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Signature Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company

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Signature Pale AleSignature Pale Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The term "Pale Ale" dates back to the 1800s when all beer was dark brown in colour. New malting techniques led to the development of pale malt, a barley malt kilned at low temperatures which contributed very little colour to the finished beer. Hence the birth of Pale Ale, an amber- to copper-coloured ale you could actually see through. Plenty of British Crystal malt in the grist lends this ale its rich colour, its caramel maltiness, and adds the occasional whiff of toffee to the nose. An addition of American and German hops to the kettle at the end of the boil is used to suffuse our Pale Ale with a gently spicy hop finish.

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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.

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Signature Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.