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Posted by James on 9th Sep 2016
Definitely better than I expected. I used a soda stream and nice cold water. I mixed it with 16 oz of water but I'd recommend something more like 12-14.
Posted by Jim on 3rd Jul 2016
I was assigned the task for coming up with a lot of beer for a week-long hiking trip in Yosemite. We're not really hard-liquor guys but we love to drink lots of beer. Packing a case of beer each person in a group for a 60 mile hike wasn't an attractive idea but then I found Pat's Backcountry Beverages.
After ordering both versions of their beer to try things out, I decided that it doesn't really taste that great. I like some craft beers but this was more bitter and hoppy than I care for. (We're more Bud Lite/ Miller Lite drinkers than a Dale's Pale Ale.)
They say necessity is the mother of invention and it is true here. I decided to try enhancing the flavor with oranges, limes, chocolate, raspberries, vanilla but none of them did much good. All of the sweetness just made it bitter and sweet but not that enjoyable. Then I decided to go in a different direction and added banana pepper juice. To my delight, it actually tasted very good!
We ordered 48 of the Pale Ale packets and took 2 bottles of banana pepper juice with us and fortunately everyone agreed it vastly improved the taste from its original form. It was a fairly potent brew-- definitely the highlight after hiking 10 miles over the mountains to kick back and enjoy a cold brew.
As a side note, if you are hiking in higher altitudes and drinking lots of alcohol, remember to mix in a bottle of water every couple of beers to avoid altitude sickness! We learned that lesson the hard way!
Hope this helps anyone in a similar situation!
Posted by San Diego bar owner on 24th Jan 2016
The beer tastes much better than I expected. I would rate it as good as any craft beer I have had. When mixed as directed it is a good weighted beer. Want it heavier, put less water in, want it lighter, add a little more water.
Posted by Steve on 15th Jan 2015
This stuff is so awesome! It is so much lighter carrying in your backpack than cans. Also its a nice craft pale ale, not like some gross coors light. Its also cool to keep a few around the house incase you run out of beer. They also make sodas so you can make mixed drinks in the backcountry instead of just taking shots of whiskey you can make a whiskey cola.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Oct 2014
It is mobile beer that is easily transported. It tastes pretty good. Not the best beer in the world, but far from the worst. If you need transportable beer, this is the way to go.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Jul 2014
Four stars for this innovative product! The beer is a little bitter, even for a hophead like myself, but not too bad. Could be made better with more hop flavor and less bitterness. Certainly is a lot better than nothing, which is the alternative.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2014
Truly amazing product. I've been backpacking for twenty years and just completed the best trip of my life thanks to Pat's beer system. Brought a four-pack of Pale Rail on a week-long backpack along the remote Pacific Northwest coast. The brew is delicious even back at home, but 30 miles into the trail, it is the best beer on the planet!
Posted by GVR4996 on 20th Jun 2014
It does have a bit of a “different” taste. It will not replace a fresh micro from the tap or fridge, and that is not what they are trying to do. 5, 10, 15 miles or more in the middle of nowhere around a fire and being able to drink a growler of beer (or more);unfreaking believable!
Buy the “Blue Carbonator Bottle”, seems like a much easier method of carbonating.
Posted by Scott on 24th Mar 2014
I should have ordered more. The beer is fantastic. I was very skeptical. I will certainly be buying more. Unfortunately shipping to Hawaii is prohibitive and I am not sure when I will be able to do so. Four 4-packs will not last long enough.
Posted by Kevin on 12th Mar 2014
This is really good beer and far easier to travel or pack with than cans/bottles. I give it 4 stars against some of my favorite bottled beers, and the 5th star for the excellent portability. I'm enjoying mine now out in the South Gobi desert.
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