Extra Pale Ale | Dillon Dam Brewery

BA SCORE
81
good
46 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor
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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dillon Dam Brewery
Colorado, United States
dambrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale and carapils malt scent along with loads of hops that produce a wonderful floral aroma. The taste is great also. It has a good malt base that is comprised mainly of pale and light crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry with good hop character. This is a good pale ale; very hoppy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent American pale ale. It has good aroma and taste; a good drinker and by far their best offering.

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Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of StLThrash
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap on 3/11 in their brewery.

A - Hazy, yellowish-orange with a nice one finger head. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Lots of hops with this one. Lots of floral, citrus notes. Almost IPA-ish, but not quite. Some bready / biscuity malts there as well.

T & M - Nice & hoppy up front, with some citrus and floral character. Finishes spicy and almost peppery.

D - Could pound these all night.

This was my favorite beer they had on tap from the 5 or 6 I tried. Bartender said it was just put on tap 3 days ago, so it was pretty fresh.

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Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I just enjoyed a bottle of Dam Straight Lager from these guys. Let's have a go at their Extra Pale. Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed a short while later. Pours a one-finger light orange-tan head over a cloudy apricot blah liquid. Looks just like the Dam Straight. Smells citrus hoppy without malt. Mild grapefruit pith knives thinly through sweet orange oily. Tastes creamy with a sublte underlying sweet that hasn't a defined flavor. The main flavor on top are the hops. Grapefruity pith with some oranges and clementines. These hang throughout the beer, persisting into the aftertaste. The aftertaste gets a small change toward grassy rough hop character. Yeah, this is a classic APA. The malt remains free from defining characteristics, the hops are floral on the tongue without the bitter, and the beer is silky and wonderful to pull into the mouth. Well done, this is a great session beer. Super high scores from being super complex? No, but definitely a beer I'll pick up to share when guests come to visit. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this a great session beer.

Appearance: Light copper color, great clarity with a white foamy head that reained well all the way down.

Nose was hoppy but not as much as I would've hoped for the style. Maybe it was the bready maltiness that distracted me?

Bitterness on the tip and middle of tounge gives way to a sublte maltiness tastes of bread and fruitiness.

I found the body and blance of this beer ideal for session drinking. Carbination is perfect. This will be one of the regulars in the stable.

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Photo of RevDru
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium yellow-gold with a thin head and excellent carbonation.

S - Bitter orange flower, with hints of vanilla and cardamom.

T - Bitter-sweet citrus and light herbal tones. Just a hint of vanilla.

M - Crisp and lightly bubbly. Doesn't cloy the palate.

D - Nice and hoppy without being too bitter. A good hoppy beer for people who prefer malty brews.

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Photo of habaceeba
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber copper color with good clarity and an inch of fluffy foam

S - Very pleasing aroma. Hoppy citrus and earthy hops dominates.

T - Mild dry citrusy flavor. A bit thin on the malt for an APA. More like a session IPA. Very drinkable.

M - Light mouthfeel.

O - Overall a very good beer that could use a bit of backbone to nail the style, but very worthwhile in its own right, and I'm sure it's spot on with regards to the intent of the brewer.

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Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PHarm
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EPICAC
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra Pale Ale pours a clear copper, and is topped by a sudsy, beige head that fades to film, leaving good lace. The aroma is dominated by piney, and citric hops, but has a base of mild, toasty malts.

This is a pretty standard APA flavor-wise. Toasty malts upfront move through to a slightly sweeter, bready finish, where leafy and grassy hops provide a firm bitterness for balance. This beer was light-bodied, crisp, and had a nice, prickly carbonation to it.

I thought that this beer was very refreshing, and was a great after ski beer.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, with a small head of foam. Nice doughy malt in the nose with a huge dose of earthy, piney, lemony aromatic hops. Coating, rich and earthy hop flavor, fresh and piney. Pretty suprisingly good and perhaps one I might actually purchase someday.

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Photo of benito
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though I've visited the DAM Brewery more times than I can count in the last few years, this is the first time I've tried (and taken note of) their pale ale.

It's a copper beer with a nice creamy head and classic citrus aromas. The hop flavors are pronounced, particularly at the beginning of each sip and blend well into a bready, clean finish. It's relatively light bodied and nicley drinkable. All-around a sturdy and enjoyable APA.

The DAM puts out solid beers across the board, and a few exceptional ones on occasion. Their EPA is no different and makes for a fine brew at the end of a hard day of skiing.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit underwhelming for an XPA: all amber in color and profile, with a lot of prominent malt notes, which—while pleasant and fairly complex—overwhelm the florality of the hopping and coalesce the flavors around a light-amber locus and make the focus the smooth, gently-sweet grains. Really, the hopping seems light, with a mild citric strain, limited bittering, and a virtual absence of florality.

Fairly tasty, but I seriously question the taxonomy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber/burgandy color with a one finger head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Strong floral/grassy smells.

T - This is a pretty hoppy PA. The floral tastes come through with a subtle malt taste.

M - It is crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.

D - A fairly hoppy APA. I usually grab one with I'm in Colorado.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The Extra Pale pours a cloudy golden amber with lots of small floaties. It has a smallish head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

Its aroma is strong piney, citrusy hops.

The flavor is biscuity malt with a good piney hop bite and bitter aftertaste. It is a little on the thin and watery side.

Overall, a nice APA. It's kind of similar to Hazed and Infused. I wonder if this is dry hopped as well.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mentor for this bottle.

Pours a solid brown-copper in color. Almost clear but for a slight haze. Thick white head that dissolves to a thin film. Stringy lace. Nose is tarnished wood malts and a bit of sprucey hops.

Flavor is straight forward APA. Loads of malts up front. Biscuits and dough too. All quickly followed by mellow piney and spruce hops. Medium body but the hops really stretch this beer to its limits. Extremely drinkable... I lost myself while I was drinking it and finished it before I realized it.

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Photo of board45
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber with some small particals that are floating around. Very little carbonation, little tiny bubbles. The head is thin and leaves some laceing. The smell of pine and citrus is present. This beer tastes more citrus than piney with nice malt under-tones. Not hard to drink, a very refreshing brew. Has a very loose body to it. Nothing that sticks around. Though the finish brings the beer back with a good snap of the sticky stuff.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost two years since someone reviewed this.
Looks like it was shaky or didn't travel well in the past.
A friend brought me 6 straight from the brewery.

Good carbonation gave me a nice whiff of hops and poured a bubbly dark gold head. Medium bodied with decent ale character.
I found this refreshing, with hints of evergreen and citrus.

The finish got me ready for more.Definitely worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head disappears quicker than I thought it would, down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is a little cooked veggie over the pale malts, but the floral hops do make a valiant effort to dominate. Taste is pretty pedestrian, yet nothing detracts, which is always a good thing. Just a relatively balanced brew, tending towards hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not too bad either. Seems like this one just stays the course, offending no one, but not really going for the gusto either. There is a place for these beers.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Extra Pale Ale from Dillon Dam Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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