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Old Harbor Pale Ale

Brewed by Old Harbor Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
San Juan, Puerto Rico


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A full-bodied copper colored pale ale prepared with magnificent flavors of American hops and balanced by using carmelized malts with hints of smooth fruit flavors from yeast. A nose of a fresh hops without the bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Tap @brewpub. Copper color, medium-sized creamy off-white head. Malty, light citrus in the nose. Light-bodied. Citrus, Earthy flavors, almost like alcoholic bite. Unbalanced pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (6897) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2014
50 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours clear copper color with a large white head. Some mild hops on the nose, orange peel, some pale malts and herbs. Somewhat malty sweet flavor, some fruits and resinous hops, hay and caramel also. Actually better than expected but still a bit bland. Quite high score from me to a new country tick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6738) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2014
650 ml bottle, thanks Timo A. Pours a dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma of grapefruit, sweet malts and gooseberries. Flavour of pale malts, grapefruit, red berries, some herbal notes and bread. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A bit musty. Not bad, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
On tap. Amber pour with a white head. Malty aromas. Big malt bill, muted caramels and bland nondescript hoppy backbeats. Below average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MWMBeerguy (172) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Nice aroma but more malt/caramel than hoppy. Beautiful copper color nice lacing. Little to no hop aroma. Easy drinking palate but not a hoppy typical pale ale. Enjoyable beer though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nalsim (3) - PUERTO RICO - FEB 6, 2014 does not count
Aroma – You get a nice mix of earthy hops with some toasty malts. The hop aroma is not as strong as I would like for an “American Pale Ale”. Appearance – Deep amber, more on the darker side of most APAs and closer to English Pale Ales. I find that this usually means less body and less hop flavor, but that is not the case with this beer. Taste – It’s pretty strong on the toasty malt side and has just a bit of caramel flavor. It is not sweet at all, earthiness of the hops kills off most of the sweetness provided by the caramel malts, but overall the taste is quite balanced. Yeast seems to be standard American ale yeast. A few times I had this I noticed a soapy off flavor, this may be indicative of problems in fermentation, but this is most likely rare and has happened in just a few batches. Mouthfeel – Usually it’s medium. The carbonation level is mild also, which works well for the more earthy hops and the malt build. Overall Impression – Although this beer is not as refreshing and citrusy as I would expect for an APA, it is still pretty good. It is like an APA with slight English characteristics. As with most beers from Old Harbor, these are not the best craft beers you will ever have but it is good starting point for non-craft beer drinkers. They are not over the top but they are also not lacking in malt and hop flavor. It’s pretty much balanced beer but on the lighter side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
travita (4282) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to AC. The look is clear, amber in color, with a thin off white head. The smell is floral, grass, hops, fruits, and caramel. The taste is pine, hops, grass, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
22 oz bottle thanks to my lovely wife for bringing this home in her luggage. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of grass, caramel and herbs. Taste is of grass, slightly watery, caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
In short: An amateurish golden ale that marred by an old past due-date orange juice flavor..
How: Tap at brewpub.
The look: Clear golden blond body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: Nose has a discreet fruitiness that feels more like yeasty fruity esters than fruity hops. Taste is tangerines, orange flesh, corn-ish cereals, a bit of caramel, shy hopping with a light spiciness . Just like with their Coqui Lager this so-called Pale Ale had way too much of an old past due-date orange juice flavor with the awkward acidity. Light body and with a soda-pop carbonation. Another lame beer from Old Harbor. Not only is it lame but I’m not even sure this could qualify has an Pale Ale even if it wasn’t problematic. The more I was drinking the creations of the Old Harbor brewer I found myself less and less impress by Bin Laden’s accomplishments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Jared, muddy golden color with s bit of head. Has some citrus with some skunky aroma. Taste is similar, a bit bland and quite bubbly on the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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