Pale Ale Américaine - Brasserie Dunham
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3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
341ml bottle, part of the six-pack retail delivery vector here in Alberta, at 5.5% ABV.
This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with two svelte fingers of puffy, frothy, and fairly creamy dirty white head, which leaves some streaky dripping paint job lace around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of orange and grapefruit citrus pith, pine forest floor detritus, crackery pale malt, a hint of dry caramel/toffee, subtly spicy yeast notes, and a further lemon floor polish fruitiness. The taste is pretty consistent - a nice crisp citrus and pine bitterness, still pretty non-sweet crackery, bready pale malt, a retreating yeastiness, and some mild leafy soapiness.
The bubbles are nice and laid-back, just takin' 'er easy, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, a small tacky cloyingness the proverbial pea in this instance. It finishes generally dry, the malt apparently not possessing any extra gears, and the hops smugly putting it in neutral.
A pleasant enough APA, for the hopheads out there (full disclosure - who has two thumbs, and is...aww..you get the idea), with the obvious lack of caramel sweetness, this is indeed that particular kind of west coast-style pale ale. In theory, wanks such as myself should love this, but, as I already learned many moons ago, balance is the key, and this one teeters just a wee bit too much.
04-25-2014 05:44:09 | More by biboergosum
4.06/5 rDev +11.2%
Wow! Wish we'd bought more...
Pours a cloudy yellowish amber with a respectably lingering white head.
Has a fantastic hop-forward aroma of tropical fruit sweetness with a citrus bitterness. Likewise impressed with the well-balanced taste, enough malts to give it a solid backbone behind the decidedly "west coast" hop focus. That easy drinking sweetness combines well with the bitter finish.
An excellent APA!
06-14-2013 23:31:31 | More by hopsolutely
4.14/5 rDev +13.4%
This beer is a little sweet, has a slight fruittyiness to it. For and IPA, it had a little hoppiness. It had a very good flavour. Very nice Llght color. It was at room temperature, being a cask, this would probably been better chilled. Had this ad the brewery, great place for a pint.
05-26-2013 19:53:29 | More by olivianjeremie
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Aug. 1, 2013.
Appearance: Totaly hazy body the color of pineapple, 2 finger creamy head that keeps retention and good draping around the glass.
Smell: Strong aroma, zesty, citrusy, orange, lemon, light
Taste: Bit soapy, pineapple, papaya, catty a bit, tiny bit of sweetness but has an overwhelmingly bitter dryness, lots of citrus fruit that doesn't quite cut the dryness though.
Mouthfeel: Starts creamy but veers midway through the end into a very dry bitterness.
Overall: Not a pale ale for beginners and not completely my cup of tea. It was good but different than what i look for in a pale ale.
03-09-2013 12:20:12 | More by papat444
3.25/5 rDev -11%
A - Pours a yellow color with golden hues. Large, snow white, rocky head with medium retention but leaving a beautiful lacing. Small particles (hop?) were present in the glass after pouring the second half of the bottle.
S - Good balance of grainy malt and hop (mostly citrusy) with a touch of yeast. There is a nice spiciness into it, almost biscuity. Good smell!
T - Hop is predominant on the palate with resiny and citrusy flavors. I was hopping for a better balance...
M - Medium bodied, this beer has a relatively high carbonation giving a crispy feeling on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite clean and hop bitterness, heavy.
O - An average APA in my opinion. Really good aromas which are unfortunately different from the flavors. Would benefit from a bigger malt character to balance the hop and a smoother feeling.
05-26-2012 15:03:27 | More by duracell
Pale Ale Américaine from Brasserie Dunham
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