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Pale Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Pale AlePale Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of TheDoctor
1/5  rDev -68.8%

TheDoctor, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Highbrewer
1.15/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had it on tap. Appearance is okay. Smell is next to nothing. Tasted sour like it had some kind of bacterial infection. Waiter said it was supposed to taste like this.

Any more effort for this review is a waste of time. This beer sucks.

To the brewers: Try a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale if you want a decent example of this style. Maybe they tried to achieve a Belgian-type sour APA? Don't know, but the experiment failed. Why is so hard to get a decent ale in this beer wasteland of Canada.

I could not finish this beer. I don't think I've ever sent a beer back. Just terrible.

Highbrewer, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of DunkelFester
1.63/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brought this twist-off bottle back from a recent trip to BC (was part of a 12-pk sampler).

Poured into a pint glass a decent looking golden orange with a nice, foamy white head, but that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Bland, is about all I can say. Hop aroma is nearly non-existant.

Taste: Bah! This is a really weak pale ale, and there's nothing 'Extra Special' about it. Has more in common with a bad macro lager than an ESA. Light-struck skunkiness, despite the dark brown bottle.

Mouthfeel: coarse graininess. light to medium body.

Drinkability: ? This is a tough one. I suppose if I liked it, I could drink a few, but this bottle was bad enough that I had no desire at all to finish it. As such, I had to give it low marks for drinkability.

Note: Had this on tap at a friend's bachelor party. Several pitchers went down without much complaint from those in our party. On tap, it's drinkable if nothing else is available (as was the case for me), but it's otherwise utterly unremarkable and I'll be sure to steer clear in the future.

DunkelFester, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Whatup14
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

Whatup14, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Shadman
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Liked their helles lager and liked it so let's give their pale ale a go...

Good looking copper colored ale with a decent head that receeds into a nice foam ring around the glass. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells faintly of spicy fruit..but it's not easy to tell. Taste is a big let down...very faint, almost sugary malt and some hop bitterness, but mostly just fizz from the carbonation..mouthfeel is very astringent...not digging this at all...

Shadman, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of LoveBeerNo7
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

LoveBeerNo7, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Walkerjgt
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

Walkerjgt, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of tommy78
2.35/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer at a local provincial liquor store in Vancouver. Poured out of the botter, and the appearance was a copperish color. In terms of aromas, the beer lacked a smell. I couldn't pinpoint a specific aroma after sniffing the beer many times. The taste is average. I really couldn't pick out a fruity or corn taste that other reviewers had mentioned. As for drinkability, I wouldn't recommend having more than one. If you can finish one off, then you are my hero because I couldn't.

tommy78, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of 1stOffender
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of SandS
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

SandS, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of KeeganRohovich
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
Photo of Borgs
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Borgs, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of TheBeermin
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

TheBeermin, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cyrenaica
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 5, 2011 after purchasing a 6-pack from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a tyranbsulcent copper colour with a 1" light brown head. The aroma was floral hops and grainy malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt with some residual sweetness that didn't sit well with me.

cyrenaica, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Long813
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours clear golden body with some bubbly head and lacing.

S: Decent amount of malts and grainy hops. Pretty generic.

T: Some notes of malt and straw grain. Not the greatest taste.

M: Lightbodied with load of carnonation. The grain aftertaste is horrible and made it hard to drink even one glass.

D: Not impressed, the aftertaste was not sitting well with me.

Long813, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of shamus
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Pale Ale, but I do not love this. There is something tinny and rubbery in the flavour of this bottle. it looks fine and has a nice foamy head but it's lacking in the hops and malt departments so really that makes some kind of beery water. Too bad.

shamus, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper or dark gold colour. Bright. Mild carbonation. Half finger off white head fades to a cap fast. No lacing but the cap remains.

S - Caramel, toffee, some gentle earthy hops. Fruity malts.

T - Tobacco, some slight earthy hops, grain and caramel. A little soapy. Something seems unsettled. The aroma was much better. If this were listed as an English version of the style it would work, but as an American one it has too little hop character. Grainy and sweet for the most part.

M - Decent carbonation with a medium body. No bitterness. Overly sweet I think.

O/D - A miss for the style and not overly interesting either way. Not bad but not worth seeking out. Run of the mill.

tbeckett, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of liamt07
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fanatics in Kingston, served in an imperial pint.

Pours a clear amber with a dense white head, mild retention and leave some spotty webbed lace. High carbonation visible in the body. Nose is almost nothing, some mild hops, plain pale malt and some grain. Taste is similar, some general sweetness, grain, plain malt and some odd red apple notes. Medium high carbonation and a lighter medium body. An easy drinker and unoffensive, but truly unexciting and definitive of mediocrity.

liamt07, May 05, 2011
Photo of Antilochus
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Antilochus, May 18, 2008
Photo of iSip
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Okanagan Spring Pale Ale: Well, this beer missed the mark for me. I expect a bit of hops from a pale ale. I admit that may US pale ales are brewed in IPA territory, too hoppy. But still, I need some. The Okanagan has a dark color for a pale ale, a deep tan. Good head and little aroma round out the presentation. Nice malts up front and a clean finish, but where are the hops? Not a bad drinking beer, so try it when you are next up in BC.

iSip, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of chickenm
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

chickenm, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of CWVegas
3/5  rDev -6.5%

CWVegas, Aug 07, 2014
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Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.