Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale | O'Connor Brewing Co.

Norfolk Canyon Pale AleNorfolk Canyon Pale Ale
BA SCORE
24.4%
Liked This Beer
3.34 w/ 119 ratings
Norfolk Canyon Pale AleNorfolk Canyon Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,388
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
119
Liked:
29
Avg:
3.34/5
pDev:
14.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, slight resin, slight caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, slight resin, slight caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Overall, good appearance complexity, blend, and lighter in body than the average APA.

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Photo of lic217
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atomicbeer
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Draft pint at Max&Ermas in Norfolk VA. Honeyed biscuit aroma and flavor. Really good! Light gold color. Thin white head. Surprising Medium to heavy body. Minimal hops. Honey biscuit in a cup. Right up my alley . Yum. I love malt forward and this hits the spot.

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Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CreightonSM
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OldSwampy
3.44/5  rDev +3%
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 +2.1%
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 breardon1776
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at Rockafellers in Virgina Beach. Wasn't bad but 3.0 is average and it's slightly below.

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Photo of Jae61
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of godawgs
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kinger86
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JoeCorleone
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frank_TX
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vabeerguy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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 BMart
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gdaveb
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.47/5  rDev -26%
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 Yeldarb92
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chvck1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.24/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldn00b
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale from O'Connor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 24.4% out of 100 with 119 ratings
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