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Kissmeyer: Nordic Pale Ale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Kissmeyer: Nordic Pale AleKissmeyer: Nordic Pale Ale

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86
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
B-Sides Brewing Label

Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is an imaginative interpretation of the Pale Ale style and features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Dried Heather Flowers, Rose Hips, and Cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a Maple-Syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. The Nordic pale ale features intricate herbal nuance, moderate hop presence, pleasant dryness, and a crisp finish.

A one-man gypsy brewing company, Kissmeyer Beer creates innovative beers with a distinct personal and unique character, brewed to an exemplary degree of technical quality, inspired by and often brewed in collaboration with world-class brewer friends and colleagues. Nordic Pale Ale is a pioneering style for Kissmeyer, intended to fuse the best in modern brewing techniques with ingredients that reflect Nordic and Canadian traditions.

(Beer added by: korguy123 on 07-05-2013)
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Reviews by wizo:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

wizo, Feb 09, 2014
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

600mL bottle from the LCBO. Interesting label and bottle design.

Poured into a tulip. Caramel golden, vigorous carbonation, a half inch of head that recedes into a nice frothy ring. A wintry pattern of lace icicles.

Nose is an interesting mix of herbs and grain. The list of additives (heather, gale, yarrow, heather) makes it seem like a gruit, although aside from the heather what I'm really getting here is mild ginger. Still quite pleasant though.

Dry, herbal, bit of ginger. Quite tasty, actually. The finish is a nice bittering hop and herb punch that really hits the spot.

Thinner bodied, my only real complaint with the brew is the carbonation, which is way too sharp.

Interesting brew, certainly will get again. I think I prefer this to their regular gruit offering, Bogwater.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sammy, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +12%

Rather nice interpretation of a Nordic Pale Ale. Approximately $4.00 at the LCBO for the 600ml bottle. Served at 6deg C into a tumbler. Batch number 3312 10 22 13 10:08. Mighty fresh!!

A- Nice off blond, amber colour. Pours with an excellent head that stays for a minute or two then dissipates to a film across the surface.

S- Very interesting smell...added greens from some coniferous?? Smells just like it... more later.

T- there's those added greens again! Yup, just like staying in the woods for a while and you have a cup of natural tea. Not overpowering by any means but it does bring back memories. Pretty good PA. Not the best but a combination of spices perks this beer right up.

M- Grainy. Not much else to say other than that.

O- Pretty good! Glad I enjoyed it and would again but not worth going out of the way for after the first one or two so out of convenience I bought 5! LOL. Excellent experience.

Food Pairing

With the coniferous notes and spice bite this beer matches well with... Moose Chili

The spice of the garlic, onion, chili powder, woodsy taste of the Moose Chili this spicy beer will match very well.

Enjoy!

DaveBar, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Tap: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with light herbal feel. Taste is also dominated by dry hoppy notes with some herbal notes and lightly sweet malt notes. Body is full with good carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer but I can’t say I detected half of the ingredient after reading the commercial description!

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

WillAndSarah, Feb 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

dipso123, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of ssmack
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Light caramel yellow colour with 2 inches of white foam with large bubbles. Some lacing but not much retention.

Strong bitter citrus aroma with pepper. The smell of a clean cold refrigerator.

Lots of citrus in the taste. Grapefruit and pine and spicy. Dry tart bitterness. Unique flavours that are hard to describe. Rye bitter bit not not extreme.

Crisp medium feel.

This is an interesting beer. Good citrus hops with nice spiciness.

ssmack, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DaveR514, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

russwilliam, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Golden copper filtered with no carbonation, 4 fingers of off white head leaving chunky lacing.

S: Pine, heavily hopped like a west coast ipa style, pineapple, passionfruit, red chillies,

T: Pine, menthol, pineapple, passion fruit, light sweetness, sage which I suppose is the sweet gale, heavy bitter hops also in a west coast ipa style. Earthy herbal taste which is perhaps the heather.

M: Medium resinous syrupy body, numbing bitter finish.

O: Really like an IPA to me, but well crafted. Only getting a little sweet gale and perhaps heather, but non of the maple syrup, cranberries, or rosehips as the hops are so strong. That said, it’s a good beer, cool style, bottle and concept.

patre_tim, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Caudalie, Nov 14, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

BushwyckCraft, Thursday at 12:51 AM
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

600ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.65

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some hops. There is also a bit of a graininess, some ginger, and a bit of a fruit sweetness.

Overall - Not your average APA but that's a good thing. The flavours are pretty interesting and the beer is very drinkable. The slight fruity/berry flavour mixed with the hops give it a nice bite. I'd pick this one up again. It has some of the same flavours I tasted in the Dunham / Kissmeyer Leo's Early Breakfast IPA.

spinrsx, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Mr_Rocca, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

liamt07, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

SebD, Oct 09, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%

600ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head dwindles but settles with plenty left, with excellent lacing. Aroma is sedate and non-descript.

Taste starts earthy and spicy, multiple fruity notes in the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation but still pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Interesting brew.

ppoitras, Dec 10, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +13.6%

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; dated Jan. 12 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive golden-orange colour; slightly hazy, and topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, white coloured head. It wilts slowly over the next ten minutes or so, caking the side of the glass with lacing and leaving behind a modest cap and collar combo. The aroma is quite enticing, with notes of heather, flowers and herbs accenting the more dominant (and traditional) APA notes of citrusy hops, pine needles and bready pale malts. Quite impressed so far.

A very tasty pale ale, and reasonably interesting, too - which is a fairly rare thing for me to say as far as APAs go. The backbone of bready malts, pink grapefruit and orange pith is pleasantly augmented by the grocery list of additional ingredients. The gale and heather are probably the most noticeable, providing herbal, almost minty notes toward the finish, reminiscent of their Bog Water gruit. It finishes with a touch of ginger and bitter cranberry, leaving a lingering, herbal feel behind on the palate in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied; certainly more substantial in the mouth than most 'regular' pale ales, with moderate carbonation levels appropriate for the style. Not particularly sessionable, but this quasi-bomber is probably a good serving size for this unusual spiced ale.

Final Grade: 4.34, an excellent A grade. Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is not your traditional APA, but I'm ok with that because it makes for a nice change-up. This isn't the sort of thing I'd buy in bulk, but it's still an upper-tier pale ale that I could see myself returning to once in a while. The price isn't bad either, particularly as far as Beau's products go. Considering this is probably the most creative (and one of the tastiest) OCB takes on this style I've had in quite a while, that ain't too shabby.

thehyperduck, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

cfalovo97, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of John656
3.63/5  rDev -5%

A - Pours out a nice golden colour with a thick fluffy head. Visually rich and appealing.

S - Floral and lemon. Hops and pine also come through strong.

T - Hoppy but smooth and not overbearing with hints of citrus and floral flavours. Semi-dry finish follows the fresh and crisp taste. Kind of feels like a combination of an IPA and a Saison.

M - Sharp and flavourful. Medium-light bodied with average carbonation. Tastes better when not too cold as the ingredients meld better together.

O - Not my favourite beer style but I did enjoy this. The hops are present but don't linger too much and for too long. The unique ingredients of yarrow, flowers and rose hips lend to a smoother, more herbaceous brew.

John656, May 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Jotora, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for the reasonable price of $4.85 CDN. Served well chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy dark yellow / honey brown in color with a titanic 4= fingers of white head (This wasn't an aggressive pour either). Great retention time and a frothy white cap subsides into a cylinder of foamy. Spectacular lacing left around the glass. The head is particularly fluffy and gives the appearance of floating on clouds. Very impressive.

Smell - Nice bland of mild malts and a good citrus aroma. Not overwhelingly fragrant yer at the same the nose is prominent. Some floral aspects after repeated sniffs.

Taste - Good clean taste, hoppy and rather bitter. Trace elements of fruits namely lemon but some earthy wood flavors interwoven. Initially I wasn't terribly impressed, but as it warms a bit these meld together more seamlessly and the taste becomes even easier to palate as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, slight tingling sensation in mouth. Pretty good but a bit sharper than expected.

Overall - A very fine beer in the style and bit outside the box. The only real thing I say is that after the pour and a couple whiffs the rest of the beer was marginally less than what had appeared at first. Nonetheless very good beer from Beau's and may pick up another bottle of this if I can find it.

DenisKolkin, Feb 25, 2014
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Kissmeyer: Nordic Pale Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.