RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

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JaBier (8126) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2009
On tap at Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of earthy hops. Malty and earthy flavor, but not much going on. Sorta weak and thin. I think they may have been going for drinkability on this one.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7932) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a medium sized creamy orange-white head that left excellent lacing. The aroma was sweetish caramel and vague fruity hops. The flavor was bitter and tarty with some vague fruity hops. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh.

chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at Barleys Ale House #1, Columbus OH, on 12 March 2010. Attractive clear amber/copper colour. Decent earthy, nutty character. Far more like a bitter than the ESB. Definitely more like an English Pale Ale than an APA. Just a bit too much residual sweetness for my taste.

Strykzone (7489) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. Clear and deep amber. A beige head. A bitter and sweet start. Rich malts and complex fruit. Citrus along with floral and a whisp of rye. Dry at the finish.

JStax (6997) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours on draft. Translucent copper pour with a white head of foam and nice, webbu lacing. Aromais fruity and bitter with some melon and cantaloupe coming through. Taste is just lightly bitter with a fruity, bready finish.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Floral, pine crystal malt aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Nice pine, floral hop flavors with a solid malty base--good

Braudog (6791) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Draft at the brewpub, 10/23/06: Nice visual draw ... deep amber with a poofy head. Not much past that. Vapid -- virtually no flavor. Body is good, otherwise just an even-keeled beer. Probably sells well, though. Light floral finish. The more I drank, though, the more I liked ... settled into a decent session beer.

decaturstevo (6339) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Deep amber with tight off white head and lace. Medium hops aroma and sweet maltiness. Roasted malt flavor with light to medium bitter. A foamy medium bodied beer. Nice lingering bitter finish.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Objectively speaking: A drinkable pale ale that, while not outstanding, felt more interesting than most of their lineup the night I visited.
I like: Gentle spicy, citrusy hoppiness with considerable earthy background. No excess of acidity. Light-bodied and aimed at drinkability. Crisp body. Short-lasting, but effective bitterness.
I dislike: Minimally toasted malts where it feels like it would be a fine match. Dull clear light amber body.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
In short: A well balanced typical American Pale Ale. Good session beer.
How: Tap at brewpub (SmokeHouse location, AleHouse #2)
The look: Clear dark golden body with a small white head
In long: Nice rich malt profile for a Pale Ale. Toasted malts were just enough caramelized to meet the leafy fruity hops. Medium bitterness with a citrus skin flavour. Well put together for sure but lacked the crisp freshness feel that makes me go wow! with a brewpub Pale Ale. A good beer although so typical of the style that it will stick to my memory like a politician sticks to his promises.

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