Essential Pale Ale®

American Pale Ale


Mildly bitter taste. Clean refreshing finish

ABV: 5.5%

Essential Pale Ale is a deep golden color with bright aromas of summer stone fruits that leap forth from the glass. Our unique hop-forward twist on an American Pale Ale is the tantalizing peach and apricot flavors that come from our special blend of American hops, which are dry hopped using our patent pending HOPZOOKA®.


Original Gravity:
13.0 plato


Final Gravity:
2.7 plato



Awards & Press
  • 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.[...]