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November Gale Pale Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MarcatGSB on 05-17-2012

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Appearance – This pale ale pours a beautiful copper color with a thick head that quickly dies down. The head that is retaing is thin but leave a little lacing on the glass.

Smell – A little sweet malt smell dominates at first until the citrus and pine of the hops shine through.

Taste - A good balance of hops and malt. There is a definite caramel note that shines through the moderate hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – The balance of the malts and hops play well on the tuonge with the carbonation pushing the hops towards the end.

Overall – KBC’s mottos is to turn the average beer drinker into a craft brew drinker. This is an excellent step from Pick Axe Blonde and Lift Bridge Brown into a excellent example of a pale ale. This is a solid pale ale that does not take a back seat to other pale ales.

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I picked up a can of Keweenaw's November Gale Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.39 at The Lager Mill. It's a nice summer night in Mid Michigan and a Pale Ale is sounding pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but this is a new release so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the way this can looks, it looks good, and the picture of the waves surrounding a lighthouse looks pretty nice. It poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color that took on more of an orange like color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of patchy lacing. This beer looks ok and pretty average for an American Pale Ale.

S- The aroma is pretty straight forward, it starts of with some pale malts that have a higher amount of sweetness and impart some sweet grainy aromas along with some white bread and biscuit like aroma. Up next comes a unique fruity aroma that is similar to apple juice and is followed by some noticeably spicy and slightly earthy hops. The aroma was ok and pretty unique for an American Pale ale, I liked it more then I thought I would.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with some slightly sweet pale malts that impart some grainy, bready, and a slight biscuit like flavors. Up next comes the hops that impart a slight fruity taste which is a little similar to apple juice and is followed by some spicy and earthy hops that impart a medium amount of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste along with some pale malts and spicy hops. This is an average tasting American Pale Ale, it didn't have any off flavors but it also didn't have any flavors that stuck out as being really well done.

M- Somewhat smooth, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, and it had a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, it's pretty average for an American Pale Ale.

Overall I was pretty indifferent about this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average example of an American Pale Ale, there was nothing about it that was really wrong, but it just didn't come together as well as a good American Pale Ale should. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth and the flavors were unique but they didn't keep me that interested, one or two of these would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty unique for the style and I liked that. What I liked least about this beer was that it was rough around the edges and the flavors didn't come together as nicely as they should have. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's not that hard to find a much better American Pale Ale for around the same price, if you are really into the style this is worth a try for it's uniqueness but other then that it's not something really worth seeking out. So far I have yet to be impressed with a beer from Keweenaw they all seem to be pretty average at best and not that memorable and this beer fall right in line with that, nothing special here, just an average but somewhat different American Pale Ale.

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One of the really unexpected pleasures that I have derived from The CANQuest (tm) is the quality of the graphics when transferred from a paper label onto aluminum. Some went directly to a CAN, so there is no CANparison, but nobody has cooler CAN labels that Keweenaw B.C. in the U.P. of MI. I was ecstatic when I spotted one that I had not seen before while visiting a college buddy in Ann Arbor and then I had to take a picture and get it approved. Here we are!

From the CAN: "The Keweenaw Brewing Company, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was founded with the goal of turning beer drinkers into craft beer lovers."; "A golden pale ale, this beer hs medium malt character, assertive hop bitterness with a distinctive fruity aroma and citrus finish."; "'The infamous storms of November descend on Lake Superior as winter closes in on the region. These powerful gales have plagued mariners from the earliest days of shipping and still garner their fear and respect in the 21st century.' With hurricane-force winds and wave heights reaching 35 feet, Gull Rock Lighthouse (circa. 1867) stands off shore of Keweenaw Peninsula in defiance of a 'November Gale'."; "From a Family of Fine Ales"; "Hand Crafted Beer South Range, Michigan Est. 2003".

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November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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