Extra Pale Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2006

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Rilesmiles
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Extra Pale Ale pours a golden color with a small lacing head. Aroma is bold with a malty undertone, and slightly floral undertone. Taste is very balanced lots of malts, and slight floral flavors. Body is a bit watery, but still has some flavors. Overall its a nice Pale Ale if it were an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of beagle75
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drawn from the firkin via gravity into a nonic glass at the downtown Great Dane brewpub in Madison.
According to the brewer this beer was 3.5% abv when I had it.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of diminishing rocky white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright and vinous, with a strong underlying fermented thread that doesn't allow too much of hop or malt character to show, save for some old dried grass that develops slowly.

T: Begins dry, with mild pale fruit giving way to strong toasted grain. Acidity peaks toward the middle, then smooths out. Flavors of fermentation develop into the middle--not boozy, and too spread out to pin down any single molecular culprit, but still too pronounced. Bitterness develops into the finish but stays restrained, allowing mildness to reign but still admitting some lingering plastic at the tail-end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic but otherwise smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Without any great appeal to offer, the flavors constantly remind of hearty alcohol concealed within. Strange, considering that the abv is way below average, according to the brewer. Doubt clouds every aspect of this beer, starting with how it was ever deemed fit to serve. It is hard to finish a glass.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops mostly. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Bitterness is not too strong. Tastes of sweet/earthy hops and slight earthy malt. Overall, pretty tasty but slightly lacking in depth and complexity. Also, it was slightly watery. This was my first beer from Great Dane; don't let this review deter you - their other brews are much more promising.

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear tanned golden with a lasting, lacy, large-pocked head.
Lime-rind nose with pine twigs, and green tea herbals. It's not a loud nose, and little is left over for malt, but a floury breadiness can be perceived.
Into the mouth it comes with a quick dinner roll maltiness. It rides lightly floured and grainy through the middle, imbued softly with woody notes from the cask. It ends with a tempered hop exclamation, with those same citric/piney/herbal tones that the nose promise.
Light bodied with a trickling carbonation.
It's not a head turner or ponderer, as it seems a bit like hop-tea (due more to a lack of maltiness than an excess of hops). But it succeeds as a light-hearted quaffer, quencher, and food washer. And that's what it aims for.
Good enough, then.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a magnificent warm orange color. Head is frothy white cloud that dissipates to a thin layer of pretty lace. Aroma is soft as a down pillow but not lacking in pine, grapefruit, and leafy hops. Flavor is mellow caramel with grassy, leafy hops and hits of citrus. Body is very light to medium and excessively drinkable. Lightly bitter and very refreshing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm light orange body that is pretty clear with a bubbly head of foam.

S- The notes of pine hops and pale malt are fresh but pretty soft.

T- The nice taste of fresh dry pale malt is followed by a light pine hop finish that has a faint citrus note to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer has the basic make-up of an ok beer but a light depth or quality increase in the grain could really bring this beer up.

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Extra Pale Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 9 ratings