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B-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale AleB-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is an imaginative interpretation of the Pale Ale style and features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Dried Heather Flowers, Rose Hips, and Cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a Maple-Syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. The Nordic pale ale features intricate herbal nuance, moderate hop presence, pleasant dryness, and a crisp finish.

A one-man gypsy brewing company, Kissmeyer Beer creates innovative beers with a distinct personal and unique character, brewed to an exemplary degree of technical quality, inspired by and often brewed in collaboration with world-class brewer friends and colleagues. Nordic Pale Ale is a pioneering style for Kissmeyer, intended to fuse the best in modern brewing techniques with ingredients that reflect Nordic and Canadian traditions.

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Photo of RobbieG
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - light gold, slight haze, good head retention
Aroma - pine and resin hop aroma
Flavour - pine, resin, floral and earthy hop aroma with a slight sweet finish that provides some balance
Mouth feel - pronounced carbonation, long lasting hop flavour and bitterness
Overall - solid pale ale. Definitely a showcase of pine and earthy floral notes. I prefer more citrus and fruityness personally. Not a fan of overly piney IPA's, but this pale ale isn't overly bitter so would drink again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful yellow gold body, mostly clear, with a white head, moderate but fading quickly to wispy. Lots of small gauge lacing. The nose is full of pine and wild hops, floral notes, and the taste adds a strong lemony sour fruit note and a subtle earthiness. The maple syrup comes in during the middle and fades out through the close. The feel is a bit prickly, and the close is dry. This is a phenomenally good pale, with a laundry list of items included that in the end integrate seamlessly into a drinkable and delectable whole.

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Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Light orange amber with white head. Pineapple and strong herbal element in the aroma and especially the taste. Medium bodied. Interesting.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery. The first little taste was so intriguing that I sprang for the big size cup.

Hazy, golden pale ale colour. Not much head. Pretty good lacing.

Pine and floral/herbaceous hop aromas. I'm also picking up some maple.

Light but complex. There's a pronounced earthiness. It's difficult to separate out the hop flavours from the adjuncts. Very interesting. There's definitely some tartness from the cranberries and rosehips and some sweetness from the maple.

Medium body. Lively carbonation.

I liked this one a lot. The Beau's gruits I've tried have been hit or (mostly) miss for me, but the mash-up of standard hoppy APA and fruit/herbal adjuncts in this beer is really on the mark. At six bucks for a 650ml bomber I'll probably pick this up semi-regularly.

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Photo of Beergeek3
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Floral notes, brightness and balanced flavors. The sweetness of the maple syrup and cranberry is balanced by the moderate hoppiness. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
Procured in a trade with @SebD
Aroma of conifers
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing excellent – lace curtains with bubbles ranging from tiny to medium
Body medium yellow, hazy, some floaters
Flavor – begins very slightly bitter and slightly piney, ends with some bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's all around for this beer its a pretty great beer

Appearance - Poured a clear golden color with 2 fingers white head which disappears after a couple minutes.

Aroma - Complex smell on this one, starts with some earthy and floral hops followed by some berry tartness, then I get maple syrup in the background.

Taste - Again earthy and floral hops, berry sweetness, pine resin bitterness, maple syrup, bittersweet finish

Mouth feel - This is slightly less than medium bodied too me, Velvety smooth moderate carbonation.

Overall - pretty good brew, hoppy and sweet. another a+ for Beau's

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: May-21-2015 (Consumed June 29)

Pours a glowing thickly cloudy orange that actually has depth, lots of similarly sized chunks of something (I not convinced it's yeast); big fluffy beige cream-colored head settles to a clumpy little cap. Decent retention; confetti lacing. (3.75)

Bright and floral. Flowers, earthy/sage, herbal musk, some resinous pine, bright and bitter sweetness with citrus, slightly doughy. (4)

Bracing and fresh. Green, slightly earthy bitterness with some fruity flavors underneath. (3.75)

Rough-velvet champagne, lingering earthy aroma up the nose, medium body, nice feel overall. (4)

This is a pretty tasty beer with some interesting ingredients and a nice sweet bitterness.

I honestly probably would have avoided buying this beer if I had paid attention to the long (to me at least) list of ingredients. Nonetheless, I am glad I did get it. This is a solid, enjoyable beer which does a good job of incorporating a variety of 'Nordic' adjuncts into a fine, hoppy pale ale.

It pours like pulpy juice and looks very hearty in the glass. The aromas are predominately bright and fruity, juicy and floral. It is hard to distinguish whether these are coming from the yeast, hops, cranberries, yarrow, or whatever else. Honestly as you drink it you can tell It is from all of them. The flavor is a little more subdued mainly being dry and bitter. The cranberries' bittersweet quality come through in the taste more than the nose and the herbal stuff really works its way up your nose in a pleasant way as you drink it. All in all it is a fine beer, well-made, with a solid gimmick that is successful.

I would have it again; definitely a safe bet to try if you like pale ales. (3.75)

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Veiled golden color with strong subtle activity and some detritus. Creamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs.

Aromas of citrus and rich hops. Flavors of smoky pine, lemon, orange, grapes, coriander, clove, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Highly grassy and a little woody. A little sugary with more of a sharp citrus and herbal feel.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish of moderate length, ending with a sharp hoppy, citrus, and strong piney feel on the tongue.

Overall a pretty good craft that is more like an IPA than the typical APA. Good freshness and a nice taste while overly piney with lots of diacetyl.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into goblet. packaged 4-27-2015, enjoyed on may 17, 2015

a: a nice light orange hue, slightly opaque, one finger of off-white head

s: passionfruit, mango, grapefruit, some floral presence. really nice fruity hop aromas

t: grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, ripe orange, slight floral tastes all around, mild banana flavour, some sourness/bitter character too coming from the cranberries i'm guessing. very pleasant

m: medium-minus mouthfeel, below average carbonation

o: a very excellent pale ale

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a orange hued copper color.....even yellow hues.....interesting! The head starts off well, about two fingers thick and quickly disappears into a soapy looking layer. Lacing is very good....plenty of foamy patches clinging to the glass! Appears to have a good amount of fine carbonation rising to the top as well!

S- Spicy, herbal notes, tart berries, wood all come into play with this one. The cranberries used are noticed, and the spice reminds me of peppercorn without the zing. Hop presence is muted and there is a certain sweetness about it...perhaps from the maple syrup used.

T- Very dry and flowery would best describe this one. It is Earthy, wild and leafy all at the same time. I've never been out in the wild North but somehow this reminds me of spending time in the woods......berries, leaves, roots and sage like spice come to mind. Medicinal.......

M/O- Solid medium body and the carbonation is finely tuned but does provide a cleansing nature at the same time, this is very different, and in a good way. I expected something else I thin and am pleasantly surprised by the overall character of the ingredients used...some I've never tried or heard of before. I may get this again if given the chance.

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Photo of Logan12321
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Medium head and pours to a think amber color, not transparent. The aromas are great, fruits and citrus immediately come to mind. Personally, taste was a big let down compared to the aroma. The bitterness of the hops seems to overpower the flavors in the brew. Left a very dry finish, minimal carbonation.

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Photo of beersareonme
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent brew. Something subtly different, you won't be disappointed. Wonderful notes of pine and citrus. Its bitter, but not over the top like other similar selections. This one is always on my "get it if they have it" list.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, dated 5.27.14 and consumed in mid-August. Served in a mini-pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap and plenty of splotches of lace. Transparent golden body with bubbles racing throughout.

S - Citrusy hops, nebulous flowers, hint of rosehips, and some sharp Nordic botanicals. Not much malt presence under all that.

T - The flavor shows more hop flavor, with citrus zest being the dominant player. Rosehips and flowers show up in the finish. Fairly low sweetness, although a vague toffee note and perhaps a kiss of rye(?) spice show up as the beer warms.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, and a gritty and tannic texture. No obvious alcohol, and a dry finish.

D - Pleasant surprise, and probably the best thing I've tried from Beau's. Would love to have this on the fresher end of the spectrum. Don't really get a lot of the listed ingredients, but what is there works well together.

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Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Smell of hops and spices
Taste is spiced herbs, ginger, bush, lemon zest, hint of hops
Bitterness is moderated, spicy and acidulated

Not bad considering all the ingrédients in the recipe. A well-balanced ipa with full of flavors.

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Photo of mick303
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rereviewed from the bottle (packed 5.25.14) into a tulip. Colour is a medium orange gold, very hazy with great head retention and lacing.

S - interesting and complex nose, almost a hint of briny oysters, dry rosehips and the spice additions add a tea like quality, spicy and a bit earthy and vegetal, maybe a fain character of the maple syrup, but this has a wide array of aromas, a lot of the heather and with some peach and sea breeze. As it warms it becomes more heavy but also has a greater floral component.

T - an initial pleasing breadiness and then the array of flavours flows forth, rich cranberries, earthy heather, getting a bit more tannic and dry toward the finish. Some of the herbalness mixes with the hops for a pleasant balanced spicy bitterness. This certainly is a very flavour-forward beer with a lot going on coming from the mix of ingredients. However not only is it drinkable and quite tasty, but each of the aspects are detectable, some more than others, blending together to make a sort of gruit-style pale ale which I find quite agreeable.

M - pleasant spiciness from the rye, with a full maltiness, moderate carbonation and then more bitterness transitions in, leading to a crisper spicy finish, quite refreshing and interesting. Has a bit of a sticky resininess on the finish.

Overall, this is a very out there beer which may not be for everyone. Strong herbal and spicy character, but I thought most of the ingredients helped bring something to the table to make a somewhat balanced cacophony of flavours, fairly well proportioned bitterness and the incorporation of cranberries and maple added to a thoroughly quite good beer. Very different, but all together the result is both unique and quite interesting.

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Photo of John656
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours out a nice golden colour with a thick fluffy head. Visually rich and appealing.

S - Floral and lemon. Hops and pine also come through strong.

T - Hoppy but smooth and not overbearing with hints of citrus and floral flavours. Semi-dry finish follows the fresh and crisp taste. Kind of feels like a combination of an IPA and a Saison.

M - Sharp and flavourful. Medium-light bodied with average carbonation. Tastes better when not too cold as the ingredients meld better together.

O - Not my favourite beer style but I did enjoy this. The hops are present but don't linger too much and for too long. The unique ingredients of yarrow, flowers and rose hips lend to a smoother, more herbaceous brew.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden copper filtered with no carbonation, 4 fingers of off white head leaving chunky lacing.

S: Pine, heavily hopped like a west coast ipa style, pineapple, passionfruit, red chillies,

T: Pine, menthol, pineapple, passion fruit, light sweetness, sage which I suppose is the sweet gale, heavy bitter hops also in a west coast ipa style. Earthy herbal taste which is perhaps the heather.

M: Medium resinous syrupy body, numbing bitter finish.

O: Really like an IPA to me, but well crafted. Only getting a little sweet gale and perhaps heather, but non of the maple syrup, cranberries, or rosehips as the hops are so strong. That said, it’s a good beer, cool style, bottle and concept.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice honey yellow with a thick four finger head that lasts. Lace sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas of biscuits, floral notes, lemon, grapefruit, honey(yet no maple, and the ingredients say organic maple syrup). Tastes strongly of biscuits and heather, with a honey and syrup/bitter aftertaste. The roses kick in after you let the palate mellow. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean and bubbly. I like this beer. I'll pick up a case of it if I can.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for the reasonable price of $4.85 CDN. Served well chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy dark yellow / honey brown in color with a titanic 4= fingers of white head (This wasn't an aggressive pour either). Great retention time and a frothy white cap subsides into a cylinder of foamy. Spectacular lacing left around the glass. The head is particularly fluffy and gives the appearance of floating on clouds. Very impressive.

Smell - Nice bland of mild malts and a good citrus aroma. Not overwhelingly fragrant yer at the same the nose is prominent. Some floral aspects after repeated sniffs.

Taste - Good clean taste, hoppy and rather bitter. Trace elements of fruits namely lemon but some earthy wood flavors interwoven. Initially I wasn't terribly impressed, but as it warms a bit these meld together more seamlessly and the taste becomes even easier to palate as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, slight tingling sensation in mouth. Pretty good but a bit sharper than expected.

Overall - A very fine beer in the style and bit outside the box. The only real thing I say is that after the pour and a couple whiffs the rest of the beer was marginally less than what had appeared at first. Nonetheless very good beer from Beau's and may pick up another bottle of this if I can find it.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; dated Jan. 12 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive golden-orange colour; slightly hazy, and topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, white coloured head. It wilts slowly over the next ten minutes or so, caking the side of the glass with lacing and leaving behind a modest cap and collar combo. The aroma is quite enticing, with notes of heather, flowers and herbs accenting the more dominant (and traditional) APA notes of citrusy hops, pine needles and bready pale malts. Quite impressed so far.

A very tasty pale ale, and reasonably interesting, too - which is a fairly rare thing for me to say as far as APAs go. The backbone of bready malts, pink grapefruit and orange pith is pleasantly augmented by the grocery list of additional ingredients. The gale and heather are probably the most noticeable, providing herbal, almost minty notes toward the finish, reminiscent of their Bog Water gruit. It finishes with a touch of ginger and bitter cranberry, leaving a lingering, herbal feel behind on the palate in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied; certainly more substantial in the mouth than most 'regular' pale ales, with moderate carbonation levels appropriate for the style. Not particularly sessionable, but this quasi-bomber is probably a good serving size for this unusual spiced ale.

Final Grade: 4.33, an excellent A grade. Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is not your traditional APA, but I'm ok with that because it makes for a nice change-up. This isn't the sort of thing I'd buy in bulk, but it's still an upper-tier pale ale that I could see myself returning to once in a while. The price isn't bad either, particularly as far as Beau's products go. Considering this is probably the most creative (and one of the tastiest) OCB takes on this style I've had in quite a while, that ain't too shabby.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Leafy hops, citrus, cranberry, herbal and grain notes.

Taste - Bold leafy hops, citrus rind/pith, bready malts and herbal spiciness. Bitterness lingers in finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nice herbal twist to the APA style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head dwindles but settles with plenty left, with excellent lacing. Aroma is sedate and non-descript.

Taste starts earthy and spicy, multiple fruity notes in the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation but still pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Interesting brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nordic Pale Ale was designed by Anders Kissmeyer, a Danish brewer, but brewed at Beau's in Canada. Apparently Pale Ale - even its most unique incarnation - is universally understood to be radiant golden, at least relatively clear (allowing for some protein haze, naturally) and topped with a pile of clean white foam.

I'm not sure what to make of the aroma, which isn't surprising given I'm unfamiliar with the first two additional items on the ingredients list (sweet gale and yarrow). The next two (heather and rosehips) I could recognize, if only they were more present. As for cranberries and maple syrup, I use them in my breakfast oatmeal but not for their aromatic properties.

Halfway through the beer it's yet to make a strong impression on me. I haven't been able to form much of an opinion on it. For something brewed with so many ingredients - and such unique ingredients at that - it tastes fairly commonplace. There is a soft floral component, but that's conventional for well-hopped pale ales. Surprisingly, bready malt reigns supreme.

This recipe is meant to reflect northern ingredients; correspondingly, it is relatively heavy for the style, a pale ale designed for cold-climate drinking. We tend to think of this style as refreshing and quaffable, but this example has more body than some of the stouts I've tried (though it's still something you could toss back quicker than a jackrabbit on a date).

Nordic Pale Ale is a perfectly pleasant beer and incredibly reasonably priced - not to mention, it's exciting to see such an interesting collaboration with such a renown brewer. That being said, it is disappointingly commonplace considering it has a dog's breakfast for an ingredients list. For something billed as "an imaginative interpretation" I expected a far more unique beer.

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Photo of TerryW
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better beers I've had in a while. Nice and bright and flavourful, quite enjoyable.

Hazy apricot orange under a short head, a little bit of lace. Fruity grapefruit nose, nice and hoppy, a whiff of pine. Sweet up front to taste, fruity again and resinous pine, tasty grapefruit rind. Nice sparkle from the carbonation without being excessively sharp. It all comes together very well, making the beer a pleasure to drink on several levels.

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