Brewer's Art Birdhouse Pale Ale | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Birdhouse Pale AleBrewer's Art Birdhouse Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our pale ale is the sort of Ā«sessionĀ» beer found in
most bars in Belgium or Holland. Well balanced and mild, it is our most accessible beer. 5% alcohol by volume (abv)

Added by Todd on 09-17-2003

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Photo of jordanian2
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of sneth019
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of everythingiszen
4.5/5  rDev +19%

I think an outstanding pale. Pours a clear light amber, well-carbonated. Light citrusy hop aroma, taste is grapefruity, on the sweeter side. Light and refreshing. Would definitely have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bubseymour
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown/orange ale with great 2-3 finger head with great lacing and nice retention. Smell is of fresh grains and hops. Not the citrus hop variety but very floral or piney. Still smell very nice and fresh and earthy. Once again the taste profile is about as solid as you can get for an Pale Ale. I think it tends to lean towards the English style with sweetness and malt balancing out the hop profile. Very fresh grain taste as well which I really like. It also is very full bodied ale, not like some of these watery and thin but citrus hopped session ales lately. This is a classic very well crafted pale ale and I highly recommend. I'll be finding this one frequently if possible.

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Photo of Metalmaniac915
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I understand it, this is the only brew of their's that is contract brewed - by Old Dominion Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA. Tasted at the OD Brewpub in Ashburn, VA.

Golden with a low ivory head, decent carbonation, and light rings of lace. Light hoppy aroma and light Belgian yeasty aroma. Belgian yeasty flavor with a good malt profile. Light-medium body, a bit creamy and smooth.

A very nice session beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of fourstringer
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. BB 25 Nov 2014 is stamped on the bottom of the can, presumably the best by date.

A: Classic amber body with good clarity. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Malty, nutty and sweet. Belgian yeast character with a light spice. Bread. Lightly toasted noted. Faint indistinct fruit. Grass. Hops are relatively subdued.

T: Hop bitterness initially. A nutty, not overly sweet, maltiness develops and fades. The hops reemerge and the beer finishes mostly dry and clean. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a low-level creaminess. Slightly chewy. Moderate body. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

O: Delicious pale ale with a firm bitterness that sits superbly with the toasty, nuanced malt. Quality brew that is nicely sessionable and comes in a kickass Orioles-orange can. Bonus. Go O's!


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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very cute can, does a good job of skirting bs MLB rules

Solid Belgian PA pour: translucent amber, fluffy white head. Could easily be mistaken for an an APA.

The aroma is clearly Belgian, though brighter than most pales brewed in Belgium. The yeast profile is spice but somewhat muted, and the malt takes center stage with big nodes of toffee, biscuit, and caramel.

Tastes like it smells: light spice from the yeast, a variegated malt profile, and then a nice, dry finish of old world hops. There's a tiny bit of cereal at the very end that just seems a little off, but overall this is a good regional representation of a Americanized Belgian Pale, in the vein of Fat Tire.

After several sips, my expectations adjusted and the cereal finish actually began to compliment the beer.

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Photo of dbakondi
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BNLTandem
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer of living dangerously. Seriously, the gall these guys have to brew a pale ale that is true to the style and not some giant hoppy sellout. Cheers! I believe it pays to go to belgian style breweries. Already bucking a trend (or, hopefully starting one...) by brewing a beer that shows culture, an style and knowledge rather than selling out to the hoppy masses....whoa... soapbox! This beer is balanced, not anything forward, not imperial, not bourbon barrel, not "session" not wait-listed...just pale ale. Versatile, refreshing, and drinkeable....good news, I have 6 hours till my flight so I can drink a lot of it.


Look - Darker than pale, average head with a little lace poured at the source in a tall european style pub glass.

Smell - Belgian. Yeast, bread, subtle hops, fresh. no off odors, no overbearing clove or banana. No Booziness, no oak, no overhopped pineapple juice smell.

Taste - A slight nod to the hoppy masses, but only slight. Very balanced. Belgian yeast, malt, little bit of citrus, pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Feel - clings just long enough to the pallet. It is not "thick" or oily, but definitely not thin.

Overall - Excellent beer. A pleasure to not be part of the brewer's private alliance with hops in its war on grain and yeast. So nice to see the occasional effort to show brewing skill rather than creating a stoutPA or AmberPA or KolshPA... Please come to Michigan!

PS - speaking of skill... exactly the right amount of toast for the tourine. Shocking how many people can't get that right either! I'll come hungry next time and try more from the excellent looking menu!

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rogue2k7
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YoungKurtis
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUBrew
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at JD's Smokehouse in Canton--it's tucked away at the back bar, most of the servers wouldn't know about it. I asked about the Birdhouse on the taphandle and the name of the beer, and was told, "I don't know already, it's a pale ale, it's tasty, more people here like it than the Resurrection." I ended up having a few...
It poured a clear, sandy color, with a thick white head.
Has a buttery and citrus aroma.
A very crisp and creamy, well-balanced beer. It does side towards the malt, which is very bready, but also has just a nip of citrus hops and diacetyl. Finishes very clean. I can see where this would work well with the macro-lovers, but the geeks should dig it too, it is very well done.
Very drinkable, why don't they have this in more places?

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Photo of LJTate
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a malt forward ale done extremely well. Not too sweet, but just the right blending of makings that produces a english/belgian style pale ale of the highest quality. Pale Ale lovers should run, not walk, to seek this out and consume in quantity.

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