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Edenton Horniblow's Tavern American Ale | Edenton Brewing Company

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Edenton Horniblow's Tavern American AleEdenton Horniblow's Tavern American Ale

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Pours a hazy dark copper in color with a very attractive off-white head that starts off about 4 fingers thick and just refuses to go anywhere. All sorts of sticky lacing on the glass. Quite impressive. Aromas are a mixture of grassy + floral hops along with a bit of malt sweetness. There's some fresh honey in there as well. Flavor is also very nice. Supported by a good foundation of malt sweetness, the hoppy characteristics of this beer really shine. Up front brisk sweetness that is then overtaken by spicy and floral hops. Honey flavor again noted just before the palate-drying bitterness at the end. Surprisingly good body to this one...about medium-full. Very drinkable. Where can I get some more of this?

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a decent size sticky head,aroma was of resiny hop with a dry maltiness in the backbone not muchfruitiness to it but still pretty appetizing.Taste was nicely balanced not overhopped like I thought it would be,a firm malty backbone with a zesty bitter finish a large dose of hops in the finish but a big malt backbone really makes this a nice well balanced offering.Goes well with a pepperoni pizza,well made.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber body with a one finger eggshell head that retains for a few minutes. Lots of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy, with grassy and earthy notes complimenting some citrus and pine cone aromas. Subdued caramel malt sweetness lurks underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some hop resin. Taste highlights some serious hops bitterness, with an amalgam of pine, grass, and grapefruit in the mix. Burnt biscuity malt tries to serve up some balance. I sampled this one beside a Ruedrich's Red Seal, and found the two to be very similar in aggressive hop bitterness. Finish and aftertaste are quite hop bitter, with pine and woodsiness notes dominating the character.
An excellent APA, but tilted toward the hops bitterness. Very nice as a session ale.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AlexJ for this one...my second offering from Edenton.
Pours a bright worn copper color w/ a full finger of bright white head...sticks around for a minute or so with a very thin layer remaining.
Faint aroma...sweet malt with some floral hops and just a touch of spice in the end.
The taste is decent...a touch more of the hops in the flavor than in the nose. A bit unbalanced, as the malt is a bit on the light side...but the bitterness in the finish makes it enjoyable enough.
Medium bodied mouthfeel and the alcohol is very well hidden...surprised to see the abv is over 7%.
I would enjoy this pint and gradually reach for something with a bit more to offer...still glad to have the chance to try another one from EBC.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost copper color. I was drinking from my solid ceramic pint glass so it was hard to tell. Thin head with some lacing. Sweet aroma with mild hops. First taste is malty sweetness with a nice caramel flavor, then gives a sharp bitter finish. Usually the other way around going from hop bitter to malt sweet. A good froth intesifies the hops. It did not taste like a 7% alcohol brew. Very tasty and I am glad I got the Edenton sampler case!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking hazy amber glow, especially when held to the light. Head has that tight oily, soapy hop look to it too. The lace seems too wet to stick a whole lot, but there are some spotty bits. Nose is soft, but full, with a fully British malty smell and just enough hops to balance it. Taste is pretty good too. The hop types in this are pretty good and nicely appropriate. I think they got the aroma hops and the bittering hops close to right on, but they need to get the flavor hops going more to stand up to the nice malts. Good but could be even better. Mouthfeel is very pleasing and body is suprisingly full for the style (though not for the maltiness). There's a good texture too and the drinkability flows.

A good call, and more so if you're looking for an English beer. Nice fullish-meduim body, which I tend to always prefer even in pale ales.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep-copper color with glowing ruby and orange highlights. The head retention is limited, and it's short, frothy cap of off-white drops almost immediately to a standard collar. Lacing about the glass is limited as well. Deep caramel is found in the nose, laced with floral and grassy hops. The body is medium and it's restrained, seemingly natural carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue before it warms to become slightly creamy. The flavor mirrors the aroma; and it's really quite well-balanced with it's malty flavors and a hint of diacetyl being perceived up front; it's hop flavors arriving across the middle; and it's bracingly dry bitterness becoming apparent towards the swallow. It finishes quite dry and bitter with some nice residual hop flavor and just a touch and just a reminder of its caramel-soaked maltiness. I personally find this to be more of an ESB-type ale, but what is an "American Ale" anyway? Good show!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is always an interesting beer and in my experiences is a different beast on draft, and ranges from exceptional to good in bottle. I've talked to the brewer (Brad Wynn) and he explained that his intention was for this to be an English IPA and their new Big Boss was to be the American IPA but because of marketing reasons and government oversight it became an "American Pale Ale". Regardless of the style confusion, this is an excellent brew. The smell is a caramel sweetness, followed by a citrusy, grapefruit and piney hop scent, really a complex scent that im not really skilled enough to dissect properly. The taste...BIG hops, starts off with a biting hops bitterness, including but not limited to juicy citrus (oranges, lemons grapefruit they're all their) and a piney resin flavor of the hop oils, the Northwest hops really shine and this could definately be mistaken for a Northwest APA though it is similar to a few English IPA's like fuller's but with a bit more bite. The middle is comprised of a caramel malt sweetness along with a pilsner-malt flavor. This big beer ends with (obviously) a nice, bitter grassy/resiny hop finish. Goes down smooth, creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability. In my book most IPA's (at least American ones) dont pan out as session beers because the kill your tastebuds with hops but this is just hoppy enough you could drink a number and leave your tastebuds intact. Definately a worthy beer, and one of my favorites from one of my favoirte breweries.

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Photo of Stoo333
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here goes--my first review:

I had this on-tap last night at Horniblow's Tavern in Raleigh, and am writing this review while enjoying some from a growler as well.

This pours a light amber with a small bubbly head that soon dissipates to sparse, intermittent lacing.

The scent is fairly neutral--some light, sweet, bready malt and some very obvious floral hopage foreshadowing good things to come.

The taste matches the scent well. At first the light malt is present, fading into the slight-pine-grass yumminess of the hops. After the swallow I'm left with a stimulating bitterness that reminds me of a mellow IPA. Yum!

Medium-thin mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. This goes down easy and is very enjoyable--a balanced foreground with an aftertaste that leaves you with hoppygoodness.

This is a very solid brew from Edenton Brewing--It gives me one more reason to come back to the brewpub.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a deep copper with a thin, creamy, off-white head.

Smell: The smell is wonderfully hopped with an earhy, floral smell to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: It taste quite balanced for an APA, not like the super hoppy ones that have been hitting the market lately. The hops are not overly bitter and intense, but they are there more to balance out the creamy malty goodness. The moutfheel is creamy and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: This is living proof that good beers can be made, even with a 6% cap. These guys took the hand that was dealt to them, and made a good beer. And I say cheers to them for that.

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Photo of blackie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a .3" off white head that gradually recedes until only a thin layer of bubbles is left. The beer is a lighter copper color.

smell: Moderate malt sweetness, light tropical fruits, and a fresh, green, big hop aroma. Nice.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is slightly less than medium and the body is a light medium.

taste: Nice, lightly fruity malt sweetness up front. The hop flavor and bitterness kicks in almost immediately to balance it out. The finish is of a lingering bitterness.

drinkability: tasty and drinkable

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle an oranish copper color. Massive white fluffy head full bottle did not fit into pint glass in one pour. Interesting citrus and spice smell. Lacing throughout, with heavy carbination. Interesting spice and citrus taste, not the hoppy finish I antcipated. Does not seem to be a true APA? I have enjoyed the beer on draft at the brewery and it seemed to taste different, then again I was sampling many of their offerings at the time.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep copper color, smallish off-white head with little retention, not much lacing, some sediment/slightly hazy

s - good balance between floral hops and toasty malt in the smell, slight hint of alcohol as well

t - very sweet up front with maltiness, pronounced hoppy bitterness on the finish with a trace of alcohol, I'm not sure what kind of hops were used in this brew, but it is quite distinct from most other other APAs I've had

m - moderate carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, finish not too dry

d - could be a session beer if it was slightly lower on the abv, but the alchol really isn't that evident

I'm glad I tried this offering from the local brewery. I guess I had a little higher expectations because I love Edenton's Big Boss IPA so much. This is a decent pale ale, but I certainly wouldn't pass over Big Boss for it.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a golden amber beer with a nice billowing head that left the most lacing down a glass that I have ever seen. The smell was hops and a good amount of malt. The taste was very similar to their IPA in hop character. Mouthfeel was medium. Drinkability was pretty darn good.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They advertise this APA on the label as an "English style ale". Somewhere there's been something missing in translation. Cloudy maroon body with minimal head. Nose has wisps of yeast alongside a solid sweet malt backround and copious broad hoppy hints.

Dry, refreshing taste with well balanced taste and bitter character. Metallic notes in the aftertaste mar an otherwise natural tasting beer. Maybe the water is a little brackish.. Handsome lacing adds a half point.

I can see this under the right conditions but wouldn't swim the Atlantic for it.. A bit more cloying and inauthentic tasting when compared to a classic English Ale and not quite hop driven enough to be a true APA, this is a decent mystery beer. Will try again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of the East Coast 6-Pack & Shirt BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy light copper brew. Head fades slowly, with hearty, sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced fruity hops and grain. Taste is spicy bread with a light hoppy close. The somewhat strong spicing made me think of winter warmer, not APA. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad, smooth, but dominated by the spiciness and bitter close, which knocked things down a bit. Not a bad beer, just not what I was looking for here.

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Photo of RBorsato
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy golden color with a full light beige head, very active carbonation, and lots of suspended sediment. Oxidized/Infected peppery aroma and flavor -- very much like Yard's TJ's Tavern Ale. Medium bodied but seems light due to overcarbonation.

Sorry Edenton -- Talk to your distributors about old brews (assuming it's old based on the bottle codes below) or bone up on the Quality Assurance.

Per EBC website: 5.9% ABV
Pilsner and Caramel malts.
Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus hops.

'3263' lasered on bottom ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 12/25/05

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Photo of veech
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't have big expectations for this beer, but very pleasantly surprised. This was a very well rounded, enjoyable ale that was bigger in its flavor profile than I expected. Complex flavors and aromas throughout with a clean finish and crisp aftertaste. This is extremely quaffable and I will seek this stuff out on my next trip to Raleigh.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep tangerine amber. Thin cream head manages some spotty/streaky lace.

Aroma - a whisper of malt presence fades to no nose at all.

Taste - toasty, buttery malts up front, a pleasant soft hop bitterness follows, slightly citric with grapefruit rind flavors. Superb balance.

Mouthfeel - slick feeling from the buttery malt effect and hop component. Lower than average carbonation.

Drinkability - super all-season session beer despite the weak nose. Flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and bisquit malts along with a mild hop aroma. It has an earthy, breadlike scent. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor. It also has a toastey, malt taste that boasts of pale, bisquit, and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good American pale ale. It has a good malt flavor and hop qualities.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fellow BA, silver0rlead, for this one.

The head on this beast was crazy! It was super thick, with a pillowy/fluffy texture, similar to a cloud. When it flattened out, it was still fairly thick and lasted the whole time. This is easily one of the best heads I've seen in quite a while. The smell was pretty impressive as well. It had hints of melon fruits, some spices, oakiness, some malts, and faint hops. One of the impressive things, was that there was hardly a hint of alcohol in the smell. The taste was just as complex. The melons were a bit more upfront and pungent, with the spices and oakiness not far behind. Again, the alcohol is hardly detectable, which makes this a very dangerous beer. This beer was very exciting and left me wanting more. I'm not a big fan of melons, but this beer somehow changed my view on them. If you can get your hands on this one, definately give it a shot. It's worth every cent.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy nedium apricor color with attractive white puffy head. Nice lacing as the glass slowly was emptied. Smell is a bit xstrange and not overly pleasant. (All of Edenton's ales seem to have the same smell, somewhat like an off herbal scent) Taste is much ore enjoyable than the smell with a nice frim maltiness balanced dy a light bitterness. Finishes nice and dry with the hops taking the lead from the malt. Very drinkable, but nothing spectactular.

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Photo of rodrot
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish amber color with a small 1/4 inch head that went away after a few minutes. Aroma was sweet and malty with some winey notes in the nose. Hop aroma was in the backround. Taste was primarily malty and caramelly with some fruity flavors of cherry and citrus mixing in. The beer had a light-medium body and was very quaffable. I was surprised to see an ABV of 7.1% printed on the label. Overall, this was a pretty tasty beer that reminded me more of a stock ale than an APA. My taste buds did not detect the hop character that APAs are known for. A solid offering from Edenton Brewing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep copper color with a relatively small head

Smell - The nose smells of nuts with a hint of citrus

Taste - First, there is a buttery caramel sensation from the malt which is quickly assaulted by bitter, citrus hops; both flavors meld together and are long lasting

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated but a bit slick

Drinkability - This is a nice beer from Edenton but I prefer their bolder styles

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Photo of eballard
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy amber brown color with a slightly off white head that stuck around. It has a malt sweet bread kind of smell with not a lot of hops aroma. It is a sweet smell that really is inviting. It has a bitter hops taste with a nice balance from the sweet malts that you could smell so clearly. It has a nice bite to it but in all it is well rounded. It has a heavy feel that slides down your mouth. It has a lingering taste coating the back of your mouth with a bit of a hops spice. It all this beer goes down smooth and has a nice taste. It’s not the most wonderful American Ale I’ve had but if you have the chance give it a try.

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Edenton Horniblow's Tavern American Ale from Edenton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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