Olde Towne Pale Ale | Olde Towne Brewing Co.

Olde Towne Pale AleOlde Towne Pale Ale
53 Ratings
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
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 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 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 joepais
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kirkpjr for this long time want. An Alabama beer brewed in Alabama.
I pored the bottle into my Sam Adams glass and was greeted with a two finger off white head sitting on top of a golden orange body.

My first thought on the aroma was lemon so I go with that. I liked the flavor It is great to see a Pale that doesn't try to be an IPA this one was balanced out just right and a pleasure to drink. It had a medium body with ample carbonation. It drank extremely well and I was left wanting for more.

I would be proud to call this my local Pale ale great job Olde Towne

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

update on my previous review. olde towne has changed the formula on this one and it has improved immensely. the hop taste is better and it has become more balanced. the aroma, appearance and drinkablility has improved in my opinion. congrats to olde towne.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice pale ale appearance--a amber/copper color with a nice, creamy white head. Lacing is spotty, retention is decent.

S: Aroma is quite lovely. There's a spicy/twangy hop note of citrus that's almost a bit sweet. A pleasant crackery and slightly caramel malt presence that balances things out as well. Aroma isn't quite dank enough to merit a higher score, but it's still solid.

T&M: The flavor is quite interesting. Hops are spicy, citric, and highly interesting. Light caramel and crackery malt flavors contribute balance and some sweetness to the flavor, though the beer is perhaps just a tad sweet for my tastes. Body is medium/full with a zesty carbonation. Definitely spot-on for the style.

S: Rather drinkable, though it's a touch sweet for my tastes. A solid drinking pale ale, nice to see a great product like this being brewed right here in Alabama. This tastes similar to Old Towne's Emancipation Double IPA, albeit with less of the ingredients in the recipe.

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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 sommersb
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another review of the soon-to-be-closed Olde Towne Brewery's beers.

From a 12oz. brown bottle, poured into a New Belgium globe

A: Orange color, with a somewhat hazy clarity. One finger of white head on top with just a little bit of lacing.

S: Nice aroma, with floral hops and also a sweet, caramel malty smell.

T: Well balanced between the hop bitterness and sweetness in the malts.

M: Medium-light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish and slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable, refreshing beer. I wasn't expecting much from this beer based on the scores on BA, but it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, darker pale. Poured with a nice head and lasting ringer. Smelled both malty and hoppy. Not what I expected. Good... I tasted hops immediately, cascade??? Followed by a full malty center with more hops to bring up the rear. Very solid Pale for my tastes. I just recently changed from Amber to IPA in favorite taste, and this didn't disappoint. It sure isn't an IPA, not supposed to be, but it is a well hopped Pale. Mouthfeel was good, again I go with the hops, malt, hops on mouthfeel. Not that complex in taste, but not simple either. There are a few things going on in this beer. It is good. It goes down easy. Drinks easy... There is something about the water Olde Towne uses. I taste a similar taste in the Olde Towne Amber. Kinda like Abita. The water maybe? Not sure, but it certainly isn't a bad thing. I love Olde Towne and can't wait for them to come to Mississippi.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy amber-brown with a no head and little lacing. Translucent at all the edges, but opaque at the core. An interesting appearance.

S: Malt, hops, and a hint of citrus.

T: Pretty yummy. Hops are much more subdued than anticipated. The dominant flavour is a carbonated malt taste with a bitter (hoppy) bite following. Light citrus dances around the edges of the taste throughout. Aftertaste is quenching, with a piney note.

M: Smooth with a kick of citrus and carbonation. Slightly soapy feel from hops.

D: Very drinkable. I was a bit surprised by the average rating of the beer (C+ when I reviewed); I think it's much better than that. Perhaps the brewery has improved over the last six years? A quenching, quaffable pale ale without too much hops. A little boring, but one I would break out at parties or after a long, hot day.

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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 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 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 grumpygerman
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just had the new batch (April 2009) and you would not believe that this was brewed in Alabama. Nicely hopped, a little rough on the edges and not the highest quality hops but a PA that can easily compete with other PA from the Southeast (e.g. 420 and Terrapin)

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Photo of JamesS
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper with nice immediate lacing, although no lasting lacing and almost zero head. Very neutral scent, hints of malt and hops, balanced, but very, very weak. Nice flavor, good medium level of American hops, hints of citrus mostly, almost no floral/pine, with a great bitter ending that lasts on the tongue. Goes down quite well, if a little thick.

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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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to unclejedi for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, some malt notes, and some slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try these brews.

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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 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 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 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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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 HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Full citric hop nose, mostly grapefruit, and a smell I can only call “river”. Doesn’t make sense to say it smelled like water. Still looking for the term that goes with that smell.

Appearance: Chill hazed copper with a thin cover and a good collar, both white, both leaving traces of lace.

Flavor: Hops are up front and both bittering and taste additions noticeable. Base is obscured but it an otherwise clean pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, full carbonation

Overall Impression: Just a touch heavy on the bittering additions for my tastes, but nothing wrong with this beer.

Big thanks to Rick and Betty for bringing this one back from AL

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

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a nice rich orange/yellow color with a fairly significant head, at least for a Pale Ale. Head is foamy and thick, but diminishes quickly, leaving remnants on top of the beer. I've noticed that Olde Towne's Pales and their Hefe are all fairly dingy orange in color -- I wonder if perhaps they use an orange fruit in the malt in some way? Reasonably impressive, but not knock-your-socks-off.

Smell is decent, if uninspiring. Spicy aroma, some fruit and hops mixed in for good measure. Smells like... a beer (big shocker, right?) -- more nose than a macro but nothing that makes me seek it out in particular.

I enjoy the taste on this brew. Fruit notes dominate here, reminding me of oranges or grapefruit in the malt -- this is matched by a nice hop presence that gives the beer a bit of "kick", and a bit-over-heavy-for-my-taste carbonation.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent here, as it swishes around the mouth and coats pleasantly, but leaves behind a sharp tang from the carbonation and the hops. Don't get me wrong -- this isn't a hoppy beer, but I prefer my Pale Ales to be a bit smoother than this. Still, they seem to be on the right track, and I suspect they'll get the bugs out fairly quickly.

I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability, as it seems to be a simple, easy-drinking, uncomplicated, yet imperfect brew for a nice evening. For fans of Pale Ales, this might be a nice session brew (although it has a 5% abv as opposed to the Extra Pale at 3.8%), but for me I'd rather stick to the Hefeweizen. Good enough to try, and I'll certainly buy it again, but it's not a constant presence in my fridge or closet.

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