Appalachian Pale Ale | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2004

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange body with a white head on top.

A scent of citrus hops backed by notes of earthy wood and malts.

Pale malts with touches of grains and sweet caramel. citrusy hops are present due to it being an APA... it shows up mostly in an overtone of lemons. Medium level of bitterness and a light aftertaste.

light-medium body. medium carbonation.

A light and refreshing APA. nothing extreme here. if you are wanting something with a punch, then this isn't the droid your looking for. drinkable and just about as good a pale ale you gonna get if you visiting the Gatlinburg area.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My parents brought back a mixed six for me to try. The beer poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent was nondescript. The taste ran slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoky Mountain Brewery - Appalachian Pale Ale. ? ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Settles a bright translucent golden in the glass, with a small half finger sized white head.

Smell: Some hops and tart citrus on the nose, slight grassy aroma mixed in too.

Feel: Light bodied with good carbonation; very smooth.

Taste: Tart citrus fruit is the main flavor here, with the hops and faint grassy notes complimenting it.

Overall: This is different from all other APAs I've had, and I actually like this more than most. The tart fruit really seams to give this extra flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour on this one came across as very solid right from the start. Very nice light amber color, with a good amount of clarity here. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass. A good sized head maybe an inch in height came up over the top, but then fell down to a thin veil across the top after just a few seconds.

Very light aroma, some hints of floral hops, maybe a touch of lemon in there, but as it warmed it became more malt driven. Thin bread like malt profile was readily apparent. The flavor started out with this, and although it was light in bodied, was more then adequately carbonated and this helped to offset some of the lightness. So the malts wash over your tongue with a light grainy and bread like flavor that soon abandons in favor of a light orange headed hop that quickly becomes a crisp and clean taste. Slight drying on the finish, though nothing too terribly strong. An easy session beer that I would have no issue at all with having to throw down in multiples.

Overall not a bad offering. It was not a stand out for me, though I cannot really say it was bad in anyway. Quick, clean, palate cleansing taste, this was everything a pale ale should be. Not bad for my first taste from the Smokies!

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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Previously reviewed on-tap at the brewery. Am reviewing the bottle for comparison reasons.
Pour is more of a golden color than I remember. Nice sticky head that doesn't last long.
Smell is of citrus fruits and a spring time garden. Very nice.
Taste starts rather mild and the hops kind of creep in. Full force hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Nothing exciting nor sticky like other pale ales I've had.
Overall this is my favorite of the Smokey Mtn Brews, and a fine pale ale over all.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my brew of choice at Smoky Mountain. I enjoyed it so much that I grabbed a growler to bring back into the (unfortunately for me) dry county that I was staying in while in North Carolina.

The appearance is a nice amber colour wit ha big sticky head on top.

The smell is oily, juicy, hoppy and sweet. A nice job overall here.

While the flavour pretty much matches the smell, it steps it up a notch in terms of hop flavour and the juiciness that comes from it, but also brings a malty earth flavour into the mix as well that isn't really present in the smell. The juicy flavour moves right through to the finish for a nice refreshing flavour. Mouthfeel is good as well here.

This was quite a tasty brew and one that I would hope would be on should I visit again. It's a shame that it's a brewer's special, or something like that, as it was far and away my favourite of the trip.

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4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burned orange with a finger of white head. Laces very well. I smell a burst of hops, citrusy and rindy. Taste is a light brew but strong on bittering hops for a pale ale (which I loved)with a nice malty backbone. Great mouthfeel and carbonation and oustanding drinkability. Had 3 $3 liters of this beauty during monday night football, I slept very well that night.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely done pale ale. The hopping comes out of the gate like a lion - pungent Cascade hop aroma - with a sharp initial bite of hops. Then the beer throws on the brakes and mellows considerably, the hops abandoning the initial grapefruit notes and assuming a more fruity character. Plenty of malt to carry the show. Verdict: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale on Valium.

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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Appalachian Pale Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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