November Gale Pale Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.46/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-24-2013 00:52:49 | More by joe1510
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-29-2012 23:58:30 | More by jkrich
November Gale Pale Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.