Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The thing about pale ales and IPAs is that when they age they tend to turn into amber ales which are more malty than hoppy. I’m inclined to believe this is what happened to my can of Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale – not a bad beer, just probably an old specimen.
I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. The freshness date was illegible and it cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly rusty copper/dark golden hue. Fairly clear with noticeable haze and fine carbonation is visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Sweet caramel maltiness with just a hint of piney hops.
Taste: If I were drinking this beer blind I’d probably assume it was an amber ale as it has all the makings of one: sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors along with some orange marmalade and toast. The hops are reserved (though, they’ve probably just faded from age). There is a bit of a lollipop and butterscotch flavor as well – usually indicative of age and/or diacetyl. Only the faintest trace of earthy hops on the finish. There’s probably a good brew in here somewhere, but it doesn’t know how to get out. Some modifications to the recipe would help I’m sure.
Drinkability: Looking the statistics on the can: 4.9% ABV and 27.5 IBUs, I went into Baxter Pamola Xtra Pale Ale thinking it was a Session pale ale, but if it is, it really doesn’t drink as such. The mouthfeel is rather tepid and slightly slick. It’s not especially refreshing while in the mouth, though I does finish clean. I expected more from this.
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: N/A (couldn’t read BOD stamp)
Poured a yellow, golden, hazy color with four fingers of fluffy, white head, which overtook the glass. Very light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average amount of foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled very malty, getting earthy rye, caramel, Cascade, marmalade, sour fruit, peach, floral and apricot. (Smell - 3.50)
Taste followed the nose, getting those earthy, rye, sour fruit notes. Also marmalade jelly, juicy peach, dark apricot, lemon and more spoiled fruit. (Taste - 3.63)
Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)
This was just an OK pale ale. I wouldn’t have it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.50)
3.57 81 B
bennetporter (356) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a straw from a can. Good hoppy aroma, nice session able pale ale. Good beer.
Jabah (205) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth, clean feel is my favorite part about this beer. Coming from hot weather in FL, to semi-hot in RI, this is a really good spring/summer brew. Good balance....light malt with a medium hop finish. Light citrus and pine in there. Could be trying these beers again if I make it next summer, so an adjustment may be in the future.
Tonkun (1163) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Clear golden pour with a white head. Busicuit, herb, bread, spice. Medium body. A bit spicy
BeerdedDave (816) - - APR 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz can; cloudy orange color; floral hop aroma; floral hops on a medium bodied malt base; fairly well balanced, but rather boring
Drake (10509) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Whole Foods Portland, ME. Clear golden, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of floral, herbal hops, doughy malt. The taste is biscuit malt, floral hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent balance. mild lingering bitterness.
MrMeadMan (43) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light hoppy aroma. Pours a cloudy amber. Weak hop flavor and an oddly orange flavor as well. More bitter than malty but not necessarily in a good way. Overall, just OK. I was hoping for a bit more given that there are very few Extra Pale Ales available.
lkacr (1) - - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a light and dry no nonsense pale ale doing what a pale ale should. Refreshing but with just enough flavor to keep you wanting more.
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drsandman (613) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange gold, white head. Aroma is faint citrus, malt, bread. Flavor is light citrus up front, bready malts, light lasting bitter hop. Clean, sessionable, OK.