The Governator Ale | Portland Brewing Company

The Governator AleThe Governator Ale
BA SCORE
18.8%
Liked This Beer
3.35 w/ 32 ratings
The Governator AleThe Governator Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
macsbeer.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sinistersteve on 01-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
32
Liked:
6
Avg:
3.35/5
pDev:
14.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of mzwolinski
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty reluctant to pick this up. Gimmick beers are generally not very good (if it was good idea, why wouldn't they have made it before?) Heck, it doesn't even indicate what style it is on the bottle. But I bought it anyways. It poured a light, clear copper with a typhoon of carbonation leading to a moderately sized, off-white head. Not a bad, sheet-like lacing, either! Very light citric hops in the aroma. The flavor, too, is light, grainy, with a pleasant, but mild, and quickly disappearing zesty hop finish. More flavor than bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Much better than I expected, but, as to be expected from a gimmick beer, nothing I would ever come back too. There's simply too many better beers of a similar style around. Give me a Brutal Bitter anyday.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper with a spongy white head. Aromas of sweet malt, citrusy/floral hops and a hint of fruit.
Flavor mimiced the smell. Malty sweet with a tangy floral hop bitterness and a bit of citrus fruit.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and drinkability.
Nothing spectacular, kinda mediocre, just like...well nevermind.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, copper, with a moderate, pure white head. Smell is of basic pale malt with an interesting blend of hops. Taste is lacking horribly. Not bad, but weak, weak, weak. No sweetness to speak of. Tastes like a cincinnati pale ale without enough malt. Disappointing. Actually, not all too disappointing. $2.39 for 1pt 6oz., from a brewery I had never heard of, and with a lousy gimmick, I suppose I got what I expected.

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Photo of Countpopeula
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – clear copper color. Looks well carbonated but has a very thin white head, that dissipates quickly (normal for the style)
Smell – moderately hoppy, low fruitiness and malty aroma.
Taste – strong hoppy bitterness. Light toffee/malty flavor. The balance seems to lean to the bitter side, but doesn’t completely over power the malt flavor. The malt flavor seems to come out more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel – Has a medium body. Carbonation is a little high.
Drinkability – A very refreshing beer, although the strong bitterness makes it hard to drink to much at once. For a ‘gimmicky’ beer it’s not bad, however I doubt I’ll miss it when the limited release is up.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 Oz bottle with label showing drawing of rear view of a wieght lifter flexing his arm muscles a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Pumping Iron". Purportedly from "Pumping Iron Brewing", showing a small map of California (even though it's brewed in Oregon).

Appearance: Thin white head that lasted only a few minutes before disappearing completely. Attractive clear copper & gold color. Smell: Typical malty smell for the style. The kid in the room said "it smells like beer"- that about sums it up.

Flavor: Actually not bad, considering what I expected. Bitterness and little else, but it went pretty well with the pepperoni pizza leftovers I was having (such a gourmet!). Fairly simple, and easily drinkable, so long as you aren't expecting a lot of complexity. Overall: Nothing classic, but I actually enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of jtfest
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK -- the whole thing’s a gimmick to take advantage of Arnold's celeb to sell some beer, but at least it's not spit water. True, I bought the thing for my bottle collection, but it wasn't such a bad brew, either. It pours a very clear golden/copper color with a moderate white head. The aroma is malty and slightly fruity. The taste is a bit thin, but the mouthfeel smoothes it out and it has a nice bitterness that gives the flavor some 'oomph'. The aftertaste leave a bit to be desired, turning slightly sour -- but if it was served cold on a hot day, I think this would be pretty easy drinking. Not good enough to buy more for drinking, but at least I didn't have to pour it down the drain to get the bottle.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special beer brewed in Oregon in honor of the new governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who would have ever thought that would ever happen with the love/hate relationship we Oregonians have with that state south of the border?? Very limited release with 22oz. bottles only being sent to California and local purchases allowed only at the taproom of Portland Brewing.

Thick white head donned this very limited release. The dark translucent copper color makes this beer very inviting. The carmel flavors seem to make this beer a bit more sweet than bitter. A mild lace is left behind on the glass, but doesn't stay stuck to the glass for long. Overall, not a bad drinker for being being a 'novelty' beer.

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The Governator Ale from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 18.8% out of 100 with 32 ratings
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