November Gale Pale Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: can
08-23-2012 02:05:44 | More by pb9613
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- big 2 fingers of light beige head that dissipates slowly, good amount of swirling carbonation, light amber
Smell- Decent amount of floral hops with some light toffee sweetness, some breadiness as well with a bit of grain, not much in terms of bite to the hops
Taste- The front is light and sweet while the mid-mouth holds most of the flavor, grains and some slight hop bitter on the back
Mouthfeel- light/medium, not as heavy as an amber but not as light as a pilsner, halfway between water and milk, seems about right
Overall- this is a pale ale, plain and simple, it does the trick as a beer you can have after some strenuous work and most definitely sessionable. I'd get another 6-pack.
Serving type: can
08-09-2013 03:04:36 | More by Sark
3.46/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City
November Gale Pale Ale is translucent with a bright, glowing sunset orange body and mild haze. A modest antique white, soapy cap covers the body while large carbonation rushes to the surface. Some nice patchy lacing clings to the glass. Good looking beer.
Citric hoppiness leads the way in the nose, orange and grapefruit in that order of intensity. The orange is sweet and the grapefruit is just kind of there. The malt profile shows clean graininess, a touch of caramel, and some dry white toast. Not bad, but a little ho hum.
The flavor is similiar to the aroma, a little more robust even. The orange brightens up and is on the sweet side as the sugared grapefruit becomes more pronounced and less muddled than in the nose. Malt profile runs the same, clean graininess, soft caramel, and a little toast.
The weight is on the lower side of moderate and, while this is very minor, it actually feels to light at times. The bitterness is on the low end of the spectrum and the drinkability is sky high.
Overall, November Gale is a solid, no brainer pale ale. This beer won't knock your socks off or wow your friends but it is a sturdy choice as an activity beer whether that's keeping busy on the grill, doing yardwork, or hanging out at a party. I could see myself picking this up again, especially at $7.99 a 6-pack.
Serving type: can
10-24-2013 00:52:49 | More by joe1510
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2012 00:39:33 | More by tophers
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from an undated 12 oz. can: clear, deep golden to copper with a quickly receding white-head.
The ale has a sharp, perfumy hop punch in the aroma; some faint malt aroma wafts upward after the initial hop blast.
Like the aroma, the flavor is all over the place. The flavor begins with a nice malty sweetness(perhaps too much so) including some faint caramel notes. Then the astrigent hop profile comes through, offering a bracing bitterness on the back of palate. The ale becomes more balanced as it warms in the glass.
This light to medium bodied ale has a soft and clean mouthfeel with restrained carbonation. The aftertaste struggles between the assertive hop and the malt before finally ending in a slightly minty flavor.
This ale has a quite different (and better) taste after it is allowed to warm a bit in the pint glass. It has a decent flavor profile but hardly memorable. I would not seek it out again which is the same thought I had when I tried another offering from this brewery.
Serving type: can
12-29-2012 23:58:30 | More by jkrich
November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.