Timberline Pale Ale | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BDTyre on 03-12-2007

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by einman:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was hazy golden orange color with a little off-white head that died off at a nice pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some breadiness and herbal hop quality. Some rye sweetness but not spiciness. The flavor leans towards the bready malts, semi-sweet and bringing back those herbal malts to persevere through the rye sweetness. Once again, rye is not spicy. Sly rugged malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Subtle malty sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sesionability about it. Mild carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, English styled amber ale? Possibly and with a decent creativity of the rye in there, too bad it’s only the sweet side of the rye as if it had the spicy portion of it, that would definitely amplify the final score.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Howe Sound bottle I picked up at Spinnaker's liquor store while in Victoria.

Comes in a 1 L brown flip-top bottle. Pours out a mid-bodied transluscent amber, loose frothy white head that recedes to a creamy cap, lots of lacing.

Mild caramel malt, some toasted biscuity malt, with grassy and fruity hops on the nose.

The flavour, while enjoyable, seems quite muted, doesn't seem to fully deliver. The malts seem washed out, and the only highlight is a mild hoppy finish and aftertaste to actually put a footprint on your palate. There's potential here, I'm still quite enjoying this pale ale, but the volume on the flavour needs to be turned up a few notches to make it truly noteworthy.

The mouthfeel, like the flavour, also seems to be more on the watery toned down side of the spectrum.

An auspicious stepping stone ale perhaps, but there is so much more that this pale ale can offer with a bit of fine-tuning. Yet if there were such a thing as a lawnmower ale, I'd grab this one in that context for a refreshing hot day quaff, it does goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 1L bottle into a weizen glass. It pours clear amber with a white head.

S - malt, minty hops

T - sweet biscuit malt, some hops and a mild bitter finish

M - medium body, light carbonation, and a dry finish on the tongue

D - decent, though the bitter finish and bland flavors would keep me from coming back

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Photo of wordemupg
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L swing top poured into tulip 15/8/13

A hazy pale amber with a two finger cream colored foam that falls quickly but somehow manages to leave two distinct pencil thin rings

S nose is a little faint with some sweet malt, honey, and a little citric and herbal hops

T some fruity notes and a little caramel to go with what I smell and the intensities picked up a notch but still pretty tame

M light for a pale and just leans towards foamy from the bubbles, a little herbal tea on the finish

O not bad but a little tame, no problems but I'm getting board halfway through my bottle, drinkable but more a lawnmower beer then anything

I normally like Howe Sound but this one I doubt I'd bother with again, not my favorite style to begin with but I think there's room for improvement

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of shivtim
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Vancouver. Mostly clear, haystack colored with a nice white head. Nose is fresh hay/hops with a slight cloying sugar. Less malts that I'd like. Taste is an earthy peat/hay and general barnyard mix. Slight hops. Some sugary grain/metal flavors. Errr, "flavours." Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This offering seems to get lost in the shuffle between the honey pale ale and Bailout bitter and Baldwins and Coopers ESB. Not particulary hopped or full in mouthfeel, I find this beer kinda bland. Needs more hops and also needs a personality. Choose the abovementioned beers if you want to drink the ales from this brewer

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Photo of BDTyre
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent offering from Howe Sound. A little bit on the light side for what the brewery describes as an amber ale, although I guess "pale ale" is a fitting term. Very light copper colour with a slightly cream coloured head.

Smell is faint, and rather bland. Sort of a mild malt smell. Really light hops to it. Slightly sour background Fortunately, the hops are a bit more prominent in the taste, but there is a wierd, sour aftertaste and a bit of acidity in the initial flavours.

Carbonation seems a bit too high, and overall this is not quite as impressive as some of the other Howe Sound beers I've had. Needs a bit more work, and if so it could be outstanding.

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Photo of robuncorked
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lumikuuro
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.

Appearance: Slightly opaque, coppery gold colour with tight two finger white head when poured into English style glass pub tankard. Head thins and remains with heavy ring and heavy lacing.

Aroma: Floral hops and gentle mixed fruits, with a distant hint of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of hops, bringing mixed citrus and vague red berry flavours, balanced with a gentle malty backbone. Restrained golden syrup sweetness that blends the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing, tasty, rewarding. An excellent pacific northwest pale ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Timberline Pale Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 14 ratings