Petaluma Pale Ale
Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
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3.35 | pDev: 10.45%
Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
California, United States
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at Dempsey’s Restaurant and Brewery in Petaluma, CA during a recent road trip from Long Beach to Santa Rosa.

Described in the Dempsey’s Menu and on the Website as:

“Petaluma Pale Ale is a lighter style pale made with 100% pale malted barley and enough hops to give it a pleasant hop character without being too bitter. This is our answer to the question, "Can I get a beer?”

Appearance: Served in a Stange-style glass the off-white creamy head was enough to top off the brew with a nice looking presentation. Mild lacing and medium carbonation.

Nose: Fresh hops with a biscuit like malt background. Above average in strength. Hints of caramel.

Taste: Malt backbone is balanced against a hop character that just sneaks the levels of malt but never dominates. Hops are not ‘in yer face’, quite rare for a SoCal APA, but I actually enjoyed that aspect of this brew, you get chance to experience the balancing malts whilst enjoying the contribution from the hops without being bamboozled.

Mouthfeel: Easy going, hard to tell whether it was a little thin or just so nicely balanced that it drank so easily. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because the carbonation supported well without interfering.

Drinkability: Quaffable, the poised malt/hop balance and beneficial hop rate makes it easy to finish one of these in a few gulps.

Overall: Nicely balanced, a good solid American Pale Ale.

Jan 08, 2006
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plaid75 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a wispy foam cap.

The smell featured a grassy hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a dry grain, diacylt and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an average EPA. Not something I would search out. But what the he'll, I may never pass through here again.

Oct 15, 2010
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Jenray from Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

Nov 23, 2011
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1759Girl from California

3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At Toronado...

Appearance- nice golden colour with no head and no lacing. Not lively
Smell- oddly sweet can't place it, hops. Pleasant

Taste- tastes like a mix between a peach lambic and an English pale. Sweet, hoppy. Finishes like a fruitful with a hint of resin. I am a little bit confused by this taste...

Mouf- Exactly right for a pale

Drinkability- nice for a summer day and not too sweet that I couldn't handle more than one

Oct 25, 2010
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Offa from California

2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a basic, pretty standard, but decent, pleasant, drinkable, American pale ale.

This is somewhat dark gold with a small head that quickly disappears to leave nothing.

It has a mild aroma of lightly toasted grain and citrusy, flowery hops.

It has a slightly stronger taste but this is still very light, being mostly a thin, light taste of crackers and citrusy-grapefruity hop, a character I don't like much but which is ok. It is, though, well-balanced with a very light bite just taking over before the cracker finish. It's crisp, light, drinkable while still having some flavour, but not particularly satisfying, with an all-too-common two-note quality of cracker and citrus that is also rather thin, while the appearance is weak.

Apr 25, 2008
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rob133 from California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

Dec 27, 2011
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MIrvine from California

3.25/5  rDev -3%

Nov 03, 2013
Petaluma Pale Ale from Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 7 ratings