American Pale Ale | Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2004

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by cyanidesid:
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have been seeking this one out a lot recently and I have to say it is a cracking ale. Similar to their Hophead in many ways but this one is the big brother with a bit of attitude. I hope this beer gets a few reviews so it can get a proper rating because I swear this really is one of the best beers I have ever had in this style.

Try it out if you can.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cask @ The Inglenook Hotel, Pagham - Pours cloudy golden with a small white foamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma - Light citrus notes - grapefruit/orange, grassy, floral notes. Taste - Medium sweet, citrus forefront - grapefruit/orange, malty biscuit middle, crisp bitter finish. Solid APA if a little underwhelming on the hop front.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on cask at Akkurat in Stockholm. Beer poured a pale straw color with a thick fluffy head. Massive. Strong course of running bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the top. Nose and taste were bitter but complimented by a pleasing citrus nose.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at The Blind Tiger, Manhattan (also at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, last weekend).

Very pale straw coloured, almost light lager shade - but the similarity stops there. Nice, floral, hoppy aroma. Fair white, fluffy head. Superbly clean-tasting, refreshing big hoppy flavour which is virtually addictive. Dry, hoppy finish, lip-smacking. Hops, hops, hops, what more can I say apart from totally outstanding - a liquid masterpiece.

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Photo of Ruds
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask dispense at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham, Feb '12 served into a UK pint pot.

Pours a clear pale yellow colour with a decent fluffy white head.

A resinous hop aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and lime. Although bitter on the nose there was a slight floral aroma as I drew my nose away from the glass!

In the taste I got all of the above along with a little pine and grassiness.

Long dry hoppy aftertaste, low carbonation, goes down silky smooth!

In all another excellent beer from Dark Star and one I have had on cask a good half dozen or more times in the last 2 or 3 years and it has always been drinking heaven!

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fitzy84
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on cask at Moan and Dove. The drink settled as a dark, murky yellow with a great, bubbly head. Aromas were very sharp and slightly spiced citrus smells. The taste was a bit weak but specifically had lime and lemon citrus tones to it. It had a typical mouthfeel of a cask: thin pressured and watery in a good way. Overall, a refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Jersey CAMARA beer festival. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head that slowly disperses. Aromas of marmalade & citrus with some pine & caramel also present. Tastes of lemon, peach, grapefruit as well as marmalade, citrus and some sweet honey. Aftertaste is fairly dry with some bitterness from the hops. Overall my favourite of the 7 beers I tried.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint in the excellent '3 Fishes', Shrewsbury on 24 May 2013.

Fine all round: looked good, a pale golden hue to the blond body and a full head on top.

Smell was all hop, but not over the top.

Taste balanced and dry with a mini bitter finish. A little too citrusy for me to have another, but others around me were raving about it.

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Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NERAX 2006 (Sat)

Lambert yellow-gold with a bare skim of spume on top.

Fresh citron-pine scent.

Spicy, fruity, nutty, juicy, grassy, lemon-orange ... WOW! My head is still spinning as the hops ring through all the changes and leave off with grapefruit tingling on my lips.

Okay, I know what I'm drinking until it kicks.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded dark straw colored brew, a high white head that leaves good lacing and has some curtains.

Smelling of fresh lemons and grass.

Tasting of sweet white bread, then lemon curd. lime and grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, a fresh feeling, a light to medium body, a long dry finish.

A fine, nice sessionable ale. Really good after a long walk!

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Photo of Rob-Allen
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer full of flavour but extremely drinkable

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zimbo
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this the other day at the Bow Bar.

First impression is one of lightness in every way possible. Very very light clear yellow in colour and the palate, which at first seems rather wafer thin but takes you on quite a long trip towards an long lingering bitter building end. Might do with a tad more intensity and body but still quite a fine take on the American interpretation of this style.

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Photo of bark
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The white head is airy and finger thick. The liquid is clear; the colour is yellow with a tint of pale green.

Fruity American hops dominate the smell. Sweet lemons, apricots, grapefruits. Creamy and balanced it is.

The taste is fresh and milder than the typical American APA. There is a hint of the yeasty house taste of Dark Star. Fruity citric hops, some lemonade. The bitterness is elegant and medium strong. The body is larger than the taste. The aftertaste is refreshing and fruity with hints of bullion and sweet wheat dough. It is maltier than the US APAs.

The carbonation is soft, the small bubbles are soft too. The liquid is creamy.

A very tasty blend of the American and British pale ale styles.

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Photo of jonb5
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint at JDW. Served in a shaker. A: Pale golden,
small thick head, moderate retention, lots of
lacing, the haze cleared leaving it almost clear. S:
Citrus fruits and Cascade hop. T: Grapefruit,
gummi bear, just enough IBUs without overdoing
it, balanced out by sweet wheaty finish. M:
Smooth, minimal carbonation, light body. O: Well
made, nice to have two or three on a hot day but
slightly too strong for to drink in vast quantities.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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American Pale Ale from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
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