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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

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

Photo of harpus
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 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Dogleg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of rdooley
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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