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Propeller Pale Ale | Propeller Brewery

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Propeller Pale AlePropeller Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Advances in malting techniques made possible paler coloured malts and heralded the arrival of Pale Ales onto the brewing scene in the 1800s in Britain. The most famous Pale Ale brewers came from Burton, where the hard water perfectly suited this new style of beer. Propeller “Burtonizes” its water to emulate this famous style. Crisp, hoppy and dry, Propeller Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic British brew.

30 IBU

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-05-2002

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of muirn
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is a thick, hazy gold, almost amber. Pours with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that quickly faeds off, although it leaves plenty of lacing on the glass on the way down.

Smell is caramel with grapefruit cutting through. Some rose notes as well. Not particularly adventurous or strong, but focused and definite.

Taste is predominately grafefruit and some lemon fading to a base of caramel and malt. Honeydew also comes through. Bitterness is evident throughout and becomes stronger into the finish. Totally middle-of-the-road for the style.

Feel is thick but not particularly crisp. Carbonation is low to moderate. Fairly mellow and traditional in that way.

Overall, this is a well executed pale ale that doesn't stand out too much from the pack. The smell of it earns it a second look for its clarity and focus.

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Photo of rgr1959
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mousel
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a gold than comes sort of close to copper. Aroma isn't too hoppy. Fairly sweet and grainy. A bit floral. Flavor is much of the same. Floral hops, caramel malt, graininess. Most of the Pale Ales I drink now are nothing like this classic interpretation. Not memorable.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Light Gold (but darker than an Adjunct) pour with 1 1/2 finger white head. A little lacing on the glass. Fairly Poor Head retention.

S- Sweet toffee/caramel aromas backed by a nice deep, earthy citrus.

T- Toffee with a little more caramel. Sweet maltiness backed by citrusy hops.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O- A pretty good Pale Ale by an excellent East Coast brewery. Nice flavours and extremely drinkable. If Propeller makes a subpar beer, I haven't had it yet.

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Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the source.Pours a deep golden color with a smallish off white head that shows marginal retention. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of earthy citrus. The flavor follows the aroma and adds a bit more of that butterscotch that beer geeks up here seem to like. Medium body and level of carbonation. English inspired, okay brew.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - clear, golden colour with a nice slightly off white head

Smell - Earthy, wood, a slight caramel smell with some malt

Taste - Some hop bitterness with a little caramel sweetness. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Maybe a touch of earth and floral tones as well

Overall - A great APA and widely available if you live in the Maritimes. Really pleasant to drink at anytime. Light enough to have more than one. I always have three or four of these in my fridge at anytime

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Photo of Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bcrocker
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bylerteck
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from my boss' trip to Halifax.

A - Pours with a very small head that disappears really fast. Bright. Very mild carbonation. Lightish golden colour. No lacing and the head is totally gone quite fast.

S - Honey, floral, grainy. A little citrus.

T - Grainy, floral, honey maybe. Mild and lacking any American style hop profile until it opens up and you can find a little bit of citrus to redeem it.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Lacking any sort of appropriate hop profile for the style and overly sweet/grainy. Third weak beer of the night. Easy to drink but doesn't appear to be a proper American style Pale Ale. Easy to drink but not worth seeking out or tasty in any way. Not offensive, just not a tasty beer...Once it opened up it came through with some citrus but still alot weaker than I was hoping. Needs work.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes...
A - Murky orange, tall white soapy head, slow dissipation
S - Earthy, woody, toasted grains, light orange zest, peppery
T - Earthy and citrus hops, peppercorns, buttered toast, and apple juice
M - light and refreshing, just a light dry bitter finish
O - very tasy and easy drinking pale, flavours rich and on point, great session beer

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from mmurphy525, 341ml into a pint glass. Thanks Matt.

Pours a golden orange, with a nice fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lace, mild retention. Nose has some orangey hops, bready, some pine. Moderate and subdued for the most part but nice. Taste has some significant breadiness, pale malt, grainy cracker, more orange hops and a bit of citrus/grapefruit. Light feel and medium light mouthfeel with a mild bitterness. Easy to put back, enjoyable and simple.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, a single garnered from a recent trip to Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent array of coral reef lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, lightly biscuity and doughy pale malt, a bit of subdued caramel, earthy honey, and some floral, woodsy, and softly citrusy hops. The taste is understated caramel malt, gritty buttered biscuits, more earthy field honey, a mild drupe fruitiness, a touch of generic citrus rind, and some softly bitter weedy, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous, registering barely a blip on the froth-o-meter, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth in the face of some noble hop zippiness. It finishes on the sweet side, the plain biscuity malt prevailing, and the tame bitterness now kind of lame in its opposing effort.

I drank a few pints of Fuller's ESB whilst watching the Champions' League final earlier today - this particular beer seems to be attempting to emulate the subtly of that point in time, and failing, mostly. APA, ESB? I dunno, but drinkable enough, despite the wan bittering counterpoint, which would severely curtail my desire for more, after a couple, I'd say.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poursed a hazy darker yellow colow, with decent size head. The aroma was a bit weak but hoppy. The flavor was full, and hopppy, but bit harsh. Decent amount of carbonation, and the flavor wasnt long lasting. Overall a decent average beer; but a bit to harsh with the flavor.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange colour, finger of light soapy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel and earthy hops, and more reminiscent of an ESB than an APA. Scent of wet cardboard is coming off and the bitterness is certainly noticeable.

T - Definitely more of an ESB on the tongue with the earthy and bitter hops coming through alongside the musty caramel and biscuit notes. Sweet corn and bready malt lingers on the palette.

M - A tad thin, comes across a little undercarbonated and watery.

O - Not a bad offering, but not the greatest either. I much prefer their IPA and ESB, though this one is certainly close to their ESB, but not the best sample of the APA style though

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Photo of Shadman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on a bottom self in a local beer store. Nice to see this stuff in Medicine Hat.

Looks like a pale ale. Amber/peach color, slight hazy, with a slightly off-white head and tons of spiderweb lacing.

Big wiff of caramel/pale malts. Hint of honey with some citric undertones.

Clean front, not much too it although it is well balanced. Seemingly more flavorful at the back end where thegrapefruit bitterness of the hop is more pronounced.

Maybe a touvh thin in front, but overall it felt smooth enough to me.

IMO more akin to a Brit PA than a yank PA. Nice balance, well put together. The taste given such a good aroma was a bit of a let down for me. Easy to drink more than one, hence a good session beer.

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Propeller Pale Ale from Propeller Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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