B-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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B-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale AleB-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale
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3.87/5
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143 Ratings
B-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale AleB-Sides Brewing: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
B-Sides Brewing Label

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.

Added by korguy123 on 07-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,211
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
143
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by KeKeKumba:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 talbotjf99
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600mL bottle from the LCBO. Interesting label and bottle design.

Poured into a tulip. Caramel golden, vigorous carbonation, a half inch of head that recedes into a nice frothy ring. A wintry pattern of lace icicles.

Nose is an interesting mix of herbs and grain. The list of additives (heather, gale, yarrow, heather) makes it seem like a gruit, although aside from the heather what I'm really getting here is mild ginger. Still quite pleasant though.

Dry, herbal, bit of ginger. Quite tasty, actually. The finish is a nice bittering hop and herb punch that really hits the spot.

Thinner bodied, my only real complaint with the brew is the carbonation, which is way too sharp.

Interesting brew, certainly will get again. I think I prefer this to their regular gruit offering, Bogwater.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Excellent!!!

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Photo of MJ63
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

600ml bottle - everything is explained here, so I guess I'm just going to twiddle my thumbs right now, as such.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of wayward cloud form lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of musty yeastiness, complex herbaceous notes, some mild domestic citrus rind, and further weedy and musky green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, some weird earthy vegetal essences, a muddled wan fruitiness, some ethereal maple sweetness, and a touch of detached earthy, leafy, and weedy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with maybe a small tithe to pay from the hovering astringencies, as such. It finishes trending dry, the mixed herbal character creating quite the lingering racket.

Overall, this is an adequate enough pale ale, but one that suffers from the hubris of a brewer that seems to think that throwing a kitchen sink's worth of adjuncts at it will somehow make it 'special'. Not so much, I gotta say, as there isn't really anything wrong here (the flipside being that there really isn't anything right, either). Meh.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JahTurbo
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rather nice interpretation of a Nordic Pale Ale. Approximately $4.00 at the LCBO for the 600ml bottle. Served at 6deg C into a tumbler. Batch number 3312 10 22 13 10:08. Mighty fresh!!

A- Nice off blond, amber colour. Pours with an excellent head that stays for a minute or two then dissipates to a film across the surface.

S- Very interesting smell...added greens from some coniferous?? Smells just like it... more later.

T- there's those added greens again! Yup, just like staying in the woods for a while and you have a cup of natural tea. Not overpowering by any means but it does bring back memories. Pretty good PA. Not the best but a combination of spices perks this beer right up.

M- Grainy. Not much else to say other than that.

O- Pretty good! Glad I enjoyed it and would again but not worth going out of the way for after the first one or two so out of convenience I bought 5! LOL. Excellent experience.

Food Pairing

With the coniferous notes and spice bite this beer matches well with... Moose Chili

The spice of the garlic, onion, chili powder, woodsy taste of the Moose Chili this spicy beer will match very well.

Enjoy!

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Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisCage
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Samact
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with light herbal feel. Taste is also dominated by dry hoppy notes with some herbal notes and lightly sweet malt notes. Body is full with good carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer but I can’t say I detected half of the ingredient after reading the commercial description!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hops, floral, mild citrus. Rather good.

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Photo of dipso123
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssmack
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel yellow colour with 2 inches of white foam with large bubbles. Some lacing but not much retention.

Strong bitter citrus aroma with pepper. The smell of a clean cold refrigerator.

Lots of citrus in the taste. Grapefruit and pine and spicy. Dry tart bitterness. Unique flavours that are hard to describe. Rye bitter bit not not extreme.

Crisp medium feel.

This is an interesting beer. Good citrus hops with nice spiciness.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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