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Propeller Pale Ale - Propeller Brewery

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Propeller Pale AlePropeller Pale Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Advances in malting techniques made possible paler coloured malts and heralded the arrival of Pale Ales onto the brewing scene in the 1800s in Britain. The most famous Pale Ale brewers came from Burton, where the hard water perfectly suited this new style of beer. Propeller “Burtonizes” its water to emulate this famous style. Crisp, hoppy and dry, Propeller Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic British brew.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-05-2002)
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the source.Pours a deep golden color with a smallish off white head that shows marginal retention. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of earthy citrus. The flavor follows the aroma and adds a bit more of that butterscotch that beer geeks up here seem to like. Medium body and level of carbonation. English inspired, okay brew.

johnnnniee, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - clear, golden colour with a nice slightly off white head

Smell - Earthy, wood, a slight caramel smell with some malt

Taste - Some hop bitterness with a little caramel sweetness. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Maybe a touch of earth and floral tones as well

Overall - A great APA and widely available if you live in the Maritimes. Really pleasant to drink at anytime. Light enough to have more than one. I always have three or four of these in my fridge at anytime

Dna_Infinity, May 05, 2014
Photo of Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Yoozeo, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +11.7%

CurtisD, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Idrankthat, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of bcrocker
3/5  rDev -16.2%

bcrocker, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from my boss' trip to Halifax.

A - Pours with a very small head that disappears really fast. Bright. Very mild carbonation. Lightish golden colour. No lacing and the head is totally gone quite fast.

S - Honey, floral, grainy. A little citrus.

T - Grainy, floral, honey maybe. Mild and lacking any American style hop profile until it opens up and you can find a little bit of citrus to redeem it.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Lacking any sort of appropriate hop profile for the style and overly sweet/grainy. Third weak beer of the night. Easy to drink but doesn't appear to be a proper American style Pale Ale. Easy to drink but not worth seeking out or tasty in any way. Not offensive, just not a tasty beer...Once it opened up it came through with some citrus but still alot weaker than I was hoping. Needs work.

tbeckett, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Murky orange, tall white soapy head, slow dissipation
S - Earthy, woody, toasted grains, light orange zest, peppery
T - Earthy and citrus hops, peppercorns, buttered toast, and apple juice
M - light and refreshing, just a light dry bitter finish
O - very tasy and easy drinking pale, flavours rich and on point, great session beer

joemcgrath27, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from mmurphy525, 341ml into a pint glass. Thanks Matt.

Pours a golden orange, with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lace, mild retention. Nose has some orangey hops, bready, some pine. Moderate and subdued for the most part but nice. Taste has some significant breadiness, pale malt, grainy cracker, more orange hops and a bit of citrus/grapefruit. Light feel and medium light mouthfeel with a mild bitterness. Easy to put back, enjoyable and simple.

liamt07, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, a single garnered from a recent trip to Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent array of coral reef lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, lightly biscuity and doughy pale malt, a bit of subdued caramel, earthy honey, and some floral, woodsy, and softly citrusy hops. The taste is understated caramel malt, gritty buttered biscuits, more earthy field honey, a mild drupe fruitiness, a touch of generic citrus rind, and some softly bitter weedy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, registering barely a blip on the froth-o-meter, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth in the face of some noble hop zippiness. It finishes on the sweet side, the plain biscuity malt prevailing, and the tame bitterness now kind of lame in its opposing effort.

I drank a few pints of Fuller's ESB whilst watching the Champions' League final earlier today - this particular beer seems to be attempting to emulate the subtly of that point in time, and failing, mostly. APA, ESB? I dunno, but drinkable enough, despite the wan bittering counterpoint, which would severely curtail my desire for more, after a couple, I'd say.

biboergosum, May 29, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poursed a hazy darker yellow colow, with decent size head. The aroma was a bit weak but hoppy. The flavor was full, and hopppy, but bit harsh. Decent amount of carbonation, and the flavor wasnt long lasting. Overall a decent average beer; but a bit to harsh with the flavor.

vette2006c5r, May 28, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange colour, finger of light soapy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel and earthy hops, and more reminiscent of an ESB than an APA. Scent of wet cardboard is coming off and the bitterness is certainly noticeable.

T - Definitely more of an ESB on the tongue with the earthy and bitter hops coming through alongside the musty caramel and biscuit notes. Sweet corn and bready malt lingers on the palette.

M - A tad thin, comes across a little undercarbonated and watery.

O - Not a bad offering, but not the greatest either. I much prefer their IPA and ESB, though this one is certainly close to their ESB, but not the best sample of the APA style though

andrenaline, May 07, 2011
Photo of Shadman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on a bottom self in a local beer store. Nice to see this stuff in Medicine Hat.

Looks like a pale ale. Amber/peach color, slight hazy, with a slightly off-white head and tons of spiderweb lacing.

Big wiff of caramel/pale malts. Hint of honey with some citric undertones.

Clean front, not much too it although it is well balanced. Seemingly more flavorful at the back end where thegrapefruit bitterness of the hop is more pronounced.

Maybe a touvh thin in front, but overall it felt smooth enough to me.

IMO more akin to a Brit PA than a yank PA. Nice balance, well put together. The taste given such a good aroma was a bit of a let down for me. Easy to drink more than one, hence a good session beer.

Shadman, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct1 2010

A light copper with only a few bubbles feeding a thin film that left no lace

S smells like soggy cornflakes and not much else

T weird some purple candy and more wet cereals, not sure what to make of this

M feels rather thin and could use some more bubbles but still not watery or flat

D not what I was expecting and I doubt I'll be reaching for this again anytime soon.

perhaps a bad bottle because I like most of Propellers beers and this one was a little off their standards

wordemupg, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me this one during CanBIF6.

Pale yellow, almost golden, color beer. Clear. Nice soapy head. The aroma presents some citrus fruit notes and some malts (caramel). Medium intensity aroma. First sip is metallic... bummer. Thin bodied. Simple in the taste. I would say I miss some malts in the taste... I expected more from this one regarding the taste. Very refreshing.

ZorPrime, May 31, 2010
Photo of ajhod
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery this afternoon. Poured into a 6 oz straight sided tasting glass.

Pours with a fine white head which lingers around the edges of the glass and clings to the sides. Bright golden colour, perhaps edging towards coppery.

Aroma is fresh, hoppy and clean. Nothing to complain about here! It isn't an overwhelming aroma, but it is enough to excite the taste buds.

Excellent bitterness, slightly heavier malt in the finish than I'd expect from the style Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, but not over the top. Bitterness lingers in the mouth, taste it on the sides of the tongue well after you finish the sip.

There is a cloying honey flavour to this beer, which is delightful and makes me want to go for one more sip. This flavour intensifies as it warms slightly.

It is a bit heavier than some APA's I've had, but nothing out of line with the style. It's also hoppier than some APAs. I'd recommend this beer if you can get it. It is a remarkably good everyday drinking beer-excellent with food and great all on it's own.

ajhod, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Kooz
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is from my wife's trip overseas--I've been sitting on this one for a bit... Anticipation...

Poured into a standard pint glass--nice golden-straw color, almost cloudy, with a thickish creamy looking head. Looks like it'll be a good one. Drinking left a nice lacing on the glass.

Tasted good--not overly malty, with mild hints of something--citrus maybe? Not sure, it's really only a hint. There's some mild sourness that enhances the overall taste.

Surprised by the mouthfeel--expected a bit more bite, and certainly thought the head would be creamier. Not a great mouthfeel--the one thing lacking from this brew.

Overall, I'd drink this again. I don't think it's a good beer for a heavy drinking night, but I wouldn't rule it out to get an evening started, or to have with dinner.

Kooz, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up appx 2 weeks ago, with a bottling date of July.

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pub glass. The head forms just under an inch of white froth. Receding to leave generous thin lace drapes. Retention is decent with a thin cap and many bubble islands.
Color is spot on for the style, a bit of a darker copper with golden hues. I like the deeper copper color on this, a bit darker then most pales.

Aroma is predominately malt with a touch of honey and caramel. Some mild grapefruit and orange peel. As it warmed the aromas really blossomed. Alot of grassy and fruitier hops, plenty of malt and a super fresh, mash like cereal grain aroma. The grain aromas and flavors were never husky. This is so fresh tasting and smelling it really adds to the desire to consume it.

Taste is super, makes up for that aroma. Up front its bitter with lemon, orange peel and plenty of grapefruit. Through the middle cereal grains dominate and really help balance the score. Its like eating grapenuts flakes, with that super cereal grain sweet flavors, more honey and caramel. Then hops pick back up and dry it out. Lingering with grapefruit and pine. Finishing dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is filled with carbonation and a bit of slickness. Its not thin, but spot on for the style.

I would have liked a bit more from the aroma. This is a good beer with great color and many flavors. This beer is very drinkable, only mild quirks would be the lemon flavors that are not too productive for this beer. Making it a little to bitter with a sour aftertaste.

Buebie, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a soapy white head that lasts well and leaves some sticky globs of lace on the glass. Attractive fruity and floral aroma. This tastes crazy fresh. Floral and citrus hops mingle with a light earthiness, while fruity nerry-esque malts underpin everything. Dry and bitter finish. Crisp refreshing body makes this a good summer drinker. I'm actually highly impressed - its far hoppier than most pales, particularly a Canadian one. Damn straight I'd get this again.

Cheers to moniker for the bottle.

bobsy, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished to about 1 cm and stayed that way all the way to the last drop. Pretty good lacing, with the odd smudge on the side of the glass. Dark golden color, with a clear body. Nice aroma of average hops, with pine coming through, as well as some citrus. Quite a good flavor - bitter, but not anything too strong, with an average duration. I think I can taste the pine here, as well... but nothing offensive. Light and thin-bodied on the palate,, with average carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable pale that I would gladly have again... a good entry from Propeller.

berley31, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a nice, thick billowy head that dissipates a little, but fights to stick around.

The aroma is fruity, it's almost like a buttery marmalade, but mostly it's grassy, slightly floral hops that are apparent here.

Taste is mellow, but really well balanced with the malt and hops working in harmony without either one taking center stage. The hops are oddly fruity yet earthy, maybe slightly herbal. There's a bit of a wheaty, bready taste to the malt with maybe a hint of lemon zest. There is some chalkiness as well that seems to accentuate the bitterness of the hops. That said, it seems to sweeten up as it warms.

It's dry, crisp and refreshing. Really, this beer is extremely drinkable and if I had easy access to this I would happily make this the beer I pick up to make people stick around all day to help me move on a hot and humid Ontario summer's day.

It's more of an English pale ale than an American pale ale as it's listed as here in my opinion.

MeisterBurger, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowy-orange with two fingers of bubbly head. Slight smell of grains and hops. Not a lot of carbonation. Taste is somewhat hoppy, with a lighter taste, not quite citrus, but somewhat reminiscent. Leaves the mouth somewhat dry, but is overall very drinkable. Good for patio season, methinks.

Seanstoppable, Apr 22, 2009
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Propeller Pale Ale from Propeller Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.