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Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale - O'Connor Brewing Co.

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Norfolk Canyon Pale AleNorfolk Canyon Pale Ale

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jporf911 on 07-04-2010)
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Pours lighter yellow with lots of fading white foam. Decently smooth good drinking pale. Nothing exceptional, just a good summer night quencher. Drying finish.Hop aroma, citrus orange and lemon flavour, middling mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Thanks Radek.

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Grabbed a bottle at the Hyatt Place in Norfolk during a recent stay. Poured into a curved hotel glass.

The Oconnor brewing co Norfolk canyon pale ale was very average. Pours medi copper with a ring of white foam. Faint malt smell. Soapy. Taste is a thin malt with a minty hop spread throughout. Fast finish. Nice local beer. 375 325 350 350 350

Liked the chance to sample a local, but nothing to come back to.

KTCamm, Mar 24, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a standard shaker pint, Norfolk Canyon (named after a seafloor canyon off the VA coast) is a light to medium amber in color, sporting a layer of off-white carbonation with decent retention

s: husky lightly toasted and pale grain aromas, some sweetness but noting out-of-line, grassy citrus hops, nice start

m: carbonated to moderate levels, the body light-medium

t: pale malt body with a moderate grainy, toasted flavor, barley husk, reasonably hoppy with flavors of dried citrus, on the sweeter side to start but cleaning nicely, light-moderate bittering

o: a nice pale ale, a little sweet/grainy at times for my preference, but everything balances well in the end

draft at Harpoon Larry's, Hampton, VA, paired nicely with a monster blackened crab cake

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber apperance with white head and good rentention/lacing

Smell its of citrus hops had a strong resemblence to an ipa style aroma overal very nice

The taste of this was a little biiter sweet that was bitter and dry to finish

This beer had good full feel that was crisp and refreshing

Overal pretty happy with this choice a good beer with dinner would recommed

huxcrunner, Apr 20, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Tap House Grill in Ghent.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale yellow. Pours with a moderate head that soon dissipates.

Smell- Slightly citrusy, a bit of grain and light hops.

Taste- Typical pale ale in most regards. Starts off with crisp malt that gives way to sweetness then finishes with bitter hops. There is a strange metallic aftertaste that wasn't very pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium body that goes down smooth.

Drinkability- If it weren't for that damned metallic aftertaste, it would be a bit better. I'm going to go back in a month or so to see if it was simply something about that particular batch. Overall, it's a good beer to knock back with friends.

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This was tossed in as an extra by lambicking in our fantastic trade!
Thanks a lot my friend!

No freshness dating, but it looks and smells fresh.
Served in a tulip pint.

Clear pale orange body with an almost white head of 1.5 fingers that settled rather quickly to leave a thin but rocky film that's a bit thicker at the edges. Some spotty chunks of lacing hang behind. I like the color... Little more retention and lacing and this would be better looking.

Smells biscuity and bready with some crystal malt notes. The hops hold floral and citrus with a slightly soapy note. Orangey/grapefruit and floral hops. Pretty dry finish.

Feels pretty good-- a bit thin, but quite good in that sense because it makes me think I could drink multiple bottles with ease. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall-- not bad. Certainly not the best pale ale I've had, but far from the worst. Enjoyable and drinkable in its own right, though not necessarily my favorite take on the style.

AleWatcher, Aug 19, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a gastropub in Norfolk(Public House) while on business- they had about 4-5 of O'Connor beers on tap.

This is a pretty straightforward pale ale. Both the aroma and taste are bready malty.

I don't get much hop aroma but the flavoring is a bit earthy.

Bitterness is where it needs to be to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel is my only real issue - feels a bit too thin and is over carbonated.

Overall, I could drink this all night long, but wouldn't be excited to do so. Ie, it's an average pale ale!

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Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale from O'Connor Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.