Black Oak Pale Ale - Black Oak Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had been wanting to try this for some time but distribution is limited. Was lucky enough to get a very fresh six pack on a trade. Thanks toqueboy!
Pours a medium golden colour with a white head that settles down rather quick leaving a nice ring of foam at the top of the beer. Smell has some light malts, grass and a touch of pine.. it's pleasant but quite light.
The taste is enjoyable and well balanced. Upfront are some lightly sweet malts and caramel flavours followed by a healthy dose of floral and piney hops. Carbonation is light and gives the beer a smooth cream like feel in the mouth.
Overall, a solid sessionable beer (if I could get more!)
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2009 22:25:24 | More by Ralphus
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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.