Pine Marten Pale Ale - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Review from BA Mag Aug 2007
This American Pale Ale is flavored with Amarillo hops and weighs in at 38 IBUs. It's also brewed with a blend of two-row, Crystal 45 and Carapils malts. Sounds like your trademark PNW Pale Ale.
Sticky web lacing covers a good amount of the glass. Shows off a stunning clarity and a glowing deep golden hue. Soft floral aroma with suggestions of tangerine and blood oranges, hint of biscuity malt in the nose. Sturdy smoothness off its mild carbonation and medium body. Well-rounded malt flavor to start. Juicy yet soft hop resin remains for the duration, with a quick spike of hop bitterness, followed by a layer of biscuity malt within. Balanced enough for the style, though finishes a little bittersweet.
Sure enough, this is your standard utility PNW Pale Ale, with enough hops to go around and a good balance to keep everything in check. Thankfully, their use of Amarillo hops is not overbearing. Very drinkable and flavorful; a fresh sharp cheddar would make a fitting pairing.
03-30-2009 22:36:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a pretty light golden color topped by an inch of creamy white head. Pleasant pale ale aroma of light floral hops blended with light malt, with a touch of citrus. The medium malt profile lends a nice creamy body, accented by some mild floral hops and again notes of light citrus. This is an alright beer - not exactly something special, but perfectly serviceable.
08-20-2006 05:19:36 | More by ElGordo
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a loud & effervescent honey color with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Citrus hops
T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops up front along with wet grainyness & some grassy notes. More of the same as this warms with lemony hops & grainynness more dominant. Finishes with crisp lemony hops & a bit of honey malt
MF: A little watery, with okay balance & lively carbonation
Drinks very easy, but a pretty run of the mill APA. More malt would've helped the cause
04-10-2008 03:16:54 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
Hazy amber with a good sized white head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is minor caramel and floral hops.
Taste is citrus bitter hops and a good amount of caramel malts. Some breadiness. Very tasty balanced APA.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
Drinkability is very good. Wish I had a pitcher or a growler. This beer won't ring your hop chime but it is a very nice sessionable Pale.
11-17-2008 06:10:38 | More by Spikester
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
12oz picked up by Steven in Oregon.. pulled from the On-Deck basement cooler.. shared with Steven.. my half in a balloon glass. Listening to RIS party mix.. Public Enemy's Welcome to the Terror Dome.
Long lasting 1" head... lite orange brew... a little haze.
Nose is pale malts and piney hops..but very restrained... could use more of both.
Bready biscuit malts.... yeast fruitiness... citrus and pine hops... medium carbonation with a nice lite/medium body.. I would like a quite a bit more hop flavor.
This is the last of 3 bottles I've had the good fortune of trying, and I am so far pretty impressed with Cascade Lakes.. Pine Martin is a pretty descent APA. Despite my above negatives, this is a good brew.. just needs a little fine tuning and a bump up to the PNW style we are used to.
12-13-2007 09:27:19 | More by JohnGalt1
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from local health food store for $1.35 on sale.
A-Pours a golden amber hue with about a one and a half finger, off-white head with average retention and decent lacing.
S-Subtle floral hops and a biscuit-like malt aroma.
T-The bitter and floral hops provide bitterness typical of a PNW APA. There is also a biscuit or bready malt backbone. Not much different from Rooster Tail, just a bit more bitter and a darker color.
M-Very smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.
D-A decent beer, but nothing to get excited about. Fairly nondescript and not different enough,although slightly more bitter, from Rooster Tail to warrant a separate issue, IMO.
10-08-2009 03:39:51 | More by velosuds
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
12 oz single, with a new style label.
In apprearance a clear golden ale with a small white head.
The aroma is very delicate and subdued, mostly lightly toasted malts with barely a twinge of the hop aromas promised on the label.
There are certainlly more hops making an appearance in the taste, but they cant overwhelm the thick layered malts, I also get a touch of honey like sweetness.
Pretty average mouthfeel.
Overall not a great beer, but would suffice in a Central oregon summer day.
03-26-2008 20:39:48 | More by Reidrover
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
Malty and grainy aroma. Cereal grains mostly, kind of grape-nutty. There is some hops but it's not hop heavy like a lot of west coast pale ales.
Pale straw colored with a nice lasting head with some lacing. A little bit cloudy though. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles.
Nice malty flavor with a good piney hop flavor too. Very well balanced between malt and hops. Some crystal malt flavor. good straight forward APA.
Medium bodied with good creamy carbonation level. Right on for the style.
A good lawnmower or session beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but I would definitely drink it again.
07-18-2007 06:19:29 | More by czechsaaz
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a rocky head that leaves a little stickage
Smell: A bit of grainy malt, but no hops to speak of
Taste: Starts out rather fruity, almost like an English Pale Ale, and the hops come across in a tea-like manner; after the swallow, there is a residual grainy bitterness that is not particularly compelling
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Perhaps this has a bit of age on it (I have not been impressed with the freshness of any of the beers I ordered from Bottletrek), but other reviewers have also noticed an inadequate hop character as well
08-12-2009 01:51:04 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Had this on tap at the Lodge in Bend, OR.
A: Light golden color, good amount of carbonation and lacing down the glass.
S: Hoppy, citrusy scent. Not as fragrant as a lot of pale ales however
T: Hoppy, grapefruit taste. Not too bitter, pretty well balanced.
M Mild bodied, goes down easily
D: Not too bad, easy drinking tasty pale ale.
06-17-2006 11:29:19 | More by loren01
2.63/5 rDev -26.9%
A: fairly vigorous pour into a pint glass yielded only about 1/4" of quickly dissipating head. Body is yellow and clear.
S: sweet citrusy notes, a little mango
T: Sort of all over the place, from sweet to burnt to vegetal. Bit of sour decay in the finish.
M: pretty flat in the mouth and oddly sticky
O: seems a somewhat incoherent beer. Flavor doesn't match the aroma, mouthfeel is off for the style. Can't say I'd go for it again if there was something else available.
05-13-2011 04:20:59 | More by kscaldef
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
Cascade Lakes added this clean, drinkable ale to its regular lineup at the start of 2005. It is polished golden, virtually uncarbonated, and delivers a breezy floral aroma of short duration. Though not a prodigious beer in its flavor or body, Pine Martin has easy session ale sensibilities with functional malts and a sharp, animated tinge of bittering.
Nothing exceptional here, but a real clean and easy beer to drink that will likely pair well with any food in the house.
10-01-2005 02:14:33 | More by RedDiamond
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Honeycomb amber with a faint hint of orange rind. The French vanilla colored cap gives the beer a 'banana cream pie' in a pint glass look. The foam is somewhat coarse and is starting to leave extensive lace that looks exactly like the spray-on snow that used to decorate our windows at Christmastime when I was a kid.
There's a moderate earthy nuttiness underlying the Amarillo hops that ends up spoiling the party. To some extent anyway. Some might call PMPA balanced, but I like APAs to feature humulus lupulus above all else. Enough tropical fruit peeks through to keep the score (barely) above average.
Pine Marten Pale Ale is a decent take on the style, especially if you don't mind a toasted malt background along with your hops. The beer's color would suggest that pale is the dominant malt, but its flavor indicates that crystal and carapils weren't used lightly.
The label brags about 'terrific balance'. Yes on the balance... not so much on the terrific. Toasted cereal grains and lightly roasted peanuts compete with grapefruit peel and pine. I probably wouldn't have guessed Amarillo. The semi-dry finish is where the hops finally take control. The IBU count is 38 if you're keeping score.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's par for the style course in all respects. Bottom line: neither a positive nor a negative.
Pine Marten Pale Ale isn't as good as 20 Inch Brown, the only other Cascade Lakes brew to have entered my glass, but it's an acceptable example of the style if balance is your mantra. Given what else is available in Oregon, I probably wouldn't buy this one twice.
09-30-2008 12:15:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
Pine Marten Pale Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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