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Wednesday, August 17th 2011

483 Pale Ale
(Great River Brewery)

Great River Brewery became Iowa's first canning craft brewery in May of 2010. To date they've released four different canned offerings, all of which have been in 16 oz. pint cans. 483 Pale Ale and Roller Dam Red Ale were the brewery's first two cans released. They've also canned their Redband Stout (a stout brewed with coffee) and, as a special release for the local "Bix Street Fest", their Copper Ale.

From the Great River site:

"True to the style, our pale ale is brewed with pale malt and a touch of crystal malt which gives it that copper hue. Then we aggressively hop it with centennial hops for a big citrus hop aroma and taste. Beer for the hop lover. Nice bitterness and a good long aftertaste with a smack of grapefruit."

The CAN reads:

"Great River Brewery’s 483 Pale Ale is named after our mile marker on the mighty Mississippi. A classic American pale ale, it uses generous amounts of centennial hops and a final dry hopping of cascades, creating a bold floral and citrus aroma with a balanced malt body. "

Great River gives you the lowdown on cans right on their cans!

Here we go...

Pour - Deep, dark copper color with a loose bubbly head that sustains itself very well. 


Aroma -  This one has the holy trinity of my favorite hoppy ales:  citrus,  a little bit of pine, and floral notes emerge as it warms up.  A great start!  


Taste - Centennial hops played a major role in my transition from adjunct lager can-chaser to a craft beer hophead, and this beer is chock full of them.  Big hop bite at the start that is immediately countered by just the right amount of malt.  Not too dry,  but not too sweet either.  Finishes with some lingering bitterness that reminds me of some of my favorite IPAs.  Is this really a pale ale?  


Overall - I’ve thought long and hard about it and decided this is the best APA I’ve tried – canned or bottled. It drinks much more like an IPA than a pale ale but has an ABV that lets you manage more than just a couple per session. 483 Pale Ale reminds me a lot of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter but with a bigger malt backbone. The folks at Great River and all Iowans should be very proud of this excellent brew! 


Note - Did you know that American Pale Ale is the craft beer style you're most likely to find in a pint can? It's true. 30% of the craft beer that is put into pint cans is American Pale Ale followed by American Red Ale (21%) and India Pale Ale (20%). 



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483 Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Great River Brewery
Davenport, Iowa  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Crystal
Hops: Centennial, Cascade
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 48
Date: August 17th, 2011

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