Voyageur Extra Pale Ale | James Page Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 60
Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium sized off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

Citrus hops with pine notes blended with a light caramel aroma.

A little bitter citrus hops bite with just a very slight caramel malt presence in the taste.

A slightly dryish aftertaste with a bit of hops tagging along with this medium bodied pale.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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 RoamingGnome
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dr. K for the sampler pack. Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) The color is golden fleece. There was about an inch of white foam.

S) Mostly malt, maybe a little hint of grass.

T) Again, I'd say malted barley. There was some bitterness. I didn't pick up on any pine or citrus.

M) Clean and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation. There was nothing to distinct about it.

O) This is pretty drinkable, although I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Stay thirsty my friends...

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Photo of Gump
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JackieTH
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At a restaurant arrived already poured into a pint glass, was an attractive amber orange with a creamy white head of 1-2 fingers that leaves lacing as it slowly diminishes.

Citrus hop on the nose with a background of malt. Overall is lightly applied.

Palate is a background of mild roasted malt with bready/biscuit flavors balanced fairly well by the citrus hop that isn't at all overpowering in a medium bodied moderately high carbonation beer. Drinkability is there but I only ordered the one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 biter 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 tconboy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Knecht
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light, single-finger head that disappears pretty quickly, but leaves a nice lace on the glass. The ale is a light golden color, surprisingly light for a pale ale. The aroma is a bit hoppy and spicy, but nothing all that exciting.

The beer's taste is not a whole lot more interesting than the aroma. It's pretty standard issue... the hops are only present in the form of some spiciness up front, and otherwise it's a relatively malt-oriented pale ale. It has a medium-light body, and seems a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability-wise, I'm sure I could drink this all night, but I just don't think that I would want to. This is really mediocre at best; there's just not anything interesting going on here.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Golden with a nice layer head retention.

Earthy hops on the nose, a bit of pine, and fairy average pale malt.

Taste is mildly bitter and a grainy maltiness.

Overall, lacks character and body. Not much really going on to comment about. I guess if it were this or a coors, well you know.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a clear, light amber.
Citrus hops on the nose.
Bready malt up-front then grainy and then the citrusy hops.
Leaves a dry and weakly bitter mouthfeel. Not bitting, but more on the crisp side.
A fairly dull brew but it's right up some people's alley so cheers to them.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber beer, showing high carbonation. Slightly off-white head retains well while being constantly replenished by the streams of carbonation bubbles; remains as a thick layer through the whole drink.

S-Slightly citrus hops cut through a nice stage of toffee biscuit malts.

T-Hop bitterness cuts through a nutty, toasty malt, showings of bicuity heartiness, while still feeling and tasting relatively lightish. Hop character is slightly of citrus, herbal. Finishes dry.

M-Medium-light body, almost medium. Mediu-high carbonation, maybe a bit too much, but still refreshing.

D-Good. Accessible in its ease of drinking.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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 swizzlenuts
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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 sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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 morimech
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with two fingers of white head that had decent retention. The head eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma consists mostly of caramel malt. Just slight citrus and spice notes are detected. The flavor as well is on the tame side of APAs on hop flavor and bitterness. Nice malt flavor and there is enough hops to add a nice refreshing nature to the beer. A nice body for the style and good carbonation. Has a good mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA. By no means the best but is servicable.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 +5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of 1fastz28
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a really red color with out a lot of foam, even with a strong pour. the smell isn't half bad some mild malt character with some citrusy notes. the taste is average very smooth with a mild body, its completely drinkable. the more i drink the more flavors come through. give it a shot if you get the chance

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Photo of hylton44
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid brownish-orange hue and pungent, fruity & flowery odor a par for the course amidst a crowd of solid representatives in what is a solidly consistant style. Not bad tasting, but the dry standard IPA biterness is offset somewhat by an overly oily, resiney mouthfeel and a watery sort of quality.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is small, and quickly recedes into thin lacing. The aroma is of juicy grapefruit with an undertone of caramel. The taste has only a hint of the grapefruit found in the aroma, and is very all around watery. The mouthfeel is very thin for a pale ale. Overall, this would be a very nice beer if it had some more body to it, and if it tasted more like it smells. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear light amber with a large foamy, bubbly off-white head, some lace.

Smell: Light, faint aromas of floral with a subtle lemon citrus, and toasted grains. Nothing "EXTRA" here.

Taste: Thin sweet malty with toasted grains, watery caramel, soft hops, sour citrus with a sour, grainy finish.

Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, thin medium-light bodied mouthfeel, the fizzy carbonation gave this a more watery than creamy feel.

Drinkability: Nothing EXTRA about this.... just an average APA.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 dickroop
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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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