Prickly Pear Pale Ale | Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beernhockey
4.99/5  rDev +32.4%
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 +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wasatchback
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +32.6%
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 -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brett47
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of 48oen33
2.31/5  rDev -38.7%
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 +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRealBerg
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmcdguns
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sporklift87
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a sweeter citrus smell mixed with a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a pear and passionfruit smell as well as a bit of a grapefruit and bready aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sweeter flavor of a tropical fruit and orange nature with a little bit of a citrus hop right at the start. As the taste moves on, the sweeter fruits fade a bit, but is replaced by some prickly pear sweetness, which upholds some of sweet style of the beer (sweet, but not too sweet.) All the while some other flavors of a light bready nature come to the tongue and with a lighter herbal and grainy taste, bring an overall rather nice blend of hop, sweet fruit, and malt to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather low to average. A little higher carbonation may have been slightly better for the style, but overall it was OK.

Overall – A rather decent cactus fruit brew overall. Pretty easy drinking with enough cactus fruit to keep it authentic, without having too much to make it obnoxious. Good overall.

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Photo of elliott1184
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Prickly Pear Pale Ale from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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