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 Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Py Pingo's color is a nice shade of copper which is enhanced by a nice-sized head. The aroma is very zesty and full of citrissy hop smell. The taste is very similar to something like SNPA, many brewpubs seem to have something like this, but this is one of the better ones in recent memory. The hop flavors seem very fresh and resinous, with great citris twang. A great underlying malt body pulls everything together and solidifies Py Jingo as being a great APA. The hop bitterness seems close to an IPA in strength, so hopheads should dig this. Next time I go to NXNW I'll be ordering this beer.

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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 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 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 wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at NXNW into a pint glass.

Pours with a gorgeous copper-orange body; slight haze apparent. Thick lacing draped along the inside of the pint as the towering cap of creamy tan head slowly recedes. Quite a hoppy aroma for a Pale, almost smells "wet-hopped" due to the robust freshness. Similar candy-like sweetness in the background, as noted in NXNW's Kodiak IPA.

Biscuity, caramel malts show up first, balancing a solid hop profile of floral notes and citrus. Nice bitter finish lingers on the end with a taste of graininess. The medium body is crisp, slightly sweet, and well-carbonated, and although the bitterness level is approaching IPA-status, Py Jingo still holds up well as an American Pale. Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer evening.

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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 JDV
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden, with very little head. Aroma is a nice piney hop flavor with maybe some cedar too. I really liked the fresh, woodsy smell of this one. Taste was of some mild hop bitterness, and a good balanced malt behind it. Overall a slightly sweet pale ale that is very drinkable. I liked it a lot and ordered a pint after having it in the sampler. My favorite of the NXNW beers so far. (Besides the Kodiak, now that I've had that as well...)

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/19/2007 (Sampler @ NxNw Brewery, Austin, TX):

Pours a cloudy orange colored body, with a small head,whitish colored. Has a very hoppy aroma, with grapefruit. A grapefruity mild hoppy taste, with a good piney taste. Tasty, IPA like. Balanced, good.

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

A - 1/2" off-white head. Good retention and full lacing. Hazy golden amber color.

S - Nice candy sweet orange peel. Orange blossom. Good juicy, citrusy aroma.

T - Very well balanced pale ale. Nice malt presence with great hop flavor and a mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Light to medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. Would be an excellent session choice. Went very well with the angus burger and huntsman cheese. Good job NXNW!

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Photo of jamescain
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler after the Jester King first anniversary party and opened it up the next day. Poured into a wine glass.

It pours a very clear orange amber with yellow hues and a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass. The nose is full of pine and a hint of citrus with a nice malty bready sweetness peeking through. Medium carbonation with medium body and a dry slightly lingering finish. The taste is slightly bitter, mostly piney with a nice malt backbone that I would consider bready. I definitely enjoyed this beer and am glad I picked up a growler.

Glad I finally made it out to NXNW and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light honeyed gold. A moderately thick off-white head forms with a beautiful reverse cascade. Leaves lots of lovely sticky lace.
Aroma is moderately floral, citrus, earthy. A light sweet honey background.
Flavor continues the aroma. Moderate malt sweetness serves as a vector for a gentle but serious hop presentation. A long and gently bitter finish.
Generally medium bodied with good carbonation. While excellent at the start, as the pint goes on it seems a bit watery. Finish may be slightly sweet.

This is definitely a hop-forward aroma showcase. Wonderful! Aroma approximates Troeg's Nugget Nectar to my nose, which is highly appreciated.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at the brewery.

It pours a very nice deep amber red color. The smell is a nice blend of earthy fruit hops that are very well balanced. Balance is the key with this brew, as nothing is overwpowering in the scent, ditto for the taste. The hops are pleasant and plenty strong, but they are not too strong as there is some malt present to keep everything balanced as well as a pleasant citrus in the back and finish as well.

From all pale ales I have tried (and yes, I've tried many), this is by far one of the best. Of course, it was very fresh, which is always awesome, but this pale ale impressed me because of its awesome balance and complexity. Too many brewers try to be "king of the hops" with brewing pale ales these days. This pale ale just tastes like a damn good pale ale.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into my Fullers steamed glass.

Nice golden pale color, stark white one finger head. Head falls slowly, chaotic lacing on the glass that sticks and stays. Awesome hoppy floral aroma, very floral. Earthy flavor, pepper, piney, fresh hops. Perfect mouthfeel, I'll have no problems finishing off this growler. Tastes as fresh as it did at the bar. Tasty.

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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 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 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 wampahoofus
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden in color with lots of white frothy head. Fades quickly but plenty of lacing left behind.

Smell - Grapefruit and a bit of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - Plenty of bitter hops and grapefruit. A bit of the malt distant in the background. Just a bit of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with just a touch of carbonation. The hops are very enjoyable without any harshness.

Drinkability - This is a really nice pale ale. It represents the style very well. I love pale ales and IPAs that turn on the citrus/grapefruit quality of the hops. Not all of them do this. This one does it very well. This one will go down very nicely!

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Photo of redraider2323
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NXNW:

A - pale gold, nice foam and lacing

S - beautiful American citrus hop aroma. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit

T - nice showcase of hop flavor, not a ton of malt character, but I'm really enjoying the hops

M/D - medium thin mouthfeel, very dry and drinkable. This is one of my favortite APAs.

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Photo of PCaravan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of the sampler and while I thought it was very good and I do like a good pale ale, I found others in the sampler more interesting so I didn't get around to ordering a full pint of the pale ale. From the sample I can say it is a very clean citrusy American pale ale though I can't agree with the other posters here that say it's a Sierra Nevada knock off. Other that being another citrusy American pale ale I found little in comon in both the aroma and the flavor. I actually liked this one better. It has a very balance to it allowing good hop flavor yet you do notice the malt as well. There is a very likeable aspect to the hops in this beer that reminds me of the way some shampoos smell. I know, that probably didn't make you want to grab one but it's the best way I can describe it and it's something I've had come up once in one of my homebrews though I haven't been able to duplicate it. I'll probably actually order a pint of this next time I'm in.

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