Prickly Pear Pale Ale | Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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Prickly Pear Pale AlePrickly Pear Pale Ale

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

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

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this beer years ago and its unique flavor always stayed with me. I was driving through the west on my way to seattle and enjoying as many local concoctions as possible. Montana is good ground for this type of activity. The Prickly Pear struck me immediately with its unique flavor, that was somewhat fruity and smoky at the same time, but time has faded my memory. I did not rate it as exceptional in any category but it was a delicious beer that I praise for carrying an innovative approach to an acid-test style.

There was also a medium-size Bavarian brewery in an old mining town, but I can't remember the name. My buddy and I took a tour, the owners were most hospitable with both knowledge and samples, the Maibock was magnificently savory.

Update! It was Bayern brewery in Missoula! The mining town had the bar where i first tasted their maibock, in a old converted bank with a gigantic safe in the back where they kept stuff!

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Photo of GeneralSpecific
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Making my annual trek down from the north country and making a stop off I-15 at one my favorite breweries, Lewis & Clark.

I've always loaded up on their Tumbleweed IPA and took the max amount back across the border, but to my delight the Prickly Pear Pale Ale is now in a CAN!!!

This an amazing Pale Ale with just enough hops to keep you coming back and a truly full-bodied mouthfeel with some sweetness as well.

Overall if I had to describe this beer in two-words I would have to say "Hoppy Refreshment", I could see myself switching to this beer during the summer months as I could just drink it all day long.

It says made with real cactus fruit and I asked the bartender but she wasn't sure how much or if it was added in the boil or during fermentation (don't blame her she probably thought I was a super beer geek even asking) but I did google it afterwards and there is some pretty interesting medical research that comes up about it's hangover curing properties so I say the more the merrier.

This is just such a pleasing pale I might just spend my entire border crossing allotment on it this time.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a slightly hazy gold with a nice crown of white, the left over lace leaves a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is nicely hop floral, sweet malt and the start somewhat sweet with a fair grain presence, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is prickly in acidity, pun intended, the hops pleasingly spicy quite dry aftertaste, and a drinkable beer.

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BigBry
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this one at the Sleeping Giant Tasting Room on our recent montana trip. Very tastey, so decided it was growler-worthy. The growler made it home safe and sound, and beer maintained its carbonation and flavor. Color is light copper with hgold hilghts, nice white creamy yhead. Smells are the typical floral hops of a pale ale. Maybe the name played subconscious tricks, but we could smell citrus, fruits, and yes - pears. Not overly hoppy, well balanced with the sweet malts. Really enjoyed the flavors, hoppy yes, but not over the top. Touch of spiciness added anoth dimension. Very drinkable beer, if I lived closer, this would always be in my growler at home.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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4.32/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of Bone313
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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Prickly Pear Pale Ale from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
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