North By Northwest Py Jingo Pale Ale | North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 05-27-2003

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE acquired at NXNW and served cold into a pilsner glass.

Bottled: 02/12/15. Batch 1648, 49. Bottle 8.

Reviewed live.

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. White colour. Fair creaminess and frothiness. Nice full even consistency. A biteen soapy, to its slight detriment. Retention is good - ~6-7 minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear pale copper with yellow hues. Average vibrance. I see no yeasty muck.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a decent looking pale ale overall. Nothing stands out as unique or special.

AROMA: Pale malts, cream, herbal & grassy hop character, floral hop notes, and a hint of graham cracker/English biscuit malt. It's a pleasant albeit pedestrian overall aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No yeast character, off-character, or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: The one-two punch of pungent floral hop notes coupled with crisp pale malts is nice, but the beer as a whole is rough around the edges. The grassy hop character isn't suitable for a pale ale (and would work better in a pilsner), and there just isn't much of a harmony of malts to hops in general. The hops should be the star of the show, and should be expressive as hell; I'd love some citrus, grapefruit, resins, oils, pine...something more than just generic floral hops. The malt backbone leans too far into English pale ale territory, with notes of biscuit malt and graham cracker lending this brew way too much sweetness.

Structurally uneven, with an oscillation between cloying sweetness and off-putting bitterness, but no middle ground. Needs serious dialing in. This build is pretty unimpressive for a pale ale, and I don't care much for the beer. Somewhat shallow, with no subtlety or intricacy to speak of.

It does suffer from some hoppy soapiness indicative that this spent too long in primary.

TEXTURE: Crisp, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, bitingly overcarbonated, and medium-bodied. Too thick and hefty on the palate, making it overbearing - especially when coupled with the cutting crispness. This just assaults the palate for no apparent reason, grating against my taste buds.

OVERALL: An underwhelming misguided attempt at a pale ale with an essential lack of balance, Py Jingo is best skipped by the discerning drinker. Perhaps the worst beer I've had so far from NXNW, but not undrinkable.

Low C- (2.52)

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Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer, but too thin for my tastes.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color with some haziness, slight carbonation, and a small white head, fair lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of malt, lightly hopped.

Taste: Begins with smooth light malts; at the midpoint of the taste refreshing citrus hops appear, these linger paste the end of the taste. The finish is astringently dry, although the lingering hops provide a balance.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and rich mouth feel, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Mildly hopped for the style, in my opinion, so hop heads may be put off. Nonetheless, a quite nice pale ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled fresh growler into a nonic pint.

Look- Hazy deep gold with two fingers of off-white head. Plenty of webblike lace left behind as it settles slowly, suds persist until the glass has emptied.

Smell- Strong caramel malt with a hint of floral hops and lemon rind. Very sweet.

Taste- Not particularly complex or bold, but spot-on for the execution. Starts with a wash of bitterness before moving to graham-cracker malt and finishing with citrus and pine. Aftertaste is bready and fades quickly. It's not flashy, but it's pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Refreshing feel. Exceptionally drinkable.

Overall- It's not going to wow anyone, but it's not trying to. Refreshing, drinkable, and fits the style and the food at NXNW. I'll definitely be having it again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Roybert
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Williaar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - fairly standard golden color, a decent head has some nice fluff to it but drops a little fast, holding at a thin cover and solid collar.

Aroma - light grapefruit and pine. Could use more but I like what I'm getting.

Taste - grassy grain followed up with piny, grapefruit rind styled hop flavors. Though the hop levels are moderate, they do dominate the palate on the swallow, providing a drying grapefruit flavor into the finish.

Mouthfeel - a little on the thin side. Good crispness.

Drinkability - a very tasty session beer.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber color, white head, minimal lacing

Smell: citrus mostly grapefruit

Taste: sweet malt up front gives way to generous hop flavor, grapefruit and herb

Mouthfeel: a little thin, medium

Drinkability: a nice example of the pale ale. Refreshing. I would definitely get again.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First brew I have had from NXNW in a while.

Poured a darker golden hue. Showed up to the table with thin lacing around the top.

Aroma was that almost of an IPA but not as much in your face. Hops first than a slight citrus aroma. (note- our food showed up about this time). Quite enjoyable! Inital hops then a nice hidden bitterness finished this off. This is close to some IPA's I have had before. Finished very clean with little carbonation. Being fresh off tap, to be expected. This is one of my top 3 brew from NXNW and I am looking forward to enjoying more.


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Photo of jwillcourt
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the restaurant into a pint glass.

A - Very cloudy, golden copper color. There is a finger of white head that disappears quickly into spotty foam. The head leaves slight lacing, but the beer leaves pretty good lacing down the glass with each sip.

S - Predominantly juicy citrus hops, both grapefruit and lemon, as well as sweet malt.

T - Initial flavor is sweet and toasted malt. This is followed with citrus hops and an overall lemony aftertaste which I find refreshing.

M - Medium body and carbonation. It feels a little sticky on the lips.

D - Overall drinkability is very good. It is refreshing, with low alcohol and a nice dry, citrus aftertaste. This pint was slightly filling, but last year I had no problem finishing a growler of it at home.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled about 4 weeks ago.

Aroma: Grassy grapefruitiness with a sprig of pine. All hops baby!

Appearance: Slight hazy in a yellow gold glass that sports a big frothy two finger head that clings to the side and holds all the way down leaving clumpy lace.

Flavor: A thin amber malt ribbon runs through a hop filled glass. Hops all seem to be on the flavor side of the boil, very little bittering but loads of juicy grapefruit that approaches an XPA level. Some mild tea and yeast flavors and just a hint of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation leads to a soft palate, medium body and just a hint of oil.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking hop filled glass of joy. The low carbonation makes it a great session beer. Hops are just where I like them: aroma and flavor, little to no bittering. A great growler fill!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. The beer pours an orange yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a nice grapefruit hop note along with some biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapefruit and some other notes from the Cascade hops, with some biscuit malt to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of obrike
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My lovely wife surprised me with a growler of this last night after going out with her best friend.

Funny thing is, the wife does not drink, but her friend got a sampler from the Brewery. After trying each one, she (the best friend) picked the one she hated, knowing I'd like it...she was correct.

Poured a hazy light orange in my Sam Adams pint glass. Decent sticky lace that coated the glass. A thin white ring stayed for the duration.

Yum, that's a fresh smelling APA. Getting equal amounts pine, citrus, and spices. Quite aromatic.

Taste follows smell completely. A very resiny pine and citrus(orange, lemon) combo on this one. Even a bit of ginger maybe? Super fresh, nice malt backbone, but the hops take center stage here. Earthy and dank, a very nice APA surprise. Moderate carbonation, goes down super easy...wish I knew what the ABV guess is around 6.

I'd say this one is a hit folks. Try some if you hit NxNW. Thanks again for the growler sweetie!

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Photo of Dogleg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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North By Northwest Py Jingo Pale Ale from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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