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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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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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The Olde Towne Pale Ale is golden/orange in color, with a mild haziness to it, and is capped by a fluffy white head.

Smell: Fruity and citrusy, but has an unpleasant solventlike character to it. Its all rather off-putting, but ever onward! Hey, wait! Where are the hops here?

Taste: The aroma definitely comes across in the taste, and it's somewhat harsh. Depth of the hops is lacking. Light mealy malt flavors. Plenty of carbonation. Its like a pale ale spritzer.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. It hits your tongue, gives you a brief thrill, but then goes away right away. Not much there.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not overly thrilling. I don't believe I'd recommend this one. However, I'll continue to wait and see what this brewery has to offer in the future.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy golden amber with vigorous carbonation rushing up to a large cream colored head. A high altitude pour netted me a half-and-half... half beer and half foam. Soft hillocks form on the surface of the cap as it retreats, with little to no lace ending up on the glass.

The nose isn't bad, although it could be more assertive. It's softly, politely hoppy with gentle herbal overtones. Actually, I like it more the more I smell it. The flavor doesn't fare nearly as well. It's harsh and slightly ethanolic and really isn't very good at all. I know next to nothing about the brewing process, but this beer tastes young and unfinished to me. Of course it could just be a less than stellar effort.

There's very little hop presence on the palate, even when compared to the subdued hoppiness of the nose. How on earth is it possible to appreciate fusel alcohols in a 5.0% pale ale? It's slightly sweet and modestly bitter, so I guess calling it balanced wouldn't be out of line. The rough nature of the flavor is accentuated by a thin-medium body and by harsh, big-bubbled carbonation.

Olde Towne Pale Ale isn't good beer, but it's only a first effort. It's important that the brewer (who I spoke with on several occasions and who seems like a nice guy) persevere and succeed in a beer-starved state. If I lived in Alabama, I'd give Olde Towne Brewing many more chances to get it right. Thanks to au1sec for several bottles from The Heart of Dixie.

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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 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 Georgiabeer
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a relatively thin white head. Some acetalaldehyde in the nose, and little else. The taste is much better with a fairly nice crisp hoppiness but some graininess at the finish. A little sweet and corny tasting with a thin dustiness at the end. Nice level of carbonation, but somewhat off balance. Drinkable, but not a beer I'd choose again.

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

Poured a light amberish color with a thin white head. Nose is faint with citrus hops and malt leading the way. This brew was over carbonated on the taste. It did taste decent though with malts being nice and citrus notes but the overcarbonation left it off balance. Goes down smooth with grassy-pine and floral notes.

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

This was part of a beer of the month selection a few months back from Mr Doyle.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent head. Nose is non-descept, a bit malty but nothing much more. Taste is malty and nutty and not particularly hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated to give it a lively feel. Drinkability is average, no good to outstanding characteristics to note.

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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 francisweizen
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow with a small head of white foam that does not last long, nor provide nice lacing. Aromas are simple, basic, not too boring, but a bit bland. A bit of spicy hop, a dollop of bready malt and that is about it. Taste is the same. Maltier up front, bready in the middle, and hoppier and a bit drier in the finish. An easy swillin' pale ale that even the 40oz crew would love. Drinkability is ok as well. Good on all accounts, just uninspired. A nice curiosity.

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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 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 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 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 Crosling
2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow. Unclean malt aroma, musty and corny, with a light aromatic hop presence, which shows a bit of grass, perfume and herbs. A decent malt flavor is present, considering, with a lightly fruity, caramel-like malt flavor, loaded with grassy hops. Not much to say. It’s not terrible.

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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 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 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 LJWalker
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mentor
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity! Pours...WTF...one finger of beer and seven fingers of head. Banana meat colored head over a very cloudy golden liquid. Smells of piney hops and that's about it. Tastes piney hops with some grapefruit pith, but there is an supporting underplay of chalky malts that could be either biscuit or munich/vienna. Some apricot ester and maybe some peach. Tough to say as the malt rises to cover the esters and then settles to a pine sol hop aftertaste. Although I'm generally not too favorable to the taste of piney hops, this is beer holds an interesting combination of hop and malt. Complex? No. Interesting, but not unique. Md-light body and moderately carbonated (I guess all the carb escaped as head during the pour).

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Photo of UnionMade
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle!
The beer pours a hazed, dusky gold, topped with a finger's worth of white head. Good retention, with bits of lace clinging to the glass. Milder aroma, with pleasant pale malt and a modest citrusy, slightly woody hopping. A bit of esters, mainly pear-like. The flavor is in keeping with the milder aroma. Certainly no west coast hop bomb. Lighter bodied. Fluffy malt up front, definitely light on the specialty grains, with an unusual metallic taste from middle to end. It could be the hops, almost a saaz-like metallic tinge. Moderate bitterness in the finish, with a woody and citrusy flavor, kinda like Mt. Hood or Willamette. A bit of a floral note, with some yeast, as well.
Leaning toward a golden or blonde ale, I'd say, rather than a pale. I could pull through a couple bottles of this easily. Maybe lacking a bit in character for the beer geek crowd, but this would be a great beer to have at a party with a mixed beer drinking level. Not terrifically challenging, not on par with the greats, but a step above the "craft" beer made by large breweries.

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