Signature Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company
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3.64/5 rDev +2%
355ml bottle, with some nice steam-punk imagery on the silk-screened label. And the angel promoting the '10 cents, return for redemption' is amusing enough.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random protoplasm splatter lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.
It smells of bready and mildly biscuity pale malt, crackery caramel, soft muddled citrus notes, ethereal white and black pepper dust, my mom's baking ingredients cupboard, and further subdued piney, leafy, and weedy noble hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, edgy, almost dry caramel, a persistent mixed table pepper spiciness, fading orange and grapefruit rind, and equally over the hill earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.
The carbonation is pleasantly moderate, just a meek frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly up for transgressive behavior, it would seem. It all finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness, strangely agreeable pepper, and muddled old-school hops playing nicely together.
An enjoyable rendition of the American version of that ol' standby, the pale ale, even if this manifests more on the English side of things, um, all over the place. Not surprising, I suppose, as Lotusland brewers have the bane of being on the forefront of that west coast hop thing, but at the same time exist in a place called British (can't underline here, boo) Columbia, and its attendant heritage and influence, in whatever it is that you're into. Yup, Canadian.
08-07-2014 05:18:59 | More by biboergosum
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
this one im lazy. left it in the can. i know i know. worst way to review beer.
it had impressive foam even for not having been poured.
dissipated fast to an aluminum can with a drinking hole perforated in it.
very innovative,. but still refreshing.
smells awesome. resiny hops. grapefruit tones typical of hops. malts are rich and sweet..but..
as i went to reach for this check out the nose..a fly landed on my hand and i swatted .. knocked over this can of beer. spraying insane amounts of foam and wonderous fountains of quality ale everywhere. which in taste .. i explain further.
i had a few drinks on it before the fly related explosion..and its malty. and bitter.
but has a nice smokey aftertaste and isnt overpoweringly hoppy.. but still the right amount..the hops dont even shine until about 5 seconds after you swallow.. then you get this bitter aftertaste. ..i tried to catch as much of the spraying foam from the knocked over can into my face. it was quite funny.
malty. silky. has a good bitter. and a pretty short run on the palette..
the aftertaste of hops about 5 seconds later is what keeps me going back.
being that this review is slightly odd..straying from my usual pours and non spilling and overfoaming/ flattening a good beer with clumsy hands. this beer seems quite impressive , even after being so mistreated i find myself still drinking the almost flat part of the can after it was ejected into my nasal passages.. its really good.
and im wishing id have bought 2 now.. as the one i did buy is basically ruined.
i WILL buy this again. its a shame to have wasted such an intresting beer.
but..i got a very good impression from the bit i had.. try this one.
08-05-2014 23:24:36 | More by ghisty
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
Light, crispy, and golden. Reminds me a bit of singer beer- it'd go nice with spice and noodles. There is a lovely texture to this beer but it doesn't quite make itself felt. Leaving me feel wonderfully refreshed. Probably best for a summer day by the beach.
07-23-2014 22:15:01 | More by SamKetchum
3.76/5 rDev +5.3%
355 mL bottle, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler now available at various LCBOs. One thing I'll say right off the bat is that I love the bottle art & design - and in a style like APA where the alternatives are a dime-a-dozen, that can be an important advantage when attracting new customers. Served well-chilled.
Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head that recedes fairly quickly over the next few minutes. Left in its wake is a foamy, uneven cap/collar and a few smatterings of lace - a solid-looking pale ale. Mild aroma, with a good mixture of brown sugar, light lemon/grapefruit citrus, leafy hops and a surprising twinge of vanilla. There's even a slight hint of yeasty mustiness. An interesting bouquet, if a bit unusual for the style.
The flavour comes off as considerably more orthodox, with a combination of biscuity malts and caramel sweetness opening the profile up. This blends seamlessly into some fleeting grassy hops, followed by a few hints of lemon zest and grapefruit pith, and some metallicity/mineral notes in the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth that I am a big fan of. The carbonation levels are fairly placid. The bitter finish leaves the palate feeling dry, encouraging quick sips, and the balanced flavours make this an easy task.
Final Grade: 3.76, a B+ grade. Steamworks' Pale Ale is a solid American-style pale ale, and (so far) one of the better inclusions in this sampler pack. Hopheads looking for something that they can session - without stripping their taste buds off and causing undue stress to their liver - should consider this one well worth a try, as it maintains a perfect balance between West Coast hoppiness and the tasty malt bill. Great stuff - I'd consider this up there with Crazy Canuck, Naughty Neighbour, Tankhouse, and a few other OCB staples.
09-26-2013 13:33:38 | More by thehyperduck
Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.