Pale Horse - No Label Brewing Company
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.95/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
No Label Pale Horse pours to an orange/tan color with a cloudy body and a two- finger head of foam that maintains itself for a while as you consume. The nose on this beer combines aromas of citrus with a touch of pineapple and other fruits, along with a caramel- malt base hiding out in the background. A good deal of lacing coats the sides of the glass as you consume and the beer has a nice overall appearance and positive first impression.
As for the taste, Pale Horse follows its nose at first before branching into new territory. You still get the flavors of citrus and caramel malt, but then you notice some biscuit notes, yeast, and a little bit of spice in the dry- hopped finish. The beer isn’t exceptionally clean in taste overall, but it doesn’t seem to matter as your palate grapples with the different taste contributions from the malt, hops, and yeast.
One interesting tasting note with this American Pale Ale is that it is less bitter than other APA and some might even say that it is more like a hybrid between an APA and an amber ale. The lack of bitterness is a surprise at first, but I find it a pleasant surprise overall and a nice change of pace when I want to enjoy some pale ale but don’t want to be overwhelmed by bitter sensations. There are, in fact, only 36 IBU of bitterness in this product, making it a little tamer than others but still enjoyable in its own way.
Pale Horse has only been in bottled form for a short time and I had been waiting for the bottles to arrive before reviewing the product. The bottled version is only slightly different from the tap version, which seemed to be slightly cleaner but generally identical in flavor. Pick up a six-pack if you get the chance and see what you think.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 04:43:05 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A: OK off white head. No lacing, but the head lasted over 10 minutes. Color is a little darker than I expected. A little hazy. Appeared to be some floating sediment.
S: Not much aroma. What was there was floral - the Cascade dry hop. As it warmed, the malt became more prevalent.
T: Some floral hop character up front, but it went away quickly. A long lasting bitter finish with very little flavor to along with it. Disappointing in that regard. Not complex.
M: A little over carbonated for my taste.
O: Drinkable, but not very exciting.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 22:34:54 | More by HamdenHector
2.84/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap and purple label art acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. Reviewed as an American Pale Ale because the description on the label identifies it as such. 36 IBU. OG: 1.055. Dry hopped with cascade.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thicknesss. Subpar creaminess. Not as frothy or soft as would be ideal. Uneven inconsistent soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.
Body colour is a hazy translucent copper. There's a bit of floating sediment suspended in the body, but I can't discern whether or not it's yeast. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Cascade hops are noticeable. Vague citrusy fruit. Floral hop character. Pale malt/caramalt sweetness. Some zest. A hint of candied sweetness - probably due to the caramalt. A bit grassy. I'm getting some fairly unwelcome tropical fruit notes - maybe mango - which I've never been a fan of in an IPA (much less a pale ale). The malty foundation is a bit too bready. Hops should be more vibrant and juicy. I do get a bit of bland orange peel on the back end as the beer comes to temperature.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Seems cleanly fermented; yeast attenuation is a bit below average for a pale ale judging by the abundance of residual sugars evidenced by the overdone sweetness. A decent aroma of average strength.
T: Malty backbone is simultaneously too sweet and a bit stale: bready malts, pale malts, caramalt. Hop character is equally mediocre: generic floral hop character, old muted orange peel, vague tropical fruit notes, and a kiss of pineapple sweetness. I'd love some juicy citrusy hops or some nectary hop character, but there isn't any. Underwhelming. It's got general cohesion, but it's far from a gestalt flavour profile. The hops aren't married to the malts, and I'm not real keen on the hop choices.
Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I don't dislike it, but I hoped for better.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There are no off-flavours.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick and full-bodied for the lack of flavour depth/diversity. Sutis the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. It should be more crisp and luscious. Not particularly creamy.
Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.
Dr: Drinkable and forgettable. A pretty meh pale ale from No Label. You have to bring far more to the table to stand out with a pale ale. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. There are equal or better pale ales available at a far better price point. Mediocre but inoffensive. If tropical fruit is your thing, you'll like it a bit better than I do, but I really can't see anyone honestly viewing this as anything close to a world class beer. It hides its ABV well and will get you drunk, but as much as I want to support local breweries, I can't recommend it over something more widely available like Deschutes.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 00:49:08 | More by kojevergas
Pale Horse from No Label Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.