Essential Pale Ale®

American Pale Ale

Refined Bitterness and Floral, Peachy Aromas

ABV: 5.5%

Essential Pale Ale is a deep golden color with bright aromas of summer stone fruits that leap from the glass. The first sip brings a firm bitterness, carried along by subtle sweetness and culminating in a refreshingly dry finish. What makes Essential stand out from its pale ale peers is the tantalizing peach and apricot flavors that come from the blend of American hops we introduce as dry hops using our patented HOPZOOKA®.

Original Gravity:
13.0 plato

Final Gravity:
2.7 plato


Awards & Press

    At the 2017 VA Craft Brewers Fest, Essential Pale Ale won the gold medal in the Pale American Beer Category![...]

  • Substi-brew-tions: Local Alternatives to Macro Brews

    Washington City Paper “You should stretch out to Port City’s Essential Pale Ale, an American pale ale that looks like Bud Light, but smells like fresh apricot and grapefruit instead[...]

  • Food! – Old Town Alexandria Pub Crawl

    The World – A to Z “We give a big shout out to Port City Brewery for sponsoring this fun and festive event. It gave us a great opportunity to[...]


    Brightest Young Things ““This is what happens when you’re growing at 60% a year,” Butcher says. “We’re over four years into this thing, and we still feel like we’re working[...]

  • 2014 World Beer Championships | Silver
    2014 World Beer Championships | Silver

    Port City Brewing Company’s Essential Pale Ale was awarded the silver medal at the 2014 World Beer Championships with an outstanding 89 points.[...]

  • 2013 Draft Magazine | Best Beers of 2013
    2013 Draft Magazine | Best Beers of 2013

    Our very own flagship Essential Pale Ale® was featured as one of Draft Magazines Best Beers of 2013 earning a whopping 93 points.[...]

  • Pale Ale Development Comes On Strong

    The Washington Post “Our two newest local breweries offer pale ales, both very good and very different…Essential Pale Ale from Port City Brewing in Alexandria is hopped with Columbus, Amarillo[...]

  • 2011 Washingtonian | Best Local Beer
    2011 Washingtonian | Best Local Beer

    Our Essential Pale Ale is named the 2011 Best Local Beer by Washingtonian Magazine, making our Flagship Pale Ale a fan-favorite right out of the gate.[...]