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Pale Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 69
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of mick303
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a nice full copper brown, with strong carbonation and about two finger head, which is jut off-white.

The nose is quite fruity, also picking up a lot of malt. Nice bit of kick, sort of light toffee apple.

The taste has got a nice body of caramel malt, with apple fruitiness. Balance from the hops is alright, if understated. Drinks quite nicely, good flavour intensity but something feels like its missing.

Mouthfeel is alright, mostly carbonation though. Some dry malts to the end. Generally light bodied, and the aftertaste is malty and a bit stale.

Easy to drink, quite refreshing. Has some assets but could improve to make it more impressive, no glaring faults, and has a good amount of malty character to it.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery colour, somewhere between amber and red. A finger plus of foamy head that has good retention.

Scent is dominated by caramel malts, bread and faint fruit and hops

Lots of malts and hops in the taste, a bit of fruit mixed in the taste as well, giving it a fruit finish.

Lots of carbonation and a medium body, a little watery and very, very drinkable.

A nice APA with lots of flavour that goes down well.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
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%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Stocean1
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -2.5%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Pale Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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