Port Arthur Pale | Great White North Craft Brewery

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Great White North Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by demcorhip on 09-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by trevorwideman:
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2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks buddy! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a burnished coppery red colour with a 1/2 inch head off a vigorous pour. Clear, filtered, almost no carbonation or lace to speak of. A bit of head retention but not much. Aroma is sweet, almost sickly so. Smells like an eisbock it's so sweet. Caramel, bready malt, plums and ripe fruit. There's not much hop aroma at all, just a little floral sweetness and a background grassy note.

Taste is just cheap and rather watery. Corn syrupy sweetness and minerals, some metallic notes. Nothing really in the way of bitterness to balance besides a light roasted character. With more depth of flavour this could be a decent English Pale, but as it is it's pretty cheap tasting. mouthfeel is oddly watery and thick feeling at the same time, mild carbonation, lightly dry. All in all of seems like the brewer just got a recipe for a Bass clone and brewed that up, only a bottle of corn syrup fell into the wort. Whoops! I'll stick with the Bass.

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3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a frothy, white head. Great retention & lacing.

S: Marmalade, earthy minerals, grainy biscuits & hints of candied fruit.

T: Biscuity malt is a little grainy, slight caramel & toffee; earthy, orange zest with hints of metallic minerals (presumably EKG hops), hints of fruity esters from a British yeast, good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has a very dry, crisp finish.

D: Good drinkability.

Thanks to demcorhip for throwing this extra into a trade.

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3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly brilliantly clear golden amber ale. Then again i guess its not too surprising since its been filtered. Quite mildly carbonated, managed a 1/2 finger very pale tan head. Left some very fine lacings.

Biscuity aroma with some caramel and hints of toasted nuts from the victory malt, as well as an underlying breadiness from the pale malts. Theres a decent amount of hops in the nose as well, from the woodiness of the Northern Brewer, and the cleaner spicy and floral notes from the Saaz.

Taste comes through much like its aroma. The bitterness is solid from the Northern Brewer before transitioning into the spicy yet delicate floral notes from the Saaz. Fairly clean as far as the yeast goes, hints of apple and or pear like fruit esters also present. The continental hops work pretty well together, and its an interesting twist.

Nice and clean pale ale, light to medium bodied and finishes refreshingly dry with a mild astringent bitterness mostly from the Northern Brewer hops. Slightly hop forward, yet certainly a well balanced brew. A mild tickling pucker persists in the mouth from hops.

Quite drinkable and refreshing, makes for a nice sessionable ale. Due to the still slight hop forward character this might not be the most approachable brew, but would be a decent choice for somone looking to make a foray into hoppier brews such as english or american IPAs.

Note that some minor tweaking has occurred since this initial review. The hops have been cut back slightly as well as the Victory malt. The overall character has been maintained, making for a slightly less bitter pale ale with slightly less body. Its nice to have a tasty, locally made session brew. Looking forward to more offerings from Geoff.

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Port Arthur Pale from Great White North Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3 ratings