Tagged: pale ale

Bell’s Oatsmobile

OATSMOBILE: 92 Points

Flavorful and easy drinking

Flavorful and easy drinking

This Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse. This hop-forward session Pale Ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Equinox and Glacier, for a pungent blend of peach, mango and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient – oats – are what makes Oatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other session Pale Ales.”

My Description: This ale does have a surprisingly denser mouthfeel than most pale ales, especially at this low ABV. This could easily become a go to beer. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of stone fruits, woodsy hops, and some citrus hops. Oatsmobile is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile shows a nice balance between the malty backbone and delicious hop notes. Citrus hops, woodsy hops, and a touch of tropical notes intertwine with notes of crackers and pale malts. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness with lingering resiny hop notes. This beer is a great session beer with lots of flavors and a good body. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with veggie pizza, Thai noodles, or fried chicken salads.

ABV: 4.3% Color: Copper Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Founders Palm Reader

PALM READER: 91 Points

For Michiganders

For Michiganders

This American Pale Ale is a limited release for Michigan residents in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “So, a bit about that beer… a tribute to our beautiful state, Palm Reader is made with Michigan-grown Crystal and Zuper-Saazer hops. Derived from Saaz, a traditional noble hop hailing from the Czech Republic, these Zuper-Saazer hops, grown locally at Hop Head Farms, impart intense and fruity aromas. Combined with the citrus notes of the Crystal hops and the simple malt bill, this beer is crisp, bright and delicious.”

My Description: This is an enjoyable pale ale to highlight Michigan grown ingredients. It begins with an average, off-white colored head with an excellent retention that leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with fruity hops taking center stage along with some grass notes and hints of citrus hops. Palm Reader is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile showcases a great balance of flavors; a clean pale malt backbone holds up bright notes of fruity hops, citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops. The transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and lingers for a second. Overall, this is a great pale ale that is easy to put down with a great amount of hop flavor. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with goat cheese, grilled shrimp salads, or Thai cuisine.

ABV: 5.4% Color: Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Boulevard Collaboration No. 5

COLLABORATION No. 5: 90 Points

It's Tropical Beer!

It’s Tropical Beer!

This collaboration with Cigar City is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Combining Cigar City’s expertise with tropical fruit flavors and Boulevard’s love of pale ales, Collaboration No. 5 – Tropical Pale Ale begins with a base of pilsner malt layered with Marris Otter, Munich, and caramel malts. Huge late hopping with a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Lemondrop, and Azacca lends bright citrus flavors. Freshly sliced grapefruit and passionfruit added at the end of the boil add a refreshing acidity and tropical fruit flavor and aroma.”

My Description: This is a nice collaboration between two great breweries; the fruit flavors really pop. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades quick leaving very little lacing. The aroma is welcoming and it feels like I’m in the islands with notes of mangoes, pineapples, and grapefuit. Collaboration No. 5 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely but it almost feels like I’m drinking tropical juice with alcohol; the beer notes get slightly lost behind those potent tropical notes. Flavor notes of mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, and citrus hops are apparent. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a slight acidic note. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, or spicy sushi.

ABV: 7.2% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Ballast Point Grunion

GRUNION: 98 Points

One of the best

One of the best

This American Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. cans and bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard. Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together.”

My Description: This is one excellently crafted Pale Ale. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells terrific and fresh with notes of pine hops, tangerines, and a hint of sweetness. Grunion is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is balanced beautifully and the flavors really pop. Notes of pine hops and grassy hops blend cleanly with hints of melon and pale malts. It is slightly pungent and the aftertaste is moderately bitter. This is one of the finest examples of an American Pale Ale and makes for the perfect go-to everyday beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, curry seasoned vegetables, or a pesto pasta.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Deep Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5/10

Right Brain Will Power

WILL POWER: 84 Points

Solid

Solid

This Pale Ale is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “One of Right Brain’s most sessionable beers and a bona fide classic! Effervescent, light in color, subtly malty, and mildly hoppy with strong grapefruit notes.”

My Description: This ale has some negatives but it is refreshing, sessionable, and makes for a good everyday beer. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is decent but there is nothing too impressive; notes of citrus hops and pine hops stand out along with faint notes of pale malts, but there is also an adjunct grain smell too that seems out of place. Will Power is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is fairly standard with a hint of sweet malt with notes of grapefruit and pine hops. However, the hops don’t taste very fresh but it doesn’t bother too much. There are also hints of cereal grains as well that add at least some depth. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and just like the description on the can says, it is a sharp finish. Overall, this is a solid pale ale and I could see myself putting down a couple of them. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with an arugula salad, grilled asparagus, or fried shrimp.

ABV: 4.2% Color: Golden Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Short’s Chatterbox

CHATTERBOX: 84 Points

I don't get the name

I don’t get the name

This American Pale Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Chatterbox is an American Pale Ale that has inviting hop aromas of sweet orange and tangerine. A balanced presentation of light toasted malt and fruity hop flavors lead into a bold bitterness. Chatterbox’s hoppy characteristics resonate in the finish, creating a very subtle dryness.”

My Description: I don’t understand the name of this beer but I do enjoy it. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty straightforward with notes of bready malts and earthy hops. Chatterbox is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is balanced nicely with a toasted malt backbone and a moderately bitter finish. This flavor profile is clean but not too flavorful. Herbal hops and tangerine hops are noticed but don’t necessarily pop in your face. Still though, this beer is easy drinking and makes for a solid Pale Ale. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a vegetable Panini, pizza, or a chopped salad.

ABV: 6% Color: Hazy Deep Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5/10

Short’s Pandemonium Pale Ale

PANDEMONIUM PALE ALE: 76 Points

It's Pandemonium! Run Away!

It’s Pandemonium! Run Away!

This American Pale Ale is generally released in the Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pandemonium Pale Ale is a coppered-colored American Pale Ale that lends its hue to hearty two-row malts and hand selected specialty grains. Glacier hops balance the malt character, resulting in bountiful hoppy flavors and earthy aromas. Behold the bitter hysteria!”

My Description: “Bitter Hysteria?” This is nowhere near what I would call bitter hysteria; I’ve drank standard English Pale Ales more bitter than this. It pours a decent, off-white colored head that fades to a thin film and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with a noticeable malt sweetness accompanied by a subdued fruit note that appears to come from the hop selection. Pandemonium is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is where this beer completely turns me away. I was excited for big hop flavors with at least a moderate bitter aftertaste. Instead I got a beer with stale flavors, very little hop notes, and a weak bitterness level. Some grain notes can be detected along with a hint of pine hops but overall this beer is bland and not memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, sautéed shrimp, or a fruit salad.

ABV: 5.4% Color: Orange/Copper Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Greenbush Closure Ale

CLOSURE ALE: 82 Points

I've reached closure with this beer

I’ve reached closure with this beer

This American Pale Ale is released with a different hop every time it is brewed. Available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When one door closes…Ready to put the past behind you and reach for something new?”

My Description: My initial issue with this beer is that it is brewed with a new hop variety every time but it doesn’t say anything about it on the bottle. I had no idea what hop this beer was highlighting, when I looked it up online it tells me they used Apollo hops but how am I to know that this particular bottle is the one with Apollo hops. These hops are spicy and citrusy, which this beer has but Closure Ale also has some floral notes. Whatever, I reviewed this ale without thinking about which hop they used! It pours a large, off-white colored head with a retention level that holds for a while leaving behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma smells sweet with notes of malt, biscuits, floral hops, and herbal hops. The aroma left me curious with what the flavor profile would be because this beer smells sweeter than other APA’s I’ve had. Closure Ale is medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation level, and a dry finish. The flavor profile has a big malt backbone that delivers caramel malt notes and a hefty amount of sweetness, but that doesn’t hide the floral hop notes which are strong and flavorful. Some orange peel notes and a hint of hop spice can also be detected. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but it could be cleaner. It tastes somewhat sharp and the transition to the finish isn’t smooth. I think the flavors need some improvement because they don’t’ work harmoniously together. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with pecan crusted salmon, coconut shrimp, or a fruit salad.

ABV: 6.1% Color: Copper/Dark Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 5/10

Einstok Icelandic Pale Ale

ICELANDIC PALE ALE: 78 Points

Loses it's charm quick

Loses it’s charm quick

This Pale Ale is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this Ale refreshingly Icelandic.”

My Description: This beer is clean, probably that Icelandic water, too bad that is the only good thing. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades to a thin film and leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is nice enough with notes of pale malts, grapefruit hops, honey, and a hint of fruit. Icelandic Pale Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A solid caramel malt backbone holds up notes of earthy hops, but the hop flavors seem minimal and faint. In fact, this whole beer seems to lack depth. It is nicely balanced and makes for a solid session beer but it does nothing to stand out and it doesn’t leave you feeling satisfied. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with burgers, pizza, or skirt steak.

ABV: 5.6% Color: Amber/Red Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Victory Headwaters

HEADWATERS: 91 Points

The essence of life

The essence of life

This American Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Malted barley, hops and yeast are the building blocks of beer. But none of these elements would exist without water, the essence of life. The waters that feed our brewery begin just over a dozen miles away, making for spectacularly pure and vital water for brewing. Having worked with watershed advocacy groups since our inception, we value our headwaters, our source, in many ways. You’ll value them as well when you taste this firmly crisp and aromatically arousing pale ale.”

My Description: This beer grew on me, initially I thought it was just another basic American Pale Ale that is bitter with a plain flavor profile. But as the beer warmed up a bit and the depth began to surface, I realized that is an interesting and highly enjoyable pale ale that is extremely smooth with an “in your face” hop profile. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with an excellent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is welcoming with an earthy presence along with some light citrus hop notes, pine hop notes, and pale malts. Headwaters is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and the hops come through nicely. Grapefruit hops are dominant along with some fruity hops. Pale malts and a touch of grass are also detected. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a sharp hop bite that lingers for some time. This is a great pale ale and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sharp cheeses, mushroom burgers, or roasted asparagus.

ABV: 5.1% Color: Light Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5/10

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

DALE’S PALE ALE: 96 Points

Addicting Flavors

Addicting Flavors

This American Pale ale is available year-round in 12 oz. and 19.2 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer (6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs).

My Description: This is a great representation of an American Pale Ale with big hop notes, a smooth and clean body, and a tasty malt backbone to hold it all together. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is hop forward with big grapefruit notes along with some woodsy hop notes and pale malt undertones; this beer smells fantastic. Dale’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. An easy drinking flavor profile follows the nose closely with pale malt notes holding up potent citrus hop and pine hop flavors. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but not to IPA levels, keeping this beer tamed and more balanced. Overall, this beer is refreshing, flavorful, and highly enjoyable.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Burnt Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Alaskan Freeride APA

FREERIDE APA: 86 Points

Finishes Soft

Finishes Soft

This American Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Alaskan Freeride APA features a lush, green, almost tropical hop aroma paired with the unique taste combination of these three, distinctive hop varieties, making it both full in flavor and crisply thirst-quenching.”

My Description: This beer is easy drinking and makes for a good anytime kind of beer. It pours a large, white colored head that lasts for a long time leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and interesting; there are notes of citrus hops and some floral notes, but there is also something else I can’t quite pick out that is somewhat pleasing. Freeride is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. A pleasant flavor profile delivers some malt notes but this beer is more hop forward with notes of citrus hops and some grassy hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and seems to fall apart, the beer becomes slightly thin and soft. Even so, this is a good everyday APA that is smooth and enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a club sandwich, cheese quesadillas, or fish and chips.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Deschutes Mirror Pond

MIRROR POND: 91 Points

Northwest Pale Ale

Northwest Pale Ale

This Pale Ale has an IBU of 40 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our most popular beer, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is the quintessential northwest pale ale. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor. Pale malt allows the hops to linger, not overpower.”

My Description: This is a great everyday American Pale Ale. It is classic in the sense that the flavors are nicely balanced and it isn’t a hop bomb.It pours a decent sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is bready with caramel malt notes that smell pleasant along with some citrus hops that smell clean. Mirror Pond is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors match the aroma closely. Upfront, there are flavor notes of caramel malt and bready grains with mild citrus hop notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the carbonation gives off a minor prickly feeling in the swallow. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sautéed fish, black bean sandwiches, or cheese sticks.

ABV: 5% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Firestone Walker Pale 31

PALE 31: 90 Points

The 31st State

The 31st State

This American Pale Ale has an IBU of 38 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A tribute to our home state of California – the 31st to be added to the Union. Beautiful floral and citrus hop aromas greet the nose with undertones of lightly toasted malt. Crisp pale and crystal malts offer a hint of sweetness. Subtle hop bitterness offers a refreshing finish. Perfect for a sunny California day at the beach or BBQ with friends, Pale 31 represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.”

My Description: A delicious and inviting pale ale, Firestone has created a great everyday beer that is crisp, easy drinking, and perfect for any occasion. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that holds nicely the whole way and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex with notes of pale malts, bread, citrus hops, tangerine, and some grassy notes. Pale 31 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Very refreshing, the flavor profile delivers with well balanced and approachable flavors. Upfront, grassy hops and bready notes are detected along with some crystal malts and a touch of sweetness. This transitions cleanly into a minimally bitter aftertaste with some herbal hop notes. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with just about anything.

ABV: 4.9% Color: Pale Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Sweetwater Road Trip

ROAD TRIP: 83 Points

Pack it up

Pack it up

This Golden Ale is released seasonally between late March and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Road trips are carefree adventures that usually take unexpected twists, like when we created this beer. It started out as a Pilsner recipe, but halfway through it blew a tire and Ale yeast was put on as the spare. The result was so good, it never could have been planned.”

My Description: This is a hybrid lager/ale beer that is pretty good for an anytime drink. It pours a good sized, white colored head with a decent retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle and standard with notes of pale malts, some grassiness, and herbal hops. Road Trip is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very dry finish, it takes all the moisture right out of your mouth. The flavor profile follows the nose with pale malt notes along with some hints of grass and light bread notes. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with herbal and earthy hop flavors. This beer is crisp and hits the spot on a hot day but otherwise not memorable and there is nothing really special that stands out. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled potatoes, burgers, or fried cheese sticks.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Gold/Orange  Sweetness: 1/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

Brooklyn Summer Ale

SUMMER ALE: 81 Points

A chugging beer

A chugging beer

This Pale Ale is released seasonally between March and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the “Light Dinner Ales” brewed in England throughout the 1800’s right up until the 1940’s. They were also called “luncheon ales” or even “family ales”, because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.”

My Description: If your looking for a Summer beer that is inexpensive and easy drinking, this is a fine choice. However, if your looking for flavor, this ale lacks depth and there is not enough bitterness to bring balance. It has a good sized, bright white colored head with a retention that holds for a while and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of bread and herbal hops with a touch of floral hops. Summer Ale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is on the sweeter side with an almost biscuit like presence. There are also notes of pale malts, bread, and a touch of lemon. Some floral hop notes can be detected but they are very faint. Overall, this beer is okay but just not satisfying enough. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, burgers, or pizza.

ABV: 5%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

PALE ALE: 93 Points

Classic

Classic

This American Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. cans and bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.”

My Description: As classic as they come, this beer highlights the Cascade hops that made the West Coast so popular with beer drinkers. It pours a decent sized, off-white colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin film that leaves behind hardly any lacing. The aroma is subtle but the pine hop notes definitely come through along with hints of bread and light citrus notes. Pale Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Easy drinking and clean, the flavor profile satisfies. I like the balance of this beer. Malty upfront with pine hop notes but this ale quickly transitions into a moderately bitter finish that lingers slightly. This makes for a great everyday pale ale that you can’t go wrong with. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with BBQ chicken, grilled sausage, or your favorite burger.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Gold/Amber  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4/10

Wychwood Scarecrow

SCARECROW: 75 Points

Nothing scary here

Nothing scary here

This English Pale Ale is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Scarecrow is a wonderfully refreshing Golden Ale evoking lazy, hazy days of summer in golden meadows & ripe barleyfields. A winning combination of tart citric fruit flavours perfectly balanced by a rich biscuity maltiness and rounded off with a spicy bittersweet finish.”

My Description: Scarecrow is smooth and refreshing but does not separate itself from other average pale ales. It pours a good sized, white colored head with a decent retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is on the light side with notes of pale malts, honey, and a hint of floral hops; it is nothing special but doesn’t turn you away either. Scarecrow is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale has a good balance of flavors, it is slightly bitter but a good amount of malt sweetness comes through also. Flavor notes consist of pale malts and biscuit as well as some mineral notes and a hint of hops. Once it warms up a bit, a citric acid note comes through on the finish that is not very pleasing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, mushroom burgers, or a sausage pizza.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

Shipyard Export Ale

EXPORT ALE: 73 Points

Flagship beer

Flagship beer

This Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and cans.

Brewer’s Description: “The Shipyard Brewing Company’s flagship beer, is a full bodied ale, with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle and distinctive hope taste, and a very clean and traditional finish.”

My Description: This beer just taste cheap; the flavors are bland, the quality is not there, and I got sick of it real quick. It pours a sub-par, off-white colored head with a weak retention level and it leaves behind no lacing. The aroma has notes of pale malts, some floral hints, and a touch of sweetness. Export Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Sweet notes upfront are accompanied by soft floral hints. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a minor lingering lemon note. I feel this beer is too sweet to drink more than one. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, grilled fish, or lobster.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Dark Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

Stone Pale Ale

STONE PALE ALE: 90 Points

Great Balance

Great Balance

This American Pale Ale has an IBU of 41 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Stone Pale Ale is our Southern California take on the classic British ale. Deep amber in color, this beer is a robust and full-flavored interpretation of the traditional style. Its bold malt character is perfectly complemented by a judicious amount of hops, lending it a subtly enticing aroma. This is an ale for those who have learned to appreciate distinctive flavors and have a thirst for something out of the ordinary.”

My Description: Definitely more malt forward than one would expect from Stone, so initially this came as a surprise but none-the-less it is still a great choice for a pale ale. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is bready and slightly sweet with caramel malt scents coming through. Slight hints of woodsy hops are also present making the aroma enjoyable and inviting. Stone Pale Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A more balanced pale ale, upfront malty notes dominate which transition smoothly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter. Caramel malts and bread notes add to the flavor profile along with notes of woodsy/herbal hops. A touch of grapefruit notes can also be detected. A clean beer, this is easy go to pale ale. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with just about everything.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Copper/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10