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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Reviews by bcrocker:
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a strikingly clear, honey gold body, with an immense, three finger head that is ivory in colour. The head is rocky, with a whipped cream appearance. Sheet lacing is profound, and coats the etched, Propeller pint glass.

Aroma is mostly of grassy hops, with a unique, mineral essence from the water used in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with another hint of the minerals from the water.

The taste features a floral and grassy hoppiness, and a solid profile of fresh tasting, ale malts. Again, the minerals from the hard water add a unique note to the profile, and may not appeal to some. Such minerals are quite preferred in the drinking water that is rarely available in wells, and only a few springs in Kentucky, and makes an ideal base for a topnotch pale ale from the Canadian Maritimes.

A supremely enjoyable pale ale, from one of North America's finest microbreweries. Worth a trip to Halifax, to enjoy Propeller's fine brews!

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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable pale, I almost finished a bomber by myself. Thanks OKBeer. Good carbonation and not overpowering, went well with multi-course dinner. Frothy head, medium mouthfeel. Sweet rather than hoppy, and a mix of hops in there blends into crisp mildly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 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 Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium clear orange with a very slight head that nonetheless leaves some reasonable lacing. Smell is a little faint, but very pleasant. Hops dominate, with some butter and fruits as well. Taste is the best part, and took me a little aback by how full it was, considering the underwhelming appearance and smell. The hoppiness is upfront and fades into a buttery maltiness with some spiced banana and other fruits in the finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp with plenty of body. Drinkability is excellent, this would be a great beer to kick back and drink a few of over the course of an evening. May just be my new regular beer for parties and Saturday football.

The fresher you can get this stuff the better. I had the opportunity to pick up a few bottles of a batch from just a couple of weeks ago, and the hops are much more present. The added floral kick really knocks this beer up a notch.

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Photo of elricorico
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark yellow, and despite being poured quickly, little head formed. Looks a bit too pale in my opinion.

The smell has a mix of citrus and pine hop aromas. A touch of honey sweetness seems to peek its head out. Relatively faint, but not unpleasant.

The taste runs from a light honey to citrus as it crosses the front half of the tongue. Finish is mildly hopped, with citrus and pine each showing up again. Lingering lemon zest rounds it out. Nothing unpleasant here again, though most flavours are light.

A bit light in the mouth but not to the point it is watery. Carbonation is mid range and suitable, comfortable to hold on the tongue.

An accessible beer, not a hop monster but much more flavourful than the average person would drink on a regular basis. My thanks to a non-BA friend Michael, as he brought me a six pack from Nova Scotia.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with huge white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of hops is clearly identifiable. Taste is quite sweet with a good floral undertone and nice bitter finish. Body is average as well as carbonation. Better then expected I must admit and very close to an APA.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me this one during CanBIF6.

Pale yellow, almost golden, color beer. Clear. Nice soapy head. The aroma presents some citrus fruit notes and some malts (caramel). Medium intensity aroma. First sip is metallic... bummer. Thin bodied. Simple in the taste. I would say I miss some malts in the taste... I expected more from this one regarding the taste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 ludachris
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lets see how this one fairs up to the garrison I tried a few hours ago. Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. Zero lacing. Has a sour floral like smell. The taste is as the label says; crisp, dry and hoppy. To me, this beer would be hard to knock back a couple. I would much prefer the other apa i had recently, anchor liberty ale. Although, I would recommend this to people down in the scotia anxious to try a "true tasting" beer.

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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 Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of grub
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this and some other propeller goodies direct from the brewery. thanks deniz!

650ml bottle with a production date of the second week of january.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin very fine head that drops quickly with no lace.

aroma is ok. bit of dms. grainy malt. hint of toffee. almost no hops.

taste is nice. still a bit of dms. grainy malt. moderate bitterness that sticks to your tongue and won't go away. touch of honey sweetness. hint of floral hops, but other than the bitterness there's nearly no trace of them.

mouthfeel is ok. touch of sting from the carbonation, which is moderate otherwise. medium body. annoying lingering mouthfeel from the hops.

drinkability on this one isn't great. was quite fond of the esb and the porter, so sad to see this one is a bit of a disappointment. hopefully the ipa i have in the fridge for the weekend will be better!

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nighthawk
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Colour is golden straw, clear, nice carbonation with large head bubbly head that drops down to a half-finger's worth. Scant lacing left on glass.
Smells grainy, light florals, a touch of honey.
Tastes like sweet grains, light hop bitterness balances it nicely with a bitter and only slightly drying finish. Creamy texture with a bit of carbonated bite. Nice medium body.
I think this is a great pale ale with a nice balance between malt and hops, goes down clean and creamy.

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Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished to about 1 cm and stayed that way all the way to the last drop. Pretty good lacing, with the odd smudge on the side of the glass. Dark golden color, with a clear body. Nice aroma of average hops, with pine coming through, as well as some citrus. Quite a good flavor - bitter, but not anything too strong, with an average duration. I think I can taste the pine here, as well... but nothing offensive. Light and thin-bodied on the palate,, with average carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable pale that I would gladly have again... a good entry from Propeller.

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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 Derek
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed May-4.

A: Golden yellow (approachable appearance for the macro-drinker); very little white head, leaves a touch of lace.

S: Fairly hoppy: well-rounded grass, earth & floral aroma's, without any of the pine or citrus that's typical of APA's. Bready malt, with a little butter & caramel.

T: Grassy & floral hop flavours (with hints of metal & earth); Nice, crisp bitterness. Quality malt flavours (bready/biscuity) in the background, with very slight hints of fruity esters. This is a high quality brew that's pleasantly balanced. Hop flavours may appeal to the macro drinker more than the advocate though...

M: Moderate body is very creamy/silky-smooth. Light to moderate carbonaton perfect for the style. Exceptional.

D: Quality, sessionable brew.

A good intro/cross-over brew, yet enough flavour for the advocate to session. Quite lovely.

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

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