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Pale Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2003

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.
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of NightINgale
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a copper hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Earthy hops, hint of lemon/citrus, slight nuttiness.

Taste - Nice balance of earthy, fruity, and nutty flavours. Leaves a pleasant light bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little watery, but still nice body.

Overall - An enjoyable APA by Okanagan. I like that it is lightly hopped. Also quite enjoy the nutty hints of flavour. Not something I would drink sessionally, but still better than the macros out there.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Scottie22
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of wizo
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not an inspiring "American" styled ale and without any hint of hops that I can discern, but would probably serve as a good gateway for a macro lager drinker into a world of better brewing / quality ingredients?

Bright amber colour with decent head and lacing - looks appealing. Mouthfeel is light, but carbonation level pleasant. Aroma is uncomplicated and simply of sweet caramelized malts. This translates directly into the flavour, which doesn't have a lot of complexity either. Not a hint of a "west coast" or "c" hop to be found - more disappointing given the brewery's geographic location.

Not a beer I’d purchase again unless choices were truly limited.

Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Stocean1
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/11/11

A clear light copper with lots of bubbles feeding a short lived two finger cream colored head that laves a few patches of lace

S fruity leafy hops and a little toffee, a slight metallic smell reminds me of a handful of pennies

T not far from the smell but with a little rye bread and less metal, there's more toffee and its a little more earthy

M medium bodied with lots of bubbles almost turning it to foam but just right, a slight aftertaste lingers faintly

O basic but decent, not going to excite you in any way but easy enough to drink

brings me back to my younger days when I could smell this stuff being brewed from my mothers house, it smells better after its been brewed but still not going to amaze you

Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Long813
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of timtwoface
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I grew up always appreciating this beer, but when I moved over to favour the microbrew movement, this one got left behind. It is definitely not the best pale ale on the market, but of the mainstream brands in my neck of the words, I still appreciate it and find it fully drinkable.

Photo of evlu1441
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with a thin off-white head and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S: I was expecting some hops, but I got a lot of maltiness in the smell. Some grain and roasted malt aroma as well.

T: Smooth and malty but pretty one dimensional. Not something I'd get again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Matt1516
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


I tried to bring the wife to a new brewpub in Laval but when it seemed too much like a dive--we redirected to an NDG pub with good food but mediocre on-tap offerings.

This was the least offensive available: A golden appearance with slight head (could be barkeep's doing) and no lacing.

Smells of graininess and honey.

Not too complicated taste: roasted grains and light maltiness--very little hop action. Slick after-taste.

A perfectly acceptable hot-weather patio beer--pair with hot wings.

Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.