Double Dry-Hopped Pale Ale | C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
C.H. Evans Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dantes on 03-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: From cask via beer engine, presented in a 16 oz. shaker pint at ~50º

Cost: $5

Appearance: A picture-perfect pour initially left a ½" snow-white, loose blanket of foam gently floating over the vibrantly yellow-gold hazy body. A few bubbles of carbonation moseyed their way to the top of the glass as the head resolved down to a uniform skim. Like Norma Desmond, this glass was ready for its close-up.

Smell: I don’t need to tell BA’s that there’s nothing like a freshly-drawn-from-the-cask pint of hoppy beer. With its fresh-mown-grass and pine-resin aroma, this beer really reminded me that Spring was about to make its appearance. There wasn’t much malt in the nose and it might have come off a tad “green.” Still, nicely refreshing.

Taste: Bracingly hoppy up-front, but smooth and balanced with a complex mix of hop flavors. I was told that they hop this in the fermentation tank with Amarillo and Crystal, and then again with crystal in the cask. Obviously the carbonation helps, but this presents a full, round flavor as the light malts make themselves known. Flavor concentration is substantial. I couldn’t detect any “off” flavors or harsh flavor notes. The finish was clean, dry, and medium in length.

Mouthfeel: What can you say? I think even Budweiser on cask would be greatly improved, so when you have a finely made beer at the peak of condition (this cask was broached the day before) and at the optimum temperature, you have the recipe for near-perfection. This ale was smooth, mouth-filling, and velvety.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable.

Backwash: It was very interesting to have this beer as well as to visit the Pump Station, as I was at a New Jersey brewpub the night before, that had a very similar line-up of beers, including a dry-hopped, casked, pale ale. The contrast between The Gaslight and The Pump Station pale ales was quite stark. Gaslight’s pale was fairly lifeless and too warm, with weak carbonation, and very moderate hoppiness. The Pump Station’s beer kicked sand in its face. One pet peeve of mine is the perception that cask beer is “warm.” No, it’s just not ice cold. At the Pump Station, you get a beer that is cool to the lips and mouth, with persistent (but very fine) carbonation; not to mention vibrant aroma and flavor. I’m told that this is a fairly new beer and that The Pump Station is re-dedicating itself to offering cask beer. Well, this success should only encourage them to experiment with some other styles. I hope lots of people make the tapping of a new cask every Friday at the Pump Station an Albany ritual. It deserves to be.

NB: I’ve added this beer separately after consulting with Sponberg and Jackson, as its preparation seems different enough from the Pump Station Pale Ale as to warrant it.

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Double Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1 ratings