Hale's Pale American Ale | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Pale American AleHale's Pale American Ale

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hale's Pale Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by kbub6f:
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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small, off-white, filmy head. Hazy peach beer. Fruit, tea and pine in the nose. A little cheese. Good. Bitter citrus and caramel up front leading to a quite malty middle. Finish is metallic when cold. Piney, citrusy hops. Really quite bitter. A little milky, a little bready, a little tea. It's a nice, bitter APA. Quite caramely through the middle. Nice, rich malt at temperature.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light, orangish-orange in color (if that’s a word) and very clear with a lame head.

Smell – The nose is great on this ale. The malt balance is big, creamy, and full of caramel notes. The light floral and citrus hops are terrific. Really, I don’t think that I’ve ever smelled such a good effort at the citrus hop nose.

Taste – Yikes! My wonderful citrus hop nose went south. It’s still there, but now it’s full of grass with a slight lemon twang. What a friggin’ disappointment. It’s not all bad though, it just went from awesome to average.

Mouthfeel – This one is very creamy and has a nice, easy-going mouthfeel. It’s on the lighter side of medium-bodied and just refreshing enough to make you want to session it.

Drinkability – Nothing wrong with this one going down. The offering from Hale’s leads the buck-a-bottle pack.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours out with a half decent head but then it drops quickly to a thin ring of lace. Good clarity with a copper color, the sediment stayed to the bottom of the bottle. Slight hop, marshmallow yeast tone and biscuity malt in the nose. Slick and smooth with a medium body. Slightly fruity with pear and apple skin flavors. Maltiness has a hint of caramel but is mostly biscuity through and through. Hops lean toward a citric twang and sharp bitterness. Ends semi-sweet with lingering hop and grain.

Balanced and flavorful, a good example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screwcap "export" opaque reddish brown against the bay window and 25 Feb snow soft head washes away soon nice aroma first taste - maltier than expected with a slightly bitterish finish nice balance nose is somewhat floral with malt lurking head sudsy now tasting a little sweeter here and there it's heftier than expected definitely showing diffferent aspects as the glass goes down mouthfeel getting softer as it warms up slightly sweeter toward the end

very nice beer

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz bottle conditioned ale pours a hazy, iced tea color with a small, offwhite head. Not much head retention, but a few islands of lace are left around the glass.
Aroma features floral, pine, and citrus hops. Lemonrind, pine, and grass, with some malty caramel in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and has moderate, peppery hop bite.
Taste is predominantly citrusy grapefruit, with some pine notes, and a more than adequate malt presence that stands up well to the assertive hopping. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with an herbal hop aftertaste.
A very well crafted westcoast style IPA. Highly drinkable, and one that I will seek out again.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish orange color, the head is flimsy and settles quickly to a ring. A bit of hoppiness to the aroma, but mostly a candy nose. Malty toffeee impression to the flavor, tends toward diacetyl with caramel notes as well. Medium-light body overall. Some mineral senses mid-mouth and a reserved lemony hopping. On the sweet side for an APA, a drinkable brew but a little on the unmemorable side of the tracks.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention with sporadic lacing.

S: Light citrus, some orange peel and lemon with some caramel and faint pine.

T: Similar to the aroma, a bit of citrus upfront - some orange and grapefruit, with a hefty amount of grainy and caramel malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A decent pale ale, easy drinking and smooth. A little on the malty side.

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

Golden-orange bodied with an ivory head that fades somewhat quickly to a skim then holds a successful last stand and remains the duration.
Nose of a tropical fruit cocktail wrapped in dried leaves.
Malt appears first with a toffee sweetness mixed with pineapple and oranges. Buttery diacetyl is noted, but is issued no citations, as it blends well. Hops enter late with floral blossoms scattered amongst dead grass.
Starts fully fluffed and creamy in the mouth, but thins significant by the time it reaches the uvula.
A nice little session pale ale when massive amounts of hops are not needed. A quencher.

Credit belongs to Bighuge for supplying this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Since 1983" 12oz can served in pint glass. Beer pours very pale orange, bordering on amber, with a bit of cloudyness and a larger than average white head. Mild citrus fruit aroma. Nutty barley flavor, bitterness perfectly complemented by American hops. Overall flavor profile is citrusy: orange, tangerines. Clean finish with just a bit of residual bitterness. Lacing is substantial too, surprising for a 4.7% ABV pale ale. Carbonation is kept well in check, making for a pretty sessionable APA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A short but creamy white head caps a slightly hazy, deep-amber body. The retention is only fair and it drops readily, but it does maintain a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The nose is rich with sweet caramelish malt that's gently infused with floral and lightly citrusy hops. Bottle conditioning really adds to the enjoyment of this beer by adding a very fine and moderate carbonation to it's medium body, leaving it smooth and lightly-creamy in the mouth. Upfront the flavor offers a sweetish, lightly toasted and caramelish malt that's coat-tailed by hop flavors. It's well-balanced with an underlying bitterness. Quite nice! It gets good marks for drinkability as it's an easy to drink beer with a good deal of malt and some character to fall back upon. Well done!

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Photo of Elemental
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light copper amber color with a small head. It has a good hoppy aroma that is also slightly sweet smelling. It has a good body and taste that is complemented by the hops. Its taste is slightly sweet and a little malty for a pale ale but it finishes nicely with a good level of bitterness.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite beer to drink while I'm sitting smoking ribs. It's a nice refreshing session beer on a hot day.

While I like the copper color, this beer pours with little to no head and no lacing. It's pretty thin, in fact.

It smells like most APAs I've had - sweet caramel malt with a hint of hoppy orange citrus. The citrus is not overpowering and is different than an IPA. No one would confuse this beer with an IPA.

The taste follows the smell, though there's more biscuit flavor than caramel in the taste than you would expect from the smell.

This pale ale goes down easily and I've had many in a session. I've often moved on to big IPAs once I get the ribs off the smoker, so I've never copped a huge buzz from several of these pale ales. This brew definitely fits the definition of a session beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 1/4" of white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Fruitty with hints of dates, figs & apples, some breadyness as this warms

T: Fruitty with spicy/citrussy hoppyness up front. Leafy & piney hops, plus more breadyness as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with loads of snappy citrussy hops

MF Medium bodied & pretty smooth with low carbonation ( the
bottle conditioning shows) & great balance

This drinks very easy, a fairly tasty & complex APA that seems a bit better to me than prior ratings. To each their own. This does have a lot of EPA attributes as well. I'd happily session on this

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Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy orange color with a light carbonation to be seen rising to fill a rapidly dieing one finger white foamy head. Light lacing started to cling and then slid. The smell had a decent sweet caramel maltiness running along into a light citrus blend. The taste was a combined sweet caramel and citrus aspect to it. A light citrus aftertaste leads to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. It was nicely carbonated. Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA that I could have again.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of baile208
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a nice dark amber color and the smell was kind of indistinctive but did have some citrus. Tastewise, has a malty hint to it laced with cirtus and lemon. Smooth. Hint of caramels.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nothing special here Light amber color with very little head that leaves a nice short lacing

Smell - Probably the best part of this brew. Very fresh smelling hops unlike some other APA's that are overpowering this one has many different scents to it

Taste - Disappointed. After the nice scent the taste leaves me unimpressed. Bitter hops with malt. Literally all I can say about it.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth easy on the palate, which is also a downside

Drinkability - Could have a few of these if I liked them but just not enough going on. Not even one of my preferred styles and it still leaves me desiring more

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Photo of evilkorova
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a full off-white head and good lacings. Floral hop aroma.
Taste is citrus hop flavor with a good amount of malts. Easy drinker. No A sessionable pale with a smooth character.
Mouthfeel isbetter than average.
Drinkability is good. Wish I had more.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A long time favorite along with Pike Brewing from the Northwest is Hales Ales, and thanks to my new source, Liquid Solutions, I can now once again enjoy these fine beers.

The beer as it sets in the glass a golden amber color, crystal clear with a modest head the is frothy in texture, off white in color but dissipates a bit quick for my liking, the resultant lace a thin sheet. Nose is hop floral, malt sweet, and citrus crisp and quite pleasant to the senses. Start is malt laden, sweet and the top middling in feel with the finish delightfully carbonated, the hops personable in their spicy presence, dry and a real treat and what a wonderful session beer it would make, you lucky “Ducks”, Oh That’s Oregon Ducks! well hell then you lucky “Huskies”!

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