellow brew. Bitter enough for my taste, yet sweet, smooth and filling, this is an interesting and refreshing ale.

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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 stirgy
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a bright and clear orange amber color and had a nice foamy head. Very appealing aromas – sweet malt and a floral hop presence. The taste was light and fruity with a touch of hop bitterness. Also some sour malt and yeasty flavors there with the grassy/floral hops coming through in the finish. A light to medium bodied beer, this one is very easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer that easily became a favorite of mine.

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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 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 Jarod
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it poured into the glass the color was a nice copper in color. The head was pretty full with a color of a off white. And the lace seemed pretty nice. The aroma was of hops and as the name stated grain (some rye, and wheat bread), also some fruit was present and malt. The taste was hoppy with notes of grain (rye, oat, wheat bread), malt and some citrus. The end finish nice and clean, what I would expect from this beer and its name. A good beer, I would have again

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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