Olde Towne Pale Ale | Olde Towne Brewing Co.

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Olde Towne Pale AleOlde Towne Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by BeerRun13:
Photo of BeerRun13
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DeaconBluez.

Pours a very light goldish amber color, a bit cloudy, with minimal head that doesn't last.
Kind of a sweet buterscotch aroma. A little hopiness.
Well this is the second beer from Olde Towne that I have tried and I have to say "strike 2." This beer just tastes dirty to me. Maybe it's the yeast in this one, seeing as how I dumped a whole bunch in my glass with the pour. I just didn't like it much at all. I don't know what kind of Pale Ale this is supposed to be.
I have to say the mouthfeel is okay medium bodied, although it is allways tough to tell when you're not really enjoying the beer to begin with.
I have one more beer to review from Olde Towne Brewing and I hope I have better luck. Thanks all the same to the sender. I always appriciate the chance to try new ones, and he has sent me some real winners.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance –This one poured a beautiful bright orange in color with a huge, monster head that showed good retention.

Smell – The sweet, caramelly malts have some pulpy orange notes. This mates well with the modest but distinctive hope balance.

Taste – The malts here are incredibly gooey and smooth. They aren’t toasted but instead taste like straight grain stripped from the husk, except that it is mashed and sweet. The thick but unsweetened orange and solid citrus and biscuit hops nicely rounds out this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This one is just shy of medium-bodied with some excellent carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a real thirst-quenching ale that really hits the spot.

Comments – Big thanks to Uncle Flip for sending this one my way in the infamous WTF BIF.

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Photo of sponberg
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label with a bowler hat on it. The beer inside is pretty decent as well!

Pours gold with a head that boils down to lace pretty quickly. Aroma is citric hops and something that smells a bit like butyric acid, with a malty sweetness in tha background.

There's a flavor going on here - earthy dry-grainy nuttiness combined with a slight butteriness that's not diacetyl, more like Butter Buds - beneath the hoppiness that makes this unlike any other APA I've tried. The buds die away quickly enough, leaving the hazelnutty nuttiness, graininess, and a really well-balanced hoppiness behind. Finishes with a grainy, nutty, hoppy dryness. Slightly tingly mouthfeel. The dry finish makes me think I could drink quite a few of these, but I wonder if I'd tire of that Butter Buds thing.

Thanks to FBG potsie for a brew I never knew existed.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FreeThyHops for sending me this beer as an extra. This is my first beer from Alabama.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, pine, brown sugar and iced tea. The flavor is toffee, tea, earthy hops and some orange citrus notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of scruffy1
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of bditty187
2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My second beer from Alabama!

Suspended hazy in the middle, the liquid near the edges of my glass was clear, yellow-gold in hue with a very slight coppery highlight. The head was white in color, about a finger in height at the apex. Head retention was decent, it faded to a modest cap in a few moments but this cap had good staying power. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. Overall the appearance of this beer is okay but unremarkable. The nose startled me, there is a boastful pine aroma at smells fake. Then comes the citrus zest and, of all things, bubblegum. At the back is a light herbal note with a soft lemon bread/spice thing going on. The bouquet scares me a bit. It is really wacky and I don’t know if I want to take a sip! The palate is a little freaky. I don’t understand the piney taste; it is like this beer is brewed with one of those car air-fresheners. And just like the nose the bubblegum taste follows. Gross. Really, what is going on here? Citrus zest. Weak herbal notes that are disconnected from the pine. Thankfully. Sadly this beer is ruined from the get-go. I don’t like how it starts but it ends much better. I think the brewer could do some tinkering and save this beer. The hop profile needs to be cleaned up and “straight” bitterness could be increased. Also, a malt backbone is needed. The aftertaste is harsh and piney. Am I drinking Pine-sol? I will have to dump out about half my glass. Almost medium in body, the carbonation is firm and fitting for this beer, alas the mouthfeel is average. At this point this is the highlight of the beer. Drinkable? No. Likeable? No. Would I try it again? Maybe, I realize this brewery is new and there are kinks to be worked out. I hope this beer can be saved because the local folks in Alabama need good beer. At this point this Pale Ale is awful. Regardless of my opinion on this beer specifically I need to thank au1sec for the bottle! Thanks.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not your typical pale ale.
Huge off-white head that overflowed my glass. Sort of a very pale burnt orange color with a bit of haze.
Aroma is unique. Sweet and malty with some hops there as well. A bit lemony and a tad musty.

Taste shows a somewhat grainy malt backbone. Decent hop balance. The beer is somewhat pungent, musty, lemony, and buttery. Kind of bitey as well (acidic?).

Decent body. Drinkable enough, but not one I'd go back for.
Overall this one's barely decent and odd for a pale ale.
Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-honey in the glass. Two finger off white head quickly has one finger amputated (then the remaining one gets cut off at the first knuckle), leaving some wet lace behind.

::::Flip's nose goes into glass::

It seems to be all about some spiciness over a bed of pineapple and orange. There's some munich-maltiness here, as well.

The flavour has a bit of butter and spice up front, then a bt of fruitiness hits, followed by a growing hoppiness on the end.

The carbonation is tight but very present up front, and builds at a medium rate before going down like a 747 over Scotland. There's a slightly-thinner-than medium liquid underneath.

A drinkable beer? You bet. A really good beer? Needs some work in that area. It's a young brewery, and I'd like to see them get better over time.

Be well

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TPSReports
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear yellowish straw color with a slight head the dissipated nearly completely leaving only a minimal film.

Aromas are unique and slightly fruity with metallic twang.

The taste is not my favorite, but not the worst I've had either. Ever sucked on a copper penny? That's the after-taste here. Very interesting.

Roll Tide. This is better than drinking Scotch.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a turbid apricot with a nice head. Aroma was fresh with hops and sweet malt. Up front the malt was a bit heavy on the caramel, and then I waited for the hops to kick in. Missing in action. Sort of like a bottle rocket that fizzes for a second, and then sits cold on the lauch pad. Finished with a mildly sweet, slightly fruityness. A snoozer.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep golden in color, with a hint of haze, decent head retention, slight carbonation, and thick lacing.

Aroma: An odd chemical note was present, somewhat like cough syrup, not pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a mildly tart, roasty, almost acidic malt note, soon followed by an overpowering medicinal hop note, which overpowers the malt character. The hop notes seem to linger on intermidably, far past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather plesant.

Drinkability/notes: Severly lacking in balance, with excessive bittering hops; these overwhelm the beer's character.

Thanks to Rick for generously sharing this sample.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

Pours a clear dark gold to light amber colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is mildly malty with hints of vanilla, wood, and butterscotch. Hops are not really a major element here and only show as a mild herbal scent in the background.

Taste is slightly sweet and strikingly smoky in the first sip. Further tasty give me more of the smoky flavor and it is the major flavor here. All the other flavors are secondary. A bit woody and herbal hops in the finish but this beer is all about the smoke.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A somewhat unique pale ale here a smoked version. A different sort of pale ale that I would buy again. This is much better than its' Extra Pale Ale relative.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is well-balanced with pale hops bitterness and citrus & caramel sweetness. There’s a decent malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, good representation of style, I could stick with this beer for a while.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thin, creamy, lasting white head. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is floral and citric with a sweet grainy background.

The taste is of floral and citric hops blending nicely with sweet grain to give this a very pleasant taste. Balanced hop bitterness in the finish hangs on through the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, it is creamy and smooth with a nice carbonation level.

This is a balanced pale ale with plenty of flavor.

Thanks to Bonhoeffer for this one!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle provided by DeaconBluez

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a white head that vanishes. No apparent lacing.

Really nice aroma of piney hops and malt. Smells very well balanced.

Nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor. A slight caramel flavor is also present. Finishes crisp and dry. Quite tasty.

Body seems thin, could use more carbonation.

An easy drinking APA with a well balanced flavor. I could drink a few more.

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Photo of aracauna
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is kind of hard to rate, though. Personally, I kind of liked it, but something tells me it would be considered flawed according to style. It’s pours a pretty amber that takes on a slight haze from the bit of yeast in the bottle. The aroma has a touch of peppery hops with a little lemon zest. The odd thing is a huge bubblegum ester aroma that would be right at home in an authentic German hefeweizen, except this isn’t supposed to be a hefe. Personally, I think it’s kind of a cool twist, but not what you expect from a hefe. Solid carbonation and a nice maltiness make for an interesting beer with a bit of a weak finish.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale has a nice light orange color and is slightly hazy. It has a huge foamy white head that dissapated into a 1/8 inch of sticky bubbles. The smell is very odd for a pale ale. It is spicy, yeasty, citrusy, and has "that Belgian" aroma. The taste and mouthfeel make me think this was supposed to be an attempt at a Belgian. It is tasty but not if they want to call it a pale ale.

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Photo of Reaper16
1.33/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a dark amber in color. The beer is very obviously unfiltered. The floaties of yeast or hop material or both or neither are abundant. The beer looks like a contaminated pond. Its plain ugly and I'm usually fine with particles.

The dominant smell is of buttered toffee. Just butter, really. Too much diacetyl? It seems likely; the beer is more buttery than you can imagine. There is a pretty one-note herbal quality from the hops but they aren't strong or deep enough to get past the rich butter smells.

Oh, geez. A butterbomb. There is NO hop taste. Not even any malt taste. Just... diacetyl out the ass. Drain pour; 'nuff said.

The beer is light-bodied and might be refreshing if the beer actually tastes like a pale ale not a pat of margarine. The carbonation is much too light given that it doesn't help at all to cut though the butter. I can't score this beer's drinkability as anything other than the affront to flavor that it is. This is truly undrinkable.

This wasn't an isolated bottle. Someone purchased two sixpacks of this beer and I sampled from each sixer. Same fucked up beer each time.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bonhoeffer for this one. I don't get the low rating on this--I think it's an excellent pale ale, and I wish I had another six of them in the fridge. It's a page orange color with a 3/4" fluffy white head, leaving a ton of lacing. Smells of malt and hops, and has a great flavor balancing hops and malt with an aspirin bitterness on the finish. A hint of minty sweetness in the flavor that I found intriguing. I finished mine in about 15 minutes. Really good stuff. A pale ale that's not trying to be an IPA

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Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Hmm, an interesting pale ale. Pours pale orange, not your usual pale ale color but a very nice one. Cloudy with a nice light foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly, some decent lacing as well. Nose is dominated by sour fruits, hints of spice even. Taste is also quite sour, heavy orange notes. Kind of refreshing, although not very standard. A bit smoother than your normal pale. Overall, very orangey and pretty decent.

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Photo of Deuane
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served by a "Free the Hops" memeber from a contraband Alabama growler at Dark Lord Day. Review from my notes. Had this early in the day before my palate was shot!

A-Pale golden yellow with a thin white head that faded quickly and left little lace. This may have been the fault of it being in a 48 hour old grolwer and not of the beer.

S-Sweet caramel malt and a light citrus hop twang.

T-Nicely balanced citrus hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness.

M-Medium body with a good crisp feeling. Hop bitterness is fairly long lasting.

D-Well done for my first and only micro brewed Alabama beer. I would like to have this on tap at the source for a true review. A nice representation of the style, I could down a few of these without qualms.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The charming label promotes a handsome marketing scheme and sleek quality. Let's hope that the beer does the same.

the beer pours with a solid copper, lightly golden color that holds a light hoppy haze. A cottony white head shows a lot of life and zest, even after it reduces to a trace a couple minutes later. Mild lacing on the glass. A solid Pale Ale look.

Soft barley malt caramels blend with spicy citrusy hops that take on a mild ginger note (kinda reminds me of Sierra Nevada's). Orange zest and ruby reds round out the hoppy nose. Light esters further accentuate the orange notes.

More malt sturdiness comes through in the taste in dry, malty fashion. Light caramels, cracker-like breadiness, and fresh, bright barley grain tastes like fresh baked breads. Brigh hop flavors bring more of a citrusy (orange zest, grapefruit, and pineapple) flavor than the aroma suggests. Vibrant and fresh, the flavors are quality even if a bit light throughout.

Malt attenuation gives a highly drinkable dryness along with an upfront creamy malt texture. Hops start out with a great bitter counterpart to the malts but increase futher towards harsh bite that interferes with the balance-- maybe they took the bitterness a bit too far.

Ultimately the beer is a tad shy of medium bodied for the style but still reatains quality in maltiness. Hop bitterness overshadows the moderate hop flavor and eventually dominates the beer; particularly in texture.

Thanks to Freethyhops for the introduciton to the brewery and their offerings!

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an pretty amber color with just a little head with decent retention and a little lacing. Pretty clear throughout. Smells of malt, hops, and a little citrus. A little hop bite in the taste, a little lemon or orange, maybe pine. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat high.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark orange with stark white small head, leaves to ring. Foamy, small bubbled lacing.

S - Malty, sharp smell, hops playing pronounced role.

T - Thin flavor, a cloying malt and sour bitter. Not bad, but not what I expected.

M - Foamy feel, thin, leaves much.

D - Glad to try.

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Olde Towne Pale Ale from Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 53 ratings