Black Oak Pale Ale - Black Oak Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JustinBathurst:
3.73/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very nice appearance, a little bit of head, nice chorus of tiny bubbles rising upwards. Amber, on the orange-yellow side of things. I smell something sweet, but I can't quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. The sweet fragrance comes out in the taste when swallowing, quite a nice balance between sweet beginning and ever-so-slightly bitter finish (a bit of copper).
Hmm. After having some more the copper starts to become more pronounced, the bitter side starts to dominate over the sweet fragrance initially noted.
Not too bad. Above average for sure, but not perfected by any means.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2003 00:26:45 | More by JustinBathurst
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4.24/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info given. I honestly thought I had already tried this a few years ago, but apparently I was mistaken. Served well-chilled.
Pours a bright, hazy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of rather dense, creamy, off-white head. It wilts slowly over the next few minutes, leaving behind a soapy cap/collar and a generous curtain of lacing around the edge of the glass. Pleasant aroma with elements that are typical of Canadian pale ales - bready malts and toasted grains, with additional notes of floral hops, wet grass, canned peaches and lemony citrus. Relatively interesting, and enticing enough for me.
Now this is a tasty APA. The malts are lightly toasted, bready and biscuity, and accompanied by some nutty undertones. The hops, of course, are not to be forgotten, as they soon come charging into the profile, providing bitter notes of citrus pith that are soon overpowered by the floral, grassy notes of the finish. Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, which lingers on the palate briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gently prickles the tongue and ensures the smooth-drinking nature of this brew. This is very clean and fresh-tasting, and at 5% it is an ideal session option within the overarching 'pale ale' category.
Final Grade: 4.24, a very respectable A-. I wish I'd gotten around to trying Black Oak's Pale Ale when I first had the chance, as it's probably one of the best OCB pale ales on the market these days. Keeping in mind that this is not a style that lends itself to intense flavours, high abv or (the dreadedly vague term) 'complexity' in general, this is a finely-crafted, mildly hopped ale that I will return to again at some point, especially if it remains available at this fair price point ($5/bomber).
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 14:41:54 | More by thehyperduck
Black Oak Pale Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.