November Gale Pale Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +24%
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.
08-23-2012 02:05:44 | More by pb9613
3.1/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-11-2012 03:40:52 | More by StoutHunter
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
I thought this beer was very well balanced with the malt to support the high level of bitterness. Also, good head retention with some lacing that made it enjoyable to look at. I thought there could have been some more hop flavor in the beer. I picked up some pine character and then it quickly went away when the bitterness came into play. Maybe they could do a bit more of later kettle hop additions for a bit more hop flavor. Since there are so many great Pale Ale's out there, this is one I probably wouldn't purchase again.
a: Pale gold in color and fairly transparent. Pours a large head that is long lasting off-white and is creamy in nature.
s: Predominate hop aroma consisting of citrus and floral notes with a background of Munich malt. Malt aroma is moderately low and toasty in nature. No caramel detected. No esters.
t: Earthy, piney hop flavor with a touch of citrus that follows with a strong level of bitterness. Good malt backbone to support the strong level of bitterness. Not detecting a whole lot of malt flavor except some toastiness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste but is not too powerful to be unpleasant. Moderately dry finish
m: Medium body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth.
10-26-2012 00:39:33 | More by tophers
November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.