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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Original Pub Style is a light copper-colored medium-bodied with a nice dry bite at the finish. A subtle combination of Cascade and Willamette hops give this ale a fine floral aroma and a slightly fruity aftertaste. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-crafted brew pub ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your glass!

Note: Bottled version is contract-brewed by Shipyard.

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4.7
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 1, 2001
I miss the micro breweries in the state of Maine. This beer came in a 24 ounce bottle. I am not sure if it’s available in 12 or not? It was a good beer and everything I expected and is similar to a Sam Adams Pale ale, but fresher.

4.6
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2002
A great pale ale, if you get a good batch. I have had problems with old/stale bottles and kegs, but when it is right, it’s great.

4.5
wsc3 (6) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013 does not count
Excellent pub ale style. Nice and bready but not overpowing. Subtle and smooth. Great beer!

4.1
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
I realize that they use american hops in this but I honestly think this should be considered an english pale ale or an english bitter due to its fruity aromas and flavors. Some of the esters noticed in the aroma reminded me of English style yeasts. The palate is excellent. Very smooth and exceptionally drinkable especially on tap. Very under-rated.

4.1
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2007: Hazy light orange. Almost no head. Has a nice thick "real ale" look to it. Looks very English. Very nice normal, typical ale smell. The malt dominated with a hint of gentle flowery hops. Very subtle, but very pleasant. A bit toasted. Terrific dry ale with a dry biscuty malt. Very light wheat aftertaste with an estery finish. Really really good. Unique hint of wheat. Even the yeast is excellent. Dry and biscuity, medium thickness. It’s a fine session ale. Feels great. This is really an outstanding English style pub ale. Easy to drink but full of flavor. I am surprised a lot of other Advocates are dogging this one, because I was really impressed with it, even out of a bottle.

3.9
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2004
The Portland Head Light is my favorite beer at Gritty McDuffs. Probably one of the best light beers i’ve had out of a Maine brewer also. Has a nice fresh clean dry taste with a blondeish color and a great aftertaste.

3.8
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Comes to life in the mouth. Aroma has caramel; taste is sweet, with bitterness taking over. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Orange, with a frothy head.

3.6
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2001
A very solid american Pale Ale. Nice nose, crisp initial taste which dissolves into a moderately hoppy finish, no surprises on the aftertaste.

3.6
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a dark golden like light honey, clear; forms a single finger white head that maintains a thin layer of minute bubbles on the surface. Slight, but sticky lace Light hop floral with an equally light malt aroma. Well balanced and pleasant on the nose. Sweeter than I anticipated, strong honey notes, nice bitter hop follow up providing excellent balance. Crisper than most pale ales with a moderate to higher level of carbonation. This is a far better beer than I initially thought. Worthy of a future purchase. I’ll probably use it for a blind session.

3.6
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2009
12 oz. single bottle from Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Pours a golden amber with a decent head. Aroma is flowery with hops. Flavor is very smooth, sweet, with hops and bitterness at the end. Overall, a very nice beer.


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