Pale Ale - Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lipschitz on 07-02-2003

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by vanrassel:
Photo of vanrassel
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark gold with a bubbly head that left webs of stickly lace on my pint glass. Biscuity malt, caramel and some floral hops combined for a pleasant aroma marred only slightly by a faint metallic tinge.

The flavour was sweet and malty but hops chimed in with some balance and provided a mildly bitter and dry finish. The medium body coated the palate but ample carbonation helped scrub away any excess stickiness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber with quickly rising and receding head.

Smell: Not too much. Light English malts and spicy hops.

Taste: Grainy malt backbone with some spicy and floral hops. Maybe a touch of citrus as well.

Feel: Carbonation seems a little too high. Light body with a dry finish.

Overall: Fairly standard Pale Ale. Drinkable, enjoyable, but not memorable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered rising sea monster lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy, and grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, and fairly light leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more bready, somewhat biscuity malt - kind of morning bakery adjacent - a suggestion of slightly sour orchard fruit, and still meek floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a low-key frothiness abounding, the body on the thin side of medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes in kind, the floral hops and fresh breadiness duly lingering.

An adequate pale ale, which could use a bit more zip, as it comes across as more in the English style, hop and malt-wise. It's easy enough to drink, but becomes less so as the sweetness tends toward cloying, the seconds turning into minutes, turning into, well, y'know.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly hazy orange copper, short head to start that was gone before I realized
S - smells of leafs, metallic, grains, caramel, and some corn
T - strong toffee sugary malty sweetness up front, some mild leafy and herbal hop notes, but the sugary sweetness is the main factor here
M - light body with sweet and slighty syrupy feel that last throughout
O - its not a bad beer but it is so far from a pale ale that its looses points based on its label, glad I found this as a single

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden beer with a standard head with good retention. Aroma is somewhat floral with some nice malts coming out of my glass. Taste is very refreshing with some sweetness coming of the malts and some nice mix of hops. Wow, this is in fact really good for a pale ale. Medium carbonation with stronger body then expected. Overall, this is a very good pale ale. Thanks Piscator34.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best offering from Fort Garry, but still rather average at best. Pours out a light clear copper colour, a deep gold when held to the light. A small splash of white head that fizzles out quickly. The aroma is light, sweet malt dominates, with very faint hops behind it. The flavour is a decent balance of malt and hops, but it is rather mild and doesn't possess a heck of a lot of character. I found it a bit on the watery side, the carbonation aids in it from slipping further in that direction, but it's a pretty easy drinker when you get down to it. For what it is this pale ale is a very unoffensive version of the style, leaning more towards the malts than the hops, a small stepping stone of a gateway beer for those itching to move beyond the realm of macros, but in baby steps.

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a copper color with a white thick. Grainy, malt smell, strong but clean. Touch of hops in the aroma as well, but not the strong citrus hoppy like pale ales. Taste is a nice blend of malty sweetness and mild hoppy finish. Full flavor and mouthfeel, smooth, could have a couple quite easily. Nothing spectacular, but a bit above average for the style.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden apperance with some head that quicy disappears, leaves some lacing though. Smell consists of grass honey and some corn. Nothing to strong though.

Taste consists of bread, grain, floral hops and some maltiness. Picked up a hint of grassiness and honey as well. Taste is light, but balanced. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering floral bread taste.

Overall, this is an alright pale ale. Nothing to strong but still clean and refreshing. Good suprise when you come across it in a taster pack.

Photo of grub
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got this bottle as a bonus in a trade with trevorwideman. thanks trevor!

12oz bottle.

pours orangey amber colour with a small dense white head. drops fairly quick and leaves no lace.

aroma is ok. grainy malt. bit of dms and corn, but not quite to the offensive level. hint of alcohol. very faint orangey hops.

taste is nice. light caramel sweetness. bit of toffee and butterscotch. low bitterness level. hint of orange hops, but you really need to look for them. doesn't seem quite hoppy enough for an english pale, let alone an american.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. light body.

drinkability is ok. balanced and an ok beer, just nothing too remarkable.

Photo of Noxious26
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can had at a Goldeyes game. Poured in a plastic cup.

Pale copper in colour. Off white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes away.

Malty aroma with a hint of honey and grass.

Sweet bread malt flavour with a hint of honey or caramel. Hint of hops at the finish. Pretty clean with little aftertaste.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Not your traditional Pale Ale. More English than American, but still missing enough hop presence to call it a true pale ale. More of a crossover for mainstream macro drinkers. Not bad and it filled the need at the ballgame.

Photo of Viggo
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to grub for opening this one.

Pours a hazed yellow/amber, thick white head forms, no lacing, but good retention, solid layer. Smell is very generic, caramel, some honey, grass, bit of citrus, corn, not too bad. Taste is similar, very mediocre, weak and watery flavour, DMS, veggies, grass, not exciting. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. So mediocre it hurts, except the DMS makes it worse. Thanks for sharing Russ!

Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the last of their mixer pack and they've managed to pull off a 50% pass rate with 2 of 4 being decent.

A - Pours a hazy golden copper colour with a thin layer of head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Very bready and grassy on the nose. Struggling to find the hops on this one.

T - Corn with a bitter lemon hop finish. Not as hoppy as I was hoping, but it's better than the other Fort Garry selections I've had (the exception being their Dark Ale).

M - Light on the palette, good carbonation and nicely balanced. Goes down smooth.

D - This one wasn't as good as the Dark Ale, but far surpassed their other offerings. Decent sessionable bevy, but by no means a memorable experience.

Photo of MMansfield
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to trevorwideman for this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden colour, very nice looking. Big sudsy white head which diminishes to a thick lacing all over the top.

Aroma: Nice balance of malts and hops. Not blown away by the smell, but it's definately not a turn off by any means.

Taste: A tad sweet in the front of the palette, and a nice hint of bitterness in the back. The finish is very nice and wants you to drink some more. I find this pale ale to be more buttery than citrusy. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Again, very nice. Smooth and has substance. Very craft.

Final Statement: It's not the best APA I've had, but it's very good. The taste just doesn't strike that fantastic chord, but it's an easy drinking brew with a good flavour and something definately to try. I would like to be able to by this around my area.

Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked some of this up as I traveled through Winnipeg last week. I'm impressed! I am not a real fan of English ales but this is such a good Canadian representation of the style, you gotta like it. It obviously has been brewed carefully in small batches with quality ingredients (I suspect there is some English malts used in it judging by taste and head color)

Pours a clear (cold filtered?) light copper color, lots of effervescence. A two-finger chunky, off-white head caps the pour and reduces to a lace that lasts the drink. Aromas of hops and caramelized malts. Starts brisk with carbonation and hoppy bitters then creates a sweet malty medium bodied mouth feel, balanced off with the bitter English hops then finishes with a unique malty-yeasty taste as the bitter hops linger. I don't find the English ale yeast unpleasant (as I normally do) in this beer as it is so well balanced with caramelized malt and the bitter hops. It is well buried but still there. As I said, I'm not an ale fancier but the English ales I don't like have obvious ale yeasts in their taste that I don't find particularly attractive to my palate. This FGB Pale is a very good balance that I find myself liking. I’ll get some more net time I'm in the "Peg".

Photo of Shadman
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a semi dark amber gold with a fizzy white head that was so-so retentention wise. Bit of a haze to it as well.

aroma is somewhat 1 dimensional, but it is a nice dimension. Sweet malts with a hint of clover homey. maybe a hint of flaral orange citrus, but it's awfully faint.

Wow...what a let down. weak watery flavours abound. Faint malts struggle to keeps their head above the watery blandness. Slight grassy hops, hints dandelion bitterness and an astrigency in the finish that I found annoying.

Quite light, watery and fizzy in my palate...bleh

Wonder if Fort Garry has fooled around with the fornaula as reviewers from 3-4 years ago looked on it more favorably. Or maybe I have had a lot better APA's than this one recently.

Photo of canucklehead
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale ale that resembles OK springs or Granville Island in that it is underpowered in the hop department but otherwise makes for fairly balanced easy drinking. I like the dark ale better from this brewer but this beer is worth a try in Manitoba.

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fort Garry Pale Ale pours a copper-tinted golden with many highlights, few bubbles, and much clarity. Its head was loose enough to work the corners and, indeed, decided to skip town about half way through the glass. It left nothing in its wake.

Pale Ale has the same enlivening scent as a bakery; it smells like someone's just taken a fresh loaf of bread out the oven. It also smells a little like pie crusts. In other words, it's a bouquet of simple, few scents but all of them exceedingly pleasant. A more experienced nose might pick out the hops, but they won't be obvious to everyone.

The beer drinks easy enough that I have to make a conscientious effort not to get through it in as few sips as I could count on one hand. It wouldn't be hard to do. But the flavor profile, casually agreeable though it is, actually deserves a little closer attention - the biscuity malts and spattering of grassy hops is more than you get from many pale ales.

This recipe is a strong representation of a quintessentially English-style pale ale. It is bready and floral, with low carbonation, mild alcohol content and a light-enough body to make multiple rounds a real possibility. I don't see the purpose in pointing out that it won't excite most craft drinkers; that's not its aim. This was brewed for drinking, simple as that.

Yes, Fort Garry Pale Ale is clean and casual and accommodating - all those usual things you'd say about a middle-of-the-road beer just to be polite - but it's also got a respectable amount of personality. The mainstream appeal doesn't surprise me. What does is how a beer with this lovely a flavor can be so under-appreciated by a community of beer reviewers who aught to know good brewing when they taste it.

Photo of sardonic
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The high marks I've given this pale ale have nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I reside in Winnipeg. Trust me, it's just that good. Good summer beer, tastes great without filling you up, if I can paraphrase a dumb slogan. Fort Garry should make a red ale and call it Fort Rouge. Just a little Winnipeg joke that I thought of today when I had too much time on my hands, hopefully someone will get it eventually.

Anyway, my point being, if you come across some Fort Garry Pale Ale, give it a shot...this brewery deserves more business in Winnipeg since they're local, and Molson and Labatt abandoned us long ago.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think I'll review this one out of the bottle too...

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a nice looking pour, light copper colour, half inch of head, nice carbonation. Head subsides quickly, but still, not a bad looking ale. Nose is quite earthy, some nice caramel malt notes in there, grassy hops, not too bitey, balanced.

The taste of this beer from the bottle is much less hoppy than from a tap. The bottle seems to mellow the flavour a bit, but there's still a pleasant bitterness, just not the citrusy bite I've found in the tap version. Sweet bready malts, slightly roasted, but very well balanced. This is not an APA though, this seems to be a bit of a miscategorization. Definitely leaning more toward the English version of the style, hop bitterness is just too low.

Mouthfeel has bite, but is thick and slightly syrupy, slides down incredibly easily. I've said it once and I'll say it again, this is my favorite Fort Garry offering by far. A regular in my fridge, I support the local guys as much as I can, especially since we have such a woeful lack of craft brewing in this province.

Photo of Bunman3
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's OK. I don't have a whole bunch more to say. I picked up a mixer pack from Fort Garry and this was part of the pack. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this, but it is a serviceable Pale Ale. A bit of malt, biscuit, and pepper is about all my exhausted palate can pick up.

Photo of lipschitz
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear filtered light copper, with an attractive, rocky head. Head is quickly reduced to a fine collar, which sticks around for most of the ride. The smell is of subdued malt, and a whiff of grains. Flavour leans toward sweetish, caramel malts with some steely hop notes as well. A slight flash of bitterness comes on the scene, but doesn’t make much of an impact. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and thin.
Notes: This is an enjoyable BBQ beer, but woefully light in the bitterness department for a Pale Ale. Decent, but quite indistinguishable.

Photo of fisherman34
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one surprised me. I was expecting not to like it all that much, but it was quite nice. Gold with brown hints. A bit of dough on the nose. More cookie dough flavor with some light hops. Very easy going down. Quite refreshing, but not very complex. Perhaps a little too simple and a little underhopped, but still nice.

Pale Ale from Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.