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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Pale Ale is not, in fact, pale. Most of you know this because you’ve been drinking it for years.

Ever wonder why it’s called that, then?

It’s because in the day, most beers were dark, unfiltered, even unsettling in appearance. That didn’t matter, because ale was consumed in leather or stoneware vessels.

With the the invention of glass, brewers were comelled to make beer that looked more appetizing. They found the answer in the use of isinglass, the swimbladder of sturgeon, which when dried, worked well to remove suspended solids in beer.

Brewers then experimented with lighter hued ales to further enhance appearance.

That’s a long way to say pale ale is pale -- compared to the porters and stouts that proceeded it.

At Barley’s, we use only British malt in our Pale Ale, as well as British hops. We think it makes a difference you can taste.This is the beer that started it all for us, and we’ve been brewing it continually without interruption since the day we opened.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Pint on draft at Alehouse #1 - Pours deep dark amber with a fine offwhite head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit over caramel malts. A bit of frosted flakes in the flavor but otherwise this is caramel and c-hops. Palate is crisp clean and smooth. This is a pretty drinkable and tasty APA.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottled from a growler. Thin head of dense bubbles. Reduces slowly to a thin wisp of foam. Decent carbonation for being rebottled. Strange aroma. Sweet with vanilla, caramel, peat and a slight hint of something stinky. Very strange. Stinky aroma goes away as the brew sits and the vanilla and caramel comes through strong. Color is a dark copper orange. Flavor is roasty and dry. Has some rye character and a little harsh roastyness. Little bit of fruit also. Dry, bitter, and chalky palate at the finish. Hops character is prominent at the finish but not as much in the flavor. A decent pale ale that may have changed a little between here and there. Thanks to Dogbrick for this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Draft at the brewpub. Fresh, wellmade pale ale. Very enjoyable and reliable, just not very memorable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
Draft at #2. Dark amber hue with average rocky off-white head that lasted most of the brew. Aroma was a moderate hoppy. Flavor was moderate bitter with an average bitter finish. Medium body with dry finish. Good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
(No. 1) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, biscuit, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Medium body, quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark amber color, thin white head. Nice pine and citrus hop aroma. Same hops in flavor with solid malt character, slightly sweet. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours amber with a small white head. This beer has that same "stale" hop taste that Bass has. I don’t mean "stale" in a bad way though. It just tastes different making it stand out from others. So, I guess this is a pretty distinct pale ale then. It was higher hopped than other pale ales I have had, making it very enjoyable. I will drink again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Copper in color. Nice bite to it. Great finish, but CBC is still the best in town.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Good malt and hop aroma with hops to the forefront. Balance of malt and hops but not enough bitterness (even by english standards). Fermented dry finish leaves a winey character. More of a warm finish than a hoppy or dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Overall very good. Great on a hot day but doesn’t lack flavor. Excellent hop aroma and some bite. Good carbonation level. A bit darker than most pale ales, almost red. Unique, but very good.


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