Will Power Pale Ale
Right Brain Brewery

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #56
Ranked #39,031
3.69 | pDev: 13.82%
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States
Will Power Pale AleWill Power Pale Ale
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color, served in a can, so no knowledge of head or lacing. Smell is biting grain and medicinal hops. Flavor is primarily bitter hop notes, with some cracker and biscuit malts. Feel is brisk and sharp. A bit one note, but clean and quaffable.

Jul 03, 2017
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ribby from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can. Tall head but not too creamy, and the ale is light amber. When you open the can, the initial aroma could be schlitz, but after pour a bit more complexity is evident. In terms of flavor, not surprisingly for a 4.2 beer the malt doesn't fully balance the hops. I cant tell you what variety of hops are in this one, but my impression is of bitterness not fully compensated by other flavors. Worth drinking, especially if you are looking for a low alcohol option, but not earth shattering.

Aug 16, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from a 16 fl oz can with a slight haze. Golden-orange color with a nice off-white to white 2-inch, heavily pocketed head that eventually settles in at 1/8 inch. The nose is sweet, malty, and floral. Very light body! I am surprised at the lightness. Bright and light with some nice hoppy and citrus bitterness. The lingering is mostly bitter but has hints of malt. Would like more of the latter. Nice Belgian lace. Possible summer drink. The price point will make me hesitate to pick it up again.

Jan 17, 2016
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Drank from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes light, even for 4.2%. More bitter than aromatic, but really nice flavor overall. If this was available locally it would be in my fridge regularly.

Oct 17, 2015
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WestKyRacer from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic day drinker! I had this a couple of years ago while on vacation at Slerping Bear dunes (go there). I still think about this beer during the summer months. The look is not hugely appealing, but smell, taste, and feel are perfect on a hot summer day on the lake or at the campsite. I wish I could get this beer down south!

Sep 05, 2015
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer from a can, but it was the second beer that meal after a hoppy IPA from another Michigan brewer. This one had a more balanced taste profile and I liked the low abv. I should have bought some cans and brought them home, but I didn't. Next time.

Aug 22, 2015
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Maitlma from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect head for a pale ale, properly poured. Smell herbaceous. Right brain always shows strong taste and always impresses. Hoppy start and with a lighter finish, cloudy color but not too much so. After taste is mildly bitter bit in a gentle lingering way. A little straw in the mouth like in a fresh field. A great drinking beer

Apr 13, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pull a can, pouring a brew of honey brown into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of crisp and creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This retains well, leaving ridged and cratered sheets of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active and even. The nose gives up notes of cleanly grassy and metallically vegetal, planty hops, chalky pale malts, gingersnap cookie sweetness, toasted sesame seeds, corny adjuncts, dried lavender, clove and black pepper spiciness, dried herbal twangs, candle waxiness, and freshly cut floral arrangement stems. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite nice, with great bittering blend of the hops and the malts throughout the sip. The beginning opens with lemon peel bitters, fresh thyme and basil herbals, citric, soapy, and lightly piney hops, toasted pale and adjuncty grain, hints of freshly picked corn, dry ice, and sea salted toffee sugars. The middle comes to a peak with metallics of tin and brass, dried grassy hop buds, honey and white sugar sweetness, oily pine nut essence, gritty mustiness, and stale grain of English sours and pales. The end washes with cereal and pale grain, sunflower and lavender powders, celery and parsley vegetals, black pepper booziness, echoes of metallics and mineral, gravel, lemon rind bite, freshly cut green grassiness, resiny piney and citric hop oils, cardboard, salted popcorn, general toast of grain and breadiness, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of grassy, citric, and piney hops, pale and lightly caramel grain, dried chalkiness, vanilla wafers, dried grassiness, freshly bailed hay, burnt candle wick, clovey and plastic phenols, sea glass, scotch tape adhesive, stale brown gravy, and corn flour. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip produces nice slurp and smack, with okay draw, glug, cream, or froth, with decently crisp finishing pop to the upper lip. The mouth is foamed, but quickly puckered, bittered, and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its ease of drinkability. While the flavor and aroma were both in line with one another, and the style of the brew, it was ultimately the lightness of abv and simplicity of sip that kept us attracted to this guy. This is a standard but highly executed English pale, with just the right amount of bitterness and sourness aloud to shine through the malty and generously hopped flavoring. For our general sippin’ desires Right Brain, again, delivers, and although this isn’t a whale, they are able to insure reproducibility, predictability, and a down-right tasty beverage.

Jan 17, 2014
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a cloudy nectarine-orange color with two fingers of ivory colored head. Sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of tangerine, light fruit and caramel malts.

Tasted of candied oranges and caramel malts. A light bitterness resonated with every sip.

Light-to-medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

An easy-drinking Pale from the folks at Right Brain.

Jan 02, 2014
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elNopalero from California

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Update: From a tall boy can

This pours a glorious golden-tan with a creamy cap of cloud.

There’s a light touch of orange on the aroma, like a candied-citrus note. It’s delicate but present.
Taste lightly bitter, touch of citrus hops and a pleasing yet mellow hop bite. At the beer store where I picked this up the salesperson said this was their easy-going everyday beer and I can’t help but agree. All around well done.

On tap:
This is a pale ale with a golden clear color and a light layer of foam. I get a light grassy aroma followed by some maltiness finsihing it out. The flavor is grassy, hoppy bitterness up front followed by a sharp hop bite and some biscuit malt to round it out.

Dec 29, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with very well balanced hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/pine hops; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice session pale ale! Nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 02, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can bought for $2.49 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Has that sunset orange thing going on, with a bit of hop haze. Light sand color head floats on top, about a finger in height. Lacing is patchwork. Really a nice looking beer overall.

Smell: Quite a bit of citrus, actually... mostly orange/lemon. Quite sweet. Nice malt presence, as well as hops. Just the aroma alone makes WillPOW!er seem balanced.

Taste/feel: Definitely comes off as English. I'm not sure exactly what makes a pale ale "English", but this has that certain flavor I associate with it. Taste is almost identical to the smell, with a great balance of malt, slightly grassy hops, and a little blast of citrus. Aftertaste is citrus, malt, and a bit of bitterness. Not drying, and incredibly drinkable. This brew also has a nice body, perfect for the style, in my opinion.

Quite surprised that the rating is as "low" as it is on here. For a beer that's only 4.2% (says on the can), this has a pretty remarkably refreshing flavor. I'm glad to have randomly taken it off the shelf. As awesome as this is tasting right now, it'd be absolutely perfect in spring or summer.

Oct 27, 2013
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with two fingers of egg shell head and leaves nice lacing after each drink.

S - Malty, lemon grass, piney, some citrus rind.

T - Malt forward followed by a nice hoppy punch and a drying bitter finish. Very drinkable.

O - Right Brain continues to impress for me. I'm happy they are pumping out cans now and I'd love to have more RBB brews. This is a very easy drinking PA. I will have this again.

Oct 12, 2013
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a yellowish orange. a hazy look and a finger plus of an off white head that sticks around for a while

Smell: way to weak. but bready malts and some musty citrus.

Taste: very true to the english style. bready and slightly sweet malts. grassy hops, slight citrus

Mouthfeel: feels a little stronger than 4.9. a good lighter body and drinkability

Overall: a good tasty beer. true to style and pretty refreshing

Oct 08, 2013
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Right Brain's Will Power Pale Ale last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before so when I saw a couple cans on the shelf i just had to grab one and give it a try since I think Right Brain is pretty solid, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but I think it was canned in early July. Poured from a tall 16oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like everything about how this can looks, the design is pretty nice and I think it's pretty eye catching, it caught my eye. It poured a hazy orange color that took on an orange/amber color that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking Pale Ale, but the lacing and head retention was a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of sweet and pretty bready malts that have some doughy yeast aroma in the background. Up next comes a slight buttery aroma followed by a lighter amount of citrus hops that go nicely with this beer and show up just enough. The aroma was pretty nice and I thought it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some very bready malt flavors with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a very slight buttery flavor followed by a light amount of hops that impart an even mixture of grassy and citrus hop aromas. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a bready and slightly fruity hop after taste with some lingering bitterness. This was a nice tasting beer that was pretty true to style I enjoyed it.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, fairly crisp, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish there was just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a pretty good example of the style, it's been a while since I've had an English Pale Ale, but this was just how I remember some of the better ones of the style tasting and it had that slightly buttery aspect that I pick up in most English Pale Ales. This beer had decent drinkability, if i was in the mood to session some beers I could see myself drinking a few of these, but the flavor only really partly holds my attention. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style this was, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the slightly lower amount of carbonation, a little more carbonation would have helped it a little. I don't know if I would go back and buy a four pack, but I think I would order a pint of this if I was at a bar or restaurant that had it, I think it would go good with most food. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style and if American Pale Ales are still too hoppy for you than this might be a good alternative. All in all i thought this was a pretty solid beer and it represented the style nicely, there's only a couple English Pale Ales that I like a little more. Nice work guys, this beer was solid.

Aug 27, 2013
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to abanton for throwing this in as an extra in last week's trade, my first formal taste of Right Brain. Cracking this 16 oz. can to celebrate knocking down a wasp nest bigger than my head out of a tree just outside the door. Yes, I ran. Yes, I managed not to shriek like a four year old.

The pour is sehr frizzy, enough that I have to take a single pause to fit the can into my imperial pint glass. Clear, warm orange. Nose is close enough to clean, filtered air that I have to take several deep breaths to trap a few nanos of pale, bready malts deep in my sinuses. Hard to get less smelly than that.

WillPow!er Pale Ale turns my first dainty sip into a Viking gulp. Either I was really thirsty or this hit that spot on my tongue; a beer that begs to have been put in that Coors Light Shotgun Can that came & went a few years back. Oh, the taste? It aight. Plenty of malt- soaked-bread, thinned grasslands, bitterness so light it's really just -ness. LIght, airy, oh-so-drinkable.

Not much to this one, but hey, for a 4.9% English Pale Ale? Winner. Good beer, & a great bet for sitting around on the deck, Or with an arugula salad. Or after antagonizing a big ball of wasps. Whenever.

Aug 27, 2013
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Right Brain Brewery on 7-18-10
Served on-tap into a standard pint glass
Orange-gold in color, with a moderate head of quickly dissapating foam
Aroma-Subtle fruitiness and faint hop notes
Taste-Fruity, biscuit notes, faint hop profile-medium to light bodied, very drinkable, would make a nice session brew.

Jul 19, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange kissed golden yellow with a thin white head than held on and left spotty lace.

S-Light citrus hops and a bit of bready sweetness.

T-Well balanced sweet bready malt and citrus hops. Not as Tangy and popping as the dry hopped version.

M-Medium-light body with a nice crisp finsih. Light lingering hop bitterness.

D-Solid, decent session pale ale. A bit on the mild side but tasty enough to keep it from getting boring.

Dec 06, 2008
Will Power Pale Ale from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 124 ratings