Pale Ale | Cumberland Brews

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Cumberland Brews
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well balanced and properly proportioned, Cumberland Brews' Pale Ale carries a fuller body and richer taste than is common to American pale ales and begins to resemble those from Great Britain

Stolidly copper in color with the exception of orange highlights toward the edges, the ale slowly releases a creamy egg shell white foam with firm creaminess, moderate retention, and light lace.

Malty aromatics of caramel and bread blend with fruity esters for a rich scent that's equaled by citrusy and grassy hop character. Somewhat earthy and sharply of grapefruit, the hop display seems both English and American. Even the marmalade-like sweet fruitiness points toward English pale ales as well.

The richer than usual flavors seem to favor malt sweetness with counterparts of jammy esters, lightly stale bread and dough with medium intensity. The hop balance of grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grass, and earthy tea balance the sweetness early through mid palate but develops into a mild piney bitterness to finish.

Medium bodied, the beer's low-lying carbonation allows the full weight of the beer to be felt on the tongue. Where it may give up a bit of refreshment, it translates to fuller flavor. Finishing semi-dry with zesty alcohol warmth and light hop derived astringency that weaves in and out of the hop bitterness; the beer resembles cask conditioned versions at times.

With the strength of nearly six percent, the beer flirts ever so slightly with IPAs, especially when the high hopping rates have to match the stern malty sweetness. Its proportions and scale deviate from the pale ale path slightly. The mild stale character and weedy hop bitterness allow for mild distractions to interfere with a crisp clean taste of the style.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cumberland Brews in Louisville, KY.

A: Pours a crustal clear amber to copper in color with some light orange hints. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the surface of the beer and a ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malts with a little bit of sweetness as well as moderate notes of pine/resin and citrus hops.

T: The taste follows the smell, starting with a caramel malt body with some light amounts of sweetness. Then the hop flavors kick in - pine/resin and citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonations. Slightly sticky/oily.

O: This is a very enjoyable pale ale that I found pretty easy to drink. A little too strong to be sessionable but definitely a beer I could have more than one of... just not more than two or three.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange/amber color. Poured a coarse off-white 1 finger head with fair retention. Inconsistent lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Citryw and grapefruit hops.

T: Citrus peel and grapefruit hops up front. Pale malts and slightly sweet crystal malt. A little resiny, but sharply bitter finishes balances nicely.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Fairly smooth, balanced and clean.

D: Very drinkable. Flavor and balance along with moderate ABVmake it sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown color with copper highlights and a solid, one inch, dense cream head that lingers. When it does dissipate it leaves significant lacing.

Pine and grapefruit are dominant in the aroma, with lemon, mint, and bready caramel malt offering support. There's an underlying cardboard and somewhat rubbery note. Subsequent sniffs reveal a wine-like, almost lactic tartness that seems out of place.

Flavor is fairly malt dominated, with lightly roasted caramel malt carrying fleeting hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon into a fairly resiny, slightly bitter finish. Rubbery phenol is subdued, but present...almost soapy.

Body is a touch watery, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency at the finish.

Overall, a fairly malt forward pale ale. Bitterness level is appropriate, but hop flavor is fairly simple. The malt is probably a bit too roasty, and I'm not sure about the funky tartness in the aroma.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy amber with subtle orange highlights and a creamy white head that sticks around far longer than expected.

S: Huge aromas of pine, spruce, and citrus bludgeon the nose. Once the ale settles down a bit, subtle scents of caramel, cream, crackers, and biscuits become just barely noticeable.

T: Opens in a bitter, sticky manner with notes of grass, peppermint, bitter orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine, and spruce attacking the palate. Notes of caramel, cream, minerals, crackers, and biscuits briefly make their presence known around mid-palate before they are drowned out by strong flavors of pine, spruce, orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, gently carbonated, and very resinous. It's not really a quaffing pale ale, but it isn't exactly a sipper either.

O: This is a good hop-driven American pale ale that goes particularly well with most of the entrees available at the pub. It may not be the most complex example of the style that one will run across, but it gets the job done. Definitely worth seeking out if you fancy yourself a hop head.

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Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I'm sure you can tell by the order of these reviews, I split a growler of this stuff with clvand0 and SheepNutz. The beer poured a nice golden color, with minimal head. Off the tap, this beer had a decent one finger of head. The nose was a nice balance between the lightly citrus hops and the caramel sweetness in the malt. The flavor brought much of the same. The hop was good and not to strong, lingering just a bit after swallowing the beer. This beer was a moderately thick one. I really enjoyed it better off the tap than in the growler, but somewhere along the way, the top became loose and I lost all the carbonation in the growler. Boo hiss. This was my third favorite from the brewery, but I would definately get it again.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a growler of this over - the growler was not adequately sealed, therefore the carbonation was all but gone. Pours an orange color with a small head that dies off quickly. The aroma has a definate fruity hop character and a little sweetness as well. The flavor has some citrus as well as a nice hop presence. This is a quite good pale ale and I would have it again.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Cumberland on 3-19-05. Arrives a deep orange amber color with a bubbly head on top. A nice sweet citric hop nose with hints of oranges and grapefruits. There's a nice sweet malt nose as well.

First sip brings a vibrant citric hoppiness upfront along with a pale, slightly caramelly malt. Orange, grapefruit and a hint of lemon with a nice sturdy malt backbone. Just a damn good APA that impressed me quite a bit.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel ..lively and easy to drink. I could have easily sat down to a few of these. Thanks to kmpitz2 for bringing me here and I hope to get back to sample some more of their brews in the future.

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Photo of Cresant
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer arrived at my table with little/no head. It was a cloudy amber and surprisingly dark (but lighter than my friends nut brown ale). The aroma was mild, fresh, and pleasant.

The taste was hoppy, not complex. Citrus with mild bitterness, malts in the background. Mild carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

Good drinkability. A refreshing meal beer. I'll order it again.

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Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap at Irish Rover Too in LaGrange, KY. I so often travel through here for work and cant' have a beer; it is nice to finally sample some of the offerings. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Thin cap of light tan head; sticks around for most of the beer and leaves a ring of foam and lacing. The beer itself is deep reddish amber and hazy to the point you can't see through it.

Smell: Semi sweet malt on the nose with strong notes of caramel and hints of piney hops.

Taste: Taste is strong resiny hops against a solid backbone of semi sweet malt. Long, lingering hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation and good body.

Drinkability: A solid well crafted beer that I could certainly have more often if it were available in my area.

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Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SheepNutz
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a thistle glass. It pours a slightly hazy orange color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is slightly sweet, with a little bit of citrus fruit. The taste has a lot of fruity flavors. Some sweet orange with a floral and grapefruit hop finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is good as well. Not too shabby, and I look forward to trying more of thier brews!

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Photo of Ricochet
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beers from a great brewer. This is my favorite Pale Ale to which all others are compared for me. Other microbrew pales are missing something that Cumberland has. The smell is wonderfully hoppy and it's a nice reddish color. Mouthfeel is full and well, taste and drinkability are the best I've had. Matt brews two of my absolute favorite beers (see Nitro Porter)and they are consistent each time I come to Louisville and sample them. Nearest to it is Goose Island or Great Lakes. Nothing beats the fresh-from-the-tap Pale Ale.

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Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of auroracrisis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the source.

Reddish brown, with a half inch head that sticks around for a bit but getting smaller and smaller as the pint is drank down. A little bit of lacing too.

Opens with a piney and resin hop aroma, with some biscuit and cracker like quality. A touch of breadyness and possibly some rye in this one as well.

Nothing but pine and that biscuity some what cracker like malt flavor on your tongue. A hint of spicy rye or something in there as well, hard to put your finger on and I don't believe there is any rye in this beer but it is showing characteristics of it. A pretty bold tasting pale ale.

A little sticky and medium body, with low carbonation.

A real pine and resin driven pale ale with some bready and biscuit like qualities in it. A good beer, but not my favorite at this brewery. Definitely not bad, but not exactly what I look for in a pale ale.

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Photo of beerman207
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a growler of this at our nearby Party Town in Florence, KY. I was luck enough to try this beer as soon after I got my growler, the beer was taken off rotation. Nice copper color to this beer. Definately had a grapefruit presence as well as some potential nut flavoring (can't definitively speak on this as I'm recovering from a cold so my palate may have been off). Nice lacing in the glassw. Starts out sweet and then has a nice bitterneess that follows. Drinkability is high which is nice since i went with a growler.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red or light brown in color. The head is a bit wispy with only a little lacing, but when getting a beer on tap to your table its always possible it settled. Cumberland Brews isn't a big place, but I didn't pay attention to whether the beer sat on a tray for a bit. In any event, there isn't much head. The nose is a bit hoppy and pleasant. The attack is smooth with the presence of the hops that the nose signalled revealing itself towards the end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is very full with the texture and presence provided by the hops, but its pretty mild flavor wise. Its been a while since I had a beer act this way in my mouth. The beer finishes dry with a mild aftertaste.

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