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Pale Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Clear and copper coloured, it is fruity on the palate and hearty in hops with a nice, round finish. We are honoured that Pale Ale continues to be BC’s most popular craft brew.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2003)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%

A- Pours a copper color that is crystal clear and with lots of carbonation rising to the top of the glass. The head isn't super impressive, being about a finger thick at first, and settling fairly quick into a patchy ring over top the brew. The lacing looks very good, as lots of soapy bubbles cling to the glass, and stay there too!

S- This smells very similar to an English Brown, with sweet toffee like malt goodness hitting the nose immediately...and the sweetness continues with some banana esters, and some other various dark fruit. Outside of this, I don't detect any hop presence that has any substance so a little disappointing in that regard.

T- For an APA, I find this very sweet without any bittering balance. The primary flavor is all malt....gooey, caramel flavors with just a hint of bitterness at the end of the swallow....right on the back of the throat. I don't find the flavor offensive or anything, but I just don't feel that it represents what the style should be.

M- The carbonation is plentiful and palate scrubbing. As far as the body goes, I'd put it right in between lite and medium, and probably lean it towards the medium side more. The aftertaste is what really makes this malty beer feel like I was eating melted toffee prior to this drink.

O- Overall, I don't mind this beer, but I just don't think it represents the style well. I'd drink this again, but most likely will not buy it. Add some more hops to the recipe and I think we'd have a winner here, but I will say that this is nothing more than a slightly above average beer in a broad sense, but it doesn't stand out.

12-07-2011 03:03:36 | More by ChrisCage
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-05-2014 02:55:45 | More by cam477
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at McGinnis FrontRow in Waterloo. My third choice bar of the evening (the other two were full), and, having been given a slate of boring macros available on tap, was given a rare chance to try something different.

Poured an amber hue, left about an inch of head, and surprisingly, it stuck around, at least in the form of a ring around the glass until the end. Actually, nothing wrong with it appearance wise.

The smell was non-existent. Maybe got a bit of malt and floral notes, but almost nothing. Not offensive, just...nothing.

The taste wasn't bad. Never found it offensive, and considering the horrible alternatives, I was rather pleased with this brew. A bit of skunkiness, but generally a good mix of malts, caramel and lemon. Not exciting, but decent.

Mouthfeel was thin, but it did the trick.

Actually, not a bad beer. Had no problems getting this one down, nothing offensive. A good pitcher beer, and one I'll probably get again. Like running into a friend after leaving a bad blind date, this beer wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it saved the evening.

11-21-2009 06:49:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. This had very little aroma, with a tiny bit of caramel sweetness and some faint floral hops. The taste again is fairly mild and bland with caramel malt and a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium-light body. Overall this this isn't too bad of a beer, but it's boring with very little character.

04-05-2010 06:21:35 | More by chickenm
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

10-26-2013 00:48:02 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%

341ml bottle. The 'Extra Special' seems to have been dropped from the name of this beer, as of their most recently packaging update. That said, the new label has way too much stuff going on, as the different angles of text practically make me dizzy before even partaking in the product itself.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and even a little creamy off-white head, which leaves some undulating streaks of cloudy lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuit and caramel malts, some decent, yet muddled orchard fruitiness, and a wee bit of earthy, grassy, and leafy hops. The taste is more biscuit malt, a bit of removed bready caramel, faintly astringent apple cores, and surprisingly mild earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit fizzy at times, the body a tame medium-light weight, and kind of blandly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a bit more of that now dominant, yet still understated biscuity malt.

Not a particularly full-flavoured pale ale, but enjoyable enough on a warm patio, in a much warmer season and locale, as the memory of this offering will stay in my mind, if not exactly so for now, and moving forward.

12-29-2009 07:06:44 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -25.9%

Very pale, minimum fizzy head. Carbonation like soda. Metallic and dry, with minimal hops. Not finishable, a drain pour. More corn than malt, a drop of fruit but overridden by mustiness, and yes I did detect some brown sugar.
The whole thing is feh. Mediocre effort.

11-20-2005 02:01:06 | More by Sammy
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CWVegas

Nevada

3/5  rDev -6.5%

08-07-2014 00:04:04 | More by CWVegas
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MalcolmJames


3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

09-07-2012 23:50:13 | More by MalcolmJames
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dirtylou

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%

16oz draft at "The Keg" in Vancouver, BC

appearance: surprisingly dark mahogany-amber...body struck me as very full for a pale ale, light tan head

smell: mostly bready malt on the nose, just some light faint hops, a little musty

taste: nutty, bready, caramel and toasted malt, not too much hop to speak of...just not a very strong APA

mouthfeel: medium bodied, above average carbonation

drinkability: decent

07-08-2006 18:54:32 | More by dirtylou
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-22-2013 16:49:30 | More by jcubz
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

More of a pale all for your everyday macro drinker. But suprisingly good nonetheless. Nothing is going to offend anyone here, but not challenge anyone either.

Poured from the bottle an orange brown colour, minimal and slightly off white head...disipated quickly and left a tiny amount of lacing. Bubbles are small, but numerous.

Smells kind of weak. What's there though, is roasted malt, earth and a suprising lack of hops.

Rich malts and a molasses flavours this pale ale. Slight nuttiness. Not exactly a substantial flavour burst in your mouth, but its good.

Darned good carbonation and smooth character make this a winner to me. This just agrees with my mouth.

This is one drinkable beer. For a macro you don't get much better than this stuff. Deliciously different than your run of the mill. I'll drink 3 or 4 of these and still want another.

10-18-2005 18:58:03 | More by ozmodium
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

07-18-2013 06:21:21 | More by 1stOffender
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maplesyrup76

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-07-2013 00:51:58 | More by maplesyrup76
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%

One finger head in a pint glass, this is a copper amber brew with decent retantion and good lacing. It is relatively clear and a decent looking beer.

The scent is malt and caramel and stale biscuit with little in the way of hops for the style.

The taste follows the nose with some bitter hops coming through, light fruit, and mineral funk.

Relatively light bodied with plenty of carbonation, there is a stale dry mouthfeel although it is still easy drinking. It really reminds me of a weak english pale ale or worse a lager.

This is one of those brews that is better than the macro alteratives in a pinch but not worth seeking out with decent alternatives.

12-10-2011 01:30:46 | More by Stocean1
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

04-12-2012 17:28:26 | More by ThinkAgain
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured on tap into a large 20oz pint glass (god these things are huge) at le Feu Sacré in Quebec City.

Amber red to orange body, quite clear with a solid off white to caramel head. Some cola carbonation from the sides, but mostly a nice streaming crawling pin head bubbles. Not bad.

Nose is quite dry and bisquity. Fruity esters of slight cherry, with a good balance. Smells fairly inviting surprisingly.

Palate mixes most of what is expected on the nose. Toasty malt body with classic ester fruit. Mouthfeel seem rather ordinary but tolerable, with about medium carbonation. Some density in the palate but big on yeast it seems.

Overall this really reminds me more of an English style. It's alright you could do a lot worse.

05-05-2012 04:25:39 | More by smakawhat
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer is becoming increasingly popular in western canada. It's now easy to find in almost any liquor store and many restaurants. One of the "classic" craft brews in this country. It's been a long while since I've had it.

It pours a transparent orange-amber colour. There is a goof amount of bubbles floating up to the top, culminating in a thing creamy-ish head. It's fairly standard looking, but in to way is that a bad thing.

The aroma is warm and malty, though it ventures dangerously close to wet/grainy. there is some slightly fruity hops coming through too. Not bad at all.

The flavour is slightly underwhelming. Slight toasty malts up front to start, it fades into some faint hoppy aroma that comes through as the malty notes become sweet. It finishes with some faint bitterness.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so popular. Sadly, it seems to be because it is kind of inoffensive on all counts, while being slightly more of an adventure for people who are into Alexander Keith's, etc. I'm not thrilled with this one, but maybe my expectations were too high.

09-18-2011 21:55:45 | More by evlu1441
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%

This is a really nice looking pale ale, a clear amber colour topped by a short tuft of creamy white head before it recedes. Aroma contains some buttery malt and with a sprig of hops added. The flavour is somewhat subdued, but it is a subdued blend of malt and hops. In fact the flavour tends to become more pronounced as the ale starts to warm. It all starts to redeem again from a satisfying full mouthfeel. Would make a good summer session ale while standing in front of the barbecue.

11-09-2003 17:08:38 | More by IronDjinn
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dipso123

California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

10-10-2013 17:44:15 | More by dipso123
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-13-2012 04:45:03 | More by CurtisD
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Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-25-2014 12:21:55 | More by Noelito76
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Had it at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. On-tap, in a Okanagan Pale Ale branded pint glass. Nice.

Pale amber, almost nonexistent head. Moderately dry, not nearly enough hops for this style. Metal, something a bit off about it. Still, I found it decent. Perhaps because it was on tap. Sweetish finish. I find these bland APAs have too much abv given their flavour profile.

05-18-2008 00:13:15 | More by Antilochus
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2014 18:31:47 | More by DaveR514
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some fair/good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone completely.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as slightly watery and thin. I can taste lots of caramel sweetness and malts. There are also some notes of tea and a slight hop bitterness. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not a bad beer by any means.. just not really anything worth revisiting. I suppose I would have it again if my choices at a restaurant were limited.

07-05-2011 17:42:15 | More by spinrsx
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Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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