Pale Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
3.13/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2011 03:03:36 | More by ChrisCage
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3.4/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass, snagged from a mixed pack. This pale ale is a coppery brown color with a decent amount of biege foam, maybe two or three inches upon initial pour. Aroma evokes some dark bread, musty grape, hints of citrus rind (mostly lemon). The malts are more assertive on the nose than the hops. Ditto on the palate. Initial taste is dark crust, some caramel, nut shells or old rancid walnut meat, dusty white peppercorn, lemon and watermelon rind but these are particularly subtle. There's a hint of hard candy fruitiness and some peppery spice but surprisingly little hop flavor for an APA. Rather tannic as well, with some grain husk emerging in the dryish finish. Highly carbonated and on the thin side for the style. I don't know, I am not sold on this one (or this brewery for that matter). It is too malty and in a coarse "cheap lager" way, and the hops are OK from an earthy bitterness standpoint but rather lacking in the flavor department.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 19:45:45 | More by CalgaryFMC
Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.