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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A full hop regiment attributes to a fresh citrus aroma and earthy flavor all balanced by lightly toasted malts. Not long ago, workers would be called to their union mandated beer breaks with the pull of the chain activated steam whistle. Beer bucket boys would hustle cold brew out to the workers before they returned to the production line. Our Pull Chain Pail Ale is a tribute to the working men and women who built this great city. Back to work!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Copper pour with a foamy off white head. Aroma was cereal, bread, some citrus and pine hops. Flavor was nicely hopped with some breadiness and caramel undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark orange witgh a small white head. Aroma is balanced between sweet caramel and some soft citric hoppiness. Definitely a bit of a bready cracker note. Flavor starts sweet and mildly citric again. Some floral hops and a graininess towards the finish which has a light bitterness. Medium body and crisp carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1510) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy copper pour. A very standard apa. Light hop flavors, a bit of fruit. A bit too sharp in the finish. Mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2007
This beer pours deep orange and has a very strong head. The hops shows firm in the aromas giving the classic grapefruit notes. The palate enahces the same citrus notes and give a nice balanced bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2005
I took to this one quickly. The hops used to flavor this one are among my favorites and they did not disappoint. The aroma was well balanced with a nice citrus hop presence and reasonable malty backbone. The flavor was similar with and easy blend of cascade and Goldings flavors (i.e., cascade did not dominate with grapefruit and other citrus, but was more subtle with the addition of the Goldings). Very drinkable and a nice balanced offering (I had two).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a rich amber color with a lot of particulate and medium off white head. Aroma is of light floral hops, some light citrus, spiciness and some caramel malt. Taste is citrus and resinous hops with light caramel backbone and some odd twang like character in the finish. Not bad, but something I’d pass up on amongst other choices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Undboubtedly Milwaukee’s best beer! Nice hoppines that is well balanced with a caramel maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (1083) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Citrus and malt sweet bubblegum aroma. Copper, frothy white head and nice lacing. Citrus, grass, hay, and mild malt taste notes. Dry with lasting bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
This is a refreshing and very drinkable pale ale, with good pale malt flavors, and a really nice hop character in flavor and aroma. This beer is hopped with both American Cascade hops, and British East Kent Goldings. Pull Chain Pail Ale pours to a hazy amber color with a nice white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is quite aromatic with good citric hop aromas, and a nice underpinning of pale malt aroma. The palate is soft with flavors of pale malt, a touch of caramel malt sweetness, and ripe estery fruit. Pull Chain Pail Ale finishes with a nice, snappy, zesty citric hop bitterness that lingers. This is a very quaffable pale ale, with a nice biscuity malt base, a nice back drop of caramel malt, and good hop character in both aroma and flavor. With its soft malt palate and weighing in at only 5% abv, Pull Chain makes for a great session beer. I could literally see myself drinking this stuff by the pail. And why not? It is out of this pail or bucket of beer tradition, that modern brewpubs give us the half gallon jug known as the growler. Pull Chain is a food friendly beer as well. I would match this with a number of dishes, from grilled bratwurst, to burgers, to fish and chips. If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee, WI, head down by Water Street, and check out the Milwaukee Ale House.

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