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Pigskin Pale Ale - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Pigskin Pale AlePigskin Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-08-2007)
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Reviews by dfitch81:
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dfitch81

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pigskin Pale Ale is the first beer I've had from Beer Valley, and it makes a good impression. Although it pours with pretty minimal head that leaves little lacing, the beautiful hazed light-orange color is exceptional and you can see plenty of tasty yeast suspended in the glass. Pigskin has an especially fresh scent bursting with grapefruit and apple from the hops accompanied by underlying breadiness from the malt. I spent more time just smelling it than any other beer I can remember. True nose candy, this. Taste is quite hoppy for an APA; this could nearly pass for an IPA. Spiciness from the hops lends some real bite, but the hops do overpower the malt to some extent. Don't get me wrong: it tastes excellent. But APA's are supposed to dial back the hops a bit for better balance with the malt... Mouthfeel is about right for the style, nothing too heavy and with decent carbonation. Only the high (for an APA) alcohol content detracts from this beer's drinkability, which is still quite good. Overall an impressive PacNW-style brew that I intend to purchase regularly.

11/30/08: had another bottle, and this time the head was massive, long-lasting, and left beautiful lacing. I changed my score on appearance from a 4 to a 5 to reflect this: this truly is a great looking beer and IMO deserving of a 5. Also, drank this bottle at near room temperature, and the hop flavors were even more intense. It reminded me of Deschutes' Hop Trip. Unlike Hop Trip, though, this stuff is available year-round. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 22:08:04 | More by dfitch81
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Pigskin Pale Ale from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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