Prickly Pear Pale Ale | Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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4.02/5
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Prickly Pear Pale AlePrickly Pear Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Montana, United States
lewisandclarkbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with an emphasis on hops, the combination of Montana pale ale , crystal, and dextrin malts provide the setting for a smooth, balanced pale with great body. The addition of plenty of Northwest hops both in the kettle and a nice dose of dry hopping create a virtuoso hop performance. Named for the Prickly Pear Cactus found in the North Helena Valley and encountered by Lewis & Clark as they portaged around the Great Falls of the Missouri, this beer is actually brewed with real Prickly Pear Cactus.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,667
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
61
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
16
Trade:
1
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Photo of JCricket
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of csmrx7
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I must admit I wasn't expecting much of this, but was pleasantly surprised. Fairly hop forward with spicy and tropical fruits that carries on the nose and tongue with medium body and clean aftertaste. It's late fall, but this would make a great summer boating beer.

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Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beernhockey
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. First sip it has a funny taste, second taste is good after the third you will enjoy it fully. Everything about it is good, highly recommended.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wasatchback
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly-turgid* copper-orange in color, topped with a pal-tan khaki head.

Nose is spicy American (West Coast-style) hop with some fruitiness and yeast, and a touch of vegetal character. Fruitiness is berries... strawberries, even. It's really not too dissimilar to an average "APA", overall.

A crisp blast of bittering hops followed by a mildly-malty/sweet character on the first sip, with a touch of the yeast and a bit of biscuit malt (fresh can?) up front in the middle, and then drier toward the end of the palate. A touch of astringency adds to a dry finish overall. The fruit character (prickly pear is a succulent... right?) is more subdued on the palate, with the berry character not really being as prominent.

Adequate-to-"good" carbonation, as the beer coats the tongue and palate but doesn't go so far as to leave a scrubbing, tingling touch. It's not quite medium bodied, but I wouldn't call it thin, either. It's got a nice balance in any respects -- very easy drinking and palatable, which is probably its best trait (the prickly pear SOUNDS good and a bit exotic, but adds less character to the beer --or at least a LOT more subtlety-- than one would imagine.)

At 5.5% it's stronger than my ordinary sub-5% tipple, and really --well, almost-- seems in line with what we now have in the U.S. with "session"-styled I.P.A. or renditions of pale ale now being quite light and fruit-forward -- and hoppy, of course.

It's a fairly average pale ale altogether, and probably a bit above average (and yes, I'm a very hard grader.) But this was a fresh can and I can tell that it's not a badly-made beer, in any sense. If it was local to me, I would probably give it a go on draught from time to time. Definitely worth a try.

*Chill haze.

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Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is to beer as what Jack Herer weed is to the marijuana world. The best way to describe it is as follows, "THAT'S SOME GOOD SHIT!"

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brett47
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of 48oen33
2.31/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Like so many craft beers this pale ale is nothing more than a lot of cascade hops and zero body to balance it. Its watery,boring and is NOT balanced. Would Lewis and Clark consider redoing the recipe so it is a better beer????Almost NO chance. They are not brewmasters. Just brewers.Skip this stuff.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRealBerg
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmcdguns
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Prickly Pear Pale Ale from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 61 ratings