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Old Harbor Pale Ale

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


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strangebrewer (1036) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2015
bottle, brought back from Puerto Rico and erupted like a volcano when I popped it open. Poured hazy amber with rocky off white head. Aroma is grainy. Medium-light body, actively carbonated, sourish. Pale malts kinda bready with peppery, citrusy hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
The best of a flight of rather poor beers. Pretty run of the mill, but drinkable at least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seantaylorus (20) - - MAY 7, 2015
A very solid tasting beer that has it where it counts. I think since the alcohol content is a little lower, it would make a great 2nd-5th beer. Tastes great with a nice clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. Hazed amber with a short off-white head. Aroma is your typical tropical fruit cocktail and resin American hops with a rather plain caramel maltiness that shows as dull bread, bran muffins, and wort, combined with an ester resemblance to red delicious apples. Medium bodied, sweet with assertive bitterness, bready and toasty in the mouth with rough edges. Pretty much your average American brewpub pale ale, goopy, sweet, estery and resinous with malt character of Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (14780) - 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 (8196) - 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 (7621) - 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 (3083) - 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 (186) - 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.

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