Voyageur Extra Pale Ale | James Page Brewing Company

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Voyageur Extra Pale AleVoyageur Extra Pale Ale
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Voyageur Extra Pale AleVoyageur Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
James Page Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Rennpferd
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a clean pint glass.

It poured clear and copper hued with only an 1/8th of an inch of head that quickly shrank away leaving a slight lacing across the top of the beverage and ringing the glass. No activity in the beverage.

It smells of sugary roasted malt and a bit of hops, perhaps a hint of citris or pine.

A crisp well balanced yet mild taste of malt and hops. It is light bodied and smooth with a slight yet indescript tang finish.

This is very good, highly drinkable. It is not robust or complex, just all around good and very drinkable.

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Photo of supercolter
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If there is one thing that Wisconsin can do, its brew. I was quite fond of this beer. Appearnce was a bit too straw yellow, but some nice head and lacing. Smell was crisp and clean, no skunking, but lacking some malt. Taste is the strong point here. Nice hoppy flavor with a decent malt backbone. very easy to drink.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly amber under a modest dome of bleached ecru.
Wafting the familiar pine-resin glazed grassiness of hundreds of other APAs, laid atop a brown-sugared pear and grape skin fruitiness. The nose is not large by any means, but shows intriguing depth.
In the beginning, it is all hard biscuits, with stray grain or two popping out. It sweetens with caramel, and wavering, indistinct fruit punch vapors. The hops hit with all the Cascade typicality. Equal parts floral, grassy, grapefruit, and piney, with just a smear of resin stick.
Light-to-medium bodied with a persistent carbonation.
By no means is this a jaw-dropper- a Sierra Nevada clone with a more defined malt base- but it is a solid multiple quaffer. Seems better than the bottles I used to get from MN, so I'd guess absolute freshness is crucial.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Voyageur extra pale ale pours out a clear amber color with a large off-white head that lasts. Lemony hop flavor, which is nice, along with a strange fruity off-aroma. A tasty, crisp malt flavor with lemon. Citrusy hops. A tasty, bitter finish. The flavor is simple, and it's very similar to many other pale ales, but it works. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. This beer would make a nice session pale ale. This is not an amazing beer, but it's a pleasant little surprise.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The brew pours a clear, bright amber with ruby highlights. A minimal eggshell head foams up and fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is mild but some grainy malt and caramel mix with very faint floral hops. The bottle says cascade hops but I get no citrus, of course Ive had the bottle for about 10 months in my basement.
First sip reveals a light to average body with very fine and fizzy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel and some toffee with a faint hop bite on the finish. Not overly complex but no flaws on flavor either. The beer is extremely easy to drink and I find myself finishing the 12 oz much quicker than expected. A nice drinking beer that wont force you to think about your beer too much but still enjoy it.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a 1 inch white head which lingers a bit then leaves decent lacing on my mug. Clear and clean looking.

Smell is good...mostly malty, but nothing spectacular.

Taste follows the smell. I like this beer though, nice blend of light malt and light hoppiness. East to drink. Very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but for a Extra PA, i think it shouldn't be too hearty, so I'm fine with this.

Overall, pretty good beer. This is an ideal gateway beer as it isn't overwhelming, but still has some flavor and character.

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Photo of dickroop
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on a trip to Illinois, this one is new to me. It was dark, coppery, and clear, with a brownish-tan coarse head that was gone quickly. Well carbonated, with ample bubbles.

The aroma was piney with some malt hints. The taste was tangy, hoppy, but a little thin. There was good malt balance, without overshadowing the starring hops. It had a clever bitterness that hangs in the mid-palate and lingers in the finish.

Light-bodied, lacking any pretension. A little sticky, nicely carbonated.
Overall: very pleasant.

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Photo of tconboy
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly golden amber with a lively dyanamic head that fades to an alive half cm. pretty significant retention, just sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is malty hoppy goodness. Taste is a bit more faint, but still a nice blend of malt and hops. Certainly not overbearing. Many might consider this too "run of the mill" as the taste doesn't pack as much of a punch as many BA's would prefer. Light, crisp, mouthfeel and good drinkability. I could take down a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of taez555
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota

Pours a bright, very clean yellow/orange body with a white head.

Nose is a mix of citrus, caramel and biscuit.

Light to medium bodied. Clean and very smooth. Caramel malts with some mild touches of biscuit, even a little bready. Hop taste is big citrus but rather muted. Hop bitterness is nicely balanced and definitely not over the top like some APA’s. Really just a nice well balanced APA.

A great session beer after a long day of fishing for Walleye. Not a hop monster by any means, just a classic micro APA.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks the stonequarrywest for the bottle.
A: Pours a nice orange/amber transparent color that produces a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates into a little thin patch. Lacing is very nice along the pint glass.

S: Wheaty notes...sweet malts up front, floral hops in the background

T: Nice bready malty backbone on which the floral hops sit. They hops are not bitter, but they are floral and nice, perfect for a pale ale!

MF/D: Finishes very clean, semi-dry, light in body, very easy to drink on a hot day during the summer!

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Photo of Gump
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great, clean and clear, good carbonation and head.
Semi sweet, straw like aroma. A good dose of hops here dominates the flavor.
An easy to drink ale, but there is a harsh graininess that can't be ignored.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

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Photo of hanco005
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of my James Page sampler pack. The bottle has 7 guys in a canoe going over rapids. All are smiling except for one...and his shirt is a different color as well. Is there some hidden message in this bottle art?

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A—clear, orange, amber color with a 2 finger head, quickly receding into a light coating of foam, leave medium lacing on the glass

S—hops and pine, some malts, sweet and citrusy

T—the smell really fooled me...way more balanced than I expected, where are those bitter hops? It is a good combo of malts and hops, but neither is dominate. Not what I expected, but still rather tasty, finishes a little dry

M—smooth and mellow, a little too mellow for an EPA, a little flat as well

D—not what I expected, but I like it. It is well balanced, not as hoppy as I think an EPA should be. Still, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a basic APA scent, pale malts, carapils, and some bisquit malts. It's clean and bitter with an excellent hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light and watery malt taste. The hops are well represented, but the malt content needs to be increased. There is too little body here. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It's a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is pretty good, but it really needs more body to it. I love the hops, but they should add more carapils and a light crystal malt, maybe a 20L variety. Anyway, not a bad drinker.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first thing a notice about this beer is how dark it is (for an extra pale ale) the next thing I notice is the very pleasant, pungent citric/pine hop aroma. The carbonation is good, but doesn't add much to the appearance, as the head quickly falls leaving a collar of foam.

The taste is of Cascade hops coupled with a bit of fruitiness, with a hoppy citrus finish that has just enough bitterness. The body seems a bit full, but I guess that's the Upper Midwestern style for pale ales. Overall, this is a decent pale ale that I definitely drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for to get it.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a nice copper colour, the beer looks like a nice pale ale with a nice fluffy white head. Pretty clear as well. The nose on the beer is almost entirely bready and caramelly. There is a nice grapefruit/citrus flavour in the background, that comes out. There is a pretty good balance up front of the malty sweetness and hoppiness. The balance is superb on the beer. There is a slight off flavour at the end of the drink, which makes me think the beer is slightly old. A bit too much carbonation on this, but that's okay. It's pretty damn drinkable, like most pale ales.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter copper of amberness with a inch high head of fluffy white head that slowly dwindles, leaves some drippy lace. Smell is a mild downed cirtusy hopness with a sweet creamy sense from caramel malt and a bit breadish, but a wee bit light and softer then most bitter pales. Taste is a shadowy reflection from the smell in the hops character, citrusy bite and bitterness thats fairly strong but paled in a sense that lends itself uneven from the caramel malts playing in a sweetness and doughy likeness that seems to hamper the flow of taste. Clean and drying finish with a medium body feel, leaving traces of hop bitterness. Pretty soft and easy this beer is and seems to want to be. Perhaps like a lost voyaguer without a compass, knows how to get places without a problem but still needs a starting point and a destination.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single taken from the fridge of a friend while i housesit/dogsit

appearance: pours into capital brewery pint glass (i think picked up when we did the tour with some other friends)...classic medium amber body, light beige head with average lacing

smell: very mild aromas...light green hop coming through, light caramel

taste: there really just isnt a whole lot going on here...light green hop flavor base, even lighter caramel-malt...nothing bad, but nothing really at all

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: fine

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a reddish brown tint. LIght head on the surface that is reminiscent of the "oily" look on some IPA's. Hoppy nose, but very faint. A light malty attack that gives way to a mildly hoppy flavor. The attack does a good job refreshing the palate. Some very faint bitterness in the finish and in the aftertaste. Very straightforward beer with decent structure and a mouthfeel that feels light in the mouth. Pretty mild and clean.

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Photo of happygnome
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice amber color with about a half inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving little to no lacing
s: caramel malts dominate the aroma in addition there is a spicy and citrusy hop presence that i find enjoyable in the nose
t: caramel malts and spicy cutrsy hops
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this, it is a solid brew but i didnt like it as much as other APAs that are available around here

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large, off-white head sits atop this copper colored drink. There is a fair amount of lacing present. The main character of this drink is its spicy hop flavor, topped off with some caramel malt. Its not the best pale ale in the world, but its not the worst either. An ok drink.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a copper-orange amber color with a thin, light tan head. Smell isn't overwhelming, but is of cascade and toasted nutty malt. The taste is pretty well balanced, with just enough cascade flavor that settles into a grainy, slightly roasted malt taste. Kind of one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly creamy consistency. A sessionable pale, nothing spectacular but not bad either. I would drink again, but I don't think I would actively pursue it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/amber color with a two-finger high, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrusy hops with hints of pine. There was a good bit of caramel in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a nice bitter hop kick. The hops added a touch of citrus and pine flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer that is exceptionally easy drinking.

D - This is a solid APA. It is tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this funny lil’ brew sitting in the single box, took it home with me. And it turned into a nice brew.

Mahogany oak pour, with a pop up ivory head, good lacing too. Woody and earthy tones in the aroma. Then, I’ll be, a surprising mix of caramel and chocolate in the quaff dance about with the resionous hops. Quite a deal.

Quirky lil’ brew, not half bad, perhaps just a bit raspy at the end of the bottle. No dating on the bottle, could be old, too.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep dark amber body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale and caramel malts layered with a spicy hop component and a slight grainy note.

Taste: Pale malts with a light, brief caramel sweetness. Light spicy bitterness. Hint of grain. Finishes 3/5 sweet, 2/5 bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, albeit average pale ale.

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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale from James Page Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 60 ratings