Signature Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 22:15:01 | More by SamKetchum
3.76/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 13:33:38 | More by thehyperduck
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Into a tulip, poured a generous frothy white head. Colour is a bright clear copper. Looks good with some visible carbonation, nice sticky lacing and film. 4
S – an interesting and intense citrusy note, crisp caramel malts, grapefruit, lemon, light florals and farmhouse textures, bright grainy malt. 3.75
T – full bodied mix of preserved lemon citrus and malts, a salty sort of citrus feel, some pine as well develops. Caramel and butterscotch notes, really dry grapefruit. Bready, with a smooth lemon curd, creamy texture, some nutty dryness and mineral touches on the end. The Cascade hops contribute some nice flavours alongside a smooth caramelly malt body. Finish is crisp maltiness and a rounded mineral character. 4
M – moderate bodied, with a malty and caramel forward body, plenty of soft coating carbonation. Refreshing and tasty. Works really well to bring out the citrus and caramel character and dryness comes nicely on finish. 3.5
A balanced rounded profile and some atypical light estery character make this a quite interesting PA. The hops are nicely balanced and provide a bitter citrus, and thoroughly dry character. Really solid beer and glad I had the opportunity to try it, enjoyable. 4
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2013 01:57:40 | More by mick303
Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.