Shore Break Pale Ale
Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Pale Ale
2.77 | pDev: 25.27%
Jan 13, 2021
Feb 24, 2013
Shore Break Pale AleShore Break Pale Ale
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
473ml can. This appears to be available damned near anywhere in Alberta, at all your less than discerning liquor peddlers. So what does that make me? An open-minded customer, it would seem.

This beer pours a just off-clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky marshmallow-esque white head, which leaves some cloudy splotches of streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes. Ok, I'll bite, given the huge uptick in looks for this heretofore fugly brewer.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, hard water minerality, and mildly skanky leafy, weedy hops - still waiting for the other shoe to drop here, folks. Ahhhh, there it is - the taste is grainy malt, quite soured by a combination of pithy cereal grain, understated acetone, a twinge of diacetyl, and co-opted, twisted, beaten and gagged hops. The change in killer flaw profile is weirdly subtle for this particular offering, but it is indeed there, and getting harder to discern than one might have initially imagined.

The bubbles are capable of popping, but display little enthusiasm for the effort, the body an adequately wan medium weight, and a little too metallic to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the dead yeast, underwhelmingly and skanky hops, and now laser-focused Minhas house 'flavour' doing their darnedest to undo any of that unsettling up front goodwill.

Gaaaah! Overall, this is not really as bad as expected, but its origins do eventually leak in, a clumsy sign that the brewer still doesn't get it. It's not a matter of keeping the cracks to a minimum, it's about committing to providing the best product you can. And in that respect, Rhinelander (or, Minhas, still, really?) continues to fail here, if not miserably, then enough to continue warning any and everyone away from this less than meager offering for the style, and beer in general.
Feb 24, 2013
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

3.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Jan 13, 2021
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Rated by Maxms from Russian Federation

3.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Feels like German bock beer with reduced ABV. Nevertheless claims to be premium craft pale ale.
Aug 19, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Floral and spice are usually descriptor terms reserved for traditional Germanic beers, but the Rhinelander brewers bring those strong perfumy attributes to an otherwise classic American Pale Ale.

Medium amber with golden highlights, the frothy ale leads into a strong floral and spicy scent of potpourri and synthetic with a background of toasted grain. Moderately sweet with a caramel and honey splash of the tongue, the grain character is of dry granola.

As the sweetness backs away, its the hop that power through with grapefruit, orange and flower pedals that hinge on rosy. Trending bitter, spicy and solventy in taste, an unsettles spice develops from the floral hops and add an ill-balanced taste of vinyl or linoleum.

Medium light and disturbing the late palate with a harsh astringency, the beer's tannic properties throws off the balance in taste and leaves a long and vegetal bite on the tongue that's not common to the beer world.
Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 2.94 by epterina from Florida

Jul 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

1.27/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
This is not a craft beer. Very little flavor and whatever flavor it has is not very good either. I think the definition of craft beer should be better defined and this would not make it.
Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 2.23 by Chanfles

Mar 24, 2015
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Reviewed by PacificTrim from California

2.36/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
A: Light yellow fizzy, slight caramel darkening. Looks like a Pale Ale... let's take a close look.

S: Light malty corn/sugar adjunct dry funk. Not enough to be offputting but it's not enticing either.

T: Sadness. What is this beer trying to be? adjunty/sugary/corny alcohol that has been lightly hopped and backed with a malty/sugary sweetness. Couldn't name the hop because it's so fluffy light. It's borderline malt liquor flavor. If I were to homebrew this, I wouldn't serve it to friends, I would probably stack it at the end of a session when taste didn't matter anymore.

O: I surf often and I can't say that I've been in the water with many people, or brewers for that matter, from Monroe, Wisconsin. Buy this if it's your first foray into beer other than Miller/Coors/Budweiser but if you've experienced any basis of beer nirvana this will ruin your positive vibes. In the end it's a packaging and perception game and the `marketing` doesn't seem to jive with whats inside.
Oct 15, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by BigBry from Canada (AB)

Jul 22, 2013
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Reviewed by Bonedaddy from California

3.67/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pretty good for a pale in a can. A bit sweet for my taste, good body, not too hoppy. What I want to know is, where is the guy on the can going surfing in Wisconcin? Got this on sale at the soon to be gone Fresh & Easy mart here in SoCal. My local brewpups do pale well & I'll stick with them for the most part. But hey, a deals a deal!
Apr 13, 2013
Shore Break Pale Ale from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 11 ratings