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Gordon Biersch Pale Ale - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 23
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: BucannonXC5 on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 23
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3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you are in Taichung for business or pleasure and looking for some real beers and a hearty burger Gordon Biersch is one of your only options. Even at a good western style restaurant it is difficult to find anything hoppier than Bass or Heineken in Taiwan. Gordon Biersch offers a wide range of beers and the beer/food quality is very similar to that found at many of the US locations.

This pale ale was part of a sampler and a refreshing change after trying all the local beer offerings. Nothing amazing but the burst of hops tasted great after a week of Taiwan Beer Co. cans. Light in color, the pale ale was an interesting complement to the traditional lagered beers that Gordon Beirsch usually focuses on. This beer has fermented out very clean using primarily pale malts resulting in a refreshing, drinkable beer with noticeable hops. Gan Bei.

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Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.

A: Pale indeed. Light yellow. Looks like a Pilsner with an inch of soapy white froth. Lots of scattered lacing.

S: Grainy malt with a little lemon. Definitely not much aroma, where are the pleasant citrus notes I long for? At least give me some soft caramel malt to tide me over. Nothing.

T: High level of bitterness is very dry with little flavor of any kind backing it up. The bitterness is rough and astringent, bringing to mind aspirin. I get some lemon. 

M: Light body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, astringent, and sticky.

Overall: This is San Diego. How can a professional brewer not know how to brew a decent Pale Ale? Seriously, walk down the street and you're bound to run into someone that can help you.

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Smelled citrus hops up front, a bit surprising for a pale ale. Really only also got sweet caramel.

Tasted citrus caramel hops up front, followed by a surprisingly bitter finish.

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Definitely what I’d expect from a Gordon Biersch attempt at a pale ale. Mightily better than most of their regulars.

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Gordon Biersch Pale Ale from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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