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November Gale Pale Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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November Gale Pale Ale
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MarcatGSB on 05-17-2012)
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

Pillowburn, Jun 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 04, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New year round release in a can. Poured into two pint glasses.

Appearance: Copper appearance with a minimal one finger head. Some sparse lacing.

Nose: Biscuit, some esthery notes, a little bit of hop, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Seems to be a bit metallic. Some hop bitterness lingers on the back of the palate. Not a real prominent hop character, a bit lacking. A bit muddled, no distinctive hop character.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a bit undercarbonated (which is opposite of most KBC cans, as they almost always froth out of the can when opened). Good body though, not too heavy. The hop flavor does show on the tongue, and has a lasting effect, but not quite positive what the flavor or feel is. Like I said, a bit muddled.

Drink and Overall: A decent expression. Hard to stand up to some of the classic Pale Ale's that are widely available, but people do enjoy their local beers, and I think this is something a bit different than the other year round offerings from the KBC.

MarcatGSB, May 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

SaisonRichBiere, Jun 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

MNBeer1017, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of beerdilly
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE - pours a deep gold/orange color with a thick pillowy head. very carbonated but head loses intensity quickly. brilliant clarity.

AROMA - low to moderate hop and malt aromas. malt scent after initial pour reminds me of common english style pale ales. wafts of biscuit and baked bread round out what would otherwise be a disappointing pale ale aroma. the packaging (can) references the citruis presence from the hops, but it was mostly absent.

FLAVOR - moderate hop and malt flavors. hints of bready/biscuity notes were a big plus but there was not a lot of hop character which sort of goes against what the style might commonly call for.

MOUTHFEEL - medium-light body. very carbonated but appropriate for the style.

OVERALL IMPRESSION - aside from the suprising clarity and cleanness of the beer, this "american pale ale" left me wanting more as a result of its moderate (kinda boring) hop and malt presence. unfortuntey, it doesn't fit the molding of many other great beers under the style umbrella. Buuut, as a yooper, i will say that it's good to see KBC canning and moving a new style.

beerdilly, Jun 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

beerformyhorses34, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

smalenberg, Aug 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

wtkphoto, Jul 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

fuzzcherry, Sep 11, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

StoutHunter, Jul 11, 2012
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November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.