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Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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Norfolk Canyon Pale AleNorfolk Canyon Pale Ale

Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the offshore fishing grounds located 60 miles off the coast of Virginia, Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale is a medium-bodied American Pale Ale, with a biscuity malt palate and a pleasant hop finish.

40 IBUs

Added by jporf911 on 07-04-2010

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 116
Photo of OldSwampy
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dull gold in color with an off-white head. Nose surprisingly bready, together with some grassy and floral hops. Taste reminds me of many lagers. Hops develop a bit, but the taste is not as richly hoppy as many pale ales. Has some of what I consider a metallic hops flavor later in the taste profile. Definite bitter hops aftertaste. The kind of ale I find myself calling "refreshing" rather than "tasty." I could not find a best-by date on the bottle, and it's possible this could be better if fresher.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: It's OK. It's a pretty straight-forward APA. Not too harsh at 40 IBUs.

Look: golden honey hue, clear, some bubbles and sudsy lacing.
Smell: fresh, mild citrus-fruity hop aroma, some metallic hints like stainless steel.
Taste: bitter hop upfront, biscuity malt finish with lingering bitterness that resembles grapefruit rind.
Feel: medium/light body, easy to drink.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like the O'Connor Red Nun so I thought I would give this a try. There was no bottling date or drink by date noted on the bottle so I am not sure if the beer I am rating is fresh or stale. Poured from a bottle to a nonic pint glass. Color is dark amber. Taste is much more hoppy than the IBU rating infers. Overall, not my favorite pale ale but would probably try it again.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.47/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice APA. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark golden hue. Slightly metallic smell. Malt and hops are nicely balanced, with a stronger lager-like hop taste in the back of the tongue for the finish. Nice beer for a hot day.

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Photo of oldn00b
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

In short, this is a pretty average and somewhat boring brew. I wasn't a big fan the first time I tried it back in 2009. I had it again more recently and it lacks something for me in the hop department. It doesn't have much going on in the way of malt either. It's a standard recipe, I get that, and it's not bad. But it's not exactly forgettable - it's memorable for being a bit below average.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz (fresh) bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Just OK, hazy golden with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Crackery malt & a subtle, pleasant kiss of hops.

T: Refreshingly dry with semi-sweet maltiness playing nicely against an increasingly bitter hop component & finish.

M: This is great, carb is right where it needs to be. The malt gives this brew a great body without making it too heavy.

O: Really like this pale.

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Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty mediocre APA. O'Connor has put out a lot more impressive beers. Pours an almost clear dark gold color into a pint glass. Good medium size frothy white head with average retention. Some light rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very mild, some biscuity malt and a light fruity presence. Flavor leans toward the malty side. Dry biscuity malt and then a little fruity sweetness. There is a light hops bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light, dry and crisp. Not a bad beer but there are plenty of readily available APAs that are better. If you are looking for an O'Connor's beer, get an El Guapo or Great Dismal.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at O'Connor Brewing Company. Pours a dark burnished red with a nice fluffy head, decent lacing. Smell is hoppy and floral and the taste is solid for the style. overall, this APA fits the bill.

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Photo of jmutoml757
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

poured from a bootle into a pint glass.
A- amber but not dark
S- this beer actually smells like an adjunct lager from a keg. reminds me of my kegger days.
T- not hoppy at all, but the malt comes through. nothing stands out except the fact that it is slightly more bitter than a bud or mich or pbr.
M- the bitterness remains on the back of the tongue for a while, which is actually nice. It is one of the few things that separates it from the beast.
O- I should have known it was not worth it when I saw it in a local yocal gas station beer fridge. there is nothing that stands out tastewise, and if it were not for the extra malts it would be indistinguishable from any run of the mill adjunct lager.
Not worth the time. save yourself a few bucks and buy Bud or PBR.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a amber tinted light gold body with decent head and lace. Aroma is mild with earthy hops blended with a mostly grainy malt aroma. Beer is light, smooth, rather simple and plain, a balance between citric, bitter hops and a mild sweet malt presence but this beer doesn't pack much of a punch. Dry, easy finish, this is akin to your average lawnmower beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bottle at the Hyatt Place in Norfolk during a recent stay. Poured into a curved hotel glass.

The Oconnor brewing co Norfolk canyon pale ale was very average. Pours medi copper with a ring of white foam. Faint malt smell. Soapy. Taste is a thin malt with a minty hop spread throughout. Fast finish. Nice local beer. 375 325 350 350 350

Liked the chance to sample a local, but nothing to come back to.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Norfolk Canyon is gold with a creamy off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is herbal hops and light cereal sweetness.

Taste is nicely balanced and clean malt with the herbal hop snap. Leafy, a little tobacco.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is high, this is a tasty, balanced, nuanced pale ale made to session. Nice pick Mom!

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with okay retention; Amber in color with a clear appearance; Minimal lacing left behind

S - Fairly leafy/grassy with a touch of orange citrus fruit and herbal hops; Lightly toasted malts and some caramel also come through; As the head subsides, a bit of sweetness steps forward with toffee and a bit more citrus hops

T - Plenty of grassy flavor here with some metallic character as well; Toasted grains and bread, bit of caramel, and some lemongrass also contribute; Light bitterness lasts throughout the entire taste; After awhile, lemongrass, citrus, and toasty flavors become a bit more pronounced

M - Moderate carbonation; Just under medium bodied; Slick mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish

O - To me, this APA is just a run-of-the-mill offering for the style. It does bring a bit more bitterness than the average pale ale, and is fairly drinkable, but otherwise doesn't distinguish itself from the masses. I could have this one again, but it's not something I would actively seek out.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was tossed in as an extra by lambicking in our fantastic trade!
Thanks a lot my friend!

No freshness dating, but it looks and smells fresh.
Served in a tulip pint.

Clear pale orange body with an almost white head of 1.5 fingers that settled rather quickly to leave a thin but rocky film that's a bit thicker at the edges. Some spotty chunks of lacing hang behind. I like the color... Little more retention and lacing and this would be better looking.

Smells biscuity and bready with some crystal malt notes. The hops hold floral and citrus with a slightly soapy note. Orangey/grapefruit and floral hops. Pretty dry finish.

Feels pretty good-- a bit thin, but quite good in that sense because it makes me think I could drink multiple bottles with ease. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall-- not bad. Certainly not the best pale ale I've had, but far from the worst. Enjoyable and drinkable in its own right, though not necessarily my favorite take on the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours lighter yellow with lots of fading white foam. Decently smooth good drinking pale. Nothing exceptional, just a good summer night quencher. Drying finish.Hop aroma, citrus orange and lemon flavour, middling mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Thanks Radek.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, golden-amber. Head was a thick finger of foamy off-white which didn't linger long, but left a decent lacing clinging to the surface and walls of the glass.

S: Sweet & floral, almost a perfume aroma. There's a faint whiff of citrus hops as well. Not a typical smelling beer at all.

T: Malt greets the tongue first, with an excessive sweetness, but that doesn't last long, being replaced by the tart-bitter flavor of grapefruit rind. Something else seems to be trying to poke through when the harshly bitter hops finish hits, and stays; the bitterness doesn't even think about fading until long after it's left the palate.

M: Initially moist with good carbonation, but the finish is pretty astringent.

O: My 4th offering from O'Conner, and my least favorite (not that any stood out as excellent -- sorry, but I can't recommend anything from this brewer, which is pretty sad considering even Anheuser-Busch produces some decent beer). This one was actually a sink pour. Thankfully, I only got one bottle.

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Photo of chadlebald
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a gastropub in Norfolk(Public House) while on business- they had about 4-5 of O'Connor beers on tap.

This is a pretty straightforward pale ale. Both the aroma and taste are bready malty.

I don't get much hop aroma but the flavoring is a bit earthy.

Bitterness is where it needs to be to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel is my only real issue - feels a bit too thin and is over carbonated.

Overall, I could drink this all night long, but wouldn't be excited to do so. Ie, it's an average pale ale!

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a standard shaker pint, Norfolk Canyon (named after a seafloor canyon off the VA coast) is a light to medium amber in color, sporting a layer of off-white carbonation with decent retention

s: husky lightly toasted and pale grain aromas, some sweetness but noting out-of-line, grassy citrus hops, nice start

m: carbonated to moderate levels, the body light-medium

t: pale malt body with a moderate grainy, toasted flavor, barley husk, reasonably hoppy with flavors of dried citrus, on the sweeter side to start but cleaning nicely, light-moderate bittering

o: a nice pale ale, a little sweet/grainy at times for my preference, but everything balances well in the end

draft at Harpoon Larry's, Hampton, VA, paired nicely with a monster blackened crab cake

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap.

A: Pours a deep golden color with some rich reddish-brown colors tones. A thick 1/2' head formed at the top of the glass. Very little lacing. The appearance of this beer is darker than many other pale ales that I have had.

S: Malt and citrus hops in the nose. The beer lacks some complexity in the nose.

T: Sweet malts at the start of the sip followed by sharp bitterness in the middle to end. The bitterness of this beer is strong for a pale ale, the flavor is almost that of an IPA.

M: The flavor is thin and crisp on the tongue. The beer is very refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It lacks a little complexity as the flavors are primarily dominated by the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber apperance with white head and good rentention/lacing

Smell its of citrus hops had a strong resemblence to an ipa style aroma overal very nice

The taste of this was a little biiter sweet that was bitter and dry to finish

This beer had good full feel that was crisp and refreshing

Overal pretty happy with this choice a good beer with dinner would recommed

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Photo of jporf911
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Tap House Grill in Ghent.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale yellow. Pours with a moderate head that soon dissipates.

Smell- Slightly citrusy, a bit of grain and light hops.

Taste- Typical pale ale in most regards. Starts off with crisp malt that gives way to sweetness then finishes with bitter hops. There is a strange metallic aftertaste that wasn't very pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium body that goes down smooth.

Drinkability- If it weren't for that damned metallic aftertaste, it would be a bit better. I'm going to go back in a month or so to see if it was simply something about that particular batch. Overall, it's a good beer to knock back with friends.

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Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale from O'Connor Brewing Co.
3.38 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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