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Black Oak Pale Ale - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Pale AleBlack Oak Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is enjoyed by those who prefer both character and flavour to their beer. Our Black Oak Pale Ale is a cross between a traditional British Pale Ale and the modern American Pale Ale, and has been awarded several medals. This list includes winning The Canadian Brewing Awards Gold Medal for Pale Ale two years running, and the Best of Show at Fort York Beer Festival. Our Pale Ale has also received excellent reviews in a number of magazines such as Wine Access and Food & Drink. We use premium Canadian two row malt, three select specialty imported malts and lots of hops. Craft brewed with hard work and lots of attention to detail for a consistent, prestige quality beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002)
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I'm welcomed to a nice finger of head that produces ample lacing even though the retention could be a bit better. The body shows ample signs of carbonation and is slightly a bit more yellow and cloudy then your standard Pale yellow/orange. A bit more retention and head and have a perfect score.

Smell: It's nice, don't get me wrong but it doesn't seem to have much of a kick. It's fairly diverse as floral hops are accented by notes of an evergreen forest and a slight butter note. Warming however helped it out and added some fruitier notes.

Taste: Oh wow, it starts with a very nice and deep sweet malt with the barest notes of peaches n' cream corn and touch of butter that seems to let the beer seamlessly slide into a bouquet of floral hops mixed with some light peach and mild pear notes that finish with a touch of earth. A bit more sweetness at the beginning and a slight reigning in of the hops and it's perfect.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful transitioning and carbonation that accents the entire beer. A hop and fruity aftertaste is also very pleasant. Only issue is near the end the hops really start to cloy and overstay their welcome.

Drinkability: Very smooth going down, refreshing a bit medium bodied but that's a minor complaint. The hop build up at then end I think would stop me from drinking this all night but I would love to have this with my dinner.

Final Thoughts: I've always though of Black Oak as a good but not great brewery. I mean, the Nut Brown was nice but wasn't quite my cup of tea. This however was very good and out of all the Pale's I've had, I think only St. Ambroise and maybe Samuel Smith's compares. Thumbs up, remind me to visit the brewery some time and pickup the stuff I can't get at the LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:17:22 | More by TheHammer
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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light, little smell in the nose, toasted grains, mild citrus

Appearance: Very clear, low head, nice lacing, beautiful colour

Flavor: Little bit of hops, sweetness follows, balanced with more bitterness than is suggested in the nose

Mouthfeel: Good moth coating, good carbonation, taste lingers at the back of the mouth

Overall: Very sessionable pale ale.

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4.24/5  rDev +14%
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).

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Black Oak Pale Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.