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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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 60
Photo of supercolter
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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 terrabyte
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vividly clear, light-brown/orange color with a small white head. Lacing sticks to the sides but slowly sank away.

As with all the beers I tried from the James Page Sampler Box, the aroma is the most lacking aspect of their beers. This one is no different. You can tell that this has some hops, but that is about it.

Flavor has a nice bitter hop bite with even more in the aftertaste. Finally! Something my tongue can feel! It gets me excited because the other 3 beers from this sampler box almost put me to sleep. Despite this, I'm afraid compared to the rest of the world, this is still a simple-tasting beer. Not much more goes with this cascade hops.

Mouthful is decent, a touch of foam and a little tart & bitterness.

Drinkability is nice. My favorite beer from this brewery.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

James Page brewing Company's Voyageur Extra Pale Ale pours out
a rocky head over a clear amber brew. Carbonation is moderate, and
the nose is malt and herb. The flavor is malt with a lemon and grassy
hop finish. The aftertaste is more of that grassy hop. Another good, basic
brew. My personal favorite Extra Pale Ale is Summit's- but there is a hint
of strawberry in the hops they use that I prefer to the grass and lemon
flavors present in this one- but that is, of course, a subjective judgement.
The fact is that Voyageur is also a fine, well made Extra Pale Ale- I would
not turn it down and if I could not score a Summit, Voyageur would be at
the top of my list. Good stuff.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 marcobrau
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BeerBelcher
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this was a decent pale ale, and a good value ($0.99 a bottle at Murray's). Still, in a world crowded with APAs, I can think of others I'd prefer.

Color is a copper red amber (darker than I expected) with lots of white head. Appearance is the highlight of this beer. Smell was fairly pleasant and lightly hoppy. Taste was a bit thin, but had some good hop bite to it. Mouthfeel a bit watery, but not bad.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
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 dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 objectivemonkey
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice goldish copper, head and lacing are skimpy. Aroma is ncie at first, then a little odd later on. Initial light floral hop and sweetish malt, then gets something like bready. Taste is relatively simple, minimal hop presence and vague malt presence, but both equally weighted, and ultimately not too shabby. Mouth is fine, and its a rather drinkable beer, just not memorable.

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Photo of shivtim
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A red/copper beer with a slight white head and decent lacing. The nose is very smoky, and even plastic-ey. Like you accidentally put a plastic spork on top of a toaster oven so it melted a little bit, and then you put some olive oil in the toaster oven and left it on too long. So, kind of a smoldering oily melting plastic smell. Not too pleasant. Note: others in the group trying this beer did not agree with me that it smelled this way, but I tried smelling it from a different pint glass and it still had the same smoky/oil/plastic smell.
Luckily the taste has no connection to the smell. It's decently hopped, with a hint of sweetness, and a bitter finish. Decent balance. Mouthfeel is not bad; it's a bit foamy. Drinkability is right in the middle.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber color with a two-finger head that falls but never leaves entirely. Light lacing and intermittent bubbling. The smell is the reverse of most charged-up craft pales. The malt wins the race with the hops.

Taste is light citrus hops to resiny bitterness. Not going to bowl you over, but a balanced flavor.

A little watery, light mouthfeel. Just fine for drinkin. My favorite so far from a James Page sampler, but no real standout qualities.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery orange beneath a good-sized cap of light putty beige whose most impressive feature is its creaminess. The foam is on the persistent side and takes a few minutes to halve itself. Too bad the glass coverage is spotty at best (note: it's better later). For some reason the beer and head look autumnal... Oktoberfestish.

The nose is passable and might be better than that if I could smell more of it. I love the aroma of Cascade single-hopped pale ales and am disappointed that this one isn't more forthcoming. There's also a whiff of toasted malt in the background.

VEPA isn't a whole lot better on the palate. This is anything but bold beer and is rather simple to boot. Simple isn't necessarily a negative when it comes to APAs, since toasted pale malt and citrusy Cascade hops can be a killer combination when done right. A lack of verve and panache is a little harder to forgive.

My suggested improvements are as follows: boast the overall malt load, add more pale and less caramel malt, and double the hop load (at least). As the beer warms, the toasted grain and nutty caramel flavors become more prominent and the grapefruity hoppiness becomes less prominent. Wrong direction! Let's get this voyage headed downstream, shall we?

The mouthfeel is on the light side for a pale ale. As a result, it emphasizes the wimpiness of the flavor. A fraction more heft and a few more bubbles would perk up the mouthfeel and would add a little excitement to a beer that is lacking in that department.

So is Voyageur a voyage worth taking? That depends on one's expectations I guess. Keep them on the low side and you'll likely be satisfied with its balanced, easy drinking nature. Expect a tasty, hoppy treat (as I did) and you'll be left wanting.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Voyageur Extra Pale Ale pours from the 12oz longneck a clear copper amber color with a small quarter inch of bubbly white head. Bubbly active carbonation rises up. Aromas of sweet pale malt with caramel swirls alongside a herbal, citrusy Cascade hop. Rather mellow, a bit biscuity. I'd like to see a bit of a bolder aroma.

First sip brings a sweet crystalline maltiness upfront with notes of caramel and toasted grains. Segways into a light citrusy, herbal hoppiness that brings a just a drop of bitterness on the way down. Finishes clean with a bit of biscuit dough and ultimately falls short, leaving me looking for more flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation that creates a bit of creaminess. Flows across the mouth nicely. Drinkability is hindered by the fact that the flavor is lacking..making me lose the desire to have another. Overall, an average pale ale nothing more.

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Photo of hanco005
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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 cokes
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 taez555
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
A full 1" of sticky white head, leaves intricate lace atop a hazy copper body. Definitely smells of bitter hops, lightly floral i nature. The hops are not as prominant in the flavor, jockeying for position with a carmel malt flavor. A different kind of pale ale, I think I like the more hop-heavy variety.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peach fuzz in color, capped with a huge white head, decent lacing. A citrus and hops mixture on the nose. Sweetness and hops noted on the top; somewhat carbonated, perhaps a bit too much. Somewhat clean and delicate flavoring, a bit off the beaten path with some biscuity/bread notes in the middle. Seems to lack a full flavored, hop craving APA, just average right across the line.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden amber, with a decent white head. The head dissipates into a thick ring of lacework about 1/4 of the way through the beer.
Aroma is malty, with a grassiness and fairly agressive hop presence. Slight pear aroma.
Flavor starts out malty and effervescent, to a bready and grassy flavor, and tapering off into a sharp hop bitterness. Strange grainy malt aftertaste. Esters are very light, almost nonexistent. The beer is sharp and crisp, with a semi dry finish. The aftertaste is sort of unpleasant, but the beer initially tastes quite good. I like the hoppiness, but i think the malt needs a little work.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 BeerAngel
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a modest off-white head that appears dense. The smell of light buttered fresh baked bread and faint grain are blended nicely. It tastes of more of the grain and a nice citrusy hop fading into a light bitter finish. This beer although it tastes nice and drinks down easy is not very complex. It is light bodied and finishes slightly dry. Pretty decent brew IMO. Cheers!

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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 budgood1
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deep copper colour, nice head and decent lace left on the glass. aroma of understated caramel malts and and a quite strong punch of cirusy hops. tastes of toasted malts, and a bitter citrus hop kick. the bitterness of the citrusy liberty hops really is the main player in the flavor profile, outdueling the meager malts. in fact it seems out of balance. i'm thinking that this might not be a bad summer quencher, but not really a good any time pale ale. an adequate body makes the mouthfeel seem full and satisfying. i agree with the notion that here in the northland, if you have access to summit EPA, why would you want to drink this?

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Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper hue, w/ brilliant, lager like clarity. Billowy, thick, porcelain white persistent head leaves loose, muddled lace. Mild citrus tinged floral hops and mellow light caramel malt upfront in aroma. Hint of doughy, lightly buttery malt adds a creamy undertone. Soft, pleasant aromawise. Moderate, edgey hop bitterness bathes and lingers on the palate initially, then fades allowing bready pale base malt and pseudosweet dextrins to surface. Light caramel malt presence adds minor sweetness, and is perceived mostly indirectly in its contribution to residual, unfermentable dextrins. Mild hints of toast, but overall quite clean,
and perhaps a touch one dimensional. Lightly bodied and crisp, with an agreeably smooth mouthfeel a hair shy of creamy. Understated floral hop flavor with a trace herbal lace integrates well into the mellow malt profile. Finishes dry, with a continuation of hop bitterness fading slowly. Quite a quaffable, balanced pale. A bit underwhelming and perhaps over filtered, but enjoyable nonetheless. Soft. Eerily similar to Siletz Cream Ale. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for delivering the bottle.

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Voyageur Extra Pale Ale from James Page Brewing Company
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