Endurance Pale Ale (Tom Creans Ale) | Endurance Brewing Company

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Endurance Pale Ale (Tom Creans Ale)Endurance Pale Ale (Tom Creans Ale)

Brewed by:
Endurance Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Endurance Pale Ale is a smooth and crisp golden pale ale, rich in hops with a hint of citrus. It combines the rich taste expected in a microbrew, with a smooth “drinkability” normally associated with more mainstream, session beers.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Endurance- Arctica

A- Golden caramel brown with a thick frothy head. Good lacing and head retention.
S- Caramel malt, citrus grapefruit hops.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a slight grainy malt feel. Bitter grapefruit rind hops kick in. Smooth.
M- Smooth buttery malt with a good citric hop feel.

Overall- Nice drinking beer. I could drink a few of these no problem.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Company, for the Endurance Brewing Company.

The first beer from the new kids on the block, Tom Crean's Ale is brewed in honor Tom Crean and the Endurance, a 1914 expedition to the South Pole, which was crushed and trapped in ice, forcing its crew to be stranded on ice floes for seven months, surviving on sea life. Amazingly, all 28 men survived.

This ale pours a bright, clean, amber colored beer. A low level carbonation gives way to a sticky, white, creamy foam head that settles to a respectable lasting lace that clings along the way. Appealing.

Aroma is very light, nearly non-existent. Faint pale malts, with hints of metallic, but not much else going on which might entice the palate.

Smooth, round bodied feel on the palate. Initial creaminess from the head leads to a light gritty malt character. Malt flavors are a bit one-dimensional. Slight yeasty/doughiness, crisp malt tannins, metallic notes, light malt sweetness with a splash of fruitiness that segues into a gentle hop bitterness, peaking with a watery citrus rind character that's backed with herbal notes. Malt flavor turns somewhat toasty as the beer warms, and the citric qualities of the hop get amplified. Finish dries with lingering malt tannins and yeast characters.

So what do we have here? A basic, no-frills, balanced and drinkable ale. It's not at all unique, as it tastes too much like a Mercury Brewing Co. beer, or more specifically a weakened, filtered version of Ipswich Ale. As such, this is not a standout beer, both in flavor and in image. The marketing suffers from being too wordy and the concept will be too unfamiliar to many. And, as it's contract brewed, there's no real brewery behind it, no soul. Just marketing. This shows in the end product, as the beer simply doesn't live up to the heroics shown under the incredible conditions that were endured by its namesake.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Tom Crean's Ale: Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy with a lingering hoppy after taste. Typical pale. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Company president tells me the ABV is 5%.
I think the Arctica is different with way more hops, flavor is piney hops with a lingering bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Hopheads line up for this one. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull light golden with a thin but well sustained white head,very light aromas I picked a little toastiness and faint fruit but I really had to try other than that nothing.Light and toasty with a touch of metallic wich was a little odd pretty crisp and clean a bit to clean really.A touch of citrus fruit shows up after a bit but not nearly enough to alter the beer in any way,nothing offensive just very ho hum I guess it would be ok to throw back on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Penguin Pizza in Boston, MA on June 10th, 2008. Notes: Golden amber in color. Average head. Average retention. Receeds to craggy lace. Nice. Mild aroma. Grainy, subtly toasty, mildly yeasty, grassy, apple. Medium bodied. Standard carbonation +/- 2.5 volumes. Flavor is as the nose suggests. Fairly limited. (2nd beer of day... taste buds off?). Decent bitter backbone. Firm. A basic pale ale. Drinkable, but not particularly inspiring. Could certainly stand some yeast character, hop flavor, or more distinct maltiness. Average.

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Photo of edchicma
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this and said...great a new brewery... I was dissapointed when I saw it was contract brewed through Mercury Brewing. The appearance was a typical mid-range yellow gold...very little head..ok lacing. Smell was a bit light with some citrus hops notes. Slight malt presence in the beginning led to a sharp citrus hop twnag on the finish. Dry on the finish and not bad on the drinkability scale. I would have another, but wouldn't put it in my favorites category.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Endurance Pale Ale pours a clear straw yellow color with a flurry of small bubbles slowly floating up from the bottom to the surface. On top a thick creamy white head forms as the beer fills the glass. The head slowly dissolves to a thick sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint, but some biscuit malt and a hint of grassy hops is noticeable.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a soft effervescence on the palate. The mild flavor is mainly biscuit malt, a hint of caramel and some hints of lemon citrus and grass. It finishes with a mild hop flavor that lingers for a brief moment on the palate.

This is an easy to drink beer with a great mouthfeel. The aroma and flavor is rather muted, but well balanced. A great beer for the ballgame, bbq or hanging out with friends.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a chill hazed goldenrod color, somewhere between amber and gold. Not much in the way of head, just a very slim collar with a couple weak islands of whitish haze, dropping off completely about 1/3 through. The nose is perhaps a bit oxodized, with a sweetish honey feel to the malt. Some toasty caramel aroma. Very little in the way of hops. The first sip reveals a rather grainy malt texture, without much of the honey-ish oxodization that the nose suggested. Still sweetish with something akin to gooey caramel. A bit of floral esters pave the way for a moderately hopped finish. Mostly woody and herbal, the varieties I can't place. A metallic undertone, as well. The finish is fairly dry, leaving off with a naked husky graininess.
Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd want to have a session of. The graininess is a bit overbearing, almost something like sawdust in the aftertaste. Still nice to have a new brewery, even if their first beer feels rough around the edges.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. A lengthy blurb about Shackleton's Antarctic expedition gone array is printed on the label.
It pours a brassy copper color with a good-sized white head and some sticky and trailing lacing.
The aroma is a bit off; with a slightly sour odor that mingles with an otherwise pleasing dry malty and citrusy hop smell.
A doughy and slightly pasty malt taste has a nice caramel sweetness to it.
A citrusy hop bitterness has tastes of tart oranges and pink grapefruit.
Ain't bad!
Instead of reading the label and drinking Endurance Pale Ale, you might want to the read the book, 'South - A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage' and drink a Samuel Adams Boston Stock Ale or Liberty Ale…

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Photo of Shiloh
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice pale ale, a fountain of suds when first poured leading to a high range of thick glass cling. The head retains its complete glass cover as its height deminishes. The colour is a deep golden and the body cloudy and full.
The taste is to the hops front and back but is not over powering. For me this would be a nice session beer if it were readily available to me here, but alas.
The nose has a mild hop flower scent to it. Very enjoyable, highly recomended for hop heads and those whom want to be.

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Photo of mschofield
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber, topped with a one to two finger off-white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Nice strong hoppy aroma, citrus tea and wood.
Butterscotch, bread, wood, tea and herb notes in the taste.
Medium bodied, nothing spectacular but a solidly average beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Stockyard in Brighton, of all places. (I guess the 80 something Allston/Brighton townies are getting bored with their tom Collin’s and manhattans) The waitress asked the bartender what it was like and he said “bass”.

Poured a clear yellow/orange body with almost no head (it was the stockyard after all)

Smelled of clean malt and faint citrus hops.

Light to medium bodied. Very clean and crisp from start to finish. Crisp tight caramel malt. A nice spicy citrus peel hop touch. Well balanced hop bitterness. Basically though just a very clean, crisp APA.

Might as well review it before it disappears off the face of the earth. It’s decent, but if this is what they expect to make their name with, good luck. It’s a nice simple very drinkable APA, but it’s just too simple. Kind of a like a mellower Harpoon IPA or SNPA. Good luck. Next.

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Photo of scottum
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Served an orange amber with a large white head. There is a nice full big body on this brew. Smooth malts are countered by a great chomping hop balance which is not overbearing. The solid mouthfeel makes for good drinkability.

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Photo of cbl2
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/20/2006 $7.99 6 pack No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a quarter inch of tight white head that slowly settles.


Crisp and refreshing, with a faint whiff of citrus.


Light roasted malt notes, with some herbal hop bitterness. Highly drinkable, and rather enjoyable, but not standout, with nothing exceptional to set it apart from others in the style.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will say the best thing about this beer is the story on the side of the bottle, wow! Make sure to check it out before popping the cap. It pours with an ok beady head and an amber-to-dark golden body. The nose can be described as bready and wholesome. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp and the overall presence can be described as mostly malty and breadlike. It finishes sweetly at first and smacks you on the roof of your mouth. Its then complimented by a more grainy bitterness around the peripheral of the mouth. Its ok, not bad for a flagship brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle on a whim @ Yankee Spirits. SPlitting it with my buddy fish113d. Didnt expect much from the brew going in. THe brew pours a clear orange gold color with bright white head that fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is grapefruit hops and not much else. First sip reveals gentle rolling carbonation and fairly light body. Flavor is mild overall with some light corn sugar sweetness mixing with lemon through the middle and also some light caramel. The finish is very clean and crisp. This beer is well crafted and easy to drink. Not a bad pickup, but nothing to get too excited about either.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale orange color with a 1" head. Light lacing develops.

Aroma: orange and mild floral bitterness is easily detectable.

Taste: mild malt profile. Caramel, orange, and the floral bitterness are the main flavors. Flavors were fresh, but a little mild overall.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: pretty good. Definitely a session pale ale, and its worth a look.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose that it's fairly clear here, but I just wanted to point out that Arctica is apparently the new name for Endurance Pale Ale. (And it ain't even on their webpage.) Maybe a new improved recipe? (The old one was excellent as well.)

Drinking a bottle as we speak, and it's most excellent. Nothing groundbreaking but fresh and finely balanced, a great example of a pale ale in my opinion. A great session beer.

I'm a bit prejudiced against contract brews, but it seems that everything out of Mercury (formerly Ipswich) is excellent. I've love their brews for many years. A fine brewery in need of some direction perhaps. Then again, I suppose they're doing well with expansion and all.

"My god man, I'm just a simple country drinker, not a business genius!"

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Photo of EPICAC
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light copper with a sudsy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Toasty, bready malts, Citric, resiny hops.

Taste: Toasty malts, sweetness in the center that lasts through to the finish. Met by a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty well balanced.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Highly carbonated, hazy, yeasty, copper-coloured beer. Big aroma of wet grass and hops. Taste is predominately hoppy, not that bold but pleasant enough. The mild finish disappoints slightly after the hugely enticing aroma. Unusual in characteristics but not bad.

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Photo of cooter
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-straw color with confident carbonation and a thick, frothy, rich head that smells deeply of cream, honey, hay, and crisp-beer-ness.

Very flavorful, with something I can't quite discern that's quite unusual and very good. Creamy and thick yet refreshing and drinkable, with no cloying. Strawberry, peach, apple and apple juice, and moderate hops that are exceptionally fruity. Some lemon zest at the back.

Moderate lacing. Very pretty, smells amazing, tastes well above average. A standout for its class. Not perfect in taste, but that may be my American big-beer sensibilities...or my Belgian standards for smoothness. Either way, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, to start, Sulldaddy pulls this bottle out, to which I laugh and say "this is gonna suck, there's a guys picture on it!" Well, to be honest, a he found it in Boston last weekend, and I was actually quite impressed more than lauging after drinking...

It pours a golden-brassy color (amber I guess), with little carbonation cascading. The head quickly disippated due to again, the dirty glass Sulldaddy made me drink from...jerk!

Smelling, i got some floral hops mixed with some lemon or grapefruit tones, which pretty much took over this beer. However, it seemed pretty thin and not much to get excited about thus far.

Upon sipping, again, it gave a citrus flavor (lemon or grapefruit) which dominated most of the taste. Not much of teh hops came out as I originally suspected they would. However, it was still pretty drinkable. Light bodied overall, thin and citrusy with some sharp carbonation that hurt the tongue a bit, but very clean and well-crafted overall. If ya get a chance, try one...great tribute to Capt. Tom Crean on the bottle as well...pretty cool!

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Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, this one comes with no freshness indication. Opens with a hearty "Pffft" sound and pours with a fairly lively level of carbonation, also a tad prickly on the tongue and lips...White head is well reatained and alot of bubble continue to stream to the surface. Caramel notes in the nose as well as a hint of citric hops. On the tongue, more caramel and biscuit notes, with lime/grapefruit hop shadings just slightly in the rear. I feel this one is over carbonated by a slight measure, would probably benefit from 20 mins sitting in the glass, "calming down." reasonable ale, problems with mouthfeel due to overcarbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber and clear, this bottled beer poured a decent head that had some staying power and left ample lace.

Smell: Nice blend of malt and fresh, floral hop.

Full bodied and hoppy, this is an excellent example of an American Pale Ale. The sip starts with malt but quickly yields to the hop--this is almost up to the IPA side of the pale ale hop meter. The carbonation is on the high side, but well within expectations.

I like this beer and was slightly surprised to see the negative reviews. I'm not sure if I'm missing something, but I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Penguin Pizza in Boston, MA.

Orange color with little head on the pour. The aroma is nice, but very subtle. The taste was surprisingly pleasing. Well-balanced with a slight hoppy kick to it. Very smooth finish and very easy to drink. I wasn't swept off my feet by this beer, but I found it to be very easy to drink and pretty tasty too. Something I would order again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Endurance Pale Ale (Tom Creans Ale) from Endurance Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 79 ratings