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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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3.7
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Draught at pub. Green hop aroma. Nice balance. Nice aroma. Tastes very similar to Solomon Juneau, but a little stronger. Nice lace. Hazy amber. Not materially better than Solomon Juneau. Scores better mainly because of the aroma. Not bad. Cask qualities.

3.1
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2007
Citrus hop aroma on this cloudy dark amber. Bitter, light hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste. This one started out well for me but then faded into disappointment.

3.5
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
This beer is decidely hoppy with a ton of bitterness and not a lot of citrusiness. I had a hop itch to scratch, and this beer accomplished that. Appearance is a hazy golden color with a minimal amount of head. Appearance was ugly in a way, but definitely signaled that this beer contained some serious hoppiness (which would work counter to that ugliness). Aroma was lightly citrus-y and very good. Flavor was not as good; very dryly bitter but without any pine or citrus notes. Personally, I like bitter, but believe bitter is better when accompanied by something else like pine or fruitiness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, and not really sticky. Pleasant, but not too drinkable.

3.2
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
On tap at the Ale House. Poured a clear medium amber with a dusting of white head and some nice lacing. Aroma picked up sweet caramel and toffee maltage, oranges, and grapefruits.. nice components that were decently blended... sweeter as it warmed. Sweet caramel and grapefruit in the flavor with pine and floral bitterness... rather simple... back-end found sharper diacetyl and bitter notes that were not as pleasant. Medium-bodied. Smooth front of the drink transitioned rather poorly to the sharper, bitter back-end. Just OK.

3.3
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Slightly hazy. Orange color with thin white head. There was some lace on the glass after I drained it. Pleasant flowery hop aroma. Tastes mostly of flowery/citrusy hops without a strong malt backbone. Moderate bitterness that lingers. Pretty tasty.

3.4
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Sample @ Brewery. Sweet citrus hop aroma. Dark copper body color. Good citrus grapefruit flavor. Little sourness on the palate. Good refreshing beer should of had a full glass of this one.

3
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Honey-orange in color; slighly opaque. I’m not usually a fan of Ale House beers, but this seemed more satisfying than usual. It was a good beer to drink on a hot day like today. Pretty light, certainly lighter than many pail ales I’ve had before. However, there was a pleasent amount of hop in the palate, and a decent finish. This is my favorite among the Ale House’s beers, and when I return, I will be drinking this one.

3.5
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Tried as part of a beer sampler at the Milwaukee Ale House. Has a mild aroma, but was very hard to tell (and I was in a private room, largely removed from the smoke and food). Has a medium brown amber body, with a white head. Wonderful, nicely bitter flavor. Also has good body and carbonation. Overall, I liked this one, and I would consider it one of the Ale House’s best.

4.5
TheBeerLover (1027) - 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.

3.9
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
A deep-hazed dark amber with red highlights (that could have been from the stage lights...) and a creamy cap that laced all the way down. Heavy hopcit aroma with noticable sweetness and grapefruit, but not much else. BIG, sweet malts in flavor with BIG citric hops. IPA-worthy, if not IIPA-worthy. A little watery in the mouth, but a really awesome beer.

(A previous rater mentioned that the Ale House seemed more interested in being a "hot spot" than a "craft brewery". It seems to me that the owners (if not the brewers) like to let loose and offer/enjoy some entertainment. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I am one beer drinker that likes to enjoy a good beer with some great live music. I’m sure it would be a totally different experience had I visited during the day, but I don’t regret my visit nor begrudge the management for wanting to draw a crowd on a Friday night.)

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